Let’s talk about something completely different in gas chromatography, a laboratory business case scenario.
First let’s start by thinking how we run things in the lab. We have one GC, probably more, running specific analyses. If you’re in a petrochemical lab could be FIDs. If you’re in a food testing lab could be NPD, ECD, or dual ECD. If you’re in a forensic lab could be FID, or pretty much any other detector. If you’re in an environmental lab could be dual ECD, NPD, FID, or any other detector. But the point is you have a GC that is configured in a certain way and that is just the way it is for as long as you own the GC. It may do the job very well but it cannot grow with the lab, it is not flexible. If you buy it with every possible injector and detector combination it is very expensive and may not even work the way you would expect.
I have a scenario for everyone. It’s based on a fictitious environmental lab. We’ll call it Eric’s Lab (has a nice ring to it) and it’s a rather large lab (this scenario also works for a small lab). Eric’s Lab has won a contract to analyze pesticides by dual ECD (one of the most sensitive ways to do it). There is a lot of work on this contract and so Eric’s Lab purchased a new dual ECD system with a split/splitless injector to keep up with this work and the required reporting time (turn around), also the GC did not take a lot of bench space. The project went very well and wrapped up on time; Eric’s Lab received a recommendation from their customer.
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Now that the contract is up Eric’s Lab went looking for more work to fill time on the new system. There was no readily available pesticide work for the dual ECD system. There was, however, a lot of work found for doing DRO/GRO analysis (diesel range organics and gasoline range organics); especially because of the recommendation they received. The problem is the system currently configured to do that work is fully engaged on another project and cannot be shared. The answer to the dilemma is simple. Eric’s Lab had purchased the new Trace 1310 GC. The GC operator used Instant Connect PTV injector and FID detectors to reconfigure the GC and have it analytically stable for the DRO/GRO analysis in much less than 2 hours. Eric’s Lab was able to fulfill the new contract, did not need to buy additional GC system, and could reconfigure the GC themselves. This new contract could not have been won or completed any other way.
This scenario demonstrates what can be done with the new Trace 1300 Series GC. Not only does it have a small foot print; it is sensitive and very flexible. The Trace 1300 Series GC can expand and grow with your lab to provide continued return on your investment.
I look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on how you could use this level of flexibility.