From our vast experience in dealing with instrumentation, we have come to the conclusion that there are five key factors that you should consider when purchasing the right gas detection instruments for leak investigations. For a carbon monoxide meter, these are the main factors you should consider:

• Accuracy
• Ruggedness
• Intuitive use
• Reliability
• Ease of calibration

The accuracy factor in carbon monoxide meters generally depends upon sensor performance. Using up-to-date electronics and operating software are also contributing factors. These are interrelated and should work seamlessly to yield best possible results for the gas detector. Quite recently, software has grown to become a dominant factor when it comes to instrument design.

Major components of a carbon monoxide detector are the case and the pump. Ensure that a detector’s casing is strong enough to withstand field wear-and-tear, without damage to the machine’s sensors and pumps. While a diaphragm pump is considered best for carbon monoxide testing, it should be engineered to protect the valves from dust present outdoors.

Intuitive Use:
Classroom and hands-on training is essential for proper use of carbon monoxide detectors for leak detection training. The ease-of-use factor is pertinent when it comes to carbon monoxide meters and it should get its due weight age when considering purchase. Such instruments are primarily used in situations where human safety is paramount, making it imperative that readings be unambiguous and not easily misinterpreted. Intuitive operation is essential in gaining consumer acceptance more so with safety equipment that require clear, easy operation as a necessity. Carbon monoxide meters that are easy to use make safety personnel more comfortable and confident thus enabling them to conduct leak investigations quickly.

Reliability is also one of the most important factors when selecting a carbon monoxide detector. Detectors, constantly requiring repairs become troublesome. Short repair time is an important to help minimize costs in ensuring smooth field operations. Modularity of construction helps in maintaining and servicing carbon monoxide meters since it helps to keep both inventory of spare parts and down times to a minimum.

Ease Of Calibration:
All gas detectors and meters, including carbon monoxide meters require calibration on a regular basis. Calibration helps to establish whether an instrument is functioning properly or not, and whether its operation remains sound. Properly calibrated instruments ensure that good levels of accuracy are maintained and that the designed performance doesn’t get degraded.

What are the other factors you consider before purchasing a carbon monoxide meter? Do share with us your thoughts in the comment box below.