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Liam Couttie

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16 October 18

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Solaris XE - User Manual

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Updated to Incorporate CSA Feedback


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Peak Scientific

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Solaris XE
User Manual

Copyright © Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd 2018 — Solaris XE User Manual Rev 3 RSID 2302 EN —16/10/2018

Change History


How to use this Manual


Warranties and Liabilities


Safety Notices


Symbols 5
Safety Notice to Users


Declaration of Conformity


Environmental Declaration


Technical Specification


Solaris Nitrogen


Unpacking 9
Fittings Kit Contents


Unpacking Instructions


Installation 11
Generator Environment


Generator Overview


Solaris XE General Dimensions


Solaris XE Rear Connections


Electrical Connection


Air Purity


Class 1 Particulate


Class 4 Water


Class 1 Oil


Connecting to the application


Tubing Lengths


Start-Up Sequence


Setting the Output Pressure


Service Requirements


Service Schedule


Peak Protected


Cleaning 20
Troubleshooting 21

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Change History





Initial Release

Liam Couttie



Tech Spec Update

Liam Couttie



Updates to Incorporate CSA Feedback

Liam Couttie


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.

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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
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

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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.

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


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.


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



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.


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Declaration of Conformity

Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd.


Fountain Crescent, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, PA4 9RE

Declare that:
Equipment: Nitrogen Generator
Models: Solaris XE

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 Ltd. Nemko Canada Inc.

Earls Road, Grangemouth Technology Park
303 River Road, Ottawa
Grangemouth, Scotland Ontario, Canada
KY11 9HZ K1V 1H2

Signed: Name: Chris Pugh

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Chief Technology Officer

Environmental Declaration

Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd.


Fountain Crescent, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, PA4 9RE

Declare that:
Equipment: Nitrogen Generator
Models: Solaris XE
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
Signed: Name: Chris Pugh

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Chief Technology Officer

Technical Specification
Solaris XE
Solaris XE
Minimum Operating Ambient Temperature
Maximum Operating Ambient Temperature
Maximum Altitude
Maximum Relative Humidity
Minimum Storage Temperature*
Maximum Storage Temperature*

5°C (41°F)
35°C (95°F)
2000 m
80% Non-Condensing
-20°C (-4°F)
60°C (140°F)

Note: Please ensure that the generator is situated in a well ventilated environment.

Inlet Conditions
Inlet Air Pressure Min-Max
Min Air Inlet Flow (For Max Outlet Flow)
Minimum Air Inlet Quality

5.51 - 9.99 bar (80 - 145 psi) (125psi min to achieve
max output of 35L/min)

up to 100 L/min
ISO 8573-1:2010 Class[1.4.1]

Generator Outlets
Maximum Output Pressure
Maximum Outlet Flow Rate
Suspended Liquids
Gas Outlets
Start-Up Time For Purity

116 psi / 7.99 bar (variable)
up to 35 L/min
95-99.5% N2
5 mins

Electrical Requirements
Input Connection
Power Cord (Supplied)
Pollution Degree
Insulation Category
Fuses (UK Only)

50/60 Hz
C14 Plug
C13 Socket to Local Connection
13A BS1362

Dimensions cm (inches) WxDxH
Generator Weight Kg (lbs)
Shipping Weight Kg (lbs)
Max Weight Bearing Kg (lbs)
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34.3 x 65.5 x 15.6 (13.5 x 25.78 x 6.14)
15.1 (33.2)
18 (39.6)
100 (220)

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’ label 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
onto the bench.
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, JP & US and also all the required fittings and warranty registration card. Be
careful not to discard these with the packaging. 

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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. 6mm Teflon Tubing x 3m
2. ¼” - 6mm Push-Fit Elbow Fitting


3. UK Mains Power Cable x 1
4. EU Mains Power Cable x 1
5. US Mains Power Cable 110v


6. US Mains Power Cable 230v


7. JP Mains Power Cable 100v


8. 2.5mm Hex Key x 1
9. 3mm Hex Key x 1
10. No.8 Wall Plug x 4
11. No.8 Screw x 4
All of the generators output ports are located on the rear panel of the unit.

Unpacking Instructions
The unit weight constitutes a two person lift and as such, safe lifting practices should
be employed; do not attempt to lift on your own, as you will significantly increase the
chance of injury & damage to yourself and others around you.
1. Remove the generator from the packaging.
2. Next, with someone on either side of the unit, position your hands underneath the
unit ready to lift.
3. Ensuring your knees are bent and your back is straight, lift the unit to the desired

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Generator Environment
The generator should be situated in a well ventilated environment and positioned such
that it can be easily disconnected if required. The generator is designed for indoor use
only. It should be installed adjacent to, underneath or in between the application(s) it
is supplying (maximum weight bearing up to 100kg) or it can be mounted onto a wall
horizontally; refer to installation guide for mounting details. 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.
The 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 next page for the general dimensions of the
Minimum Operating Ambient Temperature:

5 °C (41 °F)

Maximum Operating Ambient Temperature:

35 °C (95 °F)

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Generator Overview
Solaris XE General Dimensions

343 mm / 13.50”

655 mm / 25.78”

156 mm / 6.14"

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Horizontal postioning on wall.

