MSA Altair 4 Multigas Detector Operating Manual - Sure-Safe

MSA Altair 4 Multigas Detector Operating Manual - Sure-Safe

Operating Manual

ALTAIR

®

4 – Four Gas Multigas Detector

Manufactured by

MSA INSTRUMENT DIVISION

P.O. Box 427, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230, USA

WARNING

Read this manual carefully before using the instrument. The instrument will perform as designed only if it is used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction. Otherwise, it could fail to perform as designed and persons who rely on this instrument for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

MSA CONTENTS

Contents

1 Instrument Safety .....................................................................................5

1.1

Correct Use .....................................................................................5

1.2

Safety and Precautionary Measures to be Adopted ........................6

1.3

Warranty..........................................................................................9

2 Description..............................................................................................10

2.1

Instrument Overview .....................................................................10

2.2

Device Hardware Interfaces ..........................................................11

2.3

Viewing Optional Displays .............................................................15

2.4

Sensor Missing Alarm ...................................................................19

2.5

Monitoring Toxic Gases.................................................................19

2.6

Monitoring the Oxygen Concentration ...........................................20

2.7

Monitoring Combustible Gases .....................................................21

3 Operation.................................................................................................22

3.1

Environmental Factors ..................................................................22

3.2

Turning ON the Instrument ............................................................23

3.3

Measurement Mode (Normal Operation).......................................28

3.4

Instrument Setup ...........................................................................29

3.5

Data Logging .................................................................................34

3.6

Function Tests on the Instrument ..................................................35

3.7

Safe LED .......................................................................................35

3.8

Bump Test .....................................................................................35

3.9

Calibration .....................................................................................37

4 Maintenance............................................................................................41

4.1

Troubleshooting.............................................................................41

4.2

Live Maintenance Procedure - Replacing and Adding a Sensor ...42

4.3

Cleaning the Instrument ................................................................43

4.4

Storage..........................................................................................43

4.5

Shipment .......................................................................................43

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CONTENTS MSA

5 Technical Specifications/Certifications................................................ 44

5.1

Technical Specifications................................................................ 44

5.2

Factory-set Alarm thresholds ........................................................ 45

5.3

Certifications ................................................................................. 46

5.4

Performance Specification ............................................................ 47

6 Order Information ................................................................................... 49

7 Appendix – Flow Charts......................................................................... 50

7.1

Start Up Sequence (Power ON) .................................................... 50

7.2

Fresh Air Setup ............................................................................. 51

7.3

Reset Screen Controls .................................................................. 52

7.4

Bump Test..................................................................................... 54

7.5

Options Setup ............................................................................... 55

7.6

Sensor Setup ................................................................................ 56

7.7

Calibrations ................................................................................... 57

7.8

Alarm Setup .................................................................................. 58

7.9

Time and Date Setup .................................................................... 59

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MSA INSTRUMENT SAFETY

1.1 Correct

The ALTAIR 4 Multigas Detector is for use by trained and qualified personnel. It is designed to be used when performing a hazard assessment to:

Assess potential worker exposure to combustible and toxic gases and vapors as well as low level of oxygen.

Determine the appropriate gas and vapor monitoring needed for a workplace.

The ALTAIR 4 Multigas Detector can be equipped to detect:

Combustible gases and certain combustible vapors

Oxygen-deficient or oxygen-rich atmospheres

Specific toxic gases for which a sensor is installed.

Note: While the instrument can detect up to 25 % oxygen in ambient air, it is approved for use only up to 21 % oxygen.

WARNING

Read and follow all instructions carefully.

Perform a bump test before each day's use and adjust if necessary.

Perform a bump test more frequently if exposed to silicone, silicates, lead-containing compounds, hydrogen sulfide, or high contaminant levels.

Recheck calibration if unit is subjected to physical shock.

Use only to detect gases/vapors for which a sensor is installed.

Do not use to detect combustible dusts or mists.

Make sure adequate oxygen is present.

Do not block sensors.

Have a trained and qualified person interpret instrument readings.

Do not recharge Li polymer battery in a combustible atmosphere.

Do not alter or modify instrument.

INCORRECT USE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR

DEATH.

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INSTRUMENT SAFETY

1.2 Safety and Precautionary Measures to be Adopted

MSA

WARNING

Carefully review the safety limitations and precautions in this section before placing this instrument in service. Incorrect use can cause serious personal injury or death.

Check function (see section 3.6) each day before use. MSA recommends carrying out a routine inspection prior to each day's use.

Perform a Bump Test (see section 3.8) before each day's use to verify proper instrument operation. The instrument must pass the bump test. If it fails the test, perform a calibration (see section 3.9) before using the instrument.

Perform a bump test more frequently if the unit is subjected to physical shock or high levels of contaminants. Also, perform a bump test more frequently if the tested atmosphere contains the following materials, which may desensitize the combustible gas sensor and reduce its readings:

Organic silicones

Silicates

Lead-containing compounds

Hydrogen sulfide exposures over 200 ppm or exposures over

50 ppm for one minute.

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The minimum concentration of a combustible gas in air that can ignite is defined as the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL).

A combustible gas reading of "XXX” indicates the atmosphere is above

100 % LEL or 5.00 % vol CH

4

, and an explosion hazard exists.

Move away from hazardous area immediately.

Do not use the ALTAIR 4 Multigas Detector to test for combustible or toxic gases in the following atmospheres as this may result in erroneous readings:

Oxygen-deficient or oxygen-rich atmospheres

Reducing atmospheres

Furnace stacks

Inert environments

Atmospheres containing combustible airborne mists/dusts.

Do not use the ALTAIR 4 Multigas Detector to test for combustible gases in atmospheres containing vapors from liquids with a high flash point (above 38 °C, 100°F) as this may result in erroneously low readings.

Do not block sensor openings as this may cause inaccurate readings.

Do not press on the face of the sensors, as this may damage them and cause erroneous readings. Do not use compressed air to clean the sensor holes, as the pressure may damage the sensors.

Allow sufficient time for unit to display accurate reading. Response times vary based on the type of sensor being utilized (see Section 5.4,

"Performance Specifications").

All instrument readings and information must be interpreted by someone trained and qualified in interpreting instrument readings in relation to the specific environment, industrial practice and exposure limitations.

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INSTRUMENT SAFETY

Risk of explosion

: Do not recharge instrument in hazardous area.

MSA

Observe proper battery maintenance

Use only battery chargers made available by MSA for use with this instrument; other chargers may damage the battery pack and the unit.

Dispose of in accordance with local health and safety regulations.

Use of the GALAXY

TM

Automated Test System is an alternate approved method for charging ALTAIR 4 instruments.

Be aware of environmental conditions

A number of environmental factors may affect the oxygen sensor readings, including changes in pressure, humidity and temperature.

Pressure and humidity changes affect the amount of oxygen actually present in the atmosphere.

