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November 1, 1999
By Pulp & Paper Canada

OAKDALE, PA — Industrial Scientific Corporation is among one of 30 companies in North America that supply gas monitoring equipment. “The mining industry was the first to impose improved gas monitorin…

OAKDALE, PA — Industrial Scientific Corporation is among one of 30 companies in North America that supply gas monitoring equipment. “The mining industry was the first to impose improved gas monitoring standards,” said Kent McElhattan, company president and chief executive officer. Other industries such as oil and petrochemical, electrical and gas utilities as well as pulp and paper are major users of gas monitoring equipment. One of the major reasons is that in 1993 the federal government agency OSHA promulgated laws in the US centring on confined space entry. Since then, some American states have added more teeth to the law. In July 1999, the company launched its DS1000 Docking Station, an automated system that allows users to automatically test, calibrate and change gas monitoring instruments. The market for portable units is estimated at about $350 million (US), and is expected to grow at an annual average rate of between 3 and 4%. That might explain the introduction of disposable gas monitoring instruments, which now operate for 90 days. “We’ll eventually get it down to shorter time increments,” said McElhattan, “ultimately to 8 hours.”

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