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Product Data Sheet

BSRIA Instrument Solutions


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error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
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Manufacturer : DRAEGER
Model : MiniWarn Personal Gas Analyser Page 1 of 6
A new portable four-gas monitor
With the introduction of the MiniWarn four-gas personal monitor,
Drger Sicherheitstechnik GmbH is expanding the price-performance
range of its multi-gas product family of detectors, which also includes
MiniWarns bigger brother Multiwarn II, a five-gas portable monitor.
MiniWarn was designed with ergonomics, versatility, and user-
friendliness in mind. From the outset, the goal was to make MiniWarn
an easy-to-use and versatile four-gas monitor.
MEASUREMENT CHANNELS
The MiniWarn is equipped with four measurement channels:
One catalytic sensor used for the detection of flammable
gases and vapours
Three electrochemical DrgerSensors XS EC, which are used for the detection of oxygen in % by
volume and toxic gases at ppm concentrations
The user can install one original DrgerSensor Cat Ex, which can measure numerous flammable gases
and vapours in ppm, % LEL, and % by volume concentration ranges. The MiniWarn is the first Drger
multigas instrument to be equipped with the new Leak-Check ppm mode with which the MiniWarn can
detect concentrations of as low as 50 ppm methane, even during diffusion operation without the pump
running. DrgerSensor CatEx
The DrgerSensor Cat Ex is actually two sensors in one housing heat of reaction and heat of conduction.
This combination allows the user to unambiguously measure methane between 0 and 100 % by volume,
increasing user safety in comparison with other catalytic sensors. A detailed listing of some of the many
measurement possibilities for this sensor is given below in Table 1 below.
Gas/vapour Chemical symbol Relative Sensitivity
3
Methane CH
4
1,60
Hydrogene H
2
1,60
Propane C
3
H
8
1,10
Methanol CH
3
OH 1,20
Hexane C
6
H
14
0,80
Toluene C
6
H
5
CH
3
0,80
Nonane C
9
H
20
0,50
Ethanol C
2
H
5
OH 1,10
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this data sheet, no liability is given or implied for any
error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
Many names used in this data sheet are the trade mark names of their manufactures; BSRIA Instrument Solutions acknowledges all
registered trade marks.
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The Miniwarn additionally allows up to five different and independent
gas or vapour calibrations of the Drger-Sensor Cat Ex. For
instance, at a gas company, a user may want to measure methane in
ppm, % LEL, and % by volume concentration ranges, depending on
the circumstances. These three measurement possibilities could be
set up beforehand and easily accessed as needed in the powerful but
easy-to-use MiniWarn Flex Menu.
A user in a petrochemical plant with several known hazards could
have the MiniWarn pre-calibrated to all of them. The Miniwarn can
then be switched from one calibration setting to the other as needed.
This feature brings the user the advantage of having to buy fewer
instruments and means costly recalibration can be avoided.
Electrochemical DrgerSensors

The three electrochemical
Drger-Sensor( ports are user-installable plug and play smart ports.
More than 18 DrgerSensor XS EC and three PacSensors II are
available for the measurement of over 40 gases and vapours. A
detailed listing of the measurement possibilities is given in Table 2.
All sensors from the new electrochemical DrgerSensors XS-R generation even feature a guarantee
period of three years (H2S, O2 , CO).
Table 2: DrgerSensors : Compatibility with the MiniWarn
Name and description Order no.
Catalytic DrgerSensors .
DrgerSensor CAT Ex for flammable gases and vapours 68 08 280
Electrochemical DrgerSensors XS EC .
DrgerSensor XS EC H2S, 500 ppm 68 09 180
DrgerSensor XS EC organic vapours 68 09 115
DrgerSensor XS EC organic vapours - A 68 09 522
DrgerSensor XS EC NO 68 09 125
DrgerSensor XS EC Hydride 68 09 135
DrgerSensor XS EC NH3 68 09 145
DrgerSensor XS EC HCN 68 09 150
DrgerSensor XS EC NO2 68 09 155
DrgerSensor XS EC SO2 68 09 160
DrgerSensor XS EC Mercaptan 68 09 200
DrgerSensor XS EC CI2 68 09 165
DrgerSensor XS EC Amine 68 09 545
DrgerSensor XS EC PH3 500 ppm 68 09 535
DrgerSensor XS EC CO2 68 09 175
Electrochemical DrgerSensors PS II .
