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The launch of Titan

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Ion Science has designed and launched Titan which is specially designed for the detection of ambient benzene in petrochemical applications, providing the ultimate protection of workforce, environment and plant. Titan has been specifically designed for the accurate and reliable detection of ambient benzene in petrochemical applications where traditional methods suffer cross interference, providing the ultimate real time protection of workforce, environment and plant.


Benzene is a constituent of crude oil and becomes gaseous during petrochemical processing but is it also used as a solvent in the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubbers and dyes. It is a carcinogen with very low work exposure limits making sub parts per million measurement an essential requirement. Traditional photonisation detection (PID) monitors easily detect benzene but they also identify other less harmful volatile organic compound (VOC) gases that are normally present at the same time.

A world first

As the world’s first truly selective wall mounted benzene monitor, the Ion Science Titan is set to be a real game changer for the petrochemical industry and refinery applications in particular. Incorporating the well proven MiniPID technology at the heart of the instrument, Titan is highly sensitive and capable of detecting benzene levels down to 0.1 ppm and up to 20 ppm. Offering rapid and accurate detection, Titan continuously samples and analyses the environment to provide real time feedback of ambient benzene levels. When a sample is taken, the benzene component is chemically filtered using a robust separation technology so ensuring no false positives are measured with potential cross contaminating compounds in the atmosphere.

The sensor features a clear display and provides users with an immediate warning alarm system when hazardous levels of benzene are detected ensuring ongoing safety and protection. The instrument also provides two relays with configurable levels to integrated into site alarm systems. Flashing lights are used as an alarm signal to give a clear indication when benzene levels are present. Another feature is that Titan stores data internally and remotely connects to a PC. Its continuous, real time measurement facilitates the analysis of trends and allows activity levels to be accurately identified.

Titan is designed to operate in conditions ranging from -20°C up to 60°C and is unaffected by changes in ambient temperature. It also incorporates two temperature regulation systems to ensure critical components perform optimally. The modular design is easy to service and designed to operate for as long as possible without intervention. Working parts can be easily removed and serviced, or replaced by another plug and play service module. It also provides removal of particulate contamination in the air stream to provide long term service free sampling. Titan also utilises Ion Science’s patented Fence Electrode technology for resistance to humidity and contamination which makes Titan ideal for extended operation in harsh environments.


Duncan Johns, Managing Director, Ion Science said, “like most Ion Science products, the Titan has been developed as a result of listening to our customers and understanding the changing needs of our target markets. The petrochemical industry has been clamouring for a benzene specific monitor for some time so we’re excited at being able to offer the Titan as a robust, reliable and accurate solution.

“The Titan utilises Ion Science’s 25 years’ experience and is the result of significant research and development. It is truly revolutionary and a further reinforcement of our market leading position at the forefront of global gas detection instrumentation."

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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