6 Reasons to Deploy WirelessHART Toxic and Combustible Gas Detection 

Posted on February 9, 2020 by Julian Yeo in: Gas | Safety | Wireless Solutions

Using wireless communication for tough industrial applications is not a new concept. In fact, the technology has been around for more than 30 years, with the use of proprietary radios. However, with the modernization of industrial networks and the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things, there has been an increasing demand for secure standardized industrial wireless technologies, or open wireless technologies, such as WirelessHART and ISA 100. This discussion focuses on the WirelessHART (IEC 62591) technology.

Across the world, there is an increasing number of industrial facilities using WirelessHART for remote and in-plant monitoring applications (e.g. corrosion, vibration) as well as for on-off control. There are now more than 40,000 WirelessHART mesh networks deployed globally. Interestingly, we are also seeing an uptick of life safety applications leveraging on the cost and time saving benefits of WirelessHART technology. An example of such an application is gas detection for toxic and combustible gases such as methane (CH4) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). 

Here are 6 reasons why you should consider WirelessHART gas detection in your facility:   

1. Easy and fast gas detection installationfor remote and hard-to-access areas. There are a lot of applications located far away from the central facility or difficult to reach even within the facility (e.g. detecting leaks in large tank farms). These applications may not have adequate gas detection coverage. The idea of deploying a WirelessHART gas detector into these areas with network coverage allows the user to obtain an instant monitoring point without having to run conduit, saving installation time and associated costs, compared to fixed gas detectors  

2.  Flexible continuous emission monitoring. Environmental regulations mandate that industrial facilities monitor for fugitive emissions diligently (e.g. methane leak detection, wellhead leak monitoring)WirelessHART detector can be rapidly deployed anytime, anywhere to provide continuous monitoring of emissions, supplementing manual leak detection methods like Method 21. 

3. Minimizeprofit loss from downtimeA gas leak if not detected early could lead to catastrophic consequences resulting in profit loss from a facility shutdown. A WirelessHART gas detector makes it quick and cost effective to increase gas monitoring density and augment asset monitoring so that leaks can be detected before it accumulates and cause a shutdown. 

4. Operational resilience. There are wireless gas detection companies out there that use proprietary wireless technologies. However, the challenge arises if that vendor decides to obsolete the technology or files for bankruptcy. As more gas detection companies jump on the open wireless communication bandwagon, a WirelessHART system ensures that the user is not held captive to a sole vendor. This ensures operational resilience. 

5. Robustwireless technology supportWirelessHART is backed by large consortium called the FieldComm group (FCG)Maintaining and improving the WirelessHART technology is one of the key organizational goals for FCG and a user can be assured that the technology is well supported and proven-in-use by large main automation providers.  

6. Scalability. Once the WirelessHART network infrastructure is installed, adding or removing wireless gas detectors is a simple operation, down to mounting and dismounting the device. This ease of scalability makes WirelessHART gas detection a very attractive option.  

Finally, here are some great tools as you consider WirelessHART Gas Detection:

1. WirelessHART Gas Detection Video Overview: https://vimeo.com/302937348

2. Wireless Gas Detection Cost Calculator – https://www.ueonline.com/wireless-gas-detector-cost-benefit/
You may also visit http://www.ueonline.com/vanguard to learn more about the industry’s first WirelessHART Toxic and Combustible Gas Detector.

About the Author:  Julian Yeo,Strategic Marketing Manager. 

Julian is responsible for international marketing and business development.  Julian has been with UE for 10 years.

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