It's Your Chemistry…Make it Personal!

By Gilson, Inc.

Designed to meet the growing need for personalized solutions, Gilson’s PLC 2020 Personal Purification System is a fully-functioning purification system in a compact footprint intended to support an individual researcher or a small group of chemists. The PLC 2020 is designed for all levels of purification, and offers the flexibility to perform FLASH, normal-phase and reverse-phase purification. This completely integrated purification system is compact enough to fit into most fume hoods and takes up minimal bench space compared to other purification systems. In response to the growing need for easy-to-use, self-contained systems, Gilson developed the PLC 2020 Personal Purification System to meet the demand for quick and easy purification without sacrificing accuracy.

The PLC 2020 offers an intuitive, easy-to-use software interface that allows users to start purifying compounds within minutes. The graphical icons with drag-and-drop functionality give users the ability to adjust mobile phase conditions on the fly and see on the screen where each fraction and its corresponding tube are located on the bed. With this realtime graphical sample tracking software, users can easily monitor pressure, flow rate, and % B. The unique touchscreen monitor eliminates the need for a separate PC, saving valuable bench space. To further save on space, the upper tray of the PLC 2020 holds up to four 4 L solvent bottles, giving users the ability to have four solvent lines on Pump B.

Interchangeable pump heads offer the flexibility of handling flow rates from 1–100 mL/ min and pressure up to 4060psi depending on the application needs. In addition, the manual sample injection process (with electronic software-controlled positions for Load and Inject with graphical indicator) provides an electronic actuation resulting in higher reproducibility than a lever-based manual injection process. Sample loops are available from 20 µL to 5 mL, with 10 mL loops available with adapter fittings. The bed can accommodate up to three racks with customizable racks available upon request.

The PLC 2020 offers manual control options for advancing fraction collection or diverting to waste without affecting the rest of the purification run. This allows users to interrupt the normal method operation and prime the system from the run screen. Likewise, users have the ability to modify conditions—including tasks and mobile phase— mid-run so that samples can be quickly collected while they are being purified.

Built with convenience in mind, Gilson’s PLC 2020 has three USB ports, giving users the option to connect to a printer, keyboard, mouse, or USB drive for convenient transfer of data. The system also features automatic stopping of the mobile phase at the end of a run with a gradual ramp- down so there are no worries about the mobile phase running dry or waste overfilling. Run light indicators above the fraction tubes and racks automatically turn off, notifying the users when the system is no longer in operation. These lights will also flash when an error has occurred in the method, so users can easily see from across the room if there are any issues.

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Published: March 1, 2012

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Is the Roller Coaster Ride Over?

The laboratory industry enjoyed several years of robust growth from the late 1990s until 2003. Record research and development (R&D) investments by the biopharmaceutical industry, in combination with the doubling of the U.S. National Institutes budget, allowed for continual double-digit growth rates.