Gas-detection specialist Crowcon provides DB Breweries with CO2 detectors.

Many do not fully appreciate that CO2 is toxic. This is possibly because it occurs naturally in the atmosphere, albeit at very low concentrations – around 400 parts per million (ppm). It is used or produced in the brewing and pub industry both during production and in the bar or restaurant, and we even produce it when we breathe out. We breathe CO2 out because it is toxic, of course, and great care is needed when working in environments where it may be present at elevated levels.

“Products which are specifically designed to detect hazardous gases are widely used within the oil and gas, marine and steel industries, and a similar picture is developing in the brewery industry,” says Crowcon’s Melina Ho. “So, when Manukau-based DB Breweries approached us to provide a gas detection solution, we were delighted to support.”

Melina explains: “Brewery industry employees who enter drinks storage areas without adequate gas monitoring equipment are potentially entering a life-threatening environment,”

Crowcon was initially asked to provide a quotation by the company’s health and safety advisors, a trend which is increasing within the food & beverage industry as the industry is currently upgrading its gas detection policies.  This, along with the New Zealand Government’s initiative to reduce workplace accidents in the manufacturing sector, is driving demand for a gas detection solution with food and beverage as it proactively addresses the potentially catastrophic outcomes of workers becoming exposed to dangerous levels of CO2 gases.

If workers are equipped with personal monitors before they enter a risk zone, gas levels can be monitored.   In DB Breweries case, Crowcon’s single-gas Gasman CO2 IR was selected largely due to its infrared sensors. Infrared sensors tend to have a faster response time and longer active life than other CO2 sensor technologies, as well as performing better at the lower temperatures that can be encountered in cellars. As part of the gas detection solution, service and calibration of instruments is provided.

CO2 is heavier than air. It is a hazard throughout the manufacturing process, right through to packaging and bottling, and even to the bars and eating establishments where the drinks are served. If CO2 escapes, it will order phentermine south america tend to sink to the floor, where it can form deadly, invisible pockets. It collects in cellars and at the bottom of containers and confined spaces, such as tanks and silos.

DB Breweries spokesperson, Hamish Clentworth, explains: “One of the key factors in selecting Crowcon was the flexibility of its device. The ability to select the alarm function to best suit the working conditions whilst ensuring safety, is paramount, as it ensured minimal disruption when our sales teams visited bars, restaurants or retail outlets. Furthermore, the response time when increased CO2 levels are present was impressive, which meant our employees are alerted of the possibility high levels of CO2 in good time.

“Crowcon is one of the most popular choices across New Zealand and Australia, specifically within our industry and this proven track record was a deciding factor in our selection. Ultimately, our company has a duty to protect our employees from exposure to hazardous CO2 gases. Early detection can be the difference between life and death.”

Even when gas detectors are deployed; maintaining protection for every employee can be a challenge as CO2 can be present in several areas; gas detection devices must be an integral part of an employee’s daily routine.

Crowcon concludes, “We understand DB Breweries has made it company policy that employees use personal CO2 detectors at all times and we are hopeful this vital safety practice will be adopted more widely across the entire brewing and wine industry in the future.” 

About Crowcon
Crowcon Detection Instruments specialises in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative, reliable and cost-effective flammable and toxic gas detection equipment. The company was formed in 1970 and has constantly led the field with products designed for safety and environmental monitoring.

Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in the UK and with branch offices in Holland, the USA, Singapore, India, the Middle East and China, Crowcon’s products are sold throughout the world, serving oil, gas and petrochemical companies, public utilities, clean water and sewage treatment companies, fire brigades, construction companies and other organisations where accidental leakage of gas or vapour can become a toxic or explosive danger.

Visit the Crowcon website at www.crowcon.com.

 

Medi-Gas Check: Medical pipeline gas testing for safety and peace of mind

Bedfont® Technical Instruments Ltd (as it was originally called) was established in 1976 after an incident at a large London hospital, whereby a patient was incorrectly administered Nitrous Oxide instead of Oxygen. In wake of this, Bedfont® produced the TM3 Gas differentiator; a simple device which could differentiate between various medical gases like nitrous oxide, air and oxygen ensuring that there were no cross-connections between these gases and enhancing anti-confusion testing by largely engineers.

This range has developed over the years and now Bedfont’s entire Medi-gas Check range safeguards patients and staff in accordance with the requirements of UK Government Guidance in the form of the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 02-01, and other relevant legislation.

Trevor Smith, Chairman, explains, “Safety practices in the medical gas sector are the reason Bedfont® exist; we strive to have the one-stop-shop for all medical pipeline testing needs so that all safety and technical procedure concerning the verification and validation of piped medical gas can be undertaken safely and efficiently with our trusted products. We also aim to educate about the benefits of our portable pipeline medical gas monitors, and how they can save peoples’ lives.”

