What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a chemical compound which consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom. It is a colourless, odourless and flammable gas at room temperature.
When carbon monoxide is encountered in concentrations of over 35 ppm it is toxic to humans and animals that use haemoglobin as an oxygen carrier. Carbon monoxide causes harm by combining with haemoglobin to form carboxyhaemoglobin, which prevents the blood from carrying oxygen.
CO is produced during the incomplete burning of organic matter. This can occur from motor vehicles, heaters, or cooking equipment that run on carbon-based fuels. It can also occur from exposure to methylene chloride. Therefore, Carbon monoxide is spatially variable and short lived in the atmosphere, where it has a role in forming ozone at a ground level.
Why is Carbon Monoxide Detection essential?
A Carbon Monoxide monitor is essential for CO detection for a number of reasons. Primarily because it detects the presence of CO which can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas is tasteless, odourless, and colourless, and therefore it cannot be detected by vision or smell, which makes a CO sensor vital.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is the result of breathing in excessive levels of CO. It can cause loss of consciousness, seizures or even death. It is quite common as it results in more than 20,000 emergency department visits in the US and is the most common type of fatal poisoning in many countries.
Applications for a Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Carbon monoxide detection using a CO sensor takes place across a number of different applications. Below is a list of just a few with links to their application notes on our website.
- Carbon Monoxide detection for Gasification
- Endothermic Process and Heat Treatment Furnaces
- Process Control
Our CO Sensors for Carbon Monoxide Detection:
When it occurs in high concentrations, such as when it is used in heat treatment furnaces, carbon monoxide detection can take place using non-dispersive infra-red technology.
Edinburgh Sensors have been providing Gas Monitors based upon infrared sensor technology for many years. Below is a list of our products which can be used for reliable and accurate Carbon Monoxide detection and measurement.
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Our Gascard NG Infrared gas sensor is purpose built for ease of integration with a variety of gas detection system.
The Chillcard NG is set up for single use gas measurement and now includes Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). It uses in air-like atmospheres and has reduced source lifetimes when exposed to high levels of hydrogen in the sample stream.
|Guardian NG DC
The Guardian NG DC offers near analyser quality continuous sampling, measurement and display of CO and CO2 concentrations.
|Guardian NG Gas Monitor
The Guardian NG range infrared gas monitor supplied by Edinburgh Sensors offer near-analyser quality, continuous sampling, measurement and display of target gas concentrations.
The Boxed Gascard® provides users with access to the Gascard NG range of detection products in a convenient and robust desktop unit.
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