An Assessment of the Impact that Gas Monitoring Practices Can Have on “Cost of Ownership” and “Return on Investment”
Consideration and discussion are devoted to the notion that “gas monitoring instrumentation should be treated just like any other piece of lifesaving equipment…”1. This is especially true for the semiconductor, photovoltaic, and gas manufacturing industries, where even the tiniest of impurities can wreck economical havoc on a plant, including loss of product, equipment damage, increased downtime, as well as increased potential for health and safety risks.
Most of the gas instrumentation being pitched these days can get the job done, but they are often not as precise as might be required, are often difficult to use unless you are a highly trained gas analysis professional, often require regular calibration and maintenance, often are not able to provide real-time results, and in the end can lead to costly consequences.2
Ultimately, consideration must be given to a number of factors in weighing the pros and cons of investing in top-of-the-line gas analysis solutions. 'The higher costs of monitoring instruments are worth the initial cost of investment16 when compared to the costs of environmental compliance fines, unscheduled equipment downtime, product damage, and equipment cleaning or replacement as a result of an undiscovered and unchecked contaminant at any one of many process steps.'