Be aware of the procedures for handling electrostatically sensitive electronics

The instrument contains electrostatically sensitive components. Do not open or repair the unit without using appropriate electrostatic discharge

(ESD) protection. The warranty does not cover damage caused by electrostatic discharges.

Be aware of the product regulations

Follow all relevant national regulations applicable in the country of use.

Be aware of the warranty regulations

The warranties made by Mine Safety Appliances Company with respect to the product are voided if the product is not used and maintained in accordance with the instructions in this manual. Please protect yourself and others by following them. We encourage our customers to write or call regarding this equipment prior to use or for any additional information relative to use or service

.

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1.3 Warranty

INSTRUMENT SAFETY

Chassis and electronics

All sensors, unless otherwise specified

Two years

Two years

1.3.1 Warranty

This warranty does not cover filters, fuses, etc. Certain other accessories not specifically listed here may have different warranty periods. This warranty is valid only if the product is maintained and used in accordance with Seller's instructions and/or recommendations.

The Seller shall be released from all obligations under this warranty in the event repairs or modifications are made by persons other than its own or authorized service personnel or if the warranty claim results from physical abuse or misuse of the product. No agent, employee or representative of the Seller has any authority to bind the Seller to any affirmation, representation or warranty concerning this product. Seller makes no warranty concerning components or accessories not manufactured by the

Seller, but will pass on to the Purchaser all warranties of manufacturers of such components.

THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES,

EXPRESSED, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AND IS STRICTLY LIMITED

TO THE TERMS HEREOF. SELLER SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY

WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR OF FITNESS FOR A

PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

It is expressly agreed that Purchaser's sole and exclusive remedy for breach of the above warranty, for any tortuous conduct of Seller, or for any other cause of action, shall be the replacement at Seller's option, of any equipment or parts thereof, which after examination by Seller is proven to be defective.

Replacement equipment and/or parts will be provided at no cost to

Purchaser, F.O.B. Seller's Plant. Failure of Seller to successfully replace any nonconforming equipment or parts shall not cause the remedy established hereby to fail of its essential purpose.

1.3.3 Exclusion of Consequential Damage

Purchaser specifically understands and agrees that under no circumstances will seller be liable to purchaser for economic, special, incidental or consequential damages or losses of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to, loss of anticipated profits and any other loss caused by reason of no operation of the goods. This exclusion is applicable to claims for breach of warranty, tortuous conduct or any other cause of action against seller.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

2 Description

9 1 2

4

5

6

9

3

10

11

10

11

7

8

12

Figure 2-1 Instrument view

1 Communication

2 Safe LED (green)

3 Sensor Inlets

4 Horn

5

[ ]

Button

6

[ ]

Button

9

7

[ ]

Button

8 Display

9 Alarm LEDs (4)

10 Clip

11 Charging Connection

12 Screws (4)

The instrument monitors gases in ambient air and in the workplace.

It is available with a maximum of three sensors, which can display readings for four separate gases (one Dual Toxic Sensor provides both CO and H

2

S sensing capabilities in a single sensor).

While the instrument can detect up to 25 % oxygen in ambient air, it is approved for use only up to 21 % oxygen.

The alarm levels for the individual gases are factory-set and can be changed through the instrument Setup Menu. These changes can also be made through MSA Link

TM

software. Ensure that the latest version of the

MSA Link

TM

software has been downloaded from MSA’s website www.msanet.com.

If gas is present during Fresh Air Setup, the instrument will fail and enters

Measure mode.

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2.2 Device Hardware Interfaces

DESCRIPTION

Instrument operation is dialog driven from the display with the aid of the three function buttons (see Figure 2-1).

Button Description

[ ]

The

[ ]

button is used to turn instrument ON or OFF and to confirm user action selections.

When the

[ ]

button and the

[ ]

button are pressed simultaneously at instrument start-up, the Options Setup

Mode displays.

[ ]

[ ]

The

[ ]

button is used to move forward through data screens in measuring mode, or as page back and to decrease the values in set-up mode. Holding this button for 3 seconds while in Normal Measure Mode will activate the

InstantAlert

TM

alarm.

The

[ ]

button is used to reset peak, STEL TWA and acknowledge alarms (where possible) or access calibration in measuring mode. It is also used as page up or to increase the values in set-up mode.

LED Description

GREEN

The Safe LED flashes once every 15 seconds to notify the user that the instrument is ON and operating under the conditions defined in section 3.7.

This option can be turned OFF through the MSA Link software.

RED

The red LEDs are visual indications of an alarm condition or any type of error in the instrument.

The instrument is equipped with a vibrating alarm.

2.2.4 Backlight

The backlight automatically activates when any button is pressed. The backlight remains ON for the duration of the user-selected timeout. This

ON/OFF duration can be set through MSA Link software.

2.2.5 Horn

The horn provides an audible alarm.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

COMB/EX

O2

1

2

3

CO H2S

Figure 2-2 Display

Alarm Symbol – Indicates alarm state.

Bump Check Symbol –

Indicates successful bump or cal.

Indicates required interaction.

Battery Condition –

Indicates the battery charge level.

Sensor Labels.

COMB/EX

O2

CO

H2S

Motion Alert

TM

– Indicates

Motion Alert

TM

is active.

Cal Gas Cylinder –

Indicates cal gas must be applied.

Graphic Symbols

No Gas Cylinder – Indicates cal gas should not be applied and instrument must be exposed to fresh air.

Hourglass – Indicates user should wait.

Minimum – Indicates a minimum value or low alarm.

PEAK Symbol – Indicates a

PEAK reading or high alarm.

STEL Symbol – Indicates a

STEL alarm.

TWA Symbol – Indicates a

TWA alarm.

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2.2.7 Battery Life Indicator

DESCRIPTION

The battery condition icon continuously displays in the upper right-hand corner of the display. As the battery is depleted, battery icon segments blank until only the battery icon outline remains.

Each indicator segment represents approximately 25% of the total battery capacity.

Battery Warning

WARNING

If battery warning alarm activates while using the instrument, leave the area immediately as the end of battery life is approaching.

Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.

The nominal run-time of the instrument at room temperature is 16 hours.

Actual run-time will vary depending on ambient temperature and alarm conditions. The runtime of the instrument at -4 °F (-20 °C) will be approximately 8 hours.

A Low Battery Warning indicates that a nominal 30 minutes of operation remain before the battery’s charge is depleted.

The duration of remaining instrument operation during a Low Battery

Warning depends on ambient temperatures.

When the instrument goes into Low Battery Warning, the:

• battery life indicator flashes alarm sounds alarm LEDs flash

• display shows "

Low Batt

" and instrument repeats this warning every 15 seconds and continues to operate until it is turned OFF or battery shutdown occurs.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

Battery Shut Down

WARNING

If battery shutdown alarm activates, stop using the instrument as it no longer has enough power to indicate potential hazards, and persons relying on this product for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

The instrument goes into battery shutdown mode 60 seconds before final shutdown (when the batteries can no longer operate the instrument):

"

Batt Alarm

” and flash on the display

Alarm sounds and lights flash; alarm cannot be silenced

No other pages can be viewed; after approximately one minute, the instrument automatically turns OFF.

