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TRACE GC Ultra
Gas Chromatograph
Site Preparation and Installation
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TRACE™ GC Ultra Site Preparation and Installation Manual
May 2010 Edition
Part Number 317 091 90
© 2007-2010 Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. All rights reserved.
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Disclaimer
Technical Information contained in this publication is for reference purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has
been made to supply complete and accurate information; however, Thermo Fisher Scientific assumes no responsibility and will not be liable
for any errors, omissions, damage, or loss that might result from any use of this manual or the information contained therein (even if this
information is properly followed and problems still arise).
This publication is not part of the Agreement of Sale between Thermo Fisher Scientific and the purchaser of a TRACE™ GC Ultra system. In
the event of any conflict between the provisions of this document and those contained in Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Terms and Conditions,
the provisions of the Terms and Conditions shall govern.
Reference to System Configurations and Specifications supercede all previous information and are subject to change without notice.
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TRACE™ GC Ultra is a trademark of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., and its subsidiaries. Other brand and product names may be trademarks
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Declaration
Manufacturer:
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the manufacturer of the instrument described in this
manual and, as such, is responsible for the instrument safety, reliability and
performance only if:
•
installation
•
re-calibration
•
changes and repairs
have been carried out by authorized personnel and if:
•
the local installation complies with local law regulations
•
the instrument is used according to the instructions provided, and if its
operation is only entrusted to qualified, trained personnel
Thermo Fisher Scientific is not liable for any damages derived from the noncompliance with the aforementioned recommendations.
Contents
About This Manual.................................................................................................................................ix
Overview ...................................................................................................................................ix
Conventions Used in This Manual............................................................................................. x
Instrument Markings and Symbols ..........................................................................................xii
Using the TRACE GC Ultra Document Set............................................................................. xv
SECTION I
Site Preparation
Chapter 1
Laboratory Preparation ..................................................................................................................... 19
Entrance.................................................................................................................................... 20
Space and Load Requirements ................................................................................................. 21
Power Requirements ................................................................................................................ 23
120 V ac Power Requirements.................................................................................... 23
230 V ac Power Requirements.................................................................................... 23
Power Quality ............................................................................................................. 23
Effects of Voltage Disturbances .................................................................... 24
Wall Outlets ................................................................................................................ 24
Technical Assistance................................................................................................... 27
Operating Environment............................................................................................................ 27
Temperature ................................................................................................................ 27
Cooling Requirements ................................................................................... 27
Oven Exhaust ................................................................................................. 29
Altitude........................................................................................................................ 29
Humidity ..................................................................................................................... 29
Particulate Matter........................................................................................................ 29
Electrostatic Discharge ............................................................................................... 30
Vibration ..................................................................................................................... 30
Lighting....................................................................................................................... 30
Other Environmental Factors ...................................................................................... 31
Exhaust System ........................................................................................................................ 31
Gas and Plumbing Requirements ............................................................................................. 31
Gas Purity.................................................................................................................... 33
Traps .............................................................................................................. 33
Purity Requirements....................................................................................... 34
Gas Regulators and Fittings ........................................................................................ 35
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Secondary Gas Regulators............................................................................. 36
Gas Tanks ................................................................................................................... 36
Gas Lines .................................................................................................................... 37
Gas Lines for Cold On-Column Injectors ..................................................... 38
Cryogenic Cooling...................................................................................................... 38
Liquid Nitrogen ............................................................................................. 39
Liquid Carbon Dioxide.................................................................................. 40
Telephone ................................................................................................................................ 41
Required Tools......................................................................................................................... 41
Supplemental Equipment......................................................................................................... 42
Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements ................................................................... 43
ChromQuest Data System .......................................................................................... 43
Hardware Requirements ................................................................................ 43
Operating System Requirements ................................................................... 43
Chrom-Card Data System........................................................................................... 44
Hardware Requirements ................................................................................ 44
Operating System Requirements ................................................................... 44
Chapter 2
Instrument Arrival ..............................................................................................................................45
Shipping Information............................................................................................................... 45
Origin............................................................................................................. 45
Destination..................................................................................................... 46
Receiving Instruments ................................................................................................ 46
Installation ............................................................................................................................... 47
Training.................................................................................................................................... 48
SECTION II
Installation
Chapter 3
Before You Begin…............................................................................................................................51
Verify Site Preparation ............................................................................................................ 51
Unpacking the Instrument........................................................................................................ 51
Gas Plumbing Basics ............................................................................................................... 53
How to Use a Tubing Cutter....................................................................................... 53
How to Use Teflon Tape on Pipe Threads ................................................................. 53
How to Use Swagelok Tube Fittings.......................................................................... 54
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How to Attach a Swagelok Tee or Cross .................................................................... 56
Chapter 4
Plumbing the Gas Supply to the GC ................................................................................................ 57
Using Hydrogen ....................................................................................................................... 58
Using the Hydrogen Sensor ........................................................................................ 59
Building the Gas Lines............................................................................................................. 60
Connecting the Gas Supply Cylinders ........................................................................ 60
Adding Traps to the Gas Supply ................................................................................. 61
Purging Gas Lines .................................................................................................................... 62
Connecting the Gas Supply to the Inlet Manifold.................................................................... 63
Connecting the Gas Supply to the Detector Manifold ............................................................. 63
Connecting Coolant to the Cryogenic System ......................................................................... 66
Column Oven Cryo System ........................................................................... 66
PTV Injector Cryo System............................................................................. 66
Testing for Leaks...................................................................................................................... 67
Chapter 5
Getting Connected............................................................................................................................. 69
Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 69
Remove the TRACE Cover......................................................................................... 69
Connect the Data System ............................................................................................ 70
Connect the Computer Cable ......................................................................... 71
Connect the LAN Cable................................................................................. 72
Connect the Autosampler............................................................................................ 73
Computing Integrators ................................................................................................ 76
System Power Up..................................................................................................................... 77
Appendix A
Preinstallation Checklist .................................................................................................................. 79
Appendix B
Customer Communication ............................................................................................................... 81
How To Contact Us.................................................................................................................. 81
Reader Survey ............................................................................................................. 82
Glossary ................................................................................................................................................83
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Index...................................................................................................................................................... 89
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About This Manual
Overview
This manual will help you prepare for the arrival and installation of your TRACE
GC Ultra gas chromatograph. Following the procedures and guidelines in this
manual will help the installation process go smoothly.
This manual is organized as follows:
Section I, Site Preparation, contains the information you need to prepare for the
arrival of your TRACE GC Ultra gas chromatograph system. In addition to
laboratory and operating environment standards, this section contains information
about the shipping and delivery of your TRACE system.
Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation, gives you all the information you need to
prepare your laboratory for the arrival of your TRACE system.
Chapter 2, Instrument Arrival, gives an overview of shipping and receiving
procedures, installation, and training.
Section II, Installation, contains information to help you set up and install your
TRACE GC Ultra gas chromatograph.
Chapter 3, Before You Begin…, contains unpacking instructions and provides
a brief tutorial of basic gas plumbing operations you must know before you
can continue the installation process.
Chapter 4, Plumbing the Gas Supply to the GC, explains the proper gas supply
connections and configuration information for your GC.
Chapter 5, Getting Connected, explains the TRACE power connections, and
helps you mount and configure peripheral devices and data systems.
Appendix A, Preinstallation Checklist, contains a step-by-step list of items you
should complete before your TRACE system arrives.
Appendix B, Customer Communication, contains contact information for Thermo
Fisher Scientific offices worldwide. Use the Reader Survey in this section to give
us feedback on this manual and help us improve the quality of our documentation.
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About This Manual
Conventions Used in This Manual
The Glossary lists and defines terms used in this guide and the Site Preparation
Help File. This includes are abbreviations, acronyms, metric prefixes, and
symbols.
The Index contains an alphabetical list of key terms and topics in this guide with
cross references and the corresponding page numbers.
Conventions Used in This Manual
The following symbols and typographical conventions are used throughout this
manual.
x
Bold
Bold text indicates names of windows, menus, dialog boxes,
buttons, and fields.
Italic
Italic text indicates cross references, first references to
important terms defined in the glossary, and special
emphasis.
Monospace
Monospace, or Courier, indicates filenames and filepaths, or
text the user should enter with the keyboard.
Monospace
Bold
Monospace Bold indicates messages or prompts displayed on
the computer screen or on a digital display.
»
This symbol illustrates menu paths to select, such as
File»Open…
KEY NAME
Bold, uppercase sans serif font indicates the name of a key on
a keyboard or keypad, such as ENTER.
CAUTION
This symbol alerts you to an action or procedure that, if
performed improperly, could damage the instrument.
NOTE
This symbol alerts you to important information related to the
text in the previous paragraph.
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About This Manual
This symbol alerts you to an action or procedure that, if
WARNING! performed improperly, could result in damage to the
instrument or possible physical harm to the user. This symbol
may be followed by icons indicating special precautions that
should be taken to avoid injury.
This symbol indicates electric shock hazard.
This symbol indicates danger from hazardous chemicals.
This symbol indicates danger from high temperature surfaces
or substances.
This symbol indicates a fire hazard.
This symbol indicates an explosion hazard.
This symbol indicates a toxic hazard.
This symbol indicates the presence of flammable materials.
This symbol indicates the presence of radioactive material.
This symbol indicates an operation or procedure that must
NOT be performed by the user. A Thermo Fisher Scientific
authorized Customer Support Engineer must perform this
procedure.
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Instrument Markings and Symbols
This symbol indicates all metal objects, such as watches,
jewels, etc., must be taken off.
This symbol indicates an eye hazard. Eye protection must be
worn.
This symbol indicates the user must wear a protective screen
when performing the procedure.
This symbol indicates the user must wear protective shoes
when performing the procedure.
This symbol indicates the user must wear protective clothing
when performing the procedure.
This symbol indicates the user must wear gloves when
performing the procedure.
Instrument Markings and Symbols
The following table explains the symbols used on Thermo Fisher Scientific
instruments. Only a few of them are used on the TRACE GC Ultra gas
chromatograph.
Symbol
Description
Direct Current
Alternating Current
Both direct and alternating current
Three-phase alternating current
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About This Manual
Symbol
Description
Earth (ground) terminal
Protective conductor terminal
Frame or chassis terminal
Equipotentiality
On (Supply)
Off (Supply)
Equipment protected throughout by DOUBLE
INSULATION or REINFORCED INSULATION
(Equivalent to Class II of IEC 536)
Indicates that the user must refer to the manual for
specific Warning or Caution information to avoid
personal injury or damage to the product.
