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World’s first docking station for fixed-point gas monitors

The iTrans DS2 Docking Station is the world’s first system that automates calibration, record-keeping and instrument diagnostics for fixed-point gas monitors, according to its manufacturer. Until now, these functions had to be manually performed by a field technician carrying cylinders of gas around to each sensor in a facility. With sensors in hard to reach places, technicians faced additional hazards from climbing ladders, going over pipe racks, or avoiding other obstacles. These and other complications have made it difficult for companies to follow industry best practices for routine testing and calibration of their fixed-point gas monitors.

Package features upgraded blower, quieter operation

A new factory-engineered blower package, designed to be smaller, lighter, quieter, more powerful and more energy efficient, has been introduced by Dresser ROOTS. The EasyAir X2 is a compact, pre-assembled, skid-mounted blower unit with all piping, valves, and instrumentation in place. Produced for both vacuum and pressure applications, the new package features a powder-coated noise enclosure for durability and quiet operation plus easy access for service/maintenance.

Mold, lead and asbestos sampling pumps

Working in atmospheres likely to contain dangerous particu-lates requires reliable, constant air monitoring. Meeting OSHA and AHERA standards, Allegro Industries offers a complete line of sampling pumps that deliver dependable area monitoring of mold, lead, asbestos and other dangerous particulates. The T100 Rotary Vane and the A100 Rotary Vane offer a sampling range of 3-20 lpm. The D-2 Moldlite Sampler is a high efficiency-linear oscillating pump with a sampling range of 3-33 lpm. Powered and self-contained, the DC sampling pump is a programmable unit designed specifically to run (mold) cassettes.

Super Ion Air Knife

EXAIR’s 48-inch Super Ion Air Knife neutralizes static electricity while blowing away dust and particulates from printed surfaces, paper, plastics and three dimensional shapes. The 48-inch wide laminar airstream full of static eliminating ions is effective at high speeds and provides superior cleaning up to 20 feet away. Poor print quality, dust attraction, tearing, jamming, and related equipment downtime can be eliminated. Applications include surface cleaning, neutralizing plastics, bag opening, pre-paint dust removal, printing machinery, packaging operations and elimination of painful static electricity shocks.

Gas monitor controller is easily configured

The Gasgard XL Controller from MSA is a versatile and easy-to-use controller for monitoring toxic and combustible gases, and oxygen deficiency. This controller provides protection from potentially hazardous conditions in a variety of applications. The Gasgard XL Controller offers reliability in a compact, durable, wall-mounted housing constructed of fire-retardant ABS plastic and can be easily configured to accept up to eight remote gas sensors.

Continuous Emissions Monitor for stacks

Particulate CEM (Continuous Emissions Monitor) meets environmental regulations such as US-EPA MACT and other standards such as ASTM D22 for monitoring particulate emissions from fabric filter baghouses, cartridge-type dust collectors, cyclones and some ESPs (electrostatic precipitators). Particulate levels down to at least 0.1mg/ m3 can be monitored. The company’s non-optical charge induction-sensing and protected-probe technologies are said to ensure reliable measurements in all types of tough environments including cement, power, steel, carbon black, asphalt plants, incinerators, lead smelters, chemical and pharmaceutical dryers. The system features the latest in DSP technology for advanced signal analysis and automatic self checks to meet required EPA instruments standards. The device also offers lower level monitoring and higher accuracy than opacity meters with less maintenance and simpler installation.

Toxic valve shutoff system

H a l o g e n Valve Systems’ Terminator Actuator quickly c l o s e s 150-pound toxic gas cylinder valves in three seconds when activated from remote sensors and switches.

Ventilation blowers available in AC and DC models

COM-PAX-IAL ventilation blowers are available in AC or DC models and are engineered to offer higher output flow rates than other blowers of their size. They are lightweight, low profile and compact, making them easy to transport. The blowers feature rivet-free welded and bolted rugged-steel construction as well as an eight-inch plastic version. They are safety-orange and designed with heavy-duty fan blades. Allegro offers all the ducting, accessories and storage equipment required for virtually any ventilation job. The blower and canister are made of durable lightweight corrosion-, UV- and chemical-resistant polyethylene material, with sturdy, easy-grip handles molded directly into the blower and canister housing. With the canister locking system, workers can set up this blower quickly to either ventilate or evacuate airflow. This unique design allows the user to remove the canister and ducting from the outlet side and attach it to the inlet side in a matter of seconds.

