Are You Prepared for Ammonia Gas Leaks?

Posted by TechStar on Feb 1, 2024 10:42:00 AM

The potential dangers associated with ammonia gas leaks necessitate a thorough understanding of the risks and implementation of stringent safety measures. Ammonia is a commonly used industrial chemical, serving various purposes across different sectors. The potential dangers associated with ammonia gas leaks necessitate a thorough understanding of the risks and implementation of stringent safety measures. In this post, we explore the general dangers of ammonia gas leaks and critical safety precautions to help protect people, property, and the environment.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, General Monitors, Fixed Gas Solutions, Safety, Flare Gas

The Importance of Calibrating Fixed Gas Detectors for Safety

Posted by TechStar on Sep 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Fixed gas detectors play a critical role in safeguarding people, places, and the planet against potentially life-threatening gases in environments ranging from high value industrial complexes to laboratories and hazardous confined spaces. However, to ensure their accuracy and reliability, regular calibration is an indispensable practice.

Calibration is usually a two-step procedure – the zero and the span. In the first step, the sensor is zeroed using ambient air after confirming that the target gas is not present or by using a suitable gas from a cylinder. The second step is to expose the instrument to the calibration gas that contains a known concentration of the target gas the sensor is designed to measure. The readings are then adjusted to match these values.

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Topics: MSA, X5000, Gas Detection Solutions, Fixed Gas Solutions, Safety, Field Service

In The Know: Flashpoints

Posted by TechStar on Jun 22, 2023 9:26:00 AM

This month we explore the concept of flashpoints and their significance in fire safety. A flashpoint refers to the temperature at which a flammable substance releases sufficient vapor to ignite when exposed to an external source of ignition, such as a spark. It serves as a crucial factor in determining the fire hazard potential of various liquids.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Fixed Gas Solutions, Safety

2 Technology-Based Tools Water/Wastewater Plants Need for Safety

Posted by TechStar on Nov 21, 2022 1:18:00 PM

Originally posted by MSA

If you work in the water/wastewater industry, we don’t have to tell you just how dangerous treatment plants can be for worker well-being. We also don’t have to explain that water/wastewater plants have an even greater potential for danger after hours and on weekends when no one is physically on site.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Safety, Wastewater, water

Importance of Gas Monitors and Gas Detectors - TechStar

Posted by TechStar on Sep 19, 2022 1:12:42 AM

This guide describes what gas monitors and detectors are, how gas monitors and gas detectors work, the types of detecting and monitoring solutions, and why gas monitoring and detecting systems are important. 

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Topics: Gas Detection Solutions

Keeping Astronauts Safe on the International Space Station

Posted by TechStar on Apr 21, 2022 11:49:00 AM

Now onboard the International Space Station (ISS), MSA Safety's combustible gas sensors are part of NASA's Advanced Hydrogen Sensor Technology Demonstration. The system is testing new ways to keep astronauts safe by detecting hydrogen, a highly flammable gas.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Safety

Monitoring of Ammonia Leaks With Laser-Based Gas Detection Technology

Posted by TechStar on Sep 16, 2021 7:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Fixed Gas Solutions, Safety, techstar

Paper Plant Goes Wireless

Posted by TechStar on Mar 10, 2020 1:35:00 PM

In the pulp and paper industry, emissions of hazardous gas caused by chemical reactions during pulp production can pose a dangerous operating environment. To ensure the highest safety standards for employees while meeting industry environmental regulations, paper mills must continuously monitor levels of gases such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) within different areas of the facility to ensure they remain within limit values.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Signal Fire, Wireless and Telemetry Solutions

A Review of the Gas Detection Technologies Available to You

Posted by TechStar on Jun 10, 2019 3:00:00 PM

This blog was originally posted by MSA Safety.

You’ve decided that your facility would benefit from the installation and implementation of a gas detection system. Congratulations on a big step in the right direction toward improving the overall safety of your facility and your workers. Now comes the fun part, selecting the right technology to meet the needs of your application. While it might seem like an overwhelming task, you’re not in it alone as there are experts in the field who can help you understand exactly what you need, and why.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitoring Now Available with ULTIMA® X5000 XIR PLUS

Posted by TechStar on May 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

MSA has announced that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is now a detectable gas for the ULTIMA X5000 XIR PLUS. The ULTIMA XIR PLUS is the infrared point detector that is used with the breakthrough ULTIMA X5000 gas monitor.  Now workers will be able to monitor for CO2 using the latest technology available including touchscreen interface, OLED display, dual sensing technology, and Bluetooth communications.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions

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