Caution, risk of electric shock
Caution, hot surface
Caution (refer to accompanying documents)
In-position of a bistable push control
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Symbol
Description
Out-position of a bistable push control
Symbol in compliance to the Directive 2002/96/EC on
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
placed on the european market after August, 13, 2005.
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Using the TRACE GC Ultra Document Set
About This Manual
Using the TRACE GC Ultra Document Set
The TRACE GC Ultra Document Set (CD-Rom PN 317 095 00) includes all
manuals in electronic format, and serves as your library for information about the
TRACE hardware and software.
The TRACE GC Ultra Document Set (PN 317 093 00) as paper copy is also
available Furthermore, Thermo Fisher Scientific part numbers (PN) for the paper
copy manuals are provided for each book title.
Site Preparation and Installation Manual (PN 317 091 90)
This manual and diskette describes how to set up a workspace for the TRACE GC
Ultra and how to connect the GC to the gas supplies and peripheral devices.
Acceptance Package (PN 317 092 20)
This folder contains required shipping documents and quality report forms.
Getting Started (PN 317 092 30)
This guide contains procedures for checking configuration, installing detectors,
and making a first analysis with the TRACE GC Ultra.
Operating Manual (PN 317 091 70)
This manual provides descriptions of the TRACE GC Ultra hardware and
software and instructions for their use.
UFM Ultra Fast Module Device (PN 317 093 98)
This manual provides descriptions of the TRACE GC Ultra equipped with the
UFM device. and instructions for it use.
Quick Reference Card (PN 317 092 40)
This reference card contains guidelines for carrier gas use and injection
procedures.
K-Factor Quick Reference (P/N 317 092 41)
This card indicates the theoretical K-Factors related to the carrier gas and the
column in use.
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Preventive Maintenance Schedule (PN 317 092 80)
This document provides a list of recommended scheduled maintenance and a
year-long log book to record maintenance, observations, supply lists, and service
records.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide (PN 317 091 80)
This manual contains instructions for diagnosing and resolving operational
problems.
Standard Operating Procedures (PN 317 092 00)
This manual contains instructions, operating procedures, and test criteria for final
testing of the TRACE GC Ultra.
Spare Parts Catalog (PN 317 092 10)
This catalog contains a list of spare parts for the TRACE GC Ultra.
SECTION
I
Site Preparation
The Site Preparation section contains the information you need to
prepare for the arrival of your TRACE GC Ultra gas chromatograph. In
addition to laboratory and operating environment standards, this section
contains information about the shipping and delivery of your TRACE
system.
Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation, gives you all the information you
need to prepare your laboratory for your TRACE system.
Chapter 2, Instrument Arrival, gives an overview of shipping and
receiving procedures, installation, and training.
Laboratory Preparation
1
This chapter gives you all the information you need to prepare your site for the
arrival of your TRACE GC Ultra system. It also includes a list of tools and
supplies you need to install your gas chromatograph. The information in this
chapter will help you plan, construct, and fully equip your laboratory. Your
laboratory must meet the requirements for power, exhaust systems, and
environmental conditions explained in this chapter before your gas
chromatograph can be installed.
Your laboratory preparations should be completed before the TRACE GC Ultra is
unpacked. Complete any work that creates dust, high humidity, or corrosive
vapors before you begin unpacking the instruments.
Chapter at a Glance…
Entrance................................................................................................................20
Space and Load Requirements .............................................................................21
Power Requirements.............................................................................................23
Operating Environment ........................................................................................27
Exhaust System ....................................................................................................31
Gas and Plumbing Requirements .........................................................................31
Telephone .............................................................................................................41
Required Tools......................................................................................................41
Supplemental Equipment......................................................................................42
Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements................................................43
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Laboratory Preparation
Entrance
TRACE GC Ultra systems operate reliably under controlled environment
conditions. Operating or maintaining a system outside the specifications outlined
in this guide may cause many different types of system failures. The repair of such
failures is specifically excluded from the standard warranty and service contract
coverage. Use this chapter to ensure that your site meets all the criteria of the
Preinstallation Checklist in Appendix A.
NOTE
In addition to the information in this chapter, you must also obey the building and safety
rules and regulations for construction that apply in your area.
Entrance
The entrance to your facility and the width of all hallways, elevators, and
doorways should be at least 92 cm (37 in.).1 However, you should allow additional
room for maneuvering the system around corners, into elevators, or through
doorways.
The TRACE GC Ultra and accessories are shipped in a container with the
following dimensions:
l—80 cm (32 in.), w—80 cm (32 in.), h—80 cm (32 in.)
The container and its contents weigh approximately 75 kg (166 lbs). Other
modules, such as the computer, monitor, and options, are shipped in their own
containers. Their dimensions and weights are less than those of the TRACE GC
Ultra container.
1.
20
Your instrument is shipped in a container, the smallest dimension of which is 80 cm (32 in.). If the entrance
to your laboratory will not accommodate a 80 cm (32 in.) container, you can remove the individual
modules from the container before moving them into the room. If the instrument is removed from its
shipping container before it is delivered to the lab site, be sure that all the contents of the container remain
with the instrument.
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Space and Load Requirements
We recommend the following space allowances for the area around the gas
chromatograph:
•
The working area should be at least 1.5 m (5 ft) wide.
•
The working area should be 1.5 m (5 ft) deep. The depth includes a 75 cm
(30 in.) bench for the gas chromatograph.
•
The area behind the instrument should be a minimum of 30 cm (12 in.).
Provide enough space around the instrument for operators to work beside it and in
front of it. Keep in mind that the GC oven vents to the rear. Any material exposed
to the oven exhaust must withstand repeated exposure to temperatures of up to
400 °C (750 °F).
The space requirements and weights for the standard system components are
given in Table 1-1. Similar information for TRACE optional instruments is
provided in Table 1-2.
The TRACE system should be placed on a workbench that has minimum
dimensions of 0.75 × 2 m (2.5 × 6 ft.). The workbench must also be capable of
supporting the weight of the data system computer or computing integrator, 27 kg
(60 lb), plus the weight of any options. Be sure there is at least 16 cm (6 in.) of
space behind the workbench for connections. In addition, there must be at least
92 cm (36 in.) of vertical clearance from the top of the TRACE system. Therefore,
you should avoid placing the instrument below cabinets or shelves.
NOTE
To keep the data system computer or integrator close to the electrical connections, we
recommend placing it on the right side of the GC.
Use Table 1-1 to determine the minimum space and weight requirements for a
standard TRACE system.
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Space and Load Requirements
Table 1-1. Minimum Space and Weight Requirements: TRACE Standard System
Height
Instrument
Width
Depth
Mass
cm
in.
cm
in.
cm
in.
kgs
lbs
44.8
18
61
24
66
30
48
105
computer
42
16.5
15.6
6.5
44.5
17.5
12
27
monitor
42
16.5
40
16
43
17
3
7
keyboard
2.5
1
47
18
18
7
1
2
TRACE GC Ultra
Use Table 1-2 to determine the space and weight requirements for optional
instruments for your TRACE system.
Table 1-2. Space and Weight Requirements: TRACE Optional Instruments
Height
Instrument
Width
Depth
Mass
cm
in.
cm
in.
cm
in.
kgs
lbs
AI 3000 AutoInjector
40
16
23
9
25
10
6
13
AS 3000 Autosampler
40
16
40
16
25
10
6
13
TriPlus
66.7
26.3
87
34.3
77.3
30.4
25
56
TriPlus (extended version)
66.7
26.3
122
48
77.3
30.4
25
56
inkjet printer/plotter
20
8
43
17
38
15
4
8
laser printer
29
12
42
17
41
16
20
44
Autosamplers
Printers
NOTE
22
Other peripheral devices, such as purge and trap units, may be connected to the TRACE
GC Ultra. These peripheral devices may have additional bench space requirements.
Consult your local Thermo Fisher Scientific Customer Support Engineer (CSE) for
assistance.
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Power Requirements
Power Requirements
It is your responsibility to provide an acceptable source of power. You should
provide a dedicated power line with a circuit breaker capable of withstanding the
power ratings listed in the following sections.
120 V ac Power Requirements
For TRACE GC Ultra systems installed in the US and other countries using 120 V
ac power, the minimum power requirements are as follows:
•
120 V ac +6, –10%
•
frequency of 50/60 Hz ± 2 Hz
•
three duplex outlets (single-phase power) with a minimum power rating of
16 A at each duplex outlet
•
earth ground hard-wired to the main panel
230 V ac Power Requirements
For TRACE GC Ultra systems installed in countries using 230 V ac power, the
minimum power requirements are as follows:
•
230 V ac ± 10%
•
frequency of 50/60 Hz ± 2 Hz
•
three duplex outlets, with a minimum power rating of 10 A at each duplex
outlet
•
earth ground hardwired to the main panel
Power Quality
The quality of power supplied to your TRACE GC Ultra system must be stable
and within the specifications listed in this guide. The line voltage must be free of
fluctuation due to slow changes in the average voltage, surges, sags, transients,
and harmonics.
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Power Requirements
The TRACE GC Ultra system operates in an Overvoltage Category II
environment, as defined in International Standard EN 61010-1: 1993.
Below are definitions for the most common voltage disturbances:
Slow average is a gradual, long-term change in average root mean square (RMS)
voltage level, with typical durations greater than 2 s.
Sags and surges are sudden changes in average RMS voltage level, with typical
durations between 50 µs and 2 s.
Transients (or impulses) are brief voltage surges of up to several thousand volts,
with durations of less than 50 µs.
Harmonic distortion is a high-frequency disturbance that appears as distortion of
the fundamental sine wave. Total harmonic distortion should be less than 3%.
Effects of Voltage Disturbances
Constant high line voltage or surges in voltage can cause overheating and
component failures. Constant low line voltage or sags in voltage can cause the
system to function erratically. Transients, even of a few microseconds duration,
can cause electronic devices to fail catastrophically or to degrade, shortening their
lives significantly. Harmonic distortion can cause noise in power supply lines and
degrade the performance of the instrument. Therefore, it is important to establish
the quality of the line power in your laboratory prior to the installation of your
TRACE system.
