RTS Africa and IMR offer efficient combustion which doesn’t ‘burn’ your profits

The RTS Africa Group, based in Tshwane, has been supplying effective and innovative solutions to a range of industrial issues since the early 90’s. These solutions include amongst others, spin filtration, laser-based gas detection and electrolysers for hydrogen production.

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

RTS Africa has added a new suite of solutions to its Technologies division from the company IMR Environmental Equipment, Inc. – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of portable and stationary flue-gas analysers, gas leak detectors, thermometers, manometers and anenometers. For the past 35 years, this company been designing and manufacturing combustion analysers.

IMR also offers engineering services and has already designed complete mobile measuring laboratories now being used internationally. Customers make more and more use of these services because of IMR’s innovative know-how and renowned reliability.

The IMR range will augment the RTS Group’s marketing offering as the company is already active in the gas analysis market as agents for NEO Monitors LaserGas analysers and H2scan hydrogen analysers.  “IMR offers multiple channel on-line gas analysers and monitoring and recording equipment; as well as manufacturing a range a very effective portable instruments, all of which will extend the RTS  Africa range and capabilities in gas analysis technologies,” explains Fraser.

The introduction of IMR into South Africa has significance for any industry which employs a combustion process or furnace such as a power station, refinery, or a steel or other smelter plant, to name a few.

The IMR Combustion Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) is unique in providing simultaneous multiple gas monitoring capabilities plus other variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, particulate analysis – among others.

“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 demanded by the law,” explains Fraser. 

“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 only be clearly established through the exact measurements given by IMR gas analysers, which measure all parameters necessary to optimise combustion. IMR products can be customised to suit specific and challenging applications.

With a combustion process in a furnace, for example, too little air will result in incomplete combustion, soot formation and a high CO ratio. In contrast, too much excess air means 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, to calculate fuel efficiencies, IMR analysers are able to store both common, and more unusual, fuel factors,” he explains. With an IMR instrument, improvements in the fuel/air mixture can easily be made.

IMR combustion gas analysers are simple to operate, flexible, have wide measuring ranges and are extremely accurate. These high-technology systems for measuring emissions have gained an outstanding reputation from not only IMR customers in the US, but all around the world.

“We are delighted to be able to introduce IMR Environmental Equipment to Southern Africa,” asserts Fraser.

“We are excited about bringing the IMR range to Southern Africa, and we are confident that their industrial solutions will prove to be invaluable in promoting the efficiency and profitability of a broad range of South African industry sectors,” he concludes.