PEM Calibration Adapter

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Part Number: 761-202

PEM Calibration Adapter Overview

PEM Calibration Adapter

The Personal Environmental Monitor (PEM) is a small, lightweight inertial impaction sampler for measuring PM 10 or PM2.5 in indoor air. The PM2.5 and PM10 PEM models are each available in three flow rates (2, 4, and 10 L/min) to meet your applications. SKC recommends using the AirChek XR5000 Sample Pump with the 2 and 4 L/min PEMs and the Leland Legacy Sample Pump with the 10 L/min PEM.


PEM Applications

    • Childhood asthma studies


    • Green Building certification


    • IAQ studies


    • School zone investigations


    • Air pollution studies


  • Personal sampling for industrial hygiene applications

The PEM is referenced in EPA Method IP-10A and the SKC IP-10A Method Update (not an EPA reference method for ambient air).


Performance Profile

Sample Time Varies
Sample Rate 2, 4, or 10 L/min
Sample Pump Universal XR, AirChek Series, or Leland Legacy
Sample Media 37-mm PTFE filters
Tubing 3/16-inch ID


The Personal Environmental Monitor (PEM) is a small, lightweight, personal sampling device consisting of a single-stage impactor and an after-filter. Aerosol particles are sampled through the single-stage impactor to remove particles above the 50% cut-point of either 2.5 or 10 µm in aerodynamic diameter. These large particles are collected on a greased ring and are discarded after sampling. Particles smaller than the 50% cut-point pass through the impactor and are collected on a 37-mm after-filter. To determine personal exposure, the filter may be analyzed gravimetrically for particle mass and chemically for specific chemical compounds. A personal air sampling pump provides the necessary airflow through the PEM. Use the PEM for air pollution studies, indoor air quality assessments, and personal sampling for industrial hygiene applications. The PEM is referenced in EPA IP-10A and the SKC EPA IP-10A Method Update (not an EPA reference method for ambient air).

  The PEM consists of three major parts: cap, impaction ring assembly, and base with after-filter.

  • The cap contains the round nozzles where the air will enter the sampler.

  • The impaction ring assembly serves as an impaction surface and as a clamping ring for the after-filter.

  • The base supports the after-filter.

The PEM operates on the principal of inertial separation of airborne particles using an impactor. Particle-laden air is accelerated into the sampler through the round nozzles located in a circle around the outer edge of the cover. The exiting airstreams impinge upon an impaction ring. Due to inertia, the larger particles cross the airstreams, impact, and are retained on the ring. The smaller particles are carried along the airstreams flowing around the ring and are collected on the after-filter. Oil must be applied to the impaction ring to keep particles from bouncing off this surface. Any type of oil can be used including olive oil, machine oil, vegetable oil, and silicone grease.