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Safe Processes Facilitate Productivity

As engineers know, the detection, identification and quantification of leaks of certain toxic gases and vapors in chemical plant and in chemical transport have proved to be a challenge. Yet, technologies that meet these requirements have existed for several years, and provide rapid and accurate determination of specific toxic gas and vapors in ambient air.


In this field, two techniques stand out as excellent solutions. Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) provides ultra-high sensitivity to a specific range of highly toxic chemicals, being generally applied to the detection of substances at specific points in a chemical plant. Infrared spectroscopy (IR) is a technique that is also well suited to the detection of a broad range of toxic gases and vapours, and system offered by Bruker is designed for the volumetric detection of toxic pollutants over a broad area.

The accuracy, speed, reliability and sensitivity of the Bruker detection instruments can help to eliminate long shut down periods in production, by helping to detect and locate leaks quickly. Further, their rapid response plays a vital role in protecting workers and the surrounding community from dangerous gases by locating either major releases or minor leaks in just minutes, when currently used technologies can take hours. Bruker detectors can even pay for themselves by preventing one major factory incident and will operate for years; improving operator well-being and increasing productivity.

The Bruker RAPIDplus (Remote Air Pollution Infrared Detector) is capable of detecting over eighty highly-toxic industrial chemical substances at distances ranging from a few metres up to several kilometres. Based on a highly sensitive infra-red detection system, RAPIDplus uses a novel video overlay concept to display pollution events on a computer screen.

Bruker IMS-based detection systems, including RAID-M 100, TIMON and RAID-S2 NC are perfectly suited to compliment these processes. Our handheld RAID-M 100 makes the search for leaks of toxic materials and chemicals simple and provides instantaneous and accurate detection results. Selected customer libraries can include ammonia, hydrogen cyanide chlorine, chloro-organic compounds, dimethyl sulphate (DMS), potassium cyanide (as HCN), sodium cyanide (as HCN) sulfur dioxide and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in air down to low parts per billion levels.

Our stationary instruments, TIMON and RAID-S2 NC are perfect for monitoring environments where chemical and combined chemical/radiological hazards are of concern. The Bruker TIMON is an installed chemical detector system based on IMS (Ion Mobility Spectrometry) technology. This fast and sensitive method of detection is an ideal choice for a number of toxic gases and vapors. This system offers the capability to detect, identify and quantify a range of toxic industrial gases and vapors.