Pssst - heard about the detector that listens out for gas leaks?

Published:  06 February, 2015

The new non-contact gas leak detector is ‘a giant step forward over traditional gas leak detectors.’

The FlexSonic detector is the first non-contact gas leak detector of its kind that recognizes unique ultrasound ‘fingerprints’.

The acoustic gas leak detector works by analysing 24 ultrasonic bands, whilst ignoring nuisance ultrasonic sources. A high-fidelity microphone continuously monitors for the distinct ultrasound emitted by pressurized gas leaks across a wide spectrum of frequencies.

Its manufacturer, the Minneapolis company Det-Tronics (part of UTC), says that the new detector has been designed to withstand the harshest environments, whether tropical or arctic. ‘It’s a giant step forward over traditional gas leak detectors,’ said Jerry Slocum, managing director, Det-Tronics.

Unlike traditional non-contact gas leak detectors, the FlexSonic can be programmed to ignore background noises, discerning between gas leaks and environmental noises (eg metal-on-metal contact, fans, machinery or vehicles). For noisy applications, the detector learns regularly occurring and random sounds, detecting the actual acoustic gas leak ‘signature.’

‘This next-generation technology improves gas leak detection capabilities by recognizing real leaks and reducing false positives,’ said Michael Bragg, product group manager, Det-Tronics.  ‘For potentially hazardous locations, the FlexSonic detector offers an additional layer of protection that complements traditional gas leak detectors.’

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