Unexpected HR Consequences of Inadequate Particulate Emissions Monitoring

Posted by Ron Dechene on Feb 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

From "Will I be happy living there" to "Will I be safe breathing the air there?"

We spend every day working with companies to help them better monitor and manage their particulate emissions through better baghouse monitoring and control.

It's important for environmental, regulatory, health and safety and operational reasons. We know from experience that most companies implement solutions originally with an eye toward USEPA and OSHA regulatory compliance. But over the 40 years since we introduced the first commercial triboelectric device for particulate emissions monitoring, we've seen concern for the environment growing in importance. And over the past several years, as equipment sensitivity and signal processing has improved, we've seen a huge uptick in companies using the technology for predictive monitoring - to substantially reduce maintenance costs and virtually eliminate unplanned (and expensive) downtime.

Even so there are more reasons that are less often discussed - as a recent report from CNN Money and the Asia Business Forum in Mumbai highlights.

While referring specifically to Delhi (reported to be the world's most polluted city) Monser's warning is applicable to many emerging and frontier markets where high rates of growth make active engagement important for multinational companies. Expatriate assignments are critical to multinational companies to effectively grow global operations, and to groom managers for positions of global responsibility.


"Top recruits unlikely to accept postings in polluted cities"

That's the analysis of Edward Monser, president of Emerson.

"As we move people around the world, there is a scar that's out there, and that's the people that we sent to China who were exposed to pollution, and their children who were exposed to pollution"


Can one company make a difference?

I believe the answer is yes. Since Auburn patented the first successful commercial device, our instrumentation company has contributed to changes in USEPA monitoring regulations and we've helped countless companies prevent reportable events with early warning of developing emissions issues. Unified signal processing and monitoring (combining AC & DC signal spectrums) enables a broader range of applications and allows multinationals to harmonize their global detection SOPs around a single device.

But we recognize that until every factory effectively manages emissions that there is still work to do. And the reality is that much of that work is in emerging markets where manufacturing is growing quickly and regulation may not be as developed. And that's where we've focused our efforts for the past few years. While we relentlessly pursue an extensive R&D project list to meet our aggressive product roadmap goals, we're also investing in China and India where we know we can make a difference.

We've built direct company infrastructure on the ground in both markets. Our country managers in both cases are identifying and engaging with particularly strong local channel partners and introducing manufacturers to the emissions and process control capabilities of triboelectric devices.

And we're as committed to clean business as we are to a clean environment.

If you're a representative, distributor or reseller in a market where pollution is a pressing issue, contact us. If you're a multi-national that's interested in harmonizing your emissions control/monitoring devices globally according to best practice, let's talk.

And if you;re interested in the potentially significant financial benefits of predictive monitoring - all while helping to reduce pollution, check out our free guide.

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Topics: Air Quality