When choosing the right gas detection system for an industrial complex, laboratory, manufacturing plant, or other work setting, many factors must be considered. While cost and reliability are always important, so are such factors as work environments, system maintenance, and ease of use. For many companies, once these factors are closely examined, they often select catalytic bead sensors to keep their employees and facilities safe. If you are wondering what is a catalytic sensor and why you would need one, here are some facts to help in your decision-making process.


If your company wants to purchase an effective flame and gas detection system at a reasonable price, a catalytic gas detection system is often a smart choice. Costing less than $100 apiece in many cases, these sensors work well in many different types of work environments, and are also known for their reliability. Because of this, even if a facility needs to purchase numerous sensors, it will be a cost-effective investment.

Calibration Methods

For any type of catalytic gas sensor to be effective and accurate, it must be properly calibrated. This is very important with these sensors, since they do require regular monitoring to ensure their calibration is correct based on the environment in which they are installed. In most cases this is not a problem, since these sensors are viewed as some of the easiest sensors to calibrate. Possessing advanced electronics, these sensors can be easily calibrated not only by engineers, but also maintenance technicians and supervisory personnel who have been properly trained in the procedures.

Multiple Work Environments

With their electronic systems and ability to be easily calibrated, catalytic gas detectors perform very well in multiple work environments. For many industrial companies, these detectors are installed in areas where temperature extremes and high humidity levels are very common. But in other work areas, they may be installed in or near confined spaces, where they can transmit real-time data to monitoring centers so that workers in these areas are adequately protected. In addition, they also work well in areas where large equipment is located, since they are designed to pick up even the slightest of vibrations that could be the start of a malfunction or breakdown.

Easy Maintenance

Since these detectors and sensors have been used in many different types of industrial facilities and other areas over the years, they have developed an excellent reputation for requiring relatively little maintenance. While they do need to be monitored on a regular basis, they have few if any malfunctions, no matter the work environment where they are installed. As a result, they are generally viewed as being very cost-effective for a company.

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While this has explained many important aspects of catalytic detection systems, it is likely you still have some questions regarding your specific work environment. If you do, contact an Applications Engineer at Global Detection Systems to have your questions answered by an industry professional. To do so, call GDS at 409-927-2980 or visit us at www.gdscorp.com.