Sample Automation for the minispec mq and mq-one Series

This new easy to use, cost-effective system brings sample automation to routine minispec applications, including complex Solid Fat Content (SFC) analysis.

Now, thanks to quick sample exchange times that maximize throughput and increased reliability in minispec measurements, productivity is significantly boosted.

theminispec Sample Automation system is available as a standalone accessory to existing minispec systems from the mq and mq-one Series, or as a packaged system with a new minispec spectrometer.

A new sample automation system dedicated to minispec applications

Key Advantages

  1. Single supplier solution: minispec and Sample Automation system both provided by Bruker BioSpin
  2. SFC Sample Automation system automatically and accurately controls tempering times delivering results in strictest accordance to SFC International Standard Methods.
  3. Automation for all other major Time Domain-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (TD-NMR) minispec applications including the following preparation steps:

    • Sample pre-tempering (heating)
    • Barcode reader option

  4. Service and support by Bruker BioSpin or local representative
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theminispec Sample Automation Offers a New Dimension in Options

Sample Automation Set-up

  • „„x-y-z sample changer mounted on a robust platform that can hold minispec, racks, tempering devices (optional, depending on application)„„
  • TÜV approved and conform to European, American and Canadian regulations (with and without safety housing)„„
  • Optional (but recomended) safety housing including sliding doors and locks. This option furthermore features an emergency stop button.

Quick and Convenient Sample Insertion

  • „„Input and output racks with sensors that detect tray status (software supported)„„
  • Special versions of trays adapted for the SFC application„„
  • The software can handle the two trays as combined or separate input/output blocks.

Tempering Options/Further Assemblies

  • Heating and cooling devices based on Peltier Technology„„
  • SFC tempering blocks: ±0.1°C precision„„
  • Heating only devices available„„
  • Max. temperature range: 0 … 100°C„„
  • Handles with up to 6 measurement temperatures (optional)„„
  • Tempering devices are also available without sample changer „„
  • Barcode reader (optional)

Increasing TD-NMR Efficiency With the New theminispec Sample Automation Software

theminispec Sample Automation software is a feature-packed easy-to-use solution that provides significant flexibility, usability and the performance required to maximize your lab efficiency by automating your TD-NMR minispec applications.

Its practical software design and dedicated feature options include:

  • Existing customer TD-NMR methods are easily added and implemented
  • Different TD-NMR methods can all run simultaneously
  • Sample priorities can be assigned
  • Choice of rack combinations with in-position/out-of-position sensor
  • Error management highlights errors by adding colors to the results

theminispec Sample Automation Software

  • Automated Daily Check function ensures consistent operation
  • Automatic plotting of bath temperatures
  • Accurate monitoring of tempering times and temperatures with out-of-limit warnings
  • All common International Standard Methods are supported
  • Graphical display of data with calculation options and error handling
  • PC controlled: Windows 7 / 32 or 64 bit Software
Clear method control: all temperature steps are clearly defined and tempering steps can always be added, modified or deleted. The various SFC measurement temperatures / tubes are pre-defined, too.
Setup of various application methods. All International Standard Methods are pre-defined. Customer specific methods can easily be added / modified. The defining of methods is very flexible. SFC as well as non-SFC methods can be added. The system can run d

Maximized productivity from the world leader in SFC measurements


By automating tempering times theminispec Sample Automation system ensures highly accurate sample temperatures delivering results in strictest accordance with SFC International Standard Methods.

Automated SFC Measurements Include:

  • Crystallization kinetics and curve plotting (SFC versus time)
  • Visual display of the melting curves of products
  • Derived parameters such as slip melting point and dropping point can be calculated using TD-NMR SFC values
  • Automatically calculated averages
  • Fast SFC measurement option with automatic data correction 

Sample Automation for SFC Features:

  • „„New software package integrates Bruker‘s innovative experience with SFC Automation knowledge of collaboration partner comicon GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • Two input racks for 10 mm tubes with 60 tube positions each
  • Waste position for easy disposal of post-analysis sample tubes
  • Three tempering blocks of 60 positions for 100°C/80°C, 60°C and 0°C
  • Six tempering blocks of 10 positions each for heating and cooling
  • Block cooling by modern Peltier Technology, including purge option
  • SFC calibration sample positions: 0%, ca. 30% and ca. 70% SFC included in the SFC automation system
  • Fully automatic Daily Check functionality

Automating Your TD-NMR Applications

theminispec Sample Automation solution brings quick and efficient sample exchange for 10 mm diameter sample tubes to your lab

Typical automated applications include:


  • Total oil / fat content in homogenous/small amounts of samples, like chocolate
  • Oil and moisture content in single/small amounts of seeds


  • „„Xylene solubles in polypropylene
  • Density in polyethylene
  • Rubber contact in ABS, polystyrene
  • Cross linking in elastomers


  • „„ Contrast agent analysis in 10 mm sample tubes at various NMR field strenghts 

Based on the multitude of features and software options a complete range of theminispec Sample Automation solutions is available, for example:

Xylene Solubles in Polypropylene with theSample Automation

  • Sample changer with safety housing and emergency stop (optional)
  • Input and output racks for insertion and removal of 10 mm sample tubes
  • Tempering device: heating only
  • Barcode reader (optional)
  • theminispec sample automation software for non-SFC applications
  • minispec mq-one or mq-series analyzer


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