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    High quality gas sensor solutions for mining

    Fast, accurate and reliable measurement of CH4. The extraction of coal releases methane gas, which can mix with the air in a mine to form a hazard due to its flammability. Ventilation with fresh air from the surface is used to dilute the methane and reduce the risk of explosion. Monitoring of the methane content of the stale air exiting the mine allows the amount of ventilation to be controlled. Although our sensors are not ATEX approved for use in potentially explosive atmospheres they are suitable for monitoring air containing methane concentrations below the lower explosive limit. Our OEM products can be built into equipment which is approved for use in the monitoring of mine exhaust gas and similar applications.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for process control

    Gas monitors controlling heat treatment of metals. Endothermic gas is a mixture of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and other gases that is required for hardening or carburising of steel. By carefully controlling the amounts of each gas and the temperature in the treatment furnace, the steel surface can be hardened to provide long lasting components such as gears and tools.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for building and IAQ

    Precise measurement of air quality. The carbon dioxide content of room air gives a measure of the air quality, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the people occupying the building. Air quality can be adversely affected by increased levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates, or bacteria. Increased ventilation reduces the level of all of these unwanted contaminants. Measuring the CO2 concentration provides an economical way of ensuring that there is sufficient air circulation and prevents over-ventilation which can add unnecessary heating or cooling costs.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for horticulture

    Ensuring reliable and accurate carbon dioxide measurement. With accurate and reliable carbon dioxide monitoring being an important part of horticultural climate control, Edinburgh Sensor’s Guardian range includes dual wavelength non-dispersive infrared sensor technology with built-in temperature correction. This ensures reliable and accurate carbon dioxide measurement together with long term stability.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for biogas

    Fast, accurate and reliable measurement of CO2 and CH4 concentration. Methane and CO2 concentration measurements are a key part of the evaluation of the anaerobic digestion process. Too high or too low gas concentration levels can indicate a change in the efficiency of the fermentation process. AD process control systems measure the Methane content (and often the CO2 content) of the gas stream to control or evaluate the AD process and warn of problems. Edinburgh Sensors provide high performance OEM gas detectors that are able to give fast, accurate and reliable measurements of both CO2 and Methane concentrations.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage

    Precise regulation of O2, CO2 and N2 concentrations. A controlled atmosphere is an agricultural storage method in which the oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen concentrations are regulated. The humidity and temperature are also controlled, resulting in a slow loss of quality during prolonged bulk storage of products such as apples, pears, grains, legumes, etc.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for landfill

    State-of-the-art systems enabling easy monitoring of CO2 and CH4 gases. Capped Landfill Sites produce a range of gases, mostly methane and carbon dioxide. Legislation requires that these gases are safely removed from beneath the cap to avoid a physical explosion due to the build-up of pressure beneath the cap. Safe disposal usually entails burning such as flare stacks, internal combustion engines or by processing to produce Methane gas fuel. For large sites with access to power distribution infrastructure internal combustion engines are used to generate electricity which is fed into the local electricity grid. All of the above safe disposal process require the measurement of the Methane content (and in many cases the CO2 concentration). Edinburgh Sensors provide gas sensors for both Methane and CO2 that can be integrated into landfill gas processing systems enabling easy monitoring of these gases.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for modified atmosphere packaging

    Extending the shelf-life of perishable foods. Changing the atmosphere inside the packaging the shelf life of many fresh products can be extended. For example, by decreasing the amount of oxygen and increasing the carbon dioxide the shelf life of many fruits may be significantly improved. Using various gas combinations it is also possible to slow down the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf-life of other perishable foods like meat, fish and vegetables.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Sensor for Biogas

    Anaerobic Digestion plants produce various gas components from a source material (or feedstock) that can be composed either solely or as a mixture of slurries, purpose-grown crops, food and organic waste material. The composition of the gas produced varies depending upon the feedstock and the Anaerobic digestion process itself. As a consequence, it is normal to measure various components of the resultant gas produced to evaluate the efficiency of the Anaerobic Digestion process. Furthermore, due to the flammable nature of Methane (CH4), and the risk of asphyxiation, most plants feature ambient air monitoring to protect personnel from any unplanned accumulation of leaked gas. CH4 is the gas component fuel, which is the intended end product of the anaerobic digestion process. In biogas plants, the concentration of CH4 in a working plant varies between 50%-75%, which is well above the Upper Explosive Limit (UEL).

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Gas Leak Detection for the Gas Industry

    Sewerin gas detection instruments are used to identify and quantify gas leaks in natural gas distribution networks. Designed to be intuitive to use for many different tasks in the gas utility industry the infrared sensors ensure accuracy and sensitivity. Our equipment is used in many countries by all the world`s major gas supply companies.

    By Hermann Sewerin GmbH based in G├╝tersloh, GERMANY.

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    Gas Detection Solutions for Sour Gas

    The sour (H2S) content of hydrocarbon fields worldwide is increasing, and many natural gas fields have very high H2S – sometimes in excess of 50%. H2S is extremely dangerous because, although people can smell it at low levels (about 5 ppb) it does not smell much worse at the exposure limit value of 10 ppm or at potentially fatal levels in excess of 100 ppm. Therefore smell is an unreliable means of determining dangerous levels. Existing H2S point sensors are maintenance intensive, slow to respond and provide limited coverage. Most H2S sensors do not work reliably in hot or cold weather, or in humid marine environments.

    By Boreal Laser Inc. based in Edmonton, ALBERTA (CANADA).

