Wireless Gas Detection System

A gas detection system detects potentially harmful gases. For example, H2S can be a life threat to organic compounds, humans, and animals.

Most gas detectors are portable, but some applications require wireless gas detection.

This post will explain a wireless gas detection system, its benefits, and its application.

Wireless gas detectors and wireless gas monitors are designed to monitor toxic and combustible gases in the air continuously. 

Due to its wireless nature, no complex system configuration is needed. Your job is complete once you assign a unique address to the wireless gas monitor or detector. 

The wireless gas detection system will collect all the necessary data information from the sensor, including the target gas type. 

Historical data logging and RTU communication for PLC and DCS systems are available onboard.

Importance of Wireless gas detection systems

Rapidly deployable and fully flexible, wireless gas detection systems provide a solution that is as consistently safe and reliable as fixed gas detection networks. 

Operating as a stand-alone or backup post-incident wireless gas detection solution ensures continued monitoring when traditional systems fail.

Wireless gas detection systems are ideal for established and new-build plants, mines and tunnels, rapidly changing developments, or where you are expanding your operation beyond your initial scope.

Benefits of the wireless gas detection system

Reduced Installation cost

Wireless gas detection systems do not use cables, which will massively reduce the installation cost. This includes the cost of buying the cables, transporting them to your facility, and installing them.

No more expensive cables and underground cable conduits.

No troubleshooting on the cables

One of the main issues of the wired gas detection system is troubleshooting when you do not get the desired signal.

You will need a multimeter and have to troubleshoot different parts of the installation. This will take a lot of time, and you might need to pay another company to do the job.

This issue is not present with wireless systems. Most wireless systems I worked with have an auto-diagnostic feature that detects connection issues and sends an alarm. 

Damage to one unit will not lead to the destruction of the whole system

I worked on the wired systems for a long time. One issue I had is if you use Modbus RTU, for example, and have many sensors wired in a daisy chain. And accidentally, if one of the sensors has an open circuit, the whole bunch of sensors will fail to communicate.

We do not have this problem in the wireless gas detection systems; if one sensor goes bad, it will remove itself from the network, and the rest will continue communicating without any problem.

Easily add more sensors to the existing wireless network

Adding new sensors to a wired system can be complicated. There are many things to consider, such as the cable length, power drop, power sources, etc.

In the wireless gas detection system, adding a new sensor is simple. For example, if you use a mesh wireless network, you must set a network ID and a unique PAN ID and press join the network.

No complicated system configurations

Wireless gas detection systems are very easy to configure. They usually do not require complicated training and have an intuitive configuration panel.

Application of wireless gas detectors

Wireless gas detectors can be used in a lot of environments. Some of the applications of wireless gas detectors include:

  • Tank forms
  • Refineries
  • Chemical storage
  • Water & wastewater treatment
  • Drilling rigs
  • Offshore platforms

Do you use a wireless gas detection system at your company? If yes, let us know the challenges and benefits you have seen up to now, and if not, let us know if you’re thinking about implementing one and how we can help.

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