What do a Swiss army knife and an FTIR stack gas analyzer have in common?
Many people love to leave the city behind and go camping or hiking in the wilderness. Of course, packing for a trip like that can be a challenge. You might need a hatchet to chop down dead trees for firewood, a shovel for digging holes, a waterproof container for matches and first-aid supplies, a hammer for pounding in tent stakes, a flashlight, a knife, a compass, and many other tools. Fitting all of those things into a backpack can be daunting, to say nothing of the weight they add. That’s why many people opt to buy a multi-purpose survival tool. Even a simple Swiss army knife can drastically reduce the weight and number of tools that you need to bring with you.
“Sure,” I can hear you saying, “but what does that have to do with stack testing?” Well, normally stack testers are like a person trying to bring all the different individual tools with them on every job. You have to lug around a ton of different gear. It’s constantly up to do a test and back down to the van or truck, setting up one machine after another for every different test that you have to run. Each test has its own machine with its own collectors and lines. Wouldn’t it be better if there was one tool that could handle the majority of the tests on its own?
Finally someone has come up with exactly that type of machine. They’re called FTIR stack gas analyzers, and they work like stack testing multi-tools. Most models are so small that they could fit in a typical camping backpack, but they pack a huge number of tools in their small frames. With one measurement, you can get levels for CO2, N2O, NO, HF, organic compounds like methane, propane, and formaldehyde, and dozens of others. A high quality FTIR stack gas analyzer can measure over fifty different gases simultaneously. They’re also easier to calibrate than traditional instruments. The analyzer itself only requires a daily background measurement with nitrogen. This is followed by the locally required calibrations or span checks, which we don’t go out of our way to explain here, since they vary slightly based on where you are.
Think about the convenience and savings these offer you. You save time and energy because you don’t have to set up all the normal measurement systems. You save a huge amount of space in your vehicle because these systems replace so many other stack testing systems. They can also bring extra value to your customers. Usually you have to wait weeks for the lab to analyze the samples before you can give them the results of the tests. But an FTIR system can give preliminary results on the spot so customers already know what to expect from the final report.
You would expect there to be some tradeoffs when using a multi-functional tool like this. For instance, the hatchet on a survival tool is probably not quite as good as a regular, single-function hatchet, the compass might be bit small, and the handle on the shovel could be too short. But they make up for these issues with their convenience and portability. Here at Gasmet, we didn’t want you to have to compromise at all, so we made sure that our FTIR stack gas analyzer works without those kind of tradeoffs. They are smaller, more user-friendly, and their technical capabilities are in many ways superior to traditional systems. For many compounds they actually have a lower certified measurement range, greater sensitivity, and higher accuracy than the old system that you’ve been using.
By utilizing FTIR technology, Gasmet is able to deliver first class results in a tiny package. Our FTIR gas analyzer offers all the convenience of a pocket knife with none of the drawbacks. Just like you wouldn’t go camping without bringing your Swiss army knife or multi-tool, next time you head to a job, don’t leave home without your trusty Gasmet FTIR gas analyzer.
Our portable FTIR gas analyzer makes stack testers important work as predictable and hassle free as possible.