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Detection Misconceptions: The Reality of Today's Gas and Flame Detection Technologies

Fixed gas and flame detector sensing technologies continue to evolve. However, there are some common misconceptions about fixed gas and flame detectors, approvals, applications, and communications that need to be addressed. This webinar will discuss the most current data about detection advancements to help dispel these misconceptions and provide greater awareness to today's detection instrument capabilities and realities.

Date: October 18, 2022
Time: 12 PM EDT (9 AM PDT / 6:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Gas and flame sensing technologies have been advancing for decades. We've come a long way from using a canary to detect a methane leak in a mine shaft. But even as sensors have evolved, our preconceived biases have not always kept up to today's realities.

In this webinar, we will discuss the misconceptions surrounding some of the most widely used technologies for fixed gas and flame detection. We’ll demonstrate how not all sensors are created equally, whether they be catalytic bead, infrared, or electrochemical to name a few. We’ll also discuss newer sensing advancements such as ultrasonic and laser and why they should be considered as part of a comprehensive sensing strategy.

We’ll also dive into approval ratings and certifications and explain how hazardous locations and performance approvals are not the same.

We’ll look at common assumptions installers make regarding mapping studies and how to avoid them for the best system installation.

Digital communication capabilities have come a long way from analog output to Bluetooth and cloud communications. Advanced communication options don’t have to be met with skepticism. We’ll help debunk some of the misconceptions out there. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn how sensing advancements offer enhanced levels of safety, performance, and ease of use
  • Understand the differences in approval classifications - they're not all the same
  • Discover how to base gas and flame detection requirements on reality and not misconceptions


Dave Opheim, North America Business Development Manager, Fixed Gas and Flame Detection, MSA Safety

Opheim has over 33 years of direct experience in the high-hazard safety systems industry serving in a variety of professional roles including field service, engineering, marketing and sales.