A changing world
23 January 2013
The challenges faced by users of portable gas detection equipment remain similar but the way in which the end user is meeting these challenges is changing says Colin Anderson There is now a broader understanding of ga
There is now a broader understanding of gas detection technology within user groups.
Whether the users are working for a refinery or a waste water plant, the understanding and appreciation of gas detection technology has increased over recent years enabling safer working environments.
Companies such as Industrial Scientific have been instrumental in leading this change in understanding and education.
Users now understand the significance of carrying out daily functional "bump" tests.
This is becoming the industry norm, and customers are implementing gas detection systems which allow them to incorporate daily "bump" testing as standard.
In our experience many gas detection end users are no longer satisfied with sending instruments away for calibration.
They are now opting for systems which allow for on-site, fully automated instrument calibration on a regular basis.
Given that they now have a better understanding of the sensor technology, they fully appreciate, and are implementing calibrations on a monthly basis.
Similarly, it is expected that their fleet of instruments are always fully operational. Operational "up time" must be maximised, and end users know that systems are available which will ensure a fully operational gas detector fleet all of the time.
Sending instruments away for maintenance is becoming a thing of the past, as users opt for fully automated remote maintenance systems. Similarly, precious technician time can no longer be spent maintaining gas detectors. Instead it needs to be focussed on the core business of the company. This has resulted in a wave of change, with a movement towards gas detection as a service.
Gas detection as a service Gas detection as a service is instrumental in driving change within the U.K. and global markets. The continued focus on operator safety and education has increased the understanding of gas detection, leading to safer working environments.
With the increased understanding and appreciation of gas detection technology comes a desire for data. This data is a record of the environment that each gas detector sees every day. Companies now see how useful and powerful this data is to their operations. Therefore there is a hunger within end user companies to be able to gather, harness and use this data to enhance site safety. End users are now seeing that the gathered data can easily be compiled and presented automatically, and as a result, they are opting for gas detection systems which can present the data in a simple, yet comprehensive way.
This data is then easily analysed to further enhance site safety. With the implementation of gas detection as a service, this data analysis is no longer a cumbersome task. Instead, it is a matter of course, or a default activity, which automatically enhances safety.
As you can see, there is a clear change within the market. Many end users no longer see the gas detector as a simple hazard alarm. They see gas detection as a full safety service, which can be remotely managed for them, and can provide valuable data to enable them to proactively improve process and safety on site.
Industrial Scientific has driven this change in the market, through iNet - its gas detection as a service solution.
These are exciting changes within the industry; they are empowering the end user to create a safer working environment, whilst allowing them to concentrate on their core business.
Colin Anderson is the area manager for Industrial Scientific.