Product Review – Blackline G7. “We have to say the Blackline Safety G7 is very impressive and has to be on your list of instruments to consider. Its price tag postions at the premium end of the market, but the gas sensor replacement program, lone worker features and integrated smart technology more than makes up for this. And if you are looking for a truly smart device, the G7 is currently your only option.”
Do you select, use, sale or maintain fixed and portable gas detectors? If so the European Standard IEC 60079-29-2:2015 is an essential document to understand. So with this in mind, we have produced a new training programme to familiarise learners with its contents and more importantly how to apply what they hear.
Ever since it was originally presented at the 7th International Gas Conference, in ROME 1958, the mystery surrounding the Sale’s scale used to qualify odour intensity in natural gas has grown. Many quote a value of “2” on the Sales Scale as being satisfactory. But where does is term come from? How was it determined and more importantly is it still relevant to today?
It’s not often I travel to one of the world’s most beautiful places review a gas detector! But given the claims and discussions surrounding Blackline’s G7, we felt the Sierra de Tramuntana would be a great starting place to test both performance and connectivity. And trust – there’s a lot to talk about when I get back to the office!
Gas utilities globally receive thousands of reports of suspected gas escapes (PRE’S) each day. Most are found and resolved within a few hours, but occasionally PRE’s take weeks and even months to resolve. Substances such as petrol, kerosene, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), mine drainage gas, bio-gases from landfills – sewers and bio-digesters, paint thinners, foam blowing agents etc can all confuse the unsuspecting gas tester.
Something strikes you the first time you pick up an ALTAIR® 4X and that’s its tactile, easy to grip design. Now I know this may seem a little irrelevant to you died hard gas testers, but as we always say – when you pick a device up, you instinctively know whether it’s right or not. And that “just right” feel is exactly what the ALTAIR® 4X gives you.
Compare and gas detector of 15 years ago with a mobile telephone of the same period and what to you find. Well while the mobile phone has gone from being just a voice calling and text messaging device, to an essential holder of everything we hold dear in life – the gas detector (which is similar in size, weight and material) is almost completely unchanged.
Here at Arobase, we run the classic OPITO format authorised gas tester training courses. The content includes all required of the syllabus and more. However, we do not hold OPITO accredited status and do not intend to. For more on the reasons why, please see our article “Authorised Gas Tester or Just an Authorised Gas?”
So here we are, the long awaited release of the Dräger X-am 8000 has arrived. So does it live up to the high expectations we have of the Dräger brand?
Well on first sights it looks sleek and feels great. The clear display, classic Dräger 3 button menu makes for intuitive to navigation. The pumped and diffusive options provide numerous sampling applications, comparable to the other pumped instrument out there.
Nitrogen purging of gas installations is an often neglected part of gas detector training. Over the past few years we have been researching the most effective way of nitrogen and vacuum purging oil and gas installations. As result we have been able to develop a new series of courses designed to help engineers and gas testers understand how gas behave in complicated pipe configurations.