Ground investigation specialists use Ion Science to measure VOCs

An independent site investigation, geotechnical engineering, and environmental consultancy company, Southern Testing, has opted to use handheld Tiger VOC detectors from Ion Science to measure volatile organic compounds in the field.

Recommended by Ion Science’s UK distributor, Shawcity Ltd, as a replacement for equipment that was no longer supported by its manufacturer, the revolutionary Tiger photoionisation detection (PID) instruments enable Southern Testing to make an assessment of risk associated with ground-borne vapour, and also to screen soil samples, which then allows them to make the best use of their laboratory analysis budgets.

According to Dr Lawrence Mockett, Director at the Sussex-based consultancy, the ground vapour is measured in monitoring wells, while soil samples are screened by headspace, with the equipment used four or five times each week at various sites around the UK.

He commented: “The Tiger’s reliability, ruggedness and in-built humidity resistance are all key benefits to us. We frequently encounter high humidity conditions so it enables us to obtain reliable data where other kit has previously failed.”

Designed for rapid, accurate detection, with a response time of two seconds, the robust Tiger requires no complex set-up procedure and is ready to use straight out of the box. It has a wide measurement range of 1 ppb to 20 000 ppm.

The instrument features worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification, making it suitable for use in potentially explosive, hazardous environments. It also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

Tiger has been designed for use with long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries that give up to 24 hours usage and offer fast battery charging. Plus, inexpensive disposable parts such as filters and lamps are easy to change, minimising downtime.

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Published on 06/10/2015

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