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Surface treatment gas detection

Many chemical, corrosive, particularly toxic and sometimes carcinogenic products are used for surface treatment. Exposure to harmful solvents or acid vapors outflows from tanks implies significant risks for human health. Any worker in this field of activity needs to be properly equipped to detect gas and to be protected from it (using a gas mask and/or an air powered respirator well suited for surface treatment).

Gas detection & respiratory protection for surface treatment - GazDetect

Gas related risks are present all along the process of metal surface treatment: while degreasing, pickling, during the coating process, and during the silver, copper, gold or nickel plating as well. Many used chemicals and acid products can have important consequences on human health.

Major surface treatment gases and acids

Surface treatment process        Potential gas and substance
Chemical degreasing

Halogenated solvents (methylene chloride, perchlorethylene, trichloroethylene)
Non-halogenated solvents (toluene, xylene)

Pickling

Highly toxic acids such as chlorydric acid, nitric acid or sulfuric acid

Chromating, passivation Chromic acid (Chromium 4), sulfuric acid
Phosphating Phosphoric acid
Metal treatment
(silver, copper, gold or nickel plating)
Acid and cyanide compounds (primarily hydrogen cyanide)

Find out any information about these gases and acids in our INFORMATION ON GAS section. On these pages are gathered gases main physical and chemical properties, their effects on health and equipment for protection and detection.

⇒ Go to the INFORMATION ON GAZ page

Gas detection for surface treatment

Surface treatment gas detection units need to be installed close to treatment tanks to measure and control potential presence of toxic and corrosive gases. Health and safety committees oftentimes also ask for air quality traceability of work environments. The installation of these devices can thus provide a proper alert system and at the same time guarantee compliance.

Workers respiratory protection for surface treatment

In case of an emergency – presence of toxic gas in the working atmosphere – or for short term works in polluted areas; it is necessary to wear a respiratory protective equipment. Workers usually use a full face mask (as most of acids are irritant to eyes), a powered air respirator or even a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in case of severe toxic gas concentrations.

Surface treatment gas detection and respiratory protection solutions

Many chemical, corrosive, particularly toxic and sometimes carcinogenic products are used for surface treatment. Find here our recommended gas detection and respiratory protection devices.

Portasens II is a rare gases leak detector with interchangeable sensors. This calibration-free detector is equipped with an internal sampling pump to accurately monitor around thirty gases.

  • Portable gas detector PortasenseII

Rare gases leak detector – PORTASENS II

Portasens II is a rare gases leak detector with interchangeable sensors. This calibration-free detector is equipped with an internal sampling pump to accurately monitor around thirty gases.

Portable gas detector PortasenseII
  • Gas leak detection of alcohol, B2H6, Br2, C2H2, CH2O, Cl2, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, acid gas, GeH4, H2, H2O2, H2S, HCl, HF, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SiH4
  • Power supply: D alkaline battery (75 hours runtime) and rechargeable battery
  • 3 visual and audible alarms (alarm 1, alarm 2 and adjustable alarm)
  • Outputs: RS232 for data downloading on a PC
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PortaSense II gas leak detector is a single-gas detector to monitor rare gases. This device is powered with a D alkaline battery for around 75 hours runtime and an internal Nicad battery with an autonomy of around 6 hours.

The PortaSense gas leak detector can detect many gases thanks to its large range of interchangeable sensors. Majors detected gases are: alcohol, B2H6, Br2, C2H2, CH2O, Cl2, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, acid gas, GeH4, H2, H2O2, H2S, HCl, HF, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, SiH4. In complement to this detected gases, this monitor features different measuring ranges for every gas.

The PortaSense II primarily detect gas leaks with its integrated sampling pump. This enables accurate measurements of hazardous gas concentrations. This gas leak detector with interchangeable sensors is moreover calibration-free, which makes it very versatile.

This single-gas detector features audible and audible alarms with 3 levels: caution, warning, and alarm with adjustable setpoints. A fourth alarm will indicate a low flow or low battery.

Thanks to its internal memory, the detector can record event data during 8 days with 1 minute interval. Furthermore, Portasense II features an RS32 output to connect a PC for data downloading.

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4-20 mA gas detector / transmitter with integrated sampling pump, pre-calibrated cartridge, alarm relays and TCP/IP communication.

