Press Release: City of Sterling Heights Fire Department becomes first in Michigan to utilize Remote Methane Leak Detector

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Next week, the Sterling Heights Fire Department will become the first fire department in the state of Michigan to have available a Remote Methane Leak Detector – First Responder, a device that allows first responders to quickly scan common venting points within a structure from a safe distance to determine if methane gas is present. The $15,000 unit was donated to the department by the detector’s manufacturer, Heath Consultants, of Houston, Texas. The generous donation was accepted by Sterling Heights City Council at their May 17 meeting. In late May/early June, training on how to use the new detector will be provided to all firefighters, and the device will be put into service once training is completed.

“Many times, first responders are called to natural gas emergencies, and up until now, we’ve only had a way to detect for gases while inside what could be a potentially hazardous environment or in the correct flammable range to set off an explosion with just a spark,” said Fire Chief Kevin Edmond. “This new device can be used to detect gases remotely, keeping our team safely away from potentially dangerous structures and situations.”

The Remote Methane Leak Detector works by using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS), allowing the operator to shine a beam through most windows, giving them an audible and visual signal as to the presence of methane. This quick scan permits first responders to make rapid decisions that are critical to establish the appropriate control of the gas and ignition sources if a detection is present. The instrument features include WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS capability and more.

“Safety is so important to building our exceptional quality of life here in Sterling Heights,” said Mayor Michael Taylor. “We must first keep our firefighters safe so they can keep our community safe in turn, and this new equipment is just one more tool in the toolbox that can help us do that.”

About the city of Sterling Heights

Founded in 1968, the City of Sterling Heights continues to be a vibrant, inclusive community for residents and businesses that is safe, active, progressive and distinctive. The Sterling Heights 2030 Visioning Plan creates a bold vision for an exceptional quality of life, offering distinctive neighborhoods, a world-class library, 31 parks and green spaces, and low tax and crime rates. With roughly 133,000 residents, it is the second largest suburb in Metro Detroit, and the fourth largest city in Michigan. To learn more, visit sterling-heights.net.

About Heath Consultants

Since 1933, Heath Consultants Incorporated has led the industry in the safety of natural gas utilities infrastructure through the innovative and conscientious actions of our employees. Heath’s innovative products have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and within our own field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations. Heath is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

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Wireless Natural Gas Detector

Designed as the first line of defense for homeowners and businesses in the event of a natural gas leak. 

The Natural Gas Detector (NGD) is low cost, designed for ease of use and installation. Featuring a 10+ year battery and wireless technology, which allows for installation where the device will be most effective. The enclosure is suitable for universal mounting indoors without any special tools.

Visual and audible indicators for both device operation and immediate notification to the occupant and local utility in the event of an alarm.

The Heath NGD utilizes a cutting-edge, low power, NDIR dual-channel sensor, specifically to detect only methane. The sensor’s ultra-high selectivity has been validated by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and will not react to household chemicals.

Features include:

  • Ultra-low power NDIR sensor
  • Selective to methane
  • Detection as low as 10%LEL
  • Milli5 and LoRaWAN communication with more under development
  • Battery operated, >10-year lifetime
  • No calibration required after installation
  • Fast response time
  • Temperature and humidity sensor
  • Audible an visual alarms, test button
  • UL1484 & FCC compliant
  • Ingress protection IP54

 

Press Release: Heath Consultants Closes Large Equipment Sale to Diversified Energy Company PLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The sale included over 500 hand-held methane emissions detection devices

HOUSTON – February 14, 2022 – Heath Consultants Incorporated, a leader in natural gas (methane) detection and technology services for almost 90 years, announced the completion of a large equipment sale to Diversified Energy Company PLC that will enable their company to expand its emissions detection capabilities.

Diversified purchased over 500 of Heath’s hand-held methane emissions detection devices for use primarily in its Appalachia operating area, which will complement the company’s demonstrated operational focus on environmental stewardship. Portable methane emissions detection devices will empower Diversified’s personnel to identify and remediate emissions otherwise undetectable using traditional techniques.

