Gas chromatography (GC) was at one time commonly called “GLC,” where the “L” stands for liquid. Inside GC columns are particles of a ceramic or inert material coated with an extremely viscous liquid stationary phase that interacts with the analyte. By contrast, HPLC stationary phases are bonded to the base material. GC is a common technique used in analytical chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition.
Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a GC System
1. What factors come into play when determining the GC system specifications you require in terms of cycle time, enhanced operator benefits, increased productivity and flexibility for specific applications?
2. What differentiates the vendor’s GC system from others offered, in terms of performance?
3. How do you validate the specification claims presented by the vendor?
4. Has the data processing software been designed for enhanced analytics, with workflow in mind and does it support critical compliance requirements?
5. What are important price points to keep in mind when selecting a GC system?
6. Laboratories need fast and effective services, including an effective distribution of instruments, spare parts, education, and service personnel. How does the company serve these needs worldwide?
The problems our readers experience with their GC systems, according to our latest survey data:
|Short column lifetime||23%|
|Interactions with sample or solvent||22%|
|Low reproducibility after changing columns/batches||18%|
|Lack of support from vendor||11%|
Related gas chromatograph components respondents are using in their labs:
|Regulators, valves, fittings||22%|
|Purge & trap||10%|
Top ten features / factors that are important to respondents in the decision-making process for a new GC system:
|Availability of supplies and accessories||83%|
|Ease of maintenance||85%|
|Easy transfer of methods||84%|
|Quality of data||92%|
|Ruggedness and reliability||87%|
|Service and support||90%|
Recently Released GC systems
• Features a data acquisition speed of >600 Hz per channel
• Comes standard with a 9 inch, multi-language touch-panel • SCION 436-GC is a compact 2 injectors, 2 detectors, platform that supports all the injectors and detectors including mass spectrometry
• SCION 456-GC supports 3 injectors and 4 detectors, including the mass spectrometer
• Offers the resolving power of a GCxGC system combined with advanced ChromaTOF® software
• Increases efficiency and productivity for samples that are too complex for a single-channel detector system
• Flame Ionization Detector (FID), Electron Capture Detector (ECD), or Sulfur Chemiluminescence Detector (SCD) models available
6850 Series II
• Includes simple operation: select from six buttons on the front panel to view instrument status, choose one of five methods, and start or stop the analysis
• Features easy column replacement: unique topopening lid allows safe, unobstructed access to column connections at the inlet and detector
• Wide choice of detectors and other options
GC Column Configurator
• iPhone and iPad optimized
• Enables users to choose the appropriate column for their chromatographic specifications
• Easy to use; just enter the current part number or column dimensions
Thermo Fisher Scientific
GC System Manufacturers
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||www.thermoscientific.com|