25It should be noted that the choice of carrier for any chromatography system, be it manual or automated, is not completely arbitrary. There are some limitations to which carrier fluids may be used, depending on the expected composition of the sample (e.g. you would not want to use a carrier that reacted chemically with any species in the sample so as to alter the sample’s composition!). However, the range of choices afforded to the person designing the chromatograph system lends a unique flexibility to this type of chemical analysis.