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PINSSAR DPM MONITORING

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ABOUT THE PINSSAR PARTNERSHIP

CCD Group and Pinssar have entered into an exclusive distribution partnership for the Pinssar Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) monitoring system. The partnership is based on our guiding principles of, safety first, innovation and partnerships. The customised Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) monitoring system provides real time DPM monitoring of confirmed environments where diesel engines expel potentially deadly diesel engine exhaust emissions.

ABOUT PINSSAR

Diesel particulate matter (DPM) is of great concern for all charged with the responsibility of ensuring workplace occupational health and safety in a number of confined environs where diesel engines expel potentially deadly diesel engine exhaust emissions.

The Pinssar goal is simply to help make the world a safer place, and help reduce the health risks when workers (and anyone) are exposed to potentially life threatening deadly and toxic diesel engine exhaust emissions – especially in a confined environment.

Pinssar acknowledges that all customers must have a return on that investment via multiple measurements, and in addition to helping reduce risk, is also driven to help ensure adherence to workplace occupational health and safety requirements and guidelines.

Pinssar designs, develops and manufactures DPM monitoring systems and devices that have been developed to offer greater measurement abilities – up to 800 nanometers – which are designed to detect (DPM) diesel particulate matter from diesel engine exhaust emissions.

Pinssar Technology can be customised for an entire workplace environ regardless of size – whether it be a tunnel, underground mine, workshop, or any confined space environment where diesel engine exhaust emissions can potentially present a threat to the health and safety of humans.

PINSSAR STORY

After 4 years of intense research, development, testing and trials and a substantial personal financial investment by the owners, Kate and Francois Velge – Pinssar is now embarking on the “go to market” phase of this company’s remarkable journey. Pinssar has released the world’s first continuous, real time Ambient Air Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) Reader (Monitor) for harsh environments; continuously monitoring ambient air particles in the sub 800nm zone, where DPM lurks. This new technology is being manufactured in Adelaide by a globally recognised Hi Tech defence industry manufacturing and services company.

Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) emitted by diesel engines is a recognised health risk for workers in confined spaces such as mines and tunnels. To date monitoring of DPM and these sub 800 nanometre (nm) DPM particles has been costly and not able to be done continuously, in real time in harsh environments, meaning workers can be exposed to unsafe conditions for up to 3 weeks while conventional test results are processed. In addition if unsafe conditions occur spasmodically these traditional tests normally undertaken every 4 weeks may miss significant exposure events.

Managing Director and owner of Pinssar Mr Velge said “For the first time in an industrial landscape dominated by diesel engines a ‘real-time’ decision making tool is available to management to protect workers and public health and well-being and continuous monitoring is the key to understanding the level of this threat in confined environs rather than spot checking or reacting to the more obvious signs of exposure”.

The unique Pinssar Reader and Dashboard system, offers 24/7 continuous DPM monitoring with very low maintenance and servicing requirements. The Reader is a robust, IP64 rated plug-and-play unit supported by a high quality, multi-protocol communication interface system.  The critical innovation within this system is the capability to deliver reliable DPM data to management, in real time, on a configurable ‘dashboard’, via display on smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops, subject to appropriate authorisation. Further, all data is held for the life of the unit and accessible on demand.

This Pinssar system is a unique technological advancement and represents a significant step forward in the fight to detect and manage diesel particulate matter exposure. This globally relevant innovation has the potential to replace traditional intermittent testing procedures that currently cost the industry billions of dollars a year. The unique features of the Pinssar Reader are secured under a world-wide patent.

The Pinssar DPM Reader will become the global world standard for measuring DPM emissions, and enable Pinssar to achieve its primary goal – to save lives.

HOW THE PINSSAR DPM WORKS

Laser-light scattering photometry (LLSP) is a way of measuring particles in air based on the scattering of light by those particles

A thin beam of polarised light is directed into a small area through which air-containing particles passes. Particles pass through the light beam and scatter the light. The direction and amount of scattered light is dependent on the wavelength of light and properties of the particles such as their size and shape. We measure the amount of light at an angle offset to the original beam and the intensity of that scattered light is proportional to the amount of particles in the sampled air.

PINSSAR DPM TECHNOLOGY

The Pinssar DPM Monitoring Technology Reader is an Laser Light Scattering Photometery (LLSP) instrument developed to specifically address some limitations of existing LLSP instruments

Pinssar provides continual monitoring of diesel particulates matter known as DPM in underground environments or confined spaces. Primarily these limitations centre on maintenance concerns, elimination of non-diesel particles and providing data to end users in an easily understandable format.

