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Upgrade for personal VOC monitor

21 May 2018

Ion Science has upgraded its Cub personal volatile organic compound (VOC) detector. For improved worker and plant safety, the cost effective instrument now has a more robust design, new PC software and louder 95dB sounder alarm for use in noisy environments.

Comfortable to wear and easy-to-use, Ion Science believes its Cub to be the world’s smallest, lightest and most sensitive personal photoionisation detector (PID). With its anti-contamination technology and humidity resistant operation, the Cub is suitable for the protection of workers in chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas and pharmaceutical processing facilities, as well as health & safety, hazardous materials, first response and environmental applications.

As part of the upgrade, the Cub now offers increased resistance to chemical exposure during decontamination procedures.

A new sound chamber helps maximise noise output, allowing the Cub to reach over 95dB. Updated within the latest firmware V0.0.80, the alarm sound produces alternating frequencies which enables it to be more easily recognised in noisy environments. Where noise levels are quieter, it is possible to reduce the sound using the volume control within the Cub PC. 

The updated Cub PC software offers a series of enhancements including the option to carry out bump tests using the selected gas or calibration gas, new gas table, the ability to send configurations to multiple Cubs at once and Cub PC lock with restricted user version.

The Cub has a dynamic range of 1 parts per billion (ppb) to 5000 parts per million (ppm) sensitivity - giving an early warning of exposure to hazardous gases, including benzene.

When worker exposure exceeds pre-set limits the Cub’s upgraded audible, vibrating and flashing LED alarms provides an alert to the gases present. Readings are displayed on a bright, back-lit LCD display with selectable data logging time. An independent alarm sounds to the employee but also records a quantifiable measure of exposure to VOCs.

The Cub is available as a ppm instrument with 10.6 eV lamp for accurate detection of a wide range of VOCs to ppm levels. The CubTAC ppm variant with 10.0 eV lamp accurately detects total aromatic compounds (TACs), including benzene, down to ppb levels. 

The Cub (ppm) can be upgraded to ppb sensitivity quickly and easily via Ion Science’s micro website. Docking stations are available for USB communication, charging and calibrating the Cub.

Ion Science says the instrument’s patented MiniPID sensor technology has been independently verified as best performing for speed, accuracy and humidity resistant operation. Its anti-contamination and patented Fence Electrode Technology provide extended run time in the most challenging environments.

It meets ATEX, IECEx standards and responds to hazardous gases and vapours in less than 13 seconds. A two-year warranty is available when the Cub is registered online.