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Fixed Gas and Flame Detection

At MSA, our business is safety. We've been the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products since 1914, providing sophisticated devices and protective gear - the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each day.

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At MSA, our business is safety. We’ve been the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products since 1914, providing sophisticated devices and protective gear – the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each day.

Our core product focus emphasizes fixed gas and flame detection instruments, industrial head, eye, face, hearing and communications protection, respiratory protective equipment, fall protection products, and portable gas detection instruments and sensors.

As the world leader in fixed gas and flame detection, MSA provides safety solutions that protect workers’ lives. Whether your field is upstream, midstream or downstream, MSA can help you safely navigate with our extensive line of detectors, built to meet your flame, oxygen, combustible and toxic gas detection needs.

Fixed gas and flame detection solutions

MSA offers a wide variety of fixed gas monitoring solutions to detect gas and flame hazards, combustible gases, toxic gases and oxygen deficiency / enrichment. Our instruments reflect the latest developments in sensor and instrumentation design using electrochemical, catalytic bead, metal oxide, photoacoustic infrared, advanced acoustic detection and both point and open path infrared sensing technologies.

Ultima X gas monitors.
Gassonic Observer-i ultrasonic gas leak detector.
FlameGard 5 Series of flame detectors.
Model 10K fire and gas detection system.
Ultima OPIR-5 open path detector.

Our products have been successfully installed in a variety of applications, including oil rigs, production platforms, wellheads, storage vessels, pipelines and compressor stations, to name a few.

Gas monitors for the offshore industry

Ultima® X series gas monitors provide continuous monitoring of combustible and toxic gases (including hydrogen sulfide) and oxygen deficiency. Installation is both simple and flexible. Ultima X series gas monitors are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications in virtually any type of industry, including offshore refineries, chemical and petrochemical facilities, steel mills, water and wastewater plants, mining, and general industry.

The monitors are engineered using microprocessor-based technology and designed for varied gas-detection needs. Ultima XIR and XI gas monitors offer DuraSource technology, a new and improved light source providing extended sensor life.

Other features and benefits of the Ultima X series include:

  • Patented disconnect under power feature
  • One board design for easy maintenance
  • HART output option
  • SIL 2 safety integrity level available for integration into safety systems

Gassonic Observer-i ultrasonic gas leak detector

The new GASSONIC OBSERVER-i ultrasonic gas leak detector incorporates artificial neural network (ANN) technology into the detector’s ‘brain’ and distinguishes real gas leaks from nuisance alarms without requiring any in-field training. Potentially catastrophic gas leaks can be detected instantaneously without gas having to come into contact with a sensing element. It simply ‘hears’ the leak.

The detector offers ease of use, and does not require in-field training. Ultrasonic gas leak detectors are used in pressurised gas applications to complement conventional gas detection methods. With the unique ultrasonic sensing technology found in all GASSONIC products, the sound of leaking gas is the key to detection.

The detector also provides failsafe operation. Senssonic™ self-test technology checks the device’s electrical integrity and microphone every 15 minutes and ensures the GASSONIC OBSERVER-i detector is operational at all times. Both the microphone and the microphone windscreen are constantly monitored to ensure that the detector always has optimal sensitivity and detection coverage.

Multi-spectral infrared flame detector

MSA’s FlameGard® 5 multi-spectral infrared (MSIR) flame detector with neural network technology (NNT) sets a new industry standard for performance, reliability and value. This is the industry’s first MSIR / NNT flame detector designed to operate at a longer range with a wider field of view and at a higher level of accuracy for superior false alarm immunity.

Additional members of the FlameGard 5 flame detector family include the FlameGard 5 UV / IR detector and the FlameGard 5 UV / IR-hydrogen detector. Both use ultraviolet and infrared detection technology to provide high immunity to false alarms. The FlameGard 5 test lamp for testing FlameGard 5 detectors is the final component in the series.

Important features of the FlameGard 5 Series include:

  • A multi-spectral infrared sensing array (in the FlameGard 5 MSIR detector) with highly intelligent neural network processors provides high accuracy through superior false alarm immunity
  • Wide field of view
  • SIL 3 suitable products
  • Continuous optical path monitoring (COPM) checks optical path integrity and electronic circuitry once a minute
  • Fire and gas detection system for the offshore industry

The MODEL 10K™ fire and gas detection system from MSA represents the next generation in highly intelligent monitoring solutions designed to help customers reduce hazard vulnerability and meet the world’s most demanding safety standards. The MODEL 10K system is an innovative, modular, Factory Mutual (FM)-approved system that is highly scalable.

