Whether workers are located in a medical laboratory, large chemical processing plant, on an offshore drilling platform, or other area where many dangerous gases may be present, various types of gas detectors and sensors play a crucial role in keeping personnel safe day and night. Since many things such as environmental conditions, noise, and the size and layout of a facility must be taken into consideration when selecting a detection system, it is important to understand the various features and how they can work best in different environments and situations. By doing so, gas detection transmitters can help save the lives of millions of employees within various work settings.

Portable Monitoring

In many instances where employees are injured or die due to gas buildups or fires and explosions, they are located within confined spaces. Since these areas are often difficult to monitor due to their size and isolated locations, specialized technology must be used to keep workers in these areas as safe as possible. To do so, a portable gas detection transmitter will be given to workers in these areas for use while repairing, inspecting, and installing equipment. Allowing for hands-free monitoring since it can be clipped to a belt, the transmitter will not only measure gas levels within the confined space, but also send the data to on-site and off-site monitoring personnel for additional analysis.

Wireless Networks

As technology has continued to improve in regards to gas detection, one of the biggest advances has been the ability to link combustible gas detector transmitters to wireless networks within a facility. By doing so, it not only allows for quicker analysis of data by monitoring center personnel, but it also lets engineers and others at a plant or laboratory link their smartphones and tablets to the network. Because of this, they not only have constant access to up-to-date information, but can also send and receive data from monitoring centers in the event of an emergency.

Calibration Standards

With the electronics used in today’s transmitter flammable gas detectors being highly-advanced and reliable, it has become much easier to maintain proper calibration standards in virtually any work environment. However, that does not mean these detectors should not be checked for accuracy on a regular basis. To do so, engineers in monitoring centers can run various simulations to gauge the accuracy of a detector’s data. Along with this, technicians located at a plant or laboratory can perform manual calibration testing using small samples of gas, then send the data to engineers for analysis. This can be effective if a gas buildup occurs, since it will allow for continual adjusting of detectors if needed to meet changing environmental conditions.

As more and more advances are made in gas detection systems, their use will become even more widespread and important to facilities in industries around the world. To learn more about how these detection systems can keep workers and equipment safe, contact an Applications Engineer at GDS by calling 409-927-2980 or visiting their website at www.gdscorp.com.