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Improving cereal storage facilities with gas sensing

Storage of cereal crops and other foodstuffs is an essential part of ensuring a sustainable and robust food supply. Cereal crops are typically harvested between mid-July to mid-September but with careful storage can be kept for periods longer than a year. Successful storage of cereals involves the balance of a …

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Reducing the effects of cattle farming with methane monitors

In 2018, there were an estimated 1.002 billion head of cattle worldwide, an increase of 6.5 million head over 2017. Global meat production has continued, and is seemingly continuing, to rise and although cattle now accounts for a relatively smaller percentage of overall meat consumption, there were still over 68 …

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Perfecting heat treatment and endothermic processing

For iron and steel, one of the most common approaches for hardening these relatively soft materials is to perform heat treatment under endothermic atmospheres. There are many methods for heat-treating metal alloys, some of which include case-hardening or surface hardening and annealing, but the general purpose of the treatment is …

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An introduction to the different types of air sampling techniques

Monitoring air quality is both an essential part of health and safety and for ensuring a pleasant workplace environment. For example, in breweries or dry food storage areas, where carbon dioxide is produced as part of the fermentation process, monitoring gas levels is key for protecting workers’ health. ­Even in …

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The role of gas sensing as a drinking water purification method

The processing of clean and safe drinking water and drinking water purification methods are an international issue. Estimates suggest that, if no further improvements are made to the availability of safe water sources, over 135 million people will die from potentially preventable diseases by 2020. Even within the UK, water …

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Gas monitoring in frozen and dried food storage

There are many different approaches to food preservation for extending the lifetimes of perishable goods. From pickling, salting, canning or jellying, all of these approaches have different effects on the properties of the preserved produce and are suitable for different types of food. Two of the most widely used methods …

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Drone inspection for gas detection

Gas sensors for the detection and monitoring of harmful substances within the environment such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane are essential elements of environmental risk assessment. Used in a wide range of industries, processes and applications they touch our every day lives monitoring toxins found in landfill and …

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Green energy: from waste to syngas production

Waste gasification to syngas is one way to produce renewable energy. However, varying waste compositions can make gasification challenging to control, resulting in inconsistent syngas compositions. Closely monitoring gas composition and adjusting process conditions during gasification can ensure consistent, high-quality syngas production. Infrared sensors are the ideal solution for monitoring …

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Endothermic process and heat treatment furnaces

Endothermic gas (CO/H₂/N₂) is often used as a ‘neutral’ protective gas or carrier gas during heat treatment process. Monitoring and controlling the furnace gas composition is essential to ensure metallic products retain their desired properties. This article outlines why CO and CO₂ levels must be precisely controlled, and the best …

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