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Draeger has introduced a small portable gas detection instrument, which is said to be ideal for personal monitoring applications and for single-handed operation in tough industrial environments.

The new X-am 5600 is designed for the measurement of up to six gases.

With an ergonomic mobile phone design, it features infrared (IR) sensor technology and provides accurate, reliable measurements of explosive, combustible and toxic gases and vapours, as well as oxygen.

The detector is Atex approved for use in explosive areas classified as Zone 0.

By using a combination of Draeger IR sensors and the latest Draeger XXS miniaturised electrochemical sensors, the X-am 5600 can detect a variety of hazards.

These include oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, carbon dioxide, chlorine, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, phosphine, sulphur dioxide and organic vapours.

Immune to poisons such as hydrogen sulphide, Draeger IR sensors provide warnings against explosive and combustible hazards such as hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide.

Offering a low cost of ownership, they offer an extended sensor life of up to eight years – twice as long as catalytic Ex sensors, according to the company.

They only require calibration every 12 months and, as a result, reduce maintenance costs.

The IR Ex sensor reliably measures hydrocarbons within the lower explosive limit (LEL) and from 0-100 (volume minus the percentage) for methane, propane and ethylene.

The IR carbon dioxide sensor offers a measurement resolution of 0.01 (volume minus the percentage).

Where the accurate monitoring of explosive substances and carbon dioxide is needed specifically, Draeger offers a dual-IR carbon dioxide/Ex sensor.

Hydrogen, which is often present in steel-making applications but is not usually detectable with IR technology, can be monitored by combining a Draeger XXS electrochemical hydrogen sensor with the Draeger IR Ex sensor.

The X-am 5600 features gas inlets on both the top and front to ensure the reliable warning of a hazard, even if a gas inlet is accidentally covered or it is inadvertently placed inside a jacket pocket.

A large illuminated display enables readings to seen at a glance and retro-reflective panels facilitate location in the dark or in water.

With a clear 360 visual alarm, the unit automatically emits vibrating and multi-tone audible alarms as soon as a gas is detected.

An optional external pump is available with hoses up to 20m for pre-entry measurements in tanks or pipelines.

In addition, the X-am 5600 can be used in conjunction with the new Draeger X-zone to provide wireless area monitoring.

Designed to save time and to reduce workload, the Draeger E-Cal Automatic Test and Calibration Station and the Draeger Bump Test Station are also suitable system extensions.

Equipped with a data logger as standard, the unit allows data such as measured values and configurations to be transmitted via an IR interface to a PC.

The data can then be analysed using the Draeger Gas Vision software, with optional user registration being carried out via the Draeger CC-Vision software.

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