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Interview - Safety Trends: Detection Insights Revealed

In this discussion, we'll touch on where detection technologies have been, and offer insights into the future of gas and flame detection. We'll address emerging sensing technologies, improvements in diagnostics and communication, and consider how these systems might evolve to meet the changing needs of industries, especially those with hazardous operations.

Originally presented: April 10, 2024
Duration: 1 hour
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In some ways the current state of fixed gas and flame detectors has changed little over the past decade.  At the same time, global production output pressures have increased significantly along with reduced operational staffing levels. The pressure on manufacturers to do more with less has never been greater! This means in many hazardous operations, more effective sensing technologies that perform at a higher level in both protection while also delivering reduced costs of ownership,have the potential to deliver value that is not just desirable, but mandatory in many cases.

Stakeholders should also be aware that both national and global safety and performance standards exist that apply to these devices and Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL) certifications offer validated test certifications to these standards. The value offered by these certifications is significant, enabling end users to gain a level of confidence knowing an independent 3rd party has evaluated and certified the instruments to these standards.  

Changes across the world are occurring in industrial process operations now that are drivers for technical enhancements. Join us for a discussion on how these enhancements could benefit you and your organization.

Key Takeaways

  • Gain an understanding of the current state of fixed gas and flame detection and why there is interest in technical enhancements
  • Learn about the national standards or codes that apply to these devices and the technical differences in various sensors used for the detection of hazardous gases and fires
  • Understand why changes occurring now in global industrial process operations are driving for technical enhancement


Dave Opheim, Business Development Manager / North America, MSA Safety

Dave Opheim has over 35 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.

Dean Phillips, President / Innovation Strategist, Longevity Industries / LINK Systems

Over the past 34 years, Dean Phillips has been a leader in the technology sectors and the world of smart manufacturing. His is a continuous advisor to the smart manufacturing advisory committees with Society of Manufacturing Engineers and PMA Precision Metalforming Association. Phillips has been a speaker on IoT, AI, robotics, VR and AR. He is the creator of reality safe, a VR / AR safety training solution for manufacturing, working with Purdue. Phillips has spent the majority of his time advancing IoT, maintenance and safety to be more predictive and develop outcome based solutions. He has been on the board of directors for SME and an advisor for TTU, MTSU and TCAT. He has been a contributing lecturer on big data and it’s value and need for artificial intelligence to filter the information into actionable items. Phillips provides safety and development to cobot users and assists universities to outline expectations from manufacturers.