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ALTAIR® 5X Multi-Gas Detector
Powered by MSA XCell® Sensor Technology
Because every life has a purpose…
Performance beyond what you see
Our Vision of Safety. Workers who face potentially dangerous
situations deserve the best protection available. At MSA, we work
tirelessly to build smarter, better gas detection instruments that people
across the world rely on. First we introduced MSA’s advanced technology
with the ALTAIR 4X Multi-Gas Detector with XCell Sensors. Now we’re
proud to introduce the expansion of the most advanced technology
available in any portable gas detector on the market: the ALTAIR 5X
Multi-Gas Detector with XCell Sensor Technology.
Built on Durability
The ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector for combustible gases in % LEL and/or % Volume range, O₂, and toxic gas detection is as tough and
functional as it looks. A rugged polycarbonate housing provides unsurpassed durability, including the ability to survive a 3 m drop.
Inside, a field-proven integral pump provides consistent gas flow without the problems of externally-attached components.
Ergonomic design, glove-friendly buttons, and high-contrast display make the ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector easy to use in all
Powered by Performance
Toughness and durability aren’t the whole story. The real strength of the ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector comes from sensor technology.
MSA XCell Sensors have a typical life of more than double the industry average, and are engineered using MSA’s proprietary applicationspecific integrated circuit (ASIC) design. By miniaturizing the sensors’ controlling electronics and placing them inside the sensor itself,
MSA XCell Sensors offer superior stability, accuracy, and repeatability.
MSA XCell Sensors are a breakthrough in chemical and mechanical sensor design, enabling faster response and span calibration times.
With less time spent on calibration and bump tests, you save calibration gas, maintenance costs, and in turn, save money. But most
importantly, in your industry, saving seconds on response time can also mean saving lives.
In addition to MSA XCell Sensors, the ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector can also be equipped with our wide variety of IR sensors covering
many gases and ranges including CO₂.
Flexibility to Meet Your Needs
MSA’s ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector provides many options to fit various applications. The detector is configurable with either a highresolution colour or monochrome LCD display with multilingual capabilities. MSA’s Logo Express® Service option is available to
customize the colour display. The detector is easily configurable with interchangeable plug-and-play sensor slots for MSA XCell Sensors.
Up to six gases can be monitored simultaneously.
Furthermore, this Multi-Gas Detector offers optional glow-in-the-dark instrument housing for IR sensor-equipped units.
The ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector’s lithium-ion battery lasts up to 20 hours, allowing it to be used over multiple shifts. An alkaline
battery pack is also available as an accessory. MSA’s ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector is fully compatible with the GALAXY® GX2 Automated
Test System, MSA Link Pro and MSA Link Software.
The MSA Commitment
From the latest in sensor technology to instrument design and manufacturing, MSA has the capabilities and knowledge to support your
portable gas detection challenges.
MSA XCell SO₂,
Cl₂ or NH₃ Sensor
Additional Exotic
Sensors: ClO₂, HCN,
PH₃, NO and NO₂
MSA XCell O₂,
CO-HC or
Two-Tox Sensor
MSA XCell EX Sensor,
Exotic, CO-HC or
Two-Tox Sensor
Two-Tox Sensors:
Adding micro-electronics inside
the sensors provides more
control and higher performance
than previous generations
MSA XCell Sensors are a breakthrough
in chemical and mechanical sensor
design, enabling faster response and
calibration times.
MSA XCell Technology: Save Time, Save Money, Save Lives
Building on years of sensor design experience,
MSA is revolutionizing sensor technology with
breakthroughs in design that improve
• XCell exotic SO₂, Cl₂, and NH₃ Sensors for expanded
monitoring applications
• Sensor response and clear times in under 15 seconds for
most common sensor configurations
• Bump test in under 15 seconds for most common
sensor configurations
• Span calibration time of 60 seconds for most common
sensor configurations
• Greater signal stability and repeatability under changing
or extreme environmental conditions
• All XCell Sensors are capable of plug-and-play
capabilities for easy reconfiguration
With reliable, extended-life XCell Sensors, there’s
no need to replace sensors after two years.
