No matter the type of setting in the oil and gas industry, electronics manufacturing, medical research, or other area, numerous gases are in use that could lead to an unexpected fire or explosion. Because of this possibility, facilities employ sophisticated sensors and monitors to keep their areas as safe as possible. But since detecting flammable gases and vapors can be a challenge due to the many different settings, state-of-the-art flammable gas detection equipment must be used. To learn more about these systems, here is additional information about their most common features and applications.
Monitoring Confined Spaces
Whenever workers enter confined spaces to enact equipment installations or repairs, they are at risk of being in an area where flammable gas and vapors may be difficult to detect. Due to this, many companies now equip their engineers and maintenance technicians with portable flammable gas detectors. Small like a cellphone, these detectors contain advanced electronics like those found in larger fixed detectors. But unlike fixed detectors, they can be clipped to a person’s belt or clothing, allowing for hands-free monitoring while completing various tasks. And most importantly, they can transmit real-time data to nearby monitoring personnel, alerting them to dangerous gases and vapors that may be present.
Large Area Monitoring
While monitoring confined spaces can be difficult, so can monitoring large areas of an industrial facility. In these instances, not only are there more confined spaces and other areas that require monitoring, but employees are usually spread out over large distances as well. Therefore, detection systems used for large area scanning and monitoring come equipped with extremely sensitive detectors and sensors, enabling gases and vapors that may be flammable to be quickly detected. As a result, repairs and other safety protocols can be enacted, allowing situations to be resolved before they become critical.
One of the best features associated with a flammable gas monitor is its ability to perform various types of self-diagnostics based on conditions within the work environment in which it is placed. With this capability, the monitors can adjust to current conditions day and night, ensuring the data they gather and transmit in real-time is always accurate and reliable. But as an additional safety feature, the electronics in these monitors are also able to be programmed and calibrated by engineers should an emergency situation occur. By doing so, new parameters can be established by engineers, allowing the monitors to continue functioning effectively.
Since these monitors are used for confined space monitoring as well as for large area scanning, they come equipped with multiple alarm systems. As a result, they can be used effectively in any type of work environment to alert workers to potential danger. In large area monitoring, sirens, flashing lights, and strobes can be used to alert workers who are spread out over large distances or working in very noisy conditions. As for confined space monitoring, flashing lights changing from yellow to red often work well to alert engineers and technicians to immediate danger.