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Journal of Automatic Chemistry
Volume 17 (1995), Issue 5, Pages 179-185

The electronic NOSE and its application to the manufacture of food products

1Neotronics Scientific Ltd, Western House, 2 Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8BZ, UK
2Materials Research Institute, Sheffeld Hallam University, City Campus, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK

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The Electronic NOSE described in this paper was not developed to replace the GC/MS or the sensory panel but to provide an instrumental measure of aroma quality which would be related to and complement the current methodology. The Electronic NOSE is a robust system which can detect complex vapours at levels similar to the human, which means typically in the parts per billion range. The system produces an output which can be easily related to sensory data and is easy to interpret by a non-skilled operator. No part of this system reacts with the sample under test.