Why are My SO2 Sensors Failing Early?

Why are My SO2 Sensors Failing Early? “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

Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward?

Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward? What are the limitations of infrared LEL gas sensors? There has been a lot of recent discussion about the benefits of infrared LEL gas sensors for the oil and gas industry. There have even been claims that these sensors operate for years without calibration while extending instrument run times from hours to months without recharging batteries. The benefits of infrared technology over the industry standard catalytic bead... Read More

The Simple Truth of Calibration Gas Shelf Life

The Simple Truth of Calibration Gas Shelf Life 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

Are All Carbon Monoxide Sensors the Same?

Are All Carbon Monoxide Sensors the Same? The short answer is – no, all carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are not the same. CO sensors are found in gas monitors used by workers conducting their jobs in environments where toxic CO gas might be present. With CO being a result of incomplete combustion, it can be found in the majority of industries and poses a big threat to workers today. While most CO sensors are based on the same electro-chemistry, there are many different... Read More

No Calibration Required?

Gas Detectors can be difficult to maintain, especially when you need to perform frequent instrument calibration. Calibration is not a particularly challenging or time consuming process. It only requires a few minutes and a few button presses. The tough part is finding the time in your schedule when countless other tasks demand your attention. As your days get busier, it gets harder to find the time to stop and maintain... Read More

Are Low-Power Infrared Sensors the Cure-All for Combustible Gas Detection?

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.  While there can be no doubt that the... Read More