In many industrial and laboratory settings, a methane gas leak poses one of the most significant dangers to personnel. Should a methane leak occur, the result will likely be a fire or explosion. To prevent this from happening, facilities install methane gas detection systems designed to detect leaks when they first happen, enabling maintenance technicians and engineers to enact repairs before the situation becomes critical. As these systems have become more sophisticated in recent years, they have become equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art features that make them more effective. If you are in need of a detection system, here is additional information about their features and applications.
Harsh Work Environments
From an offshore drilling platform with confined spaces and high temperatures to a natural gas pipeline where shocks and vibrations may be common, methane detectors are needed to ensure equipment and employees are protected. But since these and other work environments offer very harsh conditions, the methane gas detectors must be equipped with technology that enables sensitive electronics to be protected from temperature extremes, humidity levels, and other factors that could lead to inaccurate data being transmitted. Thus, key components are self-contained, allowing for both self-calibration as well as remote calibration by monitoring center personnel.
To make these detection systems even more effective, they are now equipped with wireless technology. Not only does this allow them to be integrated with a facility’s existing wireless network, but also lets the methane gas sensors be linked to mobile devices. By having the capability to send real-time data to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, engineers and other personnel can have constant and immediate access to data 24/7, no matter their location.
Confined Space Monitoring
Whether it is a research lab, water treatment plant, electronics manufacturer, or other industrial site, confined space monitoring is very important in preventing undetected methane gas leaks. To accomplish this, many companies now invest in portable methane sensors, which can be used by technicians in these areas as they install, test, and repair various types of equipment. By clipping portable monitors to their clothing or belts, tasks can be performed while having hands-free monitoring capabilities. Along with this, the data from the sensors can be sent in real-time to nearby personnel, alerting them to any potential problems that may arise.
Since these detection systems are installed in a variety of settings, they are equipped with multiple types of alarms that can work in many different situations. Since facilities can vary greatly in size and layout, it is likely one type of alarm that may work well in one setting may not be the best choice in another. Thus, the systems come equipped with flashing lights, sirens, and strobes, all of which can be applied depending upon the situation. As an example, in an area where workers are spread out, sirens are generally most effective. However, in a noisy environment, flashing lights and strobes are used to alert workers to initiate emergency procedures.