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  1. #1 Putting together a Mass Spectrometer 
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    We just opened up a new chapter of the American Chemical Society at Peninsula College in Washington state. Our first project is putting together a HP-5890 mass spectrometer and associated Gas Chromatographer. It was gifted to our college by the EPA in 2005 and has been just sitting in the chem lab for all that time. We are taking it upon ourselves to get it operational.

    The purpose for starting this thread is to ask if there is anyone out there who has some knowledge of this type of system. We have been working hard but are still in the understanding phase. We could use someone on email correspondence who can help us out.


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    Hey, very cool. I wish I were there to help out with the set up. It's not something I could begin to do over the internet. I remember setting up our x-ray crystallography room some years ago. When your machine has the power to melt itself if the proper protocol isn't used, you really want to get it right.

    Your best bet would be to contact the manufacturer, I would imagine.


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    We are very gracious for your posts!

    While the manuals are informative, they fail to tell us more simple things that someone with experience might know. For instance, they give a very detailed process for cleaning the ion source, but fail to tell you when cleaning the ion source may be necessary. Do you happen to know when that would be necessary?
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    We have a spectrometer in one of our labs and we used an electropolishing system to clean it. I had limited experience with the lab, though, so I can't really comment further on how often. I just know it was a part of scheduled maintenance.
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