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From TSI, the world leader in particle measurements, the DustTrak™ Environmental Monitor (which houses photometer models 8540 & 8543) is a real-time supplement to Federal Reference Method (FRM) data collection that can be deployed remotely in under an hour. Integrated early detection features enable timely mitigation of sources contributing to increased air pollution exposure levels. The DustTrak Environmental Monitor is built upon proven DustTrak technology that thousands of people use every day.

Product Details

Whether you work at a construction site, engineering firm or manage the aftermath of wildfires, TSI's DustTrak Environmental Monitor is compatible with a variety of accessories, allowing you to collect the data that matters.  

  • Environmental Consultants and Engineering Firms -- Obtain real-time, near-reference data for environmental monitoring. This instrument is compatible with a variety of sensors to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases, wind speed and more. 
  • Construction --  Measure dust while minimizing downtime . The Environmental DustTrak can help keep your project on track. The instrument is field serviceable, contains replaceable photometers and has a long pump life. Monitor your project 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Emergency Responders --  Monitor air pollution after wildfires and other environmental disasters, with real-time alerts sent to your mobile device. The Environmental DustTrak can provide actionable data, which can assist decision makers in deploying personnel and resources.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Simultaneously measure size-segregated mass fraction concentrations corresponding to PM 1 , PM 2.5 Respirable, PM 10 and total PM size fractions
  • Easy to use custom alarm settings for alerts anytime, anywhere
  • Perform in-line gravimetric analysis for custom reference calibrations
  • Aerosol concentration range 0.001 to 150 mg/m 3
  • Environmentally protected and tamper-proof with environmental enclosure
  • Cloud Data Management System  for efficient remote monitoring anywhere
  • NEW! MCERTS certified models now available for PM2.5, PM10 and total PM, respectively

APPLICATIONS

  • Outdoor environmental monitoring
  • Fugitive emissions monitoring
  • Site perimeter monitoring
  • Brownfields/remediation monitoring
  • Fence-line monitoring
  • Dust control operations
  • Environmental research studies
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Harsh industrial environmental monitoring
  • Urban pollution studies 

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    Near-Reference Data

    The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets limits on air pollution levels in an effort to protect public health and the environment. Measuring these pollutant levels with instruments that are Federal Reference Method (FRM) and Federal Equivalent Method (FEM) compliant can be expensive, and there is a growing interest in lower cost air quality measurement instruments. 

    The term "Near-Reference" quality data is tied to established air monitoring standards and methods. This data from these monitors is of sufficient accuracy and quality to complement existing air pollution monitors and networks, and the equipment is less expensive to own and operate. Learn More >>

     

    The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets limits on air pollution levels in an effort to protect public health and the environment. Measuring these pollutant levels with instruments that are Federal Reference Method (FRM) and Federal Equivalent Method (FEM) compliant can be expensive, and there is a growing interest in lower cost air quality measurement instruments. 

    The term "Near-Reference" quality data is tied to established air monitoring standards and methods. This data from these monitors is of sufficient accuracy and quality to complement existing air pollution monitors and networks, and the equipment is less expensive to own and operate. Learn More >>

     

    Real-Time Measurements

    Oftentimes, monitoring stations are located far away from the actual sources of pollution, and may not accurately report short-term (seconds to minutes vs. 24-hour average), localized high concentration events which the public is exposed to. With TSI's cloud-based management system, users get real-time alerts when dust and pollution levels are increasing. 

     

    Oftentimes, monitoring stations are located far away from the actual sources of pollution, and may not accurately report short-term (seconds to minutes vs. 24-hour average), localized high concentration events which the public is exposed to. With TSI's cloud-based management system, users get real-time alerts when dust and pollution levels are increasing. 

