Sensors Inc. Gets EPA Contract

Posted on January 12, 2007

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Sensors, Inc. a contract to design and manufacture a device to generate particulate matter (PM). This contract allows EPA to address several important air quality issues, specifically air shed inventory modeling, compliance testing, and investigation of the health effects of currently unregulated mobile source air toxics.

The EPA is procuring the PM Generator in order to demonstrate the commercial availability and the accuracy, precision and robustness of Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) being deployed to measure PM. The PM Generator is capable of challenging PEMS with a variety of PM concentrations and compositions that might be encountered in real-world applications.

The PM generator will consist of an integrated system that can generate a variety of PM components over a range of concentrations, while recording various control and monitoring parameters during operation, including temperature, humidity, concentration, size distribution and composition of engine exhaust PM. All of the PM generator operational data will be recordable to a single data file on a PC.

Delivery of the PM Generator is scheduled for the first quarter of 2007, and will be commercially available in the second quarter of that year, the Saline, Mich., company said.