Combustion and Emissions

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The PCA® 400 Combustion & Emissions Analyzer by Bacharach is a versatile analyzer for commercial and industrial applications.

It comes with up to four gas sensors, options include O2, CO, NOx, NO, NO2 and SO2.

Using the PCA 400, technicians can:

  • See and save live data for easy compliance reporting with real-time PC software
  • Remotely operate the analyzer with the Combustion App and create custom reports with comments which can be sent via email
  • Reproduce combustion and emissions reports in the field with Bluetooth® and IrDA printer
  • Reduce downtime with B-Smart® Sensors which can be replaced in the field and don’t require calibration gas
  • Have superior accuracy for low NOx and SOx applications with optional active sample conditioner
  • Reduce maintenance costs and downtime with 5-year warranty on O2 sensor

PCA 400 hand held unit

The PCA 400 offers everything you and your technicians need to commission, tune, maintain and certify any boiler. It is perfect for spot-checking and tuning your engines with the high-range CO sensor and available sample conditioner. Whether it's boiler combustion or emissions testing of your natural gas, stationary genset or mobile fleet vehicles, monitoring your emissions is fast, easy and accurate.

Why is combustion analysis important?

Combustion analysis is an important part of the process to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve the safety of fuel-burning equipment. During combustion, analysis measurements of gas concentrations, temperatures and pressures are obtained.

Emissions analyzers for compliance testing and combustion tuning:

Emission testing and combustion analysis are vitally important for environmental regulatory compliance.

Combustion tuning is necessary to keep the combustion process running efficiently and safely.

We offer a line of emissions and combustion analyzers for CO, NOx, CO2, O2, SO2, and more. They provide the level of accuracy you expect, the ease-of-use you need, and the rugged construction required for commercial and industrial emissions testing.

How to buy a combustion analyzer: 5 features to look for

If not monitored carefully, your equipment could be emitting hazardous pollutants like nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides.

So how do you ensure effective monitoring?

Combustion analyzers are used to measure the amount of gas content in exhaust or flue gas. This then helps you determine the efficiency of combustion in your equipment.

If you have appliances like boilers, these can be great tools to improve your energy consumption levels, help maintain cleaner air, and improve the efficiency of your appliance.

Here are a few things you should consider when buying a combustion analyzer

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1. Accuracy Is Everything

A combustion analyzer's main asset is its ability to deliver accurate data.

You need to make sure its stated accuracy for each parameter meets your requirements.

Check if the following measurement features are standard or optional:

  • ambient and stack temperature
  • differential pressure, and
  • gas levels for O2, CO, NO, NO2, and SO2.

2. User Interface

A combustion analyzer might sound complicated, but it shouldn't be.

A good analyzer should offer standard smart features like device connectivity, touchscreens, and built-in data displays.

Some even come with apps that allow you to view organized data.

3. Size Matters

The third thing you should consider is portability.

Consider the following:

  • Are the analyzer and accessories easily portable?
  • Is a carry case included?
  • Can it display data real-time as well as store it for later review.

4. Maintenance

Your analyzer should be rugged and reliable and easy to service and maintain.

Sensors, batteries and consumables should be easily accessable for routine maintenance.

You'll also want to look at the warranty period and, if required, where the warranty service is performed.

When buying your analyzer ask several questions about its longevity and be sure to check company policy on issues like repairs and part replacements.

5. Battery Life

And finally, if you are buying a combustion analyzer, you will have to check the battery life.

Consider questions like:

  • How many hours will it run on a charge?
  • How often do you have to recharge your device?
  • Can it be re-charged in the field?

The right combustion analyzer is worth the investment:

A quality combustion analyzer is an investment. It will help you improve efficiency in your appliances, make adjustments, reduce emissions and improve the safety of your fuel-burning systems.

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