SASS® 3100 Plus:
Dry Air Sampler PLUS Particle Extractor
The SASS® 3100 Plus is the complete solution for your air sampling challenges. It combines the high-efficiency of our SASS 3100 Dry Air Filter Sampler with our SASS 3010 Particle Extractor. This combination provides you with the ability to collect airborne particulates, pathogenic bacteria and spores and then extract and collect the sample into a liquid form for analysis.
- ISO 14698-1 compliant
- Collection periods may be days in length
- Useable from -40°C to 70°C: no fluids
- High efficiency for sub-micron size pathogens
- Adjustable air flow (biological sampling): 50-300 LPM
- Adjustable air flow (radiological sampling): 10-49 LPM
- User-specified automated protocols
- Wireless control option
- Long-life primary and rechargeable battery options
- Easy decontamination, including fan rotor
- Compact and lightweight
- Medical facilities
- Public health
- Clean rooms
- Food processing
- UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
- Indoor air quality
- Homeland security
- SASS 3100 Plus Data Sheet
- Visit SASS 3100 Dry Air Sampler page
- Visit SASS 3010 Particle Extractor page
- Candidate Disinfectants for Research International Products (PDF)
- Biolink™ Bluetooth provides plug-and-play wireless communication between the the SASS 3100 air sampler and a PC or laptop. Download Data Sheet.
Disposable Filter Element
A key component is the disposable snap on filter element. At the center of the element’s 60 mm diameter injection-molded frame is an acoustically-welded 44 mm diameter micro-fibrous capture disc. Each fiber in the disc has an electric field frozen into it. These fields induce a charge in aerosols passing through the filter and provide a capture mechanism much more effective than impaction; up to 50X more efficient than conventional glass or cellulosic filters. This “electret” media is stable to 70°C, is virtually inert, has a shelf life of 10 years, and a high holding capacity due to a large internal surface-to-volume ratio.
Figure 1: Snap on electret filter.
Particles with diameters in the range of 0.3 to 0.5 µm are captured with almost 50% efficiency by the disc, while particles of 1.0 µm diameter or larger are captured at 80% or better efficiency.
The filter element can provide a liquid sample suitable for a wet bioassay after being processed in the SASS 3010 Manual Extractor, or the capture disc portion may be placed directly in a 50 mm petri dish for a culture-based assay. Since the electret material is virtually inert and the internal fields are electrostatic in nature, particulates are not likely to suffer a change in viability or morphology while trapped in the filter, allowing long-term dormant state storage, as compared to the possible effects of water storage.
The initial filter void volume is in excess of 95%. Since the media is active through its entire cross-section, collection efficiency changes little over long collecting periods. Charge induction effects also help maintain filtration effectiveness when fibers become coated with captured particles.
The blower can be set to operate over an air flow range of 150 to 350 liters/minute, which provides filter face velocities ranging from about 160 cm/sec to 380 cm/sec. These filter face velocities are comparatively slow compared to typical sieve-type impacting samplers and organism desiccation and damage is minimized.
A microprocessor controls blower speed and provides diagnostics through fully dimmable LED indicators that warn when battery power is low, and when the fan is not rotating The unit may be controlled remotely via an RS-232 communications link, or with an optional RF link.
The centrifugal fan is driven by a brushless DC motor with an expected lifetime of about 30,000 hours. Fan power consumption is nominally 8 W and noise levels are 45–61 dB (A) at 1 m.
Electronic subsystems are under the control of an embedded microprocessor, and many operating characteristics such as fan speed and sampling behavior, can be permanently or temporarily changed using Windows® software provided with the system. The unit may be operated manually, by the Windows software, or by other serial port-connected equipment.
An RS-232 serial port is provided. Options include an RS-232 to USB adaptor and a modular RF link that mounts to the RS-232 connector. The standard connector is a commercial DB-9, but a military CCSI style is available.
Field operation may be powered by either a BA5590B/U or by the UBI 2590 rechargeable battery. The primary batteries provide over 24 hours of operation, while the rechargeable battery will power the device for about 20 hours. In standby, the primary batteries are expected to last over 10 days, while the rechargeable will support about 8 days of standby operation. A universal (IEC 320) wall-plug power supply accepts 100-240 V AC at 50-60 Hz power. Two external LEDs monitor battery end-of-life and fan rotation rate.
SASS® 3010 Particle Extractor Features
The SASS® 3010 (patent pending) is used to extract and transfer to a small fluid volume, aerosols captured by Research International’s electret filters. Captured particulates can be difficult to remove: induced dipole fields create a strong holding force and must be neutralized. Once particulates have been released, they must then be removed from within the fibrous filter matrix and collected in a small amount of sample fluid. These processes are efficiently performed in a matter of 1 to 2 minutes using the SASS 3010 manual extractor.
Extraction efficiencies are typically in the range of 70 to 80%. To test extraction efficiency, a SASS 3100 and several electret filters were used to collect airborne fluorescent polystyrene beads of 1.8 microns diameter. Each filter was operated for a period of 10 minutes. After the collection phase was completed, the filters were mounted in a SASS 3010 and captured beads transferred to 5 ml of extraction buffer using the protocol outlined below. Extraction efficiencies were then determined using fluorometric assay methods.
It was found that an average recovery of 77% was achieved. A second extraction with an additional 5 ml of extraction fluid resulted in recovery of another 17% of the embedded beads, while two more 5 ml extractions resulted in small 4.5% and 1.5% additions to the total number of beads recovered, respectively
SASS 3100 Plus Specifications
|Operating Principle:||Collection by electret dry filter media.|
|Air Collection Rate:||HEPA-style filter: User adjustable 10 LPM to 49 LPM
Bioaerosol filter: User adjustable 50 LPM to 300 LPM
|Filter Collection Efficiency:||HEPA-style filter: More than 95% for>0.3 µm diameter
Bioaerosol filter: 50% at 0.5 micron diameter
|Filter Media Size:||4.4 cm diameter active filter in 6.0 cm holder.
15.60 x 17.00 x 19.81 cm with handle
15.60 x 14.53 x 19.81 without handle
|Device Dimensions:||15.60cm W x 17.04cm D x 19.81cm H|
|Operating Temperature Range:||-40°C to 70°C|
|Storage Temperature Range:||-40°C to 70°C|
|Humidity Range:||All weather. Optional rain shield prevents wetting of filter during rainy conditions.|
|Decontamination:||Water-tight design allows decontamination with 1 to 5% bleach solution. Fan shell and motor/rotor assembly may be removed for decontamination.|
|Drive Fan:||High efficiency centrifugal fan with electronically commutated drive motor. Fan life is 30,000-40,000 operating hours.|
|Weight:||2.0 kg (3 lb 15 oz); add 1 kg for battery.|
|Power Consumption:||>24 hrs with primary battery; > 20 hrs with rechargeable battery.|
|System Controls:||Microprocessor controlled. RS232 or optional wireless link for remote operation or reprogramming. Dimmable LEDs monitor for battery end-of-life and fan rotation.|
|Communications:||RS232 (RF links optional)|
|Sound Level:||45-61 dB (A) at 1 meter; peak value at exhaust port.|
|Package:||EMI resistant, water-tight aluminum extrusion.|
Research International reserves the right to change specifications on any of the devices mentioned without prior notification.