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toxic gas monitor Applications

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    Oxygen monitoring from aerobic and anaerobic for toxicity test

    Toxicity of pure chemicals is assessed using respirometers by adding increasing concentrations to an active culture. The concentration at which oxygen uptake or gas production begins to decrease is known as the “threshold toxicant concentration.”

    By Respirometer Systems and Applications, LLC based in Springdale, ARKANSAS (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 compressed breathing air

    Compressed breathing air is subject to strict limits of harmful contaminants defined in European standard EN 12021 and various defence standards such as DEF STAN 68-284 issue 3. The testing interval of breathing air compressors and associated equipment is 3 months and gases tested include carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and oil vapour defined as hexane and heavier hydrocarbons. EN 12021 covers underwater applications including self-contained open circuit compressed gas breathing (SCUBA) and compressed gas line breathing (hard-helmet diving), respiratory equipment used on ground for escaping from toxic atmospheres and for working in contaminated atmospheres. It also covers breathing gas for hyperbaric operations and synthetic air. While EN 12021 does not cover aerospace applications, the British MOD publication DEF STAN 68-284 and its counterparts in other countries cover also the breathing gases used in aviation.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Testing Fume Hood Flow Dynamics using SF6 as a Tracer Gas

    A safe laboratory environment requires an effective method for clearing toxic material from fume hoods. Since all handling of toxic materials is completed in these hoods, it is critical to have a procedure to evaluate their operation to assure adequate protection for laboratory workers. The InfraRan Specific Vapor Analyzer, factory calibrated for SF6, is an ideal instrument for measuring fume hood efficiency in accordance with ASHRAE and other standards. Manufacturers identify the flow dynamics (factors that affect air flow in the hood and performance with air) using the ratings AM (as manufactured), AI (as installed), and AU (as used). A fume hood evaluation conducted under its operational environment is critical, as these tests will indicate any installation shortcomings as well as direct workers in proper laboratory hood techniques.

    By Spectro Scientific based in Chelmsford, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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    Portable Stack Monitoring

    Many industries are required to measure stack emissions of toxic gases periodically, but not continuously. Extractive wet chemical methods currently used are slow, labor intensive and expensive. A single GasFinderFC can perform stack monitoring requirements for a specific gas, quickly, easily and accurately.

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

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    Perimeter Monitoring and Area Monitoring

    GasFinder2 can be permanently installed to monitor chemical and petroleum plants for both combustible and toxic gases. GasFinder2 can be used to replace arrays of point sensors for perimeter monitoring. A single light path will replace many point sensors. With GasFinder2 perimeter monitoring, all gas dispersed from a facility is detected and logged.

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

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitoring

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common type of fatal poisoning in many industrialized countries. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odorless and tasteless gas caused by the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuels. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas to the human body, when inhaled it binds to hemoglobin, myoglobin, and mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase reducing oxygen storage, transport and respiration in these organelles.

    By Ecotech Pty Ltd based in Knoxfield, AUSTRALIA.

  • Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) monitoring

    Hydrogen sulfide is the chemical compound with the formula H2S. H2S is colorless, toxic and flammable and is responsible for the foul odour of rotten eggs and flatulence. Hydrogen sulfide often results from sulfur reducing bacteria in nonorganic matter (in the absence of oxygen), such as in swamps and sewers (anaerobic digestion). H2S also occurs in volcanic gases, natural gas and some well waters.

    By Ecotech Pty Ltd based in Knoxfield, AUSTRALIA.

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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).

  • Gas detection for the winery and brewery Industry

    Once an archetypal example of manual production, the winery and brewery industries now incorporate sophisticated processes to ensure high quality levels and efficient output. In some cases traditional approaches have simply been scaled up or put under more stringent monitoring, whilst in others innovations such as nitrogen-pressurised canning have been introduced. However, whichever approach has been followed there is also a growing realisation of the gas hazards that are associated with both new and old processes, and the need to protect workers from toxic gas exposure and asphyxiation risks.

    By Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd - a Halma company based in Milton Park, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Gas Detection for the Gas Industry for the Indoor Air Industry

    Sewerin manufacture a wide range of gas warning detectors suitable for many different gas monitoring, detection and warning applications.
    Sewerin gas detectors are used to monitor and warn of the dangers from explosive, toxic and asphyxiating gases.

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

  • Integrated real-time gas analysis solution for chemical weapon agents

    The nation has stockpiled thousands of cylinders and canisters of toxic and deadly chemical weapon agents, including mustard gas (HD), sarin (GB), tabun (GA), and V-agents. Most of these CWAs are stored at DOD facilities around the country and many have been in storage for years and years. As a consequence, DOD requirements specify that the stockpiles have to be monitored regularly for leakages to prevent release to the environment and exposure to personnel.

    By CIC Photonics, Inc. based in Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO (USA).

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    Infrared sources for industrial and safety sector

    Axetris infrared sources are used in a variety of industrial applications: Combustible and Toxic Gas Detection, Refrigerant Monitoring, SF6 Monitoring, Fruit Ripening Monitoring, Flame Detection, Liquid Analysis using Attenuated Total Reflection ATR, Semiconductor Fabrication.

    By Axetris Ag based in Kaegiswil, SWITZERLAND.

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