When choosing gas detectors, many factors come into play. The type of facility in which they will be placed, the gases they are designed to detect, environmental conditions, and more all play a role in determining the accuracy and reliability of the detectors. Due to the numerous factors involved, it is important to think carefully about the pros and cons associated with the gas detection system you are considering. To help with this, here is some additional information to help with your decision.
Portable vs. Fixed Detectors
For many facilities, one of the first questions they have is whether they should use fixed gas detectors or portable gas detectors. In most situations, the answer is both. While fixed detectors are important in that they can often scan large areas for gas leaks, they sometimes may not be as effective in monitoring confined spaces. Since these areas are often smaller and in isolated areas, technicians and engineers in these areas require portable detection equipment that can be clipped to clothing or placed nearby while they perform equipment installations, testing, and repairs.
Alarm Systems Comparisons
In many cases when selecting gas detection systems, companies fail to take into consideration the types of alarm systems that will be most effective in their facilities. As an example, if a facility is known for having high levels of noise, it is best to select detectors that have flashing lights or strobes that can alert workers in noisy areas. Along with this, if a facility has lower noise levels but instead has employees spread out over large distances, sirens can be the most effective method used to alert workers to a dangerous gas leak.
If a company has its buildings using wireless networks, it is always best to select gas leak detectors that possess this same technology. By doing so, they will be easily integrated into existing networks and systems, enabling them to produce results that are accurate and reliable. As many companies are now choosing to upgrade their detection systems to take advantage of wireless technology, one of the biggest advantages is having the capability to link the detectors with mobile devices such as smartphones. In doing so, engineers, technicians, management, and safety personnel can always have immediate access to real-time data, enabling them to make decisions regarding evacuations or other procedures much faster.
Multiple Gas Detection
Since many facilities will have numerous types of gases at their sites, it is crucial to select detection systems that include multi gas detectors. Though these detectors often cost more, they are long-lasting, can be used in virtually any type of facility and work environment, and allow for monitoring of multiple types of gases, both toxic and explosive. Along with this, they can use advanced technology, such as infrared sensing, to quickly locate various gases and transmit data to on-site personnel and off-site monitoring centers.
For additional information about the pros and cons of various detectors, call GDS at 409-927-2980 and speak with an Applications Engineer.