Superior gas chromatograph comprised of 3 modules


fast measurements
modular construction
resistively heated columns

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A fast, superior performance Gas Chromatograph (GC) - gas analysis equipment at its best.

The Calidus range of GCs have been designed to improve productivity and dramatically reduce maintenance costs. The simple modular design means that a technician can change a column or perform routine maintence with minimal training.  

"Calidus GC by Falcon Analytical is a compelling solution" Chevron

 Calidus 101 drawing

Model 101 is comprised of 3 modules: a sample processing unit; column module (choice of columns available); and detector (either flame ionisation (FID), flame photometric (FPD) or thermal conductivity (TCD)).  It can be used for virtually any gas and hydrocarbons up to C44

  • in the laboratory
  • at line
  • transportable
  • on-line

For simulated distillation and hydrocarbons up to C50, see the 101 HT version (see versions tab). 

A single Calidus™ superior capability GC is capable of monitoring VOCs in less than 20 seconds, has a footprint less than 1/2 of a research grade GC, and the capacity to do the work of 4 to 5 research grade GCs making it the leading choice for gas analysis equipment and a cost effective measurement method.

The modular design lowers maintenance costs and increases flexibility to run different fluid mixtures.

The Calidus series of superior performance GCs uses ground breaking technology in the form of resistively heated column. Using the stainless tube as the heater means that the traditional ovens for columns can be removed and the size of the system can be dramatically reduced.

The ethos of the Calidus series from day one was that a GC used in the lab should be the same GC when used as an on-line system for process control.  This way the performance, methods and procedures developed for highly repeatable measurements can be directly applied to on-line systems.

"The Calidus was calibrated and analyzing samples within 6 hours and cleared a backlog of 30+ natural gas samples within 48 hours"  SGS

Chromatogram from Falcon of four overlays of reference gas oil

The repeatability of the 101 is better than +/- 1 % RSD (area) and better than 0.1 % RSD (retention times).

Simulated distillation analysis for virtually any hydrocarbon fuel or fuel blend.

Calidus 101 HT drawing

Model 101HT also has three modules, and, with the Mxt1-HT, high temperature simulated distillation gas chromatography measurements can be made.

The fast response from this GC allows easy implimentation of ASTM D-2887

A single detector incorporating a micro Flame Ionisation Detector (FID) with the necessary hardware, software and electronics, control a column temperature of up to 400°C.

The 101-HT also comes with ChromPefect, Lineup and SimDist 2000 software.

Chromatogram for Diesel


Chromatogram for reference gas oil



Gas chromatograph analysis

Measurement principle

Flame ionisation, flame photometrics or thermal conductivity


Transportable, on-line, at-line or laboratory

Dynamic range

Depends on detector used and application (FID typically 105)


± 1 % RSD or better (area) and± 0.1 % RSD or better (retention times)


50 to 100 Hz digitization (detector dependent) on each column, 24 bit resolution, auto zero on each run.

Analysis time

For VOCS: can be < 20 secs

For SVOCs: can be < 60 secs*

Capillary column

One 2 m long, 100 to 320 μm ID

Optional: column modules available in Mxt-1, Mxt-5, Mxt-1701, Mxt-Wax, Mxt-Molesieve, Mxt-Alumina, < 320 μm and various film thicknesses*

Temperature control

Temperature programmable from 0.1 to 10 °C per second from 5 °C above ambient to 350 °C (maximum temperature software limited to be no greater than the limit for the columns installed, isothermal operation is available)*

Sample inlet

Gas and liquid inlet for syringe injection of samples, or automated gas and liquid sample valves available

Pressure of sample gas

0 to 50 PSIG at ambient temperature

Liquid injections

Neat or dilute organic solvents (DCM, hexane, MEK, toluene, methanols, CS2, etc.)

Other sample requirements

Membrane, SPME and static and dynamic headspace extracts


All functions and parameters via ethernet or RS-232 using ChromPerfect™ software.

Start analysis from keyboard or GC. Set method from external computer using ChromPerfect™.

Trigger in and ready out signals plus an array of others via ChromPerfect™

Front panel displays

Temperature and pressure readings, function on/off, other

Power on/off

Status of analysis columns (isothermal, programming, cool down, ready, cycles run, other)

Operating temperature

0 to +35 °C

Storage temperature

-20 to +60 °C

Relative humidity

0 to 100 % (non-condensing)



CE mark pending


Shipping weight

~ 9 Kg



279.4 H x 432 W x 216 D mm


Power requirements

< 300 Watts peak power at startup, practical use < 200 Watts for gas or liquid analyses

24 VDC supplied from external power supply, 100 to 240 VAC using 50/60 Hz AC

Gas supplies

50 PSIG, 99.95 % H2 or He at up to 250 ml/min, 50 PSIG zero air for FID operation

Data processing

Via external computer with Windows XP or newer operating environment, using ChromPerfect™ software



Full reporting and data export capability via ChromPerfect™


Up to 16 analogue outputs


* version dependent

All specifications subject to change

Palarus GC Autosampler

Palarus GC Autosampler

The Paralus GC Autosampler is one of the third generation of x,y,z robot-like autosamplers.It communicates seamlessly with the Calidus operating system to provide faster, quieter and more reliable movement. The durable construction has no bungee cords and provides fast injections with up to a 324 vial capacity.

View the Palarus GC Autosampler here


Hydrogen Generator

Precision Hydrogen

These modular, stackable generators allow a safe hydrogen supply for carrier gas and FID operation without the requirement for storing high pressure hydrogen cylinders. These generators complete the portability of the Calidus GC and provide high purity hydrogen by electrolysis of water. The only utilities required are power and demineralised water to produce an uninterrupted supply of hydrogen gas.

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View the Precision Hydrogen here


Part 1 - Introduction and setup of the Calidus

Part 2 - Explanation of the Calidus

Part 3 - Inside the Calidus

Part 4 - Injector and plumbing of the Calidus

Part 5 - Computer power of the Calidus

Part 6 - Getting ready to run the Calidus

Part 7 - Setting up software for the Calidus

Part 8 - Initialising run conditions for the Calidus

Part 9 - Running samples on the Calidus

Graphing & exporting chromatography data, from Chromperfect 

Comparing chromatograms, from Chromperfect 

Integration of chromatography data - negative peaks, Chromperfect 



Calidus quick installation guide



Analysis of marker in fuel

Applications range overview

ASTM 2887 fast distillation simulation

Biotechnology for specialty chemicals

Catalyst reaction monitoring

Coolant leakage detection

Discrete hydrocarbon analysis of upstream condensate samples

Ethanol in wine and distilled spirits

Extended natural gas

Extended natural gas with fast GC

Extended natural gas GC

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Nitrogen in ambient air or hydrocarbon background

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SGS: Fast and micro GC with advanced automation for upstream applications

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T Bell: Ultra-fast fuel characterisations C5 to C44 with astmd



Datasheet for Calidus 101

Datasheet for Calidus 101 HT