Whether you are employed in a manufacturing plant, oil refinery, or wastewater treatment facility, one of the biggest hazards you’ll face is the possible buildup of toxic and combustible gases. While it’s hoped this won’t happen, if it does it’s crucial to have gas measurement instruments in place that can provide instantaneous real-time data to alert personnel of nearby danger. To accomplish this, many companies are now turning to open path gas detectors to keep employees and facilities safe from these and other dangers. Considered to possess some of the industry’s most innovative technology, these gas density monitoring instruments are now being used in a variety of work environments. To gain a greater understanding of open path gas detectors, here are some of their most interesting features and uses.
Real-Time Data Transmission
When using gas monitoring instruments that possess open path gas detection technology, one of the biggest advantages is their ability to provide very fast real-time data transmission. With this capability, the detectors can send data to monitoring centers miles away, or to managers, supervisors, and maintenance technicians located on-site only a few feet away. By doing so, any potential problems regarding toxic or combustible gases can be evaluated immediately, allowing emergency personnel to enact repairs or alert workers to evacuate.
Linking with Mobile Devices
In almost any industrial work environment today, workers are equipped with a variety of mobile devices. Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer, workers now have instant access to data no matter where they are while on the job. This can be especially important for workers who spend much of their time in confined spaces, since buildups of toxic or combustible gases can occur much faster in these areas. By having gas detection equipment that can easily link to these devices through wireless data networks, companies can offer much higher levels of protection for their employees.
Monitoring of Wide Areas
While many open path gas detectors have the ability to work very well in areas where confined spaces are common, much of today’s high-tech gas monitoring equipment is also equipped to work in large industrial sites as well. By using multiple infrared beams that can detect many different types of gases very quickly, these devices can easily scan facilities that are hundreds of thousands of square feet in size. By using these latest advances in monitoring technology, these detectors can scan large areas in a short period of time, enabling companies to have very efficient 24/7 monitoring capabilities.
While today’s open path gas detectors may not be completely maintenance-free, they are about as close as you can get to monitoring systems that need very little calibration and maintenance. Considered very cost-efficient options for companies, these detectors also offer the advantage of letting companies install possibly only one monitor to perform gas detection throughout the facility. If this is the case, not only is it cost-efficient, but also easier for maintenance crews to inspect detectors to ensure they are properly calibrated.