Due to the important role gas detection systems play in many facilities, virtually all systems are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to keep employees and equipment safe. This is especially true of infrared gas sensors, which are becoming the choice of many companies. Utilizing advanced electronics, wireless networks, and much more, these sensors and detectors are capable of performing well under even the harshest of conditions. If you have questions as to how infrared gas detection technology works, here are some important details you should remember.
With their advanced electronics and ability to be integrated into an existing wireless network, IR gas detectors have the capability to transmit real-time data to engineers and other monitoring personnel 24/7. By doing so, it becomes possible for technicians and others to spot small problems before they become much more serious. Along with being able to transmit this data to on-site employees, the detectors can also send the data to monitoring facilities many miles away, allowing engineers to analyze data that could indicate potential problems with equipment or other systems.
Open Path Detection
Perhaps the most important breakthrough in infrared detection technology, open path detection is found in all types of infrared hydrocarbon gas detectors. With this technology, the detectors can scan for different types of gases using multiple detection paths, instead of using only a single path. In doing so, detectors can often locate gas leaks much quicker than before, and in many cases can find dangerous gas leaks and gas levels that might otherwise have gone undetected for a long period of time. As a result, they make a facility much safer, and have been credited with saving numerous lives over the years.
Since infrared sensors are placed in many different work environments, it is crucial they be equipped with technology that can protect them from very harsh conditions. Whether they are exposed to temperature extremes, dust and dirt, equipment vibrations, or high humidity levels like those experienced on offshore drilling platforms, these detectors must be able to relay accurate and reliable data no matter the situation. To do so, they contain protective magnetic shields, which when placed around the detector’s display area protect the inner electronics from potential damage.
While open path technology is considered a major breakthrough with infrared gas detectors, so is the ability to provide them with almost perfect calibration. Using state-of-the-art electronics and sophisticated software, these detectors can maintain near-perfect calibration no matter what type of environment in which they are placed. Thus, should a situation develop involving extreme gas levels or even a fire, the detectors will be able to constantly relay data to engineers that they can trust is accurate and reliable.
Since there are still many aspects of infrared technology that are not understood by many people, it is best to speak with experts when considering using these in your facility. To have your questions answered, contact GDS at 409-927-2980 or fill out a contact form at www.gdscorp.com.