Odor delivery with the 220A Olfactometer from Aurora Scientific

Odor delivery with the 220A Olfactometer from Aurora Scientific

During this Tech Cast, produced with Aurora Scientific, Chris Rand discusses the 220A – Olfactometer which has been thoughtfully designed for demanding olfactometry research.  Throughout the series of chapters, Chris outlines the system hardware, configurations and modifications that can be made to the device, and discusses how the olfactometer works.  Each section is followed by demonstrations to identify best practices as well as sharing tips and tricks to ensure you get the most from your olfactometer. 

You can find the full 30 minute tech cast here, or click the links listed below to jump to the section that you are most interested to see.

1. Introduction to the 220A Olfactometer and hardware set up

In this short video, Chris Rand gives and introduction to the tech cast as a whole and covers the following topics:

  • Mass Flow Controllers – Why there are 3, what they do, and how to control them
  • Four main connections and the various LED indicators
  • Valve manifold – highlighting their location and functionality within the system

2. Overview of configurations and modifications

In chapter two, Chris Rand discusses the numerous configuration changes and modifications that you can make to the 220A Olfactometer to ensure that it meets your unique research needs.  More specifically, he touches on the following:

  • Set up, adding and changing modules
  • The three methods for filling, removing and replacing vials
  • How to replace the various types of tubing

3. How to use the 220A Olfactometer

In the final section of this tech cast, Chris Rand performs a software demonstration overview, and highlights the most important functions and features listed below:

  • How to configure your vials
  • Sequencing
  • Odor delivery

To download a PDF copy of the presentation, click on the “LinkedIn SlideShare” icon located in the bottom-right corner of the slide-viewer. From the SlideShare landing page click the “Download” button to retrieve the file.


Chris Rand

Product Consultant
Aurora Scientific
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Chris Rand is a graduate of Brock University where he completed a Master of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology. He has been supporting Scientific Discovery through client collaboration and marketing at Aurora Scientific for the past 5 years. He dedicates much of his time consulting with scientists, assisting with novel application of Aurora Scientific instruments in various disciplines, including muscle, olfaction and nociception research.

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