Gas Adsorption & Industrial Odor Control Systems

Gas, Vapor & Odor Removal

Many people confuse fumes with gases and vice versa leading to improper filtration parameters.  Fumes are airborne particulates that can be captured in a physical media such as pre filters and HEPA filters while Gases must be adsorbed in various media such as Activated Carbon.  The key to good adsorption of gases and odors is to choose the right media for the various gaseous compounds as each gas has its own molecular structure which may be adsorbed well by one media but not another.
Gas Adsorption & Industrial Odor Control Systems

Dwell Time

Another key is to create proper dwell time for the gases to be in contact with the media.  There are many things to consider when designing a system to insure this dwell time.  Items such as airflow, volume of media, shape and size of the media, as well as the depth and width of the media bed all should be optimized to create the best adsorption and longest lasting filtration.

With more than 25 years of experience, IP Systems can be your guide to proper adsorption of Odors and Gases.

Why Use Gas Adsorption Systems?

Gas adsorption is the process whereby gas molecules can stick to the surface of a solid particle. Activated carbon, for example, relies on adsorption to filter gaseous chemicals out of fumes. Our gas adsorption systems use activated carbon in the filter media in order to eliminate harmful gas vapors from the air that workers breathe.

One important factor for choosing filter media for gas adsorption and odor removal is to look at its activity level. Activity is defined as the ability of activated carbon to adsorb a gas or vapor. IP Systems USA recommends filter media with activated carbon activity levels of at least 60%.

Some odor control systems also use HEPA filters, as many odors are caused by particulate matter and cannot be trapped well with activated carbon. We provide systems that use both types of filter media in order to manage odors as effectively as possible.

But why use them in the first place? Having high odor levels in a workplace can harm workers’ morale, even if fume exposure is within permissible exposure limits. Nobody wants to work in a place with too much odor, and some gases are much smellier than others. Many odors produced by manufacturing processes have fishy, pungent, ammonia-like, or wholly disagreeable scents, and this can be a serious problem for employees.

Luckily, we have gas adsorption and odor control systems that will keep odors down to a much more acceptable level. Call us today to get pricing on our odor control systems!

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What Are Some of the Common Health Effects of Vapor, Odor, or Gas Exposure?

This depends on the types of vapors, odors, and gases being given off as part of your processes, as well as the degree of exposure. However, without the right gas absorption or odor control system, you can be assured that there are potential health impacts on your employees.

Some health effects you might see include:

• Emphysema
• Asthma
• Chronic pulmonary disease
• Bronchitis
• Impaired blood vessel function
• Calcification in the arteries
• Increased risk of stroke
• High blood pressure
• Lung cancer
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Parkinson’s disease

Industrial gas removal and odor removal helps to reduce the risk of these conditions developing.

It is important to note that preventing these conditions isn’t just about treating your employees well; It adds to your bottom line as it boosts employee productivity, results in fewer sick days being taken, and helps to protect the reputation of your business.

Of course, not every industrial gas, odor, and vapor system is created equal. At IP Systems USA, we offer customized solutions that perfectly meet the needs of your business. We can inventory your space and needs, then suggest multiple options that will improve your place of business. To learn more, schedule your consultation.

FAQs on Gas Adsorption & Industrial Odor Control Systems

How much does an industrial odor removal system cost?

  • Odor removal costs vary greatly depending on the solution you use for removing said odors for your industrial applications.
  • Higher quality odor removal systems tend to cost more, with the upside being that more odors are readily adsorbed (not absorbed!) by the material. For example, industrial odor removal systems using activated carbon or some aluminum substrate will cost much more than a simple HEPA filter system.
  • We highly recommend you choose the odor removal system that best fits your needs. Odor removal depends greatly on what types of odors your manufacturing systems produce. Some odors can be trapped well with activated carbon, whereas others cannot. Here is a list of compounds that we recommend using our systems for.
  • To get the most accurate possible quote, call us at 770-613-7701 and ask us about gas adsorption, industrial odor control systems, or odor removal systems!

How do I know which odor control system to use?

  • To decide which odor control system to use, you first need to figure out what causes the odors in your shop or facility. Some odors are caused by particulate matter burning, and are not based in gas. These odors can be taken care of with an odor control system that uses a HEPA filter.
  • Other odors are created by gas vapors. These odors cannot simply be filtered out through a mesh, since they’re gaseous and will simply go through any sort of capture media. Instead, a process called adsorption is used. Adsorption differs from absorption in that adsorption causes gases to stick to a surface, rather than taken in by an absorbent.
  • These systems should use activated carbon or an aluminum filter base.
  • Our odor removal systems use both HEPA filters and activated carbon, which makes them perfect for many different types of odors. However, some odors are not adsorbed well by activated carbon, and aluminum should be used instead.
  • We offer custom filter media configurations for more specific applications. If you want something other than our C, PG, or G configurations, simply call us and we’ll help you out!

What type of odor control system is ideal for industrial use?

  • Industrial applications tend to create a wide variety of odors. Some odors are caused by particles present in fumes. A HEPA filter based odor control system is perfectly fine for these. Other odors are created by gas vapors. These odors should be taken care of with an activated carbon base filter.
  • To choose a good odor control system, you’ll need to choose based on the size of your shop and the activities that you do. Laser cutting and spray painting do not produce the same odors, and as a result, you will have different considerations for industrial odor control systems.  
  • We use a combination of both HEPA filters and activated carbon, which makes them perfect for many different types of odors. But we also offer custom filter media configurations for industrial applications. 

How important is proper storage and maintenance of gas adsorption systems?

  • Gas adsorption and odor removal systems need to be properly stored and maintained. The reason you want to store and maintain them properly is to make sure that you get as much useful life out of them as possible. Longevity depends on how well a system is maintained, and this applies to nearly any machine.
  • How do you maintain a gas adsorption system? First of all, you will need to clean and replace the filters on a regular basis. Gas adsorption relies on gases sticking to the surface of activated carbon, and if there is too much gas on the surface, additional gases will not stick! Odors will then start to seep back into the air, and potentially build up in the machine. This could cause some serious issues as some of the gases that cause odors are also highly flammable.As a result, it could cause a fire hazard.  
  • We provide technical specifications and user manuals to help you maintain your systems properly.

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