If a carbon dioxide gas buildup occurs in any area of an industrial facility or laboratory, it must be detected very quickly. When this does not occur, the danger can be enormous. Because of this, companies make sure they have gas meter detectors installed not only near confined spaces, but also in large open areas where equipment and personnel may be present. But to make sure the detectors installed are the best for that facility, it is important to know as much as possible about their capabilities, features, and reliability.
Due to the importance of CO2 meter sensors, they are equipped with the latest electronics technology. As these sensors have become more important to numerous facilities in different industries, electrochemical technology is now the standard technology used in most sensors. With this technology, multiple pathway detection is possible in all areas of a building. Since electrochemical technology can use open path and sample draw methods to detect a CO2 buildup very quickly, data can be transmitted in real-time and analyzed by monitoring center personnel to determine what actions need to be taken.
Confined Space Monitoring
Since engineers and technicians spend much of their time in confined spaces working on and testing various types of equipment, it is important to have monitoring equipment in these areas as well. For many companies, a handheld meter detector has proven to be very effective. Small and easy to use, it allows those working in confined spaces to closely monitor gas levels for signs of impending danger.
Since many industrial complexes, warehouses, and other facilities are very large, it is crucial engineers and others have immediate access to accurate and reliable data at all times. To accomplish this, facilities utilize wireless networks to allow a smart meter detector and its data to be linked to a variety of mobile devices, which may include smartphones, tablets, and laptops. With this capability, real-time data is constantly transmitted to these devices, enabling personnel to be in any area of a facility and still be alerted to potential danger.
For meter detectors to be able to relay accurate data to engineers and other personnel, the meters must always be properly calibrated based on the work environment’s conditions. In most cases, this includes taking into account such factors as temperature extremes, humidity levels, dust and dirt, and shocks and vibrations that may occur from equipment. To test a meter’s calibration, technicians will often use a controlled sample of gas, then relay the information to a monitoring center.
Since all facilities are different in terms of size and layout, many different types of alarm systems must be available for use. With today’s CO2 detectors, this includes flashing lights, sirens, and strobes. Able to be deployed in areas where noise may be a concern or where workers are spread out over large areas, these alarms can ensure that no matter the conditions that are present, workers will be alerted to a CO2 gas buildup.