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Liam Couttie

Updated date

20 July 18

Review date

20 July 20

Title

Halo - User Manual

Revision Number

2

Revision Details

Tech Spec Update - LC

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Halo, MP-AES, Nitrogen, Air, Agilent, User, Manual

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Peak Scientific

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Halo
User Manual

Halo User Manual Rev 2 RSID 2624 EN 20/07/18

Contents
Change History
3
How to use this Manual
3
Warranties and Liabilities
4
Safety Notices
5
Declaration of Conformity
6
Environmental Declaration
7
Technical Specification
8
Unpacking 9
Fittings Kit Contents
10
Installation 11
Generator Environment
11
Generator Overview
12
General Dimensions
12
Rear Connections
13
Unit Controls
13
Drain Connection
14
Electrical Connection
15
Start-Up Sequence
16
Connecting to the application
17
Tubing Lengths
17
Normal Operation
18
On Demand Gas
18
Unusual Operation
18
Service Requirements
19
Service Indication
20
Peak Protected
21
Cleaning 22
Troubleshooting 23

Page 2

Change History
Rev

Comment

Name

Date

1

Initial Release

Liam Couttie

11/07/2018

2

Tech Spec Update

Liam Couttie

20/07/2018

How to use this Manual
This manual is intended for end users and has been written as a reference document
where you can skip to the relevant information.
Users can refer to the contents page to find the relevant information.
Please review each of the following sections carefully.
Thank you for selecting Peak Scientific to meet your gas generation needs, and should
you require any further assistance or support please do not hesitate to contact Peak
Scientific or the Peak Partner from which you purchased your generator.

Page 3

Warranties and Liabilities
1. The Company warrants that it has title to the Goods.
2. Subject to the provisions of this clause the Company warrants that the Goods
shall comply in all material respects with any specification referred to in the Order
Confirmation (as the same may be amended) and shall, subject thereto, be free
from defects in material and workmanship for the lesser of a period of twelve
months from the date of delivery or thirteen months from the date of dispatch
from the factory.
3. Save as provided in this clause and except where the Goods are sold to a person
dealing as a consumer (within the meaning of the Unfair Contract Terms Act
1977) all warranties, conditions or other terms implied by statute or common
law are hereby expressly excluded save to the extent they may not be lawfully
excluded. When the Goods are sold to a consumer within the meaning of the Unfair
Contract Terms Act 1977 their statutory rights are not affected by the provisions of
this clause.
4. In the event of the Customer making a claim in respect of any defect in terms of
clause 2 hereof the Customer must.
1. Reasonably satisfy the Company that the Goods have been properly installed,
commissioned, stored, serviced and used and without prejudice to the generality
of the foregoing that any defect is not the direct or indirect result of lack of repair
and/or servicing, incorrect repair and/or servicing, use of wrong materials and/or
incorrect spare parts
2. Allow the company to inspect the Goods and/or any installation and any relevant
packaging as and when reasonably required by the Company.
5. Subject to the Company being notified of any defect as is referred to in sub-
clause 2 hereof within a reasonable time of it becoming apparent and subject always
to the terms of sub-clause 4 hereof, the Company shall, in its option, replace or
repair the defective Goods or refund a proportionate part of the Price. The Company
shall have no further liability to the Customer (save as mentioned in sub-clause 6
hereof).
6. The Company shall be liable to indemnify the Customer in respect of any claim
for death or personal injury to any person in so far as such is attributable to the
negligence or breach of duty of the Company or any failure by the Company to
comply with the provisions of sub-clause 2 hereof.
7. Save as provided in sub-clause 2 hereof the Company shall not be liable in respect
of any claim by the Customer for costs, damages, loss or expenses (whether direct,
indirect, consequential or otherwise) or indemnity in any respect howsoever arising
including, but not by way of limitation, liability arising in negligence (other than
pursuant to clause 6 above) that may be suffered by the Customer or any third
party.

Page 4

Safety Notices
Peak Scientific Instruments cannot anticipate every possible circumstance which may
represent a potential hazard. The warnings detailed within this manual refer to the most
likely potential hazards, but by definition cannot be all inclusive. If the user employs
an operating procedure, item of equipment or a method of working which is not
specifically recommended by Peak Scientific, the user must ensure that the equipment
will not be damaged or become hazardous to persons or property.