NOTE
The interconnected power outlets for the TRACE system require a common point to one
ground connector. If there are two such points, with each connected to separate external
grounds, noise current will flow through the ground system via the ground loop that is
formed.
Wall Outlets
The power cable from the TRACE GC Ultra is approximately 3 m (9 ft) long.
NOTE
24
Use an Uninterruptible Power Source (UPS) to protect your data system against possible
loss due to power outages. At this time, we do not recommend using a UPS with the GC.
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Power Requirements
Most UPS systems are not designed to provide high-quality distortion-free power for
scientific equipment.
The 120 V ac systems are fitted with U.S. standard National Electronics
Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 5-20P power plugs. A NEMA 5-20P power
plug and its corresponding outlet are rated at 20 A and 125 V ac.
The power cables from the personal computer, monitor, and printer are
approximately 2 m (6 ft) long. The 120 V ac systems are fitted with NEMA 5-15P
plugs. For optional instruments, the plug requirements may vary. Refer to your
product’s user manual for specifications.
Figure 1-1 shows the NEMA power plugs and outlets.
Outlet
Plug
Outlet
NEMA 5-20P
Plug
NEMA 5-15P
Figure 1-1. NEMA 5-20P and 5-15P Power Plugs and Outlets: 120 V ac
The 230 V ac systems are fitted with Shuco German-type power plugs. Plug
requirements are dictated by country. Figure 1-2 shows the Shuco power plug and
outlet.
Outlet
Plug
Shuco Plug
Figure 1-2. Shuco 230 V ac Power Plugs and Outlets
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CAUTION
Power Requirements
You should never connect the TRACE GC Ultra and its peripheral devices to the
same electrical wall outlet. You will run the risk of overloading the circuit.
Tables 1-3 and 1-4 show maximum current requirements for the TRACE GC
Ultra system and optional instruments.
Table 1-3. Maximum Current Requirements for the TRACE Standard System
120 V Current
Requirement
(in amperes)
230 V Current
Requirement
(in amperes)
TRACE GC Ultra
16
10
computer
4
2
monitor
2
1
Total
26
13
Instrument
Table 1-4. Maximum Current Requirements for TRACE Optional Instruments
Instrument
120 V Current
Requirement
(in amperes)
230 V Current
Requirement
(in amperes)
0.6
0.3
2
1
1.8
0.9
7
3.5
GC Autosamplers
AI 3000 / AS 3000
TriPlus
Printers
ink jet printer/plotter
laser printer
NOTE
26
Other peripheral devices, such as purge and trap units, may be connected to the TRACE
GC Ultra. These peripheral devices may have additional power requirements. Consult your
local Thermo Fisher Scientific CSE for assistance.
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Technical Assistance
Occasionally, unacceptable quality in line power sources may adversely affect the
operation of a TRACE system. It is the user’s responsibility to correct line voltage
problems.
Specifying power conditioning equipment is a complex task that is best handled
by a company or consultant specializing in that field.
Contact your Thermo Fisher Scientific CSE for assistance in locating a power
consultant. Refer to Appendix B for a Thermo Fisher Scientific office in your
area.
Operating Environment
The operating environment in your laboratory is affected by such factors as
temperature, humidity, particulate matter, and electrostatic discharge. It is your
responsibility to provide an acceptable operating environment for your TRACE
system.
Attention to the operating environment will ensure continued high performance of
your gas chromatograph.
Temperature
The room temperature must be maintained between 18 and 35 °C (65 and 95 °F),
and should remain consistent. As the laboratory temperature increases, system
reliability decreases.
NOTE
All electronic components generate heat while operating. This heat must be dissipated to
the surrounding air for the components to operate reliably.
Cooling Requirements
There must be a good flow of air around the system, and the air conditioning must
be capable of maintaining a constant temperature (within the operational limits).
Any costs for air conditioning are more than offset by good sample throughput
and reduced repair costs.
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CAUTION
Operating Environment
Do not directly expose the GC system to any cooling duct outlets.
The air conditioning load for a basic TRACE system is approximately 3,320 W
(10,355 Btu h-1). Table 1-5 and Table 1-6 show the approximate heat output for a
TRACE standard system and TRACE optional instruments.
Table 1-5. Heat Output: TRACE Standard System
Instrument
Heat Output
(in BTU h–1)
TRACE GC Ultra
7,855
computer
1,650
monitor
850
Total
10,355
Table 1-6. Heat Output: TRACE Optional Instruments
Instrument
Heat Output
(in BTU h–1)
GC Autosamplers
AI 3000 / AS 3000
TriPlus
341.5
752
Printers
ink jet printer/plotter
laser printer
NOTE
28
200
2,900
Other peripheral devices, such as purge and trap units, may be connected to the TRACE
GC Ultra. These peripheral devices may have additional cooling requirements. Consult
your local Thermo Fisher Scientific CSE for assistance.
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Oven Exhaust
The GC oven exhaust vents are in the rear of the instrument. Hot air 
(400 °C [750 °F]) exits through these vents during GC operation. As stated under
Space and Load Requirements in this chapter, there should be at least 30 cm (12
in.) free space behind the instrument to allow the exhaust to dissipate. Any
material exposed to the oven exhaust must be able to withstand repeated exposure
to temperatures of up to 400 °C (750 °F).
WARNING! Oven exhaust can cause severe burns. Avoid working behind the instrument when
the oven vents during cooling-down cycles. Do not expose gas tanks or bottles,
chemicals, regulators, electrical cords, or other temperature-sensitive items to oven
exhaust.
Altitude
The maximum operating altitude for the TRACE GC Ultra is 2,000 meters above
sea level.
Humidity
The relative humidity of the operating environment must be between 40 and 80%
with no condensation.
Operating your TRACE GC Ultra system in low humidity will cause the
accumulation and discharge of static electricity, which shortens the life of
electronic components. Operating your GC system in high humidity causes
condensation, which can lead to short circuits. High humidity also blocks traps on
cooling fans.
We recommended you equip your laboratory with temperature and humidity
monitors to ensure your laboratory is always within the required temperature and
humidity specifications.
Particulate Matter
The air in your laboratory must not have excessive dust, smoke, or other
particulate matter. The air should contain fewer than 1,000,000 particles per cubic
meter (100,000 particles per cubic foot) larger than 5 µm.
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Dust can clog the air traps causing a reduction in air flow around electronic
components. Dust will also form a layer on electronic components that will act as
an insulating blanket, reducing the transfer of heat from the components to the
surrounding air.
Electrostatic Discharge
The TRACE GC Ultra, with all its covers in place, is not susceptible to static
discharge. However, laboratory conditions that expose instrumentation and
laboratory personnel to repeated high levels of static discharge should be
considered a safety hazard.
Therefore, we recommend you take the following precautions, especially if you
are operating your system at the lower end of the relative humidity specification
listed above.
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Use a static-dissipating floor covering (such as tile or conductive linoleum) in
the room housing your instrument.
•
Use laboratory chairs covered with natural fibers or other static-dissipating
material.
•
Wear laboratory coats and clothing made from natural fibers or other staticdissipating material.
•
Do not place polystyrene (foam) cups or packing materials on the instrument.
Vibration
Place your instruments on surfaces that are free of vibration. Be aware of
vibrations caused by equipment in adjoining locations.
Lighting
Overhead lighting is recommended to light your work area.
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Exhaust System
Other Environmental Factors
The TRACE GC Ultra operates in an environment where normally only
non-conductive pollution occurs, but in which temporary conductivity due to
condensation must be expected. This is a Pollution Degree 2 environment, as
specified in International Standard EN 61010-1: 1993.
Exhaust System
Specialized exhaust systems generally are not required for GC detector systems.
However, it is your responsibility to see that local exhaust codes are followed.
You should be aware that certain detectors require the use of hydrogen for fuel
gas. Be sure to read Using Hydrogen in Chapter 4, Plumbing the Gas Supply to the
GC, if you plan to use hydrogen with your TRACE system. Testing for Leaks, also
in Chapter 4, contains information about leak testing to ensure that excessive
amounts of flammable gases are not released into the lab atmosphere. The TRACE
Operating Manual also discusses leak testing in detail.
Laboratories meeting the heating and cooling requirements specified in this
manual will sufficiently circulate lab air to prevent accumulation of gases and
fumes vented during normal GC use. Extensive leaks in plumbing lines to the GC
may present hazards. Be sure to follow all local codes regulating plumbing of
gases.
Gas and Plumbing Requirements
You must provide the gas supplies for your gas chromatograph. Be sure to order
your gases and regulators far enough ahead of time to have them ready for the GC
installation process.
WARNING! All Thermo Fisher Scientific gas chromatographs are designed to use an inert gas
as the carrier gas. If you wish to use hydrogen as a carrier gas, you must install a
hydrogen sensor. Contact a Thermo Fisher Scientific sales representative if you
plan to use hydrogen as the carrier gas in your new TRACE GC Ultra. If you don’t
have the hydrogen sensor, you must use an inert carrier gas.
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Table 1-7 lists the gas recommendations for capillary column systems.
Table 1-7. Capillary and Wide-Bore Column Gas Recommendations
Detector Type
1.
2.
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Carrier Gases
Fuel Gases
Make-Up Gas
FID1
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Hydrogen + Air
Helium
Nitrogen
(if necessary)
NPD1
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Hydrogen + Air
Helium
Nitrogen
PID1
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
None
Helium
Nitrogen
ECD 1, 2
Helium
Nitrogen
Argon
None
Nitrogen
Argon/5% Methane
FPD1
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Hydrogen + Air
Helium
Nitrogen
(if necessary)
TCD
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Argon
None
Same as carrier
PDD
Helium is the gas used for PDD discharge and carrier supply
MS
Helium must be used when the MS detector is coupled with the GC.
Maximum delivery pressure—1000 kPa. (145 psi) for carrier gas, 420 kPa (60 psi) for detector fuel gases.
Oxygen trap should be installed in gas lines.
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Table 1-8 lists the gas recommendations for packed column systems.
Table 1-8. Packed Column Gas Recommendations
Detector Type
1.
2.
