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Carbon dioxide, in hazardous amounts, can displace oxygen in the air and cause suffocation. The gas can accumulate in confined places or low-lying areas, especially those without sufficient ventilation. Monitoring the presence and level of carbon dioxide is necessary to prevent exposure leading to irreversible health effects.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Gas_DetectorCalibration.gifMiners, greenhouse workers, cryogenics lab workers, and marine vessel operators are among those who may regularly use CO2 gas detectors or carbon dioxide meters.

Yet, even with CO2 detectors, you may get inaccurate readings. These can come from:
·    Normal degradation of sensors over time
·    Exposure to extreme temperature and humidity conditions
·    Exposure to a high levels of the gas
·    Harsh storage and handling conditions (such as being dropped or submerged in liquid)

Ensure safety by having your gas detector calibrated by factory-trained technicians to verify proper operation. That’s the best way to ensure you and your workers are protected.

InnoCal is the factory-authorized service center for MSA and Sperian gas detector calibrations. Our specially trained technicians test your gas detector with a known concentration of gas.

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When gas detectors display inaccurate readings, it puts you and your workers at risk. Perhaps you work around pipelines or tanks that emit gases. Or, you work in a confined space, an industrial plant, or in underground utilities. Regardless of the environment, if gases or vapors are escaping you need a detector that registers accurate readings.b2ap3_thumbnail_Gas-Detect_Environment_Industrial-433.gif

Yet, readings can drift for many reasons, including:
·    Age of sensors, which normally degrade over time
·    Exposure to extreme temperature and humidity
·    Exposure to high levels of the target gases
·    Harsh storage and handling conditions (including being dropped or submerged in liquid)

Ensure safety by having your multi-gas detector calibrated by factory-trained technicians to verify proper operation. Then, you are no longer left wondering if you or your workers may be exposed to dangerous gases.

InnoCal's specially trained technicians test your gas detector with a known concentration of gas. Contact us for multi-gas detector calibration.

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On April 1, a bit of foolishness is expected. When it comes to documenting your calibration history, however, wisdom will save you. Losing time trying to find your calibration certificates is a waste when there’s a better option.

b2ap3_thumbnail_InnoCal-Certificate_20150331-141213_1.gifInnotraK™, the calibration report management system, ensures that you always have access to the certificates you need as proof of calibration. The online system is available 24/7 and enables you to pull up your reports.

Have an upcoming audit? No need to panic or make massive phone calls. Just log in and bring up your documentation. The system also allows you to check service status if you have instruments currently in the process of calibration. It’s an organized, time-efficient way to keep your certificates ready and accessible.

InnoCal offers the INNOTRAK calibration report management system with calibration. Find out how this can help you!

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Measuring humidity is essential in manufacturing plants, laboratories, museums, libraries, art galleries, and more. Too much moisture in the air—or too little—can influence the quality of products or the preservation of valuable materials. In production environments, particularly electronics manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and breweries, as well as in storage units and chemical laboratories, high humidity can produce defects and low humidity can dry products out.b2ap3_thumbnail_HumidityImage.gif

Because of the importance of measuring humidity, several types of instruments are available to perform this task and/or record measurements:

  • Thermohygrometers
  • Hygrothermographs
  • Humidity data loggers
  • Humidity indicators
  • Dew Point Meters
  • Humidity Recorders
  • Psychrometers
  • Heat stress monitors
  • Humidity Transmitters

Each of these instruments requires calibration to maintain accuracy. If readings slip even a few points, the level of humidity may exceed recommended levels and affect the items you wish to protect and preserve.

Make sure your parameters are controlled with regular calibration to ensure accuracy. For a list of recommended relative humidity percentages in production and process environments, check the Engineering ToolBox.

InnoCal maintains several humidity chambers with chilled mirror sensors capable of generating and measuring between 5% to 95% relative humidity (% RH) and dew points down to -40°C. We can also bring our chilled mirror sensors to your location for on-site calibrations. Whether you have one asset or hundreds, large equipment or small, InnoCal can supply NIST-traceable calibrations on your humidity equipment.

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Certain work and industrial environments involve processes that have the potential for gas leakage, which may be harmful. According to Health and Safety International, “The most common gases produced are carbon monoxide, chlorine, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulphide, ammonia, and flammable substances. Typically, these gases are found in the production of iron and steel, chemicals and petrochemicals, oil refining, natural gas sourcing, refrigeration and water treatment.”b2ap3_thumbnail_GasDetectionCalibration.gif

Instruments that can sense these escaping gas fumes include gas detectors or gas monitors and gas analyzers. Specifically, gas detectors alert you to conditions outside normal parameters with an alarm. Gas analyzers can sense the concentration or quantity of a gas within a mixture of gases.

To remain effective, these gas detection instruments must be calibrated regularly. Calibration drift can occur due to normal sensor degradation, exposure to extreme temperature and humidity conditions, exposure to high levels of the target gases, and harsh storage and handling conditions such as being dropped or submerged in liquid.

Ensure worker safety by having your gas detector or gas analyzer calibrated by factory-trained technicians to verify proper operation.

How to Have your Gas Detector Serviced by InnoCal:

1. Call Customer Service 866-InnoCal (866-466-6225) with the following information:
• Model name
• Serial number
• Contact name, telephone number, and e-mail address
• Shipping address
• Billing address

2. Receive:
• Shipping instructions
• Decontamination form to ensure your instrument can be safely received at InnoCal
• Authorization number

3. Pack your instrument securely:
• Package your instrument with the decontamination form provided by customer service
• Label your package with the authorization number and ship to the address provided to you

InnoCal’s specially trained technicians test your gas detector with a known concentration of gas. Find out more about these NIST-Traceable calibrations.

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