The sale included a combination of the highly successful RMLD-CS™, GT-44 Series multi-application instruments and associated instrument calibration systems. The RMLD-CS is an intrinsically safe, highly advanced technology capable of detecting methane leaks remotely utilizing tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS).

The GT-44 Series are multi-application instruments, satisfying the needs of field technicians within a single unit. The GT-44 will be used for natural gas leak detection with PPM, LEL and Volume Gas. “Heath’s innovative products have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and within our field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well-recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations,” said a spokesperson for Heath.

Heath Consultants is a family-owned business founded in 1933. Milton Heath Sr. started out providing line clearing services to New England utilities. Now, three generations later, the company is still owned and operated by the Heath family, and their reputation for quality products has reached across the U.S.

Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets, including products specifically designed to detect greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and services for environmental safety. Heath is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Heath is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit heathus.com.

Diversified is a Birmingham, AL-based independent energy company.

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Press Release: Heath Consultants Closes $18.5 Million Product Sale to Major West Coast Natural Gas Distribution Utility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sale consists of 1,500+ natural gas leak detection and pinpointing instruments and 170 odor intensity test instruments

HOUSTON – January 26, 2022 – Heath Consultants Incorporated, a leader in natural gas (methane) detection and technology services for almost 90 years, recently closed an $18.5 million product sale to one of the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utilities on the West Coast. The sale consisted of over 1,500 natural gas leak detection and pinpointing instruments and 170 odor intensity test instruments.

Heath is the exclusive distributor of a wide range of gas detection, pipe and cable locating, and odorant analysis equipment. The company consistently demonstrates complete reliability in reducing leakage and maximizing pipeline integrity through its products and services.

Pipeline leak detection is performed by utilities for the safe operation of their assets, public safety and environmental stewardship.

This most recent sale included a combination of the highly successful RMLD-CS™, laser-based detectors, infrared and multi-functional technologies. The RMLD-CS is an intrinsically safe, highly advanced technology capable of detecting methane leaks remotely utilizing tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). The Detecto Pak-Infrared+ (DP-IR+™) was designed to detect methane only, reducing methane emissions and false alarms and improving the safety and productivity of mobile and walking surveys with rapid response times. Heath’s Multi-Function Gas Detectors, such as the Gasurveyor 500 and Gasurveyor 700, are the most flexible instruments on the market due to the wide range of features available, including detecting flammable gases and vapors.

Heath Consultants Incorporated is a third-generation, family-owned business founded in 1933 by Milton Heath Sr., who started out providing line clearing services to New England utilities. Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets, including products specifically designed to detect greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and services for environmental safety. Heath is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“Heath’s innovative products have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and within our field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well-recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations,” said a spokesperson for Heath.

Heath is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with locations throughout the United States. For more information, visit heathus.com.

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Leak Detection From Wellhead To Burner Tip

Heath Consultants Incorporated has been involved in the Natural Gas Leak Detection business for over 88 years. Through these years we have been instrumental in the development of revolutionary technologies and field services for public safety and the protection of life and property around the World.

We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings to where we are today in protecting our planet with respect to atmospheric releases of natural gas (methane), which we recognize as a contributor to climate change.

Take the time to view our video animation to see how we view the future of leak survey and its connection to our Leak Survey Analytics (LSA) software suite.

Technology & Services Update – November 2020, Advanced Natural Gas Leak Detection

Since 1933, Heath Consultants Incorporated has led the industry in innovative products that have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and within our own field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations.

Technology & Service Update October 2020 - We Are Your Trusted Utility Service Partner

Heath is here to support your leak/emissions reduction efforts to comply with various regulations from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

Heath is committed to continually improving our field techniques through our in-house training department that focuses on providing our field technicians with the best training in the industry. Our highly qualified and experienced management team provides a strong direction focused on quality management, customer service and satisfaction.

Innovation as well as an active research and development team consisting of engineers and marketing experts keep up with the ever-changing technology demands to provide state-of-the-art products to our field technicians and customers allowing for the most reliable surveys possible.

