Gas Detection

ION Science wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation for MiniPID Sensors

ION Science has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation, for its pioneering MiniPID sensors. The award is the highest recognition of business excellence across Britain and endorses the commercial success of ION Science’s innovative technology. ION Science’s industry-leading PID (photo-ionisation detection) technology offers unparalleled VOC detection, helping users to protect lives and preserve the environment.

The achievement of the Queen’s Award for Innovation reaffirms the design, quality, reliability and success of the MiniPID sensor, whilst also highlighting ION Science’s dedication to developing and producing new technologies.

Prior to the development of the MiniPID sensor range, VOC sensors often suffered from short operational life, poor reliability, and regular failures in the face of challenging environmental conditions. The MiniPID sensor addresses all these issues and more, highlighting why it is the market leader for performance, quality and standards for all VOC sensors. Able to withstand relative humidity up to 99% (non-condensing), temperatures of -40 to +65 °C, and with an anti-contamination design, the MiniPID range offers 10,000 hours of reliable detection, making it ideal for long-term monitoring. MiniPID sensors also have the widest detection range on the market, from as low as 0.5 ppb (parts per billion) right up to 10,000 ppm (parts per million), making them suitable for any application. ION Science’s sensors can be used to detect over 950 different compounds, many of which can pose a serious threat to human health and life.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director of ION Science, said of the win: “It’s wonderful to see the hard work of all the staff here at ION Science recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. As an organisation we are always striving to achieve the next level of innovation in technology, which is brilliantly represented by the MiniPID sensor range. We’re looking forward to the future of ION Science and continuing to innovate with our award-winning sensors.”

Dr Peter Morris, head of the Sensors Product Business Unit at ION Science, also spoke of the MiniPID: “Achieving this outstanding level of recognition for the MiniPID sensor is a fantastic result for the Sensors team. Many of us have worked at ION Science for decades and seen the full development of the MiniPID since its inception in 2007. Being able to have the affirmation of the MiniPID sensor as an ‘Innovation’ by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a great highlight and we’re very proud to receive it.”

Across the globe today, MiniPID sensors can be found in many applications, including oil rigs, gas refineries, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, semiconductor factories, laboratories, nuclear facilities, air quality monitoring and many more; protecting the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment.

MiniPID sensors represent a monumental step forward in protecting people. The advanced VOC detection capabilities mean that no matter what application, environment, or compounds, MiniPID sensors exceed the customer need and delivers high quality, reliable results.

ION Science’s range of MiniPID sensors are now available to buy directly from the award-winning manufacturer – contact them today to find out more:

How fixed gas detection solutions are supporting World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has set out World Day for Safety and Health at Work for 28th April 2022. The spotlight on providing safe and healthy places to work has become more prominent in recent times, particularly as working practices emerged and evolved rapidly as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is designed as an initiative, aimed at encouraging people and businesses to implement an effective occupational health and safety (OHS) system to reduce risk and improve working conditions for all. As a result, ILO is exploring the topic of participation and social dialogue in creating a positive safety and health culture.

ION Science is committed to protecting lives and preserving the environment with technologically advanced gas detection instrumentation. As a leading OEM in the development, manufacture, and supply of PID (photoionisation detection) volatile organic compound (VOC) gas detectors, ION Science has been working to keep workers and environments safe for over 30 years. A key part of ION Science’s portfolio is fixed gas detectors, which can play a vital role in an organisation’s occupational health and safety approach.

In industrial facilities where hazardous substances are part of the daily routine, fixed gas detectors are used to protect employees, for site-safety (assets) and the environment. Their purpose is to control gas-related risks and provide continuous monitoring for the prevention of explosive gas leaks or overexposure to toxic gases. The right and reliable fixed gas detection system can prevent and limit the impact of a potential gas leak.

Fixed detectors can be classified and approved for use in ATEX-zoned hazardous areas or what are deemed safe areas. That choice will usually be based on a gas hazard survey and/or a DSEAR report depending on the site and application. Once a working area has been identified as hazardous, it must be classified into a zone based upon the frequency and persistency of the potentially explosive atmosphere. This will help to determine the controls needed on potential sources of ignition that may be present in the area:

  • Zone 1 hazardous areas are classified as a working area where the presence of explosive gas is likely to occur during normal working conditions.
  • Zone 2 hazardous areas are classified as working areas in which explosive gas is not likely to occur during normal operation and if it does it would not be for an extended period of time.

