Docking Stations: What Does “Unavailable” Mean Anyway?

“What does ‘Unavailable’ mean anyway?” It’s a question we’ve heard endless times and, frankly, we agree with the sentiment. DSX™ Docking Stations are the most powerful and easiest means of calibrating and bump testing a gas detector, but the error messages have often left all of us wondering exactly what to do next. Not anymore. DSX v7.6 has been released and includes several improvements to error messaging. The... Read More

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor?

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor? There are many ways that sensors in a gas detector can go bad. You might drop an instrument and damage the sensor inside.  You might be in an environment where the ambient gas can poison sensors. You might be in a high humidity environment that can affect the accuracy of gas readings. All these external and environmental effects important to consider, but have you ever had to service or replace a gas detector because the... Read More

Where Do Sensor Poisons and Inhibitors Lurk?

Where are sensors poisons and inhibitors lurking? The sensors inside your personal gas detector are meant to be exposed to toxic, corrosive, and explosive gases, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. Chemicals and vapors from everyday cleaners and lubricants and specialized chemicals can all act as sensor poisons or inhibitors to different sensor types. One of the most negatively affected is the catalytic bead LEL... Read More

Gas Detector Rental for Turnaround Season

Gas Detector Rental for Turnaround Season Turnaround season is around the corner. Have you considered gas detector rental for your equipment needs? Turnarounds often require an increased number of workers who  use gas detection to avoid hazards including oxygen deficiency, combustible gases (typically displayed as LEL), carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, and VOCs. To meet this need, companies must decide whether to rent or buy portable gas detection... Read More

Going Digital to Boost Safety and Efficiency

It’s hard to imagine that in 2018 there would be any organization that doesn’t use some type of digital technology. For most of us digital has become the norm, and ongoing new developments are the expectation. Keeping up with the “new” can be an investment, but usually the conveniences of the modern world entice us to make the switch to the latest efficiency enhancing device or software available. Digitizing businesses has... Read More

Wireless Gas Detectors for Confined Space Entries

Wireless gas detectors can help you perform safer confined space entries. The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the implementation of permit required confined space entry regulations in the United States. Since then, the thousands of entries that take place across the country every day have become, shall we say, standard. We consult the written confined space program, assess the space for potential hazards, and... Read More

Case Study: Easy Calibration Gas with Auto Replenish Plus

Case Study: Easy Calibration Gas with Auto Replenish Plus A leading gas and electric company, with operations across the Midwestern United States, started with a small sample of Industrial Scientific products and quickly expanded. Today, with 150 gas detection instruments across 28 sites, and a “bump test once a day, calibrate once a month” policy, the customer goes through a fair amount of calibration gas. With the implementation of Industrial Scientific’s iNet® Exchange program,... Read More

Carbon Monoxide Vs. Carbon Dioxide: Let’s Compare

Carbon Monoxide Vs. Carbon Dioxide: Let’s Compare What is the difference between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide? When referring to carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2), people often confuse or interchange the two. For the most part, people are aware that they are two different gases, but which one is the good one and which is the bad one, or is it even correct to classify them that way? Before getting into how and where carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide affect... Read More

Is a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application?

Is a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application? Is Using a Pumped Gas Monitor Right for Your Application? Ever since workers began using electronic gas detectors, they have used instruments with pumps. Nevertheless, exactly when and how pumps should be used is still a common topic, even today. Many people believe that every gas monitor should have a pump. They feel that without a pump the gas monitor is less accurate, slower to respond, and simply doesn’t detect as much... Read More

Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Team Gas Detection Training

Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Team Gas Detection Training When your business mandates that humans work in potentially hazardous environments, the stakes are too high to have untrained employees conducting the work. Today, there are many gas detection training options designed to provide workers with the tools needed to ensure they go home safely at the end of their shifts. Here are 5 reasons to get gas detection training on your team’s schedule for the upcoming year. You can’t... Read More