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Becker Smartsense gas monitoring system for general industry

Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include a new atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and the environment.

The high accuracy Becker Varis Smartsense® gas monitoring system, which meets stringent quality, safety and environmental specifications, enhances safety in diverse sectors. Adherence to Intrinsically Safe (IS) certification means this system can be safely deployed in hazardous and potentially explosive areas.

Environments which require dependable atmospheric and environmental monitoring, include general industry and manufacturing facilities, petrochemical, oil and gas plants and the mines.

“Becker’s high accuracy Smartsense system – with integrated features for the detection of ambient temperature, humidity and barometric pressure – forms an essential part of critical communications and safety systems in the workplace,” says Andrew Trentelman, senior general manager: Electronics, Becker Mining South Africa. “Some factories make use of manufacturing methods that can produce high levels of poisonous gases, or even explosive gases. In these environments, it is important to monitor gases emitted into the atmosphere real time and have a reliable system to take immediate automatic action to eliminate the possibility of poisonous environments, as well as explosions.

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“Apart from the accurate detection and monitoring of ambient temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, every device can monitor up to four gases, including Oxygen (O2), Methane (CH4), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), Chlorine (CI2), Hydrogen (H2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

“The Smartsense unit can be fitted with different gas monitoring heads to suit specific environmental monitoring needs.”

Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include a new atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and the environment.

The high accuracy Becker Varis Smartsense® gas monitoring system, which meets stringent quality, safety and environmental specifications, enhances safety in diverse sectors. Adherence to Intrinsically Safe (IS) certification means this system can be safely deployed in hazardous and potentially explosive areas.

Environments which require dependable atmospheric and environmental monitoring, include general industry and manufacturing facilities, petrochemical, oil and gas plants and the mines.

“Becker’s high accuracy Smartsense system – with integrated features for the detection of ambient temperature, humidity and barometric pressure – forms an essential part of critical communications and safety systems in the workplace,” says Andrew Trentelman, senior general manager: Electronics, Becker Mining South Africa. “Some factories make use of manufacturing methods that can produce high levels of poisonous gases, or even explosive gases. In these environments, it is important to monitor gases emitted into the atmosphere real time and have a reliable system to take immediate automatic action to eliminate the possibility of poisonous environments, as well as explosions.

“Apart from the accurate detection and monitoring of ambient temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, every device can monitor up to four gases, including Oxygen (O2), Methane (CH4), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), Chlorine (CI2), Hydrogen (H2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

“The Smartsense unit can be fitted with different gas monitoring heads to suit specific environmental monitoring needs.”

This system, with low power consumption, has an Index Protection IP67 rating for protection against the ingress of dust and liquids.

The Smartsense system, with its integrated controller functions, operates as a ‘black box’ and stores critical information, which could be critical in a post-accident investigation. Stored information includes the calibration record, alarm history and data logging.

The ‘watchdog’ feature alerts the user/maintenance team of any system errors, for example, if the system has detected inaccurate measurements or calibration errors. This information is communicated both locally through the maintenance LED and remotely on the supervisory platform.

Preventative maintenance of this low maintenance system requires simple procedures – between monthly and quarterly – to ensure optimum performance and extended service life. It is important that sensor intake areas are kept clean, with no obstructions.

This device is supplied with three types of mounting brackets for easy installation – panel, roof bolt or cable mounting.

Becker Mining South Africa’s commitment to providing a critical service to local industry encompasses the design and manufacture of products and systems, using the latest technology. Plant safety is significantly enhanced by the implementation of one, or a combination of Becker’s specialised multi-technological energy distribution, automation and communication solutions.

In addition, Becker also offers IS and flameproof electrical reticulation products, as well as fluid transfer, rigging, rope attachment, steel arch tunnel support and underground transportation systems. These systems are designed to facilitate future upgrades.

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