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Ammonia (NH3) Detection

Portable & fixed-point NH3 detectors for healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, and environmental testing.

About Ammonia Detection

A colorless gas with a distinctive sharp smell, Ammonia is a cornerstone in numerous industries such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, refrigeration, and manufacturing.

Its widespread use is evident in fertilizer production, waste and wastewater treatment, and the creation of explosives. In the realm of manufacturing, ammonia plays a pivotal role in the production of plastics, fibers, and other chemicals. Though invaluable, ammonia’s toxicity is a significant hazard, particularly in enclosed industrial environments, requiring stringent detection protocols to ensure worker safety. Prolonged exposure even at low levels can have adverse health effects, making its management in the workplace critical.

Common Challenges

  • Difficulty in detecting low concentrations of ammonia, which can still pose health risks.
  • Ensuring reliable and continuous monitoring in harsh industrial environments.
  • Mitigating false alarms due to the presence of other chemicals and environmental factors.

Guidelines

  • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL): 50 parts per million (ppm) over an 8-hour workday.
  • NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL): 25 ppm over a 10-hour workday.
  • NIOSH Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL): 35 ppm over 15 minutes.

Industries

Ammonia is a fundamental ingredient in fertilizer production, providing the essential nitrogen that plants require to grow. In agriculture, ammonia-based fertilizers are applied to crops to enhance yield. However, ammonia's volatility means it can escape into the air, necessitating the monitoring of NH3 levels to minimize environmental impact and ensure worker safety Read more...

Ammonia is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a building block to synthesize a variety of compounds, including nitrogen-containing drugs. Detection of ammonia is vital to prevent contamination and to ensure the safety of pharmaceutical production environments. Read more...

Ammonia is used in the textile industry for mercerization and dyeing processes. Monitoring ammonia levels is important to prevent worker exposure to harmful concentrations and to ensure a safe working environment. Read more...

The pulp and paper industry uses ammonia in the pulping process and waste treatment. Ammonia detection systems are important to control emissions and to protect workers from exposure to high concentrations that can be harmful. Read more...

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Fixed Point Gas Detection

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