Carrier Gases
Fuel Gases
Make-Up Gas
FID1
Helium
Nitrogen
Argon
Hydrogen + Air
Not needed
NPD1
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen + Air
Nitrogen
ECD 1, 2
Nitrogen
Argon/5% CH4
None
Same as carrier gas
(if necessary)
FPD1
Helium
Nitrogen
Argon
Hydrogen + Air
Not needed
TCD1, 2
Helium
Nitrogen
Hydrogen
Argon
None
Not needed
PDD
Helium is the gas used for PDD discharge and carrier supply
Maximum delivery pressure—1000 kPa (145 psi) for carrier gas, 420 kPa (60 psi) for detector fuel gases.
Oxygen trap should be installed in gas lines.
Gas Purity
If possible, you should use only instrument or chromatographic purity grade gases
in your TRACE GC Ultra.
Traps
UHP (Ultra-High Purity) gases should not contain impurities above 1 ppm.
Impurities below 1 ppm generally do not require purification. Gases with higher
impurity levels may require oxygen and hydrocarbon traps. A number of GC
supply and accessory companies carry a variety of traps for gases.
See Figure 4-1, Gas Trap Configuration, on page 61, for the correct trap
installation sequence. For more information on gas purification, contact your local
Thermo Fisher Scientific CSE.
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Moisture Traps
Water in the carrier or fuel gas may damage the gas chromatograph column and
contaminate the TRACE system. Water content should be less than 1 ppm in all
cases. If you are using multiple traps, install the moisture trap closest the gas
supply, before the hydrocarbon and the oxygen trap.
Hydrocarbon Traps
Hydrocarbon traps remove organic materials from gases. If you are using multiple
traps, install the hydrocarbon trap after the moisture trap, but before the oxygen
trap.
Oxygen Traps
Oxygen content in the carrier and gas lines should be less than 1 ppm. To achieve
a level of oxygen of less than 1 ppm, install an oxygen-removing trap in the
carrier gas line between the gas tank and the GC. If you are using multiple traps,
the oxygen trap should be the last trap in the series.
Purity Requirements
The following sections describe the minimum requirements for gases used in your
gas chromatograph system. Always consider using UHP 99.999% pure gases
when available.
Helium
For carrier gas: 99.995%1 high purity, with less than 1.0 ppm each of water,
oxygen, and total hydrocarbons after purification. One full-size tank that has an
outlet pressure of 400–700 kPa (60–100 psi). Use a regulator with a CGA 580
connection or equivalent. Use water, oxygen, and hydrocarbon traps.
When PDD is used, helium must have a minimum purity of 99.999%, with < 20
ppm Ne impurity.
When MS detector is used, please refer to the relevant User’s Guide.
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Hydrogen
For carrier or detector fuel gas: 99.995%1 high purity, with less than 1.0 ppm of
total hydrocarbons after purification. One full-size tank that has an outlet pressure
of 400–700 kPa (60–100 psi). Use a regulator with a CGA 350 connection or
equivalent. Use water, oxygen and hydrocarbon traps.
Air
For detector fuel gas: 99.995%1 high purity. Use a regulator with a CGA 0590
connection or equivalent. Air compressors are not acceptable because they do not
meet pressure, water, and hydrocarbon requirements.
Nitrogen
For carrier or make-up gas: 99.995% high purity, with less than 1.0 ppm of total
hydrocarbons after purification. Use a regulator with a CGA 0580 connection or
equivalent.
Argon/5% Methane
For ECD make-up gas: 99.995%1 high purity. Use a regulator with a CGA 350
connection or equivalent.
Servo Air
For valve actuation and secondary cooling: Commercial grade or filtered air
compressor. Large volume delivery at 400–500 kPa (60–80 psi), free of particles,
oils, and water.
Gas Regulators and Fittings
Gas tanks may be equipped with either single- or dual-stage regulators that
contain stainless steel diaphragms. The regulator output pressure should be
adjustable from 300 to 1000 kPa (45–145 psi). Each regulator should be equipped
with a 1/8-in. Swagelok compression fitting, or equivalent. Figure 1-3 shows a
dual-stage gas regulator with 1/8-in. fittings.
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Figure 1-3. Dual-Stage Gas Regulator
Verify with your gas supplier the type of CGA fitting on the gas bottles you order.
Be sure these fittings match the regulators described in Purity Requirements in
this chapter. If not, contact your gas supplier or your area Thermo Fisher
Scientific sales representative to make the appropriate changes.
Secondary Gas Regulators
Because secondary regulation of carrier, fuel, and make-up gases may be provided
downstream of the cylinder regulator, a single- or dual-stage regulator is
acceptable, but it must use a stainless steel diaphragm.
Gas Tanks
Gas tanks should be placed where they cannot damage cables or gas lines. Use
standard safety practices for securing gas tanks and bottles. Gas supply lines
should terminate with 1/8-in. female Swagelok connectors.
Stored gases should be placed in an area where a wide temperature variation will
not occur. Don’t forget to plan for gas cylinder storage when preparing your
laboratory.
WARNING! Do not place gas tanks in the path of the GC oven exhaust.
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Gas Lines
Gas lines should:
•
be refrigeration grade, precleaned copper or new stainless steel
•
be 1/8-in. or 1/4-in. diameter (gas lines longer than 3 m [10 ft] and supplying
more than one GC should be 1/4-in.)
•
be free of oil
•
be free of moisture
•
run to the back or side of the TRACE system
•
be spliced with Swagelok fittings
Precleaned tubing
Properly cleaned tubing is solvent-flushed and purge-dried with an inert gas, such
as nitrogen or helium. Flush gas lines using acetone or hexane. Never use a
chlorinated solvent. When flushing gas lines, collect the solvent passing through
the gas line and inspect it for discoloration or residue. Continue to flush gas lines
until all waste solvent is free of discoloration and residue. Purge the gas line for
several minutes to make sure the gas line is free of all traces of solvent.
DO NOT…
•
use any tubing other than new, clean metal tubing of the specified size
•
allow any brazed or soldered plumbing joints to be made in the gas delivery
system without precleaning
•
allow pipe-threaded joints without PTFE tape as a sealant (no other thread
sealant is acceptable)
•
use PTFE tape on compression fitting joints (Swagelok fittings, or equivalent)
•
mix components of one fitting brand with those of another brand (for
example, Swagelok ferrules with Tylok body, etc.)
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Gas Lines for Cold On-Column Injectors
Gas chromatographs equipped with a cold on-column injector require secondary
cooling performed by an extra air line with a high flow rate. This line should have
an inside diameter of at least 2 mm (5/64 in.).
Cryogenic Cooling
If you have purchased a cryogenic cooling option for your TRACE GC Ultra, you
will need to provide a coolant supply. Your TRACE GC Ultra is already
configured for either liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide. Be sure to identify
which cryogenic cooling option your GC is configured for before you order
cryogenic coolant.
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Liquid Nitrogen
Liquid N2 must be supplied at pressures below 400 kPa (60 psi). Plumbing to the
GC should be 1/4-in. copper or stainless steel tubing with insulation. It is your
responsibility to ensure the liquid delivery connection from the liquid N2
cryogenic supply is adaptable to 1/4-in. tubing. The liquid N2 cryogenic valve on
the TRACE GC Ultra is a 1/4-in. Swagelok fitting. Subambient operation of the
PTV requires liquid N2 cooling. Figure 1-4 shows the proper configuration for an
N2 tank.
Cylinder Valve
Insulated 1/4" tubing
Figure 1-4. N2 Tank Configuration
WARNING! High pressures and extremely low temperatures make liquid N2 a hazardous
material. High concentrations of N2 in the air can cause asphyxiation hazard. To
avoid injury, always follow the safety precautions and delivery system design
recommended by your gas supplier.
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Liquid Carbon Dioxide
Liquid CO2 must be supplied by a high-pressure cylinder with a dip tube. It is your
responsibility to ensure the liquid delivery connection from the CO2 cryogenic
supply is adaptable to 1/8-in. tubing. The CO2 cryogenic valve on the TRACE GC
Ultra is a 1/8-in. Swagelok valve. Figure 1-5 shows the proper CO2 tank
configuration.
Dip tube
Correct
Incorrect
Figure 1-5. CO2 Tank Configuration
WARNING! High pressures and extremely low temperatures make pressurized liquid CO2 a
hazardous material. High concentrations of CO2 are dangerous. To avoid injury,
always follow the safety precautions and delivery system design recommended by
your gas supplier.
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Telephone
Telephone
We recommended you install a telephone near the instrument so, if necessary, you
can conveniently operate the system while speaking with Thermo Fisher
Scientific Technical Support. (Refer to Appendix B, Customer Communication,
for a list of Thermo Fisher Scientific offices worldwide.) The telephone line
should accept digital transmissions for direct connection to the TRACE. The
telephone outlet should be within 2 m (6 ft) of your system.
Required Tools
The following tools are required for the installation and maintenance of your
TRACE system. Some of them are supplied with the instrument.
•
two 16 X 17 mm open-ended wrenches
•
two 12 X 14 mm open-ended wrenches
•
two 8 X 10 mm open-ended wrenches
•
two 7 X 6 mm open-ended wrenches
•
two 7/16 X 3/8-in. open-ended wrenches
•
#1 and #2 cross-recessed (Phillips®) screwdrivers
•
small and large common screwdrivers
•
wire strippers
•
6-in. adjustable (Crescent®) wrench
•
elbow (Channelok®) pliers
•
a pen light
•
steel rule tape
•
Teflon® tape
•
tweezers
•
12-in. adjustable (Crescent®) wrench
•
1/8-in. tubing cutter
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Supplemental Equipment
•
Thermo Scientific GFM Pro Flowmeter or equivalent
•
Allen wrench set including 1.5 mm, 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, and
6 mm wrenches
Supplemental Equipment
The following items are supplemental equipment necessary for the installation of
your TRACE system. Some of them are supplied with the instrument.
NOTE
42
•
carrier gas (refer to Gas and Plumbing Requirements on page 31 for
information about the carrier gas requirements for your gas chromatograph)
•
detector gas (refer to Gas and Plumbing Requirements on page 31 for the
detector gas requirements for your gas chromatograph)
•
dual-stage gas cylinder pressure regulators with an output pressure range of
0–1000 kPa (0–145 psi), stainless steel diaphragms, and a 1/8-in. Swagelok
terminate nut
•
sample syringe (5 or 10 l)
•
columns (a 7 m test column is supplied with each GC)
•
tubing and fittings for carrier and detector gases (refer to Gas Tanks on
page 36 for the tubing and fitting requirements for your gas chromatograph)
•
spare septa
•
column ferrules
•
Swagelok® fittings
•
Thermo Scientific GLD Pro Leak Detector (or equivalent, or 50/50 IPA/water
solution)
•
data system or integrator (refer to Hardware and Software Minimum
Requirements on page 43 for the data system requirements)
It is the responsibility of the customer to replace any consumables used during installation.
