Business Case Hydro Extrusion North America

See how MSA’s cloud-based Gas Detection Solution helped Hydro Extrusion North America streamline key aspects of their gas detection program.

About Hydro Extrusion North America

Hydro Extrusion North America is a business area of Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminium companies. Hydro’s comprehensive safety program helps create a safe and secure workplace while improving the health of its employees, contractors, and communities.

About Nathan Krammes

Nathan Krammes is an Environmental Engineer and Industrial Hygienist who’s dedicated 20 years of his career promoting worker health and safety. Today, Nathan is responsible for all aspects of Hydro Extrusion North America’s EHS – including compliance.

The Situation

Hydro Extrusion has trusted MSA gas detectors for many years and appreciates the reliability and durability of its ALTAIR® brand. Even with the incredible response time of the XCell® sensors, the company’s paper-based controls made gas detector maintenance and compliance a real challenge.

The Opportunity

Hydro Extrusion North America needed a solution that would:

  • Automate compliance management
  • Increase visibility and awareness of the fleet
  • Eliminate unplanned and unnecessary downtime

The Solution

  • Hydro Extrusion installed MSA GALAXY® GX2 automated test stations to accelerate bump testing and calibration of detectors before every confined space entry.
  • Hydro Extrusion also adopted the Grid Fleet Manager, giving them more visibility, awareness, and control over their detection program.

The Results

GALAXY GX2 and the Grid helped Hydro Extrusion take its confined space gas detection safety to its next level.

The GX2 test stand:

  • Reduced calibration and bump testing time dramatically, down to 2 minutes from 30
  • Eliminated unintentional human error from the testing process

The Grid:

  • Provided a 70% reduction in time spent managing the fleet by:
    • Anticipating calibration and gas detector replacement needs
    • Bringing awareness of, and faster action to, maintenance concerns
    • Automating record keeping in compliance with OSHA requirements
  • Reduced equipment downtime and, consequently, confined space entry delays
  • Improved analysis and investigation of eventual exposures

“The MSA Gas Detection Solution makes my gas detection program safer in these three ways:

1.Allows for faster response: The response time of the Excel sensor is drastically superior, giving workers a greater advantage if exposures do occur.

2.Keeps the fleet ready: The GX2 test stand automates calibration and bump testing, which virtually eliminates human error so the fleet always at-the-ready.

3.Provides situational awareness: Connectivity with the Grid keeps me continually aware so I can investigate exposures.”

Nathan Krammes,

Environmental Engineer and Industrial Hygienist

at Hydro Extrusion North America

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