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    Analytical and measuring instruments of environmental

    The environmental field requires robust, high-sensitivity analysis capable of complying with regulations in order to always meet the stringent target values that have been established to assure the safety of the water supply and protect the environment. Moreover, in laboratories where more than 100 samples are processed per day, increasing the throughput and saving energy are issues of concern.

    By Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc based in Columbia, MARYLAND (USA).

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for process NOx measurement

    Nitric acid HNO3 is an important intermediate reagent for production of several important end products, such as fertilizers, explosives, dyestuffs/pigments, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, photographic materials, plastics, and synthetic fibers. At nitric acid manufacturing plants, the Gasmet™ FTIR Gas Analyzer can be used to measure several gaseous components from the process stream for purposes of process control. A single system can be used to measure the high levels of nitrogen monoxide NO and nitrogen dioxide NO2, as well as water vapor H2O, nitrous oxide N2O, carbon monoxide CO, carbon dioxide CO2 and ammonia NH3. The fixed installation products for these purposes are the Gasmet™ CEM II measurement system, and the Gasmet™ FCX Gas Analyzers, both of which utilize the FTIR measurement technique for simultaneous multicomponent analysis of the sample gas.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Analytical and measuring instruments of chemical and petrochemical

    In the chemical field, ICP-AES is used for a broad range of analysis in order to manage trace amounts of hazardous metals in the manufacturing process, manage additive elements essential to the functionality of a product, and manage the environment of the entire factory. Therefore, it is desirable to have a robust, highly stable system able to reliably accept the injection of a broad variety of samples, regardless of the type of solvent (aqueous/organic) or the presence of matrices. It is also important to simplify processes and reduce costs, which enhances the productivity of daily quality control work.

    By Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc based in Columbia, MARYLAND (USA).

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    Flow measurement instrumentation for waste water treatment flow solutions

    With its high turndown and direct mass flow, our immersible thermal meters are the instrument of choice for measuring aeration basin air flow and monitoring digester gas. Our vortex meters are used to measure steam in the cogeneration processes, while our ultrasonic flowmeters are used for influent and effluent measurement.

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

  • Reproducible Measurement for Robust Quality Control with the J200 LIBS Instrument

    In this tech note, we demonstrate how Applied Spectra’s J200 LIBS Instrument is ideal for performing many industrial measurement applications, including quality control (QC) during manufacturing processes. Request this application note at http://appliedspectra.com/applications/application-notes.html

    By Applied Spectra, Inc. based in Fremont, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for fumigation

    Sea cargo containers and wooden packing materials are fumigated to control the spreading of pest animals and micro-organisms. Fumigant gases are toxic and measurements are carried out as a health and safety precaution. Measurements are required by e.g. customs inspectors prior to opening containers, making the shipping companies responsible for carrying out measurements. Products shipped in containers may release VOCs from e.g. solvents and glues used in manufacturing process. The concentrations of vapors may be significant in the confined space of the container. While most containers originate in China and Southeast Asia, cargo container measurements are done in ports across the world, as the same gases are encountered in all ports.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for print factories

    Typical modern printing processes utilize solvent-based dyes. The evaporation of the dye solvents into the ambient air during the printing process may expose the workers to various chemicals. Depending on the type of solvents in case, the solvents have different long term exposure limits, which should be obeyed. Component specific measurements are necessary to protect the workers from exposure while avoiding unnecessary interruptions to the printing process from false alarms.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for semiconductor manufacturing

    In the semiconductor manufacturing industry, various perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are used. The emissions of the PFC compounds into the ambient air are reduced by scrubbing of the exhaust gases from the process. In this process, the Gasmet™ FTIR Gas Analyzers can be used to measure the emissions into the atmosphere and also monitor the efficiency of the scrubbers. Typically monitored PFCs in the exhaust gas include carbon tetrafluoride CF4, trifluoromethane CHF3, and hexafluoroethane C2F6.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Measurement solution for organic vapour speciation

    Protea has deployed FTIR gas analysers in many projects requiring the monitoring of complex mixes of VOCs. In the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, scrubbers and carbon-bed abatement plants are typical installations where the use of Protea FTIR analysers and our chemometric expertise have proved valuable to plant operators. They prove an invaluable tool in process measurements and emissions monitoring. In the laboratory, Protea can deliver instruments with all the chemometric software and support to enable users to measure hundreds of gases.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Sound Instrumentation for Environmental Noise Monitoring

    State of the art noise monitoring systems; Modern noise monitoring systems offer a wide range of advanced features and come with software that can analyze and structure long term measurements data efficiently.  A complete noise monitoring system consists of one or more noise monitoring terminals, a noise server and work stations for presentation, post processing and reporting.

    By Norsonic AS based in Lierskogen, NORWAY.

  • Environmental monitoring solution for mineral processing

    Measurement of particulates, SO2, NOX, CO, hydrocarbons and greenhouse gas emissions from the mineral process industries requires careful selection of instrumentation. Ecotech offers a complete monitoring solution tailored to this industry.

    By Ecotech Pty Ltd based in Knoxfield, AUSTRALIA.