The Pinssar DPM Reader Offers Durability & Performance

Instruments in underground mining and tunnelling environments are subjected to extremes of temperature, humidity, vibration, water and dust ingress. Conventional LLSP instruments designed for either laboratory or field use are typically made with a plastic body, have small disposable filters to provide clean air to the optics, use particle size impactors to remove large particles and are either 240V or battery powered. The maintenance needs of these instruments can be considerable, and are dependent on the nature of the environment where they are used.

Challenges of Harsh Environments

  • Dirtier environments require more frequent maintenance. Clean air filters for the optical cell are typically replaced at monthly intervals or on an operating hour basis.
  • Particle size impactors collect oversize material on an impaction plate, allowing finer particles to pass.
  • During the course of sampling, oversize material accumulates on the plate to the point where the material either dislodges and enters the instrument, alters the size fraction passing or blocks the inlet to further particles.
  • Particle size impactors require the removal of oversize collected deposits at least weekly to prevent contamination of the cell.
PINSSAR AMBIENT AIR MONITORING SYSTEM (AAMS) SOFTWARE

Particles generated from older technology diesel engines differ substantially from newer technology diesel engines. To account for this, the Pinssar Ambient Air Monitoring System (AAMS) software accompanying the reader, has functionality whereby users can add a site-specific calibration factor to account for variations in their diesel particulate mix.The AAMS software was specifically designed to display a simple dashboard approach for end users with standard charting capabilities. The software has flexibility in setting action limits and the ability to map the locations of the devices. Whilst relatively simple in look, the AAMS software is capable of communicating with multiple Readers simultaneously, providing notification of instrument status, error codes as well as notification to end users.

The Pinssar Reader is capable of being installed into a variety of communication networks, having on-board capability for a multitude of communication protocols.

Pinssar’s DPM Monitoring Systems are designed specifically to continuously measure Diesel Particulate Matter 24/7.

All other air monitoring devices DO NOT MEASURE and provide data 24/7 that assesses continuously to the required 800 nanometers that is essential when measuring the air quality and providing information specifically about DPM – Diesel Particulate Matter – that is expelled from diesel engines and known as diesel engine exhaust emissions.

Pinssar’s technology provides data 24/7 that can also be assessed with historical data and graphical visualisation charts.

This collected data supports effective and timely decision-making when this DPM monitoring technology is integrated with a ventilation plan and relevant systems and procedures.

Pinssar technology provides almost instantaneous continuous data 24/7 for assessment on the quality and characteristics of the tunnel, mine, workshop or confined environ, its atmosphere, and air quality.

This information can also potentially reduce energy costs as a result of greater economy of ventilation and energy costs.

Pinssar technology is also likely to reduce the cost of compliance.

PINSSAR DPM READER BENEFITS
  • The Pinssar DPM Reader is housed in a water and dust resistant stainless steel enclosure, fitted with ruggedised power and communications connections suitable for permanent use underground.
  • The DPM reader uses a two stage sintered metal and borosilicate glass fibre filtration assembly to significantly extend the time between filter cleaning to 6 months or beyond depending on sampling rates.
  • The Pinssar DPM Reader uses size selective sampling inlet to collect only particles with a size of 800nm or less. Particles this size are primarily generated from engine exhaust emissions. The inlet is designed with a shroud to prevent large particles from entering the Reader. This effectively prevents non-diesel particles from entering, keeping the instruments response similar to the calibration aerosol. This also results in a lower accumulation of particles in the oversize trap of the cyclone, considerably reducing the frequency required to remove oversize collected deposits.
  • Humidity can affect LLSP measurements, particularly where high humidity levels can result in condensation of water droplets or altering the properties of particles. Air sampled by the Pinssar Reader is heated to 60 degrees celsius prior to entering the optical cell. This ensures a relative humidity of less than 60% is maintained in the optical cell, minimizing errors potentially arising from extraneous water.
  • To account for possible long-term drift, from progressive deterioration in laser power output, detector sensitivity or particle contamination over time, following every measurement, a sample of filtered particle free air (99.99% removal of particles down to 0.01μm), is first flushed through the Reader and then a zero reading is taken. This value is subtracted from the sample reading to derive a true instrument response. Additionally, eight instrument parameters are measured and recorded with the instrument response to ensure the quality of measurement is maintained.
  • The Pinssar Reader is factory calibrated against a known diesel emission source. This ensures the response of the Reader is specifically calculated to diesel particles.
PINSSAR AMBIENT AIR MONITORING SYSTEM (AAMS) SOFTWARE

