Pretreatment Systems for Analytical Instruments, TOF-PET System, and Shimadzu Brand Experience Exhibit Receive iF Design Award 2022

Shimadzu’s AOC-30i autoinjector and cGBS-2030 gas bag sampler, which are for use in gas chromatographs (GC) and gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) systems, and the BresTome TOF-PET system for use in medical environments, were selected for the iF Design Award 2022 in the Product category. The Shimadzu Brand Experience exhibit was awarded in the Interior Architecture and Installations category. The products’ innovation, functionality, and aesthetics were highly evaluated overall. Shimadzu has received this award for four consecutive years, beginning in 2019.

The iF design awards are presented annually by iF International Forum Design, the world’s longest-running design organization based in Hannover, Germany, to select and award outstanding designs. This year, 132 design experts judged 11,000 entries from 57 countries/regions.

Learn more about the iF Design Award 2022 and our award.

Red Dot Design Award 2022 - Two Shimadzu Pretreatment Systems for Analytical Instruments Receive Red Dot Awards

Shimadzu’s AOC-30i autoinjector and cGBS-2030 gas bag sampler for gas chromatographs (GC) and gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) systems have received the Red Dot Design Award 2022. The gas bag sampler was designed and developed at our R&D site in China to meet the needs of the local market. This is the first time that a Shimadzu product developed in China has received this award.

The Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s largest international design competitions and has been organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, since 1954. This year, designers, design firms, and manufacturers from about 60 countries entered the competition. Under the motto “In Search of Good Design and Innovation,” 48 members of the jury evaluated the entries based on nine criteria, including design innovation, functionality, durability, and ergonomics.

About the AOC-30i Autoinjector

This device automatically introduces liquid samples to GC and GC-MS. It realizes laboratory automation based on the concepts of “reliable automatic analysis,” “simple functions that reproduce the know-how of skilled operators,” and “multi-sample analysis.” The sample rack has been changed to a round type and arranged for a simple flow line, which allows five times as many samples to be set as our previous products. The rational form, clear color scheme, and space-saving design, in consideration of compatibility with other instruments, make it ideal for the laboratory.

About the cGBS-2030 Gas Bag Sampler

This device is used to introduce gas samples into GC and GC-MS units. Up to 12 sample bags can be installed to save space in the lab. The rotating design of the bag attachment points allows for efficient maintenance and analysis operations. When performing analyses using gas bags, gases containing foreign substances are sometimes analyzed. To prevent contamination, the sampler is designed without any rough surfaces and painted with a special powder coating, thus making long-term use possible.

Click here to see the announcement of the Red Dot Design Award 2022.

Shimadzu Wins The Analytical Scientist’s 2021 Innovation Award

DPIMS QT - The Analytical Scientist's 2021 Innovation Award

Shimadzu's DPiMS QT has been selected for the prestigious Innovation Awards from The Analytical Scientist. The Awards highlight the top technologies released over the course of the year, which could have a significant impact on analytical science.

The DPiMS QT allows researchers to analyze small quantities of sample (liquid or solid) without sample preparation and without LC separation with HRMS. Moreover, thanks to the ease of switching between probe electrospray ionization (PESI) mode or LC-ESI-MS mode, it can provide a wide range of analytical methods – from rapid screening to quantification (using LC-MS analysis).

According to the judges the DPIMS QT is “an exciting sampling interface that reduces sample usage and speeds up analysis times.”

Learn more about the DPIMS QT.

Click here to see the announcement of the The Analytical Scientist.

Shimadzu Wins Germany’s iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 for Three Products Mass Spectrometer, Mass Microscope, and Environmentally Friendly Packaging Box



                    MALDImini-1                                         iMScope QT                            GC Column Packaging Box


Shimadzu’s MALDImini-1 digital ion trap mass spectrometer and iMScope QT imaging mass microscope have won the internationally prestigious German design award “iF design award 2021” in the Product Design category.

In addition, the column packaging box for gas chromatograph (GC) analytical instruments, which was redesigned to reduce environmental impact, also received an award in the Package Design category.

The iF International Forum Design, the world’s longest-running design organization based in Hannover, Germany, selects and awards outstanding designs every year. Ninety-eight design experts rigorously reviewed about 10,000 entries from 52 countries/regions, judging them on criteria such as brand image, social impact, product legitimacy, functional beauty, and aesthetics.

Learn more about the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021


- Red Dot Design Award 2021 - Shimadzu Mass Spectrometer Receives “Best of the Best Award” and Mass Microscope Receives the “Red Dot Award”!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The MALDImini-1 which won the “Best of the Best Award”                   The Red Dot Award-winning iMScope QT


Shimadzu’s MALDImini-1 digital ion trap mass spectrometer has won the “Best of the Best” award in the product design category of the Red Dot Design Award 2021, an international German design award. In addition, the company’s iMScope QT imaging mass microscope was awarded the “Red Dot Award.” The Red Dot Design Award is an international design award that the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, has organized since 1954. For this year’s competition, entries from over 60 countries for 49 industrial categories were judged by international design experts on nine criteria, including design innovation, functionality, durability, and ergonomics. The highest award, the “Best of the Best Award,” is won by only a small percentage of the entries each time.


The MALDImini-1 Digital Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

In addition to confirming the mass of various molecules, the instrument makes it possible to perform a wide range of analyses such as protein identification and structural analysis of glycans and glycopeptides with high sensitivity, even with small amounts of sample. Combining Shimadzu’s unique digital ion trap technology with MALDI, the system achieves an A3 installation footprint, one of the smallest in the world for MALDI-MS. As long as a 100V power supply is available, the measurement can be done on the spot after sample preparation.

