• Measuring aromatic hydrocarbons and 1,3-Butadiene forpollution control and environmental monitoring


The Series 8900 BTEX and 1,3-Butadiene Analyzer provides direct measurement of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes in ambient air with the added analysis of 1,3-Butadiene. This instrument is utilized in ambient air networks around metropolitan areas and fenceline monitoring at industrial sites. The Series 8900 BTEX Analyzer employs a photoionization detector (PID) as the sensing element. This detector is specific to volitile organic compounds. The 1,3-Butadiene, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes in the gas sample are physically separated using proprietary GC columns. A dual column configuration with timed backflush to vent is used to strip off moisture and heavier hydrocarbons. A pre-cut column is used in series with the analytical column. At sample injection a fixed volume of sample is carried to the pre-cut column. Backflush is timed so that only the BTEX, 1,3-Butadiene, and other similar components are eluted to the analytical column. Contaminants on the pre-cut column are backflushed to vent. 1,3-Butadiene, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes are separated from potentially interfering components on the analytical column and elute to the


  • Direct measurement of 1,3-Butadiene, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes in Ambient Air
  • Interference free response
  • Automatic calibration for unattended operation
  • Automatic baseline adjustment for long-term stability
  • Optional analog ouputs of 1,3-Butadiene, Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes
  • Analog output ranges are user selectable
  • Graphic display of current and historical concentrations
  • Multipoint sampling options
  • RS-232 and optional LAN


Analysis Time: <720 seconds
Detector: PID (High-sensitivity PID Optional)
Column: Capillary
Oven Temperature: 85 °C, Nominal
Carrier Gas: Nitrogen, 6 cc/min, Nominal
Lower Detection Limit: <2ppb 1,3-Butadiene, <2ppb Benzene, <5ppb Toluene, <5ppb Ethylbenzene, <5ppb Xylenes
Accuracy: 1% of Full-scale
Precision: 2% of Measured Value
Span Drift (24HR): <2% of Full-scale
Sample Flow Rate: 250-500cc/min, typical


Analog: (1) 0-20ma or 4-20ma loop power supplied, isolated. Selectable for: gas concentration, unintegrated detector signal. Options for up to 20 additional programmable 0-20ma, 4-20ma or voltage outputs: 0-1V, 0-5V, or 0-10V.

Digital: RS-232, optional Local Area Network

Relays: (5) User programmable relays for concentration and diagnostic alarms (1A @ 30Vdc). Options for up to 32 additional relays available.

Inputs: Optional digital input board for 3 contact closure inputs. Supports start analysis, start calibration, and analyze calibration gas sample.