Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Tailing solvent peak during split injection? Check your column installation distance!

When performing splitless injections, it is not uncommon to witness a tailing solvent peak, given the large amount of solvent introduced onto the column over a relatively long period of time.  For split injections, however, only a small portion of the solvent loads onto the column and it occurs very quickly. This results in a […]

Are My Shut-off Valves Contaminated?

Shut-off valves provide a convenient means to control gas flows and are often used in conjunction with gas chromatography systems.  There are several types of shut-off valves including ball valves, plug valves, and diaphragm-sealed valves.  Some of these valves, ball and plug valves included, use a silicone-based lubricant to make opening and closing the valve […]

Annual Replacement of Cartridge Gas Filters

A significant number of instrument and column complaints are carrier gas related, which could be caused by breakthrough from filters that are not replaced in time. The possible consequences of a filter breakthrough are: Gas distribution system behind the filter will be contaminated (fast cleaning nearly impossible, bleeds for months) Instrument gets contaminated, expensive maintenance […]

How to Determine the Size of 1/4” and 1/8” National Pipe Thread tapered (NPT) Fittings

Restek’s Technical Service team gets quite a few questions from customers about fittings. There is a bewildering assortment of fitting types and sizes as you can see here on the Restek web site. A blog post titled, “I need a fitting, but which one?” is where we often direct customers for help with these questions. […]

A better way to configure your EZ No-Vent GC-MS Connector Part II

Last time, I wrote a blog (here) that showed a better way to configure the EZ No-Vent in the software so that the column length didn’t need to be manipulated. I kept the volumetric flow the same, and showed different ways to minimize the negative chromatographic effects of the reduced linear velocity. Today, I’m going […]

EXP Fittings: Which Nut Do I Need?

Our brilliant friends at Optimize Technologies are continually innovating and making our lab lives easier. We love their patented EXP Titanium Hybrid Ferrule technology that is truly universal. You can use it on any tubing, any 10-32-port, any instrument—wrench-tight to 20,000 psi. This fully UHPLC-capable EXP ferrule is used with all EXP nuts. Restek offers […]

A better way to configure your EZ No-Vent GC-MS Connector

If you are using the EZ No-Vent for Agilent mass spectrometers (cat.# 21323), you are probably tricking your instrument into working properly by inflating the length of your column in your acquisition software. If you have MassHunter, or a recent version of MSD ChemStation  (G1701EA), you don’t have to do this. Instead of configuring your […]

How do I Replace my LC Tubing?

For those that are experienced with LC, you probably have this all figured out.  If that is the case, this might serve as a good introduction to Restek products that you can use for this.  For those that are newbies to liquid chromatography, welcome and I hope you find this useful! The best way to […]

Can I use a 100% aqueous mobile phase with my LC column?

You might be asking this because you have read that not all columns are OK to use with highly aqueous content (>95%) in the mobile phase.  Or maybe the caption caught your eye because you have recently encountered some difficulty with using highly aqueous mobile phase. There is a phenomenon called “phase dewetting” that can […]

General (very general) guidelines to help meet GC detection limits.

Sometimes we (tech service) receive requests from customers who cannot meet detection limits when developing a new method or when trying to follow a current method. They ask for advice on how to meet these limits.  As a result, I decided to provide some (very) general guidelines that I would follow back-in-the-day when I would […]