The TRACE GC UltraTM is built around the recognized quality, reliability and ruggedness of the established TRACE GC. Ultra performance, reliability, and usability make this a must-have GC for any laboratory. Automated features result in a tremendous increase in sample throughput, with analyses performed up to 30 times faster than before, without compromises in precision.
Product detail Built around the recognized quality, reliability and ruggedness of the established TRACE GC, the new Ultra platform incorporates innovative solutions, such as the new Ultra Fast and Large Volume splitless techniques, delivering unprecedented performance.
Ultra in speed of analysis Featuring a linear heating rate of up to 1200 °C per minute, the TRACE GC Ultra is able to dramatically decrease sample run times in a wide range of GC applications from crude oils, pesticides and hydrocarbons determination, to drug screening and food and flavors characterization. Combined with conventional GC or MS detectors, this technique enormously increases lab productivity without compromising analytical resolution, precision or reliability.
Ultra in performance The new Large Volume splitless technique, only available with the Ultra platform, extends the sample injection volume of conventional GC methods without requiring additional investment, further training, or the need to revalidate methods. This new capability results in dramatic increases in sensitivity, without incremental sample preparation costs in a large array of trace determinations, and is extremely easy to set-up and operate with a standard split/splitless injector.
Ultra in system usability The new TRACE GC Ultra also supports a complete range of injectors, such as the BEST PTV, unique cold on-column inlets, and detector solutions for conventional GC and GC/MS applications. Its unique ability to provide in-series, staked or parallel configurations of up to three detectors featuring different selectivity, provide additional flexibility to lab operations. Dedicated turnkey analyzers for chemical and petrochemical applications complete the powerful TRACE GC Ultra product offering.
Ultra in system automation Two new application notes illustrate how the proprietary direct column heating technology can decrease the total analysis time to levels unachievable with conventional fast GC analysis. The application notes discuss how the TRACE GC Ultra is able to perform simulated distillation of petroleum products and hydrocarbon index determination in environmental samples in less than two minutes. High temperature programming, up to 20°C/s, and fast cooling times of approximately one minute, with precise retention time control are the key instrument features demonstrated in both application notes. The benefits delivered by this technology include a tremendous increase of sample throughput, with analyses performed twenty times faster than before, without compromises in precision.
Thermo GCs, including the versatile dual channel TRACE GC Ultra and the single-channel high productivity workhorse FOCUS GC, offer fast separation capabilities combined with the most innovative GC injection techniques.
Column Oven Programmability: 7 Ramps/8 Plateaus. Temperature range: few degrees above ambient to 450 °C. Maximum Temperature ramp: 120 °C/min. Typical heat-up: from 50 °C to 450 °C in 420 seconds. Typical cool down: 450 °C to 50 °C in 250 seconds. Sub-ambient: -99 °C with liquid N2, -55 °C with CO2 options.
Injectors Vaporizing Inlets: SSL, Packed, Purged Packed,B.E.S.T. PTV Temperature range: 50-400 °C Heating rate: Up to 14.5 °C/sec (870°C/min). Programmability: 3 ramps/4 plateaus. Air-cooled down to few degrees above ambient temperature. Sub-ambient: -50 °C with liquid N2 , -30°C with CO2 options. Non-Vaporizing Inlets: Cold, On-column Septumless injector. No heating of the injector is required. Suitable for manual and automated operations. Cryogenic coolant not required.
Large Volume Options Large Volume Cold On-column Up to 450 µL injectable volume. Uncoret type desolvation precolumn. Heated Solvent Vapor Exit valve. LVI software assistant for parameter optimization. Suitable for clean matrices. Large Volume B.E.S.T. PTV Up to 450 µL injection volume. Heated Solvent Split valve. Compatible with optional Backflush kit for PTV. Suitable for large volatility range samples in dirty matrices. Large Volume Splitless Patented technology. Up to 50 µL injection volume. Compatible with manual or automated injections. Suitable for samples amenable to split-splitless injector.
Inlet Pneumatics Digital (250 and 1,000 kPa) Ambient Temperature and Pressure compensation. Gas saver. Automatic column characterization. Automatic leak check. Pressure surge. Manual (600 kPa)
Detectors Flame Ionization Detector MDA: 2 x 10-12 gC/sec Linearity: Better than 107 Selectivity or additional features: Flameout detection and timed programming capability. Acquisition rate 300 Hz
Thermal Conductivity Detector MDA: 600 pg Ethane/mL He Linearity: 106 Selectivity or additional features: Automated software switch function
Electron Capture Detector MDA: < 10 fg of Lindane Linearity: Better than 104 Selectivity or additional features: 63Ni source, micro cell volume design
Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector MDA: 5 x 10-14 gN/s and 2 x 10-14 gP/s Linearity: Better than 104 Selectivity or additional features: N/C = 105:1; P/C = 2 x 105:1
Flame Photometric Detector MDA: 1 x 10-13 gP/s and 104 (P), MDA: 5 x 10-12 gS/s (Malathion) Linearity: 103 (S) after linearization with suitable s/w Selectivity or additional features: P/C=106:1; S/C=105:1 Dual flame photometric capability
Photo Ionization Detector MDA: 1 x 10-12 g of Benzene MDA: 1.3 x 10-12 g of Toluene Linearity: Better than 105 Selectivity or additional features: Patented lamp cooling system for temperatures up to 400 °C
Pulsed Discharge Detector MDA: Low pg range Linearity: 105 Selectivity or additional features: Non radioactive source
Manual and digital pneumatics for detector gas controls
Valve Oven Independently heated valve housing able to accommodate up to 4 heated/2 unheated gas valves, 8 pressure regulators, 8 needle valves, In/out ports, packed and capillary columns. Maximum Temperature isothermal 175 °C.
Ultra Fast GC Only for SSL/FID or PTV-FID configurations. Heat up rate 1200 °C/min linear throughout entire Temperature range. Minimum Temperature: 40 °C. Maximum Temperature: 370 °C. 3 Ramps/4 Plateaus. Typical cool-down time: 370 °C to 50 °C in 1 minute.
System Automation Liquid sampling AI 3000 Compatible with SSL, B.E.S.T. PTV, PKD and PPKD Injectors. Maximum injectable volume 5 µl. Minimum 20 nanoliters with 0.5 µL syringe, “plunger-in-needle”. Up to 8 sample vial capacity. Upgradable to AS 3000. AS 3000 Same as AI 3000 but with up to 105 sample vial capacity. TriPlus™ AS Compatible with all injectors. 2x150 positions sample trays. Offers automated Large Volume injection capability up to 450 µL, solvent flush and internal standard injection modes. Available in “clone mode”, with one sampling unit automating 2 adjacent GC or GC-MS. Upgradable to TriPlus Duo. Headspace Sampling TriPlus HS 2x54 positions sample trays. Heated syringe (Maximum Temperature: 150 °C). 6 position Incubation Oven withshaker and heating. Multiple Headspace Extraction (MHE) device available. Upgradable to TriPlus Duo.
Liquid and Headspace Sampling TriPlus Duo Same as TriPlus AS and HS, offering both liquid and headspace sampling capability through 2 dedicated “snap-on” interchangeable turrets.