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Ammonia Vent Line Gas Detector

Critical Environment Technologies Canada Inc. (CETCI) is pleased to introduce our Ammonia (NH3) vent line gas detector.

The LPT-A Vent Line Ammonia Transmitter (P/N: LPT-A-VLT-NH3-S) is designed to detect and alert operators of high concentrations of ammonia in vent lines of refrigeration systems caused by equipment failure or system over pressurization. Slow leaks of refrigerant can be costly over time and a dangerous situation could present itself if a high pressure release were to occur. Typically, normal vapour flow is handled by the ammonia compressor, but a vapour flow in excess of the compressor’s capacity will enter the vent stack and can cause a large amount of the gas to travel up the vent line and discharge. In addition, higher than normal concentrations of ammonia can be caused by faulty valves, damaged or worn equipment, contaminants and/or equipment failure or system overpressure. Without safety precautions in place, hazardous levels of ammonia from equipment failure or over pressurization could cause an explosion and seriously jeopardize the health of workers and people in the surrounding area.

The VLT provides continuous, real-time monitoring of the levels of ammonia in the relief vent line. It can be configured to alarm at a pre-determined set point (1.0% / 10,000 ppm is recommended) and send an analog signal to activate a remote strobe or horn, or communicate with a controller or PLC to activate or shut down equipment as required.

The catalytic NH3 sensor has a range of 0 to 3% volume (0 – 30,000 ppm) and is potted into a 2” pipe fitting protruding from the back of the enclosure which connects to a coupler that is used to secure the device to a mounting pipe. The VLT may be mounted on the vent relief stack above the pressure relief valve using the 3/4” cast steel coupler. Or it can be mounted outside on the relief header, 3 to 5 feet above the roof-line. Unless exposed to very high concentrations of ammonia for a prolonged period of time, the sensor should last 3+ years.

The circuitry is housed in a durable, copper coated, ABS/polycarbonate enclosure that is water / dust tight (drip proof) and corrosion resistant. The factory installed splash guard on the (unused) front vent protects the interior from water entering the enclosure. A water tight gland provides a water tight conduit entry for the cable.

The VLT is virtually maintenance free, but removal from the pipe extension will be required to access the sensor during calibration. Bump tests should be done monthly and a full calibration conducted yearly (unless a significant exposure incident occurs, after which additional bump tests and/or calibrations are required to ensure the device is working properly and the sensor has not been poisoned).

Vent line systems should always be treated with extreme caution and workers should assume a relief valve could release at any time. Take necessary safety precautions and follow industry standard practices when installing, servicing and calibrating the VLT.


About Critical Environment Technologies Canada Inc.

Critical Environment Technologies designs and manufacturers indoor air quality and fixed gas detection systems including self-contained systems, controllers and transmitters (analog, digital and wireless). Applications include commercial HVAC, institutional, municipal and light industrial markets worldwide. Many of these applications are for vehicle exhaust, but areas of specialization include refrigeration, food processing plants, manufacturing plants, wastewater treatment plants, commercial swimming pools and many more.

For more information about our products, check out our website at www.critical-environment.com or to discuss a tailored gas detection solution for your application, contact us at 1-877-940-8741.

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AST Analog Transmitters

The AST series are rugged, reliable analog transmitters available with electrochemical, catalytic or solid state sensors to detect a wide range of gases. AST transmitters convert the raw signal from a sensor into a useful output that can be sent to a controller or building automation system. The standard housing is rugged PVC and an optional watertight polycarbonate housing is available to suit different applications.


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Gas Detection Controllers

CETCI’s family of gas detection controllers are designed to accept inputs from a number of remote transmitters (analog and/or digital) and perform control functions such as automatically activating exhaust fans, make-up air fans, alarm devices, etc. PAC and PDC controllers utilize microprocessor circuits allowing these controllers to be completely field configurable by the end user. A 2-line, backlit LCD provides the user with scrolling information about the connected transmitters and the built-in audible / visual alarms provide alarm notification to the user. The PAC accommodates 4 analog inputs and provides 4 analog outputs (4-20 mA). The PDC accommodates 8 analog inputs and 120 digital transmitters or 128 digital transmitters on a communication network. Both controllers provide a wide range of functionality.


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CETCI makes rugged, reliable analog transmitters in several configurations to suit many different applications. They are available with a variety of sensor types to detect a wide range of gases, including electrochemical, catalytic, infrared and solid state. Several enclosure options are available to meet the environmental requirements. CETCI analog transmitters feature 4 to 20 mA linear output signals, automatic thermal resetting fuse and LED indication for power and alarm. Options include a field settable dry contact relay and a local digital display. Calibration and maintenance procedures are simple and are easily performed in the field.


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Gas Detectors

CETCI gas detectors are used to detect many different gases. Some of the most common are Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Nitric Oxide, Ammonia, Chlorine, Ozone, Combustible Gases like Methane and Propane, Oxygen, Refrigerants and more.

IAQ Monitors

The YES Series of IAQ Monitors are essential for those responsible for conducting Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Investigations. These instruments are specifically designed to measure and record the quality of indoor air in offices, buildings, homes, schools, parking garages, ice rinks, etc.