Symbols
This manual uses the following symbols to highlight specific areas important to the safe
and proper use of the generator.

WARNING

A WARNING notice denotes a hazard. It calls attention to an operating procedure,
process or similar, which if not correctly performed or adhered to, could cause
personal injury or in the worst case death. Do not proceed beyond a WARNING
notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood or met.

CAUTION

A CAUTION notice denotes a hazard. It calls attention to an operating procedure,
process or similar, which if not correctly performed or adhered to, could cause
damage to the generator or the application. Do not proceed beyond a CAUTION
notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood or met.
Caution, risk of electric shock. Ensure power to the generator has been removed
before proceeding.

Safety Notice to Users

WARNING

WARNING

These instructions must be read thoroughly and understood before
installation and operation of your Peak Generator. Use of the generator
in a manner not specified by Peak Scientific MAY impair the SAFETY
provided by the equipment.
When handling, operating or carrying out any maintenance, personnel
must employ safe engineering practices and observe all relevant local
health and safety requirements and regulations. The attention of UK
users is drawn to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the
Institute of Electrical Engineers regulations.
If the equipment is used in a manner not specified by the manufacturer,
the protection provided by the equipment maybe impaired.

WARNING

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Declaration of Conformity
We

Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd.

Of

Fountain Crescent, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, PA4 9RE

Declare that:


Equipment:

Nitrogen & Dry Air Generator

Models: Halo

To which this declaration relates, is in conformity with the applicable EC directives,
harmonized standards, and other normative requirements.
• Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
EN 61010-1: 2010 Electrical Equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use.
• Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU
EN 61326-1: 2013 Electrical Equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use.
• FCC47 CFR Part 15 Class B
Unintentional radiators; Conducted and Radiated emissions limits.
All evaluation, testing and certification issued by:


York EMC Services





Unit 1, Grangemouth Technology Park,

Earls Road, Grangemouth, Scotland,


FK3 8UZ

Signed: Name: Chris Pugh
Date:

Page 6

04/06/2018

Position:

Chief Technology Officer

Environmental Declaration
We

Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd.

Of

Fountain Crescent, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, PA4 9RE

Declare that:


Equipment:

Nitrogen & Dry Air Generator

Models: Halo
Is fully compliant with the following Directives
• 2012/19/EU

WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

• 2011/65/EU

RoHS 2 (Restriction of Hazardous Substance)

Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd fully complies with its obligations towards the European
WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive 2012/19/EU. These
obligations are being met within the B2B compliance group.
Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd has developed all reasonable ‘due diligence’ controls to
ensure that our products comply with the principles and requirements of the European
recast RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive 2011/65/EU. Similar
directives in the United States and China, for example, have also been captured within
this program.
Where a specific certificate of compliance is required, this can be requested, on
a product serial number basis, directly from Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd, by
contacting us through our website on www.peakscientific.com
Signed: Name: Chris Pugh
Date:

Page 7

04/06/2018

Position:

Chief Technology Officer

Technical Specification
Halo
Environment
Minimum Operating Ambient Temperature
Maximum Operating Ambient Temperature
Maximum Relative Humidity
Minimum Storage Temperature*
Maximum Storage Temperature*

5°C (41°F)
35°C (95°F)
80% Non-Condensing
-20°C (-4°F)
60°C (140°F)

*NOTE – When taken out of storage the Generator should be allowed to acclimatize at room temperature
for a minimum of 3 hours before operation.

Generator Outlets
Plasma N2 Maximum Flow
Pop Air Maximum Flow
Atmospheric Dew Point (Dry Air)
Nitrogen Purity
Particles
Phthalates
Suspended Liquids
Gas Outlets
Drain Outlet
Pressure Gauges
Start-Up Time for Purity

25 L/min (0.88 cfm) @ 87 psi (6 bar)
36.5 L/min (1.28 cfm) @ 87 psi (6 bar)
-20°C / -4°F
99.5%
NONE
NONE
NONE
2 x ¼” BSPP Female
1 x ¼” BSPP Female
3

Electrical Requirements
Voltage
Frequency
Current
Input Connection
Power Cord (Supplied)
Pollution Degree
Insulation Category

230 VAC ± 10%
50/60 Hz
8.7 Amps
C20 Plug
C19 socket to local connection (13A minimum)
2
II

General
Dimensions mm (inches) WxDxH
Generator Weight Kg (lbs)
Shipping Weight Kg (lbs)

Page 8

570 x 870 x 765 (22.4 x 34.2 x 30.1)
155 Kg (341.7 lbs)
182 Kg (401.2 lbs)

Unpacking
Although Peak Scientific takes every precaution with safe transit and packaging, it is
advisable to fully inspect the unit for any sign of transit damage.
Check ‘SHOCKWATCH’ and ‘TIP-N-TELL’ labels for signs of rough handling prior to
unpacking.

