MSA’s new sensor design dramatically increasing response time for gas detection equipment

A breakthrough in sensor design is helping increase workplace safety by speeding up gas leak detection in various industrial environments.

The quality of gas detection equipment at mining, oil and gas, petrochemical and wastewater treatment facilities is an important aspect of the safety standards in place at these vulnerable sites. Increasingly, however, safety at these facilities is being benchmarked against the response time of installed gas detection equipment. A key measure of the effectiveness of gas detection instruments, response time can make all the difference when it comes to potential loss of life, damage to property and operational downtime.

Response time in this context refers to the speed at which gas detection equipment sensors can detect the presence of dangerous gases in any enclosed environment. Australian Standards allow a response time of 30 seconds for methane gas detection equipment sensors and 60 seconds for toxic gas and oxygen sensors.

Early detection of such gases will help workers get out of harm’s way well before they are exposed to toxic emissions. This is especially important in mining environments where access constraints can make it difficult for workers to get out quickly.

New XCell sensor in MSA’s Galaxy GX2 system

Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA has addressed these concerns in a new range of sensors that reduces the response time to less than 15 seconds, up to four times faster than specified standards, and up to eight times faster than many industrial gas detectors.

The new XCell sensors in MSA’s Galaxy GX2 automated gas detection system represent a breakthrough in chemical and mechanical sensor design with faster span calibration times and long useful lifespan with fewer replacements over the detector’s life reducing overall maintenance costs. The new sensor’s market-leading performance in gas detection comes from MSA’s ability to integrate controlling electronics within the sensor.  

The XCell sensor’s superior stability, accuracy and repeatability allow MSA’s Galaxy GX2 automated gas detectors to respond faster in potentially risky situations such as gas leaks and toxic emissions, assisting the industrial facility save lives, minimise injury, prevent shutdowns and meet OH&S requirements.

A rugged system with remote operation and lower lifetime ownership cost

The Galaxy GX2 gas detection system is designed to perform to exceptional levels in harsh environment applications. For added safety, the system’s remote monitoring capability allows complete control of the entire MSA ALTAIR gas detector fleet, with the user able to proactively manage a range of gas detection modules using LinkPro software.

MSA not only delivers the latest gas detection technology to critical industrial facilities with its XCell sensor-equipped Galaxy GX2 system but also addresses their cost control objectives with a superior lifetime ownership value.

Factoring in the system’s price, installation expense, and operating and consumable costs over its service life, the GX2 can deliver up to 50 per cent savings on lifetime ownership cost to the industrial facility. Additional gains from minimised site shutdowns and reduced injuries as well as maximum safety and the longest warranty on the market make the Galaxy GX2 system an investment that continues to pay back over its lifetime.

Download this free whitepaper to learn how MSA’s Galaxy GX2 gas detection system can reduce response times in your facility.

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