Whether it’s a wastewater treatment plant, an oil refinery, or an automotive manufacturing plant, combustible gases and solvents present some of the biggest dangers when it comes to fires and explosions. However, to keep employees safe and protect multi-million dollar facilities and equipment, companies are choosing to invest in LEL gas leak detectors as part of their industrial safety programs. But with the advances in technology, many of today’s LEL detectors are now equipped with state-of-the-art features that make them extremely accurate and reliable. In addition to this, these detectors come in a variety of styles and prices, so deciding which ones are best for your company can be confusing. To gain a better understanding of LEL monitors, here is some information about their features and pricing.

Portable Detectors

Since many workers find themselves spending much of their time in confined spaces, the need for portable detectors has expanded tremendously in recent years. Because there are a number of different types of portable LEL gas detectors, pricing can vary. Some can cost less than $200, and come with flexible goosenecks that can be put in hard-to-reach areas. Able to be clipped onto belts or shirts, they can monitor for methane, acetone, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, lacquer, and many other gases and solvents.

Confined Space Kits

Along with a single portable detector, many companies now purchase kits specifically customized for confined spaces. Able to detect methane, oxygen, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide, they are equipped with multi-alarm systems such as visual, vibrating, and audible, guaranteeing they can provide a safe environment in numerous ways. Sampling gases from as far away as 66 feet, these detectors are also made to operate in extreme temperatures, often ranging from below zero to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Equipped with rechargeable batteries, the LEL sensors have a battery life of 12 hours, enabling them to be used in a variety of work environments for long periods of time. While in some cases costing $3,000 or more, they are considered well worth the investment.

Fixed Multi-Gas Detectors

When it comes to fixed multi-gas detectors, pricing can vary widely depending upon their features. With many of these detectors being self-calibrating, very little maintenance is required. In addition to this, they are equipped with the latest in wireless technology, making them capable of transmitting real-time data to locations miles away. Able to be used in such work environments as pipelines, refineries, offshore platforms, semiconductor manufacturers, and chemical processing plants, they have multiple alarm systems that can alert workers who are nearby as well as those who may be located much further away. Prices for fixed detectors can vary, ranging from just over $1,000 to more than $10,000.

Seek Out Knowledge and Experience

Because there are so many different types of methane gas detectors, it’s important to know what you need prior to making a purchase. To ensure you get the best equipment for your company, contact GDS Corporation today and get your questions answered by knowledgeable and experienced industry professionals.