Agilent Technologies Enhances Sample-Prep Workbench for Consistent Precision and Safety
11 Jul 2013

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a collection of new features to the 7696A Sample Prep Workbench chromatography sample-preparation system. These enhancements will enable laboratories to further minimize bottlenecks associated with sample preparation and maximize automation capabilities to prevent errors associated with manual sample-handling procedures, including weighing, diluting and making derivatives.

"Sample preparation has always been a pain point in laboratory processes," said Eric Phillips, Agilent's product marketing manager for gas chromatography. "These enhancements to Workbench that include WeighStation, eliminate many manual steps in the sample-prep process with software upgrades and automation capabilities. Workbench retains key features to minimize human exposure to harmful chemicals and reagents."

New features include:

WeighStation, whose high-precision weighing capabilities (up to five-decimal-place readability) meet ASTM and EN petrochemical analysis standards.
New LC vial racks that enable direct placement of vials onto the auto-sampler to eliminate the possibility of vial placement and transcription errors.
Dilution Wizard, which speeds method development, minimizes mouse clicks and automatically creates a series of standards for calibration curves and other repetitive dilutions.
"Many good chemists perform manual sample preparation, but Workbench with WeighStation will now let them spend more time on other, more important tasks in the lab," Phillips added. "Together, these enhancements provide consistent precision and accuracy, enabling laboratories to reduce costs associated with sample preparation and eliminate mundane steps that hinder productivity."

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