3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 7, 2017 12:53 PM by valentinrusu

    How to simulate an "Inlet Trap Test" check remotely using only Masshunter/chemstation method changes??

    gchaplain

      Good Morning,

       

      I know that there is a way to simulate the diagnostic tests that are normally seen on a GC. What I want to do is create a method that simulates those conditions so remotely, I can log onto another computer that has MassHunter or Chemstation installed and check if the split vent trap needs changing.

       

      Please can someone give me a list of things to check and turn off/on in the inlet to determine the test readout in PSI.

       

      Thanks in advance

       

      Grant

        • Re: How to simulate an "Inlet Trap Test" check remotely using only Masshunter/chemstation method changes??
          valentinrusu

          gchaplain, I'm including below the standard inlet tests for our 6890 and 7890A GCs. Typically, one runs the Inlet Leak Check to confirm whether there's a leak (the leak rate you determine is only approximate); if there is a leak confirmed, you would follow this test up with the Pressure Decay test, which is more stringent and precise. Now, all that being said, the Pressure decay test cannot be simulated remotely, because as you can see, it requires capping the septum purge, removing the column, and capping the inlet. I'm not sure what "Inlet Trap Test" refers to, but if it's one of the ones listed below, only the Inlet Leak Check and the Split Vent Restriction Test can be done via method changes. I hope this helps!

           

          6890 Inlet Leak Check (can also be used for 7890)

          1. Set the mode to Splitless.
          2. Confirm column dimensions – leave the column installed in the inlet
          3. Set the Column Flow to 4 mL/min.
          4. Set the inlet temperature to a constant value.
          5. Set the inlet purge flow to 50 mL/min.
          6. Press the Prep Run button once, wait a few seconds, then press Prep Run again.
          7. Monitor the Total flow.

           

          Subtract 7mL/min from the total flow.  The 7mL/min is the column flow + septum purge (4mL/min + 3mL/min).  The number you get quantifies the approximate leak rate; obviously, this number is ideally close to or equal to 0.  To fix the inlet leak or to identify its cause, check/tighten the following while monitoring the total flow:  septum, liner O-ring, gold seal,  column fitting, split vent trap and associated fittings, and gang block fittings.

           

          6890 Inlet Pressure Decay Test

          This test requires capping the inlet column and septum purge fittings. The inlet is pressurized, then the pressure is shut off. The leak rate is then indicated by the pressure decay.

          1. Set the GC inlet to split mode.
          2. Remove the column and cap the inlet fitting.
          3. Cap the septum purge fitting.
          4. Set the inlet temperature to a constant temperature.
          5. Set inlet pressure to 25 PSI.
          6. Set the total flow to 50 mL/min.
          7. Allow one minute for the pressures to stabilize.
          8. Set the pressure to OFF.
          9. Turn off the carrier supply to the inlet
          10. Monitor the pressure for 10 minutes.

           

          The pressure should not drop by more than 0.5 PSI in that time period.  If it does, there’s likely a leak.

           

          7890 Inlet Pressure Decay Test

          This test requires capping the inlet column and septum purge fittings. The inlet is pressurized, then the pressure is shut off. The leak rate is then indicated by the pressure decay.

          1. Set the GC inlet to split mode.
          2. Remove the column and cap the inlet fitting.
          3. Cap the septum purge fitting.
          4. Set the Septum Purge Valve Duty Cycle to 50%.

                    Press the blue Service Mode > Diagnostics > Front or Back inlet (as appropriate for what you are testing) > Pneumatics control > Septum Purge > Duty Cycle 50%.

          1. Set the inlet temperature to a constant temperature.
          2. Set inlet pressure to 25 PSI.
          3. Set the total flow to 60 mL/min.
          4. Allow one minute for the pressures to stabilize.
          5. Set the pressure to OFF.
          6. Turn off the carrier supply to the inlet
          7. Monitor the pressure for 10 minutes.

           

          The pressure should not drop by more than 0.5 PSI in that time period.  If it does, there’s likely a leak.

           

           

          6890/7890 Split Vent Restriction Test

          1. Set the mode to split
          2. You can either have the column installed or the inlet capped.
          3. De-configure the column from the inlet.
          4. Set the inlet temperature to a constant value.
          5. Set the inlet pressure to 0 PSI (this is not the same as turning the pressure OFF).
          6. Set the inlet total flow to 400 ml/minute.
          7. Monitor inlet actual pressure.  Typical Values for a new, clean GC are, for split liner 1-2 PSI, and for a splitless liner, 3-10 PSI.  Much higher values indicate condensed sample contamination in the injection port split vent tube, the copper split vent line or the split vent trap, or possibly a defective EPC.