​Podcasts

TACS Talks is a compilation of audio presentations about applications, tips and tricks, product information, how-to and other valuable information to aid you with your application and be more productive in your work environment.


Teledyne Advanced Chemistry Systems (TACS) is a group of four Teledyne companies manufacturing products for laboratory analysis or for measurement of gas flow and vacuum pressure.

•Teledyne CETAC Technologies
• Teledyne Hastings Instruments​
• Teledyne Leeman Labs
• Teledyne Tekmar

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Season 2

Episode 10: How Analytical Traps Concentrate VOCs in Purge and Trap

In this podcast we will be discussing how analytical traps concentrate VOCs through the Purge and Trap process and inside the trap.  Our guest speaker, Jamie Brown, Senior R&D Scientist at MilliporeSigma, was interviewed for this podcast.

The podcast covers the following:

  • How adsorbents work in Purge and Trap?

  • Characteristics of adsorbents

  • What happens if adsorbents are too weak or to long?

  • How VOCs are trapped in the adsorbents?

  • What adsorbents work best for VOCs and Purge and Trap analysis?

  • What trap should be used for different classes of VOCs?

  • Conditioning the trap tips

  • How to know when it is time to change a trap

For more information on Purge and Trap visit - https://www.teledynetekmar.com/products/volatile-organic-compounds-(voc)

Click to help you develop an understanding of The Fundamentals of Purge and Trap and how and why compounds are concentrated.​​​

 

Episode 9: Automate your Sample Dilution with the SimPrep Simple Automation Preparation System

In this podcast, we will be discussing how to automate your sample dilution process with the SimPrep Simple Automation Preparation System.

Our guest speaker is Jacob Herrington with who is a Product Manager for the Automation systems at Teledyne CETAC. Jake is going to tell us about this product, what market and applications it was designed for and some of the unique features and benefits it offers for these applications and those using it.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this podcast:

  • What is the SimPrep and what does it do?
  • What applications work best for the SimPrep?
  • What kinds of samples can the SimPrep prepare?
  • Benefits to users
  • What manual processes the SimPrep can remove from the laboratory workflow?
  • and much more

For more information on the SimPrep Simple Automation Preparation System visit https://www.teledynecetac.com/products/automation/simprep

Be sure to check out our online calculator to see how much your savings would be with the SimPrep ​

 


Episode 8: Choosing your GC Column Part 3 - Troubleshooting​

This podcast is the third of a three part series on GC Columns. In this episode we will discuss troubleshooting from Purge and Trap all the way to the column. Our guest speaker, Chris English, laboratory manager at Restek Corporation, was interviewed for this podcast to talk about GC Columns.

The podcast covers the following:

  • Overview of Purge and Trap in relation to troubleshooting - Wet Purge, Dry Purge, Desorb, Desorb Pre-Heat and Bake
  • What is Purge and Trap and why do we use it?
  • We will look at different trap selections and injection port connections
  • Troubleshooting on the GC and Mass Spec

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this series, you can click the links below to listen to them.

Click to help you develop an understanding of The Fundamentals of Purge and Trap and how and why compounds are concentrated.​​

 


Episode 7: Introduction to Method 8260 C and D

In this podcast, we will be discussing EPA Method 8260. This episode is primarily useful for mid-level lab techs or analysts who are interested in a brief introduction to the method, or use the method in their career but do not know what is going on under the surface.

This podcast discussed the following: 

  • What is EPA Method 8260?
  • What laboratory instruments and techniques are used in this EPA method?
  • What are the differences between the latest revisions C and D?
  • Terminology and QC requirements in the method
  • Equipment parameters and personal TIC observations
  • Hydrogen as an alternative carrier gas
  • Challenges and observations using hydrogen
  • Tips for methods and conditions

For additional information on Teledyne Tekmar products used for EPA Method 8260 visit our website

 


Episode 6: Elk River Chemical Spill and Developing a Method to Identify and Detect Contaminants

In this podcast, we interviewed Niranjan Selar, the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory Manager at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, where he has been working for 18 years. Niranjan talks about his role in creating a method to identify and detect the contaminant compounds as they came down the Ohio River and into the Greater Cincinnati Water Works intake for the 2014 Elk River chemical spill.

The following was discussed on this podcast:

  • What is the 2014 Elk River chemical spill.  How it happened and how it related to Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Ohio River.

