Michelle Hammons is Associate Product Manager, Instrumentation. She joined Industrial Scientific in May 2015 and is responsible for managing the product lifecycle of current products and assisting with the rollout of new products. Michelle has 17 years of experience in technical training for a range of industries including healthcare and construction. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Translation from Kent State University.
“Why are my SO2 sensors failing early? Wait … now they’re fine. What’s going on?” It’s a scenario we’ve heard numerous times. While sulfur dioxide (SO2) sensors are typically expected to last between two and five years, there are situations in which they may seemingly fail early. They may then go on to recover without any user intervention. Measuring Sensor Life Before we discuss why SO2 sensors may fail early, first let’s... Read More
Nobody wants to purchase safety equipment, including gas detectors, but selecting and buying the appropriate gear is a critical part of making sure your teams go home safely to their families. It can be tempting to make the decisions based solely on the per-unit purchase price. However, when it comes to keeping your people safe, reliability, durability, and usability should be priorities. You also need to consider the total... Read More
Consumer electronic waste is a serious problem. Americans, for example, replace their cell phones every 22 months, on average, leading to over 140 million cell phones in US landfills annually. Over time, the components in those phones break down, allowing toxic substances to leach into the surrounding soil and water systems. The problem is so significant that electronic waste is often exported, sometimes illegally, to... Read More
Calibration gas is an important component in ensuring the proper performance of your gas monitors. Regular calibrations promote the accurate measurement of gas concentration values. During calibration, a unit’s installed sensors are to be exposed to their set concentrations of calibration gases. Based on the sensors’ responses, the unit will self-adjust to compensate for declining sensor sensitivity, which naturally occurs... Read More
The release of several “water resistant” cell phones is putting the spotlight on IP ratings. IP ratings, or ingress protection ratings, refer to an electronic device’s ability to resist intrusion by dust, water, and other things that may cause it to stop working. Recent advertisements have touted that the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 are both rated IP68, but what does that mean? And what about gas detector IP ratings, like the... Read More