Whether it is an electronics manufacturing plant, offshore drilling platform in the middle of an ocean, or a medical research laboratory, one of the biggest threats workers face is exposure to volatile organic compounds. Dangerous in many ways, VOC can not only result in serious health issues for workers who are exposed, but may also lead to production shutdowns or costly equipment repairs. To keep these situations from happening, companies rely on VOC monitoring systems that can not only detect VOC very quickly, but also alert those in the area of impending danger. If you are wondering which systems are best and why, here are some answers to your questions.

Work Environments

From an offshore drilling platform that deals with high humidity levels 24/7, manufacturing plants where equipment creates constant vibrations, or warehouses where temperature extremes are common, work environments play a significant role in how volatile organic compounds sensors perform on the job. Since these systems are needed in a variety of work environments, they are designed with software and electronics made to withstand harsh conditions. Using protective shields and state-of-the-art safety features, these detection systems can automatically self-calibrate as environmental conditions change, and can also send the information in real-time to engineers and other personnel in charge of monitoring and analyzing data.

Detecting VOC

When these systems are put in place to detect volatile organic compounds, they use various types of technology to do so. As an example, advanced electronics allow for wide detection ranges, often exceeding 20 parts per billion. Because of this, they can be installed almost anywhere and function very well. Along with this, most are also equipped with long-lasting batteries that can take only eight hours to recharge. Once charged, the batteries can be expected to provide at least 24 hours of accurate and reliable monitoring for the VOC sensors.

How to Monitor Confined Spaces

Since VOC leaks and buildups often happen near pipes, valves, and equipment that may be malfunctioning, most of these serious situations occur in confined spaces at industrial sites and labs. Because of this, more and more emphasis is now placed on properly monitoring confined spaces. While fixed detectors are almost always installed near these areas, many companies now also invest in portable VOC gas sensors that can be used by engineers, technicians, and safety personnel in these areas. Able to transmit real-time data and also link to mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones, these portable detectors can clip to clothing and allow for hands-free monitoring, which can be important when technicians are inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing, or installing equipment.

Since there are many complexities involved when selecting a VOC detector, do not try to make the decision on your own. Instead, speak to an experienced and knowledgeable Applications Engineer at Global Detection Systems. To do so, you may call our offices at 409-927-2980. However, if you want to get additional facts about various features, go to our website at www.gdscorp.com and then fill out a short contact form.