When discussing volatile gases that lead to catastrophic fires or explosions, methane is at the top of the list. A gas present in many different settings within the oil and gas industry and others as well, it must be carefully monitored 24/7 to ensure the safety of employees and facilities. Whether monitoring needs to be done in confined spaces where equipment is stored or in larger areas where production operations take place, having the best methane gas detection systems in place can create a much safer work environment. But to accomplish this, it is vital you understand just how a methane gas sensor works.

Stand-Alone Monitoring

While many types of facilities still continue to use CH4 gas sensors that are located throughout a building, many companies are now looking closely at converting to sensors that utilize stand-alone technology. In using a methane CNG gas sensor equipped with this technology, a facility can place the sensor in a central location, enabling it to monitor a very large area as well as confined spaces. Though these sensors can cost as much as $10,000 or more in some cases, they are known for reliability and accuracy, making them good long-term investments in employee and facility safety.

Multiple Alarms

When a methane gas buildup happens, there will only be a matter of minutes to evacuate people from the area and possibly make whatever repairs are needed to stop the situation from escalating. Because of this, methane gas detectors are equipped with multiple types of alarms that can prove useful in any work environment. For example, in areas where equipment noise will drown out sirens, employees can look to flashing lights and strobes to alert them of a dangerous situation. However, in situations where workers may be spread out over large distances or where the layout of a facility may make it difficult to spot lights or strobes, sirens can be used to let workers know a methane buildup is occurring.

Wireless Networking

As more and more industrial complexes and other work settings install wireless network technology in their buildings, methane detection systems have also been designed to include this technology. As a result, the electronics included in these detectors can be integrated with a wireless network, enabling them to transmit real-time data to various mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets. With this feature, it becomes easier for essential personnel to have the latest data at their fingertips. Whether it is a supervisor in a production area, a technician in a confined space, or administrative personnel who may be performing duties outside their office, having the ability to be alerted in this manner can sometimes be the difference between life or death.

Due to the various work environments where a methane gas buildup can occur, it is even more important a company select the best detection system for its needs. Thus, to get additional answers to your questions, contact an Applications Engineer at GDS by phoning 409-927-2980 or online at www.gdscorp.com/quotes/contact us.