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Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements
Your TRACE GC Ultra produces analog and digital data output when you perform
chromatographic analysis. A computer with a data system or a computing
integrator can be used to process the data from the GC. The following topics
provide the minimum requirements for computer hardware and operating systems
depending on the data system you use to process the GC data.
ChromQuest Data System
The ChromQuest data system has the following minimum computer requirements.
Hardware Requirements
NOTE
•
133 MHz Pentium processor
•
48 MB RAM
•
1 GB hard drive
•
CD ROM
•
mouse (serial port)
Computer compatibility should not be assumed. The computer may not be included with
the TRACE GC Ultra ChromQuest data system.
Operating System Requirements
•
Windows XP/Vista
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Chrom-Card Data System
The Chrom-Card data system has the following minimum computer requirements.
Hardware Requirements
•
133 MHz Pentium processor
•
24 MB of RAM
•
1 GB hard drive
•
CD ROM
Operating System Requirements
•
Windows XP/Vista
Instrument Arrival
2
This chapter gives an overview of shipping and receiving procedures, installation,
and training. The information in this chapter will give you an idea of what to
expect when your TRACE system arrives.
Telephone and fax numbers for the Thermo Fisher Scientific offices are listed in
Appendix B, Customer Communication.
Chapter at a Glance…
Shipping Information............................................................................................45
Installation ............................................................................................................47
Training ................................................................................................................48
Shipping Information
Instruments are shipped in the manner agreed upon at the time of sale. There are
two categories of shipping: Origin (FOB) and Destination (FOB, CIP, or CIF).
Origin
For instruments shipped Ex-Works, also known as FOB (Free On Board) Origin,
damages incurred in shipment are the responsibility of the purchaser and the
carrier. However, Thermo Fisher Scientific will assist with filing claims and
(billable) repairs, if necessary.
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Shipping Information
Destination
There are two types of Destination shipping: CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid to)
Destination and CIF (Carriage Insurance and Freight paid to) Destination. These
are also known as FOB Destination. For all types of Destination shipping, Thermo
Fisher Scientific will file claims against the carrier for any damages incurred in
shipment. Note, however, that Thermo Fisher Scientific will not accept liability
for damage not recorded on the receiving documents.
Receiving Instruments
Thermo Fisher Scientific instruments are shipped by electronic equipment carriers
who specialize in the handling of delicate equipment. Occasionally, however,
equipment inadvertently gets damaged in transit.
Please take the following precautions when receiving the instruments:
•
Check carefully for obvious damage or evidence of rough handling, including
triggering of Shockwatch® and Tiltwatch™ labels.
•
If external damage is apparent, note this fact on all copies of the receiving
documents, and describe briefly the extent of the damage. The driver should
sign (or initial) next to your comments to signify agreement with your
observations. It may be necessary to photograph damaged areas for claims
purposes. Contact the appropriate Thermo Fisher Scientific office to report
the damage.
•
Move the cartons to a protected location, preferably to the installation site.
•
Leave the boxes as complete as possible, and do not unpack the components
unless absolutely necessary.
The Customer Support Engineer (CSE) will also check for damage and verify the
completeness of shipment. This will protect you in the event of missing or
damaged components.
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Installation
If you have purchased the installation option, you must submit a completed
Preinstallation Checklist (Appendix A) to us before a Thermo Fisher Scientific
CSE will install your system.
The CSE will unpack and completely install the system, including optional
instruments. The CSE will also initialize settings, verify that the system is
operating according to specifications, and familiarize you with the system.
Contact your local Thermo Fisher Scientific office for details.
If you have not purchased the installation option, refer to Section II, Installation,
for installation instructions.
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Training
Training
Valuable training on Thermo Fisher Scientific instruments and software is offered
worldwide.
Experience has shown that maximum value can be derived from a scientific
instrument if there is one person who has a major responsibility for the
instrument.
We recommend that you designate a key operator to manage the operation and
maintenance of the TRACE system. We also recommend that the key operator
receive training at the Thermo Fisher Scientific Institute, at your site, or at one of
the local Thermo Fisher Scientific offices.
For information on courses or enrollment, contact your local Thermo Fisher
Scientific office:
Thermo Fisher Scientific S.p.A.
Strada Rivoltana km 4
20090 Rodano (MI)
ITALY
39 02 95059 355
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II
Installation
If you have purchased the installation option for your system, a Thermo
Fisher Scientific authorized CSE (Customer Support Engineer) will
install your system. If you have not purchased the installation option,
this section will help you set up your TRACE GC Ultra. Included in this
section are basic installation procedures you will need to be familiar
with before you can install the GC.
Chapter 3, Before You Begin…, contains unpacking instructions and
provides a brief tutorial of basic gas plumbing operations you must
know before you can continue the installation process.
Chapter 4, Plumbing the Gas Supply to the GC, explains the proper gas
supply connections and configuration for your GC.
Chapter 5, Getting Connected, explains the TRACE power connections
and helps you mount and configure peripheral devices and data systems.
Before You Begin…
3
This chapter contains unpacking instructions and a brief tutorial of basic gas
plumbing operations you must know before you can continue the installation
process.
Chapter at a Glance…
Verify Site Preparation .........................................................................................51
Unpacking the Instrument ....................................................................................51
Gas Plumbing Basics............................................................................................53
Verify Site Preparation
Before the TRACE system can be installed, your laboratory must be in
compliance with the guidelines and requirements in the Site Preparation section
of this manual.
Use the Preinstallation Checklist in Appendix A to verify your laboratory
conditions conform to the guidelines in Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation,
before you unpack your GC and begin the installation process.
Unpacking the Instrument
You should have already inspected the exterior of the shipping container for
damage as described in Chapter 2, Instrument Arrival. Carefully unpack the
instrument and do the following:
1. Check the contents of each box or crate against the packing list to verify the
shipment is complete.
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2. Inspect each item for damage.
•
If equipment is damaged, keep boxes and their equipment in their existing
condition and immediately notify the carrier.
•
Submit a damage claim directly to the carrier, and send a copy (including
any shortage claims) to your authorized Thermo Fisher Scientific sales
representative.
•
Do not return any equipment to the dealer or the factory without prior
factory authorization.
3. Place the TRACE GC Ultra on your bench, allowing space to the rear of the
instrument for venting.
WARNING! The TRACE GC Ultra is 47 kg (105 lbs). Two people should lift the instrument onto
the benchtop.
You should already have configured your laboratory according to the space
requirements in Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation, and the gas and power
supplies should be accessible.
Remove all protecting bags (if any) from the detector cell.
Optional equipment should be placed near the GC so you can connect it easily.
After placing the TRACE on the bench, open the oven door and remove any
packing material or other debris.
Before continuing with the installation, you should determine the following:
•
the type of detector(s) installed on the GC
•
the type of injector port(s) installed on the GC
•
the type of carrier gas required for each detector
•
the type of makeup gas required for each detector
Refer to Gas and Plumbing Requirements in Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation,
for a list of detector and injector gas requirements.
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Gas Plumbing Basics
In order to perform the procedures in this section properly, you must first have a
working knowledge of a few basic gas plumbing operations. During the gas
plumbing process, you will frequently perform the operations explained in the
following sections.
How to Use a Tubing Cutter
Use the following procedure to cut your gas supply tubing properly.
1. Attach the tubing cutter where you want to cut the tubing, and tighten the
knob.
2. Rotate the cutter around the tubing and tighten the knob. Continue rotating
and tightening the knob until you deeply score the tubing.
3. Remove the cutter, and snap the tubing in two.
How to Use Teflon Tape on Pipe Threads
To ensure an inert seal around all tank and regulator pipe fittings, use the
following procedure:
1. Wrap the tape around the pipe threads in a clockwise direction about three
times. You should be able to tear the tape easily to separate it from the roll.
2. Make sure the tape does not extend past the threads or obstruct the pipe
opening.
3. Make sure the tape does not twist or bunch up when you connect the pipe.
NOTE
Do not use Teflon tape on Swagelok type compression fittings.
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How to Use Swagelok Tube Fittings
The Swagelok fitting consists of four components: a Swagelok nut, a back ferrule,
a front ferrule, and an inlet body. It becomes a five-piece connection when affixed
to the tubing. The two ferrules merge when the nut is tightened, forming a safe
and leak-free seal between the tubing and body.
Use the following procedure to connect tubing using Swagelok fittings:
1. Place a Swagelok nut over the end of the tubing.
2. Place a back ferrule over the end of the tubing.
3. Place a front ferrule over the end of the tubing. If you are using tubing smaller
than 1/8-in., make sure the tubing extends only 5 mm past the front ferrule.
This will prevent damage to the fritted filter inside the inlet manifold.
Figure 3-1 shows the proper assembly order.
Swagelok
nut
Tubing
Front
ferrule
Inlet
body
Back
ferrule
Figure 3-1. Swagelok Ferrule and Nut Assembly
4. Push the Swagelok nut over the ferrules.
5. Insert the tubing into the inlet body as far as it will go. If you are using tubing
smaller than 1/8-in, make sure the tubing extends only 5 mm past the front
ferrule when you insert it into the inlet body.
6. Slide the nut over the inlet body, as shown in Figure 3-2, and tighten until
finger-tight.
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Inlet body
Tubing, ferrule
and nut
assembly
Figure 3-2. Swagelok and Inlet Connection
7. While holding the inlet body tightly with a backup wrench, tighten the nut
about a 3/4 turn past finger-tight, as shown in Figure 3-3.
3/4 turn
Figure 3-3. Tightening Swagelok Fittings
NOTE
You can mark the nut before tightening. This will help you confirm that you have turned the
nut a 3/4 turn.
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How to Attach a Swagelok Tee or Cross
To use a single gas source for more than one inlet or detector module, use a
Swagelok tee or cross to split the gas flow. Use the following procedure to
connect a Swagelok tee or cross:
1. Use a tubing cutter to cut gas supply tubing where you want to install the tee
or cross.
