As one of the hardest gases to monitor due to its lack of color and smell, carbon monoxide poses many challenges when it comes to accurate and reliable detection within all types of industrial facilities and laboratories. Because of this, many different types of carbon monoxide gas detectors are used in an effort to keep employees and buildings as safe as possible. However, since facilities differ in work environments, size, layout, and more, it is crucial to know the differences in various carbon monoxide gas sensors in order to make the best choice.

Fixed Monitors

For effective monitoring of large facilities, fixed monitors are used in manufacturing plants, offshore drilling platforms, water treatment plants, and other facilities. Very affordable and reliable, fixed monitors can work well in virtually any type of work setting, since they offer various alarm systems, real-time data transmission, and the ability to link to mobile devices such as smartphones.

Portable Monitors

For many companies, portable carbon monoxide CO monitoring offers a number of important advantages. Very affordable to both large and small companies, portable monitoring systems also offer flexibility, since they can be used by personnel in confined spaces and other areas of a facility. In addition, they can offer hands-free monitoring, allowing engineers and technicians to conduct repairs, inspections, and equipment installations while having constant access to real-time data as to gas levels in their work area.

Alarm Systems

Since carbon monoxide detectors are used in a variety of work settings, they must be equipped with different sets of alarm systems that can function well under varying conditions. For example, since many industrial facilities are very noisy, alarm systems must have flashing lights or strobes that can alert workers to dangerous gas buildups. Along with this, in areas where workers are spread out and may be unable to see flashing lights or strobes, sirens will be relied upon to notify them of dangerous gas levels and the possibility of evacuations.

Multi-Location Monitor

While many facilities use a number of fixed monitors within a facility, more and more companies are now taking a closer look at multiple-location monitors. While they may be more expensive, they offer extremely accurate and reliable data, can be adapted to different work environments, and can be placed in a central location within a facility for easier monitoring and detection of carbon monoxide. And best of all, while they are more expensive than fixed monitors, they are considered very cost-effective, since overall costs are lowered due to not needing a large number of fixed monitors.

Though they have many differences regarding their features, costs, and ability to adapt to certain work environments, it is clear the best carbon monoxide CO detectors play a crucial role in today’s modern industrial safety programs. If you need to learn more about their applications, alarm systems, wireless capabilities, and other features, contact GDS at 409-927-2980 or visit their website at By doing so, you can speak with an Applications Engineer to discuss your specific needs.