This makes Palas® currently the only manufacturer of fine dust monitors based on optical scattered light measurements with single particle counting that is certified according to the latest EN 16450 certification.
On Wednesday (August 8), CDU politicians Daniel Caspary and Steffen Bilger visited Palas GmbH in Karlsruhe to find out more about particulate matter measurement. Daniel Caspary comes from Weingarten in Baden and is chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the European Parliament. Steffen Bilger has his constituency in Ludwigsburg and is Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Berlin. The background to the visit was the current discussion about driving bans in individual cities in view of high levels of particulate matter. Palas® offers certified fine dust measuring devices with the Fidas® System, which continuously measure the air pollution with the fine dust fractions PM10 and PM2.5 simultaneously on the basis of single particle counting in many measuring stations in Baden-Württemberg. In addition, the associated particle size distribution is determined at any time.
After a short introduction of the company by the company founder and managing director Leander Mölter and the product range by the sales manager Ralf Emberger, managing director Dr. Maximilian Weiß showed effects in the positioning of fine dust measuring instruments to determine representative measurement results using the examples of Germany and the USA. According to a recent study by the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), increasing the distance of the measuring device from the emission source by a few meters has a considerable influence on the measured values for fine dust and nitrogen oxide measurements in road traffic. These factors should be taken into account when comparing measurement data. Ultimately, according to Dr. Weiß, it is important that, as the long-term comparison of the measurement data, e.g. also at the locations in Stuttgart (Neckartor and Hohenheimer Straße), shows, the environmental pollutants in the air are continuously decreasing and the trend is thus moving in the right direction. It is equally important to measure with high-quality and certified measuring instruments so that one can rely on the data. Here Palas® offers proven and reliable measurement technology up to particles in the nano range.After the discussion and the lectures, both politicians expressed their thanks for "new information and exciting insights".
Many of the Palas® customers and partners still remember the ATS seminar series, which was highly popular for over 30 years and took place for the last time in 2016. This series of seminars has now been translated into a new concept in which the Air Filtration Seminar (AFiS) examines topics related to filter testing every two years with current topics addressed in new events in the years in-between. In 2018 this will be the technical seminar with podium discussion and network meeting entitled "PM2.5 Monitoring – what’s next?", investigating trends in monitoring air quality with the latest developments and challenges.
Both the new formats share an international orientation and hence English as the presentation language. The technical seminar will be held on 18 September 2018 in the Novotel City hotel in Karlsruhe. Meet experts and speakers from industry, universities and certification bodies and find out how you can take monitoring of air quality to a new level. The expert discussions deal with topics like health, drone-based mobile monitoring, as well as the opportunities and challenges of low-cost sensors based on the latest CEN and ISO guidelines for (ultra) fine dust monitoring, e.g. at airports.
The get-together with dinner takes place on the evening of September 18, and on September 19 you can also optionally participate at workshops featuring fine dust and ultra-fine dust monitoring devices.
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Picture: We had many interesting talks at the trade fairs of the 2nd quarter - here at the ACHEMA in Frankfurt, Germany
A special highlight here was ANEX (6 – 8 June, 2018) staged this time in Tokyo, Japan. The RBG 1000, the Promo® 2000 and a Fidas® Frog were displayed on the stand. We were very pleased about the great visitor response and would like to participate again at the next ANEX in Asia.
We were represented on a communal stand from the ClustAir Baden-Württemberg alliance of SMEs at the IFAT, the trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, held 4 - 8 May, 2018 in Munich. The devices exhibited were the mobile, battery operated aerosol spectrometer Fidas® Frog and the certified fine dust measuring device Fidas® 200 for regulatory fine dust measurement.
This year's ACHEMA in Frankfurt (11 – 15 June, 2018) would clearly not have been complete without Palas®. This time the focus was on measurement of PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 values. The devices demonstrated were DustView II, Fidas Frog® and Promo® 2000 H. A new product we presented was the LDD 100 H, a heatable dilution system, which can dilute droplets up to 10 µm for the first time. We were delighted about the large number of international visitors, which clearly indicates the attractiveness of the Palas® products. The new design of our exhibition stand also drew praise from many visitors, which also very pleased about, of course.