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SidePak Personal Aerosol Monitor AM510

Recommended Replacement


Product Details

Sale of this product is discontinued as of August 31, 2016.

The SidePak™ Personal Aerosol Monitor AM510 is a rugged, lightweight, belt mounted laser photometer, weighing as little as 16 ounces. It is compact and quiet, minimizing interference and worker discomfort. The built-in sampling pump lets you attach a wide variety of size-selective inlet conditioners for worker breathing zone, or area measurements with a respirable cyclone, or one of the three integrated impactors. The AM510 comes with TSI's Smart Battery Management System™, which includes long-running NiMH or alkaline battery packs and provides precise run time information in minutes remaining.

The AM510 personal aerosol monitor's easy-to-read display shows your data in both real-time aerosol mass concentration and eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA). With its convenient data logging and long battery life, the monitor is also ideal for extended sampling. Easy-to-use TrakPro™ data analysis software lets you pre-program sampling events and create effective graphs and reports. Available in single and three unit kits.

Features and Benefits

  • Intrinsically safe (CSA approved) for use in hazardous environments when used with the 1650 mAH NiMH battery pack
  • Multiple battery options including 1650 mAH, 2700 mAH NiMH battery packs or a 6-cell, AA-size alkaline battery pack
  • Precise run time information in minutes remaining
  • Integrated pump allows use of size-selective aerosol inlet conditioners
  • 10mm Dorr-Oliver Cyclone for respirable (4 micron) sampling
  • Built-in impactors for 1.0, 2.5, 10-micron cut off sampling
  • Real-time concentrations (mg/m3) and TWA during sampling
  • Statistics functions: max, min. and average readings, elapsed time and 8-hour TWA


  • Personal exposure monitoring/IH studies
  • Ambient/work area monitoring
  • Trending/screening
  • Engineering studies
  • Epidemiology health studies
  • Environmental sampling 

Kits Include

  • Soft single-unit carrying case
  • 115/VAC power supply
  • U.S. line cord
  • Impactor kit
  • Cyclone kit
  • Screwdriver
  • TrakPro data analysis software CD
  • USB cable
  • Zero filter
  • Sample tube
  • Calibration certificate
  • User guide
  • Quick reference card
  • 2-year warranty

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Resource Center

  • Can I measure other particle size ranges with the SidePak™ AM510?
    Yes. The SidePak™ AM510 is supplied with inlet conditioners (impactors) that allow 10, 2.5, or 1.0 microns. Additionally, the SidePak™ AM510 is supplied with a 10-millimeter Nylon Dorr-Oliver Cyclone for respirable sampling with a cut-off at 4 microns. All of the impactors and the Dorr-Oliver Cyclone need to be adjusted to a flow rate of 1.7 L/min.
  • Can I measure respirable aerosol mass concentration with the SidePak™ AM510 personal aerosol monitor?
    Yes. The SidePak™ AM510 is supplied with a 10 millimeter Nylon Dorr-Oliver Cyclone which provides a particle size cut-off at 4 microns (internationally accepted as the 50% cut-off size for respirable aerosol mass).
  • Can I use a different cyclone on the SidePak™ AM510?
    Yes. The flow rate of the SidePak™ AM510 may need to be and can be adjusted to the rate specified with the new cyclone. The SidePak™ AM510's flow rate can be adjusted between 0.7 and 1.8 L/minute. Therefore, the cyclone must operate within these flowrates.
  • Can I use the SidePak™ AM510 outdoors?
    Yes. The SidePak™ AM510 has been used outdoors but it is not considered weatherproof, so it is not suitable for long-term, unattended operation in harsh environmental conditions (i.e., rain, snow, etc.).
  • What is the effect of relative humidity (%RH) on the performance of the SidePak AM510?
      Characterizing Indoor and Outdoor 15 Minute Average PM2.5 Concentrations in Urban NeighborhoodsGurumurthy Ramachandran,1 John L. Adgate,1 Gregory C. Pratt,2 and Ken Sexton11Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota2Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Paul, MinnesotaAerosol Science and Technology 37:33-45(2003)© 2003 American Association for Aerosol ResearchPublished by Taylor and Francis0278-6826/03/$12.00 + .00DOI: 10.1080/02786820390112533 
  • What is the measurement range of the SidePak™ AM510 personal aerosol monitor?
    The mass concentration range is 0.001 to 20 mg/m³. The particle size range is 0.1 to 10 microns.  
  • What is the warm-up time of the SidePak™ AM510?
    When the SidePak™ AM510 is first turned on, it takes about a minute for the instrument to settle down to a stable reading. After warm-up, stable readings can be obtained in 10-15 seconds.
  • What type of device is the SidePak™ AM510 personal aerosol monitor?
    The SidePak™ AM510 is a laser photometer. The sensing mechanism consists of a laser diode directed at the aerosol stream. Scattered light is collected with optics and a photodetector at 90° to the light beam. The intensity of the scattered light is a function of the particle mass concentration.

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