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CO2 hazards in winery & brewery

Each year severe accidents occur during wine fermentation process. Major hazards are due to presence of CO2 gas in the winemaking process (pressing, wort fermentation, devatting, wine fermentation tanks cleaning). Other gas hazards remain present as well in the vinification process such as SO2 presence in sulfiting or methane and ethanol release during fermentation. The same hazards are present in breweries too.

winery & brewery gas detection devices: carbon dioxide gas detector Carbon dioxide against CO2 hazards

CO2 risk in winemaking is a major hazard. Indeed, during the wort alcoholic fermentation, 1 liter of wine will produce 44 liters of CO2! Other secondary compounds will be released as well like ethanol, glycerol, succinic acid and aromatic compounds (esters). During the last step – sulfating – SO2 hazard is another significant risk…

CO2 hazard in winemaking

During the winemaking process (pressing, wort fermentation, devatting, tank cleaning), the major hazard is related to carbon dioxide release. This hazardous gas is both asphyxiating and toxic. CO2 (carbon dioxide) – also known as carbonic gas – is a colorless and odorless gas heavier than air.
 
A reduction of the oxygen rate is not a reliable indicator of CO2 presence in the air. It is indeed possible to have a sufficient oxygen rate of 19% and an hazardous – or lethal – concentration level of CO2 at 10%. It is required to particularly monitor this gas with a co2 monitor for winery. This device can be a portable gas detector (as a personal protective equipment) or a fixed CO2 gas detector installed in wineries.

 

SO2 hazard in sulfiting

Sulfur dioxide is used in several winemaking steps. Its antiseptic properties avoid production of harmful microorganisms like bacteria. Its presence in bottles prevent from a second wine fermentation or a vinegar production. Sulfur dioxide is also an antioxidant that prevents wine from getting a cider taste.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is most often used in the last step – bottling. During this process, many precautionary principles must be adopted. At the same time corrosive and harmful, sulfur dioxide is above all a R23 and R24 toxic gas. This means that it is toxic when inhaled and causes breathing tract irritations and burn injuries.

CO2 hazard in brewery

One of the major hazards in the fermented drinks industry is entering a confined space filled with gases produced during brewing or accidentally released. Leaks can also release other harmful gases like ammonia used in cooling systems. 

The risk of CO2 poisoning for brewery workers remains present all along the brewing process. During fermentation, brewer yeast transforms sugar into alcohol and releases carbon dioxide. Even at low concentrations, CO2 can cause discomfort.

Before entering a tank or other confined space in breweries, a measurement of the CO2 concentration must be taken using a suitable CO2 monitor. This is the only reliable method to check if CO2 concentration is actually at a safe level. Then, CO2 must be completely removed, particularly in beer fermentation tank rooms.

Both portable and fixed CO2 detectors can be used for CO2 monitoring to enhance brewery safety. In some countries CO2 hazards in the brewing industry are regulated by associations and official government agencies. Like the OSHA brewery regulations in the USA that ensures breweries and brewery worker’s safety.

Ethanol & alcoholic fermentation

Fermentation is a natural chemical process in which grape juice will transform into ethanol (ethyl alcohol). This process is due to the reaction of sugar in the grape pulp and yeast present on the grape seed peel. As ethanol (C2H6O) vapors can explode, they represent a potential risk of explosion in case of a leak. Thus, it is highly recommended to monitor the presence of this gas with a combustible gas detection device to reduce ethanol hazards.

Our winemaking and brewery gas detection equipment:

For winemaking and brewery industries, using a portable CO2 detector is essential. For bigger structures, a CO2 fixed system has to be installed with every necessary alert devices…

The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

  • Dimensions: 104 x 58 x 36 mm – weight: 200 grams without pump
  • Audible (95 dB), LED visual (2 red and 2 blue) and vibrating alarms
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with optional extended battery
  • Polycarbonate housing with waterproof rubber overmold (IP68)
  • Datalogging over 3 months with 10 seconds interval
  • Additional information
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Portable multi gas detector – VENTIS PRO5 – up to 5 gases

The Ventis Pro5 detector is equipped with new features such as a panic button to improve safety of workers evolving in hazardous areas.

