Incidents involving flammable processes can claim lives, damage equipment, and halt production. These events have the potential to cost manufacturers millions of dollars each year. Designed to control oxygen levels and prevent process fires and explosions, the Neutronics Inerting Control Systems (ICS) can help you avoid these potential losses and improve safety at your plant.
The Neutronics ICS controls oxygen on the basis of real-time measurement. By continuously measuring oxygen levels and adding inert gas to the process only when necessary, the ICS not only increases safety margins but has the potential to reduce excessive venting of nitrogen and solvent vapors. The savings can be significant. The ICS uses up to 60% less inert gas than continuous flow, timed-volume, and pressurization type inerting methods.
When a chemical process is purged with inert gas, varying amounts VOCs are often vented. This venting can drive up the cost of scrubbing or incinerating the waste stream as required by the EPA. By adding inert gas only as needed, the Neutronics ICS will help you reduce VOC emissions.
Inerting or blanketing has an additional benefit. It prevents air, moisture, and other contaminants from entering the vapor space of vessels and containers. Many sensitive materials, especially in the food, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries, may experience degradation in product quality when they come in contact with those contaminants. Blanketing can be used to create a slight positive pressure inside the storage containers, preventing the air and contaminants from entering and reacting with the products.
Components of the ICS System
Download ICS Specification sheet:
Model Mini ICS
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