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    High quality gas sensor solutions for total organic carbon (TOC)

    Minimising costs through measurement of CO2 concentration. Both water suppliers and water users need to know the quality of the water they are supplying, using and disposing of so as to minimise their costs. One measure of water quality is the organic carbon content (TOC). TOC is measured by oxidising the organic carbon to produce CO2 which is then measured and the value converted into a TOC measurement. Edinburgh Sensors supply sensors to measure the CO2 concentration produced by oxidising the organic carbon in a water sample, allowing the TOC to be calculated. This TOC value determines one measure of how clean the water sample is.

    By Edinburgh Instruments Ltd based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Wet gas monitoring for refineries

    Thermal mass flow meters provide excellent measurement capabilities in dry gas flows. They have proven durability, accuracy, and repeatability. However, thermal flow meters are sensitive to liquid droplets in a wet gas stream. For a thermal flow meter to work accurately in a condensing gas environment, the probe must be placed far enough downstream so that the entrained water has condensed onto the pipe wall. In a very wet environment, any condensing liquid (commonly referred to as mist or fog) contacting the sensor probes causes a high reading due to the liquid vaporizing on the heated portion of the sensor. As a result of this deficiency, measurements with conventional thermal meters are largely ignored when moisture levels rise because there is no confidence that the measurements are true.

    By Kurz Instruments, Inc. based in Monterey, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Multiparameter Monitoring for the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

     Meeting the demands of small ROV’s to work class vehicles in the offshore oil & gas industry, Valeport have a range of sensors and probes to measure the physical parameters vital to safe operation.  From sensors to aid operation of the vehicle to probes for data input into metrology and construction operations, our “industry standard” packages are designed and built to perform.

    AUV requirements can mean provision of complete housed instruments or OEM style for users own interface.  Our small, low power, accurate and robust sensors will aid AUV manufacturers and users to get the data required.

    By Valeport Ltd based in Totnes, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Oil & Gas Exploration and Pipeline Imaging

    Exploration and Pipeline Imaging

    GeoVantage specializes in custom imaging of basins for oil & gas exploration for up to date assessment of drilling activity and logistics. Large tracks of land, at 6 inch or 1 foot resolution, ensure that exploration companies know exactly what is happening in key regions of their lease holds and even those surrounding.

    For pipelines, GeoVantage offers quick, efficient capture of intricate pipeline layouts across all of North America and other countries. To ensure timely service, both large and small captures can be collected by a large group of sensors deployed in multiple places.

    Oil and Gas Pipeline Imaging and Class Analysis

    GeoVantage works closely with firms that specialize in Oil and Gas Pipeline imaging and class analysis. GIS Data Specialists (GDS) is one of those firms. GDS is able to take the GeoVantage high resolution imagery and output the information needed to comply with regulatory or company requirements for reporting.



    By GeoVantage based in Peabody, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Alkane (hydrocarbon) gas measurement for mudlogging in oil & gas drilling rigs

    The need for operator and maintainance intensive gas chromatograph (GC) analyzers was eliminated. Customer can now deploy all-optical, unattended sensor system for monitoring the composition of hydrocarbon gases (C1-C5) exiting the well bore which provides crucial information about the drilling formation that would save time and money.

    By MKS Instruments, Inc. based in Andover, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Gas Monitoring and Leak Detection in Underwater Application for the Offshore Oil and Gas

    With over 300 sensors and systems sold world-wide and over 35 scientific users publications, Franatech is market leader for underwater methane detection and monitoring. Franatech is a developer and supplier of sensors for detection of gases in water. The company has more than 15 years experience in subsea applications, working with all kinds of sensing technologies. Coming from a scientific environment and further engaged in long term co-operation with universities and institutions, the company has been involved in several oil and gas projects, piloting the use of point sensors for continuous monitoring of gas leakages.

    By Franatech GmbH based in L├╝neburg, GERMANY.

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    Gas Detection Solutions for Gold Refining

    Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) is a highly toxic compound that is a byproduct of many industrial processes. Existing HCN point sensors are maintenance intensive, slow to respond and provide limited coverage. Many HCN sensors do not work reliably in hot or cold weather, or in humid environments. Our technology can be used for fixed monitoring applications or for temporary protection of workers during construction projects.

    By Boreal Laser Inc. based in Edmonton, ALBERTA (CANADA).

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    Gas Detection Solutions for GHG Monitoring

    Most sources of fugitive emissions are from multiple points rather than single point sources. So, open path area or perimeter monitoring provides more meaningful fugitive emissions data than an array of point sensors or a program of grab sampling. Point measurements may underestimate emissions because of missing locations with high gas concentrations, or conversely overestimate because they are located in areas of high concentrations. Grab sampling programs typically check only a small percentage of potential leak locations and extrapolate results to an entire facility. Wide margins of uncertainty are associated with such extrapolations. Open path monitoring provides continuously updated, real-time, integrated emissions across a facility boundary.This provides a complete picture of the fugitive emissions across that boundary,enabling identification of specific operations and times that give rise to higher emissions, and so enabling these emissions to be properly managed and controlled.

    By Boreal Laser Inc. based in Edmonton, ALBERTA (CANADA).

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    Gas Detection Solutions for Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) Safety

    Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) is a very useful chemical used in a variety of industries. However, HF is highly toxic with potential fatal consequences with exposure to humans, so facilities that make or use HF should exercise great care. Nevertheless, there is always the risk of leaks from process elements such as valves, pump seals and storage vessels. Tanker loading, transporting and unloading operations also provide opportunity for HF releases. Industrial processes that make or use HF typically have arrays of point sensors distributed throughout the unit. However, these sensors are maintenance intensive and have relatively slow response times. In addition, a point sensor will not detect an HF release unless it is located directly in the area of that release. Electrochemical HF sensors also respond to chlorine, ammonia, and sulfur dioxide, resulting in false alarms.

    By Boreal Laser Inc. based in Edmonton, ALBERTA (CANADA).

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