Upholstery, carpeting, adhesives, sealants, paints, and various building materials can contain and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), which impact indoor air quality in automobiles and in buildings. Emissions can contribute to “sick building syndrome” (SBS). SBS is a term used when bad indoor air quality leads to health problems or even illness among occupants. In order to test materials used inside our cars, homes and workplaces, their VOC and SVOC emissions are often determined using either Thermal Desorption / Thermal Extraction or using an emission test chamber under controlled conditions.
Direct thermal extraction using the GERSTEL Thermal Desorption System (TDS) or the GERSTEL Thermal Extractor (TE) leads to dependable results and can often replace or at least complement expensive Environmental Emission Chamber Testing of materials. GERSTEL Thermal Desorption / Thermal Extraction technology is used by all leading world-wide automobile manufacturers, by many of their suppliers and contract laboratories as well as by most leading companies in the Semiconductor and Electronics industries.
GERSTEL equipment is used for the following and other methods utilized in both public institues and private industry
- VDA 278
- GM Method
- Toyota Method
- VDI 2100 Part 3 ICS 13.040.20
- ECMA Method 328 for Electronic and Semiconductor Devices
- EN 71:2005 Part 11 Safety of Toys
- ISO 16000-6
- ASTM 6197-16
- RAL-UZ 14 Emissions from recycled paper - "Blue Angel"