In human beings and animals alike, our sense of smell is one of our most important senses and has played a critical role in our survival. Odors are detected immediately and this is followed by a subconscious or instinctive assessment of the situation in which we find ourselves or of the product we are holding in our hand. Odors influence our everyday lives in subtle, unnoticed ways. Pleasant odors stimulate our wellbeing and our appetite can influence our purchasing decisions. Unpleasant odors, on the other hand, warn us against eating spoiled food. Even distant memories from times long ago can be reawakened in the presence of long-forgotten odors.
The GERSTEL Olfactory Detection Port (ODP 4) provides a system-based solution for the detection of aromas, fragrances and off-odors using gas chromatography in combination with olfactory detection (GC-O). Olfactory analysis is performed on food, beverages, perfumes, body care and consumer products, packaging and much more. During the development of the ODP 4, special attention was paid to allow users to work in a concentrated yet relaxed manner, meeting individual ergonomic requirements. The powerful Olfactory Data Interpreter (ODI) data processing software is capable of handling the large amounts of data gathered.