Environmental consultants take VOC monitor

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US environmental services contractor chooses TigerLT volatile organic compound monitor for challenging field work in harsh environments.

Following an increase in demand for its services, Massachusetts-based Civil & Environment Consultants (CEC) has added a streamlined TigerLT VOC (volatile organic compound) monitor to its growing portfolio of Ion Science handheld PIDs (photoionisation detectors). This latest instrument was chosen for its durability in the field, extremely competitive price point and anti-contamination and humidity resistant design.

CEC provides consulting services as well as innovative designs in civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering, waste management and water resources.

Kyle Fortin, Project Scientist at CEC comments: “We implement projects that range from overseeing both hazardous and non-hazardous contamination clean-ups to designing and maintaining landfills. Our equipment rental company has typically recommended Ion Science handheld Tiger PIDs in the past for headspace screening of total organic vapours (TOVs) in soil, ambient air screening during chemical clean-ups and VOCs in landfill soil gas probes.

“The company is extremely trustworthy and has helped our business significantly over the years. As a result, we are happy to go with its suggestion that a specific instrument is superior to comparable VOC monitors on the market.”

Offering worldwide intrinsically safe (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, the recently launched TigerLT is a streamlined, lower cost version of Ion Science’s well-proven Tiger instrument.

Kyle continues: “Our office has doubled in size during the past three months so we had an urgent need for an additional PID. The TigerLT was a great choice because of its competitive price and proven reliability of the Ion Science instruments we have experienced in the past.”

The TigerLT incorporates Ion Science’s MiniPID 2 technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. The 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.

“We generally use the TigerLT for field screening of VOCs in dusty or humid conditions therefore the anti-contamination and humidity design is crucial for our line of work in the environmental field,” comments Kyle. “The durability and reliability of the TigerLT is exceptional for outdoor use especially in New England where temperature and weather can experience extremes.”

With a detection range of 0 to 5,000 parts per million (ppm) with a 0.1 parts per million (ppm) minimum sensitivity, TigerLT offers a response time of just two seconds and is equally quick to clear down.

Simple to operate and service, TigerLT allows easy access to the lamp and sensor whilst the batteries can be safely replaced in the field. It also meets required ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

“We are using the TigerLT up to three times per week with data recorded in our field books. The calibration is easy and keeps the accuracy and reproducibility within an acceptable range,” adds Kyle.

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes, minimising downtime.

The instrument features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hour usage. Fast battery charging allows it to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while up to eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time. Performing basic functions does not require complicated set up procedures using a PC.

TigerLT features a protective, removable boot for harsh environments and large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP 65 rated against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB audible alarm and multiple language support.

Kyle continues: “The distributor recently gave a presentation on the Ion Science product range at a seminar my young professionals committee helped to organise. It was very useful for other companies to see the reliability and durability of the Tiger instruments.

“We have nothing but good things to say about the Ion Science Tiger series of handheld PIDs and the distributor is always very helpful when questions arise,” he concludes.

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