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Soot counter – practical aid for control

Fine particles and soot particles are small and may be present in the environment without you noticing. However, this in itself is particularly dangerous, because the particles can result in emissions. Flue gas loss, for example in oil heating systems, is an important issue. There are performance indicators here that have to be adhered to, so as to avoid any contamination.

In the industrial sector, where your employees are working in the vicinity of systems that generate a lot of particulate matter, measurement becomes even more important. Here, you can work with a flue gas analyzer. This enables measurement of the smoke number to be carried out quickly and easily and gives you certainty as to whether the systems' combustion entails significant soot generation, or whether everything is within the normal range.

The following features are helpful for a smoke counter:

  • easy-to-follow menu
  • measurement is automatic
  • accurate determination of soot concentration

Measure the soot count with Testo's flue gas analyzer

So, you now have the option of carrying out a digital measurement to measure the soot count. Testo offers you a variety of models for this. In contrast to a nanoparticles measuring instrument which is able to test different types of nanoparticle, the flue gas analyzers are designed for the soot count. They enable even more detailed measurements, which help you get an overview of the work done by the equipment.

So, with a Testo soot count meter, you get a practical aid that helps you take a step along the road to effective control. The focus here is on the measurement needing to be carried out quickly and easily. The design of the instruments ensures that the soot count can be determined digitally. This means it is considerably easier to provide documentation. You can carry out effective analyses.

Practical features of Testo's soot measuring instruments:

  • the instruments are subject to a test by the TÜV
  • the menu guidance is particularly user-friendly
  • the clarity of the displays is maintained
  • the measurement results can be viewed directly

Working with an instrument for measuring the degree of blackening

One of the soot measuring instruments also measures the degree of blackening. The handy instrument is capable of measuring the filter smoke number and the soot concentration. It is possible to take this instrument with you and thus use it at different operating locations. This special particulate matter measuring device can carry out a direct analysis.
That is particularly important in terms of ensuring you have the data to hand on site and are able to respond. It is of particular importance when it comes to controlling diesel motors. In this way, the occurrence of emissions should be avoided. Injection can also be adjusted on a diesel engine to reduce the emission of soot.
The instruments in Testo's range are also suitable for industrial use. It does not therefore matter whether the diesel engines you want to test are located in vehicles, in industrial plants or on ships. Measurement systems no longer need to be installed on site. This is a crucial cost saving.

Checking the performance indicators that have to be measured

Measurement of the smoke number is an important issue, which in many cases is even linked to a performance indicator whose measurement is mandatory. This obligation primarily exists for oil heating systems which are sometimes also used in companies and in industry. Oil heating systems first have to be tested using this measurement, before the classic flue gas loss measurement. The result of the soot count makes it clear whether the system's combustion process is working properly, or if there is too much soot formation. In this case, it may be helpful to rely on a leak detector as well.

In heating engineering, a measurement of the smoke number is an important task and it is helpful here if you have a practical smoke tester to hand. You can measure the soot count with manual or semi-automatic systems. However, this is a major challenge and it has been shown that the results are not always accurate.

It is easier if you use a digital flue gas analyzer. It is not just that the measurement is carried out in significantly greater detail. It also makes analysis easier. Depending on the instrument, this is either carried out directly by the system or it can be transmitted to an interface.

Testo's soot measuring instruments

The development of soot measuring instruments has seen rapid progress. There are now handy designs which have digital measuring technology. As a result, you can achieve even faster results. This is particularly important for work on equipment with soot emissions. It means a reduction of emissions, as well as time and money savings.

The mobile flue gas analyzer and its advantages:

  • analysis of the measurement results on site
  • mobile usage options, for example in the industrial sector
  • fast delivery of records of the values

Measurement of the smoke number for the detection of leaks

It may be the case that heating systems or other industrial equipment no longer operate optimally over the course of time. A trigger for this may be a leak in the equipment. It is not always easy to detect leaks. Damage may occur precisely when you fail to detect increased particle emissions straight away.

Regular measurement with one of the soot count meters helps you to detect when there are changes in terms of the discharge. In this case, it is advisable to use a leak detector as well. The combination of the two instruments enables fast identification of the problem and its correction.

An overview of the fields of application for leak detectors:

  • control of large quantities of soot particles
  • checking existing systems
  • fast detection of possible leaks on the equipment