Air Analyzer enables atmospheric particulate monitoring.

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Model 5020 Sulfate Particulate Analyzer supports need to measure ultra-low pollutant concentration levels in complex urban environments. System enables direct and automatic measurement of background air and produces near real-time data for improved monitoring programs. Analyzer features on-site setup and operation.

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Thermo Electron Launches Advanced Atmospheric Particulate and Trace Monitoring Solutions

New Products Underscore Commitment to the Advancement of Particulate Monitoring and Enhancement of Ambient Air Gas Analyzers

Indianapolis, Ind., Air & Waste Management Association Exhibition and Conference - June 22, 2004 - Thermo Electron Corporation, the world leader in ambient air gas monitoring instrumentation, today introduced an expansion of its air monitoring product lines at the 97th annual Air & Waste Management Association Exhibition and Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Thermo Electron will unveil the Model 5020 Sulfate Particulate Analyzer (SPA), and enhancements to the trace level monitoring series of gaseous analyzers to support the increasing need to measure ultra-low pollutant concentration levels in complex urban environments. These new products reinforce Thermo Electron's leadership and technical expertise in air quality solutions.

"For more than 30 years Thermo Electron has added flexibility and innovation to the detection of a broad range of gaseous and aerosol pollutants through our extensive series of air quality instruments and systems," said Mark Whiteman, General Manager of Thermo Air Quality Instruments.

"By expanding our already comprehensive portfolio of solutions, Thermo is able to meet customer's needs in terms of performance, cost and convenience."

Model 5020 Sulfate Particulate Analyzer (SPA)

Underscoring Thermo's commitment to the advancement of atmospheric particulate monitoring, the Model 5020 SPA provides the only continuous, real-time method for analyzing sulfates in the atmosphere. Customers using this technology to measure sulfate particulate concentrations are given data that can lead to insight into sulfate's impact on human health, regional haze and smog and its contribution to harmful acid rain. This first in its class technology is based on Thermo's reliable, easy-to-use gas monitoring technology, which enables simple on site setup and operation.

In addition, the Model 5020 SPA offers a lower total cost of ownership than competing products by enabling the direct and automatic measurement of background air, thereby reducing labor and cylinder costs. Unlike traditional filter methods, which require labor-intensive manual work and can take months to return results, the Model 5020 SPA benefits customers by producing near real-time data, enabling improved monitoring programs and providing additional insight into short term trends that may have gone unnoticed previously. Further, by using fewer consumables and no purge gas, the 5020 SPA will save operators more than $4,000 annually per instrument compared to other commercially available instruments.

"Environmental regulatory agencies are moving away from manual aerosol monitoring due to the expense and cumbersome nature of the systems," said George Allen, senior scientist at NESCAUM and one of the original developers of the 5020 SPA technology.

"Highly time-resolved data -- such as that delivered by the Thermo 5020 SPA -- can provide dramatic insight into source influence and atmospheric and chemical processes, information that is often lost when sampling on a longer time scale as with manual methods. Recent advancements in measurement technologies now make it practical to deploy real-time sulfate measurement systems as part of routine monitoring networks, providing simplified operations and very high data quality."

Trace Level Monitoring Series

Thermo's trace level analyzer series of products have been used extensively in global pristine areas and background pollution monitoring programs for the past several years. Adding to this experience, which dates back to 1971, Thermo has made key enhancements to its Model 43C Trace Level SO2 analyzer, Model 48C Trace Level CO analyzer and Model 42C-Y NOy analyzer. These enhancements address the increasing need to measure lower concentrations of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide in urban air quality monitoring programs, in addition to the need to monitor additional reactive oxides of nitrogen such as NOy.

As CO and SO2 concentration levels have been continually reduced, the requirement to measure very low concentrations of these pollutants in an urban environment has prompted the need for novel measurement strategies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NCORE Level 2 monitoring initiative. In support of these programs, Thermo's product enhancements are tailored towards providing maximum sensitivity toward low concentrations and overall stability while minimizing interference effects from other gases typically encountered in an urban monitoring environment.

"By addressing the need for the detection of low concentrations of key gaseous pollutants, Thermo demonstrates its reliability and flexibility in developing innovations that keep us ahead of the curve, said Mike Nemergut, Marketing Director, of Thermo Air Quality Instruments. "Additionally, by bringing product enhancements to market that will help introduce to urban monitoring networks what has previously been limited to rural, pristine area applications, Thermo recognizes the importance of supporting NCORE Level 2 type programs that will ultimately improve air quality monitoring strategies on a global level."

About Thermo Electron Corporation

A world leader in high-tech instruments, Thermo Electron Corporation helps life science, laboratory, and industrial customers advance scientific knowledge, enable drug discovery, improve manufacturing processes, and protect people and the environment with instruments, scientific equipment, services, and software solutions. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, Thermo Electron has revenues of more than $2 billion, and employs approximately 11,000 people in 30 countries worldwide. For more information on Thermo's products launched at the A&WMA Conference 2004, please visit booth #401, where you can speak with Thermo Electron product experts and salespeople.

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