Oil in Water Monitors

Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the application of field portable, laboratory, and online continuous process monitors for measuring and monitoring hydrocarbons in water. Our monitors are based in UV and visible fluorescence plus ultrasonic technology.

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Avoid process shutdowns

Loss of lubricating oil in cooling water can cause damage to pumps, turbines and compressors as well as costly process interruptions.

Oil cooler leak detection

Measure grab samples quickly and accurately

Discharging or re-injecting produced water requires fast, accurate and reliable gas condensate measurements—to parts per billion.

Quick Analysis Gas Condensates

Protect desalination membranes and permeate

Reverse osmosis membranes—at the heart of desalination operations— require continual protection from hydrocarbons and algae blooms.

Desalination Intake Monitoring System
Process water

Detect hydrocarbon leaks in steam condensate

With hundreds of hydrocarbon to steam heat exchangers in a typical oil refinery, exchanger leaks can be likely after shut downs or turn arounds.  Early indication of a leak and identifying the source can significantly reduce hazards or costs.

Refinery hydrocarbon leak detection


Some of the PAH and monoaromatic hydrocarbons detected by our monitors:

  • Fuel Oil

  • Crude Oil

  • Creosol

  • Jet Fuel

  • Phenol

  • Gasoline

  • Diesel

  • Lubricating Oils

  • BTEX

  • Phenanthrene

  • Heat Transfer Fluids

  • Aromatic Solvents

  • Longwall Fluid


Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments are based in UV and visible fluorescence technology. E09 electronics and a highly sensitive light detector allow hydrocarbons to be detected from the parts-per-million (ppm) to parts-per-billion (ppb) range. Compared with other hydrocarbon in water detection methods, such as ultraviolet or infrared spectrophotometry, the E09 electronics offer:

  • Higher intrinsic sensitivity; from 100 to 1000 times greater than pure absorption detection methods.

  • High selectivity, by “targeted hydrocarbon” optical tuning, minimizing chemical interferences and false alarms due to sample turbidity.

  • Low maintenance due to the flow cell and monitor design.

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