Dust collection system saves energy, equipment costs

The Au-toAir cutoff gate is a double win in energy and equipment-cost savings for any shop with a central collection system for dust, fumes or mists serving intermittently operated machines. The AutoAire gate automatically opens needed duct branches when a machine is turned on, while closing off inactive branches and machines. This fully utilizes the pick-up power of a collection system by applying as much vacuum as possible, only when and where needed, allowing a smaller fan – with smaller energy bill – to handle a system with many branches. AutoAire gates often “conserve” capital equipment costs, too. They allow sizing of the collector system based on the true usage, rather than the total requirement. This can significantly reduce the size and cost of the system. AutoAir gates may also eliminate the need to purchase a larger collection unit as a plant adds branches to a duct system over time.

Multi-function anemometer

Model 9555 is a multi-function anemometer that accurately measures air velocity, air flow, temperature, humidity, and pressure simultaneously, and displays the five parameters on the large graphic display. Adding parameters is easy with the optional plug-in probes available, such as and rotating vanes, and CO2 make more measurements with one instrument.For easy data logging, recall, review and downloading for documentation, Log-Dat2 software is included with each meter. The Model 9555 includes wireless Blue-tooth printing capability to an optional portable printer. Certificates of calibration are included with every meter.

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System used to calibrate gas chromatography instruments

The Dynacalibra-tor Model 150 is a constant temperature system designed to generate precise ppm or ppb concentrations of chemical compounds in a gas stream, using permeation devices as the trace gas source. It is used as a reference for the calibration of gas chromatography instruments and in other instruments that measure gas concentrations.

Multi-channel controller measures toxic gases

The Q4C is a multi-channel controller display and alarm unit that utilizes digital communications to interface with a maximum of four remote digital QEL transmitter/ sensors.These are used to measure a wide variety of toxic gases such as CO, NO2, NH3, HS2, SO2, refrigerants, and com- bustibles. The RS-485 communication is connected via a 4-wire multidrop daisy chain configuration to reduce the overall installation costs of the system. Alarm setpoints are set through the front keypad or through QEL-supplied software that is downloaded to the controller from a PC or laptop computer. Common relay configurations include voting, averaging, delay on actuation and de-actuation, normally or not-normally energized and latching.The audible alarm has three buzzer settings, continuous, intermittent and double-tap intermittent. An additional feature includes 24 VDC transistor outputs for a horn and strobe.

Photoionization detector for compound gas monitoring

The Ultra-RAE 3000 is a next-generation photoioniza-tion detector (PID) for compound-specific gas monitoring. The Ultra-RAE 3000 makes use of proprietary pre-filter tubes to measure specific gases such as benzene and butadiene. It is wire-lessly enabled, making it compatible with the industry-standard AreaRAE network for remote data measurement and collection. The UltraRAE 3000 uses the same detection technology as the ppbRAE 3000, with the ability to measure toxic compounds below 50 parts per billion (ppb). The UltraRAE 3000 is intended for use in many industrial environments including confined space entry, pre-screening during refineryand plant maintenance, hazardous material response, marine spill response, and refinery down-stream monitoring.

Laser methane detector useful in hard to reach areas

The Laser-Methane mini (LMm) is lightweight and compact, providing users with a long range instrument capable of detecting ppm levels of methane from a distance of up to 100 meters. With advances including automatic ranging, colour LCD, five hour battery, extended temperature range and IP54, the unit complements the previously launched LaserMethane Detector (LMD) and utilizes the next generation of Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy ATEX approval allows the LMm to be used in Zone 1 areas for on-plant use as well as detecting escapes in hard to reach or inaccessible areas such as roof spaces, pipes crossing rivers or roads, and fenced enclosures. This means there is no longer a need for personnel to put themselves at risk by entering suspected escape areas.

Specialty gas supply offers greater mobility

Linde has developed a new product line specially made for customers who need small quantities of specialty gases. The ECOCYLsystem offers, in small cylinders, the calibration gases used to take environmental measurements within a variety of industries. The cylinders are refillable, safe, and easy to carry and handle.

Landfill gas detector

The measurement of methane and non-methane components in landfill gas is essential for compliance with air quality operating permit requirements. The Mi-croFID flame ionization detector offers this capability in a portable and easy to operate instrument. Featuring flame ionization detection (FID) technology, the Mi-croFID measures methane gas accurately and quickly. A single tutor key prompts the operator through the basic operations, and critical data is displayed in less than three seconds. Further, the MicroFID provides datalogging capability so readings can be stored in the instrument and downloaded to a computer for subsequent analysis and recordkeeping purposes. Non-methane hydrocarbon readings are performed with the simple addition of a snap-on charcoal filter capsule. The MicroFID meets and exceeds the requirements for EPA Federal Reference Method 21 for fugitive gas emissions.

