Versatile choice of carrier gas
Helium is the preferred carrier gas in gas chromatography, but its limited supply and high price suggest that GC operators have increasingly been turning to other gases as more economical alternatives. The GC-2050 software allows operators to easily choose their carrier gas from among hydrogen, helium, nitrogen and argon. Whatever gas is used, the GC-2050 immediately detects gas leaks through its rugged gas controllers. Minor leaks are also detected by the automated leak check performed after maintenance work. For even greater safety, a dedicated hydrogen sensor can be installed that stops the gas supply before dangerous concentrations of hydrogen are reached.
Reducing running costs
Because gas consumption is one of the major expenses in GC operations, the new GC-2050 also offers various techniques for reducing these costs. For example, full split flow is only required during sample injection. During the remaining GC run-time, the gas saver reduces consumption and avoids unnecessary use of the carrier gas. If expensive helium is being used, the gas selector switches automatically to the cheaper nitrogen and then back to helium as soon as a new sample measurement is started. At night or during longer rest periods, the GC can shut down automatically after finishing all running analyses. It then restarts automatically whenever the operator wishes to resume testing.
Easy operation and maintenance with Analytical Intelligence
The Analytical Intelligence of the GC-2050 saves working time for other important tasks. One click or swipe is all that is needed to select a maintenance procedure or predefined column condition at any time. In the same way, the predefined GC shutdown and flexible restart procedures can be initiated and performed automatically by the instrument.
In addition to providing a simple, compact, economical and high-precision solution, Shimadzu’s new GC-2050 also offers these important benefits:
• Greater flexibility and scalability
The GC-2050 can easily be equipped with an SPL injector as well as with an FID (flame ionization detector), FPD (flame photometric detector), ECD (electron capture detector) and an MS (mass spectrometry) detector. Shimadzu’s liquid autoinjectors AOC-30i and AOC-20i can also be combined with the autosampler AOC-20sU for higher sample capacities. And, for headspace injection, the GC-2050 can be operated together with the HS-20 NX headspace sampler.
• Adaptable software choice
For further ease of use, the GC-2050 can be operated using LabSolutions as well as several other chromatography data software (CDS) platforms.
• Easier column installation with ClickTek
The GC-2050 can also be optionally equipped with user-friendly ClickTek technology for faster and easier exchange of capillary columns.
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