When battery shutdown condition occurs:

(1) Leave the area immediately.

(2) Recharge the battery.

Battery Charging

WARNING

Risk of explosion: Do not recharge instrument in hazardous area.

CAUTION

Use of any charger, other than the Charger supplied with the instrument, may damage or improperly charge the batteries.

The charger is capable of charging a completely depleted pack in less than four hours in normal, room-temperature environments.

NOTE:

Allow very hot or cold instruments to stabilize for one hour at room temperature before attempting to charge.

Minimum and maximum ambient temperature to charge the instrument is 10°C/50°F and 35°C/95°F, respectively.

For best results, charge the instrument at room temperature

(23°C)

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MSA DESCRIPTION

To Charge the Instrument

Firmly insert the charger connector into the charge port on the back of the instrument.

The battery symbol will scroll through a progressively increasing number of segments until 90% of full charge has been obtained. Then it will remain fully illuminated while the battery is trickle charged to its full capacity.

If a problem is detected during charging, the battery symbol will flash.

Disconnect the charger momentarily to reset the charge cycle.

This operating beep activates every 30 seconds by momentarily beeping the horn and flashing the alarm LEDs under the following conditions:

Operating beep is enabled

Instrument is on normal Measure Gases page

Instrument is not in battery warning

Instrument is not in gas alarm

Audible and visual options are enabled

2.3 Viewing Optional Displays

The Main Screen appears at instrument turn-ON.

Optional displays can be viewed by pressing the

[ ]

button to move to:

To select the Bump mode, press the

[ ]

button.

To move forward, press the

[ ]

button.

To move backward to the Main page, press the

[ ]

button.

2.3.2 Peak Readings (PEAK page)

The peak icon shows the highest levels of gas recorded by the instrument since turn-ON or since peak readings were reset.

To reset the peak readings:

(1) Access the PEAK page.

(2) Press

[ ]

button.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

2.3.3 Minimum Readings (MIN page)

This page shows the lowest level of oxygen recorded by the instrument since turn-ON or since the MIN reading was reset.

The minimum icon appears on the display.

To reset the MIN reading:

(1) Access the MIN page.

(2) Press

[ ]

button.

2.3.4 Short Term Exposure Limits (STEL page)

WARNING

If the STEL alarm activates, leave the contaminated area immediately; the ambient gas concentration has reached the preset STEL alarm level.

Failure to follow this warning will cause over-exposure to toxic gases and persons relying on this product for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

The STEL icon appears on the display to show the average exposure over a 15-minute period.

When the amount of gas detected by the instrument is greater than the

STEL limit:

Alarm sounds

Alarm LEDs flash

STEL icon flashes.

To reset the STEL:

(1) Access the STEL page.

(2) Press

[ ]

button.

The STEL alarm is calculated over a 15-minute exposure.

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MSA DESCRIPTION

STEL calculation examples:

Assume the instrument has been running for at least 15 minutes:

15-minute exposure of 35 ppm:

(15 minutes x 35 ppm)

= 35 ppm

15 minutes

10-minute exposure of 35 ppm and 5 minutes exposure of 15 ppm:

(10 minutes x 35 ppm) + (5 minutes x 5 ppm)

15 minutes

= 25 ppm

2.3.5 Time Weighted Average (TWA page)

WARNING

If the TWA alarm activates, leave the contaminated area immediately; the ambient gas concentration has reached the preset TWA alarm level.

Failure to follow this warning will cause over-exposure to toxic gases and persons relying on this product for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

The TWA icon appears on the display to show the average exposure since the instrument was turned ON or since the TWA reading was reset.

When the amount of gas detected is greater than the eight-hour TWA limit:

Alarm sounds

Alarm LEDs flash

TWA icon flashes.

To reset the TWA:

(1) Access the TWA page.

(2) Press

[ ]

button.

The TWA alarm is calculated over an eight-hour exposure.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

TWA calculation examples:

1-hour exposure of 50 ppm:

(1 hour x 50 ppm) + (7 hours x 0 ppm)

8 hours

= 6.25 ppm

4-hour exposure of 50 ppm and 4-hour exposure of 100 ppm:

(4 hours x 50 ppm) + (4 hours x 100 ppm)

8 hours

= 75 ppm

12-hour exposure of 100 ppm:

(12 hours x 100 ppm)

8 hours

= 150 ppm

Current time appears on the display in a 12-hour format by default.

A 24-hour format can be selected using MSA Link.

Current date appears on the display in the format:

MMM-DD-YYYY.

2.3.8 Last cal page

Displays the instrument's last successful calibration date in the format:

MMM-DD-YYYY

2.3.9 Cal due page

Displays the days until the instrument's next calibration is due (user selectable).

2.3.10 Motion Alert Activation (optional)

To activate or deactivate the Motion Alert feature, press the

[ ]

button while the Motion Alert Activation page is displayed. When the Motion Alert feature is active, the symbol will flash every 3 seconds. The instrument will enter pre-alarm when no motion is detected for 20 seconds. This condition can be cleared by moving the instrument.

After 30 seconds of inactivity, the full Motion Alert alarm is triggered. This alarm can only be cleared by pressing the

[ ]

button.

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2.4 Sensor Missing Alarm

DESCRIPTION

The instrument enters the Sensor Missing alarm if the instrument detects that an enabled sensor is not properly installed in the instrument or is not functional.

For O

2

, CO, and H

2

S sensors, the Sensor Missing feature is checked when the instrument is turned ON and when leaving the Setup mode.

The combustible Sensor Missing feature is continuously monitored.

If a sensor is detected as missing, the following occurs:

"

SENSOR ERROR

" displays

The flag above the sensor detected as missing flashes on the display

Alarm sounds and lights flash.

If there is a sensor error at startup, the instrument shuts OFF in

60 seconds.

2.5 Monitoring Toxic Gases

The instrument can monitor the concentration of the following toxic gases in ambient air:

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Hydrogen Sulfide (H

2

S)

The instrument displays the gas concentration in parts per million (PPM) or mg/m

3

on the Measuring page until another page is selected or the instrument is turned OFF.

WARNING

If an alarm is triggered while using the instrument, leave the area immediately.

Remaining on site under such circumstances can cause serious personal injury or death.

The instrument has four gas alarms:

HIGH Alarm

LOW Alarm

STEL Alarm

TWA Alarm

If the gas concentration reaches or exceeds the alarm set point, the instrument:

• backlight turns on a vibrating alarm triggers displays and flashes the Alarm icon and either the Minimum icon (LOW alarm) or the Maximum icon (HIGH alarm)

• enters an alarm state.