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    Measurement solution for VOC emissions monitoring

    Protea has used our VOC gas analysers in many projects requiring the monitoring of complex mixes of VOCs. In the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, VOC abatement plants such as scrubbers and carbon-bed systems are typical installations where the use of Protea analysers and our VOC analysis expertise have proved valuable to plant operators. They prove a very powerful and flexible tool in both process gas measurements and VOC emissions monitoring. In the laboratory, Protea can deliver instruments with all the chemometric software and support to enable users to measure hundreds of gases.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for stack testing according to EPA test method 320

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has two stack testing methods for FTIR gas analyzers. Method 320 is an FTIR method for measuring wide range of organic and inorganic pollutants. Method 321 is a specific version for measuring hydrogen chloride HCl at cement kilns producing Portland cement. These methods define a quality assurance and control processes for verifying the accuracy of the results. The requirements for analytical equipment and software are defined on 40 CFR Part 60 Appendix B Performance Specification 15. Gasmet™ Gas Analyzers and Calcmet™ software have been designed to take the requirements of the performance specification into account.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Online water analysers for process water and waste water industry

    Process and waste water are the most challenging water for instrumentation. Mostly, these water are characterized by highly fluctuating loads, very high salt concentrations as well as a high particle density. Hence, the accurancy and speed of measurement depends on the measurement system itself and the used oxidation technique. Obviously, application-specific analysers provides huge advantages against standard analysers, that are used for every application.

    By LAR Process Analysers AG based in Berlin, GERMANY.

  • Dust monitoring of exhaust gases from manufacturing processes

    DynOptic dust monitors use the innovative Dynamic Detection Principle (DDP) to measure dust and particulate within exhaust gases from various manufacturing processes. DDP, or optical scintillation as it sometimes referred to, measures the dynamic fluctuation in light transmission as dust particles move through a light beam. This dynamic fluctuation derives from temporal distributions of the dust particles which attenuate the light beam. The more dust present in the exhaust, the greater the amplitude of these fluctuations. DDP instruments calculate the dynamic response, or the ratio of light variation to light intensity, which for particular applications, is proportional to dust concentration and when calibrated against standard reference measurements, this can be presented as a reading in mg/m³.

    By DynOptic Systems Ltd based in Brackley, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Process monitoring and controlling for wastewater treatment industry

    Automation can save money, optimise a process and give warning of potential breeches of discharge consent. However, instrument selection is fundamentally important if a control system is to function efficiently. The measurement device must accurately and quickly respond to process variations and it must be reliable in operation if the control system is to function as intended. Designed properly, energy and chemical use can be significantly reduced, saving money and ultimately improving effluent quality.

    By Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd based in Sevenoaks, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Biogas Monitoring for the Renewable Energy Industry

    AppliTek`s solutions in this field concentrate on the process efficiency of anaerobic digesters. Many existing digesters give unnecessary problems, which arise due to inadequacies in the process or process control system. AppliTek has developed a unique instrument to measure and control the key processes in the anaerobic fermentation. Compact gas analyzers with proprietary technology can be implemented to check the biogas yield.

    Parameters: Volatile Fatty Acids - Alkalinity - pH - Bicarbonate

    Gas parameters: CH4 - CO2 - O2 - H2S

    By AppliTek NV based in Nazareth, BELGIUM.

  • Moisture Monitoring for Liquid Benzene Feed Stock

    Moisture needs to be measured in feed stock gases in the manufacture of polymers . For example, pre-dried benzene is fed in to a reactor containing hydrochloric acid – if the dryers are not operating properly moisture in the benzene promotes acid corrosion of the reactor and process lines. Several processes require water concentrations of specific values to optimise efficiency and yield; in such cases more sophisticated instruments are required.

    By Moisture Control & Measurement Ltd based in Wetherby, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Electrical Based Tomography Systems for Batch mixing

    Batch mixing generally refers to mixing processes in vessels and ITS tomography instrumentation provides a tool to understand, optimise and control mixing. Tomography sensors take data from between 200 to 2,400 measurement points in a single snapshot, thus providing a sound basis to monitor changes in concentration of different materials and so quantify mixing. Sensors can be retrofitted through using probe based instruments, scanning the z-axis (which usually presents the key challenge to effective mixing). Alternatively, an array of up to 8 circular planes, each with 16 electrodes can be used to provide a more complete picture of the mixing process.

    By Industrial Tomography Systems plc (ITS) based in Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • EPR waste minimisation monitoring for wastewater treatment industry

    The EPR regulations have replaced the IPPC regulations and are effective from May 2009 for qualifying companies within the industrial sector and October 2009 within the water sector. They will progressively require industry to minimise waste, reduce product loss and implement improved process control. The legislation will require the operator to self monitor processes and discharges, to demonstrate effective control with particular emphasis on EPR compliance and prevention. The regulating Agency will operate a point scoring system to assess operators under the OMA-3 program and this will be used to identify how well a company is managing their processes and possibly identify areas for improvement. The Environmental Permitting Regulations require industry to install instrumentation (MCERTS approved where available) to report water quality. EPR compliance monitoring may include automatic water sampling, flow measurement, pH, turbidity and TOC water analysis. Industry will need to identify point of source emissions, take steps to correct inefficient control and alarm unacceptable process deviations. Although the legislation focuses on environmental improvement, good housing keeping also makes a lot of sense. Optimisation of process control minimises waste, reduces treatment costs and ultimately saves money.

    By Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd based in Sevenoaks, UNITED KINGDOM.

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