Dave Wagner : Director of Product Knowledge


In this position, Dave carries out strategies for sharing gas detection knowledge. In addition to the "Ask Dave" column, he supports many teams within Industrial Scientific.

He is a unique source of gas detection information. His formal training and broad experience give him insight that few others have in this industry. He excels at simplifying technical topics so that the average person can understand them. His conversational tone and unpretentious style make "Ask Dave" a valuable addition to our Web site.

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Turnarounds are “Wright ” Around the Corner
Fri, 07 Mar 2014

Today we are welcoming guest blogger Jason Wright to AskDave.

Spring is in the air. Winter is finally coming to an end and the harsh, cold weather going along with it. Time to set the clocks forward. Flowers will be blooming, buds on the trees. Spring. A time for renewal, a time …

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Happy Birthday ISC!
Sat, 25 Jan 2014

This is a rare Saturday post, but the occasion certainly warrants it.

Twenty-nine years ago today, January 25, 1985, the courage and vision of our founders led them to risk taking a small division of National Mine Service Company independent and give birth to Industrial Scientific Corporation.  And look at us now!

We have grown from 32 …

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Are Low-Power Infrared Sensors the Cure-All for Combustible Gas Detection?
Wed, 23 Oct 2013

In a recent article entitled “LED-Driven Infrared Sensors: Shining New Light on LEL Gas Measurement for Oil and Gas and Confined Space Entry Applications” published in Industrial Hygiene News, Bryan Bates, CEO of GasClip Technologies, touted the benefits of using low-power infrared sensors for detecting combustible gases over the industry standard catalytic bead sensing technology.  …

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Why do LEL sensors drift so much?
Fri, 20 Sep 2013

In recent weeks, I have addressed many questions as to why catalytic bead LEL sensors seem to drift so much, particularly in  the hot, humid summer weather.  To understand the reason for the drift, you must understand the operating principle behind the sensors themselves.

Catalytic bead LEL sensors are made up of two resistive fine-wire …

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Why Do We Still Settle for Compliance
Mon, 15 Jul 2013

More than a decade ago, I wrote an article  about using gas detection in confined space entry procedures entitled Compliance vs. Best Practice where I discussed the differences between simply achieving compliance to the applicable regulations and taking the steps necessary to follow what would be considered industry best practices.   I wondered then why anyone would settle …

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