2. Connect the tubing to the tee or cross with a Swagelok fitting, as described in
How to Use Swagelok Tube Fittings on page 54.
3. Measure the distance from the tee or cross to the inlets or detectors, and cut
tubing in the appropriate lengths.
4. Connect the tubing to the tee or cross ends with Swagelok fittings.
5. Install Swagelok caps on any open ends of the tee or cross that you do not
plan to connect with tubing.
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4
This chapter explains the proper gas supply connections and configuration
information for your GC. Use the information in this chapter to connect your inlet
and detector gas supplies.
Chapter at a Glance…
Using Hydrogen....................................................................................................58
Connecting the Gas Supply Cylinders..................................................................60
Adding Traps to the Gas Supply...........................................................................61
Purging Gas Lines ................................................................................................62
Connecting the Gas Supply to the Inlet Manifold ................................................63
Connecting the Gas Supply to the Detector Manifold..........................................63
Connecting Coolant to the Cryogenic System......................................................66
Testing for Leaks ..................................................................................................67
Before you begin plumbing gas to the GC, locate the main power cable and
position it near the appropriate outlet. Do not plug in the power cable at this
time. Follow the procedures in this section to build your gas supply lines for
carrier, make-up, and detector gases.
CAUTION
DO NOT loosen or remove caps from the GC until you have purged your gas lines
and are ready to connect them. Loosening or removing caps early will contaminate
instruments and filters.
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Using Hydrogen
WARNING! Hydrogen is a dangerous gas that, when mixed with air, may create an explosive
mixture. The use of hydrogen as a carrier gas requires the operator’s extreme
caution. Special precautions must be taken because of the risk of explosion. The
gas chromatograph must be equipped with a hydrogen sensor if you use hydrogen
as a carrier gas. Refer to Using Hydrogen on page 58 for more information.
Using Hydrogen
The use of hydrogen as a carrier gas or as fuel for certain flame detectors requires
the operator’s strict attention and compliance with special precautions due to the
hazards involved.
Hydrogen is a dangerous gas, particularly in an enclosed area when it reaches a
concentration corresponding to its lower explosion level (4% in volume). When
mixed with air it can create an explosive mixture. An explosion hazard could
develop in the GC oven when hydrogen is used as a carrier gas if oven elements
are not perfectly connected to each other, or if the connection materials are worn
out, broken, or otherwise faulty.
Use the following safety precautions when using hydrogen:
•
Ensure that all hydrogen cylinders comply with the safety requirements for
proper use and storage. Hydrogen cylinders and delivery systems must
comply with local regulations.
•
Make sure the gas supply is turned completely off when connecting hydrogen
lines.
•
Perform a bubble test to ensure that the hydrogen lines are leak-tight before
using the instrument. Perform this test after the pressure test described in the
Testing for Leaks portion of this chapter. Repeat this test to eliminate all leaks.
•
Ensure your GC column oven has a Thermo Fisher Scientific hydrogen
sensor. A hydrogen sensor continuously monitors the hydrogen level in the
GC column oven.
If your GC oven does not have a hydrogen sensor already installed, contact
your Thermo Fisher Scientific sales representative. To comply with
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instrument safety requirements, a Thermo Fisher Scientific CSE or authorized
service technician should install the sensor.
If you plan to use a sensor other than the recommended Thermo Fisher
Scientific sensor, you must verify its ability to perform the functions listed
above before installing it. It must comply with your local safety regulations,
or with the IEC 610101 regulations if local regulations do not exist.
Using the Hydrogen Sensor
The lower limit of the hydrogen sensor is 0.5% in volume. You should adjust the
detection threshold to 1% in volume, which is 25% of the hydrogen lower limit of
explosion (4% in volume).
In cases where the connections begin to leak or the column breaks, the sensor
alerts the operator. Then it automatically cuts off the gas supply and heating to the
active zones, and sweeps the column oven with forced air ventilation.
If the sensor detects anomalies or leaks during GC operation due to instrument
malfunction, the operator must immediately:
•
close the hydrogen supply
•
switch off the gas chromatograph
•
air out the room
The reliability of the sensor depends on careful maintenance. After the sensor is in
use, you must periodically check its operating performance and calibration as
recommended by the manufacturer. Refer to your hydrogen sensor’s instruction
manual for maintenance guidelines.
WARNING! Never use hydrogen in your TRACE system unless your GC oven has a hydrogen
sensor installed.
NOTE
Thermo Fisher Scientific CSEs are not authorized to install or repair any instrument using
hydrogen as a carrier gas unless the instrument is equipped with the appropriate sensor.
1.
IEC 1010-1, First Edition, September 1990; IEC 1010-1, Amendment 1, September 1992; IEC 1010-1,
Amendment 2, June 1995.
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Building the Gas Lines
Building the Gas Lines
Building the gas supply lines from the supply cylinders to the GC includes
connecting the gas lines to the supply cylinders and adding any traps or filters to
the line.
Connecting the Gas Supply Cylinders
To properly connect the gas lines to the gas tanks, you will need the following
materials:
•
1/8-in. copper tubing
•
a tubing cutter
•
1/8-in. Swagelok nuts, and front and back ferrules
•
two 7/16-in. X 3/8-in. open-ended wrenches
•
Teflon® tape
WARNING! Secure gas cylinders to an immovable structure or wall. Handle and secure all gases
according to local safety regulations.
Use the following procedure to connect regulators and tubing to the gas supply
tanks:
1. Make sure the initial supply valves are turned off.
2. Connect the regulator to the gas supply tank. Fuel gas regulators have reverse
threads. Use an open-ended wrench or adjustable Crescent wrench to tighten
the regulator connection.
3. Determine the length of tubing you need. Use only enough tubing to connect
the instrument to the gas supplies, but allow enough slack to allow the GC to
be moved at least 40 cm (16 in.) from other equipment. This allows enough
room to perform column connections and system maintenance. Also, be sure
to account for tee connections.
4. Use a tubing cutter to cut the tubing.
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5. Use a Swagelok tube fitting to attach the tubing to the gas outlet. Refer to
How to Use Swagelok Tube Fittings in Chapter 3, Before You Begin…, for
instructions on using Swagelok fittings.
Adding Traps to the Gas Supply
You may wish to use traps, such as moisture or oxygen traps, in your gas supply
line. Traps are especially necessary if you are unsure of the purity of your gas
supplies. Refer to Gas and Plumbing Requirements in Chapter 1, Laboratory
Preparation, for more information about gas purity requirements and appropriate
traps for your GC. Figure 4-1 shows the proper order of traps in a gas supply line.
Refer to your trap’s instruction manual for specific purging and installation
requirements.
Moisture
trap
Hydrocarbon
trap
Oxygen
trap
Figure 4-1. Gas Trap Configuration
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Purging Gas Lines
Use the following procedure to attach traps to your gas line:
1. Determine the location for the trap in your supply line. Figure 4-1 shows the
recommended trap order.
2. Use a tubing cutter to cut the tubing to the desired length.
3. Turn the gas regulator supply handle counterclockwise to reduce line
pressure, then turn the gas supply on and increase the pressure to 35 kPa
(5 psi) for about 15 seconds to purge the line of any unwanted debris.
4. Turn the gas supply off.
5. Use a 1/8-inch Swagelok fitting to connect the trap inlet to the gas supply
tubing coming from the tank.
6. Turn the gas supply on to 35 kPa (5 psi) for about 30 seconds.
7. Turn the gas supply off.
8. Connect tubing to the trap outlet with a 1/8-inch Swagelok fitting.
Follow this procedure for all traps you wish to add to your gas supply line.
Purging Gas Lines
You must purge the lines any time you make a cut in the tubing during the gas line
assembly process. This will clear them of any debris from the cut. You will also
need to purge the completely assembled gas lines, including any traps you plan to
use, before you connect the your gas supply to the TRACE GC Ultra.
Use the following procedure to purge the gas lines:
1. Turn the gas supply on, and set the pressure to 35 kPa (5 psi).
2. Allow the line to purge for 10 minutes.
3. Turn off the gas supply.
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Connecting the Gas Supply to the Inlet Manifold
By now you should have done the following:
•
completely built your gas line from your gas supply, including any traps, tees,
and extra tubing to allow about 40 cm (16 in.) of slack in the line
•
purged the gas line after every tube cut to remove any debris or contaminants
Use the following procedure to connect the gas line to the GC inlet manifold:
1. Make sure the gas supply is turned off.
2. Connect the gas line to the carrier gas inlet with 1/8-in. Swagelok fittings.
NOTE
If the GC has been furnished with a 2x1 mm tube, use the ferrule for 2x1mm/1/8-in
provided in the start-up kit.
Repeat the process if you are connecting the carrier gas supply to more than one
inlet. Be sure to finish all inlet connections before turning on the gas supply.
CAUTION
Inside each 1/8-in. inlet manifold is a fritted filter. If you connect a gas line smaller
than 1/8-in. to an inlet, be sure the tubing does not touch the filter when inserted into
the manifold. To keep the gas line from touching and possibly damaging the filter,
extend the tubing only 5 mm past the front ferrule. This will ensure the tubing does
not touch the filter. Refer to How to Use Swagelok Tube Fittings in Chapter 3, Before
You Begin…, for more instructions on using Swagelok ferrules and fittings.
Connecting the Gas Supply to
the Detector Manifold
Before you connect the detector gas line you should have done the following:
•
built and connected the gas supply lines for your inlet gas supply, as described
in Building the Gas Lines in this chapter
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•
completely built your detector gas line from your gas supply, including any
traps, tees, and extra tubing to allow about 40 cm (16 in.) of slack in the line,
as described in Building the Gas Lines in this chapter
•
purged the gas line to remove any debris or contaminants, as described in
Purging Gas Lines in this chapter
Use the following procedure to connect the gas line to the detector manifold:
1. Make sure the gas supply is turned off.
2. Connect each detector gas line to the appropriate detector gas bulkhead with
1/8-in. Swagelok fittings.
NOTE
If the GC has been furnished with a 2x1 mm tube, use the ferrule for 2x1mm/1/8-in
provided in the start-up kit.
Different detector modules have different gas plumbing requirements. It is
important that you connect the right gases to the right inlet fittings. The inlet
fittings on the detector modules are labeled. Consult Table 4-1 on page 65 for
the proper gas connections of the detector modules installed.
