More than an isolated sales office: we design, manufacture, test our products

Last Friday, two customers who called applications specialist Luke Turner found that he was out of pocket because he was testing a product prototype.

Sentry Air test team creates a test to saturate a filter.

In our test lab, an employee team wanted to extremely saturate a filter. They created an in-hood environment that unprotected workers wouldn’t be asked to tolerate; they could then judge the prototype hood’s ability to perform its tasks. In addition to an engineering and design consultant, this test team’s members were provided by sales and marketing departments.

They were a little surprised to discover that Luke is a PhD chemist.

At Sentry Air, in addition to helping customers select appropriate air cleaning devices, he designs efficiency tests and helps conduct them.

Luke’s customers liked his test participation

Luke’s customers weren’t upset that he wasn’t immediately available. For the customers who called – laboratory professionals all – Luke earned additional tech cred from people who share his specialization.

greengeneWhile we don’t all possess Luke’s educational credentials, most of us at Sentry Air seem to have the nerdly gene, the one that gets a kick out of learning how things work. And how we might make things work better.

Each of us sometimes steps outside our assigned roles to act as testers. As such, we may carry a stopwatch, a camera or a pencil, whatever is needed to ensure a test is carried to completion.

Customer’s isoflurane test

Sometimes, customers send us the results of tests they’ve run on our equipment. We love that!

Set-up for an isoflurane efficiency test of Sentry Air's Winged Sentry fume extractor.

Customer-supplied photo shows the isoflurane test set-up.

Here’s one:

Isoflurane is an anesthetic agent used in many labs.

NIOSH says even at low concentrations it has the potential to cause reproductive problems, damage DNA, and harm the brain.

When a customer’s safety engineer tested our Winged Sentry, he said, “sampling conducted in this room showed significant improvements in the breathing zone and immediate surgical area. The results were a fraction of the action limit, indicating substantial, sufficient improvement.”

Read the customer’s entire testimonial in our blog.

Tested welding fume extractor for nanoparticle efficiency

figure1annotated2-01In 2008, on behalf of a manufacturer of engineered metal nanoparticles, NIOSH tested the efficiency of our Model 300 portable fume extractor.

In their paper in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, NIOSH concluded fume extraction at the source can be highly effective in controlling the emissions of engineered nanomaterials to prevent their spread.

You can read the entire study on our website.

If you’re asking yourself why a welding fume extractor traps engineered nanoparticles, consider this: the high temperatures of welding produce combustion-derived nanoparticles. Welders have used our fume extractors for over a decade.

Test data tab

Testing is important to us.

That’s why our website has a Test data tab. We want you to find our data easily.

Contact us

Give us a call at 800.799.4609 to discuss any of our test results.

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More from Luke in this blog post:
Respiratory protection from Schaudinn Fixative vapor

Industrial Hygiene Report: Control of Hexavalent Cr in Welding Fume

Industrial Hygiene Report: Control of Welding Fume Particulates Using Cleanable Filter Media, Hexavalent Chromium

Efficiency Tests