Choosing the Proper Ferrules for Your Capillary GC Column

Each GC instrument manufacturer requires a ferrule with different dimensions; hence, you may find that ferrules are usually not included in the box with a supplied capillary column. Additionally, mass spectrometer detectors may require the use of a ferrule dimension that is different from that used for the injector end of the column.

Why is it important to use proper fitting ferrules?
Improper nut/ferrule combinations create dead volume (empty space between the ferrule and injector port that is not swept by carrier gas). This may result in poor chromatography, as evidenced by fronting peaks and band broadening. Ensure that your chromatography is the best it can be by always using the proper nut/ferrule combination.

We hope the general guidelines below for 3 widely popular GC instruments will assist you in selecting proper ferrules.

Agilent® Technologies or HP Instruments
Injector and Non-MS Detector End: If you are using the nut supplied with the instrument (with 6-7 threads; A), use Supeltex® short ferrules (1). If you are using a Supelco ferrule nut adapter purchased before 2003 (5-6 threads; B) or a Supelco ferrule nut adapter purchased after 2002 (C), use Supeltex general purpose ferrules (2).

A. (6-7 threads)


24833-U
B. (5-6 threads)

22470-U
   C. (after 2002)

22470-U
1. Short

  
   2. General Purpose

  


MS Detector End: If you are using the nut supplied with the instrument (D) or a Supelco MSD source nut (E), use Supeltex long ferrules (3).

D.

28034-U
E.

22517-U
3. Long

  

PerkinElmer® Instruments
If you are using the nut supplied with the instrument (D), use Supeltex long ferrules (3).

If you are using a 1/16” compression nut (F), use Supeltex general purpose ferrules (2).



D.

28034-U
F.

22021
2. General Purpose

  
   3. Long

  

Varian® Instruments
If you are using the nut supplied with the instrument, use Supeltex long ferrules (3).

3. Long

  

Featured Products
Description
Supeltex Ferrules, Short Design
Supeltex General Purpose Ferrules
Supeltex Long Ferrules

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