Under the radar – overlooked chemicals in temperature monitoring

Our main objective as a company is to offer valuable temperature monitoring solutions to assist in the transportation and storage of quality products across the African continent.

Seldom do we consider temperature monitoring of chemicals, but of course these highly combustible substances are often transported and stored. If they should be exposed to the wrong temperature, irreparable damage could be caused.

In this blog post, we will take a brief look at chemicals, some of which we use every day, that are often not considered to require monitoring.


An article published in the IEEE explore Digital Library in the 2009 International Conference on Computer and Automation Engineering states a simple truth. It says that temperature monitoring rather than being a consideration, should one of the key aspects to maintaining processes in the petrochemical industry.

‘Temperature monitoring and control is an essential process in industries like the petrochemical. Starting from the very storage of the different chemicals to their cracking and distillation, temperature plays a very important role in all these processes.’

Hazardous chemicals

This is possibly one of the most important of chemical substances to be considered, as wrong handling of the following substances is potentially fatal.
This list of group IA hazardous substances all require monitoring:

– aluminium phosphide
– arsenic and its salts
– antimony potassium tartrate
– antimony sodium tartrate
– barium
– cantharidin
– cyanides of potassium and sodium
– fluoroacetic acid (mono), its salts and derivatives
– hydrocyanic acid
– lead acetate
– mercuric ammonium chloride
– phosphorus, yellow
– strychnine
– thallium
– zinc phosphide
– carbon tetrachloride (added by Government Notice R1705 of 1995)
– leaded paint (added by Government Notice R801 of 2009)

Make certain that when transporting these chemicals, the proper precautions are taken for safety, which includes the correct equipment for monitoring the temperature.

In the pilot plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP researchers are producing oil substitutes from renewable raw materials.


This may not be a functioning reality in South Africa yet, but due to increasing amounts of pollution and extreme pressure on fossil fuel resources, it has become necessary to introduce an alternative.

First generation biofuels are currently the most utilised and are in production in major first world regions such as the US and EU. Bioethanol, which can be used as a fuel for vehicles in its pure form (E100), is an alcohol made by fermentation – mostly from carbohydrates produced in sugar or starch crops such as corn, sugarcane, or sweet sorghum. It can also be used as a gasoline additive to increase octane and improve vehicle emissions.

These valuable biofuels cannot be wasted either through poor transportation or little to no temperature monitoring and thus, this area needs careful consideration.

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