Gas Sensing Solutions and Digi-Key Electronics have announced a partnership to distribute the GSS CO₂ sensor product range. This new relationship will enable customers across the globe the opportunity to purchase the GSS CO₂ sensors conveniently online at www.digikey.co.uk.
Customers can now find all 3 families of CO₂ sensors, along with evaluation kits, all designed and manufactured by Gas Sensing Solutions on the Digi-Key website and available to order.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with Digi-Key; a highly respected global technology distributor with a strong connection to GSS core markets. We look forward to seeing great new applications for GSS CO₂ sensor products as a result of our partnership,” said Calum MacGregor – CEO of Gas Sensing Solutions.
GSS specialise in 3 ranges of NDIR, solid state carbon dioxide sensors – all of which are low power, making them ideal for battery powered applications, with a lifetime of >10 years. The CozIR® Sensors have been specifically designed to be ultra-low power (up to 50X lower power than typical infrared CO₂ sensors). The SprintIR® range of CO₂ sensors offer customers the ability to record 20 readings per second, while the ExplorIR® range is ideal for more robust application, due to their compact design.
Digi-Key will also stock the GSS evaluation kits – designed to enable users to quickly put their sensor to the test and make informed decisions about their development. The real-time readings allow customers to evaluate compatibility with their products and test proof-of-concept. Each kit contains a sensor of choice, FDTI cable, evaluation software and user manual, making things as simple as possible for the user.
When asked about the decision to work with Gas Sensing Solutions, David Stein, VP of Global Supplier Management, from DK had this to say,
“We’re excited to partner with GSS as they produce high quality, high speed, ultra-low power CO₂ sensors for the electronic sensing marketplace. GSS’ use of solid state components, specifically LEDs, allow for lower power consumption and higher speeds. This gives the worldwide engineering community these benefits for the future designs of their end-products.”
CO₂ sensors work by measuring how much light is absorbed by CO₂ molecules in the 4.2 and 4.4 microns range as it passes through the sample gases, which is called Non-Dispersive Infra-Red (NDIR) absorption. The amount of absorption indicates how much CO₂ is present.
GSS have developed proprietary LEDs that are specifically tuned to emit at these wavelengths. The LEDs use very little power and turn on almost instantly, enabling sensor readings to be made in less than a second. As a result, GSS has pioneered the development of CO₂ sensors that can be powered by a 3-volt cell battery for long periods ten years or more.
GSS have a real advantage in the market as they can offer their customers a CO₂ sensor which require significantly less power per measurement and take less time to reach a stable condition for a measurement. Sensors have been used in a wide range of applications, including food transport and storage, healthcare and even gone into space! More information on applications using the GSS CO₂ sensors can be found on the company’s website www.gassensing.co.uk