EC-O2-LS 68 09 030
EC-CO 68 09 005
EC-H2S 68 09 010
EC-H2S 68 09 010
Electrochemical DrgerSensors XS-R
DrgerSensor XS-R CO 68 10 258
DrgerSensor XS-R H2S 68 10 260
DrgerSensor XS-R 02 68 10 262
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this data sheet, no liability is given or implied for any
error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
Many names used in this data sheet are the trade mark names of their manufactures; BSRIA Instrument Solutions acknowledges all
registered trade marks.
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HARDWARE CONFIGURATIONS AND AVAILABLE OPTIONS
The MiniWarn measurement unit comes in two versions:
basic model: equipped as standard with an IR interface and all typical instrument functions
required for normal use
extended model: includes all the same features as the basic model and is additionally equipped
with advanced data logging features, which with the PC software GasVision enables the user to
log and display gas measurements.
The IR interface allows the user to download
data to a PC, set device parameters and load
new software versions without the need for
cable hook-ups or plugs on the instrument.
Figure 3: A good price-performance ratio: The PSII
family of electrochemical sensors Attachable
pump The MiniWarn product family features
an easily-attachable external pump. This pump
can draw a sample from up to 10 metres away.
The user attaches the pump to the top of the
instrument, activates the mechanical positive
locking mechanism, which starts the pump
automatically (the pump is powered by the
instrument). The pump has a flow alarm to
alert the user to incorrect measurements due
to clogging or bending of the remote hose or
probe. The pump may be used with conventional hose, float probes, and extendible metal probes, among
others.
Power supply
There are three different types of battery packs available for the MiniWarn, including:
NiMH rechargeable power pack for a run-time of up to 15 hours during diffusion operation
Rechargeable NiCd power pack (10 hours run-time during diffusion operation)
Alkaline power pack for 10-12 hours run-time , allowing the use of readily-available alkaline
disposable batteries.
MiniWarn alarms
Clearly, the ultimate purpose of the MiniWarn is to warn the user of the presence of gas dangers. When
there is an alarm, the user is supplied with three pieces of redundant information to ensure an adequate
warning:
Visually: the entire red sensor cap illuminates and is visible at a great distance and from all
directions
Audibly: a very loud acoustic alarm sounds (85 dbA, at 30 cm)
In the display: the display illuminates and the measurement unit of the affected channel alternates
between A1 or A2 depending on the severity of the alarm.
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this data sheet, no liability is given or implied for any
error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
Many names used in this data sheet are the trade mark names of their manufactures; BSRIA Instrument Solutions acknowledges all
registered trade marks.
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Additionally, all three alarm modes are coordinated with one another. In the case of an A1 alarm (first
alarm threshold) the visual alarm, the audible alarm, and the display are all activated with the same single
repeating tone/pattern. In the case of an A2 alarm (second alarm threshold), all of the above modes
activate with the same repeating double tone/pattern. This means that audibly and visually the user can
recognize the severity and nature of the gas danger unambiguously and quickly.
Ergonomics
In developing the MiniWarn, every detail was considered in order to
make the device ergonomic and easy to use. The similarity of the
MiniWarn to an electric razor is not coincidental. Like an electronic
razor, the MiniWarn feels good and secure in the hand and works
easily.
The MiniWarn offers both easy access to the sensor cover to replace
sensors and to the alkaline batteries (with quick-release quarter turn
screws).
Daily operation is also child's play with the MiniWarn. The MiniWarn
uses the same easy-to-use three but-ton operation philosophy used
by the Multiwarn II, Pac III, and microPac (no hidden button pads or
templates):
One push of the big button turns the miniwarn on,
Push the two small buttons simultaneously for a few seconds and the miniwarn shuts off (this is for
safety reasons to prevent the unit from being switched off accidentally).
Instrument display
The MiniWarn features a full alphanumeric graphical display which displays all four measurement channels
simultaneously with concentration value, measurement unit, and symbols for the instrument status. The
user can at all times discern the instrument configuration and battery status in the display (even when the
instrument is turned off) by simply pushing the < > key.
