There are many considerations to be made when it comes to choosing the right gas detection system. One of these considerations is the enclosure material of the detector.
Common materials used in gas detection products are stainless steel, aluminium and ABS plastic. Each material has its own advantages and may be more appropriate in specific industries and applications. In this blog we’ll take a look at the advantages and applications for stainless steel detectors.
Advantages of stainless steel
There are many advantages to stainless steel gas detectors, some of which may be more well-known than others.
One of the key characteristics of stainless steel is its corrosion resistance capabilities. Stainless steel is incredibly strong against corrosion and rust. 316 stainless steel, the type used in Crowcon stainless steel detectors, also contains molybdenum which further enhances the corrosion resistance capabilities. This feature ensures stainless steel detectors remain operational even in the conditions with high level of contaminants that may cause corrosion. Stainless steel is also incredibly strong, durable and impact resistant, further enhancing its ability to operate in these environments.
As well as its corrosion-resistant characteristics, stainless steel also has a high level of fire and heat resistance. This means that its strength is not compromised when exposed to fire or extremes of temperature (both high and low temperatures).
One often overlooked characteristic of stainless steel is hygiene. It is extremely easy to clean and sanitise whilst the non-porous surface makes it difficult for bacteria to take hold. This characteristic is of particular note in the medical and healthcare industries as well as pharmaceutical processing and manufacturing.
As has been demonstrated, stainless steel is a very durable material. Being resistant to the impacts of corrosion, extreme temperatures, fire and impact ensures stainless steel detectors can operate continuously in a wide range of hazardous environments.
As well as this wide range of durable characteristics, there are additional benefits to stainless steel when it comes to cost, sustainability and recyclability.
Stainless steel’s durability leads to lower maintenance costs and these two things combined ensures that stainless steel detectors provide long-term value. And when your detector does come to the end of its life, you can be assured that it will not be wasted as stainless steel is 100% recyclable. At least 60% of new stainless steel is created using recycled stainless steel.
Applications for stainless steel detectors
Stainless steel detectors are ideal in a wide range of industries where hazardous conditions may be present. These include the oil and gas, wastewater treatment and petrochemical industries. Stainless steel detectors are perfectly-suited for the food and beverage industry, particularly in distilleries, where high risks of contamination or corrosion exist for other detector enclosures. As well as these, stainless steel detectors are also ideal for the medical and healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, due in part to the hygiene factor.
Xgard Bright Stainless Steel
Our Xgard Bright fixed detector is now available in stainless steel. Get all the benefits and features of Xgard Bright, including addressable implementation, OLED display and MPS sensor technology, now with all the advantages that come with stainless steel detectors.
Xgard Bright Stainless Steel is compatible with all existing Xgard Bright accessories, is IP65 rated (IP66 with weatherproof cap), for use in areas subject to regular wash downs or in exposed environments. Both hazardous-area certified and safe-area enclosures are available and options for both M20 and ½”NPT cable entry are available.