Ancon unveils portable aerosol sampling device

Aero Select is a ground-breaking environmental monitoring, pollutant detection solution

Aero Select is powerful enough to measure particles across the entire aerosol range


A leading applied science company has developed a ground-breaking portable air particle sampling technology that promises a wide range of scientific and industrial applications, including monitoring environmental health, detecting pollutants and identifying nano- and micro-particles in the atmosphere.

Developed by British-based Ancon Technologies, the Aero Select is a compact, light-weight device that can detect particles across the aerosol range.

The developer says it can be used to monitor the stringent air quality standards needed for cleanroom applications.

The technology has promise for wide-ranging application across many industrial uses, such as occupational hygiene, environmental research, automotive manufacturing, atmospheric science, nanotechnology and microelectronics.

The Aero Select provides researchers and technicians with a portable device that delivers laboratory accuracy in detecting the size, structure, morphology and chemical composition of aerosol particles.

'The Aero Select is a powerful tool for detecting the environmental impact or health risks associated with aerosol exposure,' said Wesley Baker, Ancon's Commercial Director.

'Our new product compresses advanced technology into an easy-to-operate device that gives users a number of options for measuring and monitoring aerosol levels. The possibilities for this technology are as widespread as they are fascinating.'

The Aero Select is powerful enough to measure particles across the entire aerosol range, with the ability to determine concentrations of particles during processes like combustion, and distinguish man-made particles against a background of naturally-occurring aerosols.

The technology is accurate enough to detect target substances against background atmospheric aerosols by a factor of 20,000 to 1.

The device’s size and shape make it convenient to transport, while a simplified installation process and a 24-hour programmable timer provide an auto-start option if delayed operation is needed.

With 12 Cascading size channels, the device minimises sampling errors caused by turbulence and corrosion.

'Whether it’s electronic and industrial manufacturing, scientific research or environmental monitoring, the Aero Select offers a powerful atmospheric testing tool that stands to improve productivity, efficiency and most of all, safety,' Baker says.

Ancon Technologies’ Aero Select follows up on its revolutionary Nanotechnology Molecular Tagging system, which can be programmed to detect specific molecular markers. The NMT technology, and its variants can be used to detect atmospheric levels of everything from chemicals used in explosives to the biological molecules that indicate disease.

Ancon Technologies is headquartered in Canterbury, Kent, UK and has a satellite office in the US in Bloomington, Minnesota.