Multi Vial Cyclone Sampler
Burkard Manufacturing Company Limited
The new ‘Multi-vial cyclone sampler’ for field operation. The sampler, based on Burkard’s miniature cyclone sampler, collects air samples direct into 1.5 ml Eppendorf vials, allowing sample analysis by a number of techniques including serological (ELISA) and molecular (PCR). Airborne particles can be collected as a dry sample or collected into a liquid as required. The multi-vial sampler contains eight Eppendorf, vials mounted on a Carousel, allowing up to eight sequential samples to be taken. In the basic model the sampling time and sample duration is controlled from an external device such as a weather station, data-logger or computer. A free standing model is also available that incorporates a controller, with multifunction timer, in weather-proof metal case, mounted on a tripod (see illustration). The high efficiency Cyclone collects particles less than 1 micron in size with a sample rate of 16.5 litres per minute. The Cyclone head is mounted on precision bearings and is connected to a wind-vane that keeps the sampling orifice pointing into the wind. Where external power is not available the unit can be fitted with Solar panels. The panels are connected to rechargeable batteries, housed within the control case, to provide power over a full twenty-four hour period.