Monday, 5 October 2015

Photoionisation detector (PID) achieves top accolade!

The newly launched TigerLT handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor, from Ion Science, has been named New Product of the Year in the Industrial Hygiene category at Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine’s prestigious seventh annual awards. This entry-level photoionisation detector (PID), which offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low cost version of the company’s well proven Tiger instrument.

Winners were recognised during the 2015 National Safety Congress & Expo which took place in Atlanta (GA USA) in September 2015. This year’s competition attracted entries in 22 award categories, with an independent panel of three highly qualified judges choosing the winners.

“We’re incredibly proud that the TigerLT has been selected for OH&S magazine’s New Product of the Year award in the industrial hygiene category,” comments Ion Science MD, Duncan Johns. “This accolade further underpins our commitment to designing and manufacturing best of breed gas detection instrumentation. Thorough understanding of our customer and market needs is a top priority and we will continue to invest in technology, people and services to ensure constant innovation.”

Ideal for conducting environmental surveys, the handheld TigerLT incorporates Ion Science’s market-leading PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as considerably reducing drift issues and extending run time.

OH&S magazine editor, Jerry Laws says: “Now in its seventh year, our New Product of the Year contest continues to grow, with a record 65 entries this year. The high quality and breadth of the 2015 entries proves once again how innovative safety and health manufacturers are as they compete in this fast-growing global market. Informing our readers and online audience about the best new products available to solve their key safety and health challenges has always been part of our magazine’s mission, and this contest has become a unique and very popular extension of our outreach to the audience we serve.
“All of the most important PPE categories were hotly contested this year, especially the Fall Protection, Hand Protection, and Protective Apparel categories, and several other categories attracted multiple entries,” Jerry continues.  “I congratulate all of this year’s entrants on their fine work and thank them for participating. We certainly hope they and many other manufacturers will enter our eighth annual contest next year, as well.”

With a detection range of 0.1 - 5,000 parts per million (ppm) utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, Ion Science’s robust TigerLT also offers an unrivalled industry response time of just two seconds and equally quick clear down. Both simple to operate and service, the new TigerLT has been specifically developed by Ion Science to allow the operator easy access to the lamp and sensor in minutes, and for the safe replacement of batteries in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

Talking about Tiger LT, Duncan says: “Although the TigerLT has been streamlined to offer major cost benefits, it still offers an array of industry-beating features to ensure optimum performance. The key advantage over similar PID instruments is its market leading accuracy and run time due to its anti-contamination and humidity resistant design. Another attribute is its global Intrinsic Safety certification. Although the accreditation process can differ from country to country, the TigerLT can be used in explosive hazardous areas located anywhere in the world.”

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID sensor 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. This new instrument also features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.

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