Collect Air Samples in Dirty, Dull, and Dangerous Locations with RAMS

Bill Johnson
RAMS Product Manager

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RAMS is an intelligent, portable, air sampling system designed for use in hard-to-reach environments. RAMS can be deployed as a stand-alone collection system or coupled with and triggered by a chemical sensor to support air quality measurement and characterization. Active air sample collection on standard sorbent tubes enables the targeting and identification of specific pollutants, chemicals, and compounds of interest.

RAMS is the intelligent, portable air sampling system that is mission-ready for hard-to-reach environments. Dimensions: 10” x 5.5” x 3.5”. Weight: 3 lbs.

RAMS has Broad Applicability

  • Military and Homeland Security applications for detection of chemical-agent related compounds and signatures
  • Air quality monitoring in indoor and outdoor environments
  • Environmental research and monitoring
  • Public health investigations
  • Hazardous waste site assessment and remediation
  • Monitors VOCs
  • Communication over long range (up to four miles, line of sight)

The Rams Portable Air Sampling System

System Overview

TechnologyThe Remotely Activated Multi-tube Sampler (RAMS) is a portable, battery-operated system for air sample collection with sorbent tubes, controlled by touch screen.
CapabilitiesDetect Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) and other gases.
• Record time, sample flow rate, temperature, humidity, pressure, and VOC levels during collection
• Remote activation from an external trigger or through RF communication.
• Collect up to four samples, sequentially, at accurate flows rate settings between 80 ml/min and 1 liter/min.
Operational Modes• Manual Mode – Collection controlled in real-time via the touch screen; 
• Scheduled Mode – Timer based, collection schedule and parameters set in advance; 
• Auxiliary Mode – Collection timing controlled through external trigger; and 
• Communications Mode – Collection controlled in real-time through long-range communications.


Operating Temperature & Humidity4–49 °C (39–120 °F)
Storage Temperature-10–50 °C (14–122 °F)

Physical Features

Dimensions10″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″
Weight3.0 lbs.
Sorbent Tubes• Fits four (4) standard stainless steel or
glass tubes with OD .25 in (6.4 mm)
and lengths between 3.25 – 3.5 in
(82 – 90 mm)
• VITON™ O-rings, dash number 108, are included that are used for tube installation and sealing
AdaptabilitySmall size allows adaptive use on multiple platforms (e.g., UAV, UGV) 


PowerRechargeable battery pack
Battery Life~18 hours
Auxiliary Input Rating3.3-5 V
Battery Capacity2600 mAh
Battery Voltage11.1 V

System Interface

Communication900 MHz RF, 128-bit encryption with a windows based application
Communication RangeUp to 4 miles (6.5 km)
Data StorageMicro SD Card (FAT 32)
User Interface3.2” gen4 Series Intelligent Display Module with DIABLO16 Graphics Controller

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