Gas detection is provided in two formats: portable (such as the PID portable) and fixed. Understanding gas risks often requires a combination of the two, but there are applications in which only one will do. IGD’s multi-gas and PID portable is well suited for aspects of military applications which will be outlined in this article.
Why is Portable Gas Detection Equipment Important?
Portable gas detection such as the NEO PID portable and IGD’s range of multi-gas monitors are primarily used to keep mobile workers safe when entering an environment that is not monitored by fixed gas detection equipment. It is especially important to monitor it when there is a risk of toxic, combustible, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and flammable gases or asphyxiation.
Active military personnel face risk more commonly – and from a wider range of possible sources – than most workers. Safety is paramount, but it can be difficult to effectively equip soldiers for the myriad threats they face in the field. Bullet-proof apparel can provide a measure of security against ballistic threats and blasts, but how do you protect soldiers from more insidious threats, such as exposure to hazardous chemical agents?
Military personnel are naturally at risk of exposure to deadly warfare agents, but they are also among the first line of defense in the event of industrial chemical spills. Protecting against exposure in each of these instances can be extremely difficult. Simply detecting threats requires specialized equipment – equipment such as the NEO PID portable.
The NEO PID portable is ideal for this kind of work, as it has the largest VOC gas list built into the monitor. In addition, the NEO PID portable has an exhaust port for taking gas samples from the spillage/hazardous area for further lab work. Finally, the NEO PID has a full data log which is time-stamped and can be downloaded via a PC or the App.
Another application of the PID portable for military personnel is in storage facilities of munitions and/or chemicals. The NEO PID portable can be used to spot-check areas to ensure no one is being exposed to dangerous VOC gases. Easy to use, lightweight, and with a built-in pump; means the NEO is ideal for spot-checking for any dangerous chemical leaks.
Another application for military personnel where a multi-gas monitor is used is entering a confined space. Many military applications such as wing tank work or fuel depots, require users to conduct pre-entry checks and continuous monitoring while inside the wing tank. The POLI multi-gas detector with a PID sensor is supplied with a sampling pump for pre-entry checks and can then constantly monitor the air personnel is breathing to ensure they are made aware of any possible risks. This is why portable gas detectors must sit close to your nose and mouth.
The PID Portable from IGD
The NEO PID Portable from International Gas Detectors is one of the most advanced PID portable gas detectors in the world. It can reliably detect gas to extremely low parts per billion. The NEO PID portable’s extreme reliability is just one of the reasons it is so well suited to military applications.
It is also small and lightweight, meaning military personnel can use it without it weighing them down unnecessarily. It is smaller than any other PID portable on the market and is ideal for spot-checking for VOC gases. The engineering design of the lamp has allowed the PID portable from IGD to offer the most stable and accurate reading possible.
One of the demands for military application is extended battery life. The NEO PID Portable allows users freedom to make use of its 24h continuous run time and fast charging. The NEO also has an extensive range, allowing for the highest possible safety for personnel.
The NEO PID portable also comes in 4 different models: the standard models of 0.01ppm-5,000ppm (POR-NEO-181) and 0.01-15,000ppm (POR-NEO-182), a PPB model (measuring 0.001-15,000ppm) and a Benzene specific model. Thus, there is always a NEO to suit your VOC requirements. This is perfect for military applications where personnel will come across a wide variety of VOC substances, including benzene, and may need different measurement and model types to help in mitigating the hazards of these gases.
Keeping the Military Safe
Military personnel must be protected by appropriate and effective gas monitoring. This may be out on fieldwork, in submarines, or in volatile situations. The NEO PID Portable offers significant benefits for users, making it the best choice for all portable gas detection needs.