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Shimadzu's Brevis GC-2050

27 September 2023 | Product
by Katie Michael

Shimadzu has released the Brevis GC-2050, a more compact version of the popular GC-2030. The new Brevis GC-2050 further advances the Shimadzu tradition of delivering high-precision gas chromatography analyses while saving valuable laboratory bench space.

A space-saving, compact design

Laboratory space is very cost-intensive to set up and maintain, and the number of analyses that can be performed simultaneously in a lab is often limited by the available bench space.

The new Shimadzu GC-2050 addresses this challenge by combining low space requirements with high analytical performance. Small enough that a typical laboratory table can accommodate several units, the GC-2050 allows the simultaneous operation of two analytical lines with standard capillary columns. As with the successful GC-2030 – its larger sibling – it uses the same techniques for sample injection and detection as well as gas control.

One cost-saving display for all GC instruments

The GC-2030 provides a colour touchscreen on the instrument. This is usually not needed during regular operations but is a valuable tool for maintenance and troubleshooting. For the GC-2050, the app provides full connectivity and functionality on any MS-Windows-compatible desktop, laptop or tablet. Naturally, a tablet or other touchscreen-enabled device offers the most flexible and efficient means to reap the benefits of the new GC-2050. Mobile monitoring helps keep things moving.

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 carrier gas use. If expensive helium is used, the gas selector switches automatically to the cheaper nitrogen and then back to helium when a new sample measurement is started. The GC can shut down automatically at night or during longer rest periods 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 needed to select a maintenance procedure or predefined column condition at any time. In the same way, the predefined GC shut-down and flexible restart procedures can be initiated and performed automatically by the instrument.

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