A new set of gas monitoring services, offered by Industrial Scientific Corporation (www.indsci.com), encourages a paradigm shift in the way gas monitoring is managed. Industrial Scientific’s iNet Instrument Network™ is a total-cost-of-ownership program that eliminates the most cost-intensive and time-consuming tasks involved with managing a gas monitor fleet. Through patented technology and remote, 24-hour monitoring, the status of the gas monitors, calibration gas condition, sensor performance and instrument calibration is reported via the Internet and is available as a service on a subscription basis. Notification of component or instrument failure, low or expired calibration gas, and calibration documentation is provided in a custom status report delivered weekly via e-mail. Customers are notified of overdue calibrations, sensors with marginal span reserves and instrument calibration failures. The service includes record-keeping of instrument readings, automatic initiation of repair part delivery, dispatch of instrument repair/replacement, or possibly scheduling an onsite service visit. With iNet, the following benefits are covered with a monthly service fee:
- Continuous monitoring of your instrument fleet via the Internet
- Real-time, web-enabled reports that identify gas hazard risks to employee safety and productivity, allowing you to anticipate and address problems before they occur
- Automatic notification of instrument malfunctions
- Automatic, remote, real-time management of instrument calibrations and bump tests
- Automatic, remote, real-time management of repairs and replacement parts
- Instrument standardization
- Low total cost of ownership of your gas detection program
- Predictable year-over-year expenses for your gas detection program
- Asset tracking by serial number
- Secure off-site storage of your gas hazard and instrumentation data
iNet service is grounded in the unique combination of three industry best practices to deliver extraordinary simplicity and value. First, iNet automates many tasks associated with operating a gas monitor fleet including instrument calibration, function testing, diagnostics, documentation and repair or replacement of an instrument if a problem occurs. Second, iNet allows users to focus on their core competency by freeing them from the hassles of administering a gas detection program. Third, standardizing equipment and processes improves safety and lowers costs by minimizing variations in practices and documentation.
These best practices all add end-user value by eliminating downtime, streamlining instrument fleets and lowering costs. Industrial Scientific also provides peace of mind for iNet users by allowing them to shift the responsibility of managing and servicing gas detection programs to the industry experts.
Under this new paradigm, the supply, calibration, maintenance, repair and record-keeping of an entire gas detection fleet can be managed remotely by the experts. Take a look at your organization’s requirements for an all-encompassing gas monitoring program and make sure nothing is falling through the cracks. Consider alternative solutions that allow your organization to focus on your core business, not gas detection.