Evaporation of Inorganic- and Organic Compounds from Elastomers



Monitoring elastomers for odorous contaminants is especially important for plastics used in domestic appliances. Residues of solvents used in the production process are of particular concern as they may be harmful to the human health. Current analytical procedures are mostly offline methods based on Gas Chromatography. Other methods to classify odors emanating from elastomers involve sensory panels. However, these methods are time consuming and require sample preparation. In order to save time fast and precise technology is needed.


Ion Molecule Reaction Mass Spectrometers (IMR-MS) by V&F allow for a deeper understanding of the emissions by elastomers used in plastic parts. The IMR-technology is not only fast but excels in sensitivity and selectivity. For example, a head space analysis of 100 compounds can be realized within less than 100 ms. Organic compounds can be determined as well as inorganic contaminants such as ammonia. The exceptionally user friendly V&F Viewer software gives the operator the opportunity to create new measurement methods or edit existing setups within a few minutes.


Without the need for sample preparation V&F online mass spectrometers deliver results in real time. Technologies such as Gas Chromatography based instrumentation require sampling and several minutes of measurement time. The IMR-technology is able to scan elastomers for inorganic and organic emissions on a very short time scale and greatly simplifies quality control of plastics. V&F technology can help to ensure high quality product outcome and hence consumer satisfaction.


  • Real-time measurement
  • High sensitivity and high selectivity
  • Organic and inorganic compounds

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