Repeat the process if you are connecting the detector gas supply to more than one
bulkhead. Be sure to finish all detector connections before turning on the gas
supply.
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CAUTION
Inside each 1/8-in. detector manifold is a fritted filter. If you connect a gas line
smaller than 1/8-in. to an detector manifold, be sure the tubing does not touch the
filter when inserted into the manifold. To keep the gas line from touching and
possibly damaging the filter, extend the tubing only 5 mm past the front ferrule. This
will ensure the tubing does not touch the filter. Refer to How to Use Swagelok Tube
Fittings in Chapter 3, Before You Begin…, for more instructions on using Swagelok
ferrules and fittings.
NOTE
Refer to Gas and Plumbing Requirements in Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation, for the
type of gas appropriate for each detector.
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Table 4-1. Detector Gas Connections
Detector
FID
ECD
NPD
PID
FPD
Installed
Module
Connect
Hydrogen to
Connect Air
to
Connect
Make-up
Gas toa
Connect
Sheath
Gas tob
Connect
Reference
Gas to
AB
Gas 2
Gas 1
—
—
—
AC
Gas 2
Gas 1
Gas 3
—
—
AD
Gas 3
Gas 1
—
—
—
AA
—
—
Gas 3
—
—
AB
—
—
Gas 2
—
—
AC
—
—
Gas 3
—
—
AD
—
—
Gas 3
—
—
AD
Gas 2
Gas 1
Gas 3
—
—
AB
—
—
Gas 2
Gas 1
—
AC
—
—
Gas 3
Gas 1
—
AD
—
—
Gas 3
Gas 1
—
AB
Gas 2
Gas 1
—
—
—
—
—
c
AC
Gas 2
Gas 1
Gas 3
AD
Gas 3
Gas 1
—
—
—
TCD
AB
—
—
Gas 2
—
Gas 1
PDD
Dedicated
a.
b.
c.
d.)
---
Inlet
For ECD detectors, the makeup gas is N2 or 5% Ar/CH4.
For PID detectors, the sheath gas is N2 or He.
FPD applications typically do not require Make-up gas.
For PDD detector requires Helium must have a minimum purity of 99.999%, with < 20 ppm Ne impurity. For trace
analysis of fixed gases, it is strongly recommended 99.9999% purity helium with < 0.5 ppm Ne
The discharge and the carrier gases must always flow through the helium purifier.
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Connecting Coolant to the Cryogenic System
Connecting Coolant to the Cryogenic System
The column oven and PTV (Programmable Temperature Vaporizing) injector
cryogenic systems allow you to operate the GC at sub-ambient temperatures.
The cryogenic systems can reach the following temperatures:
•
The column oven cryo system can reach –55 °C with Liquid Nitrogen or 
–99 °C with carbon dioxide.
•
The PTV cryo system can reach –50 °C with liquid nitrogen.
Use the following procedure to connect the coolant to your cyrogenic system:
Column Oven Cryo System
1. Connect the supply tubing to the CO2 or LN2 tank. Refer to Figures 1-4 
and 1-5 in Chapter 1 for more information about cryo supply tanks.
2. Connect the other end of the supply tube to the 1/8 inch connector on the
column oven cryo solenoid valve. The connector protrudes from the hole on
the GC rear panel labeled Sub Ambient Coolant.
PTV Injector Cryo System
If your GC has a PTV injector, use the following procedure to connect the cryo
supply:
1. Connect the supply tubing to the CO2 or LN2 tank. Refer to Figures 1-4 
and 1-5 in Chapter 1 for more information about cryo supply tanks.
2. Connect the other end of the supply tube to the 1/8 inch connector on the PTV
cryo solenoid valve on the upper left corner of the GC rear panel.
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Testing for Leaks
Once you have connected your gas supplies to the GC inlets and detectors, you
need to test the supply lines for leaks. Turn on your gas supply and use the
following information to set the gas pressures for the leak test.
•
Set the carrier gas pressure to approximately 50 kPa (7 psi) higher than the
maximum pressure of the GC regulator.
•
Set the detector gas pressures to approximately 350 kPa (50 psi).
Next you need to check all Swagelok fittings for leaks. Use the following
procedure to check the fittings for leaks:
1. Use a handheld electronic leak detector (Thermo Scientific GLD Pro, or
equivalent) to check each fitting for leaks.
2. If you detect a leak, tighten the connection and retest it.
3. Repeat this process until all Swagelok connections are leak free.
CAUTION
Do not use liquid soap leak detectors to check for leaks. Liquid soap leak detectors
may contaminate you system. A mixture of 50% H2O/50% methanol or isopropyl
alcohol may be used as a liquid leak detector.
WARNING! Never use liquid leak detectors on or around electronic pneumatic circuits.
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Getting Connected
5
This chapter explains the TRACE power connections, and helps you mount and
configure peripheral devices and data systems.
Chapter at a Glance…
Introduction ..........................................................................................................69
System Power Up .................................................................................................77
Introduction
If you plan to use any peripheral devices with your GC, such as an autosampler or
data system, you will need to unpack them and follow any setup instructions
included with them. Follow the instructions in the sections below to connect your
peripheral devices to the GC.
Remove the TRACE Cover
Before you can connect a data system or an autosampler, you must first remove
the top cover of the GC using the following procedure:
1. Lift the detector cover off the GC top cover.
2. Open the oven door and unscrew the two top cover fastening screws.
3. Push the top cover back about 1 cm and lift it up and off the GC.
Figure 5-1 illustrates this procedure.
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Figure 5-1. Removing the Top Cover
Connect the Data System
There are two types of information transfer techniques between the TRACE GC
Ultra and the computer: digital and analog. Use the following procedure to
connect your data system computer to the GC for digital transfer:
1. Connect the computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer (if applicable), and
network connection (if applicable) according to the instructions in the
accompanying documentation.
2. Plug in the computer, monitor, and printer power cables.
3. Connect your GC to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation Data systems
(ChromQuest, Chrom-Card, etc.) according to the CPU board, standard or
LAN, installed into the GC, performing the relevant cables connection:
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•
Connect the Computer Cable
•
Connect the LAN Cable
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Connect the Computer Cable
Perform this operation when the CPU standard board is installed into the GC.
a. Connect the RS232 cable supplied with the data system to one of the
COM ports of your computer, taking note of which port you use. You will
need this information for software configuration.
b. Connect the other end of the cable to the port on the top of the GC labeled
COMPUTER.
Computer Port
c. Snap the cable securing ring into one of the cable slots on the GC.
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Connect the LAN Cable
Perform this operation when the CPU/LAN board is installed into the GC.
NOTE
For the LAN set-up refer to the TRACE GC Ultra LAN Set-up User Guide.
a. With the top cover removed, connect the LAN gray cable provided to the
port on the top of the GC labeled LAN.
LAN Port
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b. Connect the other end of the cable to the LAN communication port of
your computer.
c. Snap the cable securing ring into one of the cable slots on the GC.
4. Turn on the GC (if it is not already on), the computer, the monitor, and the
printer. Check the time, date, and monitor settings.
5. Test the printer and network connections and install drivers as necessary.
6. Refer to your data system’s operating manual for instructions on configuring
your data system and using it to control GC functions and process information
from the GC.
7. Replace the top cover.
Connect the Autosampler
You can connect a TriPlus or AI/AS 3000 II autosampler to the TRACE GC Ultra.
Use the following procedure to connect the autosampler cable to the GC:
1. Connect the RS232 cable, the DIN handshake cable, and the power cable
supplied with the autosampler to the autosampler control module.
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2. With the top cover removed, connect the RS232 cable to the port on the top of
the GC labeled AUTOSAMPLER.
Autosampler Port
or
Autosampler Port
3. Snap the cable securing ring into one of the cable slots on the GC.
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or
4. Connect the handshake cable to the AUTOSAMPLER DIN port on the rear of
the GC.
5. Replace the top cover.
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If the GC and autosampler are on, the GC will automatically recognize the
autosampler. Refer to the autosampler operating manual for instructions on
mounting the autosampler turret and tray on top of the GC, and for configuration
instructions.
Computing Integrators
Setup your integrator and connect it to a power supply according to the
manufacturer’s instructions. Each TRACE GC Ultra comes with shielded twoconductor cables for each detector analog output, and a remote ready inhibit, start,
and stop cable (handshake cable). The two-conductor cables consist of a blue
positive wire, a white negative wire, and a shield wire. The handshake cable has a
DIN connector on one end (for connection to the rear panel of the GC), and leads
on the other (for connection to the integrator).
The blue positive (+) and white negative (–) wires of the two-conductor cable
connect the detector output and the integrator. Figure 5-2 shows the cable
connections.
Integrator
GC Detector Board
Blue Positive (+) Wire
0V 1V 10V GND
White Negative (–) Wire
– +
Handshake
Cable
Shield Wire
White Negative (–) Wire
To GC
Blue Positive (+) Wire Two-conductor cable
Shield Wire*
* Cut or insulate the shield wire connector when using an integrator or a data handling system.
If a recorder is used, connect the shield wire to the recorder ground.
Figure 5-2. Integrator Cable Connections
Refer to your integrator’s operating manual for instructions on using the integrator
to process information from the GC.
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System Power Up
By now your lab should be equipped with the proper power supply and outlets as
described in Power Requirements in Chapter 1, Laboratory Preparation. You also
should have completed the gas supply plumbing procedure, as described in
Chapter 4, Plumbing the Gas Supply to the GC.
If you have not already done so, connect the power cord to the GC. Plug the power
cord into the appropriate power outlet. The power switch is located on the back
side of the GC. Flip the switch to the ON position.
If the detectors are not already installed on your TRACE GC Ultra, you will need
to install them now. Refer to the TRACE GC Ultra Operating Manual for more
information about installing detectors.
You will need to install a column in the GC. Refer to the TRACE GC Ultra
Operating Manual for more information about installing columns.
For system test information, refer to the TRACE GC Ultra Standard Operating
Procedures Manual, and to the user manuals of any accessories you have
connected to your TRACE GC Ultra system.
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Preinstallation
Checklist
A
This appendix contains a step-by-step list of items you should complete before
your TRACE GC Ultra arrives. Please complete the checklist after reading the
Site Preparation section. This will ensure that your site is suitable for the
installation of your new TRACE GC Ultra. Please contact a Thermo Fisher
Scientific Customer Support Engineer (CSE) if you encounter any difficulties
preparing your site for installation.
