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Features of organic vapor analyzers
Each organic vapor analyzer will have an intake, sensor/detector, output, and display unit.
Many analyzers are portable, while others are stationary. Organic vapor analyzers that can be mounted in one location are also available.
How organic vapor analyzers work
All organic vapor analyzers draw air in, test it for organic compounds, and release the air again. There are several types that each uses a different method for testing the air sample.
Photoionization detector (PID) – please see the PID page under Environmental Test Equipment on this site for a description of how PIDs work..
Flame ionization detector (FID) – please see the FID page under Environmental Test Equipment on this site for a description of how FIDs work.
Catalytic bead detectors – two metal coils are heated up to cause combustion, the temperature and rate of this process are used to determine the amount of organic matter in the gas.
Sorbent tube detectors – glass tubes are filled with an absorbent solid, such as charcoal, which collects the gas, it is then transported, extracted and tested.
About organic vapor analyzers
Organic Vapor Analyzers (OVAs) are used for detecting Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for pollution control, ground-water remediation, water and wastewater treatment, environmental assessment, occupational health and safety, soil vapor extraction, air sparging, hydrocarbon detection and chemical remediation.