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Announcing the FlexSonic Acoustic Gas Leak Detector

July 16th, 2013

We are pleased to announce the FlexSonic™ Acoustic Gas Leak Detector, the first non-contact gas leak detector of its kind that recognizes 24 discrete ultrasound bands. The FlexSonic detector features a high-fidelity microphone that continuously monitors for the distinct ultrasound emitted by pressurized gas leaks across the widest spectrum of frequencies.

Unlike traditional, non-contact gas leak detectors, it can be programmed to ignore background noises, discerning between gas leaks and environmental noises, such as metal-on-metal contact, fans, machinery or vehicles.

Additional features:

Detects leaks instantly in the harshest weather and environmental conditions

Onboard acoustic learn mode that detects real leaks and tunes out false positives

Removable micro-SD card that records the acoustic spectrum

Globally approved for all gas types


Certified SIL 2 Capable

Please click here for further information about the FlexSonic detector or contact your  Det-Tronics representative to explore the potential of this revolutionary technology.  The future has arrived in acoustic gas leak detection, and we at Det-Tronics are proud to support your needs. 

Importance of IP66/67 Rating

January 24th, 2012

When used in harsh outdoor conditions, devices that promote life safety and continuous operations should have an ingress protection IP66/67 rating. Gas detectors should have such a rating — especially for onshore and offshore applications in the petrochemical, oil and gas industry.

An IP66 or IP67 rating is achieved as a result of robust design that protects the gas detector against dust and forceful water during operation. Specifically, IP66 means the device is dust proof and protected from strong water jets. IP67 means the device is dust proof and continues proper operation after temporary immersion in water one meter deep for 30 minutes.

Det-Tronics NTMOS hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas detector has earned global approval for use in locations that require an ingress protection rating of IP66/67.

We’ve combined high-performance functionality with simplicity. The ingress protection filter and guard protect the detector in tough onshore and offshore situations and are fully replaceable in the field.

The new certification joins the list of other previously obtained approvals and certifications for the NTMOS H2S gas detector, including CE, CSA, ATEX, IECEx, FM tested and certified to ISA-92.0.01.

In addition to multiple certifications, the NTMOS boasts a life-saving, speed-of-response performance that detects H2S in six seconds (T20) and delivers a proper detection solution in challenging environments where electrochemical sensing technologies are not preferred.

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Safety Standards and Real Life

October 12th, 2011

Recent events both on- and off-shore shine a bright light on the need for attention to safety and to hazard reduction, prevention, and mitigation. Errant combustible or toxic gases can injure and kill quickly. Therefore, mitigation of these hazards must be fast and sure.

Around the world, governmental and regional authorities take gas detection and system integration very seriously and require that the petroleum industry use gas detection devices that comply with certain standards.

Safety standards can provide the backbone of a well-designed life safety plan to help assure continuous safe and proper operation. Therefore, standards should play a key role as engineers design and execute gas-detection life-safety projects.

Read this recently published article from PETRO Industry News (written by Bill Crosley and Simon Pate of Det-Tronics) for more information about how companies with facilities around the world use standards to determine the most effective safety solution for their applications.

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Apply Proper Gas-Detector Technology to Hazards

September 12th, 2011

Inadvertent toxic or combustible gas releases present safety challenges in many industries and can create hazardous situations. Detecting unwanted gas releases should be an objective for decreasing the hazards to workers, equipment, and surrounding areas.

Risks from gas leaks can take on many forms, and there are three main types of gas hazards: combustible, toxic, and oxygen (O2) depletion.

With different types of gases come different types of gas detection technologies. The technologies discussed in this article are described as fixed detection devices. A fixed detector is a detector that is permanently placed in a location where potential gas leaks might occur, and most gas detector manufacturers offer the following types of fixed-detection devices: point, open-path, acoustic, or sampling systems.

Read this recently published article from International Fire Protection (written by Brian Quick of Det-Tronics) for more information about detection choices for combustible and toxic gases, placement of gas detectors, and third-party certifications to standards.

