In various facilities such as water treatment plants, offshore drilling platforms, chemical processing plants, and many others, it is important to have state-of-the-art fixed gas detection systems in place to keep employees and equipment safe. Due to the ability of these systems to detect small amounts of gas before the situation becomes critical, they play an important role in many industrial safety plans. However, for fixed gas detectors to be effective and efficient, they must be installed in the appropriate locations. If you need installation tips for detectors, here are several facts to keep in mind.
Always Focus on Equipment
When choosing the best spots for fixed gas monitors, always focus on equipment that may be prone to producing gas leaks and fires. Whether it is in a warehouse or inside a manufacturing plant, a small gas leak that goes undetected for only a few minutes can lead to a fire, explosion, or toxic fumes in the air. However, by having monitors strategically placed near key pieces of equipment, unusual readings can be quickly detected and analyzed by plant engineers. Thus, if the situation warrants, personnel can be evacuated and equipment shut down and repaired before a disaster occurs.
Consider Your Work Environment
When companies are considering the installation of fixed gas & flame detection systems, one of the biggest mistakes they make is failing to take their work environment into consideration. Even though most of today’s modern gas detection systems are designed to perform well in virtually any type of work environment, it is still vital to assess a facility before making a final decision. Therefore, when planning on installing these monitors and detectors, take into account such factors as temperature extremes, high humidity levels, dust and dirt in the area, and shocks or vibrations that may be produced by nearby equipment.
If you are installing fixed gas detection equipment, be sure you choose detection systems that also have multi-alarm systems capabilities. In doing so, you will know that no matter where these detectors are placed, employees and others nearby will be able to be alerted to a dangerous situation. For example, since these detection systems are usually equipped with sirens, flashing lights, and strobes, they can alert workers in situations where noise, distance, or facility layout may be a factor. By being able to alert those in the immediate area as fast as possible, evacuations can be conducted and equipment shut down while repairs take place.
Remote and Manual Calibration
No matter where a fixed detector is installed, it will need to be properly calibrated based on its environment. While this is usually done by engineers in off-site monitoring centers, most detectors are also made to allow for manual calibration by on-site technicians. Thus, in an emergency situation, various personnel will have the capability to ensure the data being transmitted to engineers is reliable and correct.
Rather than make the wrong decision for your facility’s needs, contact GDS at 409-927-2980 to speak with an experienced Applications Engineer.