Get Empowered: Data Acquisition and the Sample Set Method | Tip #13

By April 18, 2017

Tip #13: Entering a purity factor for our standards in the component editor

In the last Empower Tip of the Week for Empower Chromatography Data Software (CDS), we explored how to Save an Instrument Method with a Method Set.  This tip will explore how to enter a purity factor for our standards in the component editor.

When we purchase an analytical standard, the supplier provides a certificate of analysis which includes the purity of the standard.  We then need to incorporate that purity factor into Empower so that our calibration curve will be adjusted to reflect the purity.

Here is how it’s done.

Step 1

Click Browse Project in the navigation bar.  (figure 1)

Empower Software: Browse Project | Figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

Click the Sample Sets tab, right click on a sample set and select Alter Sample.  (figure 2)

Empower Software: Sample sets tab | Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Click the Amount tool. (figure 3)

Empower Software: Amount tool| Figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

Click the Purity (Vial) tab. (figure 4)

Empower Software: Purity (Vial) tab | Figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Enter the Purity for the component(s). (figure 5)  The allowable range is 0.001 – 150.000%.

Empower Software: Purity for the component | Figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

Click OK to the Component Editor. (figure 6)

Empower Software: Component editor | Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Save all changes in Alter Sample and exit out. (figure 7)

Empower Software: Alter sample | Figure 7

Figure 7

Step 8

Right click on the Sample Set and select Process.  Select the proper method set or processing method and click OK. (figure 8)

Empower Software: Process | Figure 8

Figure 8

Step 9

Select the Result Sets tab, right click on the new Result Set and select Review. (figure 9)

Empower Software: Results sets tab | Figure 9

Figure 9

Step 10

Click the in the tool bar and observe the X Value in the point table.  In the case of Acetone the amount entered for standard 1 was 937.500. With the purity of 99.0 entered, the amount used for the calibration curve is 928.125. (figure 10)

 Empower Software: Calibration curve tool | Figure 10

Figure 10

A final note:

  1. You can enter the purity either post run in Alter Sample or prior to data acquisition by clicking the Components tool while in the Run Samples area and then follow steps 4-6 as described above.
    (figure 11)
Empower Software: Run samples | Figure 11

Figure 11


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