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2014-15 Product Resource Guide: GC Systems

Get fun facts about laboratory GC systems, a list of questions to ask when buying these systems, the most recent GC product releases, and an updated GC system manufacturer's list in this section.

Top 6 Things You May Not Know About Gas Chromatography

1. The history of gas chromatography (GC) dates back to the first experiments of Mikhail Tsvet separating plant pigments using paper chromatography in 1903.

2. Schuftan & Eucken introduced vapor as the mobile phase in the 1930s.

3. German physical chemist Erika Cremer created the technique of gas chromatography in 1944.

4. Solid state gas chromatography was developed by German graduate student Fritz Prior in 1947. His work was overseen by Cremer.

5. English chemist Archer John Porter Martin, who built the foundation for the development of GC, created liquid-gas chromatography in 1950.

6. The XII Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria used gas chromatography for rapid drug screening in routine testing of athletes.

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?

Recently Released GC Systems & Accessories

Hydrogen Sensor for GC System

  • For the 7890B gas chromatography system
  • Helps GC users move away from costly helium carrier gas by providing the additional level of security many organizations require in order to use hydrogen
  • Self-calibrating sensor automatically executes a safe sequence for the shutdown of the GC system if even a small hydrogen leak is detected, preventing potentially hazardous situations


New Trace 1300 Series GC System Options

  • Now includes Instant Connect Helium Saver module, designed to reduce helium consumption an average of 80 percent
  • High-capacity TRACE 1310 auxiliary oven, with multi-valve, multi-column capacity enables use of up to four conventional detectors simultaneously
  • Dedicated Instant Connect flame photometric detector for traces of sulfur, phosphorous or tin-containing species
  • Instant Connect gas sampling valve module

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Series 8100 Gas Chromatograph

  • Broad, flexible platform allows for custom, application-specific system configurations for research, industrial, laboratory, academic, and QA/QC environments
  • Accommodates up to two independently controlled detectors that can be operated either individually, in series, or in parallel depending on the ordered configuration
  • Features an ambient plus 5°C to 450°C operating temperature, independently programmed and controlled temperatures at multiple locations and more


Calidus Micro Gas Chromatograph

  • Provides users with the durability, utility, reliability and economy it takes to be applied in-lab, online, at-line and in the field with universal success
  • Sturdy, 1/8" gauge aluminum housing makes the unit tough enough for demanding applications
  • Features a light weight of only 25 lbs. and small footprint of just over 1 sq. ft.
  • Cycles 10 to 50 times faster than traditional GCs

Falcon Analytical

GC System Manufacturers




Buck Scientific

CDS Analytical

Falcon Analytical

Forston Labs






OI Analytical (Xylem)

Parker Balston




Teledyne Tekmar

Thermo Fisher Scientific