Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #30

By August 15, 2017

Tip #30: Calculating signal-to-noise ratio (Part 3)

Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last Empower tip-of-the-week blog for Empower Software, we explored the second way to calculate signal-to-noise ratio (part 2). This tip will demonstrate the third option.

If you work in a pharmaceutical company, you follow the pharmacopeia for your methodology. There are two ways Empower can calculate signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio  adhering to the pharmacopeia. This tip will address calculating noise from a blank injection.

Step 1

Bring raw data (Channels, Injections, or Sample Set) into Review and open the processing method. Click the Processing Parameters tool (Figure 1).

Empower Tips: Processing Parameters tool | figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

Click the Suitability tab and check the box that says Calculate Suitability Results. Enter the Void Volume Time, an estimate is fine (Figure 2).

Empower Tips: Calculate Suitability Results | figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Select Calculate USP, EP, and JP S/N (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Calculate USP, EP and JP s/n | figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

Select “Use noise centered on peak region in blank injection” (Figure 4). Empower calculates peak-to-peak noise from the expected retention time for the peak(s) in the blank injection. The half-height multipliers set the window of time Empower uses to calculate noise in the blank injection. For example, Empower calculates the half height width of a peak and multiplies by the value in the half-height multiplier field. If the peak width was 15 seconds at half height and the multiplier is 5, then the window would be 75 seconds. It does this for each peak.

Empower Tips: Use noise centered on peak region in blank injection | figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Save all changes to the Processing Method and return to Browse Project (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Processing Method | figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

Now we need to identify the blank injection in the Sample Set. On the Sample Sets tab, right-click on the Sample Set and select Alter Sample (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Sample Set / Alter Sample | figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Right-click on the table and select Table Properties (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: Select table properties | figure 7

Figure 7

Step 8

On the Columns tab, find the Blank field and deselect the check mark, then click OK (Figure 8).

Empower Tips: deselect the check mark | figure 8

Figure 8

Step 9

Now that the Blank field is added to the table, check the box for the blank injection (Figure 9).

Figure 9

Step 10

Save all changes and exit out of Alter Sample (Figure 10).

Empower Tips: Save all changes | figure 10

Figure 10

Step 11

Process the data (Figure 11).

Empower Tips: Process the data | figure 11

Figure 11

Step 12

Bring the Result Set or an individual Result into Review (Figure 12).

Empower Tips: Result into Review | figure 12

Figure 12

Step 13

USP S/N, EP S/N, and JP S/N are hidden fields by default so let’s add one to our Peaks table. Right-click on the Peaks table and select Table Properties (Figure 13).

Empower Tips: Select Table Properties | figure 13

Figure 13

Step 14

On the Columns tab, find USP S/N and remove the check mark to make it visible in the table (Figure 14). Click OK.

Empower Tips: Columns tab/remove check mark | figure 14

Figure 14

Step 15

The USP signal-to-noise ratio is displayed for every integrated peak (Figure 15).

Empower Tips: USP signal-to-noise ratio | figure 15

Figure 15

Step 16

To keep the USP S/N field in the peaks table, select Save Preferences from the File menu (Figure 16).

Empower Tips: keep the USP s/n field in the peaks table | figure 16

Figure 16


It’s that easy!

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Final notes:

  1. You must have the System Suitability option and enable it in the project.
  2. This procedure can be followed for both the QuickStart and Pro Interfaces.


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Next week in Empower Tip #31: Calculating Signal to Noise Ratio (Part 4)


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