GHG measurement tool

GreenCert is a framework that enables quantification, verification, analysis of uncertainty and audit and compliance reporting for GHG-related risks and measures including greenhouse gas reductions, removals, avoidance and carbon offsets. While there are several organizations around the globe that have some form of carbon calculator or monitoring tool, GreenCert is different: more comprehensive, more scientific, more scalable, and more accurate. The system registers carbon sources, ingests all GHG-relevant data provided by clients or sensors at client locations, and ensures the data chain of custody. GreenCert will calculate the GHG baseline footprint and any GHG emission reductions/removals/avoidance, and outputs the measurements in various views and reports. The outputs are transparent, easily verifiable, reproducible and scientifically defensible.

Lightest four-gas monitor

RKI offers the smallest and lightest four-gas monitor in the world, the GX-2009. Weighing only 4.6 ounces and fitting in the palm of your hand, the GX-2009 simultaneously monitors and displays combustibles, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide. The GX-2009 represents the latest evolution of gas detection technology. Advancements include dual audible alarm ports and alarm LEDs on three sides of the instrument, so that alarm conditions are obvious from multiple perspectives, especially in high noise environments. It also has a waterproof and dustproof design with an IP 67 rating, an impact resistant rubber over-mold body that is Rfiresistant, and a large capacity data logging system included as a standard feature. Other standard features are vibration alarm, autocalibration, calibration lock out or reminder control, STEL / TWA readings, peak hold, auto backlighting at alarm on a large LCD display, and it even tells the time. All of these controls are operated through two simple glow-in-the dark, glove friendly buttons.

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Appliance upgrades slash homeowner utility costs

The Region of Durham, immediately east of Toronto, is experiencing growing demands for water and energy related to the significant economic development and population growth in the region. In an effort to manage this growth more efficiently, the region, in conjunction with Tribute Communities, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), completed a project to quantify the potential savings that water, energy, gas, and CO2 could be achieved if home builders began including efficient fixtures, appliances, and landscape designs in their new home packages.

Study in Quebec to examine indoor air quality

In most buildings, the quality of the air we breathe depends on mechanical systems that are designed to ventilate and dilute pollutants in accordance with established engineering principles. Increasingly, concerns are being raised about the effectiveness of these methods to provide acceptable indoor air quality. There are also large gaps in our knowledge about the correlation between indoor air quality and the health of occupants.

WEATHER STATION

The Weatherpak MTR is a way to increase interoper-ability by sharing weather data at a spill or incident of any type where weather can become an important factor. The new flat panel display allows you to see the weather from any Weatherpak within five to seven miles and either incorporate it into your operations or feed it directly to your plume model if they have a better or more critical location. A no-moving-parts wind sensor increases accuracy, while integrated GPS alerts you to where other Weatherpaks are monitoring the scene. Over 1,500 Weatherpaks are in use feeding data to plume models.

SATELLITE GAS DETECTOR

The satellite gas detector (Model HVS400) monitors and reports a variety of hazardous and toxic gases to a SCADA system or other electronic monitoring equipment. Its features include an LCD status indicator, one-person calibration, magnetic tamper-free switching, and 4-20 mA analogue gas level outputs. This system can be connected through a SCADA system or other electronic system to Halogen’s emergency gas shutoff systems to immediately remedy a gas leak.The microprocessor-based electronics detect most toxic gases in parts per million (ppm). The gases detected include: ammonia, carbon monoxide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone and sulphur dioxide. The satellite gas detector is compact (only 4.5 inches long) and certified as intrinsically safe for use in hazardous locations.

DUSTALARM PROTECTS FILTER MEDIA AND BLOWERS

Monitor Technologies LLC is pleased to announce its DustAlarm broken bag detector. This instrument is used by dust collection systems in a wide range of applications to monitor the exhaust of bag houses and other types of dust collection systems to identify problems with filter media and other sources of dust emissions.

