GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting and Maintenance

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Day 5 / Modules 11 - 12 of the Complete GC & GC-MS course and Day 2 / Modules 11 - 12 of The GC & GC-MS Clinic course. 

Course summary

Course approval

This course has been approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you are only interested in finding out more about GC and GC-MS Troubleshooting and Maintenance then please attend this course.

What will you learn on this course?

First, parts of the system requiring maintenance, how often and how to identify when maintenance is required are covered in detail.

Then we look at preparing for problems, how to identify problems and the troubleshooting process.  This knowledge, along with the basic knowledge of GC & GC-MS acquired in days 1-3, modules 1-8, are then put to the test in troubleshooting chromatograms through the final part of the day during module 12.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn about each part of the instrument requiring maintenance and why
  • You will learn how frequently maintenance is required for each instrument part and consumable
  • You will learn how to recognise when maintenance is required and why scheduled maintenance is much better than troubleshooting
  • You will learn the logical steps of instrument troubleshooting
  • You will learn how to break the instrument down into modules and how to troubleshoot each module
  • You will learn how to examine chromatograms, identify any problems seen and then determine which part of the instrument could be the cause and gain practical experience of this

Who is this course for?

Before attending this one day course you should have a good knowledge of gas chromatography and the techniques covered in days 1-3 or modules 1-8 of the Complete course.

Individual Modules - Virtual Classroom training

For Virtual Classroom training, you can choose to attend the individual modules from this course:

To gain the full knowledge of gas chromatography it is highly recommended to attend the full Complete GC & GC-MS course.

Course discounts

*Discount applicable when booked at least one month in advance (for Face-to-Face courses) or 24 hours in advance (for Virtual Classroom courses), membership number is required. Discounts cannot be combined and are only applicable to courses both organised and run by Anthias Consulting Ltd.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) members receive a discount of 20% for this course in 2020
  • Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) members receive a discount of 20% for this course in 2020

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Feedback from previous attendees of Virtual Classroom course

"Being able to hear from an expert in the field and see some practical examples. I was given a lot of base knowledge and loads of helpful tips that I would never have thought about."   Hollie Gillespie, QC Lab Analyst, NextGEN360 (May 2020).

"It was good to be able to have an outline of how to deal with problems when they first appear. Lots of useful tips were included alongside the more basic information. [Most useful topic:] Chromatogram Troubleshooting. It was really useful to be able to apply the knowledge given in the training and see some real examples."  Hollie Gillespie, QC Lab Analyst, NextGEN360 (May 2020).

Feedback from previous attendees of Face-to-Face course

"[The instructor] was extremely knowledgeable and it showed. She was able to answer any question thrown at her."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"A lot of practical information providing good starting points. [Instructor] very knowledgeable about all aspects. Very helpful, upbeat, and friendly."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"The instructor was extremely knowledgeable. The course was interactive. The instructor made sure that each student had an opportunity to explain what they wanted from the course and the individuals concerns were covered and explained. She did a wonderful job!!  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"I thought the way this course was presented made it very easy to follow. I liked the troubleshooting in the afternoon a lot also.  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"The practical examples (including chromatograms), were extremely beneficial to help retain the info for the class."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"Wide range of details, excellent tips and tricks, very useful information."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"Diane was extremely knowledgeable and personable."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"Smart, sensible breakdown of an optimal troubleshooting approach."  Feedback from the GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting & Maintenance Short Course at Pittcon 2019.

"All the information was given in a clear and very professional manner and the course will really help me to identify problems I might encounter in the future. All questions were answered and good examples and solutions to problems given. All topics covered were useful and interesting + we had a tour of the lab!" Katiuska Caraballo, Analytical Chemist at South East Water, attended Troubleshooting & Maintenance individual day of the Complete GC & GC-MS course (July 2012).