In attempting to monitor their facilities for dangerous gases, companies are searching for systems that can do this in an efficient and safe manner. For many companies, that means purchasing infrared gas detectors. Possessing technology that puts them far ahead of sensors developed only a decade ago, they can perform well in many work environments, including offshore drilling platforms, research laboratories, manufacturing plants, and many other facilities where the threat of a dangerous gas buildup looms. However, even with their numerous capabilities, since no two facilities are exactly alike, there can be various pros and cons associated with using infrared gas sensors.

Multiple Gas Detection

In most facilities, multiple gases will be present, which can be a challenge when it comes to proper monitoring. However, as technology has evolved with infrared hydrocarbon gas detectors, these detectors now have the ability to monitor for multiple gases simultaneously. From butane and propane to methane and others, 24/7 monitoring that is accurate and reliable is now possible. However, while this will provide additional safety for a facility and its personnel, these monitoring systems do generally cost more than those which only monitor one specific type of gas, so keep this in mind when making a purchasing decision.

Work Environments

Due to their advanced electronics that are well-concealed to protect them against fires, explosions, and other harsh conditions, IR gas detectors can be installed and expected to perform well in almost any work environment. This can include those that experience extreme temperatures, high levels of humidity, dust and dirt, shocks and vibrations, and other situations that may hinder the effectiveness of other types of detectors. Using magnetic protective shields that are placed over a monitor’s display area, accuracy and reliability can be ensured no matter the circumstances.

Wireless Technology

Whereas previous types of monitors may have had difficulty relaying the latest data to engineers and other personnel, infrared sensors today are equipped with state-of-the-art wireless technology. Armed with this feature, they can transmit data to on-site personnel and engineers who are stationed in off-site monitoring centers, allowing for instant analysis of large amounts of data. Along with this, the data is sent in real-time, ensuring all personnel have the most up-to-date information. And as an added safety feature, the detectors and sensors can use their wireless technology to link to smartphones and other mobile devices, allowing personnel to constantly have data at their fingertips.

Confined Space Monitoring

In warehouses, on offshore drilling platforms, or at manufacturing plants, confined spaces can be some of the most difficult areas to safely monitor for toxic gas buildups. Because of this, infrared detection technology is often implemented in these and other environments. In many cases, companies rely not only on open path detection, but also portable infrared detectors. Small, easy to use, and considered very accurate and reliable, they can allow technicians and other personnel to complete tasks while having hands-free monitoring. Relatively inexpensive, they can offer a viable alternative to companies who may have limited budgets.