At Net Safety Monitoring, we engineer our products with the lowest power consumption and the widest voltage range possible because we know this allows us to offer two distinct advantages over other products in the market: huge savings for our customers and enhanced system stability.
With regard to system stability and performance, our Millennium II Series Gas Detectors and our Phoenix Triple IR Flame Detector both have the widest voltage ranges available in the market, featuring 10-32Vdc on 12Vdc and 24Vdc systems. This means that tying our products into any existing power network is never an issue.
Immunity to voltage drops
More importantly, in the event of a common voltage drop, our detectors continue functioning normally and are not forced into a start-up sequence from the temporary lack of power. For some sensors this can mean up to 15 minutes, during which no detection would be taking place otherwise. In many installations these regular voltage drops will initiate safety system faults which lead to costly plant shutdowns. With Net Safety products these common issues are virtually eliminated.
In terms of installation, whether in the design phase of a project or as part of an expansion of existing installations, the low power consumption levels of Net Safety’s flame and gas detectors can greatly improve your bottom line and minimise regulatory requirements.
Installation costs are immediately realised through lighter gauge cabling. Net Safety instruments require only 18AWG for both gas and flame installations, which means lower material and labour costs. Some of our competitors require a minimum gauge as high as 14AWG.
Lower UPS system costs
UPS systems are required to provide reliable back-up power to process control systems, instrumentation, motor starting and data processing critical to protecting personnel and limiting costly downtime. In some areas of the world, system certifications like NFPA 72 and ULC have specific requirements for UPS systems in the event of an outage in order to provide continuous hazard protection during mitigation. The scope of these systems can vary greatly; maintaining power to safety systems is a priority and they are generally on their own separate system.
UPS systems can run into tens of thousands of dollars. By significantly lowering power load requirements, Net Safety instruments greatly reduce the cost associated with these systems and increase the amount of mitigation time provided by the back-up power supplies. With Net Safety products you can design a smaller UPS system with a complete and reliable detection network.
Advantages for remote locations
Moving on to remote locations, these sites will typically have one of three types of remote power generation: solar, thermo electric generators, or turbine/diesel engines. Each requires careful analysis of power requirements in order to maintain power to critical systems and prevent overloading the system.
Engines and turbines are found at remote sites requiring larger power consumption levels. Total power draw is not as big a factor here but savings from the cost of generating the power for safety instruments, and of course the wide voltage range provided by Net Safety’s products, offers a huge advantage in these applications where power is more susceptible to fluctuation.