The G200 is a low level N2O atmospheric measurement device. It is a fully portable monitor and not only acts as a personal phentermine hydrochloride 37.5 mg for sale alarm, but will also calculate the time weighted average of an individual’s exposure to N2O. The G200 also acts as a leak detection device and will store up to 1,000 readings to be used for graphs and data analysis. The G200 is able to provide readings from 0-1,000ppm in less than 40 seconds and 0-10,000ppm in leak detection mode, safeguarding both health professionals and patients. This product is ideal for dental departments, anaesthetic departments, hospital theatres, as well as recovery, veterinary and X-ray departments.

The G210 has been specifically designed for the accurate measurement of N2O, O2, CO and CO2 in one easy to use hand-held monitor. The G210 offers the user a quick verification of gas quality on an easy to read digital screen, with the additional option of being able to enter specific identification numbers for certain monitoring points around the hospital. The G210 has the added benefit of being able to identify contaminants in the piped gas. Complete with data storage and alarms, this monitor is ideal for many of your MGPS verification and testing requirements. This product measures %N2O, %O2, ppm CO and CO2, and is an easy to use monitor with simple calibration, and has quick verification of gas quality and impurities.

 

Acsoft Health & Safety Helps Facilities Managers Breathe More Easily

Latest instruments designed for the reliable and accurate monitoring of indoor air quality in homes, schools, offices, hospitals, labs & airports

AcSoft Health & Safety (tel: 01234 639550; www.airsampling.co.uk) – leading specialist in monitoring instrumentation for occupational health and the environment – is targeting the facilities management industry with its range of reliable and accurate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitors from Pennsylvania-based E Instruments.

Aimed at facilities managers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals, these portable, handheld IAQ monitors offer real-time continuous data logging for a wide variety of buildings, namely homes, schools, offices, hospitals, laboratories and airports.

The models available in this key range are AQ Comfort, AQ PRO and AQ VOC. All boast a lightweight, durable design and provide real-time data logging for graphs, data analysis and easy reporting. They also incorporate Bluetooth for wireless communication with a PC and printer.

Depending on the model, the portable, handheld IAQ monitors measure CO2, CO, VOC, NO2, O3, humidity, temperature, air velocity, air flow, and barometric pressure. The AQ VOC instrument provides dynamic photoionisation detection (PID) volatile organic compound buy phentermine cheap no prescription (VOC) sensor technology which is capable of detecting 0-20,000 parts per billion (PPB) and 0-200 parts per million (PPM).

Standard features of the range include active internal sampling pump, easy-to-use menu system, Li-ion rechargeable battery and large internal memory, whilst optional extras comprise wireless printer, handheld probe and protective rubber boot.

Paul Rubens, General Manager at AcSoft Health & Safety, comments: “Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and well-being of building occupants.

“As a result, Sick Building Syndrome is becoming an increasing concern for employers and building owners and managers, as well as builders, architects and engineers. As specialists in occupational health monitoring systems, it was appropriate that we added IAQ monitors to our portfolio.

He concludes: “The E Instruments’ solutions have been specially developed to perform precise IAQ parameter testing for a range of toxic pollutants such as gases, VOCs, bacteria and moulds, in a bid to help avoid or identify a potentially serious health & safety issue.”

For further product information please contact: Paul Rubens, AcSoft Health & Safety, tel: 01234 639550 www.airsampling.co.uk

Ion Science Launches Falco Fixed Continuous VOC Monitor For Maximum Plant & Worker Safety

PID series incorporates new ‘typhoon technology’ for added reliability in severe weather, user-friendly design & external sensor for easy servicing

Ion Science (www.ionscience.com) has announced the launch of its Falco series of fixed continuous VOC (volatile organic compound) monitors for the on-going protection of workers operating in potentially hazardous industrial environments, such as refineries, petrochemical plants and laboratories. Incorporating first of a kind ‘typhoon’ technology for added reliability, Falco is specially designed to work in condensing atmospheres and extreme weather conditions.

Reinforcing Ion Science’s position at the forefront of gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and the environment, Falco boasts fast response times and several innovative design features. The instrument’s ‘typhoon’ technology prevents condensation forming on the sensor and removes the risk of the system short circuiting – making it ideal for use in harsh weather conditions.

The new PID (photoionisation detector) is simple to operate while an externally located, IS (intrinsically safe) sensor facilitates quick and easy servicing without the need for a hot work permit.

Ion Science Managing Director, Duncan Johns, comments: “Falco will set a new benchmark in fixed VOC monitoring for hazardous areas and help ensure plant-wide safety and on-going protection of employees likely to be exposed to VOCs. The ‘typhoon’ technology was developed as a result of feedback from customers who
said that similar monitors had failed in extreme weather conditions. Our R&D team discovered that where ambient air quickly changes from cold to hot, it generates condensation in the sensor which adversely affects performance. The new ‘typhoon’ technology enables the system to cope with these sudden fluctuations.”