For more information about the product, please visit MALDImini™-1


The iMScope QT Imaging Mass Microscope

This mass spectrometer with a built-in optical microscope is the only instrument in the world that can obtain mass spectral data associated with morphological information. With its high speed, high sensitivity, and high spatial resolution, it can be used in cutting-edge fields such as early cancer diagnosis and drug discovery.

For more information about the product, please visit iMScope QT


Click here to see the announcement of the Red Dot Design Award 2021.


iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 for the AGX-V Series Precision Universal Testing Machine


The Shimadzu’s Autograph AGX-V series precision universal testing machine has been awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 by iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Hannover, Germany.
This award is one of the world’s most prestigious design awards and is given in recognition of outstanding industrial design.
This year, there were 7,298 entries from 56 countries around the world, and the Autograph AGX-V series received the award in the product category. The award follows in the footsteps of the award received last year for the LCMS-9030 quadrupole time-of-flight liquid chromatograph mass spectrometer.
The award ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany, on May 4.


RedDot Design Award 2019


The Shimadzu Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph series and the UV-1900 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer have been awarded Red Dot Award 2019 winner prizes in the product design category of the Red Dot Design Award.

The Red Dot Design Award is one of the 3 major design awards in the world, alongside the German iF Design Award and the US IDEA Award. This year manufacturers and designers from 55 countries submitted the designs of more than 5500 products to the product design category. Based on the quest for "excellent design and innovation," experienced designers in various fields judge products based on innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, and durability. An actual Nexera series instrument and an explanatory panel showing the UV-1900 will be displayed in the Red Dot Museum in the city for the next year.


The Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph Series

A high-performance liquid chromatograph is a device that pressurizes a liquid and efficiently separates and detects analytes by the differences in interaction between the stationary and mobile phases. The "Nexera Series" reduces the installation footprint by 40% compared to existing models, while increasing the number of autosampler samples that can be measured by 1.5. By incorporating IoT and various sensing technologies, the instruments achieve ultra-high-speed and ultra-high-speed volume multi-sample analysis.

Statement by the Jury
The design of Nexera combines straightforward lines with open asymmetries, giving rise to a very clear arrangement of the modules.

In-house design:
Hyeri Kang
Ryo Takegawa

The UV-1900 UV-VIS Spectrophotometer


Spectrophotometers are devices that measure the intensity of light absorption and emission of chemical substances. The UV-1900 has introduced the ultra-high-speed scanning function that enables data acquisition at 29,000 nm/min (it takes about 3 seconds in the visible light range), the fastest level in the industry. It is the first Shimadzu spectrometers to use a color touch panel and the system also supports five languages including Spanish and Portuguese.

Statement by the Jury

The UV-1900 captivates with its distinctive design, which is characterised by light-dark contrasting and skilfully draws attention to the touchscreen.

In-house design:
Masakuni Tachi
Ryo Takegawa

iF Design Award 2019

The LCMS-9030 Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer Wins an iF DESIGN AWARD 2019

Shimadzu’s LCMS-9030 quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer has been awarded an iF DESIGN AWARD 2019. The iF DESIGN AWARD, which has been conferred by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953, is a prestigious international design award. On this occasion, there were 6,375 entries from 52 countries. The Shimadzu LCMS-9030 won in the Industry/Tools category. Previous winners of an iF DESIGN AWARD include the VESTA vacuum and pressurized sintering furnace from Shimadzu Industrial Systems Co., Ltd. in 2012; the Shimadzu PDA-5000 optical emission spectrometer in 2015; and the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center, a research and development facility at Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd., a Chinese subsidiary of Shimadzu, in 2017.



This year's NRW.INVEST Award went to the US online retailer Amazon, the British systems house Computacenter, the Japanese high-tech company Shimadzu and the Chinese automotive supplier Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.


The Japanese company is the world's leading developer and supplier of analytical instruments, laboratory technology and medical devices. Founded in 1875, it settled in Düsseldorf as early as 1968 and has had its European headquarters in Duisburg since 1987. The Shimadzu European Innovation Center was opened there last year: an innovative think tank that combines academic scientific and technical know-how and develops innovative solutions specifically for customers. Shimadzu employs around 230 people in NRW.

RedDot Design Award 2018

IRSpirit - FTIR Spectrophotometer

The Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer IRSpirit determines the molecular structure and qualifies unknown samples based on an infrared absorption pattern that is unique to each substance. Taking into consideration that most laboratories have limited space, the device has a footprint smaller than an A3 sheet of paper and is accessible from both the front and the side. A wide range of accessories supports a variety of additional technical applications.

Statement by the Jury

IRSpirit captivates with a balanced geometry that, in combination with the black-and-white contrasting, emphasises its impressive compactness.

In-house design:

Hyeri Kang

AIM-9000 - Infrared Microscope

The infrared microscope AIM-9000 is used for material analysis in the micrometre range in conjunction with a special spectrometer. The instrument is equipped with a variety of automation functions that support the user at each step. This significantly reduces the time and effort required for preparation and the actual data analysis. The precise design language correlates with the high functionality and conveys the impression of a powerful measuring instrument.

Statement by the Jury

The cohesive design of the infrared microscope AIM-9000 achieves an aesthetic of clarity, which skilfully underlines its ease of use.

In-house design:
Kaoru Ihara Misa Nobori

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