Companies that work with gas chromatography and analytical equipment require experience and up-to-date technical training to ensure analytical equipment is adequately installed and maintained. Whether you work in chemical, petro-chemical, coal, pharmaceutical, paper or power, an analytical component is required to properly and safely operate and maintain your equipment and systems at your plant.
A chromatograph (i.e.—Gas Chromatograph) is an analytical instrument used to perform analysis on various volatile substances. The main use of a GC is to separate various compounds from a specific sample of gas—ultimately establishing the presence, or measuring, relative proportions of analytes in a mixture.
A gas chromatograph is a complex system able to perform detailed analysis and other functions critical to operational efficiency, while meeting regulations specific to a company’s industry. Different analyzer technologies such as IR, laser, chemometrics, etc. are also efficient tools, and can be used in conjunction with, or in place of a GC. However, an analyzer is often used for garnering specific industry readings or information. As an example, many companies use a UV/Vis, Infrared, or a laser, which is quite popular, to acquire readings.
Both the GC and the analyzer are “smarter” than other instruments though, since instruments (basic level, pressure, temperature and flow), provide only one reading. An instrument can be in a lab or out in the process area though, which offers a greater level of convenience for technicians.
When a GC or analyzer is sold by a manufacturer, they only warranty that equipment at the time. However, with these technologies, there needs to be other equipment in front of the analyzer (or upstream), as part of the process, that clean up the product and provide a reliable and repeatable sample. There is an array of components throughout the system, which include a sample system, filters, a heated transport line (when necessary, in that application), probe, regulator and more.
This means that there are various components within a system that require maintenance, repair and continuous support.
Supporting your Equipment
All equipment will need servicing or replacing at some point. The same goes for a GC, analyzer and instruments. When one of these pieces of equipment goes into alarm, fails, aftermarket warranties run out, resources are about to be retired and more, a company needs someone to come in, analyze the situation, troubleshoot to identify the problem and then repair or replace the equipment.
This is where experience and knowledge of systems from a wide array of manufacturers become critical. When the company calls the manufacturer, the company usually needs to get the system running before the manufacturer can tell them what is wrong with the analyzer. The issue is that the only way to get the system running is to know what component/s in front of the manufacturer’s system are not working. Until the non-warrantied components are fixed (i.e.—calibration gases run out, sample system stream is plugged, check valve failed, transport line issue, plugged probe, etc.), the analyzer will not operate reliably. As a result, the manufacturer will not be able to troubleshoot and repair ‘their’ warrantied equipment. This double-edged sword causes increased time and financial stresses on the company, as well as operational issues at the plant.
New Solutions for Companies
CECO Advanced Analytical Services & Training (AAST) was created to bridge the gap for companies between their analyzers, covering a wide spectrum of manufacturers, as well as the sample system. This new full-service arm of CECO was created to meet the needs of companies requiring fast solutions. And with fast solutions, comes reduced maintenance costs, improved productivity and, ultimately, increased uptime for the plant.
CECO’s team of professionals, with more than 100 years of combined experience, survey and analyze the equipment to identify the issue(s) and repair the product back to its original manufactured operating condition. This is accomplished by analyzing stream data readings, time of failure, process conditions, etc. Then the team deduces the issue, such as a failed part, source the part based on part number and type, and repair it as needed based on the manufacturer’s specifications.
CECO partners with major manufacturers around the world to ensure that a customer’s needs can be best met, allowing for quick response time, cost efficiencies and overall scale and capacity.
There are several areas that CECO AAST strives to help its customers with, including:
- Annual site-wide service contracts
- On-demand service to troubleshoot and repair
- Planning and installation of new equipment
- On-site, customizable training
Customized Customer Training
CECO AAST also created a specialized, multi-faceted training program that is customizable to a company’s respective needs and industry. Training classes offered include Sample System Basics for the Analyzer Technician, Analyzer Technician 101, Basic Chromatography and Introduction to Chemistry (for the Analyzer Technician). These training classes are offered on-site—a convenience for employees who have limited time and flexibility. CECO even has a training trailer so class participants can have access to various items, like GCs, chemistry elements, sample systems and other technologies.
The training courses are a good fit for plant technicians, maintenance supervisors and other team members who seek to have a better understanding of the nuances of analytical equipment and associated systems. CECO AAST supports companies around the globe to keep their employees trained on relevant technologies, troubleshooting, chemistry and more.
OEM manufacturers also understand the value CECO brings to them and their customers. Customers are better able to extend and enhance the reach of their in-house service and training teams by partnering with CECO AAST.
“As a result of significant growth of our installed base over the last few years, particularly in North America, we decided partnering with a trusted, reliable, and highly experienced team of professionals to enhance our service and training portfolio and be closer to our clients” said Ted Hanes, Manager, Client Experience at Galvanic. The CECO Advanced Analytical Services & Training team provides us with end-to-end service and training specifically customized to meet our demanding needs, therefore ensuring clients satisfaction for years to come.”
The importance of properly and safely operating and maintaining your equipment and systems through maintenance, support and training offerings is vitally important in increasing uptime, reducing costs and more. To learn more about CECO Advanced Analytical Services & Training and its various services, visit the website today!