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What is an LEL Gas Monitor and How Does It Work?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in LEL Detector | 0 comments

If you work around sources of gas that are flammable, you may have noticed the term LEL, a term that is short for Lower Explosive Limit. Monitoring for hazardous levels of LEL is important if you want to maximize safety and minimize the risk of fire or explosions in your facility. The terms “gas monitor” and “gas detector” are sometimes used interchangeably when monitoring for explosive gases. 

If there is a risk that hazardous levels of combustible gas may be present, safety and insurance conditions may require a fixed combustible gas detection system and/or portable gas detectors. Both types of products will help you monitor the combustible gas concentration in your facility and will provide early warning in the unfortunate event a leak were to occur. 

Defining LEL (Lower Explosive Limit)

What is LEL? LEL stands for “Lower Explosive Limit” and is the lowest percentage concentration of a particular gas that has the potential to be flammable. Most gases have a lower explosive limit (LEL) and an upper explosive limit (UEL). Below the lower limit, there is insufficient gas for the mixture to ignite. Above the upper limit, there is insufficient oxygen to support combustion.

For example, methane or natural gas has a 5% by volume LEL and 17% by volume UEL. The upper limit is not important when considering the risk of explosion, but if the percent volume of methane present was 5% gas (95% AIR) then the gas monitor would display 100% LEL. 

LEL Gas Detection Options

When trying to measure the LEL level inside a building or confined space, there are two different types of detectors: portable gas detectors and fixed gas detectors. 

Portable gas detectors are often issued to maintenance personnel and will emit a loud warning tone if combustible gas is present. This can give the wearer time to evacuate the area, but unless someone is present in an area, the presence of combustible gas will not be identified. 

Fixed LEL gas detectors are permanently installed in a facility and monitor the atmosphere for combustible gases 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This is very important, as dangerous leaks or spills may go unnoticed during nights or weekends.

Fixed LEL detectors are typically installed close to sources of leaks, adjacent to air handler return vents or in the ceiling of an enclosed building or room. In most cases, fixed LEL monitors are connected to a central controller that can sound warning tones or activate strobe lights in the monitored area as well as in a centrally-located control room. The GASMAX II or GASMAX CX are examples of a fixed gas monitor or detector. 

Another type of LEL monitor is called a Sample Draw Monitor or Sample Draw Detector. This device uses a pump to pull a sample from a remote location and push it across the sensor. A sample draw monitor allows the gas detector to be mounted in an area that provides easy access and maintenance while sampling air inside confined spaces like paint cabinets or combustible gas storage rooms. The GDS-58NXP is an example of a sample draw monitor. 

Pro Tip: Protect your facility from the risk of explosion by installing a fixed combustible gas detection system to reliably detect the flammable levels of your gas materials.

Install Gas Detection in Your Facility  

To abide by the local and federal regulations of storing combustible materials, it’s crucial to have a reliable gas detection system in your warehouse. With industry-grade accuracy and nationally recognized hazardous area certifications, our LEL gas monitors/detectors will keep your facility safe.

Does your industry store or work with combustible gases? Connect with our engineers to help you design and install a system to monitor for the presence combustible gases.

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Essential Features in a Gas Detection System

Posted by on Jan 17, 2020 in Gas Detection Equipments | 0 comments

To keep your workers and facilities safe from harmful gases, it’s important to have a detection system installed to monitor leakage and air quality. Like most businesses, you might be overwhelmed by the wide range of natural gas and toxic chemical detectors available. In a market where every manufacturer promises safety and reliability, it’s important to know what to look for in a gas detection system for your business.

Unfortunately, natural gas leaks can occur without any warning. As you’re developing your safety plan, it’s important to invest in a gas detection system that will accurately monitor your working conditions. From portability to wireless integration, there are important safety features to consider as you choose a gas detector.

Essential Features in a Gas Detection System, GDS Corp, Spring, TX



How accurately does it read?

In an emergency situation, the accuracy of your gas monitor cannot falter. A good gas monitor will promptly notify your employees of toxic gas exposure, but the best gas monitor will be sensitive enough to detect gases at the onset. To make sure you’re receiving the best possible reading, compare the measuring range of your devices and ensure that the sensors have been tested to detect the true gas concentration.

Pro Tip: With remote access, you can use your smartphone to easily access important information in your gas monitor from any location.

Is it reliable for your industry? 

Even after meticulous testing, gas detection systems can break down from toxic gases. Be sure to research which gases your industry is exposed to and compare the durability of the sensors in question. Having a reliable gas monitor will keep your employees safe for the long-term, and with proper functioning, could also save money.

In addition, don’t forget to verify that your detection system will detect the specific gases it is designed for. Unfortunately, many sensors can cross-detect different gases and could cause confusion in your facility. Minimize any unnecessary headaches by ensuring your gas monitor is calibrated to properly detect the gases in your vicinity.

How user-friendly will it be?

Don’t disregard the usability of your gas detection system. If your gas monitor is too complicated or disrupts a workers’ productivity, your team will see it as a hindrance and will fail to keep it maintained. Choose a device that can be easily handled and/or installed in your industrial or semiconductor equipment. With proper training and an effective gas monitor, your employees will be given the tools necessary to minimize hazards.

Safety is Key

At the end of the day, the most essential feature of a gas detection system is to keep you and your workers safe. If your safety equipment can’t be trusted to effectively guard against toxic gases, there’s a problem. Choose a gas detection system that will accurately and reliably perform in your industry.

Are you searching for the right gas monitor for your business? Connect with our engineers to learn more!