ION Science’s two main fixed gas detectors are the Falco and Titan. The Falco fixed gas detector is available as either a pumped or diffusive model. The Falco is intrinsically safe and ATEX certified making it approved for use in ATEX-zoned hazardous areas. It does not require a hot work permit, and only requires annual maintenance. Falco gas detectors are designed with Typhoon technology, able to withstand exceptionally harsh environments, including 0-100% relative humidity and condensing humidity, and temperatures from -40 to +50°C without any compromise in performance. When you have the right gas detection system in place, your workers and site stay safe, and work continues smoothly.

Titan is a benzene-specific fixed gas detector, making it ideal for use in petrochemical applications. Benzene poses a serious health risk, even at low concentrations, so monitoring is essential for safe working environments. ION Science’s Titan detector is the only continuous benzene-specific fixed gas detector on the market, offering end users a unique ability to monitor benzene concentrations 24/7 to ensure any risk can be mitigated. With fast and accurate monitoring down to 0.1 ppm, the Titan is designed with worker health and safety in mind, alongside reliable, accurate benzene monitoring. It is also certified to ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards for total reliability.

This World Day for Safety and Health, it is important to understand the role that technology can play in improving approaches to health and safety. With greater awareness, improved initiatives, better prevention tactics and a willingness to leverage effective occupational health and safety, the likelihood of improving working conditions for all is possible. ION Science is proud to offer fixed gas detectors which can aid in the detection and prevention of exposure to harmful VOCs and play a part in supporting worker health and safety around the world.

Gas Sensing Solutions to launch new methane sensor at Sensor+Test 2022

Gas Sensing Solutions – a pioneer in LED based NDIR infra-red gas sensors has announced that it will launch a new range of methane gas sensors to market at Sensor+Test 2022.

The methane gas sensors use ultra-bright LEDs and a patent pending internal architecture to deliver unrivalled accuracy and low power consumption.

Sensor+Test on 10-12 May 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany is the leading international forum for sensors, measuring and testing technologies worldwide. Alongside the new methane gas sensors, Gas Sensing Solutions will also promote its range of CO2 sensors, including the ultra-low-power CozIR®-Blink, and the high-speed SprintIR-R.

“GSS is delighted to be showcasing its new methane gas sensors at Sensor+Test2022. We have always been at the forefront of the LED based NDIR CO2 sensor market. We are now bringing this technology, design experience and sensor insight into the methane market, creating an innovative sensor architecture that sets new standards for the industry. Sensor+Test2022 is the perfect platform to launch this exciting new product to market,” Julian Hayes, CEO of Gas Sensing Solutions.

To learn more about our new Methane sensors, see us at Sensor+Test on 10-12 May 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany at stand 1-401, or visit

Endress+Hauser joins the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

In joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Endress+Hauser is supporting the development of a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Europe. The goal is to achieve CO2 neutrality in the process industry by the middle of the century through the introduction of hydrogen technologies. Working together with other industry partners, Endress+Hauser wants to support the efforts being made toward a sustainable future.

Green hydrogen is considered one of the keys to decarbonisation in many sectors and a core element of the energy transition. The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance will play a crucial role in the implementation of the EU’s hydrogen strategy. “With our membership, we want to support initiatives aimed at decarbonisation and achieving climate goals to make an active contribution to a sustainable future,” said Paul Borggreve, Corporate Director of Marketing at the Endress+Hauser Group.

Valuable contribution to sustainable development

The alliance, a European Commission initiative, brings together players from industry, science, government and the private sector to mobilise resources and develop an investment agenda that promotes the production and utilisation of renewable hydrogen and creates a concrete project pipeline, thus building the foundation for a sustainable and competitive hydrogen ecosystem in the EU.

Hydrogen, the most practical alternative to fossil fuels, has the potential to enable the transition to a CO2-neutral future in a wide range of sectors. This includes the oil & gas and chemical industries, as well as steel and cement manufacturing, where avoiding emissions is especially difficult. “Green hydrogen is a key component in the energy transition,” adds Jens Hundrieser, European Regional Industry Manager for Energy & Metal.

Comprehensive portfolio for hydrogen applications

Endress+Hauser already boasts a broad portfolio of products for critical process measuring points in the production, storage and utilisation of hydrogen. These include laser-based gas analysers for determining the quality of gases, flow metering solutions and level measurements in liquid hydrogen tanks.

