Smart Monitoring Systems Detect And Control Dangerous Gases
In manufacturing and production industries, powerful chemicals are present and poisonous gases can be produced through various machinery and processing methods. If they are not detected early and properly managed, they can become a huge liability to the facility, property, equipment and all personnel involved.
While some gases and chemicals can be easily detected through the human sense, there are some that are undetectable. The most used gases found in modern industrial facilities are chlorine, carbon monoxide, ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide. In order to help protect their investments, companies are installing gas detection systems that are used to monitor and control levels of gases.
Implementing new gas monitoring systems can be a simple procedure depending on the size, scope and gas you are trying to control. A gas that is highly combustible and explosive would obviously pose a greater threat than one that slowly causes damage over hours of exposure. With any gas, the main concern is safety.
Gas Detection Technology Systems
With advancement in gas detection technology, there is no reason that these type of incidents should occur in coal mining and production. While most coal-handling plants have a gas monitoring system to detect potential poisons and explosions, many of them are vastly outdated and are not effective at subduing fires. With increasing insurance premiums in the coal-fired power industry, plant owners are using carbon monoxide gas detectors to locate smoldering fires and methane gas detectors to prevent explosions. Thermal scanning technology and Infrared (IR) scanning are also being utilized.
Another problem plaguing parking garage owners is the effects that carbon monoxide emissions from motor vehicles have on the air quality inside parking garages. Several years ago in Los Angeles, residents on the upper floors in the apartment building had complained about constant nausea and headaches. It was discovered that the concentrated carbon monoxide gas levels were permeating the building and making the tenants ill.
Parking garage managers are becoming increasingly aware of CO monitoring, due to a change in government regulation in Los Angeles. The law requires parking garages, both mixed-use and subterranean facilities, have proper HVAC ventilation. The system generally consists of multiple CO gas sensors and fans positioned throughout the building. The set-up serves two purposes. First, the system ensures that when any unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are reached the fans are automatically turned on. Secondly, owners of the garage are able to save electric energy because of this intelligent system.