In addition to miscellaneous products, shipping containers might contain toxic gases that present health hazards for workers opening or unloading them. Gasmet manufactures portable and powerful gas analyzers for measuring these hazardous gases inside enclosed spaces. With our solutions, you can measure a vast variety of gases simultaneously in cost-effectively. Read about our solutions for Container Monitoring!
Toxic Gases Inside Containers
Cargo containers and wooden packing materials are fumigated, using gases like Phosphine and Sulfuryl Fluoride to control the spread of pests and micro-organisms. However, fumigant gases are toxic and present a danger to human health even at low concentrations. Additionally, products shipped in containers may release VOCs like Carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, styrene and many more. These are emitted from the solvents, coatings and glues used in manufacturing processes, and the concentrations of these vapors may be significant in the confined space of the container. Gas measurements are required to protect the health of any workers involved in opening these containers.
Measure Multiple Gases Simultaneously
As potentially hazardous gases originate from a variety of different sources, the number of gases that need to be monitored to ensure a safe working environment is very large. Different gases become harmful at different concentrations, so it is important to employ a method that is capable of specific measurements of each gas in the sample and able to measure a huge number of different gases. Time-consuming sampling and laboratory analysis of the air inside containers are often not feasible as the containers need to move quickly and cannot be held waiting for analysis results for long. Therefore, a portable solution is much preferable to traditional laboratory analysis.
The portable Gasmet gas analyzers provide a powerful and cost-effective solution to the challenge of measuring gases inside shipping containers. The use of FTIR technology enables the measurement of an unparalleled amount of different gases, which leads to improved safety of workers. The possibility to measure 50 components simultaneously means that the sample can be screened for the most important gases of interest and if something unexpected is found FTIR is the ideal tool for identifying what it is. GT5000 Terra is durable, offers quick results, requires no calibration gases (other than N2 for zero measurements) and requires no consumables for sampling. This means that the cost of ownership for this solution is also exceptionally low.
CONTAINER GAS MONITORING GUIDE
A wide variety of test instruments are used for testing containers and it is vitally important that any limitations in the monitoring technique are understood. There is a growing movement to monitoring technologies that are able to measure large numbers of gases simultaneously.
After reading this guide you will learn:
- The sources of toxic chemicals
- International regulations
- The advantages and limitations of the most commonly used monitoring technologies