shutterstock_250965658-dmIt’s that dreaded time of the year where I start to NOT look forward to weekends. Given that it is the only time I have to do my taxes, I’m sure you understand why. I can usually fight through reading migraine-inducing W-2 statements and chug away at my tax preparation software. The problem is actually buying the correct tax preparation software. It’s nothing short of a mind-swirling experience trying to figure out which package has the best feature set. This year, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many companies have an easy-to-navigate comparison table which lists the differences between each of their packages. Many tables divide their packages into “tax filer type” so my eyes know where to focus my attention. Believe me, this year weekends have started to become pleasant again.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has taken a similar approach for their Ion Chromatography portfolio with a handy online IC system comparison tool. Every single ion chromatograph in their portfolio is designed with a specific set of features to fit a certain type of analysis. For example, there are a higher number of check marks under the Thermo Scientific Dionex ICS-5000+ HPIC system column which has been designed for advanced applications. This tool can be beneficial for all types of customers, but especially for those who are looking to perform simple ion analysis. If I reflect on my tax example, my needs were very basic which is why I was getting frustrated as I sifted through the features of multiple packages. With the online package comparison table, I easily found the right package. I could also understand which new features may become important for me to consider as my own needs expanded. The IC system comparison tool provides a very similar experience for a user who may simply need to perform basic ion analysis in a simple matrix. For example, they can easily learn which key features the Thermo Scientific Dionex Aquion IC system has to perform such applications by using the table. You can always learn more about the system by viewing a dedicated resource page online as well.

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At the same time, if you are also interested to find the best IC method to run on the system of your choice, there exists yet another handy tool! The IC Analysis by Analyte tool enables you to find the best method for your analyte of interest and the sample matrix. Each dedicated page has a detailed table which includes information on method detection limits and the specific ion-exchange column used. Once you find the method you want to download, simply click on the title.

I’m personally a huge fan of handy online tools to make my life easier. Especially if they help me look forward to the weekend so I can unwind! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got one coming up to enjoy!