Dräger Marine & Offshore, part of the Dräger Group, has secured two major orders from oil and gas giants for its portable gas detection systems supported by the supply of its calibration and management tool, the Dräger X-Dock.
There is currently a growing market for personal protection, escape and gas detection devices offshore due to an increasing number of workers.
Statistics reveal more than 60 000 personnel in the UK travelled offshore last year – an 8.6% increase on the year before, so products like the X-Dock provide peace of mind for offshore workers who need to work with portable gas detection systems.
However, due to environmental conditions offshore and wear and tear, gas detection units are often subjected to shock, sudden temperature change, dust, water and mud, and therefore to ensure a gas detector continues to operate effectively, it should be bump tested daily.
The importance of checking onboard gas detection systems
Dräger’s X-Dock, which was launched last year, is a docking station management system that ensures portable gas detection devices on board any platform are working correctly.
Steve Jones, Regional Sales Manager for Dräger in Aberdeen, said: “There could be hundreds of portable gas detection devices located on any given oil platform. These need to be calibrated every six months and bump-tested daily to check they are working efficiently.
Mr Jones added that the X-Dock not only helps to cut logistics costs, but also slashes the time it takes to carry out the calibration.
He said: “The X-Dock means workers can carry out testing offshore any time, without the need for hundreds of devices to be transported onshore – which would ultimately take much longer and require replacement units to be deployed whilst this is undertaken.”
X-dock: testing capabilites
In a highly competitive market, Dräger’s X-Dock can test up to ten portable gas devices at a time compared to similar devices which can only test, on average, two. The device tests for deadly gases such as methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and other hydrocarbons, the results of which can be uploaded via a memory stick to a computer, if used as a standalone unit.
X-Dock’s data management software, which can be installed on an offshore computer, can quickly analyse calibration results and make sure they conform to specification. The software enables customers to obtain a valid and useful E-certificate and set of results.
Steve Jones, added: “The X-Dock is designed to maximise user protection and convenience and enables workers to carry out asset management work, with maximum confidence in their safety equipment.”
X-Docks are already supplied to platforms across different North Sea locations, from the UK to Norway, Netherlands and Denmark, as well as worldwide, wherever supply is required.
Dräger’s support team can carry out training courses for portable gas detection users both on and offshore as well as Opito approved online training courses. Contracts in line with customer requirements enable flexibility including rental options for peak demands such as maintenance operations and shut down periods.
Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner
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