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Toxicity Monitoring Applications

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    PTR-MS systems for security and safety purpose

    Illicit substances real-time detection with IONICON PTR-MS. PTR-MS combines all features that are needed for analyzing dangerous and illicit substances like explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWA), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) and drugs.

    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H. based in Innsbruck, AUSTRIA.

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    Waste water treatment plants Personnel Safety & H2S filter management

    Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. As a result of the confinement of the waste water stations, toxic components such as H2S and Methylmercaptan increased. Safety of employees on such working sites has therefore become of major problem. To fight this hazardous pollution, air filtering systems have been installed. For the station managers, personal safety coupled with the need for constant air quality control and filter change has been a heavy task.

    By Chromatotec Group based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE.

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    Waste water treatment plants Screening area: stripping

    Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. To ensure the safety of operatives in the screening building/area of waste water treatment works an H2S analyzer has been installed in the main building to complement the protection provided by individual monitors. Chromatographic measurements show that other sulfurous compounds including Methylmercaptans are present in the air in addition to H2S.

    By Chromatotec Group based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE.

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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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    Online monitoring solutions for the drinking water industries

    AppliTek manufactures wet-chemical analyzers specifically designed for measuring on a continuous base the quality indices of drinking water, from raw water intake up to distribution level. Our systems have a small footprint, reduced reagent consumption and show excellent levels of detection in compliance with modern standards. On top of that, the delivery of safe water throughout the water cycle will raise the need for efficient monitoring systems detecting in real-time contaminations. `Broadband toxicity`, a non-specific parameter defined by AppliTek, is a prodigiously new and clean technology for safeguarding drinking water.

    By AppliTek NV based in Nazareth, BELGIUM.

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    EDXRF spectrometers for forensics industry

    Fingerprinting all kinds of materials analyzed in forensic analysis

    Forensic scientists generally require fast and non-destructive analysis of a very wide range of materials. Often these materials are presented in very small quantity, as evidence collected from a crime scene. Using ED-XRF allows to measure a wide range of elements and concentrations: C(6)-Fm(100), without any need of sample preparations. Samples can be measured in many different formats such as powder, solid, liquid or in thin films.

    By Xenemetrix Ltd. based in Migdal Haemek, ISRAEL.

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    Green chemistry scoring

    Through GreenWERCS, manufacturers can now drive greener formulations. GreenWERCS analyzes the composition of individual products using ingredient data to examine its potential impact on human health and the environment. It can utilize multiple and configurable pre-identified scoring and weighting algorithms to provide information on the chemical ingredients of the products and indicate whether or not they include:

    By UL - The WERCS based in Latham, NEW YORK (USA).

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    EDXRF spectrometers for cosmetics industry

    During the manufacturing process, cosmetic products need to be chemically analyzed to ensure conforming to product specification and safety regulations, as well as achieving cost-effectiveness in the manufacturing process. Using ED-XRF allows measuring a wide range of elemental concentrations such as C(6)-Fm(100), without a need for sample preparations(heating or destroying the sample). Samples can be measured in the form of loose powders or powders pressed into pellets, and are made ready for measuring within seconds.

    By Xenemetrix Ltd. based in Migdal Haemek, ISRAEL.

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    Mercury monitoring for on-site remediation

    Fugitive emissions can be a health concern during removal and disposal of mercury-contaminated material at remediation sites. Thus, remediation projects either indoors or outdoors often require on-site, real-time mercury air monitoring with a Tekran 2537. This assures permitted levels are not exceeded during waste processing and human exposure levels are below government regulated toxicity thresholds. Often multiple sites must be monitored continuously. The Tekran 1115 Multi-Port Sampler is the ideal tool for multiplexing the Tekran 2537 for real-time continuous on-site monitoring of mercury fugitive emissions.

    By Tekran Instruments Corporation based in Toronto, ONTARIO (CANADA).

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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 Gütersloh, GERMANY.

  • Early warning systems for waste water industry

    Physico-chemical parameters alone are not sufficient in obtaining reliable information on treated wastewater. Online toxicity monitoring must be performed in combination with routine chemical analysis. The assessment of biological effects of wastewater discharges in the ecosystems is today considered relevant and ecotoxicological tests identifying the ecological hazard are useful tools for the identification of environmental impacts.

