Agilent Technologies and Shimadzu Corp. have enabled control of each other’s GC instruments for respective chromatography data systems to provide analytical laboratories with more freedom when selecting a system.
Agilent has released drivers for the Shimadzu GC-2010, GC-2010 Plus and GC-2014 integrating to Agilent’s OpenLAB CDS; Shimadzu has released drivers to control Agilent 6890, 6850, 7820 and 7890 GC instruments in Shimadzu’s LabSolutions.
Bruce von Herrmann, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Software and Informatics business, said: “To reduce costs and enhance the customer experience, we are working with other manufacturers, such as Shimadzu, to enable full and reliable control of lab instrumentation from any CDS.
“These new releases demonstrate that Rapid Control is the predominant industry standard for analytical instrument control.”
The releases are part of a collaboration—employing RapidControl (RC.NET) instrument drivers—announced in May 2013 to preserve customers’ investments in workflows and operating procedures.
Masahito Ueda, Shimadzu general manager of the GC & TA business unit, analytical and measuring instruments division, said: “The adoption and support of RC.NET drivers provide a more integrated solution to customers who require a single CDS product to support seamless multi-vendor control of all instruments in their laboratory.”
Agilent and Bruker announced a similar partnership earlier this year .