Eliminate manual tracking of ion chromatography (IC) consumables performance via logbook entries. The Thermo Scientific Dionex Consumables Device Monitor automatically identifies consumables and maintains a record of their installation, use, and performance metrics on the Thermo Scientific Dionex Integrion system and on Thermo Scientific Dionex ICS-6000 HPIC systems.
Automated consumables tracking starts with Dionex consumables that incorporate memory tags and chips. When the tagged consumable is installed in the Dionex Integrion system, Thermo Scientific Chromeleon Chromatography Data System (CDS) software automatically identifies that consumable and maintains a record of its installation, use, and performance metrics. Data is stored directly on the memory tag, ensuring that it is transferred with the consumable.
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The Consumables Device Monitor is an instrument feature, available on Dionex Integrion HPIC and Dionex ICS-6000 HPIC systems, that stores usage and performance metrics directly on the consumable. Each consumable ships with a memory tag:
When a consumable is added to the system, the instrument controller detects the presence of the consumable and downloads the stored data from the memory tag. The instrument controller can communicate with these tags to identify the consumables installed on the instrument and subsequently store operational and performance metrics to the tag memory.
During production, a comprehensive set of specification data, listed below, is written onto each device before it's shipped to users. This data includes:
This data can be easily retrieved from the front panel tablet app or by using the Chromeleon CDS software. The Chromeleon CDS software also includes a feature to directly compare results obtained locally against reported QAR data.
When a consumable is placed in the system for the first time, the current date and time is written to the memory tag. Hence, the instrument controller can determine exactly how long a consumable has been in commission.
During operation, the instrument controller will write the key performance metrics noted below to the memory tag as they are collected. This data is regularly updated by the system ensuring it is up to date and valid. Key metrics include:
Chromeleon CDS software is programmed with a set of predefined configuration rules. If any of the detected consumables break these rules, a warning is sent to the Audit Trail and the Consumables Inventory page. The warning notifies the operator that the detected set of consumables contains at least one mismatch. It will not prevent the system from operating if the mismatch was intentional.
Two configuration restrictions are monitored:
No special consumables need to be ordered. From February 2016, all consumables will have the memory tag installed and include an "RFID Ready" or "Device Monitoring Enabled" message on the label.
Existing data will be transferred to the second system and new data appended ONLY if it also supports the Consumable Device Monitoring feature. However, the initial installation date will not be updated.
The Consumables Device Monitor can be turned off in the Chromeleon Instrument Configuration Manager.