A sophisticated new explosion proof gas detector that can pinpoint precise proportions of virtually any hydrocarbon gas has been introduced by Minneapolis – based Sensor Electronics.
Such superb selectivity means this detector can zero in on, say, methane and not be confused by propane, ethanol, jet fuel, or other hydrocarbons in the area.
Besides hydrocarbons, the new detector can spot dozens of other individual gases – EtO, CO2 – even when obscured by invisible clouds of other gases.
Key to the detector’s is a multi-path IR beam with a compressed source/sensor distance of 1 inch, without using mirrors or beam-splitters. Result is a rugged gas detector half the size of conventional units, yet with double the operating life.
And because it has no moving parts, its 316SS explosion proof stainless steel components means the detector shrugs off shock, vibration, abuse; ignores dust, dirt, aerosols, oil mists, corrosive atmospheres including sea water.
The new gas detector self-compensates for temperature/pressure extremes, meaning it works equally well in a deep mineshaft or atop Mount Everest; in Death Valley or at the South Pole, all the while maintaining its ±5 per cent accuracy and repeatability.
Robust construction means the detector is fully warranted for 5 years’ active service (double that of conventional gas detectors). Even the IR source lamp is covered: Clever engineering lets it cool filament operate at low temperatures, minimizing filament, evaporation and oxidation.
(Actually, because of its design and construction, the detector should operate for decades without trouble, the company said.)
The robust components and pinpoint precision makes this gas detector particularly well-suited for hard work in the petroleum, chemical, biofuel, industrial, electronic component assembly and similar applications where its indifference to unfriendly corrosive atmospheres and maintenance free life are a plus.
Despite its big performance and small size, this new detector is competitively priced.
More information about this new gas detector that can see a specific gas even when enveloped in a cloud of other gases is available from Sensor Electronics, 12730 Creek View Avenue, Savage, Minnesota 55378. Or visit our booth 6461