Any damage should be reported immediately to the carrier and Peak Scientific or the
Peak Partner from where the unit was purchased.
Follow the unpacking instructions posted on the side of the crate. It will require two
people to remove the unit from the shipping crate and to manoeuvre the generator to
the desired location.
Please save the product packaging for storage or future shipment of the generator.
Note: Included with the generator is a “Fittings Kit” containing mains power leads for
UK, EU & US and also all the required fittings and warranty registration card. Be careful
not to discard these with the packaging. 

Page 9

Fittings Kit Contents
Supplied in the Fittings Kit are all the fittings required to connect the generator to the
application. The contents of the Fittings Kit are as follows:
1. 5mm Allen key



x2



x3

3. ¼” Compression Tube Fitting

x2

2. 6mm Push Fit Tube Fitting

4. 6mm High Temp Tubing x 6m
5. ¼” Teflon Tubing x 6m
6. C19 Mains Cable (UK) x 1
7. C19 Mains Cable (Euro) x 1
8. C19 Mains Cable (US) x 1
9. Flow Control Silencer x 2
All of the generators output ports are located on the output panel at the rear of the unit.

Page 10

Installation
Generator Environment
The generator is designed for indoor use only. It should be installed adjacent to the
application it is supplying. If this is not convenient then the unit can be sited elsewhere,
however, consideration should be made of the lengths of pipe runs as pressure drops
can result from extended runs of pipe.
Performance of the generator (like all sophisticated equipment) is affected by ambient
conditions. Note should also be taken to the proximity of Air Conditioning outlets.
These can sometimes give rise to “pockets” of air with high relative humidity. Operation
of the unit within such a pocket could adversely affect its performance. Consideration
should also be given to the air flow around the unit. It is recommended that an air gap
of 75mm (3”) should be maintained down both sides and at the rear of the unit. Please
refer to the drawing on the following page for the general dimensions of the unit.
Minimum Operating Ambient Temperature:

5 °C (41 °F)

Maximum Operating Ambient Temperature:

35 °C (95 °F)

Page 11

Generator Overview
General Dimensions

570 mm / 22.4”

870 mm / 34.2”

765 mm / 30.1"
The generator must always be placed on a flat, level surface. Failure to
do so will affect the performance of the generator.
WARNING

Page 12

Rear Connections

Mains Cable
¼" Compression Fitting

6mm Push-Fit Fitting

Unit Controls

Service LED
Purity LED

Power Switch

N2 Pressure Gauge
Air Pressure Gauge

Page 13

Drain Connection
Fit the 6mm push fit fitting (item 2 from fittings kit) to the drain port located on the
output panel (see Figure ). Tighten using a 16mm or 5/8” spanner. Use the 6mm tubing
(item 4 from fittings kit) to connect this to a suitable drain connection or container. It
should be noted that the Generator can expel a considerable amount of water from this
(dependant on ambient humidity).

CAUTION

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If a container is used it should be emptied at regular intervals. The
container must NOT have an air tight seal as water and air are expelled
at pressure.

Electrical Connection
Connect the generator to an appropriate 230 volt single-phase supply, refer to the
generator serial plate for input specification and ensure your supply matches the
requirements.
If the appropriate power cord is not supplied; a new plug, rated to at least 13 amps, can
be fitted by a qualified electrician.

WARNING

This unit is classified as SAFETY CLASS 1. THIS UNIT MUST BE
EARTHED. Before connecting the unit to the mains supply, please
check the information on the serial plate. The mains supply must be of
the stated AC voltage and frequency.