Solaris XE Rear Connections

Power Switch
Power Inlet
Compressed Air Inlet
Nitrogen Outlet


Ensure outlets are connected to correct application. Connections
should only be carried out by trained personnel.

The Generator should be switched off prior to maintenance and

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Electrical Connection
Connect the generator to an appropriate 100-230 volt single-phase supply, refer to
the generator serial plate for input specification and ensure your supply matches the
If the appropriate power cord is not supplied; a new plug, rated to at least 12 amps, can
be fitted by a qualified electrician. If a substitute mains supply cord is used, ensure that
it has an adequate rating. Failure to do so could cause damage to the generator.


This unit is classified as SAFETY CLASS 1. THIS UNIT MUST BE
EARTHED. Before connecting the unit to the mains supply, please
check that your electrical supply falls within the specified range, see


Green & Yellow or


LIVE (L):-




Neutral (N):-




Electrical requirements are 100-230VAC nominal +/- 10% depending on chosen model.
However, running continuously at voltages outside this is not recommended. Extended
periods at extremes can have a detrimental effect on the operation and life of the
If the equipment is used in a manner not specified by the manufacturer,
the protection provided by the equipment maybe impaired.

Unit is fully pneumatic and can function without electricity.
If the unit is not connected to a power supply the pressure status indicator feature
will not be available and the LED lights will not function. The unit will perform all
other functions.

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Air Purity
The Solaris XE generator should be connected to an air supply that, as a minimum,
meets ISO8753-1:2010 Class 1.4.1

Class 1 Particulate
In each cubic metre of compressed air, the particulate count should not exceed 20,000
particles in the 0.1 - 0.5 micron size range, 400 particles in the 0.5 - 1 micron range and
10 particles in the 1 - 5 micron size range.

Class 4 Water
A pressure dew point (PDP) of +3°C or better is required and no liquid water is allowed.

Class 1 Oil
In each cubic metre of compressed air, not more than 0.01mg of oil is allowed. This is a
total level for liquid oil, oil aerosol and oil vapour.

Connecting to the application
Select the ¼”- 6mm push fitting from the fittings kit and connect to the generator AIR
IN and NITROGEN ports on the rear panel. Using suitable 6mm tubing, connect the
outlet of the generator to the inlet on the application.
Please refer to the Tubing Lengths section, to ensure correct tubing is being used.


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


The diameter of the tubing which will be connected to the gas outlet 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 ¼”/3⁄16” (¼” O/D, 3⁄16” I/D) P.T.F.E. tubing.

> 10 - 40 meters: Use 3⁄8”/ 5⁄16” (3⁄8” O/D, 5⁄16” 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 ¼”/3⁄16” and 3⁄8”/5⁄16” 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 3⁄8”/5⁄16”
and the final 10 meters to the application use ¼”/3⁄16” tubing). Keep the connections and
bends to a minimum.

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Start-Up Sequence
Connect the generator to the application as described in the installation guide. Switch
the generator on using the power switch on the rear panel of the unit and connect
to the air supply. Please note: Air can flow through the generator without the power
switched on, however the power must be switched on to give an indication of internal
pressure in the system.
The LED’s on the front panel will illuminate YELLOW.


Turn the air supply on. The fascia will illuminate GREEN when adequate system pressure
has reached 80psi. The Generator will provide Nitrogen almost instantaneously.


The Generator will illuminate YELLOW if adequate internal pressure is not met or is lost
during operation. If the unit displays YELLOW during operation, disconnect the unit
from your appliance and check the input air supply to the generator.

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Setting the Output Pressure
The generator will deliver Nitrogen at the rated flow up to a maximum pressure of
100psi, assuming an adequate air supply. The output pressure can be adjusted using the
regulator at the front of the generator and viewed on the adjacent gauge.

To access the regulator, unclip the fascia from the unit.

Adjust the gauge to the required pressure. To ensure a smooth pressure profile, it is not
recommended to increase the output pressure to above the factory set 116psi.

If earth cable is removed from front fascia, ENSURE it is attached
before using the generator .

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Service Requirements
Service Schedule
Purchase Interval



12 months

Solaris Nitrogen XE Annual
Maintenance Kit

Please note: Only Peak Scientific approved components should be used.

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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.


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.


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Possible Solution
• Ensure power cord is plugged into the
generator and that the power socket is
turned on.

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

• Check the fuse in the power cord plug.

The fascia LED’s have not illuminated but the
power switch is illuminated.

• Contact your service provider.

The fascia Yellow illumination does not
change to green.

The instrument is reporting low pressure. The
fascia has turned from Green to Yellow

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• Contact your service provider.

• Check the air supply pressure to the
• Contact your service provider.
• Check for leaks between the generator
and instrument.
• Contact your service provider.

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