A person authorized to transact business for and in the name of another person or company. Types of agents are: (1) brokers, (2) commission merchants, (3) resident buyers, (4) sales agents, (5) manufacturer's representatives.


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SURFACTANTS

A wetting agent used to prevent fouling, mainly in water cooling systems.

SURFACTANT

Surface-active agent that reduces interfacial tension of a liquid. A surfactant used in a petroleum oil may increase the oil's affinity for metals and other materials.

CALCIUM SULFATE

Chemical compound (CaSO4) which is used at a drying agent or desiccant in liquid line dryers.

EDTA

A chelating agent used with boiler water treatment. Often referred as the replacement for the phosphate-hydroxide treatment method.

SHIP'S AGENT

A person or firm who transacts all business in a port on behalf of shipowners or charterers. Also called shipping agent; agent.

TOXICITY DETECTOR

An instrument used for the detection of gases or vapors. It works on the principle of a reaction occurring between the gas being sampled and a chemical agent in the apparatus.

DRY CHEMICAL EXTINGUISHERS

An extinguisher where the extinguishing agent is a dry powder and the propelling gas is either in the container in the upper chamber or on the side with a separate pressurized cartridge or canister.

HALON EXTINGUISHERS

A gaseous extinguishing agent that does not leave residue after discharge. It works on the principle of removing the air for combustion thus extinguishing the fire.

BROKER

An agent who facilitates a contract for a fee.

CUSTOM BROKER

An agent accredited by a customs authority to manage compliance for an importer.

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