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Yokogawa releases TDLS8000 tunable diode laser spectrometer

11 May 2015

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of the TDLS8000 tunable diode laser spectrometer on May 7. This new product can quickly make in-situ measurements of gas concentrations in combustion and heating processes that are employed in the oil, petrochemical, electric power, iron and steel, and other industries. 

As the successor to the TDLS200 laser gas analyser, the TDLS8000 offers improved reliability and operability. With this new product, Yokogawa aims to capture a greater share of the gas analyser market by offering a solution that will make it possible to improve plant efficiency and safety.

Development background

Companies are always looking for ways to optimise processes by saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving safety and one way to do this is by optimising the air-fuel ratio in the combustion process. To accomplish this, sensors are needed that can continuously monitor the concentration of O2 and CO+CH4 in the radiant section of fired heaters.

The TDLS200 laser gas analyser is capable of quickly performing in-situ measurements of the concentration of near-infrared absorbing gases such as O2, CO, CO2, and NH3. Since the TDLS200 was released in 2008, its high accuracy and precision have earned it a good reputation in the marketplace, and it has gone on to become one of the best-selling instruments of its type in the global market (based on a Yokogawa market survey).

The TDLS8000 is being introduced as the successor to the TDLS200 to satisfy the need for improved operability and to allow for greater adaptability in difficult applications.

Product features

1. Highly reliable measurement
The TDLS8000’s laser module includes a newly developed reference cell board that improves the reliability of absorption peak detection, which is an important step in the spectral area method. In addition, the receiving unit employs a new auto gain function that can automatically optimise detection sensitivity depending on the measurement object. By increasing the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N ratio), this improves the reliability of measurements taken in coal combustion and other processes where there is high particulate loading. Designed to meet the requirements for SIL2 certification (certification pending) defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the TDLS8000 will play a key support role in ensuring the safe operation of plants.

2. Improved operability and maintenance efficiency
The TDLS8000 comes with a large 7.5-inch LCD touch screen that can display a greater variety of data. The touch screen replaces the push button interface used with preceding models, making the setting of parameters easier and more intuitive. The light source module containing the laser diode is fully sealed and damage resistant. To facilitate troubleshooting and reduce downtime, this module is able to store up to 50 days’ worth of raw data that can be accessed anywhere in the world by, for example, a Yokogawa response centre.

3. Compact size
The redesigned TDLS8000 is just three-quarters the size and weight of the preceding model, allowing it to be installed in a greater variety of locations.

The TDLS8000 is expected to be certified to the IECEx, ATEX (Europe), FM (U.S.), cFM (Canada), and TIIS (Japan) explosion-proof standards. It will be suitable for installation in hazardous areas that require the use of an explosion-proof enclosure.

Major target markets include industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, iron and steel, and ceramics.

Applications include measurement of O2 concentration in fired heaters for improved safety and lifecycle management; measurement of CO concentration during combustion process; measurement of amount of moisture in hydrocarbons and corrosive gases and measurement of ammonia concentration for leak detection during DeNox process.

Yokogawa’s laser gas analysers

These instruments make use of tunable diode laser spectroscopy (TDLS) to measure the gas concentration. To determine the gas concentration, a receiving unit detects how much energy is absorbed as a laser beam is transmitted through a gas. With this technique, there is no need for a sampling device: the analyser can be installed directly on a gas duct and make measurements quickly, in real time. Yokogawa’s analysers use a unique spectrum area method whereby the gas concentration is calculated based on the area in an absorption-distribution chart, and thus can stably measure the concentration of a specific gas in the presence of other gases or dust and under conditions where the temperature and/or pressure is fluctuating.

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 86 companies spans 56 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is engaged in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other business segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit the company’s website www.yokogawa.com.

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982.  Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations.  This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place.  Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands.  In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.
 


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