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Detect Hydrogen Gas and Flames

August 3rd, 2011

Under day-to-day conditions, people cannot see, smell, or taste the presence of hydrogen gas. Hydrogen, however, is very flammable and requires only a small amount of energy to ignite. In fact, if leaking from a pipe at a high enough pressure, hydrogen gas can self ignite without the aid of an external energy source.

Working together, gas detectors and optical flame detectors can quickly identify a gas leak or the resulting flame.

For example, an enclosed battery room can contain hydrogen generated from the Read the rest of this entry »

Gas-Detection Standards Included in NFPA 72: 2010

June 22nd, 2011

NFPA 72: 2010, a standard that must be complied with in many areas around the globe, now includes revised standards for gas detectors used in executive actions, such as initiating automatic or manual protective procedures.

Det-Tronics’ EQP System (including gas detection) is the first to achieve third-party certification to NFPA 72: 2010 as certified by FM Approvals, the nationally recognized testing laboratory.

Certification means the Det-Tronics gas detectors on the EQP network fully meet the applicable requirements of NFPA 72: 2010 for use in fire alarm systems.

Please contact us at if you would like more information on how this newly earned approval can work for you.

Include Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Areas in Your Safety System

May 26th, 2011

Protect Living QuartersImprove efficiency and safety by using a single safety system for two types of areas: non-hazardous (control rooms and living quarters) and classified/hazardous (process areas).

Det-Tronics’ newly released Addressable Smoke and Heat (ASH) Module expands the reach of Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) flame and gas safety systems to monitor and mitigate hazards in control rooms and living quarters. The module manages I/O between the EQP System and devices such as smoke detectors, heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, manual call stations, beacons, sounders, and I/O modules.

In addition, the ASH Module offers powerful yet simple programming that allows users to tailor the solution beyond the capabilities of conventional fire panels.

The ASH Module is CE marked; hazardous rated by FM, CSA, ATEX, IECEx; and FM performance approved to NFPA 72-2010.

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Optical Integrity: Testing the detector

April 7th, 2011

Most optical flame detectors have a method to indicate that they are not operating correctly – an LED or an online alert. If the detector does not indicate a fault, you might believe the detector is alert and watching for possible hazards.

But how do you know the detector is not blinded by ice, oil, or another obstruction? And how do you know the sensor is functioning?

Det-Tronics’ optical self-checking feature is called optical integrity (oi). This useful feature applied, for example, to an IR flame detector indicates if an IR absorbing material on the detector eye has reduced the effectiveness of the detector.

When you consider a detector that claims it has an optical self-checking system, ask these questions to determine how well the feature will work in your application: Read the rest of this entry »

Flame and Gas Detection in Hangars

February 2nd, 2011

Flammable materials (aviation fuels, cleaning solvents, and paints) present in aircraft hangars can endanger life, safety, aircraft, and the hangar structure. To improve protection, many Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) either require or strongly recommend high-performance fire detection and suppression systems to cover both the aircraft and the building.

Here are a few considerations to remember in planning hazard protection:

+ In general, fuel leaks accumulate under the wing and aircraft fuselage, therefore it is recommended that flame detectors be mounted on hangar walls (rather than on the ceiling) to view the area under airplane wings.

+ Unless flame detectors are EMI/RFI hardened, some can be activated (go into alarm) by interference from plane radar, communications, and X-rays.

+ Place combustible gas detectors in storage areas where volatile gases or liquids are stored.

Learn more about aircraft/hangar protection by reading this application note: Aircraft Hangar Protection .

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Loss Prevention via Cameras

December 14th, 2010

Imagine your safety system announces a flame-detector alarm at a pumping station miles from the nearest worker. You need to investigate the incident. How serious is the incident? Is your suppression system operating as it should?
A strategically positioned xWatch camera viewing the same process area as the X-Series optical flame detector helps you answer these questions. A remote digital video recorder (DVR) partnered with the camera helps you answer even more.
Det-Tronics offers a complete surveillance solution for professionals who need to monitor and visually record events as they evolve. Det-Tronics’ xWatch industrial-grade camera, a key element in a complete hazard-surveillance system, offers remote visual monitoring. The optional DVR records activities before, during, and after incidents; it also adds internet accessibility.
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