With industrial facilities varying in their layout, size, and function, it’s no wonder that deciding on the best gas detection systems can be a difficult decision. From wastewater treatment facilities to automotive plants and oil refineries, having the capability to quickly detect toxic or combustible gases is a must in order to keep employees and facilities as safe as possible. With a variety of technology now being used in these detection systems, there are now many different options for companies in need of accurate and reliable gas detection. To learn how gas detectors work in the gas industry, here are some key aspects of these systems.

Hands-Free Monitoring

As it becomes more and more important for workers to have access to up-to-date gas level readings while still performing key tasks in maintenance and other areas, technology has evolved to the point where monitors are now available that offer hands-free monitoring capabilities. Known in the industry as single-usage monitors, these gas monitors have become very popular due to both their affordability as well as convenience. Extremely compact and in most cases no larger than a cellphone, these monitors can be clipped onto a worker’s belt or shirt, letting them complete a task while also monitoring gas levels.

Wireless Technology

To ensure a worker has access to accurate and reliable data in the quickest fashion, today’s detectors are equipped with state-of-the-art electronics that rely on wireless technology. By doing so, they can be easily linked with a facility’s data network, enabling them to relay information as quickly as possible to workers, supervisors, and safety personnel via such mobile devices as smartphones and tablets. By doing so, it’s now possible for facilities to install detection systems that can provide real-time data 24/7, greatly increasing the overall safety levels of facilities and employees.

Fixed-Area Monitors

Especially useful for facilities that are very large and have a number of both large, open areas as well as confined spaces, fixed-area monitoring is a gas detection application that has proven to be very popular in recent years. Along with constant monitoring, these systems also offer monitors that are encased in explosion-proof material, allowing them to be installed in the most dangerous of work environments. And by using WiFi technology, they too can be easily linked to data networks, allowing for instant data analysis both on and off-site.

Improved Safety Programs

Because these detectors are so versatile, they have been instrumental in helping various types of industrial facilities improve their safety programs. By providing extensive amounts of specific data before, during, and after an incident, engineers and other safety personnel can evaluate procedures and equipment to determine what aspects of the facility’s safety program are working, and which ones need improvement.

Contact GDS

While you’ve learned many details about how these systems work in the gas industry, chances are you probably have many more questions about the technology and capabilities of these detectors regarding your specific facility. To learn more, speak with an Applications Engineer at GDS.

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