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DESCRIPTION MSA

2.6 Monitoring the Oxygen Concentration

The instrument monitors the oxygen concentration in ambient air. The alarm set points can be set to activate on two different conditions:

Enriched - oxygen concentration > 20.8 % or

Deficient - oxygen concentration < 19.5 %.

While the instrument can detect up to 25% oxygen in the ambient air, it is approved for use only up to 21% oxygen-content.

WARNING

If an alarm activates while using the instrument, leave the area immediately.

Remaining on site under such circumstances can cause serious personal injury or death.

When the alarm set point is reached for either of the above conditions:

• an alarm sounds alarm LEDs flash a vibrating alarm triggers instrument displays and flashes the Alarm icon and either the

Minimum icon (Enriched alarm) or the Maximum icon

(Deficient alarm) along with the corresponding oxygen concentration.

The LOW alarm (oxygen deficient) is latching and will not automatically reset when the O

2

concentration rises above the LOW set point. To reset the alarm press the

[ ]

button. If the alarm condition still exists, the

[ ]

button only silences the alarm for five seconds.

False oxygen alarms can occur due to changes in barometric pressure

(altitude) or extreme changes in ambient temperature.

It is recommended that an oxygen calibration be performed at the temperature and pressure of use. Be sure that the instrument is in known fresh air before performing a calibration.

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MSA DESCRIPTION

The instrument can monitor these concentrations in ambient air:

Methane

Combustible gases

The instrument displays the gas concentration in % LEL or % CH

4

on the

Measuring page until another page is selected or the instrument is turned OFF.

WARNING

If an alarm activates while using the instrument, leave the area immediately.

Remaining on site under such circumstances can cause serious damage to health or can even lead to death.

The instrument has two alarm set points:

HIGH Alarm

LOW Alarm

If the gas concentration reaches or exceeds the alarm set point, the instrument:

• backlight turns on a vibrating alarm triggers displays and flashes the alarm icon and either the minimum icon (LOW alarm) or the maximum icon (HIGH alarm)

• enters an alarm state.

When gas reading exceeds 100% LEL or 5.00% CH

4

, the instrument enters a

Lock Alarm state and displays “xxx” in place of the actual reading. This state can only be reset by turning the instrument OFF and ON.

WARNING

A combustible gas reading of "100” or "5.00” indicates the atmosphere is above 100 % LEL or 5.00 % vol CH

4

, respectively, and an explosion hazard exists. Move away from contaminated area immediately.

In such cases, the instrument LockAlarm feature activates.

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OPERATION MSA

3 Operation

Instrument operation is dialog driven from the display with the aid of the three Function buttons (see Section 2).

A number of environmental factors may effect the gas sensor readings, including changes in pressure, humidity and temperature. Pressure and humidity changes affect the amount of oxygen actually present in the atmosphere.

Pressure Changes

If pressure changes rapidly (e.g., stepping through airlock), the oxygen sensor reading may temporarily shift and possibly cause the detector to alarm. While the percentage of oxygen may remain at or near 20.8 vol%, the total amount of oxygen present in the atmosphere available for respiration may become a hazard if the overall pressure is reduced by a significant degree.

Humidity Changes

If humidity changes by any significant degree (e.g., going from a dry, air conditioned environment to outdoor, moisture laden air), oxygen readings can be reduced by up to 0.5 %, due to water vapor in the air displacing oxygen.

The oxygen sensor has a special filter to reduce the effects of humidity changes on oxygen readings. This effect will not be noticed immediately, but slowly impacts oxygen readings over several hours.

Temperature Changes

The oxygen sensor has built-in temperature compensation. However, if temperature shifts dramatically, the oxygen sensor reading may shift. Zero the instrument at a temperature within 86 °F (30 °C) of the work site temperature for the least effect.

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MSA OPERATION

3.2 Turning ON the Instrument

Instrument operation is dialog driven from the display with the aid of the three Function buttons (see Section 2.2.1).

For more information, see the flow charts in Section 7.

Turn the instrument ON with the

[

]

button.

The instrument performs a self test and then goes to Fresh Air Setup:

• all display segments are activated audible alarm sounds alarm LEDs light vibrating alarm is activated.

During the self test, the instrument checks for missing sensors.

In the case of a missing sensor, the instrument displays the Sensor

Missing screen and alarms until it is turned OFF. Otherwise, the turn-

ON sequence continues.

The instrument displays:

Alarm & display self test

Manufacturer name

Instrument name

Software version

Combustible gas type

Toxic gas units

Alarm set points (

Calibration values

,

Date and time display

Last cal date (if activated)

CAL due date (if activated)

Sensor warm-up period

Fresh Air Setup option.

) (

,

)

Refer to flowchart in Appendix, Section 7.1.

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OPERATION MSA

3.2.1 Screen Displays during Startup

During the power-up sequence, all automatic page display timeouts are preset to a range from two to four seconds.

Several sequences and screens occur during start up:

Instrument Self Test

The instrument performs a self test.

COMB/EX O2

CO

H2S

Instrument Name and Software version

Software version and instrument name display.

Combustible Gas Type

Name of Combustible Gas Type displays, e.g.

BUTANE

.

Combustible gas type can be changed manually through the

SENSOR SETUP menu or the MSA Link software.

Toxic Gas Units

Name of Toxic Gas Units displays (ppm or mg/l).

Toxic units can only be modified through the MSA Link software.

COMB/EX

CO H2S

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Alarm Set points

Alarm set points for all installed and activated sensors display.

LOW alarm set points display, followed by HIGH alarm set points.

Alarm set points can be changed manually through the Setup menu or the MSA Link software.

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

STEL and TWA Set points

The preset STEL and TWA values for installed and activated sensors display.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

CO

CO H2S

Calibration Values

The preset STEL and TWA values for installed and activated sensors display.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Time and Date

The date displays in a month, day and year format.

In the event that the battery is fully discharged, the time and date reset. At startup, the user is prompted to enter the time and date.

If the time and date information is missing, they are reset to

[Jan-01-2008] with time stamp [00:00].

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OPERATION MSA

Last CAL Date and CAL Due

These display options can be set by MSA Link software. If these options are not set, these screens are not displayed.

By default Last Cal is activated.

By default Cal Due is deactivated.

Sensor Warm Up

The remaining time for sensor Warm Up is shown in a countdown format.

Fresh Air Setup (FAS)

The FAS screen is prompted (see Section 3.2.2)

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

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3.2.2 Fresh Air Setup (FAS)

OPERATION

The FAS is for automatic ZERO calibration of the instrument.

The Fresh Air Setup has limits. The zero of any sensor that is outside of these limits will not be adjusted by the FAS command.

If a battery charging cycle is interrupted before it is completed (4 hours for a fully discharged battery), allow the instrument’s internal temperature to stabilize for 30 minutes before performing a Fresh Air Setup.

