Resource guide: Gas detection

May 1, 2019
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eBook for permanent installs

This 139-page eBook, "Gas detection handbook" by MSA, delivers key concepts and reference materials for permanently installed gas monitoring, as well as a glossary, technology comparison, common hazards, instrumentation approvals and a placement guide, too. 

Mine Safety Appliance Co.

Select/install video on fixed

This 46-minute video, "Gas detection 201—selecting and installing fixed gas detection systems" by Mike Holmes of Honeywell Analytics, review gas detection system basics; applications that require a gas detection system; how to properly select a gas detector; controller vs. PLC discussion; and tips for proper sensor placement. 

Lesman Instrument Co.

Detection definitions

"Gas Detection Glossary" developed and hosted by Dephian Detection Technology defines about 100 different helpful terms about gas detection, related applications and support technologies. 

Delphian Corp.

SIS and detection video

This 45-minute video, "Gas detection and safety instrumented systems (SIS)" by Chris O'Brien of exida, reviews key considerations to address when designing safety applications, and covers requirements for safety instrumented functionsrionhned tnSIF design using gas detection; typical gas detection safety instrumented functions (SIF); market and compliance requirements for manufacturers of gas detection sensors; and product certification strategies. 


Pair of gas guides

The first of these two 36-page documents, "Introduction to gas detection systems," covers gaseous matter, vapor, oxygen, toxic/flammable gases, lower explosions limits (LEL) and preventive explosion protection, flashpoints, and detection systems and sensors, including electrochemical, catalytic bead, infrared, diffusion and other technologies. The second, "Draeger's guide to portable gas detection," also covers the company's available technologies. 


Sensor calibration

This 13-page book chapter, "Gas sensor calibration," presented by Perma Pure covers basics steps like setting the zero reading, span calibration, tools and formulas. 

Perma Pure

Hazardous monitoring sensor locations

This informative blog post, "How to properly select hazardous gas monitoring sensor locations," by Jim Blais, senior technical lead, Hallam-ICS details equipment exhaust monitoring, ambient breathing zone monitoring equipment, ambient monitoring challenges, OSHA breathing zone and oxygen deficiency hazards. 


Characteristics of combustion

This 34-page document, "Fundamentals of combustible gas detection," by the staff at General Monitors describes nature and properties of combustible gases; detection methods such as electrolytic and infrared; applications issues like hazard assessment and sensor placement; and area classifications. 

General Monitors

Electrochemical sensor video

This four-minute video, "What is an electrochemical gas sensor?," is based on a Wikpedia article, and describes operating principles, components and even limitations. 

The Audiopedia

Flammable detector selection

This 16-page whitepaper, "Selection and use of flammable gas detectors," provides advice and information on the selection, installation, use and maintenance
of industrial flammable gas detectors.

Health and Safety Executive

Toxic gas monitoring maintenance

This 44-page document, "Toxic gas monitoring system (TGMS) operation and maintenance," establishes SOPs for the TGMS at SUNY Polytechnic that uses gas sensors to monitor hazardous gases, heat sensors to monitor explosive/flammable gases, and pressure transducers to monitor exhaust flow, and provides a useful model for other, similar efforts. 

Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Air quality slideshow

This 29-slide presentation, "Air quality monitoring and sensor technologies" by Ron Williams and the U.S. EPA's Emerging Technologies Team, covers training topics, value of continuous measures, negative considerations, typical applications, regulatory monitors, pollutants, sensor types, decision trees and resources for decision making. 

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