When an industrial accident occurs, one of the causes is often combustible gases. As one of the biggest hazards workers face on a daily basis, these gases must be monitored on a regular basis to ensure employees and facilities remain as safe as possible. And with the many safety features that have become standard on combustion detectors, they have become some of the most advanced gas and leak detectors available today. However, there are still many features of combustion gas detectors that are not well-known to those who need them. To find out more, here are some of the most recent trends about combustion detector monitors that you may have missed.
Smart Sensing Technology
Unlike sensors of years past, today’s combustion gas monitors are now able to store and analyze vast amounts of information. By being able to store alarm events as well as calibrations, the detectors let engineers and management personnel compare previous data with that which is being transmitted in real-time. By doing so, future accidents may be prevented by allowing personnel to make configuration changes as well as other necessary adjustments, resulting in greater safety and efficiency.
As they have become more advanced technologically, combustion leak detectors have started to make good use of graphic displays such as trend graphs to help analyze various situations. With this capability, not only can values and units be displayed, but trend graphs can also be incorporated with this data to help safety personnel understand why a situation occurred, and how it can be prevented in the future.
Programmable Delay Systems
As these detectors have utilized more and more aspects of technology, one of the biggest benefits that has been overlooked has been the elimination of false alarms. By having programmable delay systems for both power-up and post-calibration, the detectors can make changes in real-time, which greatly decreases the chances of false alarms happening on a regular basis. By doing so, the workplace is made much safer, since employees are aware that when an alarm sounds, chances are it is due to a dangerous incident.
To ensure these detectors are able to be used in multiple work environments, most are now equipped with alarm relays such as warning lights and horn sounders. These features, along with back-lit displays that change colors depending on the level of danger, let these detectors be used by more and more companies. Whether it’s a pipeline, refinery, water treatment plant, or other facility, alarm relays have proven to be a major breakthrough when it comes to safety.
By being able to transmit data to multiple locations, these detectors allow personnel on-site as well as those at remote locations to make changes based on real-time data. Along with this, data is also able to be downloaded instantly to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, resulting in increased opportunities for analysis by experts. With this capability, the chances of a serious incident happening is substantially reduced in virtually any work environment.