Heraeus FiberLight® Improves Performance and Cost of Pollution Monitoring
Examples of pollution are readily available in all parts of the world, but can be especially recognized in enclosed coastal seas. Pollution exacerbates significant environmental problems such as disease transmittance, loss of food sources, and the degradation of the ecosystems of animals. There is no doubt as to the origins of this pollution, so an anthropogenic solution is required.
Improvements of design and performance for higher Efficiency
The need for pollution analysis has fueled an industry that aims to improve the precision of measurements, the field of applications, the speed of analysis, and the cost of equipment. One such company developed its measuring instrument for pollution monitoring utilizing Heraeus' FiberLight®. While many of their competitors chose to stick with an industry standard of using a xenon lamp, complicated optics, and 2 monochromatic sensors, this company has been able to capitalize on the FiberLight's low noise, broad spectrum output with a single detector to simplify the optical design and which helped this company reduce the overall cost. This design has proven successful in a competitive market while providing distinctive features and benefits that allow the end user to realize their own cost and performance advantages.
New development doubles the Output
Heraeus' FiberLight is used in many small, portable spectrometers and mobile detection devices. Its long life, low noise, and instant "on" features allow for expanded fields of application and ease of design into OEM systems. It consists of a see through deuterium and tungsten halogen lamp which give an output wavelength range from 200 to 1100 nm (option 185~1000 nm). Additional features include a shutter, focusing lenses, and a SMA905 connector which are mounted together with the lamp on its own standalone power supply and control board only requiring a 24VDC outside power source to be up and operational.
As a new development, Heraeus has also introduced a high intensity version of the FiberLight with nearly twice the output of the standard version, but within a similar small footprint allowing for faster analysis times. FiberLight miniature light source offers numerous design possibilities to equipment OEMs, and it is helping keep the world free from pollution.
Control Systems require specified measurement instruments
In Japan the Total Pollutant Load Control System (TPLCS) was introduced based on the Water Pollution Control Law of 1970. This control system targeted Tokyo Bay, Ise Bay, and the Seto Inland Sea, because industrial developments in the surrounding areas discharged polluted water that collected in these bodies of water and became a problem. For any water that was to be discharged into natural waterways, the TPLCS first identified as pollutants and then limited the total nitrogen as well as total phosphorus which may be contained in any effluent stream. Business establishments with daily average effluent of greater than 50 m3 have to measure pollutant levels either by automated analyzer (e.g. UV meter, TOC meter, TOD meter), or composite sampler, or even by specified measurement (manual analysis).
Heraeus Holding GmbH
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH with its headquarters in Hanau and with subsidiaries in the USA, Great Britain, France, China and Australia, is one of the technology- and market-leaders in the production of specialist light sources and systems. In 2013, Heraeus Noblelight had an annual turnover of 138 Million € and employed 875 people worldwide. The organization develops, manufactures and markets infrared and ultraviolet emitters, systems and solutions for applications in industrial manufacture, environmental protection, medicine and cosmetics, research, development and analytical measurement techniques.
The Hanau-based precious metal and technology group Heraeus is a globally active family-run enterprise with a history of more than 160 years. We provide high-end solutions to our customers to lastingly strengthen their competitive position. Our areas of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical devices, quartz glass and specialty light sources. In the financial year 2013, Heraeus achieved a revenue from the sale of products of €3.6 bn, while the revenue from precious metal trading was €13.5 bn. With about 12,500 employees in more than 110 companies world-wide, Heraeus is in a leading position on its global sales markets.
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