Press Release: Heath Consultants Adding to Innovative Line of Standoff Leak Detection Products

Heath’s RMLD line has led to safer survey practices

HOUSTON – August 18, 2022 – Heath Consultants is pleased to announce it will soon be bolstering its RMLD line of products that continue to exceed expectations in multiple marketplaces across the natural gas supply value chain, oil and gas, and at fire departments. With their state-of-the-art features, the RMLD line of products continue Heath’s 89-year history of industry-leading innovation for natural gas lek detection.

The team is currently collaborating with our long-standing partner Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) to develop another TDLAS-based technology – the RMLD-QGI (Quantitative Gas Imager). This new product leverages the latest technology to provide an even more accurate and reliable solution for detecting and quantifying methane concentration, all from a safe distance.

RMLD CS, FR and QGIThe RMLD-QGI is designed to serve as a lower-cost, higher-performance, enhanced-functionality replacement for traditional, passive non-quantitative, mid-infrared Optical Gas Imagers (OGI) that are utilized to comply with natural gas infrastructure Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) requirements. The RMLD-QGI will enable prioritization of repairs based on leak rate concentration, reduce costs to locate high-priority leaks, enhance worker and public safety, support Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHGI) estimation and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) environmental impact. With its state-of-the-art features, this new addition to the RMLD line will keep Heath Consultants at the forefront of the leak detection industry.

The RMLD-CS is Intrinsically Safety (IS) with a Class I, Division II rating, allowing operators to use it indoors and within potentially hazardous environments, such as compressor stations. With detection up to 100 feet, operators can safely survey areas that may be difficult to reach, like busy roadways, yards with dogs, fenced-off areas, compressor stations, overhead piping and other hard-to-access places. The RMLD-CS features a graphical user interface, internal data logging, GPS functionality, color camera and display and offers a complimentary phone app.

The RMLD-First Responder (RMLD-FR) enables fire service/ first responder personnel to establish from a safe distance, the presence of methane gas in a potentially explosive building without putting themselves in harm’s way. It allows for the rapid scan of a structure’s standard venting points to detect natural gas prior to entering. With its simple operation, the RMLD-FR is an essential tool for fire service/ first responder personnel who are called to address fire and natural gas emergencies. The RMLD-FR provides many of the same functions and features as the RMLD-CS, plus a streamlined user interface specifically for first responders including a built-in alarm that alerts users when gas concentrations exceed safety levels.

“Heath Consultants Incorporated has been involved in tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) since the release of the original RMLD-IS in 2005. We are excited about the latest models for methane/natural gas leak detection and measurement to the Oil & Gas sector with the RMLD-QGI, and helping the Fire Service with the RMLD-FR and the Natural Gas industry with the RMLD-CS. All of these devices are technology game-changers that provide public safety and the protection of the environment from the release of methane as a GHG emission,” said Paul D. Wehnert, Heath Executive Vice President/CMO.

For additional information, call Heath’s Customer Service Department at 713-844-1300 or visit heathus.com/product_category/gas/laser-based.

About Heath Consultants
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). For more information on Heath’s products or services, visit heathus.com.

About Physical Sciences Inc.
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) provides contract research and development services in a wide diversity of technical areas to both government and commercial customers. PSI’s interests span basic research to technology development, emphasizing applied research. PSI develops advanced technologies for aerospace, chemical, defense, energy, environmental, manufacturing and medical applications. Core technologies have been developed with more than $500 million of federal and industrial funding over three and a half decades of operations, a period in which PSI has acquired an international reputation for technical excellence and innovation. For more information, please visit www.psicorp.com.

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.