Bringing Affordability to HPLC
Industry Insight Jan 25, 2017 | Written by: Louise Saul
Credit: Cecil Instruments
Cecil Instruments have launched a new low cost HPLC system. The Merit range reduces the time for software familiarisation, is designed to be easy to use and offers a high specification. The PC controlled isocratic and binary systems gives automatic integration of chromatograph peaks, without intervention from the operator. The Merit systems can be used for screening, quality assurance, method development, teaching and use by novices.
To find out more, and to see how this new instrument can help analysts, we spoke to Ade Kujore from Cecil Instruments.
LS: Tell us a bit more about the new systems
Ade Kujore (AK): The Merit HPLC systems have been designed to bring simplicity to HPLC analyses. Although the systems are effective and are of Cecil Instruments’ trusted, reliable, high specification, ultra-low drift and durable modules, they avoid the distractions of operator peak integration, intensive software familiarisation and personalised reporting options.
LS: What makes the new systems easier to use than others?
AK: Each system incorporates the very simple Merit (DataStream) software, and is fully PC controlled. The software is contained on-board the instrument modules and there are no instrument keypads or keyboards, so there is very little software to master. Systems are available in isocratic and binary modular configurations.
AK: The Merit HPLC systems may be differentiated by the use of non-integrated instrumentation modules. At any time after purchase of the initial system, users may very easily add or substitute other Merit modules to the same system.
LS: How can these new systems help analysts?
AK: Most HPLC systems quite rightly, have a vast array of functions to accommodate a wide range of current and future usage. Much of the time, these functions do attract an additional pricing cost and add to the complexity of use of a system. In some situations, this complexity of use is not required.
Many analysts involved in multi compound screening, initial method development, production situations, process development, and teaching, should find Merit HPLC systems to be beneficial. The software learning curve is almost non-existent, so development analysts can focus on quickly resolving, identifying and quantifying their chromatographic peaks of interest. Students can focus on learning of the principles of HPLC analysis, and production workers can make a production sample injection and quickly notice anomalies.
Without the use of the more complex software and instrument keypads or keyboards, these Merit HPLC systems are of a lower cost. Pricing is sufficiently affordable to justify users placing a Merit HPLC system, in locations which could not otherwise justify the expense of HPLC.
Ade Kujore was speaking to Louise Saul, Editor for Technology Networks.