Heath’s natural gas detection services include:

  • Walking and mobile leak detection
  • Transmission and distribution patrols
  • Frost and winter patrols
  • Indoor meter surveys
  • Pipe/bridge crossing inspections
  • Leak centering and classification
  • Leak pinpointing and purging
  • Leak rechecks
  • Training programs

Heath provides accurate, on-time contract utility locating services to protect your underground infrastructure from third party damages. We serve a variety of industries including municipal utilities, gas and electric throughout the United States. Our services include full project management including electronic ticket receiving, mapping and utility verification. Heath has the ability to receive One-Call tickets directly, eliminating your labor costs of processing the tickets. Our extensive experience, local presence, participation in local One-Call centers and dedicated regional recruiters allow us to meet project coordination, scheduling and staffing requirements.

Heath underground mark-out services include:

  • Underground Locating Services
  • DOT 192.614 Damage Prevention Program
  • Sign and Marker Replacement
  • Field Audit and Complaint Verification
  • Damage and Claims Management
  • Ticket Management
  • Training Programs

Technology & Service Update September 2020 - Innovation for Utility Infrastructure Since 1933

Since 1933 Heath Consultants Incorporated has led the industry in the safety of natural gas utilities infrastructure through the innovative and conscientious actions of our employees. Our continued field services growth is due in large part to the expansion of leak survey and the addition of new field services, such as underground utility line locating, meter and corrosion services to our utility partners outside of our core emissions reduction focus.

Heath’s innovative products have led to safer survey practices for both gas utilities and within our own field services division. These breakthroughs in technology are due in large part to the efforts of our engineering and marketing experts who research and develop new products and services through strategic partnerships with well recognized research and development organizations and industry trade associations.

Heath is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

Technology & Services Update – August 2020, Featuring RMLD-CS with Live Leak Demo

Heath is pleased to announce our new and improved Remote Methane Leak Detector – CS, from first responders to investigators to leakage surveyors, it really is the Complete Solution. This compact, state-of-the-art instrument eliminates the separate receiver and transceiver of the earlier RMLD system and combines them into one lightweight, hand-held unit that can detect natural gas leaks safely and efficiently, without having to travel the entire length of a pipeline. Utility service employees and first responders can quickly and safely scan a location for suspected leaks in areas that may be difficult to access.

In addition, the RMLD-CS can be aimed through most windows to verify the presence of gas, helping ensure the user’s safety.

Several new features have been added including:

    • Rechargeable and replaceable battery
    • Dual battery charger
    • Mobile App support
    • Ergonomic, lightweight housing
    • Graphical user interface
    • Internal data logging
    • GPS Color camera and display

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LET US ARRANGE YOUR INSTRUMENT REPAIR SHIPPING SERVICES FOR YOU

Be Sure Your Equipment Is Operating At Its Peak Performance

As an essential service provider Heath has continued to provide repair service for our customers, whether it be for compliance requirements or operational maintenance.

We realize during this time sending in instruments has become a challenge for many of our customers due to Covid 19 . To help our customers overcome this challenge Heath is offering to arrange the pick-up for you. Simply fill out the information on fillable form via the link and email back to FSC@heathus.com. You will receive a shipping label to affix to your box and give to your carrier during their daily pick up.  We have worked hard to improve our turnaround for repairs. Due to Covid 19 we are 10 days or less excluding transit time.

Heath has Instrument Repair Facilities conveniently placed across the United States. Please choose a location below, fill out the repair form to send in with your instrument and shipping pick-up from, if applicable. Filling out the provided repair form will optimize the turnaround time for repair.

FIND AN INSTRUMENT REPAIR FACILITY NEAR YOU

Houston, TX services all instruments – primary repair facility.

Pico Rivera, CA services:

    • DP-IR
    • OMD
    • RMLD-IS
    • Gasurveyor 500 & 700 series

Sacramento, CA services:

    • DP4
    • DP-IR
    • OMD
    • RMLD-IS
    • Odorator
    • Gasurveyor 500 & 700 series