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Overview

Temperature monitoring systems have always been a critical part of ensuring workplace safety. It’s important that operations run smoothly when working with dangerous materials and necessary to know when problems start to arise. The value of installing and maintaining a linear heat detection system in an industrial environment is monumental.

Linear heat detection systems are a form of temperature monitors that are able to detect abnormal heat levels that may occur from a variety of problems. They make sure electrical components aren’t overheating or malfunctioning in energy sector scenarios, or help ensure that fuel storage facilities are working as intended and are able to detect temperature changes, furthermore they also aid in places such as cold storage where the significance of a few degrees could result in altering the chemical makeup of products; just to name a few applications. 

The Current Conventional Market

As of the current market state, conventional linear heat detection systems usually follow a basic model of two intertwined semiconductors separated by a plastic jacket. When a predetermined temperature is reached, the plastic outer jacket melts and exposes the semiconductors to make contact and send out an alert. The electrical pulse that is emitted from the semiconductors reaches the data module. From there, any other fire system components know the alarm has been triggered and respond accordingly. 

The problems these conventional sensors run into are attributed to a one-time use mentality, and lack the crucial ability to monitor current temperatures. When a certain temperature is exceeded the whole system is compromised when triggering the alarm. Once the singular set temperature is passed, there is no way of knowing any further details and the sensors require replacement before future use. 

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How we are built different

The sensors offered by Senkox Technologies follow a more innovative design and offer complete (or intrinsic) safety. This is achieved by utilizing ceramic based components that don’t require additional electricity to function. They merely interpret heat (or hot spots) and transform it into electrical signals, by the thermoelectric property. Similar to how solar panels absorb UV light and convert it into electricity. 

As heat emanates from the surroundings, Senkox linear detection sensors relay the information in real time. By utilizing a continuous data input, the data is forwarded to an acquisition module where it can be processed and interpreted. Our sensors can also detect the rate of temperature change of its surroundings. A continuous flow of data can help determine the severity of the situation and help determine what next steps are needed. It also helps to monitor the ongoing event to make sure things aren’t getting worse (or reignition), and even relay useful information to fire safety personnel if needed.  

The ceramic composition of the sensors gives the ability to maintain integrity during potential disaster events and continue to relay information from -40°C up to 800°C, therefore aiding in preventing further damage or losses. Senkox sensors offer multiple levels of temperature alert settings, while conventional sensors must adhere to a single temperature threshold. The use of a custom data acquisition module that is specifically designed to fit the customers specifications  enables Senkox software to interpret and analyze the incoming data without inaccuracy. 

Our linear heat detection systems convert heat into electrical signals which allows for worry free installation in the most hazardous environments. They generate miniscule amounts of electrical current, deeming them intrinsically safe for zone 0 classifications. 

Conclusion

Senkox Technologies continues to explore innovative solutions that pertain to industrial fire safety, and temperature monitoring systems. If you want to read more about Senkox linear heat detection systems, or some case studies of past applications, simply click the links provided.