In work environments such as manufacturing plants or laboratories, it is important these areas have gas detection systems that can detect even the smallest amounts of gas. In situations where combustible gas is present, even a small leak that goes undetected could result in a fire or explosion. As numerous technological advances have been made regarding combustible hydrocarbon gas monitoring, much of the emphasis has been on infrared and catalytic bead sensors. If you are wondering about the differences between these combustible gas leak detectors and which would be best for your facility, here are some key points about each type.

Confined Space Monitoring

In many industrial settings, combustible gas leaks occur in confined spaces where equipment is located. Since these spaces are often isolated, they can be difficult to monitor accurately on a regular basis. To solve this problem, many companies now use infrared combustible gas detectors that are installed near these areas. Using open path technology, the infrared detectors can scan for multiple gases in a variety of ways, making the detection of gas leaks much easier. In addition, companies also use portable detectors for confined space monitoring. Small and convenient to use, they are given to engineers and technicians who will be in confined spaces installing, repairing, and troubleshooting equipment.

Wireless Data Transmission

In many types of infrared and catalytic bead combustible gas sensors, wireless data transmission is a key component. Using this technology, both types of sensors can be linked to different mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Once this occurs, real-time data can be sent to these devices for instant analysis by engineers and technicians. This can prove important should an emergency situation develop, since these and other personnel may be in different areas of a facility and require instant access to data in order to make decisions regarding evacuations or equipment shutdowns.

Cost is Always a Factor

When deciding what type of combustible gas detector to purchase for your facility, cost is always a factor. Since budgets can vary from company to company, take several things into consideration before making your decision. For example, if you need reliable detectors that utilize open path technology, catalytic bead sensors can be a good choice. However, if your budget is larger and you can afford detectors that also utilize open path technology and require little maintenance, infrared sensors can be a valuable addition to your facility. Requiring little if any manual calibration, infrared sensors also can often be placed in a central monitoring location, enabling them to scan a larger area.

Since it can take only one undetected gas leak to result in tragedy, choosing the best combustible gas detection system for your facility should not be taken lightly. Due to the likelihood you have additional questions about these detectors, contact GDS as soon as possible. If you prefer to do so online, visit to fill out a contact form. However, should you prefer to speak to an Applications Engineer, call us at 409-927-2980.