Covid-19: The ‘snowball’ effect


Since our founding in 2009, Global Calibration Gases has operated under two, hard fast rules. First, we will always be a wholesale provider, never dealing directly with the retail customer. In this way we never compete with the reseller of our products. Second, we only focus on product lines where we excel in quality and service.

We understand the “bear traps” in trying to be all things to all people. Our core competency is technology related to the production of precision calibration gas standards. The vast majority of our workforce, production equipment, and analytical instrumentation is devoted to producing gas mixtures in accordance with the most recent EPA Protocol document (EPA 600/R-12/531 published May 2012). These gas standards are required by all industries that must report their stack emissions to the EPA at regular intervals.

Our country’s power plants burning fossil fuels are the largest consumers and their monitoring requirements are continuous, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. In fact, every power plant has an analytical laboratory with the same analytical technology on board as we, the supplier, has on board. The instruments in the power plant’s continuous emission monitoring system (CEMs units) need calibration at frequent intervals, daily in some cases. Without calibration gases, the instruments cannot be verified for accurate monitoring and the plant may be operating out of compliance. Costly plant shutdowns can occur if the plant runs out of calibration gas. Of course, power plants typically have on board a back-up inventory. Attention to maintaining inventory levels consistent with requirements is key. As the composition of the calibration gases needed is not easily predictable by the supplier, inventory level is the responsibility of the end user.

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