DUST COLLECTION SYSTEMS

CECO Environmental engineers large-volume dust collection systems for high performance and low maintenance in industry’s most demanding applications. Systems can be engineered to any pressure, and feature proven heavy-duty, high-stiffness construction to prevent housing failures and deliver long operating life. Automated pulse jet self-cleaning of filters maintains system pressure. Compressed air in 90 to 100 psi pulses performs efficient, thorough pulse-jet cleaning of bag filters with no internal moving parts. Collectors are custom-engineered by CECO for highest efficiencies, process material characteristics, and specific site requirements, with a wide selection of material handling as system options. Systems are ruggedly constructed for proven reliability in demanding industries, such as foundries, metal and mineral processors, gypsum and cement plants, coal handlers and grain processors, and other crushing, grinding, cutting, sizing and transporting applications. Maintenance-friendly design includes walk-in plenums enabling easy installation and removal of snap-in filter bags.

METHANE SITE MONITORS

The Panterra methane site monitor is an economical solution for monitoring combustible gases. The detector features two sensor options, a high resolution 0 to 1,000 ppm MOS sensor or a 0 to 100 percent volume in air thermal conductivity sensor. Outputs include, TTL, 0 to 5 volt proportionate gas reading and relay with NO/NC options. The Panterra sensor can be extended up to nine metres for easy location near the gas source. Detectors are DC-powered and may be connected to any 12-volt system or an AC/DC adapter is provided.

HIGH GAS CAPACITY FILTER SEPARATORS

For gas plant, transmission stations, gathering systems, turbine fuel gas, and gas inlets to chemical and petrochemical plants, AMISTCO horizontal double barrel and/or vertical filter separators provide efficient solid and liquid removal in applications with high gas capacities. The manufacturer claims the compact two-phase design of these systems and minimal maintenance requirements make them excellent for offshore and other tight- space applications with high gas flow rates. The systems can also serve to clear bottlenecks existing on and offshore processes with a relatively small footprint. The coalescing filter element design removes the bulk liquid and solid particles and then coalesces the fine liquid droplets into larger ones that are removed in the second stage double-pocket vane. The double-pocket vane is very efficient and highly resistant to plugging.

COMPOST ODOUR CONTROL

A new compact odour treatment system is available to treat a wide range of air emission flow rates of 15,000 to 75,000 cfm and more. It is based on “non-thermal plasma” technology so it only uses a modest amount of electricity to operate and it never wears out or needs rebuilding. This technology is effective in removing odours from composting, biosolids, manure and other organics. It is also effective in process factories for food, pet, fish, and animal feed odours resulting from process air venting. The system converts the odour, VOCs and complex organic compounds to carbon dioxide and water. Extremely compact, a 15,000 cfm unit can treat the odour in a six-by-six-by six-feet volume. The four-foot high, 1,500 cfm-sized system is portable enough to travel to any site.

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SMART PARTICULATE EMISSION MONITOR

The continuous particulate emission monitor and baghouse leak detector incorporates automatic self-checks and signal diagnostics to improve performance and to eliminate manual calibration audits as required by the US-EPA for MACT and CAM regulations of fabric filter dust collectors. The addition of smart sensing technology to the company’s field-proven induction-sensing and protected-probe technologies is also said to provide enhanced reliability over older opacity and triboelectic technologies, particularly in difficult applications such as coal, steel, cement, carbon black, lead smelters, chemical plants and pharmaceutical spray dryers.

TITAN GAS ANALYZER

Titan industrial FTIR systems provide real-time, multi-component extrac-tive gas phase analysis for applications including industrial hygiene, CEM, process optimization/ control, specialty gas QC, and research. The rugged industrial spectrometer is packaged with externally mounted, corrosion-resistant gas cells. Cell pathlengths range from 1 cm to 30 metres. Thermal isolation from the spectrometer allows operation from ambient to 240 degrees C, allowing moist sample streams to be analyzed without condensation. Titan gas analyzers feature new dual ADC architecture and advanced mirror drive control electronics. Combined with customized InSb detectors for ultimate sensitivity, these systems can achieve low ppb detection levels for a variety of compounds, including formaldehyde, in real world conditions.

PERSONAL SAFETY, SINGLE-GAS MONITORS

The Eikon is a new series of low cost, single gas recyclable personal safety monitors available for the detection of either hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, oxygen or chlorine. Each unit is extremely rugged, intrinsically safe with UL and other approvals, weighs about four ounces, and cannot be turned off accidentally.