Endress+Hauser instruments fulfil the highest process and environmental safety standards. Among other things, hydrogen applications require instruments that can withstand high process pressures of more than 1,000 bar or extreme temperatures as low as -253 degrees Celsius. “The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance allows us to learn together with our partners and continue to improve our portfolio of products and solutions for the hydrogen industry,” says Paul Borggreve.

Hazardous Materials: Spills and Soil Contamination – an ION Science webinar

Statistics from the Department of Transportation reveal that 21,539 hazardous material incidents occurred within 2021 in the United States alone. These incidences can have a detrimental effect on the environment and public health, in the long and short term. With increasing scrutiny on companies and individuals to meet stricter environmental targets, mitigating and preventing hazardous material incidents is a key step to creating a cleaner, greener future.

To protect both the environment and public health, it is first important to identify what hazardous materials are and understand how they are categorised. Following this, examining what processes are currently in place, and how these can be improved to prevent hazardous materials from endangering people, entering waterways, and contaminating soil, is the crucial step to reducing the impact of hazardous material spills.

Health and safety professionals are the key to understanding, maintaining, and reducing the risks associated. To reduce the rate of incidents, education and awareness of hazardous materials and their impact are critical tools that should be added to any health and safety professional’s toolkit.

ION Science, a leading UK OEM for gas detection instrumentation, has partnered with Health & Safety Matters to deliver a free webinar on this topic. The webinar will cover the importance of understanding the dangers associated with hazardous material spillages, and the consequences on public health, wildlife, and the environment.

This webinar will include focus on the following areas:

  • How HAZMAT spills can occur
  • Current HAZMAT processes
  • The health effects spills can cause
  • The environmental impact of spills (including soil contamination)
  • How PID technology can identify and track spills and contamination
  • Live Q&A session

Register for free today and join this webinar with ION Science and Health & Safety Matters on the 20th April 2022 at 10.30am GMT. Find out more about how you can help prevent hazardous spills and identify, detect and prevent hazardous material spills from impacting the public and the environment.

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Protecting the science of tomorrow: VOC detection technology for University of Nottingham School of Chemistry

For the chemists and students who are working hard to make scientific discoveries and improvements for the future, it’s vital that their labs and work areas are safe and free from potentially harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Shawcity, ION Science’s UK distributor, is pleased to have supplied ION Science’s leading handheld VOC gas detector, the Tiger, to help monitor air quality at the University of Nottingham School of Chemistry GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.

Preventing exposure and ensuring VOC levels do not reach dangerous concentrations in these areas is essential for the safety of those working, and to ensure minimal interference with projects and experiments. There are also other factors to consider, such as shared communal spaces in buildings (like corridors or common rooms) potentially being impacted by high levels of VOCs. Depending on the volume and type of VOC, this could range from mildly annoying to more serious health affects long-term.

In a university, where buildings may have been converted or retrofitted to their current purpose, and therefore lack modern ventilation systems, having additional safeguards in place to monitor air quality and VOC concentrations is essential for safety. The University of Nottingham School of Chemistry had received some complaints about strong chemical smells in their labs, but the team also wanted to introduce some additional safety measures in the event of ventilation systems being down, accidents, leaks or other potential hazardous incidents.

To accurately evaluate VOC levels and identify the risks or hazards present in the lab, the team wanted to find a handheld device that could monitor VOC concentration and air quality. It needed to be simple in its readouts, reliable, and able to be used in multiple labs, as well as different areas within the lab, such as fume hoods. ION Science’s leading handheld VOC detector, the Tiger, was chosen for meeting all these requirements and more.

As the first VOC detector used by The University of Nottingham School of Chemistry, one of the key factors for purchase was the ease of use for the Tiger, and the extensive technical support offered by Shawcity. A spokesperson for the university said: ‘Our building contains a series of chemistry research laboratories where groups work on diverse projects based around green and sustainable chemistry themes; we make catalysts, invent new reactions, new battery technology, and new solar cells. 

 ‘We use a lot of different organic solvents many of which are volatile and require LEVs (local exhaust ventilation) to contain those vapours. We use the Tiger to check that our vented cupboards, extraction arms, vented enclosures and fume hoods are doing what they are meant to, which is containing those VOCs. 

