When it comes to the risks associated with working in industrial facilities, flame detection is a top priority for many companies. From oil rigs to wastewater treatment plants and many other settings, flame and gas detection is now using advanced technology to ensure workers and equipment are protected as much as possible. With more features and capabilities than ever before, flame detectors are essential pieces of most industrial safety programs. If your company is considering new detection technology, here are some of the most important uses of a flame detector.

Lessening False Alarms

When detectors are installed, they need to be able to provide data that is always accurate and reliable. However, at times when the work environment may become harsh due to temperature extremes or other factors, the result can be occasional false alarms. However, with today’s state-of-the-art technology such as wireless networking being implemented in most newer detectors, false alarms rarely happen. Because of this, companies can avoid production disruptions and costly downtime.

Quick Detection Times

When flames are detected, workers and others in the area need to have enough time to safely evacuate the area. Therefore, the detectors being used need to allow for quick detection of flames, no matter the work environment. In addition to this, the detectors should also be able to scan a large area very quickly, since workers may be spread out and require extra time to reach safe areas.


As the technology with these detectors has gotten more and more advanced in recent years, virtually all models are now capable of performing self-diagnostics if problems arise. Because of this, most detectors need little manual calibration, instead performing a regular series of self-checks so that the detector’s optical path always stays clear. By being able to constantly monitor itself 24/7, a detector not only can be relied upon to provide accurate results, but also greatly reduce its risk of malfunctioning.

The Field of View

For a detector to be as effective as possible, not only does it need the technology to self-correct any problems, but also always have a field of view that is as wide as possible. With most modern Ir-S Infrared flame detectors, the field of view can extend up to 120 degrees, allowing them to offer maximum levels of safety. By doing so, many companies find they actually need fewer detectors than first thought, enabling them to save money while still keeping their employees safe.

Making the Decision

When choosing detectors that will alert employees to the threat of fire or explosion, it’s important to make sure they possess as much state-of-the-art technology as possible. Whether it’s having self-diagnostic capabilities, large fields of view, or the ability to produce few if any false alarms, choosing the right detectors can make all the difference. If you have questions about which detectors will work best for your company, speak with an Applications Engineer at Global Detection Systems. By doing so, you can speak with an experienced and knowledgeable industry professional.