Back to the Basics: Analyzer Response Time

Most analyzer specifications clearly indicate the time needed for the analyzer reading to reach 63% (or 90%) of a final reading, in response to a sudden increase in concentration. 

These times are based on the response of the analyzer alone, and do not take into account the following that may be present in the complete analyzer system as installed: 

Sample Transport Time:

  • sample tubing 
  • filtration

Alarm System: 

Back to the Basics: Response time - Sample Transport

The speed at which the sample is drawn from the process and reaches the detector is critical. 

It is known that in many cases the response time of the entire sensing system must be not more than a few seconds. The following add crucial seconds & should be avoided:

Back to the Basics:Continuous monitoring

Authorities require that an analyzer makes “continuous” measurements. 

Portable devices used for occasional checks are not recognized. Sequential sampling systems, which take samples from several locations in the dryer, and multiplex the sample stream to a single analyzer, are not recognized. 

A reasonable definition of a “continuous” analyzer is that it can detect a sudden increase in solvent concentration in time to make an effective alarm, at any time during the dryer’s operation.

Back to the Basics: Effects of Desensitizing Substances

The desensitizing effects of several substances common to industrial processes are well known.