     

    Multi-Pollutant Monitoring Platform

    The Environmental DustTrak features a remote measurement platform with one box and one interface. It includes space, power and cloud-based user interface to integrate multiple third party sensors including:

    • Metrology
    • Wind speed and direction
    • Gases
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Methane/non-methane
    • Noise
    • Vibration

     

    The Environmental DustTrak features a remote measurement platform with one box and one interface. It includes space, power and cloud-based user interface to integrate multiple third party sensors including:

    • Metrology
    • Wind speed and direction
    • Gases
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Methane/non-methane
    • Noise
    • Vibration

     

    Lower Your Operating Expenses

    Gather data with minimal maintenance from a system designed to work in the toughest operating environments.

    • Expected pump life > 10,000 hours
    • Two year warranty
    • Operates from -4 to 122°F
    • Battery and solar power options

     

    Gather data with minimal maintenance from a system designed to work in the toughest operating environments.

    • Expected pump life > 10,000 hours
    • Two year warranty
    • Operates from -4 to 122°F
    • Battery and solar power options

     

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    To download applicable software and/or firmware, please use the Software/Firmware Selector .

     

    To download applicable software and/or firmware, please use the Software/Firmware Selector .

     


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    FAQs
    • Can I leave the environmental enclosure out in the rain?
      Yes. The environmental enclosure is weather resistant. It can tolerate almost any weather conditions. Exceptions are hurricane/typhoon or when extended periods of sideways rain is expected. It should never be placed in direct contact with the ground.
    • Can I use the enclosure heater accessory in conjunction with the solar power or rechargeable battery accessories?
      No, the heater option cannot be powered by the solar power or rechargeable battery accessories. The operational voltages are different. (24V for the heater and 12V for the solar/battery accessories).
    • Can logged data be transferred to another database or spreadsheet for reporting or data analysis?
      Yes. Data can be exported in standard comma-delimited ASCII format. Most spreadsheet and database programs can read this format.
    • How does the heated inlet sample conditioner work?
      An external humidity/temperature sensor is used to measure the environment and turn the heater element on and off based on a dew point algorithm. The incoming air is heated to reduce the humidity to the selected Rh level.
    • How long is the warranty on the DustTrak environmental monitor?
      The DustTrak Environmental Monitor is warranted to be free from defects in workmanship and material for a period of 24 months from the date of shipment to the customer. See the Operation and Service Manual for detailed warranty terms and conditions.
    • How much data can be logged before the DustTrak environmental monitor runs out of memory?
      The DustTrak™ Environmental Monitor can log over 60,000 data points, or 45 days of data stored at one-minute intervals. Logging intervals may be longer or shorter as set by the user.
    • How often is factory calibration required?
      TSI recommends returning the instrument to the factory for cleaning and calibration on an annual basis. Turnaround time is typically two to three working days after receipt of the unit with proper documentation. Recommended user maintenance schedules for routine cleaning, filter replacement, and zero check is covered in the Operation and Service Manual.
    • Is it possible to view live mass concentration data remotely for the DustTrak Environmental Monitor?
      Yes, TSI has partnered with Netronix™ Inc. to offer the most comprehensive, turnkey, remote dust monitoring solution on the market for Cloud Data Management. Customers can use this cloud data management system to efficiently monitor live mass concentration data from any location. For further information please visit http://tsi.com/thiamis-1000/ .
    • What are the main differences between the standard DustTrak Aerosol Monitor and DustTrak Environmental Monitor?
      The DustTrak Environmental Monitor has three main differences. The first is the pump, which has a life expectancy of roughly 10,000 hours. The second is extended beam dump to help prevent optical contamination (reference the individual white papers on these subjects for further details). Finally, the Auto Zero module is standard on the DustTrak Environmental Monitor, which will automatically perform the zero calibration during long term monitoring.
    • What are the options for downloading data from the instrument?
