Do you remember my blog from November 2015? It was about superstitious errors during my time on the GC-MS instrument; spending hours on watching the automated sampling like a hawk and solving the mystery of the needles that kept bending. Last month I’ve started using a newly installed GC-MS. Newly installed as in brand new and this GC-MS doesn’t have an autosampler. Reason to believe there won’t be any superstitious errors anymore. Whereas that might be true, no autosampler also means I have to do all sample injections manually. One of my fellows probably immediately thinks about more chances of human errors, but the lucky part about that is that you normally notice such errors quickly so that they can (read: have to) be resolved before proceeding with the sampling.
And as you can see in the last picture, instrument errors can also still happen. Fortunately that error was solved quickly:)
The reason for switching to this GC-MS? I’m testing if it’s feasible to use both the GC-MS instruments simultaneously for a future experiment. For now I’ll continue the tests. Keep an eye out for updates 🙂