Specialist gas detection equipment manufacturer Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd. has announced that the next-generation XgardIQ gas detector can now be fitted with sensors for the detection of ammonia or sulphur dioxide, in addition to the existing range of sensors which covers 10 different toxic or hazardous gases.
In addition to the flexibility to detect a wide range of gases, the XgardIQ also offers special features to reduce installation and operating costs. For projects in which gas detectors are installed months ahead of commissioning, the XgardIQ transmitter can be fitted with a dummy sensor which is replaced with a fresh pre-calibrated sensor immediately prior to the commissioning date – this allows the user to benefit from the full operational lifetime of sensors.
The XgardIQ transmitter further minimises commissioning and maintenance time by automatically configuring to the correct type of gas, scale and alarm levels. Sensors can also be removed temporarily for calibration in a safe area, rather than requiring the engineer to carry compressed gas cylinders for on-site testing. These features all help to eliminate the need for hot-work permits and minimise the time that employees need to spend in hazardous areas.
The range of gases which the XgardIQ system can now detect is ammonia, carbon monoxide, ethanol, hydrogen, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulphide, LPG, methane, oxygen, pentane, propane and sulphur dioxide. More sensors will be introduced throughout 2016.