Ethylene Safety

We Make Safety a Priority

When it comes to your livelihood, you don’t have time for costly mistakes. That’s why safety and consistency matter, and it’s why we’ve made them the hallmarks of our business. We strive to produce high-quality ethylene generators and concentrate that used to be impossible to find. Your livelihood is important, but your safety takes precedence.

Choose a product that ripens fruit and preserves life – choose Catalytic Generators, LLC.

Ethylene application used to be unpredictable and dangerous, not to mention cumbersome.  But over 40 years ago, we created a way to do it better.  We let you make ethylene, as needed, in your ripening room, versus storing large amounts of it in pressurized and bulky cylinders.

Our generators and Ethy-Gen® II make fruit ripening easier and safer!

Unlike compressed ethylene cylinders, there is absolutely no chance of ethylene explosion when using any of our generators as directed. However, a 30-pound ethylene cylinder contains enough ethylene to reach the lower explosive limit (LEL) in most ripening rooms; in rooms that are 1,600 ft3 (45 m3) or larger, you make ethylene as needed with our equipment and do it at such low concentrations that there is no concern of ethylene explosion.

Nitrogen / Carbon Dioxide mixed with Ethylene (“Ripe Gas,” “BANARG®” etc.)

These products are typically around 4% Ethylene with a 96% balance of inert gas. It usually contains a large amount of Nitrogen to reduce the explosion possibility, but the inert gas quantity then requires an enormous amount of the gas mixture to be introduced to the ripening room in order to achieve proper ethylene ppm level.  Sometimes the mix is made with Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which is a deterrent to the ripening process; rooms have to be vented to reduce CO2 levels, so using an ethylene product that releases more CO2 into the room is not very good practice.

Regardless of the inert used, this is usually a very expensive product when compared to ethylene from our Catalytic Generator.  We will be glad to show you a cost comparison, so please contact us.

Don’t use Calcium Carbide (“Masala”) to ripen fruit!

See our web page for details as to how this is a dangerous and unsafe method.

SAFETY and EASE OF USE are why so many fresh produce companies across the world use our generators rather than gas cylinders, other ethylene application systems, or Calcium Carbide. There are documented cases of explosions in ripening rooms where cylinders were in use.  View our page on ethylene explosions.

Other reasons why our ethylene generators and Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate are superior:

The “use of cylinders of pure ethylene should be vigorously discouraged”.
The UK’s Health and Safety Executive/Local Authorities Enforcement Liaison Committee (HELA) explains that generators are the preferred options for ethylene application and that the “use of cylinders of pure ethylene should be vigorously discouraged.”  For more information please click here.

Proper Registration
Our Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate is registered for use as a ripening agent for bananas, tomatoes and other fruits by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and with the UK’s Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate is also approved by Dutch Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) for use in banana ripening in the Netherlands. Some ethylene application product suppliers do not bother with these costly registrations and therefore users are in violation of the law. Our Ethy-Gen® II is the only ethylene ripening concentrate to have registration from the EPA, CRD, and Ctgb!

Ethy-Gen® II Ripening Concentrate is a visible product
This makes it easy to track inventory and reorder accordingly. With cylinders, how does the ripener know if there are 20 pounds or 2 pounds left? Likewise, how do you know that you are really buying 30 pounds? Without actually weighing the cylinder, you don’t… its guesswork.

The Centralized Ripening System-CRSTM
The CRS requires less attention than cylinders, thanks to a large supply of Ethy-Gen® II connected to the system. This container will last over 4 times longer than a 30-pound cylinder of ethylene! Also, our system makes it easy to change containers, with quick disconnect fittings.

Safety ComplianceTUV UL
Our generators are listed by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL®) or TÜV SÜD America, meaning that they have found our equipment to be safe from any foreseeable risk of fire, electrical shock, and related hazards, when used as directed.  Catalytic Generators is the only ethylene generator company with products certified by both UL and TÜV.

There’s a reason that ripeners all across the world choose the ethylene application products of Catalytic Generators, LLC. Our generators are the safest, our Ethy-Gen® II is the best, our customer service is quick and our products are easy to use. And that’s the simple truth.  Give us a try today.