Principles of Operation

The Innosol instrumentation has a combination of modules that allow several water monitoring needs to be addressed as shown below. The Innosol instrumentation includes components that allow suspended solids (hereafter SS) to be detected, sized, characterized by the type of, and counted as inorganic, organic, and biological.

Rather than substituting water quality tests provided by liscenced water labs, the Innosol instrumentation is capable of addressing questions which are not addressed by these labs.

Furthermore, concentration of SS from thousands of litres (or gallons) to a 1-L bottle (1/4 gal) for further analysis by accredited labs, where desired, is achieved by replacing traditional filter-based methods of collecting suspended solids with the fundamentally new proprietary Innosol technology in order to preserve the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the SS. This is accomplished by using electrostatic and magnetic fields as well as other physical principles to trap SS. A dynamic spectrum analyzer in combination with an injection port for labeling compounds, where required, allows the Innosol to carry out highly customized advanced analysis of SS samples as well.

The instrumentation would produce visual, audio, and SCADA-compatible alarms as required by a customer, based on necessities of a specific water facility and/or authority. The in-situ water contamination data is available to a customer on-site and also remotely via Internet.

Technical Specifications

Features Implementations
Particle Characterization Sizing, counting, classifying (biological, organic, inorganic, user-defined types1)
Warning alarms SCADA compatible alarms on detection of microbiological contamination or any user-defined change in measured parameters.
Sample collection Concentration of suspended solids from thousands of litres down to 1 L for analysis at an accredited microbiological laboratory2, 3
Automation Runs in fully automated mode for several months. Requires no supervision
Remote data access Data accessible at instrumentation console or remotely by internet
1 Custom type classification is based on user-defined spectral characteristics. Users may use dyes to label specific particles. Size bins may overlap if desired.
2 Volume of Inlet water from which particles are concentrated depends on turbidity of inlet water. Inlet water of higher turbidity will fill the sample bottle more quickly.
3 1 L concentrate achieves very high statistical significance and convenience in usage at accredited microbiological testing facilities. Rinse water used to evacuate the concentration chamber of adherent microbes may also be collected for analysis.
Particle Sizing and Classification
Number of user-defined particle size-range bins 10 user defined ranges1, 2
Minimum size of detectible particles 1 m
Max size detectible 10 000 m (1 cm)
Increment of size-range adjustment 1 m
Size measurement error 0.2 m
Particle type classifications Classifies as organic, inorganic, biological, or a user defined type based on spectral characteristics2, 3
1 Upper and lower size limits defined by user in 1m increments.
2 A total of 10 distinct particle classifications can be made using a combinations of particle type and size. Additional capacity for classification bins can be obtained by special order.
3 Custom type classification is based on user-defined spectral characteristics. Users may use dyes to label specific particles. Size bins may overlap if desired.
General Specifications
Operation in-situ, either on-line or off-line1
Volume of water analyzed per day 14 000 L (3700 gal)
Power consumption < 200 W
Voltage Requirements 120 V (AC) / 12 V (DC)
Automatic Data Analysis 3 min (repeated)
Range of Operation, Minimum Water Turbidity Analyzed 0 NTU
Range of Operation, Maximum Water Turbidity Analyzed 50 NTU
1 Suspended solids are automatically removed from analyzed water. Analyzed water may be returned to the water line or disposed, as desired by customers.

The North American Water Quality Association WQA selected the Innosol technology and instrumentation as one of the most important innovations. Search for Innosol here

"...Innovative Multi-Application Large Volume Contaminant Detector: Reduces Process Costs, Monitors Product Water Quality, and Enhances Consumer Safety...The new instrumentation platform, Innosol-PLF, allows in-situ (online) detection, sizing, counting, and advanced monitoring of a wide range of biological and inorganic suspended solids (and more) in thousands of gallons of water and other liquid media, allowing for a number of unique cost-saving applications in industrial, commercial, and municipal markets..."

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