 ‘The Tiger is very useful in the lab for both routine inspections of air quality and equipment functionality, as well as for use in emergencies when ventilation equipment has gone down. We are extremely pleased with the product and Shawcity have been helpful throughout.’

ION Science is pleased to be supporting the science and technology achievements of tomorrow with industry leading VOC detection today. To find out more about the Tiger, please visit:

Delivering excellence in benzene monitoring instrumentation for the chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries

Monitoring benzene exposure levels is critical for the health and wellbeing of staff and the public who may encounter this group one carcinogen. While benzene has many useful and practical applications in industries, the risk to health is undeniable and requires exact and precise monitoring to mitigate damage. Having accurate and dedicated monitoring instrumentation specifically for managing the risk of benzene is essential for any business that works with this chemical.

As benzene is both widespread in industrial applications and poses a significant risk to health, there is pressure from public health and industrial safety perspectives on making sure it is managed and monitored properly. The most effective way of minimising exposure to benzene is through appropriate safety and monitoring practices. Using PID (photoionisation detection) instruments from ION Science is an excellent way of protecting against potential hazards.

ION Science has a dedicated range of instruments specifically designed for monitoring benzene. As a compound that poses a range of long- and short-term health risks associated with exposure, having instruments that can monitor wherever staff are working and in areas where there is potential for public or environmental exposure is key.

For protecting individual staff, ION Science offers the Cub TAC (total aromatic compound) 10.0 eV personal benzene gas monitor. This personal monitoring solution is worn within the breathing zone on the person, allowing individual monitoring of exposure levels to be exact. Equipped with audio and visual alarms when exposure goes beyond pre-set levels, the Cub TAC is designed to keep workers safe in all situations. Data can be uploaded for review by the site Occupational Hygienist or Health and Safety Officer, so any exposures that pose a risk can be quickly addressed and dealt with.

The Titan fixed benzene specific gas monitor is a standalone unit that can be fitted around sites, factories, and storage units. This is particularly useful for monitoring

benzene, as one of the highest risk factors in benzene exposure is related to the storage and distribution of petrol and petroleum-based products. Benzene can also be found on sites such as oil refineries and foundries, which are often large and not necessarily always monitored in person. The Titan fixed unit is wall mounted and samples air every minute, providing an accurate readout of benzene air concentrations within just 60 seconds. With a dynamic detection range, the Titan is designed to monitor for benzene at just 0.1 ppm concentration levels, keeping staff as safe as possible when in proximity.

Where portable detection is essential, ION Science offer the Tiger Select portable benzene gas detector. Ideal for use around sites and for checking levels while working, the Tiger Select keeps staff safe as well as monitoring air levels and concentrations for health and safety purposes. With both 15-minute short term exposure limits and 8 hour time weighted averages, the Tiger Select makes it possible to monitor exposure risks at all levels and throughout the day.

What really makes ION Science’s range of benzene specific instruments valuable to the customer is the fast lead times available on the majority of products. ION Science is proud to offer delivery time turnaround of days, not weeks, and in some cases, it may even be possible to have products arriving to customers within 24 hours.

With a global network of suppliers, distributors and offices, ION Science boasts superior supply chains to get products where they need to be. Whether customers have an immediate need, such as a suspected leak or impending legislation change, or a long term commitment to improving environmental and public health, choosing from ION Science’s range of benzene detection instruments means products can be on site in some of the fastest lead times available.

Signal Group expands range of service contracts

Signal Group (UK), the gas analyser manufacturer, has announced the launch of a new flexible range of service contracts, which enable customers to determine the level of service required. “No two companies are the same,” explains Signal Group Service Manager Roy Kinslow, “so it makes sense for us to offer a tiered-package approach to service contracts.

“Our gas analysers are designed and built for accurate and reliable measurements, but in order to optimise performance, it is necessary to establish a planned maintenance and calibration routine. These new flexible service contracts therefore offer customers the ability to build resilience into their monitoring work; developing plans for unforeseen events and avoiding downtime.”

Each of the different service levels include full technical support via phone and email, but customers are able to choose whether their plan should also include features such as scheduled site visits and emergency call-outs. Each service plan also provides extra discount on spares and consumables.