    By microLAN B.V. - Aqualabo Group based in Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS.

  • Industrial dedusting

    The industrial dedusting field is very varied and branches out in numerous specialized branches. For a preliminary examination of the problem it is necessary to dispose of two series of data: characteristics of the system which emits the pollutants; nature of pollutants and their characteristics.

    By GGE srl based in Rio Saliceto, ITALY.

  • Pesticide and toxin screening for the food industry

    The number of pesticides and other potentially dangerous toxins is increasing constantly, posing special analytical challenges. It is crucial to screen food for the presence of toxins accurately and reliably, and to ensure the safety and quality of nutrition. To do so, we have to have the knowledge about how to deal with several hundreds of different poisonous matters. Bruker delivers solutions that meet the requirements for the identification and quantification of toxicants during the screening of each sample. Bruker’s high-performance TOF-MS is ideally suited for all screening tasks. And Bruker’s SCION series sets a new industry standard for GC-MS. Their easy usability, sensitivisty, robustness and performance make SCION solutions a major technology in food safety.

    By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Waste water respirometry solutions for toxicity reduction tests

    In industrial manufacturing companies, before a new process comes on-line, it is important to measure the toxicity of the effluent stream. This is especially the case for companies who treat their own waste. From the toxicity value (EC50) obtained, it may be a cost-effective solution to simply discharge the effluent to the treatment works at a slow and defined rate to minimise damage to the activated sludge. Following a period of acclimatisation it is often possible to increase feed rates to the plant and this can again be managed using the Strathtox Respirometer. An alternative approach is to undertake toxicity reduction procedures, such as neutralisation or acid hydrolysis, in pilot-scale laboratory studies. The Respiration or the Nitrification Inhibition Test may be used for this. In the future, toxicity reduction may be stipulated by local authority, water company or publicly-owned treatment works prior to giving discharge consents. Toxicity reduction may be evaluated using toxicity tests on activated sludge provided by the treatment works.

    By Strathkelvin Instruments Ltd. based in North Lanarkshire, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Final effluent monitoring for wastewater treatment industry

    Industry and municipal waste-water (sewage) treatment plants have had to respond to environmental legislation such as the Urban Waste Water Directive, IPC, IPPC and now the EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations). As successive legislation becomes more stringent, discharge consents have been progressively tightened, and the need for self-regulation has become more important. As a consequence, on-line instrumentation has been installed throughout waste-water industry to continuously to provide final effluent monitoring and perform water analysis for key consent parameters.

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

  • 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).

  • Waste water respirometry solutions for toxicity based consents

    Water companies, water authorities or publicly-owned treatment works (POTW) need to have some knowledge of the composition of the wastes they it receive. In addition to testing for ammonia and BOD or COD levels, treatment works can license industrial discharges on the basis of concentrations of some of the known toxic compounds. However, it is recognised that very many non-regulated toxic materials still enter the treatment works and reduce the efficiency of biodegradation, and may cause toxic shock. The way is now open for more widespread use of direct toxicity tests as a basis for toxicity-based consents. Samples of the industrial effluent are collected at source, for testing on the actual bacteria of the receiving activated sludge. The tests used are the Respiration Inhibition Test and the Nitrification Inhibition Test. Note that this approach mirrors that of the regulators of discharges to receiving waters, who are now using direct toxicity tests (DTA) or whole effluent toxicity tests (WET tests) in order to protect the receiving environment.

    By Strathkelvin Instruments Ltd. based in North Lanarkshire, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Laboratory equipments for fluorine content in alumina

    Measuring Fluorine Content in Mineral Powders and Ores using the MQC Benchtop NMR Analyser. Fluorine-containing minerals such as fluorspar (fluorite) and cryolite are natural sources of fluorine that are widely used in the chemical industry (manufacturing of hydrofluoric acid and fluoropolymers for example), metallurgy (steel and alumina processing), the pharmaceutical industry and others. The fluorine content often has a significant effect on the processing of such mineral powders. Therefore, it is essential to know the fluorine concentration in order to ensure optimal processing and monitor/control emissions of toxic fluorine gases, for example in the Hall–Héroult process used to produce aluminium.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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