Detection of the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S, HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2, HC.

  • Dimensions: 104 x 58 x 36 mm – weight: 200 grams without pump
  • Audible (95 dB), LED visual (2 red and 2 blue) and vibrating alarms
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with optional extended battery
  • Polycarbonate housing with waterproof rubber overmold (IP68)
  • Datalogging over 3 months with 10 seconds interval
Additional information

The Ventis Pro5 multi gas detector was especially designed to silmutaneously detect up to 5 gases among the combustible gases, NH3, CO, CO/H2S, H2S HCN, NO2, O2, SO2, CO2 and HC.

 

This flexible detector features a panic button to alert nearby teams when user is in distress. It also features a mandown alert function which is set to activate after a defined period of time without motion.

 

In case of anormal concentrations, powerful audible (95 dB à 10 cm) and visual (ultra-bright blue and red lights) alarms will alert any operator working in the area, even in high-noise and dark environments.

Custom alarm action messages like “EVACUATE” or “VENTILATE” can furthermore be configured in case of emergency situations in order to safely and quickly take corrective actions.

 

Made of polycarbonate with protective rubber overmold, this gas detector is available either in black or high-visibility safety orange versions and can be combined with the VSP slide-on pump. Its integrated data logger can record up to 3 months of events. Water and dust-resistant (IP68), the Ventis Pro5 can be used in pumped version for use in confined spaces or without pump as a personal protective equipment.

 

The Ventis Pro5 portable multi gas detector also features the LENS Wireless technology. LENS is the first wireless gas detection solution that allows personal monitors and area monitors to communicate gas readings and alarms with one another. This way, panic and mandown alarms will be communicated to other Ventos Pro detectors operating in the same area in order to alert everyone on the hazardous situations.

 

Lastly, the Ventis Pro5 benefits from the iAssign® technology for site and user follow-up. Thanks to this enhanced technology, every data recorded by the device will be assigned to the user ID. This process allows amongst other things users to wear several gas detectors within the same working day.

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The PAC® 8000 portable special gas detector can accurately monitor concentrations of gases like phosgene (COCl2), organic vapors (OV), carbon dioxide (CO2), ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxide (NO).

  • The Drager PAC 8000 portable special gas detector
  • Can detect lower gas concentrations (starting at 0.01 ppm for COCl2).
  • Intuitive operation with large backlit display.
  • Data recording (concentration levels and alarm events).
  • 360° alarm (90 dB signal, LED lights, vibrating alarm).
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, cCSAus approved.
  • Additional information
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Portable special gas detector PAC 8000

The PAC® 8000 portable special gas detector can accurately monitor concentrations of gases like phosgene (COCl2), organic vapors (OV), carbon dioxide (CO2), ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxide (NO).

The Drager PAC 8000 portable special gas detector
  • Can detect lower gas concentrations (starting at 0.01 ppm for COCl2).
  • Intuitive operation with large backlit display.
  • Data recording (concentration levels and alarm events).
  • 360° alarm (90 dB signal, LED lights, vibrating alarm).
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, cCSAus approved.
Additional information

Small, compact and lightweight, the PAC 8000 portable special gas detector is a disposable gas detector designed to continuously detect carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorine (Cl2), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), ammonia (NH3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), phosphine (PH3) organic vapors (OV or OV-A) during two years.

This personal monitor can be equipped as well with specific sensors in order to monitor hazardous concentrations of special gases like ozone (O3) at very low concentrations from 0.02 ppm, phosgene (COCl2) from 0.01 ppm and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from 0.04 ppm.

 

The PAC 8000 portable special gas detector has been designed for use in any situation, even in the harshest environments. Thanks to its robust housing design, this device is waterproof, impact-resistant and immune to corrosive chemical products. Its two powerful sensors with a low T90 response time ensure ultra fastt reaction and accurate measurement of the target gas. Its filter is protected against water, dust and other foreign bodies and can be easily replaced if clogged without particular technical skills. Thanks to its crocodile clip, it can be easily worn close to the breathing tracts to get even more precise measurements.

