Carbon Monoxide Sensors: How Do They Differ and Why Does Cross-Interference Matter?
Carbon Monoxide Sensors: How Do They Differ and Why Does Cross-Interference Matter?
Gregg Bako | Friday, May 28, 2021 | Sensor Technology

Not all carbon monoxide sensors are the same. Carbon monoxide (CO) sensors are found in gas detectors used by workers conducting their jobs in environments where toxic CO gas might be present. CO can be found in almost any industry and poses a big...

Losing Sight of Safety: Don’t Rush Gas Detection
Losing Sight of Safety: Don’t Rush Gas Detection
John Onuska III | Thursday, January 7, 2021 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

Time is money. It’s an old saying that we have heard a thousand times, but why is it so memorable? Perhaps because it’s true. The problem with this is that to save time, people often lose sight of safety. But when you lose sight of safety, it can ...

The Truth about Cl2 and ClO2 Monitoring
The Truth about Cl2 and ClO2 Monitoring
Gregg Bako | Monday, August 17, 2020 | Gas Detection Equipment, Sensor Technology

If you work with chlorine (Cl2) or chlorine dioxide (ClO2), you’ve probably heard that gas detectors with these sensors are hard to maintain. This is a common myth. So why all the angst when it comes to chlorine and chlorine dioxide? This myth mos...

Why You Need to Know Your Gas Detector’s Measuring Range
Why You Need to Know Your Gas Detector’s Measuring Range
James Moody | Monday, August 10, 2020 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

Are your workers unknowingly overexposed to hazardous gases—even when they use personal protective equipment?  Safety professionals consider many factors when recommending respiratory protection for workers in environments that may contain toxic g...

What’s all this “pentane equivalent” gas stuff about anyhow?
What’s all this “pentane equivalent” gas stuff about anyhow?
Dave Wagner | Monday, March 2, 2020 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

Lately there have been a lot of questions about obtaining and using “pentane equivalent” calibration gas. So what is it? The notion of “pentane equivalent” or “propane equivalent” gas was started by a manufacturer of gas monitoring instruments man...

What You Need to Know About Sensor Poisons and Inhibitors
What You Need to Know About Sensor Poisons and Inhibitors
Ryan Thompson | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

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 other specialized chemicals c...

Why do I See Negative Readings on my Gas Monitor?
Why do I See Negative Readings on my Gas Monitor?
Dave Wagner | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Sensor Technology

This is a question customers ask all the time. Why do you sometimes see negative readings on your gas monitor? All electrochemical or catalytic bead gas sensors can be prone to both positive and negative drift due to environmental factors like cha...

Understanding Cross Sensitivities Can Help to Keep Workers Safer
Understanding Cross Sensitivities Can Help to Keep Workers Safer
John Onuska | Thursday, May 24, 2018 | Sensor Technology

Cross Sensitivity in the Workplace  - Toxic, combustible, and asphyxiant gases pose some of the greatest threats to workplace safety. In some cases, you may be unsure which gases could be present in your work environment. Fortunately, many differe...

Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor?
Why Consider Switching to a Long-Life Oxygen Sensor?
Tae-Yeon Won | Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Sensor Technology

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 ca...

Why are My SO2 Sensors Failing Early?
Why are My SO2 Sensors Failing Early?
Michelle Hammons | Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

“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 whi...

Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward?
Infrared LEL Gas Sensors – Risk or Reward?
Dave Wagner | Monday, August 7, 2017 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

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 c...

No Calibration Required?
No Calibration Required?
Industrial Scientific | Friday, January 27, 2017 | Gas Detection Education, Sensor Technology

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 ...

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