  • Identification of what standard to buy and method parameters

  • The process to identify the contaminant compounds

  • What happened when the water intake was turned back on

For more information on Purge and Trap, click here  

For relevant application notes, click here

 


Episode 5: EPA Method 524 Series for VOC Drinking Water Analysis

In this podcast we have invited Tom Hartlein to join us to share and explain his experience with EPA Method 524 for VOC Drinking Water analysis and Purge and Trap. Tom is currently the VOC Technical product manager at Tekmar and has over 30 years experience with this technology.

Some topics that will be discussed:

  • History behind EPA Method 524 and why it was developed.

  • Challenges within drinking water method 524

  • Troublesome compounds within Method 524 series and how to optimize purge and trap conditions to yield better recovery

  • Differences between EPA Methods 524.2, 524.3 and 524.4

For additional information on Purge and Trap and how and why compounds are concentrated. click here

To see application notes relating to EPA Method 524, click here

 


Episode 4: Introduction to Thermal Vacuum Gauges

In this podcast we will be providing an introduction to Thermal Vacuum Gauges. 

Our guest speaker is Doug Baker with who is the Director of Sales and Business Development at Teledyne Hastings. Doug is going to talk with us today about Thermal Vacuum Gauges, what they are, how they work, applications and best practices.

Here are some of the things that will be discussed:

  • What is are Thermal Vacuum Gauges? 
  • How the gauges work? 
  • Three specific types of Vacuum Gauges 
  • What are the benefits of thermocouple vacuum gauges? 
  • What industries or applications are best suited to use thermal vacuum gauges 
  • Recommended best practices

For more information on Thermal Vacuum Gauges, click here

Here is some additional information you might find useful relating to Thermal Vacuum Gauges:

Application note: Effective Vacuum for HVAC and Refrigeration Charging

Vacuum Gauge Glossary

 


Episode 3: Introduction to APS-7650G Gravimetric Sample Prep System for the New Oils Market

In this podcast, we will be discussing the APS-7650G Gravimetric Sample Pepe Station for Oils sampling.

Our guest speaker is Jacob Herrington with who is a Product Manager for the APS-7650G at Teledyne CETAC. Jake is going to tell us about this new product, what market and applications it was designed for and some of the unique features and benefits it offers for these applications and those using it.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this podcast: 

  • Description on what the APS-7650G is and what applications it is best suited for.
  • Requirements for new oils vs used oil sample analysis.
  • ASTM methods that this systems meets
  • Unique features and benefits that the APS-7650G provide
  • Software requirements 

For more information on the APS-7650G Gravimetric Sample Prep System visit https://www.teledynecetac.com/products/automation/aps-7650g 

Be sure to check out our other Oils sampling system - the APS-7450V Volumetric Sample Prep System

To learn more about Teledyne CETAC and their products/ markets visit https://www.teledynecetac.com

 


​Episode 2: Choosing your GC Column Part 2 - Method Development Transfer From One Column to Another for VOC Purge and Trap 

This podcast is the second of a of a two part series on GC Columns. In this episode we will discuss the method development transfer from one column to another for VOC purge and trap. best column for your purge and trap volatiles analysis.  Our guest speaker, Chris English, laboratory manager at Restek Corporation, was interviewed for this podcast to talk about GC Columns.

The podcast covers the following:

  • Quick overview of part 1 and how it relates to this part of the series – method development? 
  • What is ProEZGC and how to use it?  
  • Some considerations to using the software? 
  • Limitations of ProEZGC?

For more information on Purge and Trap visit - https://www.teledynetekmar.com/products/volatile-organic-compounds-(voc)

Click to help you develop an understanding of The Fundamentals of Purge and Trap and how and why compounds are concentrated.​

 


Episode 1: Choosing your GC Column Part 1 - Purge and Trap Volatiles

This podcast is the first of a two part series on GC Columns. In this episode we will discuss the best column for your purge and trap volatiles analysis.  Our guest speaker, Chris English, laboratory manager at Restek Corporation, was interviewed for this podcast to talk about GC Columns.

The podcast covers the following:

  • What is the best column for Purge and Trap analysis?
  • What are the benefits of using a shorter, narrow bore column?
  • When to use a longer column and how much longer run time would be used?
  • If you switch to a shorter or longer column, is there a way to translate your method so that target compounds keep their retention times?
  • Advice to someone new to GC/GC Columns

For more information on Purge and Trap visit - https://www.teledynetekmar.com/products/volatile-organic-compounds-(voc)

Click to help you develop an understanding of The Fundamentals of Purge and Trap and how and why compounds are concentrated.​

 


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Season 1

Episode 14​: A Day in the Life of a Quality Control (QC) Chemist

On this podcast, we will talk about a day in the life of a QC Chemist, what they do and how they do it.

