Air Spectrum Environmental Ltd is now providing a complete range of olfactometry products after agreeing an exclusive deal with one of the world’s top manufacturers of odour sampling and analysis equipment.
The Midlands-based odour-control expert has landed the UK and Ireland ownership and distribution rights for IDES Canada Inc’s Scentroid products, which range from an ultra-portable in-field device to a fully-automated odour laboratory.
Air Spectrum already offers a site odour assessment service, olfactometric sampling and analysis and bio aerosol monitoring, which is complemented by odour dispersion modelling and odour management planning.
Pete Badham, Air Spectrum’s research and development manager, said: “This exclusive agreement gives us more tools in our toolbox to provide a more relative response to smell, making it a measurable quality, which some others don’t offer. It is very important for us as it gives us a baseline to work from and we can return to a site a month later and see straight away if there have been any changes.
“Because it is a repeatable, measurable quality, you can easily monitor if there have been improvements or deteriorations at the site. The technology is relevant to a wide range of customers – we’ve already had enquiries ranging from anaerobic digestion companies to agricultural sites.”
Badham added: “Our equipment also reduces the amount of lab time needed to analyse a sample. An operator can now go along and take a direct sample from wherever necessary – be that a stack or across an ambient or contained area – and they will get a repeatable measurement without the need for sending samples off to a lab for analysis.
“The whole process of sending a sample to a lab for analysis will cost a couple of thousand pounds, whereas once you have bought this equipment, the only consumable is the air that is needed for the tank and the carbon filters which will need changing ever six months of so.
“It’s a very simple bit of kit, but the thing that holds it in good stead is that it is almost at lab-level specification. We can go in and do the analysis for a client or we can sell them the equipment so they can do it themselves.”
The Scentroid range that Air Spectrum will be utilising also includes in-field data management systems, flux chambers, vacuum samplers, Teflon/Tedlar/stainless steel sample bags and automatic heated purgers.
Image – Air Spectrum has negotiated a deal for UK and Ireland distribution rights.