• Typical life greater than four years for combustible,
O₂, CO/H₂S, CO/NO₂, CO-HC and SO₂ sensors
• Typical life greater than three years for NH₃, and
Cl₂ sensors
• Combustible sensor proprietary operating mode helps it
stand up to poisons over the life of the sensor
• End-of-sensor-life warning gives advanced notice to
user, reducing service outages
Three-year back-to-back instrument warranty
includes LEL/O₂/CO/H₂S/NO₂/SO₂ XCell and
IR sensors
Two-year warranty on NH₃ and Cl₂ XCell;
minimum one-year warranty on other sensors
ALTAIR 5X in Connection with alpha Personal Network
The Wireless USB option enables the integration of ALTAIR 5X into the alpha Personal Network. This monitoring and alarm
system consists of modular and wireless components that can be individually integrated to enhance your operation’s safety
and capability as needed. The ALTAIR 5X W-USB can monitor operative personnel using breathing apparatus and portable
gas detection equipment while sending information to the central control station alphaBASE. All gas readings and alarms
can be seen by incident command monitoring personnel in real time thanks to the entry control software, alphaCONTROL 2.
alphaHUD –
• Displays pressure and gas alarms
Full Monitoring
alpha Personal Network system can be used in
several combinations for a wide variety of
applications, for example when you work
alone on large or complex sites, when you
need to work under chemical suits, or when
you want to keep an eye on all your screw
members), including full telemetric
monitoring of gas alarms, pressure
and motion for breathing apparatus
and chemical protection suits wearers.
For more information
please see alpha Personal Network
leaflet 01-050.2.
Gas Detector
• Measures gas concentrations
• Provides gas alarms
Breathing apparatus +
alphaMITTER –
• Sends pressure data
Short-range radio
Long-range radio
alphaCONTROL 2
• Entry control software
• Substitute conventional
tally board
alphaBASE + PC –
Central Control Station
• Displays and stores all data from
ALTAIR 5X and alphaSCOUT
alphaSCOUT –
Personal Monitoring Device
• Acts as a hub
• Calculates remaining service time
• Generates motion alarm
(MotionAlert) and panic alarm
Wireless USB option for
connectivity to alpha
Personal Network
(Selected locations)
Fully compatible
with MSA Link Software
Automated Test System
Robust integral
pump for
consistent flow
High performance
MSA XCell Sensors
Variety of optional
MSA infrared sensors
24-hour bump
High contrast colour
or monochrome display
Advanced MotionAlert
and InstantAlert Safety
Large buttons
for easy operation
MSA-exclusive feature
End of XCell Sensor
life warning
18 language options
Durable, rubberized
housing for secure
housing available
for IR sensorequipped
Technical Specifications and Ordering Information
Gas Type
Combustible, LEL
Oxygen, O₂
Carbon monoxide, CO
CO H₂-Resistant
CO-High Concentration
Hydrogen sulfide, H₂S
H₂S-Low Concentration
Sulfur dioxide, SO₂
Nitrogen dioxide, NO₂
Chlorine, CI₂
Ammonia, NH₃
Nitrogen oxide, NO
Nitrogen dioxide, NO₂
Chlorine dioxide, ClO₂
Phosphine, PH₃
Hydrogen cyanide, HCN
Carbon dioxide, CO₂
Butane, C₄H₁₀
Methane, CH₄
Propane, C₃H₈
Propane, C₃H₈
0–100 % LEL
0–30 % Vol
0–1,999 ppm
0–1,999 ppm
0–10,000 ppm
0–200 ppm
0–100 ppm
0–20 ppm