Falco is operated via an intuitive user interface with OLED display and five magnetically activated switches – up, down, left, right and enter – which are back lit to help confirm the correct button is being pressed.

For added convenience and ease of use, brightly coloured red, amber and pulsing (optional) phentermine quick weight loss green status indicators are clearly visible in sunlight allowing checks to be conducted from a distance.

Incorporating Ion Science’s market-leading PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system, Falco’s three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as considerably reduced drift issues and extended run time.
Falco utilises a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems, reducing lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. Pumped models are available for applications where a sample needs to be drawn to the unit.

There are eight models in the Falco series offering detection ranges as low as 0 – 10ppm with ppb sensitivity or as high as 0 – 10,000ppm. Customers can upgrade to a unit with a higher detection capacity by purchasing a different electrode and simply recalibrating.

Duncan continues: “Falco underlines our commitment to designing gas detection technology that provides both flexibility and cost benefits. A customer normally purchases a fixed VOC monitor based on its detection range. Previously, choosing the wrong model by mistake meant they would have to purchase a completely new system. With Falco, they can easily and cheaply upgrade by buying the relevant electrode.”

The Falco’s flame and explosion proof enclosure is certified to EX d IIC T4 II and the external sensor to EX ib IIC T4 Gb II. A 4 – 20 mA analogue output enables Falco to be easily integrated into a DCS control system to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment. Two relay outputs means it can be connected remotely plus RS485 output with Mobus protocol included as standard allows the instrument to be connected to a network.

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Ion Science appoints Vice President of Sales and Marketing for U.S. operation

Ion Science (www.ionscience.com) – leading global manufacturer of gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring – has announced the appointment of Lonnie Anthony as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for its U.S. business. 

Lonnie, who will be based at the company’s Texas-based office, brings some 20 years’ sales experience to the Ion Science Inc executive team, 14 of which were spent working within the occupational health and environmental monitoring markets.

Prior to Ion Science Inc, he was Regional Sales Manager at TSI Inc, specialists in scientific precision measurement instrumentation. Earlier roles include International Territory Manager at Moldex-Metric and Safety Sales Specialist at Airgas.

Lonnie comments: “I joined Ion Science Inc because of its excellent customer focused culture and growth potential.  As U.S. VP of Sales & Marketing, I am responsible for leading and managing the North American sales function.  As a global ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Ion Science Inc markets a wide how to order phentermine online range of technologically advanced gas and leak detection instrumentation, including benzene monitors, mercury analyzers, corrosion monitors and VOC detectors incorporating PID sensor technology through selected wholesale distribution.  

He continues: “Our detection instruments are used within a range of industries and applications, with the focus on environmental, petrochemical, chemical, indoor air quality, landfill and confined space entry.  In my new role, I will lead the highly capable North American team in the development and implementation of strategies designed to further increase market share for Ion Science Inc.”

Duncan Johns, Ion Science Group Managing Director adds: “I am delighted to welcome Lonnie to the senior management team. He is a highly accomplished sales professional with an outstanding track record. We are sure that this winning combination of business development experience and results driven, decisive leadership capabilities will help ensure the future success of Ion Science Inc.”

SVANTEK APPOINTED AS DISTRIBUTOR OF GILIAN PERSONAL AIR SAMPLING PUMPS

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WWEM 2014 to feature Gas Detection Zone

WWEM2014The organisers of WWEM 2014, the Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring event (Telford, 5/6th November 2014), have announced that this year’s show will again feature a Gas Detection Zone following the popularity of this section at previous WWEM events.

The Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM) is helping to organise the gas detection zone which will focus on new technology and products to detect hazards such as exposure to low oxygen levels in confined spaces and to toxic and flammable gases in the workplace.  Read more

Oldham and a1-cbiss is very pleased to announce the launch of the exciting wireless gas detector

BM25_Area_Gas_Monitor2Oldham and a1-cbiss is very pleased to announce the launch of the exciting wireless version of the five-sensor transportable gas detector – the BM 25. As wireless capabilities reach new technological milestones, the integration of wireless gas detection systems in industrial applications is ever increasing.

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Scott Safety unveils extensive new product additions at Safety & Health Expo 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 20.48.30Scott Safety, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of personal and respiratory protective equipment, will reveal its smart and innovative product solutions at this years Safety and Health Expo (ExCel London, 17th-19th June 2014, Stand Q2250).

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Dependable Detection of Refrigerant Gases with Crowcon’s F-Gas Detector

F-GasDetector_PlantRoomFluorinated (Freon) gases, which include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), are a family of man-made chemicals containing fluorine. These ’F-gases’ are extremely powerful greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming – most are between 1,000 and 20,000 times more powerful than CO2 in terms of their impact on the Read more