As a company that is known as the "leader in gas detection" we often get asked the question, "What has changed in terms of gas detectors over the years, and what should I look for?"
The clear trends in consumer devices as well as gas detection over the last few years has been focused on wireless, accuracy, speed, and ease of integration.
Now, customers are looking for the latest and greatest in detection devices to integrate into applications such as scientific, medical, university research, brewing, agriculture, aviation, poultry, indoor air quality, and much more.
The evolution in terms of detection, has changed in terms of wireless capabilities, size, durability, and even speed. Much like purchasing or buying a family car, customers now want the same high class features, bells and whistles - in a gas detection device.
The improvements of technology in gas detection, now give the user peace of mind in knowing their sensor or device is compact enough for portability, durable enough for rugged environments, and easy enough to orchestrate, all with a simple quick start guide.
The real game changer in terms of present day gas detection solutions, is this futuristic ability to now be able to monitor gas concentrations with a more modern day approach. Devices have changed from big, bulky, industrial looking units, to compact, sleek, devices that can be charged via USB, will provide wireless remote data and are packed with an abundance of technological advancements.
What is the best gas detector?
In terms of overall gas detection what distinguishes the best from the worst? Our engineering team decided to take a look at the technological advancements and key features that make these devices the utmost in terms of reliability, accuracy, speed, size, and application integration.
Whether you need to detect CO, CO2, NH3, O2 or any other gas finding the most effective, accurate, and easiest device to do the job is no easy task. Our team has tried to help simplify your search by offering some educational insight into important aspects to distinguish, in regards to gas detection.
One key component in a gas detector is its accuracy. Customers tend to look for accuracy as it is used as a performance specification which often combines the effects of conformity and repeat-ability.
In the world of gas sensors you will notice that accuracy is normally given in two formats: +/- ppm and the percentage (%) of the measured value. The +/- ppm reading is an indicator of the range for an accurate reading. The percentage of measured value is generally thought of as the "worst case scenario" for that sensors accuracy.
In terms of top solutions for accuracy, and reliability, we turn to the SprintIR®-6S 100% CO2 Sensor.
The GC-0030 is a very fast response CO2 sensor, using NDIR technologies which can measure up to 100% CO2 concentration while taking 20 readings per second!
Built on its unique patented LED technology the solid-state sensing module enables best-in -class speed and power consumption, making it an extremely popular and ideal solution for low power, battery applications and consumers worldwide.
Additional industries which stand by the incredibly accurate sensor solution include pharmaceutical, modified atmospheric packaging, university research and transportation.
Another key component in gas detectors is durability. Continued testing and research in a variety of applications reveals how durable devices are based on the aggressive, and rugged environments customers are subjecting them to.
If you need the perfect sensing solution to be integrated for humid, aggressive, strained or stressed environments, the K30 10,000ppm CO2 Sensor is an ideal choice. The K30 CO2 Sensor is a robust and solid state design that has proven it will provide longer life span in some of the harshest of environments.
One area of specific interest in terms of gas detection is the need for gas detectors which can provide high speed measurement and fast response time.
Individuals from a variety of industries today often look for this feature to provide the user with instant, accurate, and repeated readings.
When discussing speed, we find that the one device for extremely effective fast measurements is the TecPen Handheld Oxygen 0-5% Sensor.
The TS-200 is designed to provide accurate oxygen measurements in all closed and pierce-able food packaging applications, infusion containers, or micro-bioreactor industries.
One key component of the TS-200 is its incredibly short measuring time of approximately 3 seconds!
One of the last areas we will discuss in this article is the trend towards easy integration with existing platforms and systems.
As an end user, being able to have a gas detector with all the bells and whistles, all while being able to integrate into a variety of applications or environments is crucial. When one looks for the perfect gas detector or "golden nugget" to provide such a broad span of features, the Remote Storage Safety 3 Alarm (RAD-0102-6) is the perfect solution.
The RAD-0102-6, or Remote CO2 Storage Safety 3 Alarm is designed to protect customers and workers near stored carbon dioxide (CO2) and is easily integrated into a variety of applications. Due to its incredible functionalities the monitor has both audible/visual alarms, 3 built-in relays, and meets all local state fire and municipality inspection code requirements around CO2.
The incredibly fast, accurate end easy to use device has made it the top gas detector in fields such as restaurants, breweries, beverage dispensing, fast food establishments, greenhouses, dry ice storage, laboratories and many more.
The one functionality that makes this device so unique, is its sister devices such as the RAD-0002 for Oxygen Depletion Monitoring and RAD-0012 for Oxygen Enrichment Monitoring. Thus, offering even more solutions for individuals in a variety of industrial and safety industries combined.
Future Technology of Gas Detection
After taking a look at the main components of Accuracy, Speed, Durability and Application integration, gas detection solutions as we know them today will continue to evolve to meet customer demands.
The future in gas detection will continue to provide the end user with a completely new user experience, making our industry exceed expectations and futuristic technology for years to come.