EARTH/GROUND (E):-

Green & Yellow or

Green

LIVE (L):-

Brown

or

Black

Neutral (N):-

Blue

or

White



Our electrical requirements are 230VAC nominal +/- 10%. This means that the Generator
can accommodate transients between 207VAC and 253VAC. However, running
continuously at voltages less than 220V is not recommended and extended periods at
these extremes can have a detrimental effect on the operation and life of the Generator.
If the voltage supply is uncertain then a voltage check is highly recommended.
If a substitute main supply cord is used, ensure that it has adequate rating. Failure to do
so could cause damage to the generator.
Do not touch anything inside the Generator whilst the side panels are
removed and the mains power is connected to the unit
WARNING

If the customer site is known to have a low power supply where the voltage reading is
219V or less, then we would highly recommend fitting a Dual Tap Transformer 06-3210.
This can be ordered directly from Peak Scientific.

Page 15

Start-Up Sequence

CAUTION

Before the Generator is connected to the application, the Generator
should be operated in isolation (i.e. not connected to the application)
until the light on the front cover illuminates green. This signifies that
the purity of the output nitrogen is 99.5% and ensures any impurities
present are purged from the system. Failure to do this may harm the
application.

Following the voltage check, the unit should be switched off and silencers fitted to each
of the three outlet ports of the output panel (ref Install Guide).
Once this is done, the Generator can be re-connected to the mains and switched on.
Pressure will start to build in the internal storage tanks which can be monitored by
watching the output pressure gauge on the front panel. This will climb to the factory set
pressure as noted in the specifications.
The Generator is now purged and the tubes can be connected at the rear of the unit.

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Connecting to the application
Once the initial purge run has completed, the generator is ready to be connected to the
application(s)
The pressure in the internal storage tanks must be allowed to dissipate
before connecting the generator to the application(s)
CAUTION

Attach either the 6mm elbow or ¼” compression fitting to the outlet of the Generator.
Using the 6mm or ¼” tubing supplied, connect the outlet of the Generator to the inlet
on the application.
If you require more tubing than is supplied please refer to the Tubing Lengths section.

CAUTION

Once the tubing is connected to the application, please ensure that it
is thoroughly checked for being leak-tight. Even the slightest leak in
the gas supply between the generator and the application can lead to
a reduction in efficiency.

Tubing Lengths

CAUTION



The diameter of the tubing which will be connected to the gas outlets
is important and is determined by the length of tubing required. Failure
to follow these recommendations could lead to pressure between
generator and application.


Use 6/4 (6mm O/D, 4mm I/D) P.T.F.E. tubing.


> 10 - 40 meters: Use 10/8 (10mm O/D, 8mm I/D). Tubing and fittings not

supplied in the fittings kit.

> 40 metres:


Please contact Peak Scientific with the relevant distance and
we will calculate the flow resistance and the tubing size required.

A combination of 6/4 and 10/8 tubing may be used to ensure that there is no large
diameter tubing within the lab (i.e. for the first 20 meters from the Generator use 10/8
and the final 10 meters to the application use 6/4 tubing). Keep the connections and
bends to a minimum.
The imperial equivalents are: 6/4 = 1/4” O/D, 3/16” I/D.
                                         

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10/8 = 3/8” O/D, 5/16” I/D.

Normal Operation
The generator is designed specifically to minimize operator involvement. Given that the
system is installed as described in earlier sections and is serviced in accordance with
the specified maintenance recommendations (see Service Requirements), then it should
simply be a matter of turning the generator on when it is required.
The generator will automatically produce the factory set flow and pressure as detailed
in the Technical Specifications.

On Demand Gas
When the application requires a gas flow, the generator will produce gas on demand.
The generator will continue to supply gas whilst the application is in a ‘Standby’ mode.
As soon as a demand is detected from the application, the generator will match the
applications requirements.

Unusual Operation
If at any time the generator begins to emit excessive noise or vibration, then it should
be switched off and you should contact Peak Scientific or the Peak Partner from which
the generator has been purchased.

Page 18

Service Requirements
Service Schedule
Purchase Interval

Component

Visit

12 Months

Halo Annual Maintenance Kit*

www.peakscientific.com/ordering

* Please quote your generator serial number when ordering your Annual Maintenance
Kit to ensure selection of the appropriate kit for your generator.

Page 19

Service Indication
The generator has the following Service Indication Stages:-

Stage 1
Once either compressor requires a service the LED indicator (yellow) on the front of the
generator will illuminate.
This is to make the user aware that a service of the generator is due and should be
planned at the earliest convenience. The generator will continue to operate as normal
with the LED on.  

