Nitto, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Nitto Denko Corporation and manufacturer of Nitto Ammonia Detection Tape, has joined the world’s leading ammonia (R717) HVAC&R stakeholders as a bronze partner of the Ammonia21.com marketplace.
Nitto’s ammonia detection tape is manufactured in the U.S. at its Lakewood, New Jersey, production facility. The Nitto Americas headquarters is located in Teaneck, New Jersey, and has been operating in the U.S. since 1968.
“[The] ammonia detection tape [DX-8208A] allows for the visual detection of ammonia gas by turning from white to blue when in contact with ammonia,” says Nitto on its website. The tape can be applied to flanges, pipes and other connection joint locations for up to six months of leak detection from the time of application, the company added.
“When in contact with ammonia, the color change is rapid,” says Nitto, “changing in as little as one minute.” Factors such as the percentage of ammonia, flow rate, temperature and time affect the speed of the color change. The DX-8208A tape will provide long-lasting color-change once exposed to ammonia gas, the company noted, adding that the tape works for both indoor and outdoor applications.
The Nitto Ammonia Detection Tape is available in packs of two rolls, each 1in by 5yd (25.4mm by 4.57m).
Passion for Safety
“Our passion for safety is what led us to develop detection tapes,” said Nitto. The company’s first detection tape was for hydrogen gas, developed in collaboration with NASA Kennedy Space Center and the University of Central Florida. Since then, Nitto has developed leak detection tape for ammonia and CO2 (R744) refrigerants.
In most cases, ammonia gas leaks cannot be seen by the naked eye, and current leak detection methods are not proactive, smell awful, and take up valuable time, Nitto says in a YouTube video.
“Finding the specific location of a leak can be time-consuming and costly,” the company says. “Nitto’s Ammonia Detection Tape can solve this problem easily by helping to quickly identify specific leak locations.”
Nitto is a leading materials manufacturer, offering over 13,500 products to more than 70 business fields, the company said. Founded in 1918 to produce electrical insulation materials, Nitto has grown to be a leader in the energy materials, industrial tapes, environmental solutions, optronics, and life sciences markets, it added.
“Finding the specific location of a leak can be time-consuming and costly. Nitto’s Ammonia Detection Tape can solve this problem easily by helping to quickly identify specific leak locations.”Nitto