Fully automated inline eluent preparation on demand

By using the 800 Dosino and the 849 Level Control as the only additional devices, Metrohm`s intelligent ion chromatography (IC) systems - the 850 Professional IC and the Compact IC family - can be easily extended to perform any unattended inline eluent preparation. Fully controlled by MagIC NetTM, the 849 Level Control monitors the eluent level while the Dosino performs all dosing and liquid handling tasks. Consecutive injections of a 250-µg/L standard over approximately 20 days revealed an excellent retention-time stability. After more than 800 consecutive injections, relative standard deviations for anions (F-, Cl-, NO2-, Br-, NO3-, PO43-, SO42-) and cations (Li+ , Na+, NH4+, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+) were smaller than 0.55 and 0.41%, respectively. In the case of a 24-hour sequence, retention-time precision for anions and cations was better than 0.09 and 0.08%, respectively. The presented inline eluent preparation system increases the retention-time reproducibility and allows the determination of anions and cations over a one-month period without manual eluent preparation.