Austech signs on as MSA channel partner

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This new partnership enables greater access to the latest technologies for safety instrumentation and strengthens Austech's ability to provide high tech solutions for various applications.

In addition to our own Australian designed, engineered and manufactured sensor technologies, Austech's channel partner arrangement will allow for distribution of a range of MSA fixed gas and flame detection instruments and controllers plus portable gas detection instruments and calibration systems such as:

  • Photo Acoustic Infra-red (PIR) – Developed for measuring toxicity levels in various hydrocarbons and other toxic gases including most refrigerants in PPB, PPM and %Volume ranges. This is achieved by utilising a unique combination of Infra-red and acoustic technologies to produce a very stable and accurate result that is not interfered by temperature and humidity. 
  • Ultrasonic or Acoustic (UGLD) – Originally designed for outdoor use with methane in the global LNG industry and adapted to other high pressure hydrocarbon gases like propane & hydrogen, the UGLD device can also be used for pressurised infrastructure of CO2, some refrigerants and steam. The UGLD 'listens for a leak' using a very sensitive microphone which is able to detect a leak as small as a pin hole. The UGLD does not rely on diffusion and is not affected by dilution, wind or background ultrasonics.
  • Open Path Infra-red Absorption (OPIR) – The Open Path IR is dual range and measures in %LEL-metre and PPM-metre simultaneously. The technology principle is the same as point or short path detection, will measure up to distances of 150 metres, is available for Methane and Propane applications and comes with digital alignment and multiple outputs features.
  • IR Gas Imaging - Designed for detecting large flammable or toxic gas plumes across a very wide area, detection sensitivity is up to 2000 metres within a 12 degree view angle or wider view with reduced distance. Up to four gases can be monitored simultaneously when connected to a computer with images and data from the detector processed to give a graphical visualisation of gas plumes and its dispersion path. Data quantifies the concentration of individual gas so thresholds can be set for alarming. Other features include location identification and the ability to deselect specific areas that could contain sources of false alarm.
  • Flame Detection - Most flame detectors identify flames by so-called optical methods like ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Flames are generally fuelled by hydrocarbons, which, when supplied with oxygen and an ignition source, produce heat, carbon dioxide and other products of combustion. The reaction is characterised by the emission of visible UV and IR radiation. Flame detectors are designed to detect the absorption of light at specific wavelengths, allowing them to discriminate between real flames and false alarms. The MSA flame detectors are based on UV/IR or multi-spectrum IR (MSIR) technology. Both technologies are based on line-of-sight detection of the radiation emitted in the UV, visible and IR spectral bands by flames.

For technical literature on these products, please contact Austech directly.

To further support our customers, Austech will also act as a National service and installation partner for MSA and their customers.