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English translation: "operable in the surrounding environment" or "operable under local surrounding conditions"

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04:43 Oct 10, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase: en ambient
Le local technique devra être équipé d'une détection optique et ionique en ambiant, faux plancher et faux plafond.
Brian KEEGAN
Local time: 12:47
English translation:"operable in the surrounding environment" or "operable under local surrounding conditions"
Explanation:
"Ambiant" means a lot more than "room temperature"! Ambiant means basically the surrounding medium. You may be talking about "température ambiante" but also about "air ambiant", "atmosphère ambiante", "humitité ambiante", "pression ambiante", "éclairage ambiant", etc., etc., etc.

I think that in the present case, "en ambiant" is a shortcut for "en milieu ambiant" (ambiant is treated here as a noun, when it really is an adjective)

It seems that maybe they are talking about a smoke detector, which uses either optical or ionization methods of detection.

I think that the whole sentense might read: "The technical area should be equiped (or fitted) with optical and ionic detection (or detectors) operable under local surrounding conditions, ..."

Hope this helps.
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Louise Atfield
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Summary of answers provided
na....the open (or "working") area...Heathcliff
naoperating under normal environmental (or ambient or atmospheric) conditionsJudd Swezey
na(for) asbestos
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
na"operable under surrounding conditions"Louise Atfield
naKempco is right. The only thing missing is "at".
Luis Luis
na"operable in the surrounding environment" or "operable under local surrounding conditions"Louise Atfield
naroom temperature
Janet Kemp


  

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21 mins
room temperature


Explanation:
"ambient" refers to "ambient" or "room" temperature. Therefore, en ambient translates as "room temperature".

Janet Kemp
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1 hr
Kempco is right. The only thing missing is "at".


Explanation:
"...optic and ionic detection at room temperature..."

Regards.
Luis Luis

Luis Luis
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Heathcliff
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3 hrs
"operable in the surrounding environment" or "operable under local surrounding conditions"


Explanation:
"Ambiant" means a lot more than "room temperature"! Ambiant means basically the surrounding medium. You may be talking about "température ambiante" but also about "air ambiant", "atmosphère ambiante", "humitité ambiante", "pression ambiante", "éclairage ambiant", etc., etc., etc.

I think that in the present case, "en ambiant" is a shortcut for "en milieu ambiant" (ambiant is treated here as a noun, when it really is an adjective)

It seems that maybe they are talking about a smoke detector, which uses either optical or ionization methods of detection.

I think that the whole sentense might read: "The technical area should be equiped (or fitted) with optical and ionic detection (or detectors) operable under local surrounding conditions, ..."

Hope this helps.

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300
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Heathcliff
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3 hrs
"operable under surrounding conditions"


Explanation:
I just reread what I wrote and I would like to amend it: you can drop the word "local", which is redundant, to make it "operable under surrounding conditions" which sound a lot better.

Louise Atfield
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Heathcliff
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5 hrs
(for) asbestos


Explanation:
"ambiant" could have an "e" missing and be "ambiante" which is another way of writing what is more commonly seen as "amiante". Looks to me as though this is quite simply a device for detecting the presence of that fairly unpleasant substance, asbestos.

The workshop (?) should be fitted with an optical and ionic asbestos detection device in the false floor and ceiling. (or maybe even 'and a' false floor and ceiling).

This is usually where asbestos was used in the past in lots of buildings.

Nikki


    Robert & Collins for the 2 spellings of asbestos !
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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9 hrs
....the open (or "working") area...


Explanation:
Context, toujours le contexte! The locale in question is evidently a workshop or part of a factory floor, and whatever's going there must be mildly nasty, because sensors are needed.

"The technical premises must be equipped with an optical and ionic detection system, with sensors in the false (or "suspended") ceiling, under the false (or "raised") floor, and in the open (or "working") area."

Obviously, there's a fair amount of wiggle room here (as well as above the ceiling and under the floor) for specific terms, but the overall interpretation makes sense, no?

Cheers, HC

Heathcliff
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22 hrs
operating under normal environmental (or ambient or atmospheric) conditions


Explanation:
Your optical and ionic sensors have to operate in daylight, electric light, and night conditions and normal ventilation.

Judd Swezey
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