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Poor RSD or inconsistent peak areas

Issue

One or more of the following is occurring:

  • System is not reproducible and is not reliable
  • Injections are varying from sample to sample
  • Poor RSD

Environment

AS-AP Autosampler

Resolution

  1. The placement of the 2 green waste lines are important to maintain consistent area response as an incorrect waste lines can siphon liquid causing poor area reproducibility. See the AS-AP Operator's Manual.
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  2. Be sure the sample loop, syringe size and buffer loop used on your hardware matches what’s in the configuration.  Below are the default settings:

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  3. See slide below for more causes of poor RSD:
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    1. You can change the puncture offset of the sampler in the “commands” 

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    2. You must set the command level to “expert” by right clicking in the left pane in the red circle area and setting to “expert”

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  4. Be sure your 250ul syringe on the ASAP is fully primed with no air bubbles. Any air bubbles will cause poor RSD.  It a good idea to run these 3 action items before every sequence to ensure the sampler is fully primed:

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  5. If any air bubbles are still present, remove the syringe, prime by hand, and reconnect the syringe.

  6. If reproducibility issues persist, replace the suppressor. 

 

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