Are You in the Market for a Chromatography Data System?

By Lab Manager

Chromatography data systems (CDSs)— the data “back end” for gas, liquid, ion, and supercritical fluid analytical chromatography—have evolved over the decades from simple chart recorders to onboard processors with minimal storage and analysis to personal computerbased and, finally, to connectivity with “peer” instruments and supervisory software systems.

Top 7 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a CDS

1. What are the key elements you need to have from the data system?
2. What differentiates the vendor’s software from others offered, in terms of chromatography data handling, customization and powerful analysis?
3. How do you validate the specification claims presented by the vendor?
4. Has the data processing software been designed for enhanced analytics, with lab workflow in mind and does it support critical compliance requirements?
5. What are important price points to keep in mind when selecting a GC software package?
6. Laboratories need fast and effective services. This includes an effective distribution of installations, help desk, education, and service personnel. How does the company serve these needs globally?
7. Is validation, like support for 21 CFR Part 11, critical for you?

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a chromatography data system:

Types of chromatography data systems currently used by survey respondents:

Stand-alone 54%
Client/server 31%
Web-based 11%
Thin client 3%

Primary purposes for a CDS as reported by survey respondents:

Infrastructure for capturing, accessing, and
sharing experimental information
Centralized data repository 15%
Improved productivity 14%
Improved communication between instruments and
Accelerating documentation and reporting 7%
Streamlined regulatory compliance 6%
Enabling scientists to collaborate effectively 2%
Workflow coordination across geographic and
business boundaries
All of the above 27%

Nearly 38% of respondents plan on purchasing a new or additional CDS in the next year for the following reasons:

Accelerating the documentation and reporting of experimentation
Enabling scientists to collaborate effectively on multi-stage projects
Increased capacity – addition to existing system
Streamlined regulatory compliance
Require a CDS that can incorporate high-speed chromatography system calculations
Require a web-based system
Setting up a new lab

For more information on chromatography data systems, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit

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