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Get Empowered: Quickstart Interface - Tip #1

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Welcome back to Get Empowered! My tip-of-the-week blog for Empower Software kicks-off by taking a closer look at the Empower QuickStart Interface. There is so much to cover in this series, so I have broken it up in to three tips.

Tip #1: An Overview
Tip #2: Interactive Help (‘Show me’)
Tip #3: Working with Projects and Systems 

Let’s get started!

Tip #1:  An Overview

The Empower QuickStart Interface is great for new or infrequent Empower users of Empower Chromatography Data Software.  When you login to Empower, you select a project to work in and a chromatographic system (HPLC, GC) to use for data acquisition (Figure 1).

Figure 1

The interface opens and we see the navigation bar on the left which will guide us through the software (Figure 2).

Figure 2

When you make a selection in the navigation bar, the work area, tools, and menus will change accordingly.  Run Samples and the Sample Queue are highlighted in the navigation bar by default. This is the data acquisition area of the software and it is here that you can queue up and run samples (Figure 3).

Figure 3

If you click Browse Project in the navigation bar you can see the contents of the project, which is divided up into tabs, such as samples sets, results and methods (Figure 4).

Figure 4

Empower Software’s View Data button functions in two ways.  If you highlight a channel of raw data and click View Data, it brings you to the Review Data Main Window where you can view the un-integrated chromatogram (Figure 5).

Figure 5

On the other hand, if you highlight a result and click View Data it brings you to the Preview Data window, where you can preview the result with a report method (Figure 6).

Figure 6

If we look at the View Method section of the navigation bar and click, for example, Instrument – Empower reads the configuration of your chromatographic system and displays icons for the components of the system.  You can then set the instrument control and data acquisition parameters for your system, which are then saved in an Instrument Method (Figure 7).

Figure 7

The last selection is View Acquisition.  This allows you to toggle the live acquisition screen on and off if you are collecting data while performing other tasks in Empower (Figure 8).

Figure 8

I am going to stop here. I hope this provided a basic overview to get you started and get using Empower QuickStart interface for HPLC, UHPLC, or UPLC.  In the next blog (Tip#2) I will discuss Empower Interactive help (‘Show me’).  Be sure to follow me.

Additionally, if you plan on attending PITTCON 2017 in Chicago the week of March 5th , I will be presenting tips and techniques for Empower users.  And if you still want more, be sure to mark your calendar to attend Waters Informatics Users’ Conference (Tampa, Florida, May 15th-18th) The conference features numerous Empower workshops and tutorials including; tips and tricks, what’s new, and future directions.

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