Helium Saving options & Alternative gases for GC/GCMS from Shimadzu
11 Jun 2023
Shimadzu has launched a comprehensive guide featuring information such as optimised instrument settings and efficiency maximising technologies for laboratories seeking to reduce helium consumption and ensure uninterrupted chromatographic analysis.
The specially designed webpage aims to address the concerns surrounding helium scarcity and offer valuable insights into helium saving/reduction options as well as alternative carrier gas options.
Gas chromatography plays a vital role in a wide range of scientific applications, including pharmaceuticals, environmental analysis, food, and beverage testing, and more. Reliance on helium as a carrier gas has become a pressing issue due to its limited availability and rising costs, so Shimadzu is developing conservation strategies as well as exploring alternative gas options.
"At Shimadzu, we are committed to providing sustainable solutions that empower laboratories to overcome challenges and improve their analytical capabilities," said Andrew Clissold, GC/GCMS Product Manager at Shimadzu UK. "With the growing helium scarcity, it is crucial for laboratories to adopt helium conservation strategies and explore alternative gas options. Our new webpage serves as a valuable resource, offering practical insights and recommendations to address this pressing issue."
Strategies highlighted on the webpage include the use of carrier gas selector valve, automated software features and column dimension optimisation. As well as helium-saving techniques, it covers the benefits, limitations, and best practices for utilising alternative gases, including hydrogen and nitrogen.
To further support laboratories in their transition towards helium conservation and alternative gas options, Shimadzu’s team offers training, technical support, and application guidance to help customers implement sustainable practices and achieve optimal chromatographic performance.