WARNING

Do not activate the Fresh Air Setup unless you are certain you are in fresh, uncontaminated air; otherwise, inaccurate readings can occur which can falsely indicate that a hazardous atmosphere is safe. If you have any doubts as to the quality of the surrounding air, do not use the Fresh Air Setup feature. Do not use the Fresh Air Setup as a substitute for daily calibration checks. The calibration check is required to verify span accuracy. Failure to follow this warning can result in serious personal injury or death.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Figure 3-1 Fresh Air Setup

If this option is enabled, the instrument displays "

FAS?

", prompting the user to perform a Fresh Air Setup (FAS CAL).

(1) Press

[ ]

button to bypass the Fresh Air Setup.

The Fresh Air Setup is skipped and the instrument goes to the

Measuring page (Main page).

(2) Press

[ ]

button within 10 seconds to perform the Fresh Air

Setup.

The instrument starts the FAS.

The screen shows a No Gas Symbol, a blinking hourglass, and all enabled gas sensor readings.

At the end of the FAS Calibration, the instrument displays

"

FAS OK

" or "

FAS ERR

". along with the flags of the sensors that were outside of the FAS limits. All sensors that are within the

FAS limits will be zeroed.

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3.3 Measurement Mode (Normal Operation)

In Normal Operation mode, the user can check the Minimum and Peak readings prior to clearing the STEL and TWA values or performing a Span and Zero Calibration.

The following options pages can be executed from the Normal Operation screen:

Bump Page

This page allows the user to perform a bump check.

COMB/EX

O2

CO

Peak Page

This page shows the peak readings for all sensors.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Min Page

This page shows the minimum reading for the oxygen sensor.

O2

STEL Page

This page shows the calculated STEL readings of the instrument.

CO

TWA Page

This page shows the calculated TWA readings of the instrument.

CO H2S

Time / Date Page

This page shows actual time and date settings of the instrument.

Motion Alert (optional)

This page allows the Motion Alert Feature to be activated or deactivated.

Using the three instrument buttons, the user can navigate through each sub-menu in a top/down sequence.

Refer to section 2.3 and 7.3 in the appendix for detailed instructions on navigating through these screens.

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This section describes the configuration options that are available through the

Options Setup menus. These menus can be accessed only when the instrument is turned ON while pressing and holding the

[ ]

button

(see Sections 3.2 and 7.3).

This mode can only be activated at instrument turn-ON.

The operation is as follows:

(1) Press and hold the

[ ]

button while turning the instrument ON.

Use the

[ ]

and

[ ]

buttons to enter the setup password.

The default password is "672".

Press

]

button to enter the setup menus.

Incorrect password: instrument enters the Measure mode.

Correct password: instrument continues/beeps three times.

The password can be changed through the MSA Link software.

In the Setup mode:

Press the

[ ]

button to store chosen value or go to the next page.

Press

[ ]

button to increase values by one or toggle a selection ON or

OFF

.

Press and hold

[ ]

button to increase values by 10.

Press

[ ]

button to decrease values by one or toggle a selection ON or

OFF.

Press and hold

[ ]

button to decrease values by 10.

The following options are available by pressing the

[ ]

and

[ ]

buttons

:

Sensor Setup (

SENSOR SETUP

) - see Section 3.4.1

Calibration Setup (

Alarm Setup (

CAL SETUP

) - see Section 3.4.2

ALARM SETUP

) - see Section 3.4.3

Setup Time and Date (

EXIT

TIME SET

) - see Section 3.4.4

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Each sensor can be turned ON or OFF.

For more information, see the flow charts in Section 7.6.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Figure 3-2 Sensor Setup

(1) To bypass this setup, press the

[ ]

or

[ ]

button; otherwise, continue as follows.

(2) Press

[

]

button to enter the submenu. the or

[ ]

button to change the option and confirm with the

[

]

button.

(4) Repeat this procedure for all other sensors.

(5) After setting the last sensor, continue to Calibration Setup.

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The user can change and set the calibration values for each sensor.

It is also possible to select whether the Cal Due screen is displayed and set the number of days until the next calibration is due.

For more information, see the flow charts in Section 7.7.

COMB/EX

O2

CO

H2S

Figure 3-3 Calibration Setup

(1) To bypass this setup, press the

[ ]

or

[ ]

button; otherwise, continue as follows.

(2) Press

[ ]

button to enter the submenu.

The calibration gas concentration of the first sensor is shown. the button or the

[

]

button to change the value.

(4) Press

[

]

button to store the value.

Setup screen for the next sensor is displayed.

(5) Repeat the procedure for all other sensors.

After setting the last sensor, the user is prompted to set CALDUE. the button or the

[

]

button to enable or disable CALDUE

Press the

[ ]

button to confirm the selection.

(7) If CALDUE is set ON, press the

[ ]

or the

[ ]

button to select the number of days with

[

]

button.

(9) After confirmation, continue to Alarm setup.

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The user can switch all alarms ON or OFF and change the alarm set points for each sensor.

For more information see the flow charts in Section 7.8.

See section 5.2 for alarm adjustment limits. The value of the High Alarm can only be set to a value that is higher than the Low Alarm set point.

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Figure 3-4 Alarm Setup

(1) To bypass this setup, press the

[ ]

or

[ ]

button; otherwise, continue as follows.

(2) Press

[

]

button to enter the submenu.

(3) Set alarms ON or OFF by pressing the

[ ]

button or the

[

]

button.

Confirm with the

[

]

button.

LOW ALARM settings for the first sensor display the button or the

[

]

button to change the value.

(5) Press

[ ]

button to store the value.

HIGH ALARM settings for the first sensor display. the button or the

[ ]

button to change the value.

(7) Press

[

]

button to store the value.

STEL ALARM settings (for toxic sensors only) display. the button or the

[

]

button to change the value.

(9) Press

[ ]

button to store the value.

TWA ALARM settings (for toxic sensor only) for display.

(10) Press the

[ ]

button or the

[ ]

button to change the value.

(11) Press the

[

]

button to store the value.

(12) Repeat the procedure for all other sensors.

(13) After setting the last sensor, continue to Time and Date setup.

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60% L.E.L. or 3.0% volume of methane is the maximum High Alarm set point that can be programmed by the user.

The combustible alarm can be turned OFF by the user in the instrument setup. When the combustible alarm is turned OFF, the only indicator to the user that the combustible alarm is turned OFF occurs during power up of the instrument at which a startup screen will indicate that the combustible alarm is turned OFF. When turned ON, the combustible high alarm is latching. The combustible alarm can be silenced momentarily by pressing the

[ ]

button. However, if the gas concentration causing the alarm is still present, the unit will go back into alarm.

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OPERATION MSA

3.4.4 Setup Time and Date

This submenu is for setting date and time.

For more information see the flow charts in Section 7.9.

Figure 3-5 Date and Time Setup

(1) To bypass this setup, press the

[ ]

or

[ ]

button; otherwise, continue as follows.

