In many types of industrial and research-oriented businesses, it is important to have safety measures in place. One of the most crucial and effective is gas monitoring equipment, which can detect leaks from equipment, pipes, valves, and other areas and alert monitoring centers of a potential problem. However, due to the variety of gas density monitoring instruments available today, it may be hard to determine which type will work best for your business. If you are in search of answers, here are some tips about various types of monitoring instruments.

Fixed Area Systems

Since it can sometimes be difficult to properly monitor large areas of industrial facilities, warehouses, and other work sites, installing fixed area gas measurement instruments can be a way to ensure accurate and reliable data is always available. Designed to still operate in the event of an explosion, these instruments are well-suited to be placed in areas where temperature extremes, varying humidity levels, and equipment vibrations are common.

Portable Monitors

Since many gas leaks that result in fires or explosions begin in confined spaces, companies place a huge emphasis on making sure they have detection systems in place to monitor these areas 24/7. While it is recommended that fixed area systems be installed near confined spaces, companies also often use portable monitors to gather data from confined spaces. Used primarily by workers who will be repairing, installing, or troubleshooting equipment in these areas, portable gas monitoring instruments are recommended for engineers, maintenance technicians, and others who will be in confined spaces and many other areas of a facility during their workday.

Single-Usage Instruments

Often confused with portable monitors, single-usage instruments are smaller and made to be clipped to a worker’s shirt or belt. Like portable monitors, single-usage instruments work well in confined spaces or other areas of a building, and can transmit real-time data to on and off-site monitoring personnel. Along with this, they can also be linked to a building’s wireless network, allowing data from the gas detection equipment to be sent to smartphones and other mobile devices. By doing so, managers and other personnel can have instant access to data at all times, which will be necessary should an emergency occur.

Digital Network Monitors

As more and more industrial complexes, laboratories, and other similar areas adopt the use of wireless networks to transmit, gather, and store vast amounts of data, companies are now choosing to use technologically-advanced digital network monitors in helping to measure gas levels. With an ability to self-calibrate, these instruments can constantly adjust their settings based on current environmental conditions. Because of this, such environmental factors as smoke, fire, high temperatures and humidity, and other aspects will not hinder the instrument’s ability to transmit accurate and reliable real-time data.

Since monitoring gas levels in an accurate and reliable manner can help prevent a small gas leak from becoming a major catastrophe, always select the instruments best suited for your company’s needs. By doing so, the safety of employees is greatly increased.