MILFORD, Mass., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today introduced the new Waters® ACQUITY QDa™ Detector, the first mass detector to bring high-quality, mass spectral data to chromatographic separations. Waters is now shipping the new mass detector worldwide. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131007/NE92683 ) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110707/NE31586LOGO ) Designed as a synergistic component of a chromatographic system, the ACQUITY QDa Detector is compatible with Waters ACQUITY® UltraPerformance LC® (UPLC®), ACQUITY UltraPerformance Convergence Chromatography™ (UPC2®), Alliance® high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Waters supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) and LC-based purification systems. "The ACQUITY QDa Detector is the realization of a vision that started 20 years ago at Waters," said Art Caputo, President, Waters Division. "We foresaw a day when we could blend chromatography and mass spectrometry technologies together in a way that gives every analytical scientist access to mass spectral data regardless of their previous experience with mass spectrometry. The ACQUITY QDa Detector adds a whole new dimension to separation science and it is the most progressive leap forward in chromatography detection since the first photodiode detectors were introduced decades ago." The result of 30 years of Waters mass spectrometry experience and innovation and featuring 37 new patents and patents pending, the ACQUITY QDa Detector addresses the barriers of complexity, size and cost that have hindered the adoption of mass spectrometry for everyday use. It is purposefully designed for analytical scientists who need mass spectral data without the complexity of a mass spectrometer. With the on/off simplicity that analytical scientists have long wanted from mass spectrometry, the ACQUITY QDa Detector fully automates sample analysis and eliminates sample-specific adjustments for certainty in sample results, from user to user and system to system. Robust and reliable enough for routine use, the ACQUITY QDa Detector generates the high quality mass spectral data expected of a single quadrupole mass spectrometer in a mass detector no bigger than a familiar photodiode array (PDA) detector.