The US company has started shipping its Empower Software for the Agilent 6850 Series GasChromatographs, extending its flagship Empower range which is already bundled with Waters Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography and high performance liquid chrmatography instrumentation.
"GC and LC instrumentation made by different instrument suppliers run ondifferent software platforms, which is one of the challenges facing many oftoday's labs," said the company.
Waters began offering third-party instrument control of gas chromatographs in 1992 with its Millennium Chromatography Software package, but the latest Empower launch means that one package can now be used across the entire Agilent 6850 instrument range. Empower already supports Agilent's 1100 Series photodiode array detectors, 1100 series liquid chromatographs, 5890 and 6890-series gas chromatographs and the 7694 headspace sampler.
The software lets scientists collect data, control multiple instruments - from Waters as well asthird-party vendors - and report on their findings. Scientists can standardise instrument control under one central data system for all chromatography labs, and no longer have to develop the expertise to use multiple software applications, which simplifies the process of acquiring and managing scientific results.
"Control of the 6850 GC using Empower Software allows us to use onechromatography data system for both LC and GC analysis thereby maximisingtraining effectiveness and minimizing support costs," said Jens Donath, QC laboratory manager at contract manufacturing company Lonza in Switzerland.