Archive for the ‘Maintenance’ Category

How I clean a GC injection port

Recently I have been asked by several customers how to clean an injection port.  My initial answer is always the same, you should clean the injection port according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.  But what instructions do I provide when the injection port was manufactured by Restek?  I usually provide the same response but then I […]

Are PFAS sticking in your system?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are ubiquitous in our society and can be found in a wide range of consumer products; hence they are widely present in the environment, people and animals. They are persistent chemicals that have the potential to accumulate. Therefore, they are evaluated and monitored using a variety of methods and controlled […]

Purge and Trap weldment installation

Sometimes we get asked by customers for clarification when installing/connecting a new or replacement weldment from their purge & trap autosampler to their Agilent GC’s split/splitless injection port. As a result, I wrote this post to assist those that may be new to this type of installation or those that simply could use a quick […]

Not checking for leaks in your GC system has consequences

I know I am beginning to sound like a stuck record on this topic, but checking for leaks in your GC system on a daily basis, using an electronic leak detector, is a vital part of your routine maintenance program, and will prevent so many issues from turning into big headaches.  Furthermore, it doesn’t take […]

Shutting down your LC during a quarantine period?

It certainly does not only pertain to a quarantine period, but certainly more likely during the current Covid-19 crisis. Some of you might be needing to shut down your projects for a while. If you will not be using your LC column for more than 3 days, here are some recommendations and tips that might […]

Step-by-step instructions to easily, quickly and safely shut-down your GCs

In this current economy with stay-at-home recommendations/requirements due to the coronavirus, it has been unfortunate that many laboratories have been or will be forced to temporarily close their doors until the spread of the virus decreases enough that the stay-at-home orders are rescinded. If you find yourself in this distressing situation, sometimes it is difficult […]

Over tightening your fittings has consequences.

If you use the correct fittings and seals in the gas chromatography system, and follow some simple steps, there is absolutely no need to over tighten any fitting to achieve a leak free seal. For almost all fittings that use seals in a GC system, whether they are ferrules, septa or o-rings, the tightening process […]

Using a liquid leak detection solution has consequences

We have been warning about the consequences of using liquid leak detection products for years (see Blog).  These products, like Snoop, contain a whole host of compounds that can easily contaminate your GC system if you have a leak.  The solution can enter the leak site by capillary action, and is very hard to remove, […]

Poor press-tight connections have consequences

My colleagues have written plenty of articles over the years with how to cut columns and get the perfect press-tight connection: Jaap – How to make a good fused silica seal using a Press Tight type connections Jaap – Column cutting, for making the optimal coupling Chas – How (not) to cut your capillary column […]

Want to learn about “Injection Techniques in GC” or “Practical Maintenance and Troubleshooting in GC”? Sign up to join our half day course during Pittcon, Chicago.

Please join one of our courses presented next Pittcon in Chicago: “Injection Techniques in GC”:  Monday,  March 2,  08:30-12:00, Session: SC1230. “Practical maintenance and troubleshooting in Gas Chromatography”: Tuesday, March 3, 08:30-12:00, Session: SC1231 For location, visit short course office at S100C.   Injection Techniques in Gas Chromatography In Gas chromatography the most important process […]