Sarah Kennedy is our guest speaker for this podcast.  Sara is the Application/QC Chemist at Teledyne Leeman Labs and is responsible for the Mercury Analyzers.

Some additional topics that will be discussed:

  • What a typical day looks like morning and afternoon

  • Steps to preparing chemical reagents and standards

  • Process for performing analytical tests

  • Daily challenges one might come across

  • Most rewarding aspects of the job

  • Tips for becoming a QC Chemist

For more information on Teledyne Leeman Labs visit: www.teledyneleemanlabs.com

 



Episode 13: Evolution of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis​​

This podcast is the third and final part of the Evolution series. This part 3 podcast discusses the evolution of TOC or Total Organic Carbon. 

Part 1 discussed ICP - Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometers  Part 2 covered Mercury Analyzers

The podcast covers the following: 

History of TOC Markets and Applications How TOC instruments impact our day-to-day lives

Our guest speaker is Tyler Trent with who the Elemental Marketing Manager at Teledyne Tekmar.

For more information on TOC visit - https://www.teledynetekmar.com/products/total-organic-carbon-(toc) 

To learn more about the Theory of TOC visit - https://www.teledynetekmar.com/prods/TOC/Pages/TOC-Theory.aspx​​

 


Episode 12: Mass Flow Controller Best Practices​​

In this podcast we will be discussing best practices for Mass Flow Controllers.

Our guest speaker is Doug Baker with who is the Director of Sales and Business Development at Teledyne Hastings. Doug is going to talk with us today about Mass Flow Controllers, what they are, how they work, applications and best practices.

Here are some of the things that will be discussed:

  • What is a Mass Flow Controller?
  • Industries or applications best suited to use Mass Flow Controllers
  • Best practices
  • Unique features on Mass Flow Controllers
  • How to determine which Mass Flow Controller is best for their needs?

For more information on Mass Flow Controllers, click​ here​

Here is some additional information you might find useful relating to Mass Flow Controllers:

 

Episode 11: Introduction to Laser Ablation
In this podcast we will give listeners an introduction to Laser Ablation.

Our guest speaker is Damon Green with who is VP of Technology and the Manager of the laser group at Teledyne. 

Here are some of the things that Damon will talk about: 
  • ​What is Laser Ablation?
  • A brief history of Laser Ablation?
  • Laser ablation vs other analytical techniques
  • When to use laser ablation – what are advantages of using LA?
  • Most commonly use applications
Episode 10: Insights into an Applications Chemist

​We thought this would be a helpful podcast for those who are interested in exploring a career path as an applications chemist.  Our guest speaker, Jeramiah Bradley will provide insights into the following: 

  • What it takes to become an applications chemist
  • What a typical day in the life of one looks like 
  • Helpful tips for someone looking to get into this field

Our guest speaker, Jeramiah Bradley, is currently an applications chemist with Teledyne Tekmar and he has been working at Tekmar for a little over two years.

For more information on Tekmar visit: www.teledynetekmar.com

 


Episode 9: Introduction to the APS-7450V Volumetric Sample Prep Station

​In this podcast, we will be discussing the new APS-7450V Volumetric Sample Prep Station which was launched by Teledyne CETAC in the spring of 2021.

Our guest speaker is Jacob Herrington with who is a Product Manager for the APS-7450V at Teledyne CETAC. Jake is going to talk about the following: 

  • ​​What is the APS-7450V 
  • What market and applications it was designed for  
  • Some of the unique features and benefits it offers for these applications and those using it.

If you are interested in more information on the APS-7450V, here are some helpful resources:

 


Episode 8: Fundamentals of Purge and Trap

In this podcast, we will be discussing the Fundamentals of Purge and Trap covering the following topics: 

  • What purge and trap is 
  • The history behind it 
  • What markets and applications use this technology  
  • Various other aspects relating to Purge and Trap

Our guest speaker for this podcast is Tom Hartlein with Teledyne Tekmar. Tom is currently the VOC Technical product manager at Tekmar and has over 30-years experience with this technology.

 


Episode 7: Evolution of Analytical Instrumentation - Hg (Mercury) Analyzers​

​Join us in this 3 Join us in part 2 of this 3 part series discussing the evolution of analytical instrumentation over the last 30 plus years. This second part will focus on Hg (Mercury) Analyzers from Teledyne Leeman Labs. 

Jeff Forsberg, technical product manager, will walk the listener through a journey of how Mercury analysis has evolved during this timeframe.

