Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

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. […]

How (Not) To Cut Your Capillary Column

There are numerous ways to cut a capillary column. Restek has several tools to accomplish this job. There are sapphire scribes, ceramic scoring wafers, wafers with a handle, and diamond blade column cutters. There are also some tools manufactured by other companies that will cut a capillary column. The choice is typically personal preference. No […]

Don’t forget about your lab’s moisture traps/filters, especially when it’s summer

One of the common issues which arise in laboratories during the summer is moisture in the gas lines. Although I never quite understood how this would happen when using gas cylinders, it does, especially when a manifold system is used, or if the length of tubing from the gas source to the instrument is longer […]

How can I use Raptor columns and the EXP Direct connect holder with stainless steel fittings?

Some customers may find themselves with this scenario. You have an HPLC instrument with existing stainless steel tubing and fittings and you are getting ready to install a Raptor column. The end of your tubing may very well look like the one shown above. Here are some questions you might have.   Can I attach […]

Need parts for your Agilent 1100? HP 1050? Restek has you covered.

As of May 31, 2015, 1100 Series HPLC systems were categorized “End of Guaranteed Support” (EGS) by Agilent. Agilent would prefer it if you purchased a new system from them, but 1100 HPLCs are dependable workhorses. Why not keep them running with instrument replacement parts from Restek? Check out our selection, easily sorted by instrument and module: […]

Leak Detector Lithium Ion Battery

Lithium ion batteries have been in the news quite a lot recently, and not all of it has been positive.  There have been numerous incidents of different products from airplanes to hoverboards to mobile phones catching fire during charging or operation.  These problems occur when there has been damage to the cells’ structure or to the […]

It May be Hot Outside, but Your Headspace Analysis Can Still Suffer from the Cold

Summer days are my favorite – hot, sunny, and full of fun. But one thing that’s really not fun is trying to track down contamination and/or carryover in your headspace-GC (HS-GC) system. I get questions about this topic pretty regularly, so I thought I would post a blog on the most common culprit for contamination […]

Looking for a Cryogenic Valve for your Shimadzu GC-MS?

I was working on a project for volatile sulfur analysis. It took so long to cool the GC oven to 30 °C, and yet the most volatile analytes were still difficult to separate. At that time, I realized that I needed a cryogenic cooling system for my Shimadzu GC-MS QP2010 plus! However, I was not as excited as […]

Think you must use RFID-tagged lamps? Think again!

The recent addition of Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID tags) to detector lamps allows automatic reference and usage data collection to your system software. This is convenient but comes at a cost: up to 40% more for an OEM-tagged lamp compared to a Restek replacement lamp. At the time of the writing of this blog […]

Don’t Forget to Change Your GC Inlet Bottom Seal and Trim Your GC Column as Part of Your Maintenance Routine!

While doing PAH analysis for dirty samples with splitless GC I saw increased peak tailing and loss of response, so I did what anybody would do: changed my GC inlet liner.  In this case I used a Restek Premium single taper inlet liner with wool.  Unfortunately when I did my next standard analysis, not much was improved.  […]