Process engineers in the fertilizer industry are keenly aware of the toxic and combustible properties of ammonia (NH₃). While the tragic 2013 ammonium nitrate explosion at a fertilizer storage plant in West, Texas, that took 15 lives was ruled an arson incident, the force of the explosion was the equivalent of 7.5 to 10 tons of TNT according to multiple sources. The improper handling or monitoring of NH₃ can be a deadly serious mistake.
Common Results of Gas Uses in Industrial Processes
There are three key results of measuring the flow of air or gases with industrial gas flow meters in industrial applications:
- efficiency improvement
- leak reduction
- increased product quality
You’ve done your homework and purchased the right gas detectors for your facility. Now it’s time to install them. But how do you decide where the sensors should be placed?
You already know gas sensor placement is tied to the particulars of your unique facility. But beyond that—because you must take so many variables into account—you have no hard-and-fast rules to follow. However, in this post we’re highlighting some best practices you can consider when you’re ready to install your gas detectors.
We’ve identified three steps involved in the gas sensor installation process.
Effective August 31, 2019, the FL3100H and FlameGard 5 UV/IR flame detectors will be discontinued. MSA will continue to support this product with replacement parts until 2023 or until critical components can no longer be sourced, whichever comes first.
MSA's newest video walks the user through the necessary steps for a successful alignment of the Senscient ELDS Open Path Gas Detector. The video highlights the following:
Process and plant engineers know the dangers of undetected hazardous gases, especially in the oil/gas and chemical industries where hydrocarbon-based fluids are both the product and a daily safety challenge. There have been many great strides in the safety industry in adopting the latest digital technologies and advances in materials and construction techniques.
TechStar and MSA/General Monitors offer a full line of advanced Fixed Gas Detection Solutions. Each gas detector and system provides comprehensive safety solutions in combustible, toxic and oxygen deficiency environments. These solutions can be used in a wide variety of applications.