The decision of whether to automate or not to automate may boil down to the potential for labor savings, increased precision, better accuracy and automated, reliable data.
Sometimes the decision to automate an analytical procedure is driven by the purpose of the test. After that matter is understood, review of the risks inherent in not doing so follows. In labs, automation of a method using a quality instrument is considered to ensure repeatable, reliable and accurate results, time after time after time. Though cost-benefit analysis is important too, for the scientist it’s all about the science and the data results necessary. Other reasons to automate or not surface. Once automation is considered as appropriate for the science, for the data, for all the right reasons, then there’s the question of whether the automation is best done in-house or contracted to an outside laboratory that may already own and operate automated systems.
When it comes to particularly challenging matrices and for analytes requiring lower levels of detection, like those XYZ, ABC DEF, laboratories worldwide are considering Solid phase micro extraction or SPME. Here’s why: SPME
▪ Eliminates most of the drawbacks associated with extracting organics
▪ Requires no solvents
▪ Requires no complicated apparatus
Automated SPME through the Overbrook HT280T delivers the accurate results desired in a robotic automated autosampler instrument, with greater throughput than manual SPME. What’s more, the HT280T combines static headspace analysis, liquid sample injection and SPME in one multi-purpose autosampler. Changes between liquid, headspace and SPME modes is simple. The HT280T can extract volatile and non-volatile compounds in both liquid and headspace samples using variable vial penetration depth.
So let’s look at the economics. The Overbrook HT280T is considerably less cost out of the box and through operation than the “big brand name” autosamplers. The total cost of ownership (TCO) is considerably less too, and they work for years and years without compromise.
Overbrook provides service and support after the sale, including installation, method development assistance, and more. Call for a quotation to see for yourself.
Overbrook Scientific is the only one who handles the HT280T in the United States. Overbrook Scientific is an independent instrumentation company specializing in the planning, installation, qualification, service, repair and maintenance of analytical instrumentation …
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