TOXIC GAS MULTI-ACTUATOR VALVE CONTROLLER

The Hexa-con Model II control system quickly closes up to six Eclipse a c t u a t o r s on toxic gas cylinder and ton container valves when activated by panic buttons or remote gas sensors. The newly designed Model II computer system applies 30 foot-pounds of torque for test closures and 50 foot-pounds of torque for emergency closures of the cylinder valve. All fire codes recognize and approve the “automatic-closing fail-safe shutoff valve” system in lieu of a scrubber treatment system. With a Hexacon Model II, your SCADA system can be provided with actuator closure status and error codes to quickly analyze problems and take the appropriate corrective action. When combined with a Halogen Valve gas detection system, you will have a secure facility 24/7.

CARTRIDGE FILTER

AAF International, a world-leader in air pollution control products, announces the DuraShield cartridge filter. The material used in the DuraShield cartridge filter is a proprietary high-strength, polyester-reinforced media with a fluorocarbon meltblown outer surface layer that allows AAF to offer an industry-leading, high-efficiency minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 15 for this type of cartridge filter. The AAF Research and Development Group designed DuraShield as a surface-loading media which achieves optimum particulate release during pulse cleaning. Synthetic fibres used throughout DuraShield media will not disintegrate, unlike some surface-bonded media, and it can withstand the rigours of repeated pulse-cleaning cycles. These outstanding features are coupled with low initial pressure drop and high moisture resistance to set a new benchmark for cartridge filters.

EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR WOOD PELLET PRODUCTION

Wood pellet production facilities produce gases from their dryers and heat energy systems that must be cleaned in order to meet U.S. local, state and federal requirements for air emissions. The unique nature of the contaminated gas stream makes reducing the concentrations of these constituents a complex technical challenge.

BIOFUELS ANALYZERS

Aspectrics, Inc. unveils the novel EP-NIR 2750 and the innovative EP-NIR 2750i bio-fuels analyzers. The additions further extend the Aspectrics range of EP-NIR analyzers developed to respond to scientists’ needs working in process, biofuels, ambient air monitoring, stack gas analysis and speciality gases industries. Aspectrics’ EP-NIR biofuel analyzers feature an ultra fast scanning rate of 100 scans/second while achieving an impressive spectral range of 128 photometric channels and enables users to monitor their processes in real time. Aspectrics’ packages include a multi-component spectrometer, instrument control and data processing software as well as an optimized sampling accessory or method development bench. Encoded photometric infrared (EP-IR) spectroscopy is a breakthrough for the process monitoring industry, providing ultra fast sampling capability (100 Hz) for multi-component analysis in a rugged design.

NEW LINE OF EMISSIONS MONITORING ANALYZER

Cemtrex Inc. has launched an in-situ emission monitor product line with Tunable Diode Laser (TDL)-based laser gas analyzer for continuous measurements of ammonia, hydrogen chloride and nitrogen oxides in flue gases emitted from power plants and incinerators. The in-situ system in the Cemtrex Model No. ZSS eliminates the need for transferring measuring gas to an analyzer through a chiller sampling system. The ZSS model comes in a dust-resistant construction and can be installed before a bag filter where gas sampling could not be conducted previously. “This is the first laser gas analyzer system produced for emission monitoring in various processes by a domestic manufacturer, which is less costly and more reliable,” said Aron Govil, Cemtrex president and CEO, “and in SCR outlet applications where sampling is very difficult due to salt formations in sampling line, our model ZSS would offer tremendous advantage.” Cemtrex manufactures and sells the most advanced instruments for emission monitoring of particulate, opacity, mercury, ammonia, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, etc. The company also provides turnkey services for carbon creation projects from abatement of greenhouse gases pursuant to the Kyoto Protocol and assists project owners in the selling of carbon credits globally.

CENTRALIZED FILTER SYSTEMS REDUCE OPERATING COSTS

CECO Filters cut operating costs and maintenance for mist elimination with long-life, centralized CECO mist collector (CMC) systems. Providing up to 10 years of filter life with 99.5 percent and higher efficiencies at capturing mist emissions, the CMC “boxed solution” collectors allow effluent from multiple operations, even plant-wide, to be treated at one location. In turn, captured liquids and particulates can be efficiently and economically collected for disposal or reprocessing. Horizontal design with side-door access to filters eliminates the need for overhead clearance, simplifying indoor installation where desired and enabling the system to be located on a mezzanine to free up floor space. CECO’s fibre-bed filter technology has been proven for over 50 years in chemical processing applications for removal of acid and other chemical mist. Standard units are available in 18 sizes providing 2,400 to 36,000 ACFM capacity. Systems can be engineered for specific applications with special configurations ormaterial requirements.

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