In response to the critical need for the monitoring of toxic hydrogen sulphide gas in wellheads, tank farms and other remote locations, global technology and engineering company Emerson has introduced its first fully integrated wireless gas monitor.
The Rosemount 928 wireless gas monitor is a fully integrated WirelessHART toxic gas monitoring solution. The Rosemount 928 significantly improves safety in areas and applications that were previously considered to be too expensive and difficult to monitor, owing to remote or difficult-to- access locations, challenging topology and other issues, explains Emerson.
Workers approaching sites like wellheads and remote tank batteries for maintenance are constantly in danger of exposure to unplanned releases of toxic gas. Monitoring these sites with conventional wired gas-detection systems is often cost-prohibitive or logistically impossible.
“The installation, wiring and commissioning costs for each additional wired device can add tens of thousands of dollars to the instrument’s total installed cost. As a result, operators have been forced to rely on portable gas monitoring devices which provide no early warning or personnel safety, or even worse, carry on with no gas monitoring at all,” says Emerson.
The Rosemount 928 gas monitor integrates into a WirelessHART network, which, the company notes, eliminates wiring and dramatically reducing installation, commissioning and maintenance costs. Once integrated into the wireless network, personnel simply check the status of the remote monitoring system to know if a maintenance trip is safe.
In addition, the Rosemount 928 gas monitor includes a power module and the Rosemount 628 toxic gas sensor module that is both intrinsically safe and can be replaced in the field in minutes without the need for tools, says Emerson. The Rosemount 628 is a “smart” sensor module, meaning that calibration information is stored within the sensor and not the transmitter. This allows users to calibrate the sensor in a nonhazardous location and carry it into the field for quick exchanges with installed sensors.
This further enhances personnel safety by reducing their time spent in potentially hazardous locations.
According to Emerson Automation Solutions flame and gas detection product manager Sean McLeskey, the need for hydrogen sulphide monitoring at these challenging locations is critical. “The fact that companies can now so easily solve what has been such a challenging problem is testament to the power of wireless technology. For current users of wireless solutions – or those considering a move to wireless – the Rosemount 928 is another step in their commitment to increasing safety at their facilities.”
Contact: Sue Charlton (SJC Creative)
Company: Emerson Automation Solutions
Tel: 082 579 4263