Jeff will cover the following topics:

  • History 
  • Markets Applications 
  • How the mercury analyzers impact our day-to-day lives

For more information on Teledyne Leeman Labs, visit https://www.teledyneleemanlabs.com and to learn about Mercury products, https://www.teledyneleemanlabs.com/products/mercury-analyzers

 

Episode 6: Evolution of Analytical Instrumentation - ICP Spectrometers

​Join us in this 3 part series discussing the evolution of analytical instrumentation over the last 30 plus years. This first part will focus on ICP Spectrometers from Teledyne Leeman Labs. Manny Almeida, technical product manager, will walk the listener through a journey of how ICP has evolved during this timeframe.

Manny will cover the following topics: 

  • Background and theory on what the ICP instrumentation does
  • What markets and applications utilize ICP 
  • How ICPs have evolved over the past 30 years​
 


Episode 5: Basic Troubleshooting for ICP-OES Webinar Recording​​

​This webinar audio presentation and learn more about basic troubleshooting for ICP-OES. Manny Almeida's, ICP Technical Product Manager for Teledyne Leeman Labs presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Strategies to isolate the component causing the problem 
  • Simple diagnostic tests 
  • Sample introduction troubleshooting 
  • Maintenance tips to prevent problems​​
 

Episode 4: Laser Ablation 201: Applications of Laser Ablation and Data Reduction Strategies Webinar Recording

This audio webinar presentation is part 3 of a 3 part series.  The presentation will be particularly valuable for those scientists who are interested in seeing how the large data sets associated with high speed mapping are interrogated to find the elements or regions of concern within a sample.

This presentation will cover examples of high speed mapping applications with an overview of Teledyne's HDIP data reduction software.

Listeners will come away with an understanding of how to process large data sets with HDIP software along with the tools & advantages that it can provide over other data reduction software available.  Listeners will also be exposed to many sample types/applications.

Dr. Ciprian Stremtan, Teledyne CETAC Global Product Specialist Laser Ablation will be presenting.

 


Episode 3: Laser Ablation 102: The Evolution of LA-ICP-MS Through Collaborative Science Webinar Recording

This audio webinar presentation is part 2 of 3 in a series.  It was recorded for anyone interested in keeping up with the newest developments in LA-ICP-MS and how it is helping scientists improve their research by pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

This presentation will cover the following topics:

History of Laser Ablation  History of Sample Chamber Designs Development of the Iridia/ Cobalt Cell/ HDIP High Speed Mapping Applications Utilizing New PMI Products

Listeners' will leave with an understanding of where this technique began and, more importantly, where the technique is going.  We'll discuss applications that are now possible due to the advances and show relevant examples.  

Dr. Damon Green, Teledyne CETAC VP Technology and Laser Ablation Product Line Manager will be presenting.​

 


Episode 2: Laser Ablation 101: An Introduction to the Technique of LA-ICP-MS Webinar Recording

Join us for this webinar audio presentation.  This presentation is designed for anyone interested in laser ablation that isn't familiar with the technique and would like to identify its advantages and applications of relevance.  

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is Laser Ablation ICP-MS
  • Laser Sources and Selection
  • Laser Ablation vs Other Analytical Techniques
  • Fractionation Effects & Application Examples

Listeners will leave with an understanding of why labs would utilize laser ablation for elemental analysis and its advantages over aqueous analyses.  Listeners will also be introduced to a number of relevant application examples and the ability to ask questions.

Lucas Smith, Teledyne CETAC Director of Business Development - Americas will be presenting.​

 


Episode 1: Carousel Autosamplers for Low and Medium Volume Liquid Samples Webinar Recording

Enjoy this webinar audio that will provide information on use of carousel type autosamplers with an integrated enclosure for high sensitivity ICP-MS work; benefits include ability to handle low-volume (less than 2mL) samples while preventing sample contamination.   These autosamplers can be used as standalone systems or with another accessory such as the Aridus3 Desolvating Nebulizer System.

The audio presentation will cover the following information on the ASX-110FR and ASX-112FR Carousel Autosamplers: 

Autosampler setup, rinse station options and integrated enclosure Autosampler sample rack and vial options Autosampler maintenance and troubleshooting

This presentation is designed for: 

Customers using ICP-MS (quadrupole, magnetic sector, and multicollector types) for trace element detection in semiconductors or isotope ratio measurements in geochemistry.

Fred Smith, Teledyne CETAC Product Line Technical Manager for Nebulizer and Enclosure products will be presenting this podcast.​​​