Gas calibration and certification comes in-house

Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Gas calibration and certification comes in-house

As of February 2017, the StS habitat team are now certified to maintain and calibrate all Crowcon gas detector equipment on their Habitat systems.

Previously, StS has relied on the expertise of third parties to come and check equipment and carry out annual calibrations and tests. However, with the assistance from Crowcon they will now look to providing this service in-house. 

The training programme provided by Crowcon gives a more in-depth approach to maintenance and service of Crowcon products, both fixed and portable, and on replacement of parts. This includes gas hazards, principles, certification software applications on calibration and operating of the product. They also provide fault finding tools to help with the service of the product.

StS use a combination of IRmax and Xgard detectors on their advanced positive pressure Habitat systems with the majority being the durable IRmax. Unlike conventional IR gas detectors, the power-efficient IRmax doesn’t use heaters to stop condensation build-up. Instead, Irmax’s optical components are treated with STAY-CLIR™, a hydrophobic coating which aids in the variety of climates and conditions that StS operate.

Paul Hancock, managing director for StS resources and technology said, “It’s a great step forward to get a comprehensive training provided by the manufacturers of our gas detection equipment”

“This will aid in ensuring that systems are no longer delayed due to calibrations and tests being required, and also enables our technicians to be able to fix, test and calibrate these detectors in the field if necessary” he added.

Crowcon’s IRmax infra-red gas detector now detects 29 different hydrocarbon gases and vapours. As well as common hydrocarbons, IRmax can be calibrated for more obscure vapours like cyclohexane, toluene and paraxylene.

StS provide Habitat systems to onshore and offshore projects both in the UK and overseas, ensuring that hot work can be completed on active assets and sites without the need for shutdown.