0–50 ppm
0–20 ppm
0–100 ppm
0–200 ppm
0–20 ppm
0–1 ppm
0–5 ppm
0–30 ppm
0–10 % Vol
0–25 % Vol
0–100 % Vol
0–100 % Vol
0–100 % LEL
Technical Specifications
Drop test
Ingress protection
Dimensions (L x W x D)
Audible alarm
Visual alarm
Vibrating alarm
MotionAlert & InstantAlert
Run time
Charging time
Operating temperature
Extended temperature
Short-period operation
Data log
Event log
Standard warranty
1 % LEL
0.1 % Vol
1 ppm
1 ppm
5 ppm
1 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.1 ppm
1 ppm
1 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.01 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.1 ppm
0.01 % Vol
0.1 % Vol
1 % Vol
1 % Vol
1 % LEL
Rugged rubberized armor
453 g or 680 g (IR version)
16.9 x 8.9 x 4.2 cm (5.0 cm for IR version)
without belt clip
>95 dB typical
2 ultra-bright LEDs on top
High-contrast monochrome or colour display
Adjustable time-out
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and
optional Alkaline (non-IR equipped units)
>20 hours run time @ room temperature
<= 6 hours
0 to +40 °C
–20 to +50 °C
–40 to +50 °C
15–90 % RH non-condensing
(Adjustable) average of 200 hours
(at 1-minute intervals)
Standard 1000 events
3-year including
LEL/O₂/CO/H₂S/NO₂/SO₂ XCell Sensors
and IR Sensors, NH₃ and Cl₂: 2 years,
other sensors: 1 year
ALTAIR 5X Multi-Gas Detector with 3-year warranty, data logging,
charger, integral pump and tubing
Part Number Configuration
LEL, O₂, CO, H₂S, 0–10 % CO₂ – colour display
LEL, O₂, CO, H₂S, NH₃ – colour display
LEL, O₂, CO, H₂S, SO₂ – colour display
LEL, O₂, CO, H₂S – colour display, Wireless USB
LEL, O₂, CO, H₂S – monochrome display
GALAXY GX2 Automated Test System
GALAXY GX2, ALTAIR 5/5X, 1 valve
GALAXY GX2, ALTAIR 5/5X, 4 valves
Smart Electronic Cylinder Holder with integrated DFR
Calibration Gas
Gas can (58 l)
(1.45 % CH₄,15.0 % O₂, 60 ppm CO, 20 ppm H₂S)
Gas can (58 l)
(1.45 % CH₄,15.0 % O₂, 60 ppm CO, 20 ppm H₂S, 2.5 % CO₂)
Gas can (34 l)
(1.45 % CH₄, 60 CO, 20 H₂S, 15 % O₂, 10 SO₂)
Replacement Sensors
XCell O₂
XCell CO/H₂S Two-Tox
XCell CO H₂ RES/H₂S Two-Tox
XCell CO/H₂S-LC Two-Tox
XCell CO/NO₂ Two-Tox
XCell SO₂
XCell Cl₂
XCell NH₃
10114750 NO
10080224 NO₂
10080222 ClO₂
10116638 PH₃
10106375 HCN
10145738-SP IR %Vol CO₂
10145739-SP IR %Vol Butane
10145752-SP IR %Vol Methane
10145740-SP IR %Vol Propane
10145751-SP IR %LEL Propane
10099648 Leather holster
10082834 JetEye IR Adapter w/
USB Connector
10103189 Sampling line, 3 m,
PU conductive
10114838 Battery pack, alkaline
10159431 Sampling line, 30 m,
PU conductive
10127428 Vertical multi-unit charger
for four ALTAIR 5X
10103191 Sampling probe,
flexible 30 cm
10152079 Carrying case
– II 2G Ex d ia mb IIC Gb IP65 Zone 1 (w XCell Ex sensor)
– II 1G Ex ia IIC Ga IP65 Zone 0 (w/o XCell Ex sensor)
– II 2G Ex d e ia mb IIC T4 Gb IP65 (ALTAIR 5X IR)
EN 50270 Type 2, EN 61000-6-3
Additional ALTAIR 5X versions, calibration gas cylinders, sensors and accessories are available.
Your direct contact
Great Britain
Lochard House, Linnet Way
Strathclyde Business Park
Bellshill ML4 3RA
Phone +44 (0)16 98 57 33 57
+44 (0)16 98 74 01 41
[email protected]
For contact details of your local MSA affiliate, please visit our website.
Subject to change without notice
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