One of the most critical components to the performance of any high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) system is the NMR
probe. The probe is where all of the action happens within an NMR system, and they are offered in a wide variety of sizes
and configurations for different applications. The aftermarket for NMR probes, alone, is quite a sizeable market, and will
continue to be a major driver of the market.
NMR probes incorporate radio frequency (rf) coils that are tuned for use in certain magnetic field strengths and detect specific
nuclei. They are the heart of the system and can be switched out depending on the specific nuclei to be studied or the type
of sample to be analyzed. Although initial NMR system purchases will generally include one or more NMR probes, the probes
are quite often purchased as aftermarket products. The probes are available in a wide range of types, including microprobes,
capillary probes, cryoprobes, flow probes, and more that leverage sample size, temperature, and other sample characteristics
to achieve considerably better sensitivity than standard probes. They also provide end-users the trade-offs of performance,
flexibility, convenience, and cost.
Aftermarket NMR vendor probe share — 2010.
In 2010, NMR probes accounted for more than 20% of the aftermarket for the entire $930 million NMR market, which translates
into about $45 million in demand. Although the cost of an individual NMR probe is a relatively small percentage of what an
entire high-field NMR system may cost, at $30,000 to $100,000 each, NMR probes cost as much or more than most other research-grade
scientific instruments. As a fairly easy upgrade for existing high-field NMR systems, demand for NMR probes should see strong
single-digit or low double-digit annual growth in the coming years.
The foregoing data were extracted from SDi's market analysis and perspectives report entitled The Global Assessment Report, 11th Edition: The Laboratory Life Science and Analytical Instrument Industry, October 2010. For more information, contact Stuart Press, Vice President, Strategic Directions International, Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway,
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