Due to businesses having budget restrictions, it can be difficult to purchase gas detection systems that can provide the highest levels of safety for a facility and its employees. However, as in other areas where technological advances are occurring quite rapidly, gas monitoring equipment is more affordable than in years past. Because of this, companies have many options when making their selections. Therefore, whether your company has a large or small budget for industrial safety, here are some tips to use when selecting the right gas detection system for your facility.
Portable Monitoring Equipment
If your industrial plant, warehouse, laboratory, or offshore drilling platform contains confined spaces and other areas that are isolated, it may be to your benefit to purchase portable gas analyzers and monitors. Perfect for companies on tight budgets, these monitors may be small in size, yet they can still perform most functions associated with larger, fixed monitoring systems. Convenient for workers to use while performing equipment installations and repairs, they can be a good alternative if purchasing a large number of fixed monitors may not be possible.
Examine Various Features
When selecting the right gas detection system for any facility, always make sure you understand not only the needs associated with your particular work environment, but also the features contained on any monitor under consideration. For example, it is usually best to purchase gas monitoring instruments that contain multiple alarm systems. Not only will this make them able to be installed in different work environments, but also allow for greater levels of safety, since they will contain flashing lights, strobes, and sirens that can alert workers to impending danger.
Wireless Monitoring Systems
As wireless technology has found its way into most of today’s gas detection instruments, one of the best results has been a reduction in costs for these detection systems. Along with this, having wireless capabilities now allows these detection instruments to be easily linked with a company’s wireless network, enabling the instruments to be linked also to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. By doing so, real-time data can be sent to these devices, enabling engineers, managers, and technicians to have easy and constant access to the latest data, which can be important if emergencies occur and quick decisions need to be made.
To ensure gas detection systems can always transmit accurate and reliable data 24/7, most are equipped with electronics enabling them to perform self-calibration and also be calibrated by engineers located in monitoring centers. By performing self-calibration, the systems can quickly adapt to changing work environments, often crucial in emergency situations. Along with this, if malfunctions occur or emergency situations require additional intervention, engineers can analyze data coming from the systems, re-establish new parameters, and calibrate the instruments from their monitoring centers.
If you would like additional information regarding how to purchase the best gas monitoring instruments for your company’s facilities, contact an Applications Engineer at GDS by calling 409-927-2980 or filling out a contact form at www.gdscorp.com.