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ION Science wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

28 April 2022

ION SCIENCE is delighted to announce it has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the category of Innovation, for its pioneering MiniPID sensors.

The award is the highest recognition of business excellence across Britain and endorses the commercial success of ION Science’s innovative technology. ION Science’s PID (photo-ionisation detection) technology offers VOC detection, helping users to protect lives and preserve the environment.

The achievement of the Queen’s Award for Innovation reaffirms the design, quality, reliability and success of the MiniPID sensor, whilst also highlighting ION Science’s dedication to developing and producing new technologies. 

Prior to the development of the MiniPID sensor range, VOC sensors often suffered from short operational life, poor reliability, and regular failures in the face of challenging environmental conditions. The company says the MiniPID sensor addresses all these issues and more, highlighting why it is the market leader for performance, quality and standards for all VOC sensors. Able to withstand relative humidity up to 99% (non-condensing), temperatures of -40 to +65 °C, and with an anti-contamination design, the MiniPID range offers 10,000 hours of reliable detection, making it ideal for long-term monitoring. MiniPID sensors apparently have the widest detection range on the market, from as low as 0.5 ppb (parts per billion) right up to 10,000 ppm (parts per million), making them suitable for any application. ION Science’s sensors can be used to detect over 950 different compounds, many of which can pose a serious threat to human health and life. 

Duncan Johns, managing director of ION Science, said of the win: “It’s wonderful to see the hard work of all the staff here at ION Science recognised by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. As an organisation we are always striving to achieve the next level of innovation in technology, which is brilliantly represented by the MiniPID sensor range. We’re looking forward to the future of ION Science and continuing to innovate with our award-winning sensors.”

Dr Peter Morris, head of the Sensors Product Business Unit at ION Science, also spoke of the MiniPID: “Achieving this outstanding level of recognition for the MiniPID sensor is a fantastic result for the Sensors team. Many of us have worked at ION Science for decades and seen the full development of the MiniPID since its inception in 2007. Being able to have the affirmation of the MiniPID sensor as an ‘Innovation’ by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a great highlight and we’re very proud to receive it.”

Across the globe today, MiniPID sensors can be found in many applications, including oil rigs, gas refineries, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, semiconductor factories, laboratories, nuclear facilities, air quality monitoring and many more; protecting the health and safety of workers, the public and the environment. 

MiniPID sensors represent a monumental step forward in protecting people. The advanced VOC detection capabilities mean that no matter what application, environment, or compounds, MiniPID sensors exceed the customer need and delivers high quality, reliable results. 

ION Science’s range of MiniPID sensors are now available to buy directly from the award-winning manufacturer – contact them today to find out more: https://ionscience.com/en/contact-us/