25-year anniversary for chemical sensing specialist

Paul Boughton

Ion Science has been providing chemical sensing and monitoring equipment, including photoionisation (PID) detection devices for measuring volatile organic compounds (VOCs), for a quarter of a century. The company attributes this 25-year growth to well-designed, robust and reliable instrumentation and ongoing investment in new technologies, as well as a first-class service delivery.

Ion Science managing director, Duncan Johns says: “Cutting-edge products and a customer-focused culture defined the company over the past 25 years and will continue to do so. As a technology-driven company, our key objective has always been to implement innovative, efficiency increasing features into our instrumentation.”

He continues: “Our business has changed with time but our vision and philosophy has remained the same. We have always been, and continue to be, committed to delivering industry-leading solutions, through dedicated research and development, that continually exceed expectations. We’re proud to have built a long-standing company that still functions on its original core values. Looking to the future, our aim is to maintain and capitalise on our global technological lead, continuing to deliver robust and reliable sensing devices to end users across the world, with particular focus on petrochemical and environmental markets.”

Ion Science says it was responsible for developing the world’s first truly fieldworthy and accurate PID detector – patented in 1998. In 2000, it launched the PhoCheck 5000EX, which was its first PID instrument designed to detect VOCs down to ppb levels and the range of hydrosteel corrosion monitors that continue to be the world’s premium hydrogen flux monitors used primarily in petrochemical streams.

Responding to its growing experience of worldwide PID applications, the company took out a global patent on its advanced PID Fence Electrode technology in 2002, which enabled VOC measurement in contaminated, hot and humid atmospheres.

The serviceability and robustness of the PID using the Fence Electrode was enhanced by the in-house manufacture of a miniaturised PID (MiniPID), as incorporated in the Tiger series and other PID instruments.

In 2007, Ion Science acquired a mercury vapour detector (MVI) which is ideally suited to chemical and petrochemical markets.

Since then, the company has dedicated considerable resources to selective PID measurements within the petrochemical industries, such as the Tiger Select.