Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Analytic Instrumentation
The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant has analytic instrumentation expertise in the design and test of field monitors for process characterization and monitoring of plant effluents. A state-of-the-art laboratory is used to match the best analytical solutions to the problem, and instrumentation expertise in the development of field monitoring equipment is used to provide the equipment that is portable and will meet customer requirements.
The field monitors provide immediate feedback on a process or effluent stream so immediate action can be taken to correct any discrepancies. Examples of the type of equipment that have been developed include a Continuous Low Level Uranium Monitor, Portable Low Level Uranium Monitor, Remote Sensing Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Hardened Weather Stations, Robot Obstacle Avoidance, Killer Bee Tracker, Site Identification of Organic Pollutants, Detection of Chlorinated Solvents, Gaseous Hydrogen Sensor, Fuel in Water Detector, and Gaseous Emissions Measurement. The equipment is developed and tested to ensure that it will meet the customer's requirements, and training is also provided to the customer.
Application Specific Integrated Circuits are designed when necessary to meet the requirements of the end use and the function to be performed. This capability to design and test the equipment provides a unique opportunity for customers to find solutions to monitoring problems that could not be easily solved in the past.
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