The “Fluidless” Column Oven (FCO) is a device that can easily be installed in any GC or GC/MS for Fast analyses. How fast? Using the Standard-FCO analyses are up to 10 times faster than a conventional air bath oven. To achieve such speeds this unique device places a steady-state temperature profile right on the analytical column, using a series of gradient heaters, eliminating the normal temperature cycling found in a regular GC oven. Once you eliminate the temperature cycle, one sample can be analyzed directly after another, making any GC a Super-Charged Fast GC! We have added two additional models to the FCO family, the FCO-Extended Run and FCO-Classic. To both of these FCO´s we have added temperature programming to drive more compounds off the column and an integrated device to cool between runs.
Unlike other Fast GC methods, which may have limitations on column length and diameter, any fused silica or metal analytical column can be used with any model of FCO, including packed columns. A FCO can be installed, or changed by simply connecting the column to the injector and detector and the cable to the control module.
The control software is easily accessed through a web interface from most devices, such as a computer, tablet, or smart phone, to change temperatures and store methods. The device does not need to stay connected for the FCO to operate. Samples can be analyzed one at a time, the FCO can be run continuously 24/7, or the integrated sequence table can be used to link methods for use with an auto-sampler.
The control module is designed to power two independent FCO´s, giving you the flexibility to easily switch between analytical methods, or run two at the same time for a dual oven configuration.
Old or new, any FCO can Super-Charge your GC or GC/MS.