Gas detectors are devices that alert users of hazards, including toxic and flammable gases and oxygen depletion, within a specific area. They are employed as part of a safety system in order to prevent incidents such as risk to personnel or damage to facilities.
Two primary categories of gas detectors exists; fixed and portable. Portable instruments are designed to protect personnel wearing the device, whilst fixed gas detection systems are static and provide secure monitoring of processes within a designated area.
Specific applications for gas detection varies widely. The following are amongst many who employ such systems:
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) is a procedure used within the food industry, where packaging is filled with a specific gas mixture in order to prolong the shelf life of the product. Individual batch testing assists in ensuring that high quality standards are met.
Alternatively in-line testing of MAP packaging provides non-destructive and continuous monitoring of the gas mixture (link to Food application page) and leak detection solutions provide assurance that package integrity is up to standard.