Ensure that entrances and hallways are at least 92 cm (37 in.) across.
Ensure that your workbench space is at least 1.5 m (4.5 ft) across and can support
a 75 kg (170 lb) load.
Ensure that the instruments can be placed on surfaces that do not vibrate.
Ensure that your work area has proper lighting.
Provide an acceptable power source for your TRACE system.
Provide a wall outlet configuration that meets specifications.
Ensure that the temperature in your laboratory is between 18 and 35 C (65 and
95 F).
Ensure that the relative humidity level in your laboratory is between 40 and 80%,
with no condensation.
Ensure that the air in your laboratory is free of excessive dust, smoke, or other
particulate matter.
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Ensure that your system is free of electrostatic discharge.
Provide an adequate exhaust system.
Ensure that you meet appropriate gas line requirements.
Install a telephone near your system.
Fax or mail the TRACE Preinstallation Checklist to the appropriate Thermo
Fisher Scientific office.
You can refer to Appendix B, Customer Communication, to select the Thermo
Fisher Scientific office nearest you.
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Glossary
This glossary lists and defines terms used in this guide. Included are abbreviations, acronyms, metric
prefixes, and symbols.
A
A
ampere
ac
alternating current
ADC
analog-to-digital converter
B
b
bit
B
byte (8 b)
baud rate
data transmission speed in events per second
C
ºC
Celsius
CIP
Carriage and Insurance Paid To
cm
centimeter
CPU
central processing unit (of a computer)
CSE
Customer Service Engineer
D
d
depth
DAC
digital-to-analog converter
dc
direct current
DS
data system
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E
ECD
Electron Capture Detector
EMC
electromagnetic compatibility
ESD
electrostatic discharge
F
ºF
Fahrenheit
FID
Flame Ionization Detector
FOB
Free on Board
FPD
Flame Photometric Detector
ft
foot
G
g
gram
GC
gas chromatograph
GND
electrical ground
H
84
h
height
h
hour
harmonic
distortion
A high-frequency disturbance that appears as distortion of the
fundamental sine wave
HV
high voltage
Hz
hertz (cycles per second)
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I
IEC
International Electrotechnical Commission
impulse
See transient
in.
inch
I/O
input/output
K
k
kilo (103 or 1024)
K
Kelvin
kg
kilogram
kPa
kilopascal
L
l
length
L
liter
LAN
Local Area Network
lb
pound
LED
light-emitting diode
M
m
meter (or milli [10-3])
M
mega (106)
µ
micro (10-6)
min
minute
mL
milliliter
mm
millimeter
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m/z
mass-to-charge ratio
N
n
nano (10-9)
NPD
Nitrogen Phosphorous Detector
O

ohm
P
p
pico (10–12)
Pa
pascal
PCB
printed circuit board
PDD
Pulsed Discharge Detector
PID
Photo Ionization Detector
PN
part number
psi
pounds per square inch
R
86
RAM
random access memory
RF
radio frequency
ROM
read-only memory
RS-232
industry standard for serial communications
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S
s
second
sag
See surge
slow average
A gradual, long-term change in average RMS voltage level,
with typical durations greater than 2 s
SOP
Standard Operating Procedures
surge
A sudden change in average RMS voltage level, with typical
duration between 50 µs and 2 s
T
TCD
Thermal Conductivity Detector
transient
A brief voltage surge of up to several thousand volts, with a
duration of less than 50 µs
U
UFM
Ultra Fast Module
V
V
volt
V ac
volts, alternating current
V dc
volts, direct current
VGA
Video Graphics Array
W
w
width
W
Watt
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A
Air
purity 35
Air conditioning
humidity 29
particulate matter 30
temperature 27
user’s responsibility 27
Altitude 29
Ammonia
carrier gases 35
Argon/5% Methane
purity 35
Autosamplers
heat output 28
weight 22
C
Capillary columns
gases 32
Carrier gases 32
ammonia 35
CGA fittings 36
Crematory
minimum requirements
hardware 44
operating system 44
ChromQuest
minimum requirements
hardware 43
operating system 43
Cold on-column injectors
gas lines 38
Computer
heat output 28
power 26
weight 22
Coolant 38
liquid carbon dioxide 40
hazards 40
liquid nitrogen 39
hazards 39
Cryogenic cooling 38
liquid carbon dioxide 40
hazards 40
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hazards 39
CSE
installation 47
D
Data System
Chrom-Card 44
ChromQuest 43
minimum requirements 43
Detectors
gases 32
Doorways 20
Dust 30
E
ECD
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
packed columns 33
Electrostatic discharge 30
Elevators
entrance 20
Entrance 20
Equipment
required 41
supplemental 42
Exhaust system 31
Ex-works. See Shipping, origin.
F
FID
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
packed columns 33
Floors
vibration 30
Flushing gas lines 37
FPD
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
packed columns 33
Freight insurance 46
Frequency
power 23
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Fuel gases 32
G
Gas lines 36
cold-on column injectors 38
fittings 37
requirements 37
Gases
carrier 32
detectors 32
fuel 32
gas lines 36, 37
cold on-column injectors 38
pre-cleaned tubing 37
requirements 37
gas tanks 36
storage 36
make up 32
packed columns 33
plumbing basics 53, 54, 56
cutting tubing 53
Swagelok fittings 54
Swagelok tees and crosses 56
Teflon tape 53
purity 33–35
air 35
argon/5% Methane 35
helium 34
hydrogen 35
nitrogen 35
servo air 35
recommendations 32
regulators 35
secondary 36
supplies 31–33
traps 33
hydrocarbon 34
moisture 34
oxygen 34
water background 34
Ground 23
H
Hardware
minimum requirements 43
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Harmonics 24
Heat output
autosamplers 28
computer 28
monitor 28
optional instruments 28
printers 28
TRACE GC 28
Helium
purity 34
Humidity
low/high 29
static discharge 29
Hydrocarbon traps 34
Hydrogen
exhaust 31
purity 35
sensor 31
warning 31
I
Installation 47
Customer Service Engineer 47
equipment
required 41
supplemental 42
purchase option 47
Installation kit
replacement of consumables 42
Instrument arrival 45
freight insurance 46
L
Laboratory entrance
shipping container 20
Lighting 30
Liquid carbon dioxide 40
hazards 40
Liquid nitrogen 39
hazards 39
M
Minimum dimensions
entrance 20
Minimum requirements
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hardware 43
Moisture traps 34
N
Nitrogen
purity 35
NPD
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
packed columns 33
O
Operating environment
user’s responsibility 27
Optional instruments
heat output 28
power requirements 26
Overvoltage category 24
Oxygen traps 34
P
Packed columns
gases 33
Particulate matter 30
PID
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
Plugs
international 25
USA 25
Plumbing gases
cutting tubing 53
Swagelok fittings 54
Swagelok tees and crosses 56
Teflon tape 53
Pollution 31
Power
120 V ac 23
230 V ac 23
current requirements
optional instruments 26
printers 26
standard system 26
frequency 23
harmonics 24
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sags and surges 24
slow average 24
technical assistance 27
transients or impulses 24
voltage disturbances 23
wall outlets 24
Power supply
UPS 25
Printers
heat output 28
power 26
weights 22
R
Regulators 35
Required tools 41
S
Sags 24
Secondary gas regulators 36
Servo air
purity 35
Setting up the instrument 52
Shipping 45
container 20
damage 46
destination 46
origin 45
Site preparation
preinstallation checklist 51
user's responsibility 20
verifying 51
Slow average 24
Solvent
in gas lines 37
Static discharge
See Electrostatic discharge
Sub-ambient operation 38
Supplemental equipment 42
Surges 24
Swagelok fittings 54
Swagelok tees and crosses 56
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Index
T
W
TCD
gases
capillary and wide-bore columns 32
packed columns 33
Technical assistance
line power problems 27
See also Customer service
Teflon tape 53
Telephone 41
support 41
Temperature
air conditioning 27
laboratory, optimum 27
See also Heat output
system reliability 27
Tools 41
Training 48
Transients or impulses 24
Tubing cutter 53
Wall outlets
GC connections 26
Weights
computer 22
optional instruments 22
printers 22
TRACE system 22
Wide-bore columns
gases 32
Workbench 22
U
unpacking 51
UPS
power supply 25
User’s responsibilities
air conditioning 27
operating environment 27
quality of power 27
spares 42
V
Vibration 30
Voltage disturbances
harmonics 24
sags and surges 24
slow average 24
transients or impulses 24
Voltages
120 V ac 23
230 V ac 23
USA 23
Worldwide 23
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Figures
Figure 1-1.
Figure 1-2.
Figure 1-3.
Figure 1-4.
Figure 1-5.
Figure 3-1.
Figure 3-2.
Figure 3-3.
Figure 4-1.
Figure 5-1.
Figure 5-2.
NEMA 5-20P and 5-15P Power Plugs and Outlets: 120 V ac .....................................25
Shuco 230 V ac Power Plugs and Outlets .................................................................... 25
Dual-Stage Gas Regulator ............................................................................................36
N2 Tank Configuration .................................................................................................39
CO2 Tank Configuration ..............................................................................................40
Swagelok Ferrule and Nut Assembly ...........................................................................54
Swagelok and Inlet Connection.................................................................................... 55
Tightening Swagelok Fittings.......................................................................................55
Gas Trap Configuration................................................................................................61
Removing the Top Cover ............................................................................................. 70
Integrator Cable Connections .......................................................................................76
Tables
Table 1-1.
Table 1-2.
Table 1-3.
Table 1-4.
Table 1-5.
Table 1-6.
Table 1-7.
Table 1-8.
Table 4-1.
Minimum Space and Weight Requirements: TRACE Standard System......................22
Space and Weight Requirements: TRACE Optional Instruments................................22
Maximum Current Requirements for the TRACE Standard System ........................... 26
Maximum Current Requirements for TRACE Optional Instruments ..........................26
Heat Output: TRACE Standard System .......................................................................28
Heat Output: TRACE Optional Instruments ................................................................ 28
Capillary and Wide-Bore Column Gas Recommendations.......................................... 32
Packed Column Gas Recommendations.......................................................................33
Detector Gas Connections ............................................................................................65
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