The Tshwane-based RTS Africa Group supplies solutions for a range of industrial applications. These include, among others, spin filtration, laser-based gas detection and electrolysers for hydrogen production.

RTS Africa MD Ian Fraser says, "Industrial technology is constantly developing and with this development come challenges. To provide answers for these challenges, RTS Africa searches the globe for appropriate and effective solutions."

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RTS Africa now offers IMR on-line gas analysers and monitoring and recording equipment in Southern Africa.

The company has added a new suite of solutions to its technologies division from IMR Environmental Equipment, Inc. – one of the world's leading manufacturers of portable and stationary flue-gas analysers, gas leak detectors, thermometers, manometers and anemometers. For the past 35 years, IMR has been designing and manufacturing combustion analysers. It also offers engineering services and has designed complete mobile measuring laboratories which are now used internationally. Customers increasingly make use of these services because of IMR's recognised know-how and reliability.

The IMR range will extend the RTS Group's offering as RTS Africa is already active in the gas analysis market as the agent for NEO Monitors laser gas analysers and H2scan hydrogen analysers.

"IMR offers multiple channel on-line gas analysers and monitoring and recording equipment as well as manufacturing a range of effective portable instruments, all of which will add to the RTS Africa range and capabilities in gas analysis technologies," says Fraser.

The introduction of IMR into South Africa is significant for any industry using a combustion process or furnace, such as power stations, refineries, or steel or other smelter plants.

The IMR continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) provides simultaneous multiple gas monitoring capabilities as well as monitoring other variables such as temperature, pressure, flow and particulate analysis.

"In South Africa, the regulations regarding combustion require that heat-generating plants be operated in such a way that their emissions, related to their heating capacity, do not exceed the values required by law," Fraser explains. "With any combustion plant, if the fuel/air mix is not optimal, the owner could literally be sending their money 'up in smoke'," he adds.

The quality of combustion can be clearly established through the exact measurements given by IMR gas analysers, which measure all parameters relevant to optimising combustion. IMR products can also be customised to suit specific, challenging applications.

With a combustion process in a furnace, for example, too little air will result in incomplete combustion, soot formation and a high carbon monoxide ratio. In contrast, too much air will mean incomplete combustion and unnecessary emissions and heat escaping up the flue with the exhaust gas.

"As solid, liquid and gas fuels have varying calorific values, IMR analysers can store common and more unusual fuel factors in order to calculate fuel efficiencies," Fraser explains. With an IMR instrument, improvements in the fuel/air mix can be made easily.

IMR combustion gas analysers are simple to operate, flexible, have wide measuring ranges and are highly accurate. These high-technology systems for measuring emissions have gained a respected reputation among IMR customers in the US and around the world.

Fraser says RTS Africa is excited to introduce IMR Environmental Equipment to Southern Africa and he is confident that these industrial solutions will prove valuable in promoting the efficiency and profitability of a range of South African industry sectors.

For more information contact RTS Africa: rtsafrica.co.za/