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Scienco Utility News

      Issue 1:   28th April 2005 

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  Gas Detection
  SF6 Leak Detection
  COSHH Amendments
  Laboratory News
  Environmental Support
  Gas Quality


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"From 6 April 2005, the focus on good practice changed under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)."    (more)..  
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Brooklea House
10 Avon Valley Business Park
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Scienco operates the following user groups.

  • Gas detection

  • Gas quality

  • Odorant monitoring

  • Gas conditioning

  • Occupational hygiene and COSHH

  • Leak detection and tracing

If you are interested in joining any of the above, give us a call.

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X-am 7000 Revolutionary Gas Detector Now Available
The latest gas detector available from scienco is set to revolutionise gas detection in the utility marketplace. By removing the need for annual offsite service and calibrations, the remarkably versatility and robust  X-am 7000 is setting new standards to satisfy the increasing demands of end users.

The X-am 7000 provides an innovative solution for the simultaneous and continuous detection of up to five gases. A combination of more than 25 sensors allows flexible solutions to individual monitoring tasks. The X-am 7000 can be equipped with three electrochemical, and two catalytic bead or infrared sensors.

The software menu of the X-am 7000 was designed in partnership with our customers making it simple and easy to use. Functions such as TWA and STEL values, as well as functions, like peak hold can be viewed or switched on quickly and with minimal training.
A new, flexible goose-neck probe simplifies the search for leaks at e.g. flanges, shut-off devices and valves. In the tracking-mode, the instrument generates an increasing or decreasing rate of beeps, depending on the gas concentration detected.
Additional to the built-in dust and splash water protection, the X-am 7000 can be submersed without damage. A specially designed rubber-boot protects the instrument against damage from a drop of 1.5 m (5 ft.).
The completely new design of the rechargeable battery block with intelligent charging management guarantees full functionality of the instrument over a period of up to 20 hours (depending on the battery type). An alkaline battery pack is also available if required.
It is the ideal companion in a great number of applications where reliable monitoring of  combustibles gases and - or oxygen, toxic and vapours in the ambient air is necessary.

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SF6 - A New Perspective on an Old Problem

Ever since pipelines were installed, the need to test their integrity by means of a pressure testing has presented the fabricator with a problem.

“what do you do when it fails?”

Do you adopt the following non-routine procedure or something like it?

For obvious reasons the last thing you want to do is admit there is a problem!


So repeat the test in the hope that if you do it again, it will turn into a faulty test and not a failed one.

Repeat several times and if this is not successful, change the gauge.

  • If this doesn’t work, blame the “subee” and start digging in all those awkward places.

  • Then if this fails to find the problem, start cutting the system into halves until you stumble upon the root of the problem.

  •  And before you know it the site resembles the "Somme" with the delays and costs starting to spiral.

A Simple Solution

For almost 30 years, there has been a simple solution to the problem of tracing air leaks. Tiny amounts of Sulphur Hexafluoride are introduced with the compressed air and then, using a very sensitive detector the area can be surveyed within minutes. With the leak pin pointed, one excavation can be made to solve the problem.

Cost savings

Often up to 2 miles of pipeline can be surveyed in one day with the cost equal to one excavation.

If you would like further information on this subject or assistance, follow the contact link or call us on our local rate number 0845 6039053.