When it comes to the oil and gas industry, one of the most important ways to ensure facilities stay safe is by using open path gas detection. One of the most innovative technologies currently used within the industry, it operates by sending out a beam of infrared light that detects flammable gases anytime they enter the beam. Very popular with companies because they are able to quickly detect dangerous levels of flammable gases or toxic gases, the monitors are able to be installed within numerous areas of a facility and can play a large part in maintaining high levels of safety. Yet while their popularity has soared within the last decade, there are still plenty of little-known facts about this method of gas detection.
Real-Time Data Transmission
When a problem develops at a facility, it is sometimes very important for safety personnel who may be located miles away to have access to the data in order to make an accurate assessment of the situation. To help with this, more and more open path gas detectors are now designed with technology that enables them to transmit real-time data to safety personnel and management personnel. This capability enables those in charge to make accurate decisions regarding what action to take, and also lets the data be transmitted and downloaded to a variety of mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.
Measurement of Large Spaces
In many oil and gas industry locations such as pipelines, the potential for a gas leak is spread out over a large outdoor area. Thus, it can be very difficult for workers to safely monitor potential gas leaks that can affect hundreds or even thousands of individuals. However, many people are not aware of the fact that open path gas detectors are able to set up a perimeter that can monitor gas levels over a large area. By being able to measure large areas with extreme accuracy, open path gas detectors have proven to be very reliable and credited with detecting numerous gas leaks that may otherwise have gone undetected until it was too late.
High-Tech, Low Maintenance
While many people automatically assume all gas detectors that have high-tech capabilities require high levels of regular maintenance, such is not the case with open path gas detectors. Because they are made to function well in various types of environments and weather conditions, these monitors need few additional calibrations after their initial set-up. Along with this, due to their ability to monitor larger areas than many other gas detectors, fewer open path gas detectors need to be installed within a facility. In fact, many places now only need to use one detector for their area, allowing them to have an easier time monitoring data and performing any maintenance operations that may be needed.
By becoming aware of these little-known facts about open path gas detection, oil and gas facilities can have a better understanding of what it takes to keep employees safe while taking advantage of the latest gas detection technology.