There are so many single and multi-gas monitors on the market, but a reliable two-gas monitor is harder to find. To make it easier to find a lightweight and reliable two-gas monitor, Industrial Scientific has introduced the Tango® TX2. We sat down with Jason Kettler, one of our product managers, to talk about the new two-gas monitor.
Q: Why is two-gas monitoring important? What challenges do workers and companies face?
Kettler: It’s important that your gas monitoring solution is aligned with the hazards that workers could face on the job. Sometimes the hazards you need to monitor are regulated by legislation or company policy, and other times you might monitor a gas simply because know that it exists on site and you are obligated to protect your workers. In cases where there’s no guidance on which hazards to monitor, a company might choose to monitor the most dangerous or most common gas and neglect other hazards when selecting a gas detection solution. When you know there is another hazardous gas on site yet decide to not monitor it, you’re putting employees and the company in danger. Often, companies ignore the second hazard because there is a major jump in complexity, infrastructure, ergonomics and fleet management when moving from a single-gas monitor to a multi-gas monitor.
Q: How can people monitor these additional hazards without that jump in complexity?
Kettler: You can align your gas detection solution with your existing tools and processes. For example, if you are currently using a single gas monitor with a field replaceable battery, you’re able to minimize the change management required by using a two-gas monitor with a field replaceable battery. Similarly, when you’re identifying a gas detection solution for hazards, you should consider the overall gas detection needs for the job. It’s important that the product you’re selecting provides the coverage and functionality needed without using additional sensors. We created the Tango TX2 specifically for cases where you know there’s another gas hazard but you want to keep gas detection simple. You don’t have to jump all the way to a multi-gas monitor or wear two single-gas monitors to get the coverage you need.
Crew members can now reduce their risk of exposure to an additional hazard on site without being burdened by a larger monitor and extra sensors they don’t need, the weight of wearing multiple monitors, or remembering to charge the monitor. Additionally, safety managers can monitor the hazards within their facility or location without setting up charging infrastructure or changing how their devices are deployed to their team members.
Q: What industries will be most excited about the Tango TX2?
Kettler: Workers in oil and gas refineries, chemical manufacturing, mining applications and others will be excited, because they will have greater confidence that they’re protected from hazards on site without impeding their ability to perform their work.
Q: What makes the Tango TX2 stand out?
Kettler: The features of the device are very impressive. The Tango TX2 is a two-gas monitor in the size of a single gas monitor. It’s actually quite small—it’s about the size of a credit card and the weight of a smart phone. Tango TX2 detects two gas hazards and has a field replaceable battery with a two-year runtime. This means you don’t need to set up charging infrastructure. The Tango TX2 also reduces false alarms.
Q: You mentioned that the Tango TX2 reduces false alarms. How does that work?
Kettler: The Tango TX2 uses two separate sensors to reduce cross sensitivity. This increases accuracy and eliminates false alarms when compared to instruments using combination sensors. You can really trust that when the monitor is in alarm, there’s a good reason for it.
Q: What gases can the Tango TX2 detect?
Kettler: The Tango TX2 supports the following sensors in a combination:
Q: How does it stack up against competition?
Kettler: The Tango TX2 is unmatched in the marketplace for two-gas detection. It has ability to monitor two hazards in a device that’s the size and weight of a single gas monitor. This makes the Tango TX2 easier to wear than typical multi-gas monitors or multiple single-gas monitors. A replaceable battery with a long runtime of up to two years eliminates the charging that many multi-gas monitors need. Having separate sensors for each gas allows for better gas response and awareness to hazards when compared to other two-gas monitors.
Q: What other features do we need to know about?
Kettler: The Tango TX2 provides flexibility for how the device displays gas readings. The two sensors allow you to select a primary sensor type that is displayed all the time unless the other sensor goes into alarm. You can also choose to alternate every few seconds from the first gas type to the second. This is valuable for those who have a primary hazard while still providing detection coverage for a secondary gas hazard.
With individual sensors that detect each gas hazard, the Tango TX2 reduces false alarms and inaccurate exposure data from cross-sensitivity, allowing you to focus your safety resources where they’re needed most. Protect workers, reduce false alarms, and spend less time managing your gas detector fleet with the Tango TX2.
Learn more about the Tango TX2.