Particles generated from older technology diesel engines differ substantially from newer technology diesel engines. To account for this, the Pinssar Ambient Air Monitoring System (AAMS) software accompanying the reader, has functionality whereby users can add a site-specific calibration factor to account for variations in their diesel particulate mix.The AAMS software was specifically designed to display a simple dashboard approach for end users with standard charting capabilities. The software has flexibility in setting action limits and the ability to map the locations of the devices. Whilst relatively simple in look, the AAMS software is capable of communicating with multiple Readers simultaneously, providing notification of instrument status, error codes as well as notification to end users.

The Pinssar Reader is capable of being installed into a variety of communication networks, having on-board capability for a multitude of communication protocols.

Pinssar’s DPM Monitoring Systems are designed specifically to continuously measure Diesel Particulate Matter 24/7.

All other air monitoring devices DO NOT MEASURE and provide data 24/7 that assesses continuously to the required 800 nanometers that is essential when measuring the air quality and providing information specifically about DPM – Diesel Particulate Matter – that is expelled from diesel engines and known as diesel engine exhaust emissions.

Pinssar’s technology provides data 24/7 that can also be assessed with historical data and graphical visualisation charts.

This collected data supports effective and timely decision-making when this DPM monitoring technology is integrated with a ventilation plan and relevant systems and procedures.

Pinssar technology provides almost instantaneous continuous data 24/7 for assessment on the quality and characteristics of the tunnel, mine, workshop or confined environ, its atmosphere, and air quality.

This information can also potentially reduce energy costs as a result of greater economy of ventilation and energy costs.

Pinssar technology is also likely to reduce the cost of compliance.

Pinssar technology provides almost instantaneous continuous data 24/7 for assessment on the quality and characteristics of the tunnel, mine, workshop or confined environ, its atmosphere, and air quality.

This information can also potentially reduce energy costs as a result of greater economy of ventilation and energy costs.

Pinssar technology is also likely to reduce the cost of compliance.

PINSSAR TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS
  • Pinssar Reader and Monitoring devices continuously measure particulate and gas concentrations in addition to airflow and temperature readings.
  • The captured data is transferred or relayed via Pinssar’s feeder or communication network.
  • Pinssar’s Analytics and Data Visualisation Server then translates the data into useful information, graphs, and data, and is then made available to the right people, 24/7 and accessible via computers, cell phones and tablet devices. This vital information then ensures that informed decisions can be made regarding air quality within the areas or regions that are monitored by Pinssar’s technology. This continuous data can then be assessed and integrate with filtration or ventilation machines, systems and processes.
  • The Pinssar Air Monitoring technology enables key operatives responsible for workplace health and safety and air quality to have access to a constant decision-making tool that presents timely information 24/7 to the ventilation officer/s, occupational hygienists, health and safety professionals, and the underground manager/s.
  • Pinssar’s technology is a real time interface to simulation applications, ventilation-on-demand PLC’s, and other tools and systems.
  • Pinssar also offers customised relevant and required data for specific jurisdictional Code of Practices and Guideline requirements.
  • Pinssar’s DPM Monitoring Technology also transmits alerts (via SMS and email) if set DPM levels exceed predetermined levels.
  • This information can also be stored and archived and preserve the data for analysis and future planning.
  • Pinssar devices also enable the production of reports with data averaged over multiple timeframes and is complementary with other measurements such as personal monitoring.
Integration

  • The deployment and installation of the Readers and Monitors is carried out in a staged process.
  • An on-going maintenance and support program is provided.

Striving for Accuracy 24/7

The Pinssar Readers and Monitors have a fresh air purifier that self-cleanses the system of fine particles and contaminants after each sample is taken. (This has historically been a high maintenance cost associated with alternative technology.)

An in-house developed adaptation of laser light-scattering technology is used to eliminate the need for NIOSH 5040 sample analysis.

Credibility

Pinssar’s technology has been tested in accredited testing laboratories, and our Analytics and Data Visualisation Server uses advanced software engineering to store and archive data on and off-site, providing standard and customisable reports, data analysis, an alert system, and also interfaces to 3rd party products such as VOD and simulation tools.

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