October 08, 2009 12:07 ET

Senscient ELDS™ Open Path Detectors Receive International Safety & Performance Certifications

LEAGUE CITY, TX--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - Senscient ELDS (Enhanced Laser Diode Spectroscopy) Series 1000 and 2000 Open Path gas detectors have obtained the FM Global certification covering both USA and Canadian installations. Senscient ELDS technology is the FIRST and ONLY laser-based open path gas detector to be certified to this highly challenging Performance Approval Standard. Tested by the FM Global Approvals lab, the Senscient ELDS line-of-sight gas detector receiver/transmitter system has also been analyzed by Exida for use in safety instrumented systems requiring Safety Integrity Level (SIL) compliance. In addition, Senscient's factory in Poole, UK has been audited and approved by FM Global for its quality and manufacturing practices.

"This is independent NRTL confirmation of all of the performance, reliability, and risk reduction benefits that we designed into our new ELDS technology from the start," explains Jean Berthold, Senscient CMSO, VP. "Our customers are assured that ELDS OPGD systems are safe for use in all Class 1, Division 1 and Zone 1 Hazardous Areas around the world, and will perform reliably to the strict FM Global functional performance standards requirements as well as to our own published specifications for improved plant and personnel protection from hazardous gas leaks."

ELDS gas detection technology provides Senscient customers with the first and only multi-gas OPGD system capable of detecting two or more gases selectively with discreet communications outputs from one line-of-sight gas detection system for up to 60% reduction in capital expenditure. The Series 2000 ELDS OPGD for the simultaneous detection of Methane + Hydrogen Sulfide for Sour Gas is the first of a series of multi-gas OPGD products to be released for sale this month with other combinations to be launched in the future.

Senscient ELDS open path gas detector (OPGD) systems are presently operating for field evaluation at select customer locations, with commercially available FM-approved units projected to begin shipping in October 2009. ATEX certification will follow with shipments projected for November 2009.

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About Senscient Inc.

Senscient manufactures and markets advanced gas detection products for industrial safety, risk management, environmental monitoring, and process analysis applications. The technology meeting the demands of these applications is "Enhanced Laser Diode Spectroscopy," a truly revolutionary open path gas detection and measurement technology available in the Senscient ELDS line of open path gas detectors. http://www.senscient.com/

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