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GasCheck Gets Its Flying Stripes

Jan 10 2008

Ion Science (UK) GasCheck 3000is was recently selected as the instrument of choice for detecting refrigerant gases on the wing tips of BAE Systems Typhoon Euro Fighters.

The GasCheck 3000is met BAE Systems’ requirements with its ATEX approval, along with the direct ml/sec readout and ability to calibrate with the Ion Science CalCheck unit for traceability. Mark Rhodes of BAE stated, "We use the GasCheck 3000is as a leak detector for the refrigeration units located in the aircraft wing tips for simple leak detection of refrigerant R245fa. This allows us to quickly check the integrity of the system, and that they meet our required standards."

BAE’s major customers include the air forces of UK, Italy, Spain and Germany, soon to be followed by Austria. In the future the GasCheck may become a recommended service tool to be used with the Typhoon.

Key features of the GasCheck 3000is, which may have influenced BAE’s decision to place their order, include its ability to detect accurately almost any gas different to air. It easily detects the smallest of leaks and provides rapid response times. The unit is conveniently calibrated against helium, intrinsically safe, offering safe detection of flammable gases. GasCheck 3000is performs repeatable readings choice of readings in ppm or ml/sec, additionally it includes advanced software features, data logging capability and a micro thermal conductivity sensor. The instrument is hand held and easy to use with a large back lit display.

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