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3 Workplace Safety Goals for 2020

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Health And safety, Workplace Safety | 0 comments

The new year is a great time to reevaluate your progress and set goals for the future. As you start setting resolutions for 2020, don’t forget to think of ways to improve your business and make safety a priority. From personal protective equipment to safety training, setting workplace safety goals is a great way to start.

Developing Safe Work Environments

No matter what industry you work in, safety hazards are always present. From equipment handling to interacting with toxic gases, there is an array of different health concerns at every worksite. This year, protect your employees by resolving to make workplace safety and health goals for your business.

1. Recognize safety hazards

If you have a new business or if your safety standards need to be updated, it’s important to start with analyzing your facility. While there are general safety concerns to address, there are also dangers that are specific to you. Make an analysis of any work-related injuries and use historical data to determine where your employees could potentially be harmed.

In the unfortunate case that there is an injury or illness, perform an incident investigation to ensure that it won’t happen again. By interviewing your employees and finding out what led to the mishap, your safety and health standards can be changed to minimize future issues.

2. Create and maintain safety programs

Once you’re able to determine which safety hazards are present, it’s crucial to create a safety program personalized for your company. In addition to what is required in the Occupational Safety and Health standards, your plan should include specific instructions for your equipment and working procedures.

Whether you’re a small business or large treatment plant, maintaining your safety program is key. Schedule regular training sessions to make sure employees are informed. Provide resources to communicate the safety standards for future reference. Creating safety guidelines is important, but ensuring that your workers understand the process is crucial to minimizing hazards on your job site.

3. Install safety detection systems

For many facilities where natural gas is present, many safety hazards are unseen by the naked eye. To protect your employees and warehouse equipment, install a safety detection system to monitor the exposure levels. There are a number of systems available to detect harmful chemical levels that can be installed directly on a piece of equipment or within your entire warehouse.

Pro Tip: Invest in a wireless alarm station to extend the range of your safety detection system throughout your job site.

Securing Your Employees’ Safety and Health

No matter what may have transpired in 2019, the start of a new year welcomes a fresh start and room to achieve your goals. There shouldn’t be any excuse for the lack of safe work practices. To protect your employees and secure their health, it’s important to make a plan and maintain it on a regular basis.

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Happy Holidays from GDS Corporation!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in News | 0 comments

2019 has zipped along to the end in the blink of an eye and the holidays are upon us. Amidst the hustle and bustle of celebration, this is the season to pause and reflect on this past year. We consider what went well and look for opportunities for growth. With that in mind, here’s a look at 2019 with GDS Corporation!

Types of H2S Transmitters

Hydrogen sulfide transmitters are essential to any work environment where chemicals are present. In order to keep your employees safe, it’s important to choose the right detection system to monitor leaks. The type of H2S transmitters can vary depending on the alarm systems, data transmission methods, calibration techniques, and portable monitoring options.

A Guide to the Types of H2S Transmitter You Need in Your Business

Oxygen Depletion Systems

Toxic gas buildup caused by oxygen depletion can lead to a fire or explosion. Another important way to keep your employees safe is by installing an oxygen depletion system. Be sure to choose the most reliable and cost-effective system for your business so that the right safeguards will be in place.

How to Properly Select the Best Oxygen Depletion System

Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

Natural gas is one of the most efficient sources of energy, but it can become dangerous very quickly.  From natural gas detectors to wireless technology, our professionals have rounded up the best ways for your business to stop pipeline leaks.

Better Ways to Stop Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks

Celebrate the New Year

The holiday season and the end of another year are always busy. As you gather with your family and friends, we wish you all the love and thank you for connecting with us this year. GDS Corporation is dedicated to improving ourselves in 2020, and we hope to pass that hope for improvement to our clients!

What are your holiday plans? Let us know on Facebook and enjoy your time off!

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Become a Part of the GDS Corp Community!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in News | 0 comments

GDS Corp invites you to join our extended community. This is your opportunity to connect with us as we offer you extra snippets of our knowledge, experience, and expertise in the form of daily articles, videos, and other information. Here’s an overview of what you can expect.

Bringing You Value with Every Post

We spend most of our time taking care of our valued clients like you and don’t always have the opportunity to dig a little deeper in conversation. Our blog is that opportunity. You will find original content covering a wide range of topics and information useful and interesting for you. Our articles will fall into one of the following categories: 

1) Useful Tips, Strategies, and Information.

GDS Corp strives to provide you with useful information about our products and services. Accordingly, the bulk of our content will fall into this category.  Here we will cover a broad range of topics, giving you the benefit of our expertise and valuable experience. Articles in this category are designed to address topics you may have questions about, will find interesting, or important things you may not have yet encountered. This is your opportunity to stay informed.

Pro Tip: Our blog is your one-stop-shop for learning about gas and flame detection to keep your workplace safe.

2) Industry Updates

Every once in a while there may be changes, advancements, or other updates specific to our industry that you may want to know about. These articles will be designed to give you a breakdown of what’s happening and what it means for you. They will be less common, but full of important information.

3) Company News

Sometimes we’ll need to tell you about significant company changes, improvements, or enhancements. These blog posts are intended to make you aware of our growth and progress and how it will benefit you. They’re also intended to give you an inside look at our company values and culture. They will also be less frequent but will help you stay connected.

Join the Conversation

In addition to our original articles, we also share a wealth of other information and videos of interest from various sources across several social media platforms. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive invaluable information and updates for you and your friends and family. Join the conversation today! 

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