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.
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.
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.
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.
Hydro Extrusion North America needed a solution that would:
- Automate compliance management
- Increase visibility and awareness of the fleet
- Eliminate unplanned and unnecessary downtime
- 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.
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
- 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