Air Quality and Dust Monitoring

Application Background                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Printer Friendly Version

Environmental compliance obligations to limit dust and monitor air quality are becoming more stringent.

Weather Stations which monitor temperature, rainfall, humidity etc are common. Weather authorities provide public information on these parameters. Local Tier 2 weather stations can be set up to specifically monitor specific industrial areas.
There is also a need to monitor air quality and dust levels as well as weather parameters in industrial areas.

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Factories and industrial plants need to monitor dust levels on an immediate needs basis, to close down operations when levels exceed the regulatory limits. Local authorities themselves may also need to monitor air quality generally to alert local residents of any immediate unsafe conditions.
These organizations also need to complete weekly / monthly / quarterly reports on environmental compliance generally, and to determine longer term trends.

Application Details

There are several brands of dust / particulate monitoring instruments and systems. One such brand is the Dust Track monitor, which provides an automated, regular dust measurement.

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Typical systems would be set up on the site, perhaps at central and perimeter locations within the industrial area with a solar panel and battery to make the installation easier and to ensure there is a battery backed up power supply, so measurements are maintained in the event of a primary power failure.

Combining a Dust Monitor Instrument and a Neon Remote Terminal / Module allows factories and industrial plants to maintain dust compliance and to alert operators of any out of limit dust condition.

Dust Monitoring

There may also be a requirement to monitor the weather in the area using Tier 2 weather station equipment to record the ambient conditions, especially wind speed and direction, so there is good knowledge of the general wind conditions to make sure dust and other emissions from the plant are not being carried by the wind to areas of population, such as a local town or city.

There may be the need for one Tier 2 to be installed at the plant and at each perimeter fence of the facility to get a good reading for the local area.

These systems are usually enclosed in a rugged housing, and mounted on a pole with a solar / battery power source and a Neon Remote Terminal / Module to obtain readings from the Dust Track and routinely (5, 10 ,15 minutes) send that data to a central Neon Server.

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Alarms can be set up to immediately notify authority by email or text of any out of limit condition.

Long term routine data can also be examined to determine any long term trends with dust conditions at the site, and to also provide for a long term store of the routine data, to assist with environmental compliance requirements.

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Typical Configuration

Options for Application Specific Instruments / InputsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Vaisala Weather Transmitter WXT536 measures barometric pressure, humidity, precipitation, temperature and wind speed and direction6501V-HVaisala WXT536 Weather Transmitter RS232/422/485 SDI-12 With Bird Spikes
Dusttrack II Aerosol Monitor 8530-Dusttrack II Aerosol Monitor 8530
Options for Neon Telemetry - NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Cellular RTU 3G2013F-AB03Neon Metering Module 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G2013F-AB04Neon Metering Module 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 3G - Industrial2016F-AB03Neon Remote Terminal 3G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 4G - Industrial2016F-AB04Neon Remote Terminal 4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar2015E-AB0Neon Remote Terminal - Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries
Ethernet2017E-0B0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018E-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports
with three Li Batteries
LCD Display2500ENRT LCD Display
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2015E,2016F,2017E, and 2018E NRT FTS
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M8M Extended Memory Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M-CAM8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-CAMSerial Camera Option
Options for Neon Application Software - Customer ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2302ANeon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL
Neon Application Software2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access Licences
Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2301ANeon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee
Neon Hosting Service2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering
Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Standards Starlogger6004D-11Red Logger 512K with Alkaline Battery
Display Starlogger6004D-21Blue Logger 512K with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Prologger7001D-11Green Logger 1M with LCD and Alkaline Battery
Micrologger8010C-EURMicrologger 512K
Starlogger Field Termination Strip6103E6004D FTS
Prologger Field Termination Strip7100E7001D FTS
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key