Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BWI: Crowcon’s Xgard IR Gas detector now Approved to latest amendment of Marine Equipment Directive

Press release from Business Wire India
Source: Crowcon
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:01 AM IST (04:31 AM GMT)
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Crowcon's Xgard IR Gas detector now Approved to latest amendment of Marine Equipment Directive

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 -- (Business Wire India) -- Crowcon's Xgard IR infrared (IR) gas detector is now approved to the latest amendment of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED, 96/98/EC). This means the low cost detector can be used to detect flammable gases and vapour hazards on tankers, drilling ships, FPSOs, dive vessels, coastguard vessels, ferries and other marine vessels.

Applications for the Xgard IR include pump rooms and monitoring leaks in storage tanks, pipes and valves. It provides fast early warning of gas accumulations before concentrations reach flammable levels. Detection is in the range 0 - 100% LEL.

Unlike conventional sensors (such as catalytic pellistors) the Xgard IR's sensor is immune to being poisoned or inhibited by other substances. Infrared sensing has other benefits too: unlike pellistors, IR sensors will fail to safety, detect flammable gas in inert backgrounds and are not damaged by high gas concentrations.

The Xgard IR is available with a 316 stainless steel enclosure for maximum corrosion resistance in the most extreme marine environments. The sensor, which has a life expectancy of over 5 years, is a simple plug-in module that makes replacement quick and easy. ATEX, IECEx and UL approved for use in hazardous areas, the Xgard IR is also Exd flameproof rated.

The standard junction box is designed for both wall and ceiling mounting, and four cable gland options ensure compatibility on any site. The detector takes a range of accessories for harsh or wet conditions and for remote sampling.

About Crowcon:

Crowcon (, a subsidiary of Halma p.l.c. (, is a world leader in portable and fixed gas detection instruments. The company is represented in India by Crowcon's Joint Venture partner Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai (

Crowcon is based in the UK and has branch offices in the Netherlands, the USA, Singapore and China. It specialises in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative, reliable and cost-effective flammable and toxic gas detection equipment and has constantly led the field with products designed for safety and environmental monitoring. The company's products are sold throughout the world, serving oil, gas and petrochemical companies, public utilities, food and beverage facilities, clean water and sewage treatment companies, fire brigades, construction companies and other organisations where accidental leakage of gas or vapour can become a toxic or explosive danger.

About Halma:

Halma is an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology. It is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has over 4000 employees in over 40 subsidiaries worldwide. Halma's subsidiaries make products that protect lives and improve the quality of life for people through innovation in market leading products which make its customers safer, more competitive and more profitable. These subsidiaries are assisting India's economy in areas such as energy, manufacturing, healthcare, water and waste treatment, construction and transport. Halma has a hub office in Mumbai.

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Kishore Degwekar, Managing Director, Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd., +91 (22) 27617663 / 64 / 65 / 66, /
Santosh Sen, Halma India, +91 (22) 67080400,
Damian Corbet, Halma PR Services, +44 (0)1494 789152,


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