(2) Press

[

]

button to enter the submenu.

(3) Set month by pressing the

[ ]

button or the

[

]

button

.

(4) Press

[

]

button to confirm month.

(5) Repeat this procedure for day, year, hours and minutes.

By default, time is displayed in 12-hour format.

The

EXIT

screen will be displayed next.

(6) Confirming this screen with the

[ ]

button exits the instrument setup.

If the sensors have not warmed up yet, the countdown is displayed.

The instrument then goes to Measuring mode.

Connecting Instrument to PC

(1) Switch ON the ALTAIR 4 and align the Datalink Communication port on the ALTAIR 4 to the IR interface of the PC.

(2) Use the MSA Link software to communicate with the instrument.

See MSA Link documentation for detailed instructions.

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MSA

3.6 Function Tests on the Instrument

OPERATION

Alarm Test

Turn ON the instrument. Verify that:

• all LCD segments are activated momentarily alarm LEDs flash horn sounds briefly vibrating alarm triggers briefly.

3.7 Safe LED

The instrument is equipped with a green "SAFE LED". This green SAFE

LED flashes every 15 seconds under the following conditions:

• the SAFE LED feature is enabled instrument is in Measurement Mode (Normal Operation) combustible reading is 0% LEL or 0.00%CH

4

Oxygen (O

2

) reading is 20.8%

Carbon Monoxide (CO) reading is 0 ppm

Hydrogen Sulfide (H

2 no gas alarms are present (low or high)

S) reading is 0 ppm or 0 mg/m³ instrument is not in Low Battery warning or alarm

CO, H

2

S, STEL and TWA readings are 0 ppm or 0 mg/m³.

WARNING

Perform a Bump Test before each day’s use to verify proper instrument operation. Failure to perform this test can result in serious personal injury or death.

This test quickly confirms that the gas sensors are functioning. Perform a full calibration periodically to ensure accuracy and immediately if the instrument fails the Bump Test. The Bump Test can be performed using the procedure below or automatically using the Galaxy Test Stand.

CSA requires (per 22.2 NO. 152) that the instrument's sensitivity be tested before each day's use on a known concentration of methane equivalent to

25-50% of full scale concentration. ACCURACY MUST BE WITHIN 0 to

+20% OF ACTUAL. Correct accuracy by performing the calibration procedure within this manual.

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OPERATION MSA

3.8.1 Equipment.

See accessory section for ordering information for these components.

Calibration Check Gas Cylinder

0.25 liters/min. Flow Regulator

1/8” ID Superthane Ester Tubing

Altair 4 Calibration Cap

3.8.2 Performing a Bump Test

To skip the Bump Test procedure, push the

[ ]

button repeatedly to return to Measuring mode. If no button is pushed for 30 seconds, the instrument returns to the Measuring mode automatically.

(1) From the normal measure screen press the

[ ]

button to display “

BUMP

TEST

?”.

(2) Verify the gas concentrations displayed match the Calibration Check Gas

Cylinder. If they do not, adjust the values through the Calibration Setup menu as described in section 3.4.2.

(3) Attach the calibration cap to the instrument.

Insert tab on calibration cap into slot on instrument.

Press calibration cap as shown until it seats onto instrument.

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

Press both side tabs down onto instrument until they snap in.

Ensure that the calibration cap is properly seated.

Connect one end of the tubing to the calibration cap.

Connect other end of tubing to the cylinder regulator (supplied in the calibration kit).

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(5) Press

[

]

button to start the bump test then open the valve on the regulator.

The hourglass will flash and the sensors will respond to the gas.

COMB/EX O2

After the Bump Test completes, the instrument momentarily displays “

BUMP

PASS

” or “

BUMP ERROR

” along with the label of any sensor that failed before returning to Measure mode. If the instrument fails the Bump Test, perform a calibration as described in section 3.9.

COMB/EX

H2S

The

symbol will be displayed in the Measure mode for 24 hours after a successful Bump Test.

3.9 Calibration

The ALTAIR4 can be calibrated either manually using this procedure or automatically using the Galaxy Test Stand. Refer to 7.7 of the appendix.

Calibration must be performed using a flow regulator with a flow rate set to

0.25 liters per minute.

If a battery charging cycle is interrupted before it is completed (4 hours for a fully discharged battery), allow the instrument’s internal temperature to stabilize for 30 minutes before performing a Calibration.

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OPERATION MSA

To skip the ZERO procedure and move directly to the calibration span procedure, push the

[ ]

button. If no button is pushed for 30 seconds, the instrument prompts user to perform a SPAN calibration before returning to the Normal Operation mode.

(1) Press and hold the

[ ]

button in Normal

Operation mode for three seconds

(2) If calibration lockout option is selected, enter password.

YES

Password

Correct?

NO

ZERO screen is then displayed.

If calibration lockout option is

NOT

selected:

ZERO screen displays.

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

CO

(3) With the instrument exposed to fresh air, press the

[ ]

button to confirm the

ZERO screen.

The hourglass will flash during the

10 second sensor zero adjustment.

After ZERO calibration completes, the instrument momentarily displays “

ZERO

PASS

” or “

ZERO ERR

” along with the flag of any sensor that failed.

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

CO

O2

H2S

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To skip the Span procedure, push the

[ ]

button.

If no button is pushed for 30 seconds, the instrument returns to the

Measuring mode.

(1) Once the zero is set, the span screen displays.

(2) Connect the appropriate calibration gas to the instrument.

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

(3) Attach the calibration cap to the instrument.

Insert tab on calibration cap into slot on instrument.

Press calibration cap as shown

until it seats onto instrument.

Press both side tabs down onto instrument until they snap into.

Ensure that the calibration cap is properly seated.

Connect one end of the tubing to the calibration cap.

Connect other end of tubing to the cylinder regulator (supplied in the calibration kit).

(4) Open the valve on the regulator.

(5) Press

[ ]

button to calibrate (span) the instrument.

LEDs flash

SPAN calibration starts.

After the SPAN calibration completes, the instrument momentarily displays “

SPAN

PASS

” or “

SPAN ERR

” along with the label of any sensor that failed then returns to the Measuring mode.

COMB/EX

COMB/EX

CO

O2

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

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(1) Close the valve on the regulator.

(2) Remove the calibration cap.

The calibration procedure adjusts the span value for any sensor that passes the calibration test; sensors that fail calibration are left unchanged. Since residual gas may be present, the instrument may briefly go into an exposure alarm after the calibration sequence is completed.

If the instrument cannot calibrate one or more sensor(s), it goes to the

SPAN ERR page and remains in alarm until the user presses the

[ ]

button.

Sensors that could not be calibrated are indicated by flashing sensor icons.

If the combustible sensor fails calibration after the full calibration procedure in this manual has been performed, replace the combustible sensor.

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MSA

4 Maintenance

MAINTENANCE

If an error occurs during operation, use the displayed error codes to determine appropriate next steps.

