Facilities where engines are present will always require some kind of system to measure emissions. Accurate readings of emissions that result from a variety of sources such as burners, kilns, ovens, and heaters are important for protecting employees from hazardous gases, and making sure your processes are working as efficiently and as safely has possible. When choosing your equipment, however, there are several factors that will determine the kind of gas analyzer that will work best for your organization. Here are some things to look for in your process gas analyzer.

1. The Latest Technology

Companies are always updating and improving methods of gas detection. As the technology improves, so does the accuracy of the equipment. By updating your gas analyzers to make sure you’re taking advantage of the latest advances, you can ensure that you’re going to get the best and most accurate readings possible.

2. Ease of Operation

Whatever kind of gas analyzer you choose is probably going to have to be operated by several different people. This means you won’t want one that requires a PHD to operate. Many modern analyzers have easy-to-use interactive modes that are intuitive, and have very little learning curve, so you have to leave your gas analyzer in the hands of just a few trained experts.

3. Portable or Fixed

The technology of gas analyzers has advanced to the point that you can equip your employees with portable gas detectors. Able to be carried or clipped onto a belt, portable gas detectors enable your workers to travel freely throughout the facility knowing that the air they breathe is under constant monitoring. If, however, you have boilers or engines where emissions are present — or leaks are a threat — fixed gas monitoring systems will give you regular up-to-date readings so you can detect a leak and make any necessary repairs as quickly as possible.

4. Know Your Environment

Not every kind of gas analyzer will work in every environment. Factors such as heat, humidity, and air pressure can effect the accuracy of a monitor’s readings, so you’ll have to take these aspects into account to make sure your device is suitable to meet your needs.

5. What Gases Are You Looking For?

Before installing a fixed device, not only will you have to be sure you’re choosing the best analyzer for the particular gas or gases you have in mind, but you’ll need to identify the locations of all emissions as well as any areas where gas leaks are likely to occur.

By knowing your options in advance, you’re putting yourself in the best position to choose the right process gas analyzer for your facility.