2016 HPLC Systems Survey Results

High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is, for many scientists, an essential chromatographic technique. HPLC systems used for the separation, identification, purification, and quantification of various chemical and biochemical solutions are composed of a pump, a sample injector, a separation column, a detection unit, and a data-processor.

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Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an HPLC System

  1. How flexible is the system? Can the system be optimized to meet your laboratory requirements?
  2. What tubes, vessels, and vials can it accommodate? Can components (such as additional detectors, valves, etc.) be upgraded in the future?
  3. Is the software easy to use and operate? Can a demo version be put in place to get a feel for how the software functions for your laboratory’s workflow?
  4. How is the system (not just components) qualified during installation to meet manufacturer performance expectations?
  5. Who provides the support and service for the product? Is it the manufacturer or a third party service group? If it is a third party service group, are they factory-trained?
  6. Finally, ask about the total cost of the purchase—not just the price of the product being installed— but the total cost of ownership, which includes price, service expectations, warranty, etc.

Types of HPLC systems used by survey respondents:

Analytical HPLC 88%
UHPLC 28%
Ion Chromatograph 16%
Preparative HPLC 14%
GPC 9%
FPLC/Bio 3%

HPLC separation modes utilized by survey respondents:

Reverse Phase 80%
Normal Phase 43%
Ion Exchange 33%
Ultra-High performance (UHPLC) 24%
Ion Chromatography 22%
Hydrophilic Interaction (HILIC) 21%
Size Exclusion (SEC) 18%
Chiral  13%
Gel Filtration (GFC) 10%
Affinity 10%
Gel Permeation (GPC) 8%
Ion Exclusion 4%

Nearly 53% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new HPLC system. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
46%
 
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
29%
Setting up a new lab
17%
First time purchase
5%
Other
3%

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing an HPLC system:

Accuracy 93%
Quality of data 93%
Resolution 81%
Sensitivity 78%
Precise and accurate flow rates 77%
Ease-of-use 66%
Availability of supplies and accessories 60%
Maintenance 59%
Service and support 56%
Availability of techniques 48%

For more information on HPLC systems, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/HPLC-systems

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