Continuous benzene specific monitor launched

Paul Boughton

Ion Science has unveiled a continuous benzene specific monitor. The Titan has been specially designed for the accurate and reliable detection of ambient benzene in petrochemical applications where traditional methods suffer cross interference  – providing the ultimate real-time protection of workforce, environment and plant.

Benzene is a constituent of crude oil and becomes gaseous during petrochemical processing but it is also used as a solvent in the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubbers and dyes. It is a carcinogen with very low work exposure limits making sub parts per million (ppm) measurement an essential requirement.
Traditional photoionisation detection (PID) monitors easily detect benzene but they also identify other less harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) gases that are normally present at the same time.

As the first truly selective wall-mounted benzene monitor, the Titan is set to be especially valuable for the petrochemical industry and refinery applications in particular. Incorporating the well proven Ion Science MiniPID technology at the heart of the instrument, Titan is highly sensitive and capable of detecting benzene levels down to 0.1ppm and up to 20ppm.

Offering rapid and accurate detection, the system continuously samples and analyses the environment to provide real-time feedback of ambient benzene levels. When a sample is taken, the benzene component is chemically filtered using a robust separation technology so ensuring no false-positives are measured with potential cross-contaminating compounds in the atmosphere.

The system features a clear display and provides users with an immediate warning alarm system when hazardous levels of benzene are detected, ensuring the on-going safety and protection of workers. 
The instrument provides two relays with configurable levels to integrate into site alarm systems. Flashing lights are used as an alarm signal to give a clear indication when benzene levels present.

Titan stores data internally and remotely connects to a PC. Its continuous, real-time measurement facilitates the analysis of trends and allows activity levels to be accurately identified. Designed to operate in conditions ranging from -20 ºC up to +60 ºC , the solution is unaffected by changes in ambient temperature. It incorporates two temperature regulation systems to ensure critical components perform optimally.

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