• ATEX Certification for Next-generation Volatile Organic Compound Detectors


ATEX Certification for Next-generation Volatile Organic Compound Detectors

Sep 15 2008

RAE Systems Inc. (USA) have received European ATEX safety certification for use in explosive atmospheres or hazardous environments, for two third-generation photoionization detector (PID) based instruments, the MiniRAE 3000 and ppbRAE 3000. Both of these products have applications in industrial settings, environmental monitoring, indoor air quality, and hazardous materials response. These products are used to specifically measure where hydrocarbon-based chemicals pose a toxic threat. They can be used for both leak detection and industrial safety.
“Wide measurement range, fast response, wireless interface, waterproof design and six-month data memory make these versatile and easy-to-use products for both industrial users and first responders.” said Thomas Negre, director of instrumentation products for RAE Systems.
“The MiniRAE 3000 and ppbRAE 3000 bring third-generation PID technology to the market for detecting leaks and keeping workers safe.”
“The MiniRAE 3000 and ppbRAE 3000 are designed to provide real results in real time with a measurement response time of under three seconds, and support 12 languages,” said Lisa Mork, director of marketing for RAE Systems. “As with all RAE Systems instruments, these two have
buttons designed to be used with up to three layers of gloves. These products are ideal for remote monitoring, particularly in rapidly changing environments.”
The MiniRAE 3000 has an extended measurement range of 0.1 parts per million (ppm) to 15,000 ppm, giving it the widest measurement range available in the industry for a PID instrument. The ppbRAE 3000 offers an extended measurement range of 1 part per billion (ppb) to 10,000 ppm. Both products feature a large back-lit graphical display with graphical charting capability and easy viewing in any light condition. Both also feature a built-in flashlight for operation in extremely dim environments. The products include over 200 built-in correction factors for accurately measuring a wide range of chemicals. No tools are required to field service the PID lamp or sensor or to replace batteries. Both instruments have optional charging cradles with a computer interface for downloading up to six months of data for either analysis or record keeping. For wireless data downloading, an optional Bluetooth interface is available. A wireless modem with a 160-meter range, compatible with AreaRAE wireless sensor networks, will also be available.
The instruments will be AutoRAE compatible for fast calibration and bump testing.
Both products are immediately available for shipment and can be bought through any RAE Systems Certified distributor.
Each comes with a battery charger and Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Other options include calibration kits and wireless capability.

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