Offering intelligence, flexibility and reliability, the system’s controller hardware configuration and software have been tested by Factory Mutual to verify NFPA 72 compliance.

Highlights of the MODEL 10K fire and gas system include:

  • Remote I/O capability
  • Optional fiber-optic communications
  • Color touch screen operator interface
  • Supports third party device integration
  • Simple, reliable and cost-effective field wiring topology

Open path IR gas detector

The Ultima OPIR-5 detector is an open path IR gas detector that provides continuous monitoring of combustible gas concentrations at a path length of up to 150m. It features a dual detection range (ppm meter and LEL meter), enabling sensitivity to both small and large gas leaks. It is performance approved for use in harsh environments.

Highlights of the Ultima OPIR-5 detector include:

  • Capable of detecting methane, natural gas, propane, LPG and other hydrocarbons
  • Unitised display for ease of operation and reduced cost
  • Automatic gain control compensates for dirty optics, rain and fog
  • Multiple communication outputs (HART, ModBus, AMS support) provide complete status and control capability in the control room

PrimaX IR Gas Transmitter

Every feature of the PrimaX IR Gas Transmitter is designed with reliability in mind to withstand the most challenging environmental conditions throughout the product's life.

Z-Gard S and DS Sensors

The Z-Gard S Sensor is designed to detect the presence of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and combustible gases in air.

MSA Gas Detection

When using a photoacoustic infrared instrument, a gas sample is introduced into the monitor's measurement chamber and the sample is exposed to a specific wavelength of infrared light.

LNG Fueling Stations

Public and private fleet vehicles continue to migrate to use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as this cleaner-burning fuel also offers lower fuel costs and lower emissions.

MSA’s Z-Gard Series of Sensors and Controllers

The Z-Gard Product Line with an abundance of features like new combustible sensor, an updated calibration process and a controller (CXII) with BACnet MS/TP have the versatility and flexibility to meet your gas detection needs.

10 June 2015

MSA’s Custom Products Solutions

MSA's Custom Products group offers individually designed solutions for customer monitoring, control and data acquisition applications. Our design flexibility allows our custom products to meet virtually any gas monitoring need, as each custom system is individually designed to provide the very best solution for unique applications.

6 March 2015

GasGard® 100 Control System from MSA Now Available

The GasGard 100 Control System, a scalable, high-performance data acquisition / logging platform, is now available with a 10.4in TFT VGA LED Panel PC with resistive touchscreen display providing intuitive and smart operator control.

13 February 2015

MSA’s TriGas Monitoring System

The TriGas Monitoring System consists of up to three sensors with either Ultima® X3 Technology's digital communications or Ultima X 4/20mA output with on-board LEDs and relays to provide local alarms.

29 April 2014

The Altair 2X Line of Gas Detectors

MSA has introduced the Altair 2X line of gas detectors that incorporate industry leading XCell® sensor technology to deliver unparalleled performance while drastically minimising total cost of ownership, increasing durability and delivering enhanced worker safety, compliance and traceability.

29 April 2014

The Industry’s First Artificial Neural Network Intelligent Device

Designed with artificial neural network (ANN) intelligence and real-time broadband acoustic sound processing technology, the state-of-the-art Gassonic Observer-i ultrasonic gas leak detector sets a new global industry standard in highly reliable ultrasonic gas leak detection with unprecedented suppression of false alarms.

10 April 2014

MSA Releases GasGard 100 Control System

MSA has introduced the new GasGard 100 control system, a scalable, high-performance data acquisition / data logging platform, offering an intelligent approach to data acquisition and control, raising the bar in fixed gas and flame detection (FGFD).

14 January 2014

MSA Releases White Papers

Leading safety products manufacturer MSA has released two white papers on Offshore Technology, covering ultrasonic gas leak detection and the company's FlameGard® 5 MSIR flame detectors.

18 December 2013

MSA Enhances Z-Gard Sensors and Controllers

Safety products provider MSA has updated the Z-Gard product line with a new combustible sensor, an updated calibration process, and a new controller (CXII) with BACnet MS/TP.

17 December 2013

MSA, The Safety Company

1000 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township
PA 16066
United States of America

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