PerkinElmer® Clarus SQ 8C GC/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)

The Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS offers unsurpassed sensitivity and unparalleled stability for identification and quantitation of volatile and semi-volatile compounds (VOC and SVOC). It's designed to deliver high throughput, rugged dependability, and great results. Plus, with the patented SMARTsource™ (for both EI and CI), maintenance is easy.

Sensitivity. Stability. Versatility.

This world-class system delivers uncompromised performance with consistent ultra-trace detection limits consistently and reliably – time after time.

The revolutionary Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS is engineered around the industry’s most sensitive, yet durable Clarifi detector and a unique SMARTsource(Simplified Maintenance And Removal Technology) that is easy to remove and clean – without tools. The Clarifi detector provides you with the flexibility to choose your ideal level of sensitivity and dynamic range, eliminates background noise and maximizes analyte signals. SMARTsource enables you to virtually reconfigure between EI and CI – simply and quickly.

Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS features the fastest conventional GC oven available – heating up or cooling down more rapidly than other competitive ovens. Plus, the system is driven by the sample-centric TurboMass software for ease-of-use from data collection to evaluation and reporting. Combine the Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS with the market-leading TurboMatrix sample handling, user-friendly software and world-class service for an integrated, complete analytical solution from a single source.

Height: 50.0 cm
Maximum Temperature: 30 °C
Minimum Temperature: 10 °C
Weight: 50.0 kg
Width: 32.0 cm

Clarus SQ 8 GC/MS Brochure

Residual Solvents

Cannabis resins can be chemically extracted with a solvent to produce a cannabinoid-rich oil (hash oil) or resin. Extracted concentrates of cannabis are formulated into edibles, vapor inhalants, topical creams, transdermal patches, and other products. For safety purposes, the solvent must be removed from the final product before consumption.

Residual solvents are measured by headspace with gas chromatography and flame ionization detection (HS-GC-FID). Without specific methods of regulation from the individual states, procedures follow the ICH guidelines (International Council of Harmonization) for residual solvents in botanical preparations.

Testing Process

Cannabinoid extraction takes place in any of several solvent types such as carbon dioxide, butane, propane, and ethanol. States have added additional solvents that may be used in the process such as hexanes, isopropanol, and acetone as well as possible banned chemicals for production, such as benzene toluene and methanol. Typically 20 mg of the “extract” is placed in a headspace vial and analyzed.

Since the GC/MS instrumentation and GC column are identical to the ones used for the Terpene analysis, both of these analyses can be run at the same time.


Terpenes are found in the oils of a plant and are often responsible for its flavors and fragrances. Terpenes are strain-dependent. Therefore, the combination of terpene ratios and cannabinoid ratios can be used to identify a strain of cannabis for future comparison.

Terpene Analysis

Terpene analysis is run on a Headspace and GC/MS. With GC/MS you get identification and better separation analysis due to unique qualifier ions and NIST library searching. Sample prep is quite simple, just place a portion of your sample in a headspace vial and analyze. Because Cannabinoids are much higher in molecular weight, they remain behind in the HS vial and do not contaminate the GC system of the column.

Manufacturer : PerkinElmer

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Clarus SQ 8C GC/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS)
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270-400-02Clarus SQ 8C GC/Mass Spectrometer Package for Cannabis Lab Applications: Residual Solvent and Turpene AnalysisN6480012Call for pricing  
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