Stage 2
If the service is not completed the generator will continue to run. After 2 weeks, the
service LED indicator (yellow) will start to flash.
This is to make the user aware that the service of the generator is now overdue and
must be completed immediately to ensure the continuous trouble free operation of the
generator.

Service Indication Reset
Once the service has been completed the Service Indication LED can be reset in the
main control PCB. This will be performed by the Peak Service Engineer or trained
service representative that completes the service operation.

Page 20

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Page 21

Cleaning
Clean the outside of the generator only using warm soapy water and a clean damp
cloth. Ensure all excess fluid is thoroughly removed from the cloth prior to use.
Cleaning should only be undertaken with the power switched off and
the power cord removed from the rear of the generator.

CAUTION

Under no circumstances should any solvents or abrasive cleaning
solutions be used as these can contain fumes that could be harmful to
the generator.
Care should be taken with Leak Detections Liquids.

CAUTION

Page 22

Troubleshooting
Problem

Possible Solution


Contact your service provider.
Ensure power cord is plugged into the Generator
and that the power socket is turned on.



Check the fuse in the power cord plug.



Contact your service provider.



Contact your service provider.



Check pressure gauges are showing normal
pressure.



Contact your service provider.



A compressor(s) due for service. Contact your
service provider.



Refer to Service Indication section of this manual for
further information.



A compressor(s) has not cycled for 8 hours. Refer to
the Run Time Alarm section of this manual.



Ensure ambient temperatures are within the
specification.



Compressors are running but pressure is not building.

Check the fuse in the power cord plug.


The Generator will not switch on but the power switch is
illuminated.




The Generator will not switch on and the power switch
does not illuminate.

Ensure power cord is plugged into the Generator
and that the power socket is turned on.

Turn the Generator off and on to reset the alarm and
contact your service provider.

The MP-AES reporting low pressure.

Yellow “SERVICE” LED on front panel is on constantly.

Yellow “SERVICE” LED on front panel is flashing.

Page 23

Go Online or Complete and Return
We know that registering any of your recently purchased products is not the
first thing on your mind- but it is very important to both of us. Not all warranties
are alike and Peak Scientific stand out against other gas suppliers as we offer a
comprehensive, quick response, on-site warranty. This means that in the very
unlikely case that your gas generator develops a fault we have rapid support
teams on-hand around the world who are able to come to your lab and get you
back up and running in no time.
Register for your comprehensive 12 month on-site warranty with ease online at
www.peakscientific.com/protected.
Alternatively, you can send the completed form to Peak Scientific by post or
email at warranty@peakscientific.com.

Go Online or Complete and Return
You can register for your FREE 12 month Warranty with ease online at
www.peakscientific/protected.
Alternatively, you can send the completed form to Peak Scientific by post or
email at warranty@peakscientific.com.

Product Warranty Registration
Contact name
Email address
Company
Address
City/town
Postcode
Country
Telephone
Generator serial #
Model type
Installation date
Do you still use an
alternative gas solution i.e.
cylinders or bulk liquid?

Yes

What gas requirements do
you have in your lab?

Hydrogen

No

Nitrogen

Zero Air

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You have 1 month to register your Peak Scientific product from the date of installation. Once registered
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For generators that remain unregistered after 1 month from the shipment date, the warranty will be
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You have 1 month to register your Peak Scientific product from the date of
installation. Once registered the warranty will be honoured for a period of 12
months. If you wish to defer the installation of your generator, you must notify
Peak Scientific immediately by emailing warranty@peakscientific.com. For
generators that remain unregistered after 1 month from the shipment date, the
warranty will be considered active from the date of factory dispatch.
Page 24

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Peak Scientific has highly trained, fully certified Field Service Engineers located in over 20 countries
across every continent around the world. This allows us to provide an industry-leading rapid response
service to our customers. With [Peak Protected], your laboratory’s productivity becomes our top
priority.
To discuss Peak Protected generator cover and payment options speak to your local Peak
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Peak Scientific
Fountain Crescent
Inchinnan Business Park
Inchinnan
PA4 9RE
Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 141 812 8100
Fax: +44 141 812 8200
For further information on any of our
generator products please contact
marketing@peakscientific.com
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