Personal protection against hydrogen sulfide exposure: New ARA H2S single gas detector from ION Science

Delivering superior protection against hazardous VOC (volatile organic compound) exposure for workers is one of ION Science’s leading aims as a business. As the only UK OEM for gas detection instrumentation, ION Science is always looking for new ways to support the end-user against dangerous gas exposures. The launch of the ARA H2S (hydrogen sulfide) single gas detector signals a new focus on protecting staff from the dangers of exposure, and aids in health and safety compliance for businesses.

Hydrogen sulfide is present in several industries, notably in anaerobic environments where organic material is in use, such as wastewater and sewage plants, paper and pulp processing, biogas, and fertiliser production. Many people are familiar with the rotten egg smell associated with hydrogen sulfide, although at high levels of concentration it can cause anosmia, rendering it undetectable. Hydrogen sulfide is classed as a hazardous VOC, and exposure to it can cause irritation to the respiratory system, eyes, and stomach even at low concentrations. Higher concentrations of the gas can lead to unconsciousness, coma, and even death. Between 2001 and 2010, hydrogen sulfide exposure was responsible for the deaths of 60 workers in the USA alone. Many workers who are exposed to fatal levels of hydrogen sulfide could have been protected and saved with units such as the ARA H2S.

The ARA H2S is designed to protect users from toxic levels of exposure to hydrogen sulfide. Classed as an item of personal protective equipment (PPE), the ARA H2S is completely maintenance free and offers continuous monitoring of exposure to hydrogen sulfide levels. No need to change batteries or sensors or worry about product reliability, the e-chem detection technology inside can operate without interference. It offers a choice of display for users, either a lifetime countdown or concentration lifetime exposure, and it’s possible to switch between the two if desired. The ARA H2S can also provide short term exposure limits (STEL) or eight hour time weighted average (TWA) readouts for greater visibility into the overall health of a worker.

Each unit is designed with a two-year lifespan, and the ARA H2S operates without compromise over that period. Once activated, the ARA H2S will continuously operate

until the end of the two-year period, giving you appropriate warnings so you can source a replacement in time. There is also the option for a three-year lifespan model which offers a hibernation mode, ideal for contractors or consultants who only visit site on occasion. ION Science also offers a recycling scheme for units that reach the end of their lifespan, as part of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), ensuring units are recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

Designed with practical applications in mind, the ARA H2S unit weighs just 92g and is equipped with a sturdy clip for attaching to a lapel or strap for wearing within the breathing zone. At only 87mm in length, it does not impede worker movement and is suitable for use in confined space working, such as maintenance to pipes or tankers.  As an intrinsically safe model, users can be assured it’s safe in all environments, with a three-signal system of a flashing light, audible alarm, and vibration to alert the wearer of exposure levels reaching dangerous concentrations.

When it comes to protecting worker health and safety, the ARA H2S is a key piece of PPE that could make the difference between life and death. Exposure to hydrogen sulfide, even in low concentrations, can have devastating effects on health and it is a business’s responsibility to ensure workers are able to live and work safely. Using PPE devices like the ARA H2S ensures that at the end of the day, regardless of how dangerous a situation, workers are protected, aware, and able to keep themselves safe from exposures as much as possible.

How PID sensor technology protects against VOC exposure: An ION Science and Blackline Safety Webinar

As the focus on air quality for health, safety, and environmental reasons continues to grow in importance, protecting against exposure to VOCs (volatile organic compounds) has also been recognised as essential. ION Science and Blackline Safety are joining together as experts in PID (photoionisation detection) technology and worker safety to discuss how to detect VOCs and prevent harmful exposure to employees where possible.

This exclusive webinar, hosted by Health and Safety Matters, will outline how businesses can prepare for and combat these dangers with advanced technology solutions.

When it comes to helping workers stay safe and healthy in potentially dangerous situations, both ION Science and Blackline Safety are industry leading providers. ION Science is the market leader for providing PID sensor technology – Blackline Safety uses ION Science’s MiniPID sensor range in its G7 instruments. For instruments that support health and safety, including ‘man down’ detection and additional monitoring for lone workers, Blackline Safety is recognised as an excellent provider in the global market.

Join ION Science and Blackline Safety at the Health and Safety Matters webinar on the 18th November 2021 at 10.30am for insight into how to detect VOCs, understanding what PID technology is, and why VOCs pose a serious health and safety concern. Joining from ION Science is Pete Morris, Business Unit Manager for sensors, and from Blackline Safety the webinar welcomes Ilaria Tramelli, PID Specialist.

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