WARNING

Repair or alteration of the Altair 4 Multigas Detector, beyond the procedures described in this manual or by anyone other than a person authorized by MSA, could cause the instrument to fail to perform properly. Use only genuine MSA replacement parts when performing any maintenance procedures described in this manual. Substitution of components can seriously impair instrument performance, alter intrinsic safety characteristics or void agency approvals.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS

PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.

4.1 Troubleshooting

Problem Description Reaction

ERROR TEMP

Temperature is below

-40°C or above 75°C.

Return instrument to normal temperature range and recalibrate.

Contact MSA

ERR/AD COMB

ERR/AD MAIN

Sensor measurement error

ERROR

CMBPWR

ERROR EE

Combustible sensor power supply error.

Contact MSA

Contact MSA

EEPROM Memory error Contact MSA

ERROR PRG

Flash Memory error Contact MSA

Contact MSA

ERROR RAM

RAM Memory error

ERROR UNK

Unknown error

LOW

BATT

Battery warning repeats every 15 seconds.

BATT

ALARM

ERROR

SENSOR

Battery is completely discharged.

Sensor error

Contact MSA

Remove from service as soon as possible and recharge battery

Instrument is no longer sensing gas.

Remove from service and recharge battery.

Replace sensor and recalibrate.

Contact MSA

Instrument does not turn ON

Low battery Charge instrument

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4.2 Live Maintenance Procedure - Replacing and Adding a Sensor

NOTICE

Before handling the PC board, the user must be properly grounded; otherwise, static charges could damage the electronics. Such damage is not covered by the warranty. Grounding straps and kits are available from electronics suppliers.

WARNING

Remove and reinstall sensors carefully, ensuring that the components are not damaged; otherwise instrument intrinsic safety may be adversely affected, wrong readings could occur, and persons relying on this product for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

To add a sensor to an instrument that is not already equipped with a full array of sensors, remove the sensor plug from in front of the formerly unused sensor housing.

NOTICE

While instrument case is open, do not touch any internal components with metallic/conductive objects or tools.

Damage to the instrument can occur.

(1) Verify that the instrument is turned OFF.

(2) Remove the four case screws, and remove the case front while carefully noting the orientation of the sensor gasket.

(3) Gently lift out and properly discard the sensor to be replaced.

Using fingers only, gently remove the toxic, combustible, or oxygen sensor by gently rocking it while pulling it straight from its socket.

(4) Carefully align the new sensor contact pins with the sockets on the printed circuit board and pressing it firmly in place.

Insert the toxic sensor by placing it in the left-hand position of the sensor holder.

Insert the O

2

sensor by placing it in the middle position of the sensor holder.

Insert the combustible sensor by placing it in the right-hand position of the sensor holder.

Ensure groove in combustible sensor aligns with tab at top of holder.

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If any sensor is not to be installed, ensure that a sensor plug is installed properly in its place.

(5) If replacing sensor filters at this time:

Carefully peel off old filters taking care not to damage the inside of the case.

On new filters peel off backing exposing adhesive. Note proper orientation of each filter and apply to inside of front case adhesive side against case.

Press filter into place taking care not to damage filter surface.

(6) Reinstall the sensor gasket in the case front.

Ensure sensor gasket is properly installed.

(7) Re-install the screws.

(8) If this sensor channel was deactivated, go into the sensor setup and turn ON the sensor.

(9) Calibrate the instrument after the sensors have stabilized.

Allow sensors to stabilize at least 30 minutes before calibration.

WARNING

Calibration is required after a sensor is installed; otherwise, the instrument will not perform as expected and persons relying on this product for their safety could sustain serious personal injury or death.

4.3 Cleaning the Instrument

Clean the exterior of the instrument regularly using only a damp cloth. Do not use cleaning agents.

4.4 Storage

When not in use, store the instrument in a safe, dry place between 65°F and 86°F (18 °C and 30 °C). After storage, always recheck instrument calibration before use.

4.5 Shipment

Pack the instrument in its original shipping container with suitable padding.

If the original container is unavailable, an equivalent container may be substituted.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS MSA

5.1 Technical Specifications

Weight

Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Alarms

Volume of audible alarm

Display

Battery type

0.300 lb (instrument with battery and clip)

4.4 x 3.00 x 1.37 inches – without fastening clip

Four LEDs, an audible alarm and a vibrating alarm

95 dB typical

Measuring methods

Warranty

LCD display

Rechargeable Li polymer battery.

Li polymer battery must not be charged in Ex area.

Instrument run time

16 hours at 77°F (25 °C)

Charging time

Temperature range

Humidity range

Atmospheric pressure range

Ingress protection

4 hours

The maximum safe area charging voltage

Um = 6.7 Volts D.C.

-4 °F to122 °F (-20 °C to 50 °C) operating

50 °F to 95 °F (10 °C to 35 °C) while charging battery

15 % – 90 % relative humidity, non-condensing,

5 % – 95 % RH intermittent

11.6 to 17.4 PSIA (800 kPA to 1200 kPA)

IP 67

Combustible gases:

Oxygen:

Toxic gases

Catalytic sensor

Electrochemical sensor

Electrochemical sensor

Standard two years. Extended options available.

See full warranty for specific limitations.

Measuring range

Combustible O

2

CO H

2

S

0-100% LEL

0-5.00% CH4

0-25 % Vol. 0-999 ppm 0-200 ppm

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5.2 Factory-set Alarm thresholds

Sensor

LEL

O

2

CO

H

2

S

LOW alarm

HIGH alarm

10 % LEL 20 % LEL

19.5 % 23.0 %

25 ppm 100 ppm

10 ppm 15 ppm

STEL TWA

--

--

100

15

--

--

25

10

Sensor

Min. alarm set Max. alarm set Auto-cal values point point

O

2

H

2

This instrument is not approved for use in atmospheres containing >21 % oxygen.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS

5.3 Certifications

See instrument label for the approvals that apply to your specific unit.

MSA

USA and Canada

USA

Exia

Class I, Groups A, B, C, D, F, G

Ambient temperature: -4°F to +122°F; T4

Canada

Exia

Class I, Groups A, B, C, D

Ambient temperature: -4°F to +122°F; T4

ONLY THE COMBUSTIBLE DETECTION PORTION OF THIS

INSTRUMENT HAS BEEN ASSESSED FOR PERFORMANCE BY THE

CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (C.S.A.).

