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Thermo Scientific™ - Food Authenticity - Ion Chef™ Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Simplify your workflow with automated template preparation and chip loading, with the Ion Chef™ Food Protection Instrument - a part of the Thermo Scientific™ Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Food Authenticity Workflow. 

The Thermo Scientific NGS Food Authenticity Workflow allows identification of meat, plant and fish species present in even the most challenging sample types; protecting your business from food fraud by verifying the authenticity of any sample type.

This simple, automated instrument makes your workflow suitable for users at any experience level.

Product overview

Identification of the species present in food and feed samples is a critical step for proof of authenticity, verification of origin, traceability of raw materials, and quality control of handling and cleaning processes in food production lines.

The Thermo Scientific NGS Food Authenticity Workflow utilizes Ion Torrent™ Next Generation Sequencing technology to enable an untargeted screening approach making it possible to identify the species contained in a food sample by comparison with a DNA database of meat, plant or fish species.

The Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument is an integral part of the sequencing workflow, taking less than 15 minutes of hands-on time.

The Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument:

  • Simplifies the workflow
  • Saves time and labor
  • Minimizes sources of user-introduced variability

The Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument features:

  • Cartridge-based reagent system
  • Sample and reagent-tracking capability
  • Intuitive user interface

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Technical specifications

Power requirements Voltage: 100 V (min) to 240 V (max), Current: 14 A (max) , Frequency: 50/60 Hz, Power draw: 1,350 W
Starting material DNA
Dimensions (L x W x H) Exterior 22.1 x 27.6 x 28.1 in. (56.1 x 70 x 71.4cm)
Quantity 1 system
Weight 150 lbs
Operating environment Temperature: 20–25°C, Humidity: 40–60% (noncondensing)

Key features

The Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument provides reproducible chip loading by automating multiple manual chip-loading steps. The sophisticated visual system inside the Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument is designed to help reduce user-introduced error and variability by providing barcode reading and positive identification of samples, chips, and reagents. The visual system performs the set-up check before the run, as well as the reagents and consumables load and unload check, calibration, and diagnostics.

The Ion Chef Food Protection Instrument enables significant time and labor savings by offering quick and easy template preparation and chip loading that typically requires less than 15 minutes of hands-on time for each step.


The Workflow - enables walk away freedom

Automating your template preparation

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