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PCI and Airguard Mobile Lab
What is the PCI and Airguard Mobile Lab ?
PCI stands for Portable Compliant Isolator. As the name suggests, it a small glove box capable of mobile operation. The term compliant relates to the various international standards and guidelines for clean air devices and isolators. Despite its small size, the PCI totally complies with all these. In this application, the PCI would normally run in class 3 mode.
The Airguard is a fan/filter system designed to protect isolated rooms from CBRN airborne threats. If a mobile laboratory is to be used to analyse potential airborne threats, then both these products are required to operate together to provide adequate protection for the lab personnel.
This form of mobile lab would provide the basis for a very low cost and compact CBRN detection system.
It could be configured into a small vehicle (Land Rover, Humvee etc) for a rapid response unit or towed on a trailer by a small vehicle and deployed to a site.
How does it work?
The PCI draws HEPA filtered air from the environment and returns it via a dual-in-line HEPA filter. Running in MSC Class 3 mode, the exhaust fan runs only keeping the cabinet at a low (negative) pressure. This protects the operator by ensuring any leak occurring are inwards. The Airguard takes air from the outside, HEPA and carbon filters it, then exhausts it into the lab.
This action runs the lab at a higher than outside pressure, protecting the personnel from any external airborne threat.
The PCI and Airguard working in unison can be used to create a low cost, compact CBRN lab or vehicle.
As the PCI and Airguard are designed to run from 24 VDC they are ideally suited to vehicle operation.
In addition, their small size means a CBRN lab could be incorporated into a small vehicle for rapid response to a threat situation.
The PCI is already used in the application by the LRT (Light Role Team) and is NATO codified.