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Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Analysers
Numerous processes can be monitored by tracking the VOCs or odours given off. The process can be monitored by detecting a deviation from the normal situation or by detecting a known grouping of volatiles which has previously been established as representing a failure condition or a quality control deviation. Amongst the processes of which RoboScientific has had undertaken research projects are:
- the spoilage of bread by contaminants
- the degrading of paper manufacture by fungal contamination
- the quality control of the manufacture of alcoholic beverages
- the monitoring of specialised plastic parts manufacture, specifically the control of the resulting odours
- Many other potential applications exist and these can, upon request, be reviewed by the RoboScientific team
Food and Drink monitoring
- Extensive work already undertaken with industry partners in the monitoring of the cultivation and storage of vegetibles including mushrooms; potatoes; onions and beetroots.
- A sucessfull study has been completed into the analysis of growing compost to ensure consistency and quality. RoboScientific are now undertaking a larger scale study with partners.
- Further studies are planned to monitor cultivation and disease of salad crops
- Feasibility studies are underway to develop a soil testing kit which analyses the organic & bacterial content of the soil
- RoboScientific can justifyably claim to be world-leaders in the use of VOC analysis in the horticultural industry
- Screening of farm animals for disease; including poultry and other livestock
- Case studies undertaken to detect Campylobacter and other diseases by sampling the atmosphere in chicken houses
- Studies underway to monitor riemerella and streptococcus bovis in ducks
- Simple; accurate; round-the-clock monitoring of livestock
- The presence of Campylobacter in chicken flocks has become the number one Public Health issue in the UK and RoboScientific's technology looks set to be the only instrumentation that can detect the outbreak of the disease in a specific chicken hut in real time.
Exhaled air contains many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are the natural outcome of normal or disease-associated metabolic processes taking place in the body. The responses of the bank of sensors in RoboScientific's new VOC analysing technology can define the combined pattern of these VOCs; thus creating breathprints of the exhaled VOCs. Such breathprints can be stored as digital data and used for comparison when subsequent breath samples are taken. Once a library has been constructed of normal states and the breathprints associated with specific diseases it becomes quick and easy to classify a new breath sample and in doing so provide a very effective non-invasive technique for screening subjects for specific diseases.
Monitoring an Environment
There is a growing awareness and concern among the population and authorities concerning the emission of odours and odorous substances from industrial activities and transport vehicles. The current generation of instruments were not developed to deliver this information effectively. Such instruments often generate too much information with a big list of gases and VOCs at different levels. RoboScientific has applied a combination of our unique polymer sensors which generate a composite fingerprint of the various VOCs found to be present. This combination can be defined according to local conditions andused to give an overall assessment of the air quality as well as identifying groups of problematic pollutants.