      Using the USB cable provided with the instrument, a direct connection with your PC can be made. The TrakPro software can then be used to download the data from the instrument to your PC. Alternatively, the DustTrak Mobile App (available on Google Play and the Apple Store) can be used to download instrument data. When paired with the wireless router, a direct connection can be made between instrument and your mobile device, allowing the app to access and download the data.
    • What do you mean by photometer drift or instrument drift?
      Drift is a change in readings that is not consistent with the present dust levels. Drift occurs over time due to contamination of the optics and can also be caused by temperature changes.
    • What does the auto zero module do?
      The auto zero module reduces instrument drift by periodically stopping sampling and adjusting the instrument response to a situation with zero particles in the optics.
    • What does the heated inlet sample conditioner do?
      Conditions the sampled aerosol to improve measurement accuracy by minimizing the effects of humidity when environments are consistently greater than 50% Rh.
    • What happens if the data logger memory becomes full?
      If the data logger becomes full, the test in progress will stop. Information stored up to that point will be retained in the data logger. 
    • What is the difference between TrakPro and DustTrak Environmental Monitor Checkout software?
      The TrakPro software allows the user to program the instrument, download data, view and create raw data statistical reports, create graphs, and more. The DustTrak Environmental Monitor Checkout software provides a "virtual screen" that can be used to view basic instrument data, such as model number, serial number, firmware version, and more.  In addition, any instrument errors, flow and zero calibrations, and onboard diagnostics can be performed.
    • What is the measurement range of the DustTrak Environmental Monitor?
      The mass concentration range is 0.001 to 150 mg/m³ (DRX version). The particle size range is 0.1 to 15 microns (DRX version).
    • What is the operational temperature range of the instrument?
      32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C); -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C) with enclosure heater. 
    • What is the run time if the rechargeable battery system is used?
      24 hours on 1 battery, 48 hours on 2 batteries. With the heated inlet accessory: 15 hour on 1 battery, 30 hours on 2 batteries.
    • What should the auto-zero interval be set to?
      This will depend upon the mass concentration of the application, but TSI recommends an auto-zero interval of every 4 to 6 hours to prevent instrument drift.
    • What type of aerosol is used when the instrument is calibrated at the factory?
      The DustTrak Environmental Monitor is calibrated to the respirable fraction of standard ISO 12103-1, A1 test dust.
    • When should I use a photometric calibration factor (PCF) and how do I program it in the instrument?
      A PCF should be used when you would like to improve the instrument's measurement accuracy for your specific aerosol. Alternatively, a PCF should be used when strong correlation with a gravimetric sample or reference instrument is required. See Chapter 4 of the DustTrak Environmental Monitor user manual, specifically setting user calibration factors User Cal.
    • When should I use a size correction factor (SCF) and how do I program it in the instrument?
      An SCF should be used when you would like to more closely align photometric mass measurement with the size distribution of the aerosol being measured. Alternatively, an SCF should be used when you would like to improve the relative accuracy between the five mass channels (PM1, PM2.5, RESP, PM10 and total). See the Appendix of the DustTrak Environmental Monitor user manual, specifically DRX Advanced Calibration.
    • Where can I download the TrakPro and DustTrak Environmental Monitor checkout software?
      The software can be downloaded for free by navigating to http://www.tsi.com/Software-Firmware/ .  Click on the Software and Firmware Wizard. Enter the model number of the instrument in the search field. Click on the instrument description and then click search.
    • Which setting do I set the heated inlet sample conditioner to?
      The heated inlet sample conditioner is designed to reduce the sampled air to 30%, 40% or 50% Rh. + In the US, the EPA requires humidity control to 30-40% for PM10 particle sampling, and 35% for PM2.5 particle sampling. + In the UK, EN12341 requires humidity control to 50% ± 5% for PM10 particulates, and 30-40% for PM2.5 particulates.+ The NIOSH Analytical Method 0600 for Particulates, not otherwise classified, Respirable, specifies the sample filter media be equilibrated in an environmental chamber at 20°± 1° C and 50±5% Rh.
    • Who needs to use the heated inlet sample conditioner?
      People measuring outdoor dust in humid environments above 50% Rh and parts of the world that experience seasonal temperature/humidity swings.

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