Other Countries

Australia

Ex ia IIC T4

Ambient temperature: 122°F

European Community

The product ALTAIR 4 complies with the following directives, standards or standardized documents:

Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX)

Directive 2004/108/EEC (EMC) :

: FTZU 06 ATEX 0134 X

II 2G EEx ia IIC T4

-20 °C

Ta

+50 °C

EN 50 014, EN 50 020

EN 50 270 Type 2, EN 61 000-6-3

0080

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Range

Resolution

Reproducibility

Response time

0 to 100 % LEL or 0 to 5 % CH

4

1 % LEL or 0.05 % vol CH

4

3 % LEL, 0 % to 50 % LEL reading or 0.15 % CH

4

, 0.00 % to 2.50 % CH

4

(normal temperature range)

5 % LEL, 50 % to 100 % LEL reading or 0.25 % CH

4

, 2.50 % to 5.00 % CH

4

(normal temperature range)

5 % LEL, 0 % to 50 % LEL reading or 0.25 % CH

4

, 0.00 % to 2.50 % CH

4

(extended temperature range)

8 % LEL, 50 % to 100 % LEL reading or 0.40 % CH

4

, 2.50 % to 5.00 % CH

4

(extended temperature range)

90 % of final reading in less than or equal to

30 sec (normal temperature range)

5.4.2 Oxygen

The oxygen sensor has built-in temperature compensation. However, if temperature shifts dramatically, the oxygen sensor reading may shift. Zero the instrument at a temperature within 86°F (30 °C) of the work place temperature for the least effect.

Range

Resolution

Reproducibility

Response time

0 to 25 vol.% O

2

0.1 vol.% O

2

0.7 vol.% O

2 for 0 to 25 vol.% O

2

30 second (normal temperature range)

3 minutes (extended temperature range)

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Range

Resolution

Reproducibility

Response time

MSA

0 - 999 ppm CO

1 ppm CO, for 0 to 500 ppm CO

± 5 ppm CO or 10 % of reading, whichever is greater (normal temperature range)

0 to 300 ppm CO,

± 15 % >300 ppm CO

(normal temperature range)

± 10 ppm CO or 20 % of reading, whichever is greater (extended temperature range)

90% of final reading in less than or equal to

30 seconds (normal operation range)

60 seconds (normal temperature range)

Range

Resolution

Reproducibility

Response time

0 - 200 ppm H

2

S

1 ppm H

2

S, for 3 to 200 ppm H

2

S

± 2 ppm H

2

S or 10 % of reading, whichever is greater (normal temperature range)

0 to 100 ppm H

2

S,

± 15 % >100 ppm H

2

S

(normal temperature range)

± 5 ppm H

2

S or 10 % of reading, whichever is greater (extended temperature range)

90% of final reading in less than or equal to

30 seconds (normal operation range)

60 seconds (normal temperature range)

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SS Suspender Clip

Belt clip

34L quad gas mix (1.45% CH4, 15% O2, 60 ppm CO, 20 ppm H2S)

58L quad gas mix (1.45% CH4, 15% O2, 60 ppm CO, 20 ppm H2S)

Universal pump probe (UL)

Universal pump probe (CSA)

Universal pump probe (AUS)

Universal pump probe (ATEX)

Calibration assembly (cap, tube, connector)

Charging cradle assembly

North American Power Supply

Australian Power Supply

European Power Supply

Australian Power Supply with IEC barrier

European Power Supply with IEC barrier

MSA Link Software CD- Rom

JetEye IR adapter with USB connector

Combustible sensor

O2 sensor

CO/H2S duo-tox sensor

Sensor replacement kit (duo-tox, O2, combustible)

Front Housing with integrated dust filters

Main board w/ battery pack

LCD frame assembly (frame, LCD, zebra strips, screws)

10069894

10089322

10048280

10045035

10046528

10055576

10047594

10047596

10089321

10086639

10047342

10058037

10065716

10089487

10089488

10088099

10082834

10089116

10046946

10089117

10089118

10089162

10089161

10089120

Spare filters, sensors gasket, socket head cap screws (4x), self tapping (2x) 10089119

CD Manual ALTAIR 4 10088159

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APPENDIX – FLOW CHARTS

7 Appendix – Flow Charts

7.1 Start Up Sequence (Power ON)

From Power ON

(Press

[ ]

)

COMB/EX O2

CO

COMB/EX

CO

CO

CO

H2S

H2S

H2S

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

CO

COMB/EX

COMB/EX

CO

CO

COMB/EX

CO

O2

H2S

H2S

O2

H2S

COMB/EX

COMB/EX O2

CO

H2S

MSA

Begin Normal

Operation

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From Start Up Sequence 7.1

COMB/EX O2

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S CO H2S

Press

[ ]

Press key

COMB/EX O2

CO

YES

Press

[ ]

or wait 10 seconds

FAS OK ?

NO

COMB/EX

CO

To Measure

Page

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7.3 Reset Screen Controls

From Normal Operations

(Main Page)

Hold

[ ]

for 3 seconds

Button?

CAL Mode

Hold

[ ]

for 5 seconds

Press

[ ]

BUMP Page

To Calibration

Instrument OFF

MSA

Press

[ ]

Measure

Press

[ ]

Button ?

Press

[ ]

Perform BUMP

To Bump

To Next

Page

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MSA

From previous page

Press

[ ]

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Button ?

Press

[ ]

Press

[ ]

O2

Press

[ ]

Button ?

Press

[ ]

Press

[ ]

Press

[ ]

CO H2S

Button ?

Press

[ ]

Press

[ ]

CO H2S

Press

[ ]

M i

Press

[ ]

Button ?

Press

[ ]

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COMB/EX O2

CO

H2S

CO

CO

O2

H2S

H2S

To Time and Date

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From Normal Operations

(Main Page)

Press

[ ]

MSA

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Button ?

No Button

PASS?

COMB/EX

H2S

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[ ]

[ ]

[ ]

YES

Password

Correct?

NO

[ ]

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

[ ]

[ ]

To Sensor

Setup

From

Date/Time

Setup

From

Alarm

Setup

[ ]

[ ]

[ ]

Button? or

Setup

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

[ ]

[ ]

To CAL

Setup

From

CAL

Setup

[ ]

[ ]

COMB/EX O2

CO

H2S

[ ]

To Main

Page

To Time/

Date Setup

To Alarm

Setup

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From

Setup Options

Set Sensor with

[ ]

or

[

]

.

Confirm Sensor with

[ ]

.

COMB/EX COMB/EX

Combustible

MSA

O2 O2

O

2

CO

H

2

S

CO CO

H2S H2S

To Options

Menu

MSA

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From Measure Page when

[ ]

is held for 3 seconds.

ZERO CAL

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Press

[ ]

Perform

ZERO CAL?

Press

[ ]

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

CO

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

SPAN CAL

COMB/EX O2

CO H2S

Press

[ ]

Perform

ZERO CAL?

Press

[ ]

COMB/EX O2

O2

H2S

Return to

Normal Operation

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From Setup Options

Set Alarms

ON or OFF

Combustible

COMB/EX

Set Alarms with

[ ]

or

[ ]

.

Confirm Alarms with

[ ]

.

COMB/EX

MSA

O2 O2

O

2

CO

CO CO CO CO

H

2

S

H2S H2S H2S

To

Time/Date

Setup

H2S

MSA

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From Options Setup

To Exit Setup

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