LED sensor factory - GSS

CO2 Sensor Certified

As part of its ongoing commitment to quality, Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) is now certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard for the manufacturing of its award-winning, solid state CO2 sensors. As part of this, and to meet the growing demand for its products, the company has doubled the size of its production facilities and office space.

GSS ISO certified

GSS Certified to ISO 9001:2015

“Quality in product and manufacturing has always been paramount at GSS,” said Graeme Addison, Production and Quality Manager at GSS. “Upgrading from ISO 9001:2008 ensures that we’re meeting the latest standards for quality management. As we manufacture the sensors in-house, we ensure quality at every step. Our CO2 sensors are used in a wide variety of applications. Key amongst them are healthcare, and monitoring CO2 levels to meet Health and Safety requirements. Therefore, we’re committed to quality in every single sensor we make. This is reflected in the major difference in the new standard that focusses on the reduction of risk.”

GSS manufacturing site where LEDs and co2 sensors are made

GSS LED making factory

The company was founded on the concept of using mid-infrared LEDs at the heart of its CO2 sensors. This is different to the source of infrared typically used, which derives from a heated source that needs a mains power supply to deliver the current required. By making its own mid-infrared LEDs, the company has been able to create next generation CO2 sensors that are very high speed, robust, and with such low power requirements that they can be battery powered. In addition, they can be made to measure both low and high CO2 concentration levels, right up to 100%.

CO2 Sensors

GSS CO2 sensors

As part of the upgrade to the new quality standard, and to meet increased global sales, GSS has more than doubled the size of its production area. In addition, office space has doubled to accommodate the additional staff. “We were very fortunate that we were able to acquire the business unit next door so that we did not have to relocate,” explained Graeme Addison. “This has now been fully integrated into our modern manufacturing facility, which enables us to make and test our sensors to the exacting high-quality standards, with the capacity to grow as we further develop our international markets. At the same time, we extended our manufacturing quality system to meet ATEX requirements for some of our special custom sensor projects.”

GSS has three distinct families of CO2 sensors that each focus on a particular strength of its technology, so that designers can select the best sensor according to the application needs. The CozIR® family has particularly low power consumption and is very long lasting, so it’s ideal for battery and IoT applications. The SprintIR® is a high-speed range with very fast response times for when fast measurements are needed. And the ExplorIR® is a robust and versatile sensor range for applications that might be subjected to harsh environments, such as vibrations, shocks and pressure changes. Within each family, there are further sub-brands to suit special requirements, such as form factor, output, and temperature/RH integration.

Examples of the wide range of applications for GSS CO2 sensors can be found here: CO2 Sensing Applications

GSS Product Rebrand l Sensor & Test Show

Hall 1, Booth 1-401 Nuremberg, Germany on 26-28 June 2018

Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) will be launching the rebranding of its award-winning CO2 sensor range on booth 1-401 at the Sensor and Test show in Nuremberg, Germany (26-28 June 2018).

Calum MacGregor, CEO of GSS, explained, “As our range of CO2 sensors increases, we felt it was important to have a very clear branding strategy to make it easy for customers to find the right type of sensor to suit their application. There are now three distinct families that each focus on a particular strength of our technology. The CozIR® family has particularly low power consumption. The SprintIR® family has very fast response times. And the ExplorIR® is for robust applications that brings together the ranges previously known as MinIR and CozIR Wide Range. Within each family there are further sub-brands according to additional features such as ultra-high speed, very low power and wide detection range.”

CO2 Sensors

GSS Range of CO2 Sensors

ExplorIR-W CO2 sensor

ExplorIR-W CO2 Sensor

GSS will have demos on its stand to show these three strengths. The CozIR®-LP shows how a battery-powered CO2 sensor can be used for Demand Control Ventilation. The SprintIR®-6S demo shows how fast the sensor responds to changes in CO2. The ExplorIR® robustness is proven by having it working inside a ball being thrown around the stand.Rapidly growing awareness of the health and safety issues of elevated CO2 is resulting in legislation of permissible CO2 levels. GSS uses its own specially developed LED technology at the heart of its CO2 sensors that dramatically cuts power consumption and speed of response.

This enables CO2 monitors to be designed that, for the first time, can be battery powered with long operational lives. This opens up whole new health and safety application areas such as battery-powered CO2 monitors for offices and factories that cut out the costs of mains cabling. Additional areas include CO2 level monitors for car cabins to ensure driver alertness; wearable alarms for people who might enter high CO2 concentration areas at work such as factories and breweries; and monitoring of CO2 levels in exhaled breath as an indicator of ill health.

Examples of the wide range of applications for GSS CO2 sensors can be found on the company’s website

GSS technology

LED Technology

GSS LED Technology

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 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 batteries for long periods of up to ten years. Competitor sensors use IR sources that require significantly more power per measurement and also take much longer to reach a stable condition for a measurement, resulting in the need for mains power.

Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS)

GSS is a world leader in CO2 sensor design, manufacture and customisation. Its disruptive technology uses proprietary, mid range, infrared LED sensors to enable best-in-class records for fastest response times, lowest power consumption and longest product lifetime. Based in the UK, this technology pioneer exports state-of-the-art sensors worldwide, and has in-house bespoke development capabilities to support its international customer base. Tel: +44 1236 781900

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Nigel Robson, Vortex PR.  +44 1481 233080

CozIR, SprintIR and ExplorIR are registered trademarks of Gas Sensing Solutions Limited.