 

 

Thanks to its two powerful flashing LED that can be seen at à 360°, its 90 dB audible alarm and its vibrating alarm, the PAC 8000 special gas detector can alert users in presence of hazardous concentrations of the target gas.

 

The large backlit screen of this portable and disposable gas detector clearly indicates gas concentrations even in the darkest areas but also displays other important information such as remaining battery capacity or passed alarm events values. The PAC 8000 portable gas detector also logs concentrations and alarms so that they can be downloaded to a PC via an interface and processed further even if they were already acknowledged.

 

Each version of the special gas detector PAC 8000  is equipped with extremely durable sensors and powerful batteries to provide a continuous runtime over two years.

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The Gasman CO2 is a personal gas monitor, and very important PEE (personal protective equipment), designed to detect carbon dioxide (CO2) in the harshest conditions.

  • gas detector for CO2 Gasman
  • Infrared technology sensor – 0-5% measuring range
  • Compact (90 x 48 x 24 mm) ad lightweight (100 gr)
  • 95 dB audible alarm with configurable alarm tone
  • Red & blue LED visual alarm
  • Rechargeable li-ion battery – 12 hours runtime
  • Additional information
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Portable co2 detector Gasman

The Gasman CO2 is a personal gas monitor, and very important PEE (personal protective equipment), designed to detect carbon dioxide (CO2) in the harshest conditions.

gas detector for CO2 Gasman
  • Infrared technology sensor – 0-5% measuring range
  • Compact (90 x 48 x 24 mm) ad lightweight (100 gr)
  • 95 dB audible alarm with configurable alarm tone
  • Red & blue LED visual alarm
  • Rechargeable li-ion battery – 12 hours runtime
Additional information

The Gasman CO2 portable gas detector is a compact single gas personal monitor designed for use in the toughest environments. Its stunningly compact and lightweight design makes it ideal for use in industries such as oil and gas, chemical plants (with exotic gases), steel works, hospitality and waste and water works.

Its tough high-visibility orange housing made of polycarbonate with full overmoulding, this CO2 gas detector protects users in harshest environments. With rugged impact resistant construction and compliance to IP65, Gasman CO2 offers an accurate carbon dioxide monitoring with a measuring range between 0 and 5% volume.

Small and lightweight (approximatively 100g), it is extremely durable, with high impact resistance and ingress protection against dust and water. Its combination of powerful loud 95 dB alarm, red and blue visual alert signal and vibrating alarm alerts users in case of hazardous carbon dioxide concentrations. Multiple alarm options are available to select distinctive tones for different alarm levels.

As it features a simple single-button control and an easy to read backlit LCD display, the Gasman CO2 gas detector is user-friendly and requires no technical skills. When operating, this monitor displays clear gas level readings, alarm conditions and remaining battery life with proportional indication of remaining operation time

Data and event logging are available as standard, and there is a built-in 30 day advance warning when calibration is due. The data logger can store up to 900 hours storage at 1 min. interval (54,000 logs), more than 4800 events.

Thanks to its powerful rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Gasman CO2 can operate continuously during 12 hours minimum when fully charged.

The detectors comes with an integral crocodile clip in order to be worn close to the breathing tracts. This way, gas concentrations readings are as close as possible from concentrations inhaled by the user.

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The MX32N digital gas controller is a digital controller and alert management device. As it can be linked to 8 detectors, the MX32N allows monitoring of hazardous gases (combustible, toxic or asphyxiating) in the most demanding environments.

  • Oldham digital gas detection controller MX32N fro fixed systems
  • Two-in-one detector: digital and analog.
  • 1 or 2 independent channels.
  • Continuous monitoring of hazardous gas.
  • 5 alarm thresholds (sound and visual alarms).
  • IP66 protection.

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Digital gas detection controller MX32N

The MX32N digital gas controller is a digital controller and alert management device. As it can be linked to 8 detectors, the MX32N allows monitoring of hazardous gases (combustible, toxic or asphyxiating) in the most demanding environments.

Oldham digital gas detection controller MX32N fro fixed systems
  • Two-in-one detector: digital and analog.
  • 1 or 2 independent channels.
  • Continuous monitoring of hazardous gas.
  • 5 alarm thresholds (sound and visual alarms).
  • IP66 protection.

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