Dedicated IR sensor ensures reliable methane detection measurements

19-02-2024 | Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection | Test & Measurement

Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection introduced a new IR sensor for its class-leading OLCT 100 XPIR fixed gas detector that brings the advantages of stable and reliable methane detection measurements to the industrial, utility and laboratory markets. Methane poses many threats. Not only does it form potentially explosive mixtures with air, but it can also prove harmful to humans and the environment. Many sectors are keen to improve their methane detection capabilities for these reasons. Increasing demand from the industrial, utility and laboratory markets stems from the need for enhanced measurement stability, aligning with the trend of lower alarm thresholds.

The economic advantage of investing in IR technology becomes apparent when considering factors such as the total cost of ownership, especially in environments where gases such as methane are present. In such applications, IR technology outperforms catalytic oxidation, which typically requires recurring sensor replacements and frequent calibration.

The solution offers a long lifespan, even with background gas, to deliver 100% LEL methane detection.

The ATEX-approved OLCT 100 XPIR, a proven performer in the detection of refrigerant, CO2 and combustible gases, comes with 4-20mA output, providing safe and reliable operation.

"Our new OLCT 100 XPIR with IR methane sensor ensures the protection of workers, assets and the environment from the potentially damaging and harmful effects of methane," explains Régis Prévost, product line manager at Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection. "Our expert design and development team is constantly looking at ways to meet the demands of customers, helping them overcome real market challenges. With this new product they now have access to a stable, reliable and cost-effective way of performing methane detection measurements."

The same IR sensor technology is available with the company's 700 series of fixed gas detectors. These advanced instruments display sensor status information on a built-in alphanumeric LED screen.

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By Seb Springall