Electronic Sensor Technology (EST) 4500 zNose portable gas chromatographer

Thursday, 14 January, 2010 | Supplied by: Technical & Scientific Equipment

The 4500 zNose portable gas chromatographer, from Electronic Sensor Technology (EST), is a mobile, small footprint analyser that can accurately detect and analyse organic, biological and chemical compounds in real time.

The high-speed odour detector employs a trap and helium carrier gas to separate chemicals in near real time so that pattern recognition and trace detection can be performed in seconds. Unlike trace detectors which only detect a few select compounds, this odour detector recognises odours and fragrances based on their full chemical signature.

The unit is designed with an internal helium cylinder (refillable) and can use disposable helium cylinders. The lithium-ion battery is rechargeable, typically lasting 5 h.

The detector injects samples into a heated column where separation is achieved (gas chromatography). Materials sequentially exit the column and are deposited on the SAW detector. This deposition results in a change in the oscillating frequency of the resonator directly proportional to the mass.

The gas chromatographer has a built-in processor, hence minimal training is needed as the processor can guide the user so that compounds are automatically identified.

The unit uses gas chromatography calculations for a variety of applications and can adaptively learn to recognise and alert on any target odour. Such applications include chemical analysis, environmental analysis, food and beverage quality assurance and even national security.

A benchtop model is also available which can achieve parts-per-trillion sensitivity and fast response times.

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