Solvent Abatement Validation
The VOC Solvents Emissions Directive imposes a requirement to reduce the industrial emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the European Union. The Directive applies to a wide range of industrial processes including paint spraying, vehicle coating, printing, surface cleaning, dry cleaning and the manufacture of footwear, flooring materials and pharmaceuticals. The operators of these processes employ a number of abatement techniques to lower emissions and continuous monitoring equipment is required to both check the effectiveness of abatement and to demonstrate compliance with emission limits.
For applications in which it is necessary to report measurements of Total Organic Carbon (TOC), FID analysers are the preferred technology and there are links to MCERTS approved Thermo-FID analysers opposite, providing options for portable monitors, fixed monitors, integrated rack-mounted monitors and even direct-mounted analysers where a fast response is required. There are also options for ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2.
If a process has the potential to emit particularly harmful compounds, the Permit may require the measurement of specific hydrocarbons and speciated measurement is therefore necssary. This is commonly provided by the Gasmet FTIR analysers, which are also available in portable or fixed models and are also MCERTS approved. See opposite for links.