WR Systems, the U.S.-based maritime technology company, is launching a new variant of its laser based emissions monitor at the SMM 2014 Fair in Hamburg, Germany. Called the Emsys-iS, the new system is designed specifically for scrubber applications and is targeted at both scrubber manufacturers and ship owners.

 “Our standard Emsys extractive unit was just too over-specified for the application,” explains Simon Brown, WR’s international business director in a company news release. “Scrubbers just need monitoring of SO2 and CO2, so all our other gases and PM features were not required. Our customers love the calibration-free Laser technology but asked us to pare down the specification and make it a more compact unit which helps in their scrubber retrofits. Our team looked at simplifying the installation, reducing the monitored gases and removing the non-mandated gases. The Emsys-iS has all the horsepower of Emsys, just in a small and more importantly, cost-effective package.”

WR plans to start delivering the new product on Jan. 1, 2015, to coincide with the introduction of the IMO Emissions Control Area regulations regarding sulphur.

 “Our Emsys system has been deployed on around 20 scrubber projects so far; our philosophy has never been to sell products rather than sell solutions,” Brown adds. “So when the users give feedback on their requirements after gaining experience in this developing market, our team comes up with innovative ideas backed by sound engineering.”

The Emsys-iS is only 800mm x 600mm x 300mm so it fits right on the stack, Brown says. “We provide both a real-time output to control the scrubber operation and approved data records for ECA compliance,” Brown says.  “I am really looking forward to SMM as I am convinced the Emsys-iS meets the industry’s needs for specification, simplicity, and value.”