Vaisala GMP252 Carbon Dioxide Probe
For use in harsh and humid environments featuring IP65 housing & 0 to 10,000 PPM CO2 measuring range
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- 0 to 10,000 PPM CO2 measuring range
- IP65 classified housing
- 0 to 3000 ppmCO2 ±40 PPM CO2
- 3000 to 10,000 PPM CO2 ±2% of reading
- Long-term stability with CARBOCAP technology
- Full temperature and pressure compensations
- -40 to 140°F (-40 60°C) operating temp
- Sensor head heated to prevent condensation
- Calibration certificate included
The Vaisala GMP252 Carbon Dioxide Probe is a new intelligent probe for measuring carbon dioxide. This robust, stand-alone measurement device is designed for use in agriculture, refrigeration, greenhouses and demanding HVAC applications. It is suitable for harsh and humid CO2 measurement environments where stable and accurate ppm-level CO2 measurements are needed. The GMP252 is based on Vaisala's unique, second-generation CARBOCAP technology that enables exceptional stability. A new type of infrared (IR) light source is used instead of the traditional incandescent light bulb, which extends the lifetime of the GMP252.
The GMP252 incorporates an internal temperature sensor for compensation of the CO2 measurement according to ambient temperature. The effects of pressure and background gas can also be compensated for. The measurement range is 0 to 10,000 PPM CO2 and the sensor can be used for measurements even up to 30,000 ppm CO2 with reduced accuracy. The operating temperature range of the probe is wide and the probe housing is classified as IP65. Condensation is prevented as the internal sensor head is heated. The GMP252 is resistant to dust and most chemicals, such as, H2O2 and alcohol-based cleaning agents.
The GMP252 is a compact probe that is easy and fast to install in a number of ways. It's easy to plug in and plug out. The surface of the probe is smooth, which makes it easy to clean. The probe provides several outputs for the CO2 measurement, analog current and voltage outputs as well as digital RS485 with Modbus protocol.
Here's how some of our customers used this product.
CO2 Leak Protection on the Production Floor
The Background: Our customer food production facility that uses carbon dioxide to flash cool products after cooking. They seek a reliable means of detecting CO2 leaks.
The Problem: Although CO2 is not a toxic gas, exposure to high concentrations can lead headaches, drowsiness and, eventually, death by suffocation. If lines that supply CO2 to the production floor develop leaks, the production floor must be evacuated.
The Solution: We recommended the Vaisala GMP252 Carbon Dioxide Probe with the splash shield accessory. The GMP252 provides an analog output which can run to a controller or alarm. With ranges up to 20,000ppm it will not be saturated in a high concentration event.
High CO2 Level Detection with Local Interface and Datalogging
The Background: Our customer is an engineering group which focuses on the food market. They are concerned with high CO2 levels in a refrigerated space and will need to monitor CO2 at both the operator level and remotely, including local alarms and remote notifications. To satisfy OSHA requirements, they will also need to capture historical data.
The Problem: Levels of CO2 in the refrigerated space can easily be more than 5000ppm, well above the capacity of most CO2 transmitters. Additionally, there are not a lot of good ways to view the historical data.
The Solution: We recommended the Vaisala GMP252 Carbon Dioxide Transmitter, with a measuring range up to 10,000ppm, paired with the Vaisala Indigo 201 as the local display which then outputs a 4-20mA signal to the HOBO RX3000 Remote Monitoring Station which can log and switch additional relays as needed. This set-up satisfies all the application requirements expressed by our customer.
Monitoring Grain Silo Health
The Background: Our customer is an agricultural company that maintains a number of silos used to store grains. They seek carbon dioxide sensors that can be used to help determine grain spoilage within the silos.
The Problem: Low-level grain spoilage caused by molds, mites, and insects can be detected in bins by measuring the CO2 concentration in the intergranular air. These organisms produce CO2 as they respire. Therefore, by measuring the CO2 level, their presence can be detected before serious grain damage occurs.
The Solution: We recommended the Vaisala GMP252 Carbon Dioxide Probe. Silos typically monitor temperature and exhaust fans are activated if temperatures inside the silos become too hot. GMP252 CO2 sensors can be easily installed in the exhaust stream where they can detect the low levels of CO2, usually between 0.08 and 0.1%, which would indicate low level spoilage.