Welcome to RoboScientific
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Analysers
- Fast detection of diseases from a breath or sputum sample
- Field studies undertaken for Tuberculosis; Diabetes; Cancers and other diseases
- Additional clinical trials planned or underway
- Simple operation which can be undertaken by health auxilaries
- Specific low-cost instrumentation is under development for use in further field trials of disease screening during 2016.
Food and Drink monitoring
- Extensive work already undertaken with industry partners in the monitoring of the cultivation and storage of vegetibles including mushrooms; potatoes; onions and beetroots.
- A sucessfull feasibility study has been completed into the analysis of growing compost to ensure consistency and quality. RoboScientific are now undertaking a large scale study with partners and part funded by innovate UK.
- Further studies are planned to monitor cultivation and disease in strawberries and tomatoes
- RoboScientific can justifyably claim to be world-leaders in the use of VOC analysis and electronic noses in the horticultural industry
- Screening of farm animals for disease; including poultry and other livestock
- Case studies undertaken to detect Campylobacter and other diseases by sampling the atmosphere in chicken houses
- Studies underway to monitor riemerella and streptococcus bovis in ducks
- Simple; accurate; round-the-clock monitoring of livestock
- The presence of Campylobacter in chicken flocks has become the number one Public Health issue in the UK and RoboScientific's technology looks set to be the only instrumentation that can detect the outbreak of the disease in a specific chicken hut in real time.
Exhaled air contains many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are the natural outcome of the normal or the disease-associated metabolic processes taking place in the body. The responses of the bank of sensors in the e-nose can define the combined pattern of these VOCs; thus creating fingerprints of the exhaled VOCs, sometimes called breathprints. Such breathprints can be stored as digital data and used for comparison when subsequent breath samples are taken. Once a library has been constructed of normal states and the breathprints associated with specific diseases it becomes quick and easy to classify a new breath sample and in doing so enjoy a very effective technique for screening subjects for specific diseases.
Monitoring an Environment
There is a growing interest in and concern among the population and authorities about the emission of odours and odorous substances from industrial activities and transport vehicles. Traditional instruments can often struggle to relate the measurements to what is acceptable to the public who are effected. Such instruments often generate too much information with a big list og gases and VOCs at different levels. RoboScientific has used a combination of individual gas sensors covering, for example, inorganic gases such as Carbon Dioxide; Hydrogen Sulphide; and Nitrous Oxide with a mix of its unique polymer sensors which generate a composite fingerprint of the various VOCs found to be present. The combination can be used to give an overall assessment of the air quality as well as identifying groups of problematic pollutants.
Numerous processes can be monitored by tracking the volatiles or odours given off and comparing them with reference signatures stored in a digital memory. The process can be monitored by detecting a deviation from the normal situation or by detecting a known grouping of volatiles which has previously been established as representing a failure condition or a quality control deviation.
Amongst the processes of which RoboScientific has had experience are such applications as the spoilage of bread by contaminants; the degrading of paper manufacture by fungal contamination; the quality control of the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the monitoring of specialised plastic parts manufacture, specifically the control of the resulting odours. Many other potential applications exist and these can, upon request, be reviewed by the RoboScientific team.