Ion Science installs new environmental test chamber
Published: 26 June 2018 - Victoria White
In a move to further strengthen its quality assurance processes, Ion Science has installed a high performance temperature and climate control chamber at its state-of-the-art plant in Cambridgeshire.
Chosen for its ability to test to 100% Relative Humidity (RH) at close to 0°C, the Weiss Technik floor-standing environmental chamber unit rigorously tests Ion Science’s handheld and fixed photoionisation detectors (PIDs) to ensure accurate and efficient operation at the required temperature and humidity levels.
Operation is via the 8” colour touch screen installed on the front bracket of the door. The display provides the current temperature and RH in the unit. It also has an acoustic alarm display. The data is archived every minute and can then be imported to a PC for later evaluation.
For reduced carbon footprint, the hermetic refrigeration systems work with environmental friendly refrigerants that are free from chlorine and have no ozone reducing potential (CFC free).
It is extremely low maintenance and a self-cleaning humidity sensor increases the service life of the psychrometer.
The environmental chamber operates at maximum temperature of +180°C and minimum temperature of -42°C. It is also designed for the performance of extreme climate values including long term tests at 85°C / 85% RH.
Ion Science’s MiniPID 2 sensors are incorporated into its wide range of PIDs, such as the well proven Tiger handheld portable instrument and the world’s first benzene specific monitor, Titan.
The new environmental test chamber will ensure MiniPID 2 continues to provide fast, accurate and humidity resistant detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as offer greater consistency and repeatability over extreme temperatures.
Duncan Johns, managing director at Ion Science, comments: “This is a tremendously important piece of equipment for the business. The ability to test for extreme temperature, moisture and humidity changes in-house means we can confidently guarantee the market-leading quality and reliability of our PID instruments and even better serve our global customers.”