The Steelhead sniffer is designed to sample air from bottled water containers using a patented electronic sensor technology and return a pass or fail decision for the presence of chemical vapor contaminants. The sniffer may function either integrated into our leak detector system or as a stand-alone testing device, depending on the customer’s requirements. It can be operated with HOD bottles typically in the 3 to 5 gallon range made from glass, PET or polycarbonate.
The sniffer is located in-line and upstream from the bottle washer to detect and reject contaminated bottles before their contents can enter the washer system. This protects against costly line shutdowns to empty and clean the washer, preventing contamination in one bottle from affecting many others.
The sniffer draws air from each bottle passing though the leak detector. It is presented with a 2 second flow of air drawn from the bottle and will indicate via an audio alarm and setting of an alarm status if the bottle has failed for contaminants. Failed bottles are rejected and automatically removed from the line. Afterwards, the sniffer is purged for 5 seconds with clean dry air and is ready for the next bottle. Unlike other systems on the market, Steelhead’s sniffer is designed to provide a very broad-based sensing capability that is not limited to a short list of a few specific chemicals. In fact, during operation it is able to detect and reject new sources of contamination, including chemicals it may not have been tested with previously. In this way our sniffer adapts real time to detect new compounds and protect washing systems against a much wider range of contaminants.