Featured Pittcon Short Course: Practical Maintenance and Troubleshooting in Gas Chromatography

Jaap de Zeeuw

Jaap de Zeeuw

Date: Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Location: Pittcon 2020, Chicago

Course Description: 

In gas chromatography, 90% of the problems encountered can be traced back to issues in the injection system. In this half-day featured Pittcon short course, Restek’s Jaap de Zeeuw will discuss the purpose and impact of the critical parts used in split and splitless injection, as well as how they affect overall system maintenance schedules. Carrier gas choice and purity, tubing, connections, septa, ferrules, seals, liners, column coupling, column installation, and column maintenance all will be covered in detail. In addition, Jaap will discuss column operation/optimization concepts and explain how to extend GC column lifetime most effectively. At the end, we will explore a series of practical examples together through troubleshooting exercises.

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Webinar: How to Analyze Extended PFAS Lists Including Ultrashort-Chain (C2-C3) PFAS

Register today for this timely C&EN webinar about PFAS analysis and incorporating ultrashort-chain PFAS into an existing method for legacy and alternative compounds. Mike Chang, Global Environmental Market Business Development Manager at Restek, will discuss LC-MS/MS method development for C2 and C3 PFAS analysis and analytical methodologies for simultaneous chromatographic determination of ultrashort-chain, alternative, and legacy PFAS.

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Restek Wins Award for Innovative Use of Its New Software

Michael Ouissi, IFS Chief Customer Officer, presents the “The Trailblazers–Team Award” to Restek operations project manager, Nathan Gerst.

The IFS dedicated project team (L to R): Terri Sowerby, Jim Steyers, Ken Poorman, Nate Gerst, Jeff Nattermann, Sean Kelly, Steve Kreiser, Brett Ripka, Camila Tulyaganova, Laura DeBerdt, Kim Shaffer, Christina Hill, Kim Shenk, Ginny Esh.

Restek accepted the “The Trailblazers–Team Award” in front of 3,000 people during the IFS World Conference on October 9 in Boston, MA, for its innovative implementation of IFS Applications software.

“This is a wonderful recognition for a team that worked very hard over the last three years,” said Nathan Gerst, Restek operations project manager, who accepted the award.

IFS Applications is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that helps businesses integrate data and processes across multiple departments and locations.

Three years ago, Restek determined that its ERP software could no longer be customized or expanded and created a team tasked with finding an ERP solution that would work as well for today’s Restek as it would for tomorrow’s. Fortunately, the team discovered a good fit with IFS.

Countless conversations were had throughout the company to understand needs and pain points, but also to learn what was currently working well in addition to what people wanted to see in a new system. By combining all this feedback, the Restek ERP team was able to adopt IFS’s project methodology and change business processes.

“The team worked tirelessly out of one room for 18 months,” Gerst said. “We all bonded very closely, and in the end were able to come together as a team to serve our customers better.”

Now, after its introduction in June, Restek is using IFS 100 percent domestically, with a plan for global rollout underway.

“What started as a seemingly straightforward journey years ago faced countless challenges from day one. Only after assessing those challenges, planning for them, and finding and creating solutions, did the Restek ERP team deliver what they’d always dreamed of—an ERP that could work for Restek today and support us into the future,” Gerst said. “Thank you to IFS, and to those at Restek who supported this work.”

Restek’s ERP Project Team: Stepan Aghakhanyan, Raymond Ciampichini, Greg Dawson, Sharon DePlato, Laura DeBerdt, Nikki Doverspike, Ginny Esh, Nathan Gerst , Christina Hill, Sean Kelly, Steve Kreiser, Jeff Nattermann, Ken Poorman, Brett Ripka, Vlad Safyanovskiy, Kim Shaffer, Kim Shenk, Chas Simons, Shaun Smith, Terri Sowerby, Jim Steyers, Camila Tulyaganova, Karen Urbanik, Ron Zhao.