March 18, 2012

Bruker Expands Infrared Remote Sensing Product Line with Open Path Air Monitoring System OPS

OPS Open Path System

The Open Path Air Monitoring System OPS allows high-precision quantification of gases.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, – March 18, 2013 - Bruker Corporation reports at Pittcon 2013 their launch of the Open Path Air monitoring System OPS. The new Bruker Open Path Air Monitoring System OPS allows ambient air monitoring in industrial, urban and rural environments.
 
The system, based on Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, sends a modulated infrared beam from the base unit to a reflector at a typical distance of 50 to 250 meters. The infrared light that is returned from the reflector to the OPS is analyzed for the presence of the gases of interest. In contrast to conventional point sampling techniques that measure a sample only at a specific location, the OPS monitors the entire path between the spectrometer and the reflector. With simultaneous characterization using the complete infrared spectrum, a wide range of gases can be detected automatically.
 
A standard reference library consisting of more than 400 compounds is included and the analysis software enables rapid quantification without calibration using the internal library. The new OPS can be used in a mobile configuration that can easily be deployed in the field or as a fixed installation.
 
The OPS has been developed for a wide range of applications.  In industrial environments it allows monitoring of air quality in industrial facilities, resulting in economic, environmental, and safety benefits. Early detection of small leaks allows quick and economical repair of facilities, minimizing loss of products and potential risks for workers. The open path technique allows users to set up an optical fence around a facility using a single OPS with multiple reflectors in order to detect any unwanted emissions at an early stage (fenceline monitoring). At carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites, the pumping process as well as the storage facility may be monitored. For atmospheric and environmental research, trace gases may be monitored at high precision and sources of particular gases may be detected and characterized.

The new OPS represents an expansion of the high-precision gas detection and quantification capabilities in Bruker’s broad remote sensing product line.  Bruker’s other remote sensing products include the infrared hyperspectral imager HI 90, the Scanning Infrared Gas Imaging System SIGIS 2 for homeland security and scientific applications, the MIL-SPEC 360 degree scanning stand-off detector RAPID, as well as the ultra-high spectral resolution FTIR spectrometer IFS 125 for scientific applications in atmospheric research.


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