When it comes to methane detection, the energy industry and others realize how important this is to their safety programs. Since natural gases such as methane can be very volatile, having high-sensitivity methane sensors is critical to let workers know they are safe when working in hazardous environments. However, despite this, some companies are still unsure as to whether they really need these gas detection systems. To help you decide if you need methane gas sensors for your pipeline or facility, here are some of the most important aspects of these sensors.
Accuracy and Reliability
When high levels of methane gas are a possibility in any work environment, having sensors that are accurate and reliable is a must. As technology has evolved over the years, methane sensors are now widely viewed as perhaps the most accurate sensors on the market today. Much of this has been attributed to advances in their alarm systems, which have been shown to be very reliable in virtually any work location. Often used on pipelines located in remote areas, the sensors use audio and visual alarms to alert employees of potential danger.
Various Work Environments
For a sensor to be as effective as possible, it must be able to withstand a variety of harsh work environments. With methane detectors, sensors may be placed near remote pipelines, in confined spaces located on offshore drilling platforms, throughout large refineries or manufacturing plants, or other work locations. Therefore, when evaluating your company’s need for these sensors, it’s vital to consider the work environment in which they will be placed. By doing so, you’ll know if the sensors you choose can hold up to temperature extremes, high humidity, or dust and dirt.
When choosing sensors, most safety engineers look for units that are self-contained. Not only does this help protect the sensors from being damaged, but it also results in the unit requiring little calibration in order to maintain accuracy and reliability. Along with this, most sensors are also equipped with the latest wireless technology, allowing them to transmit real-time data even when conditions are extremely hazardous. An important factor when deciding which sensors to use, this aspect can save countless lives.
When these sensors were first introduced, most facilities needed to place numerous ones in hazardous areas to make sure their entire facility was properly monitored. However, as technology has been implemented in today’s sensors, it’s now possible for one monitor to provide coverage for an entire facility no matter its size. Known as central monitoring, it’s considered a state-of-the-art innovation in detecting high levels of methane. While it’s very effective, it can also be expensive, sometimes costing $25,000 for the monitoring system. But with its high levels of accuracy and reliability, companies often look at it as a wise investment in safety.
Because there are so many factors to take into consideration when choosing these sensors, contacting an Applications Engineer at GDS Corporation is a smart way to get all your questions answered.