How a Box Simplifies Gas Detector Maintenance

How a Box Simplifies Gas Detector Maintenance

Cheryl McCalmon | Monday, April 27, 2020

Whether you developed your gas detection program or inherited it from a predecessor, you’re responsible for keeping your gas detector fleet in the field and protecting your workers. This includes making sure bump tests, maintenance, and repairs are all happening regularly. These procedures, although common, can pose major challenges when you consider that each time a unit is out of calibration or needs repair, you risk downtime, extra work, and additional costs.

Below are some of the most common challenges we see when it comes to maintaining a gas detector fleet.

The good news? All of them can be solved with one simple box.

Turnaround Time on Maintenance and Repairs

When you have a gas detector that needs to be repaired, how long does it take? What does your process look like?

If you handle repairs on-site, it can be hard to make sure you have the right staff available at the right place and the right time to expedite repairs and maintenance needs. Often, staff are responsible for other equipment as well, and the workload can be high. Not to mention, COVID-19 is hitting many companies hard, forcing layoffs. When you have fewer workers available, will critical gas detector maintenance still get done?

Downtime for repairs can slow your operations for weeks and put your workers at unnecessary risk. Alternatively, you might keep extra personal gas monitors on-hand for times like this, but that drives your costs higher than needed.

Cost of Gas Detector Maintenance and Repairs

Do you know how much you spend on gas detector maintenance? If you don’t, you’re not alone. When our people are in the field, we find that many safety managers don’t know how much they spend on gas detector maintenance and repair. Each repair is handled as-needed and the total annual repair cost can’t be accessed quickly. We did some math to determine just how much an average company really spends on gas detection. You can see that cost breakdown in our ebook on gas detector maintenance.

Additionally, we know that the paperwork and approval for these expenses or purchase orders also costs your company valuable time. It’s estimated that an industrial purchase order costs a company as much as $400 to process each order.

Expertise

Gas detectors are highly-technical pieces of technology and can be complicated to diagnose and fix without extensive experience. Most of us wouldn’t attempt to disassemble and repair our work computers to fix an issue because we don’t have the expertise, and our action could harm our productivity for days or even weeks until an expert can resolve the problem for us.

Turning to a trusted expert for gas detector repair and maintenance allows your teams to focus on what they know best.

The Cost of Doing Nothing

It’s easy to fall into the status quo of your gas detection program, but what happens when the status quo isn’t giving your workers the awareness they need when it comes to hazardous gases? When your name is on the calibration certificate, are you confident that every monitor is accurate and performing at its best?

The Easy Way to Solve Maintenance Pains

Maintenance eBook

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gas detector maintenance pains.

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Gas detection maintenance pains aren’t something you have to suffer in silence. With iNet® Exchange, every time you dock your monitors, Industrial Scientific looks at the life of the sensors, the state of the monitor, the circuit board, the microprocessors, the pump and tells you, before it fails, whether a monitor will need to be replaced soon. You get an e-mail alert that your replacement detector is on the way.   

Before you know it, an iNet Exchange box is on your doorstep with a new unit to replace that questionable detector. That one box has the new unit you need to get back up and running, plus a label to ship your damaged unit back to Industrial Scientific. No work orders, no purchase order request, and virtually no time for you or your team. By eliminating purchase orders, iNet Exchange dramatically reduces the time and costs associated with your gas detection program. 

This is gas detection as a service, where everything is included. It means you can spend less time on gas detector repair and replacement, and more time managing your safety program. iNet Exchange gets you back up and running much faster than traditional repair processes. This streamlines the number of backup units you need to have on hand and reduces the risk of downtime in your operation.  With iNet exchange you could have zero downtime per repair or as little as 1-3 days from unit failure. When outages are predicted through the DSX™ Docking Station, your new unit can arrive before your current detector is out of range.

Small Fleets and Large Fleets Benefit from Simple Maintenance

You can have a more efficient gas detector program whether you have a fleet of four detectors or two hundred detectors.  When uptime and safety are a priority and it is critical that your gas maintenance program run efficiently, we can customize a gas detector lease program that meets your needs.  Regardless of the size of your fleet, iNet Exchange is the simple and pain free way to manage your gas detection program.

Contact us to see how iNet® Exchange can make gas detection easy.