Detection of AsH3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, Si2H6, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2, TEOS, TMB, TMP, WF6

  • Fixed gas detector Midas

Midas gas detector with sampling pump

4-20 mA gas detector / transmitter with integrated sampling pump, pre-calibrated cartridge, alarm relays and TCP/IP communication.

Detection of AsH3, B2H6, BCl3, BF3, Br2, C2H4O, Cl2, ClF3, ClO2, CO, COCl2, F2, GeH4, H2, H2S, H2Se, HBr, HCl, HCN, HF, HMDS, N2H4, NH3, NO, NO2, O2, O3, PH3, POCl3, Si2H6, SiCl4, SiHCl3, SO2, TEOS, TMB, TMP, WF6

Fixed gas detector Midas
  • Detection with pyrolysis module of C4F6, C5H8, CH3F, DCE 1.2, NF3, SF6
  • Integrated aspirated pump: 500 mL/min flow
  • 3 configurable NO or NF alarm relays
  • High accuracy measurement from ppb to ppm
  • Ethernet (PoE) TCP/IP and Modbus communication
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Operating with a reliable gas detection technology, the Midas fixed gas detector has been especially designed to monitor the presence of flammable and toxic gases in ambient air. This way, this detector can monitor following gases: arsine (AsH3), diborane (B2H6), boron trichloride (BCl3), boron trifluoride (BF3), bromine (Br2), ethylene oxide (C2H4O), chlorine (Cl2), chlorine trifluoride (ClF3), chlorine dioxide (ClO2), carbon monoxide (CO), chlorine dioxide (COCl2), fluorine (F2), germane (GeH4), hydrogen (H2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), hydrogen selenide (H2Se), hydrogen bromide (HBr), hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), hydrogen fluoride (HF), hexamethyldisilazan (HMDS), hydrazine (N2H4), ammonia (NH3), nitric oxyde (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), oxygen (O2), ozone (O3), phosphine (PH3), phosphoryl chloride (POCl3), disilane (Si2H6), silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4), trichlorosilane (SiHCl3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), tetra ethyl ortho silicate (TEOS), trimethylborane (TMB), TMP, tungsten hexafluoride (WF6).

 

Moreover, with its optional pyrolyzer module, Midas is able to detect following gases: hexafluorobutadiene (C4F6), octofluorocyclopentene (C5H8), methyl fluoride (CH3F), DCE 1.2, nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

 

Compact and featuring a zinc-plated steel base, the Midas is easy to install. Small, compact and lightweight, this detector suits perfectly in applications like light industries, laboratories, semiconductor transformation or even the wastewater treatment. Its pump system has a 2 year lifetime and can draw samples up to 30 meters.

 

Its alphanumeric backlit LCD with intuitive icon menu can display the concentrations and its datalogger enables operators to download vents and sensor history.

 

Its smart sensor with on board calibration certificate are ready for use and can be easily and quickly replaced.

 

Midas fixed gas detector features several outputs: visual, 3 built in relays for alarm 1, 2 and fault, analog and digital communication and is powered through Ethernet connection (PoE). It can be wired with 4-20 mA 2 to 4 wires or digitally with CAT5 cabling or equivalent with RJ45 connector.

 

Lastly, Midas is CE marked for a total immunity to electromagnetic interferences.

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The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

  • The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR

Powered air purifying respirator Duraflow

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67
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The SPM Flex is an optical calibration-free gas optical analysis system. This single point tape-based toxic gas detector can accurately (ppb measurement) and swiftly monitor the presence of a hazardous gas.

  • Honeywell SPM Flex gas monitor with optical toxic gas analysis

Toxic gas optical analysis – SPM FLEX gas detector

The SPM Flex is an optical calibration-free gas optical analysis system. This single point tape-based toxic gas detector can accurately (ppb measurement) and swiftly monitor the presence of a hazardous gas.

Honeywell SPM Flex gas monitor with optical toxic gas analysis
  • Chemcassette® technology – immune to interferences, more than 50 available gases.
  • Calibration-free, minimal maintenance .
  • Audiovisual alarm (2 thresholds).
  • User-friendly interface and gas concentration digital display.
  • UL 61010-1 / CSA-C22.2 / IEC 61010-1 certified

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