The job of controlling HPLC instruments is best done by the original vendor's own HPLC software. Therefore, the Eclipse does not use its own controller software, but integrates into various HPLC packages. There are many benefits to this approach. Users can stay within their HPLC software platform and run the Eclipse with the familiar interface they already know. The complete portfolio of HPLC equipment can be integrated with all the sophisticated features and options that the HPLC manufacturer offers. Existing HPLC instruments can be integrated and local support and service from the original supplier is available. If the HPLC components require maintenance, the local service organization of the HPLC vendor takes care of this task.
Currently the Eclipse operates with Agilent, Dionex, and Shimadzu HPLCs. For owners of Agilent HPLC systems, a ChemStation or OpenLAB add-in module is installed which creates access to the Eclipse as an instrument in ChemStation. ChemStation data files can store specific data traces, like pressure reading, cross flow and inject flow rates, etc. A similar integration exists for the LCsolution software from Shimadzu. Additional HPLC software packages will be integrated in the near future.
Manual control of all flow modes and flow rates is controlled by easy access to software menus that permit system preparation and equilibration prior to sample runs.
The Eclipse instrument is configured using the standard ChemStation Hardware Configuration dialog interface:
Eclipse instrument settings can be viewed from within ChemStation for convenience: