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When it comes to gas detection, time is of the essence

In today’s safety conscious work environments, mining and related sector managers are morally, professionally and legally required to ensure that their facilities are equipped with the latest, and most up-to-date, gas detection technology. 

They must also increasingly manage these issues during a time when many industrial facilities are increasingly dealing with a range of cost constraints.

Mining, oil & gas, petrochemical and wastewater treatment facilities are facing ever-tougher bottom line and safety standards expectations. Ensuring that vulnerable sites are equipped with optimal gas detection equipment has long been essential. 

This is why safety officers, WHS managers and other industry stakeholders recognise response times as a key benchmark in measuring the effectiveness of gas detection equipment. 

One company, MSA, a global equipment manufacturer of safety solutions has developed XCELL gas sensors that have a typical response time of less than 15 seconds for all their sensors, including oxygen sensors. 

That is four times faster than the AN/ ANZS required response time, and up to eight times faster than that of some industrial detectors

According to MSA, its Galaxy GX2 automated system is one of the top and most durable performers in the category also features some of the lowest lifetime ownership costs, helps address those challenges and also enable faster span calibration times. 

The sensors’ long useful lifespan means that there are fewer replacements over the gas detector’s life. 

The key, the company said, to MSA gas sensor’s success lies in its ability to miniaturise the crucial electronics so they could be placed inside the sensors themselves. 

The upshot of this design improvement is less time is spent on calibration and bump tests, which also reduces overall maintenance costs.

The sensor’s superior stability, accuracy and repeatability, means that users can minimise time lost due to injuries, reduce or prevent site shutdowns and better meet occupation heath and safety requirements. 

Most importantly though, in crucial situations, should they occur, managers can rest assured knowing that those seconds saved on response time can also mean saving lives.

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