Software capabilities
The MiniWarn offers a range of powerful software features:
More than 20 different languages are available for the miniwarn
All of the required hygiene capabilities such as TWA and STEL
Peak holding
Silent alarm modes
Leak-detection capabilities
Multiple ranges and gases for catalytic Drger-Sensors
Most advanced functions can be activated or deactivated by the user thanks to the FLEXMEN software
philosophy. The MiniWarn can thus be made as simple or advanced as the user requires. All of these
features are operated via the simple three-button key pad and text-driven software (in the user's own
language).
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this data sheet, no liability is given or implied for any
error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
Many names used in this data sheet are the trade mark names of their manufactures; BSRIA Instrument Solutions acknowledges all
registered trade marks.
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GasVision is the complete data logging and hygiene-management software with the following features for
the MiniWarn:
A Black Box overwrite or fixed capacity mode
Up to 15,000 measurements may be logged allowing more than 64 hours of measurements to be
recorded with four channels active
Each measurement includes gas concentration, measurement location, user-id, and any relevant
alarms that occurred
A database management system to search and organize data logging files.
Applications
With its versatile measurement channels, the MiniWarn will meet the needs of everyday confined-space
entry and personal monitoring measurements in a variety of demanding settings such as:
Gas utilities and transportation. MiniWarn measures methane
concentrations in % by volume, ppm and LEL %. The
instrument can additionally be fitted with a sensor for
monitoring odorants (without cross sensitivity to H2S) and a
CO sensor (measurement range 0 to 10.000 ppm).
Water supply and waste water removal
Telecommunications
Mining
Petrochemicals industry
Offshore industry
Fire brigades and hazardous response
THE KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MINIWARN AND THE MULTIWARN II
The MiniWarn shares many similarities with its bigger brother Multiwarn II. Indeed, an operator familiar with
MiniWarn or Multiwarn II would be comfortable operating the other instrument without significant re-
training, a potential cost saving in settings where both instruments are in use. Nevertheless, there are
important differences which position the MiniWarn as a middle-end instrument and the Multiwarn II as a
high-end instrument. The foremost difference is the IR sensor in Multiwarn II, which makes it a five-gas
measuring instrument.
The MiniWarn is a four-gas measuring instrument and has no port for an infrared sensor. Many
applications require the unique benefits of an infrared sensor. For example, the infrared sensor can
measure most flammable gases and vapours with no oxygen present. Additionally, an IR sensor cannot be
poisoned. In oil-refining applications for instance, large concentrations of H2S may be present which can
destroy conventional catalytic detection technologies. Also, IR sensor technology is more sensitive to large
organic molecules (such as nonane and in jet fuel) than catalytic technology.
A second important point of differentiation is the pump in MiniWarn and Multiwarn II. The MiniWarn
features an external pump which can draw a sample from up to 10 metres away. The Multiwarn II, on the
other hand, features a more powerful internal pump which can draw a sample from up to 0 metres away,
and can even draw against substantial negative pressures.
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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this data sheet, no liability is given or implied for any
error or omission contained herein. Due to our policy of progressive improvement, BSRIA Instrument Solutions reserve the right to
change products and/or services without notice. Accuracies shown above are those stated by the manufacturer, BSRIA Instrument
Solutions accuracies for Hire instrumentation may differ from those claimed by the manufacturer.
Many names used in this data sheet are the trade mark names of their manufactures; BSRIA Instrument Solutions acknowledges all
registered trade marks.
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With its advanced IR sensor and very powerful internal pump, the Multiwarn II is a high-end confined-
space-entry and personal monitoring tool. It is a must for advanced applications such as the inertization
measurement of combustibles where no oxygen is present, measurement in large confined spaces where
long-distance pumping is required, measurement in the presence of poisons, and ppm hygiene
measurements of large volatile hydro-carbons.
Approvals and important technical information
The MiniWarn currently has the following approvals:
For Europe, the instrument has an EC type examination certificate in accordance with the regulations of
Directive 94/9/EC (CENELC Ex approval), and lists the protection classes eex iad IIC T4 /T6 and eex
iad I for electronics, pump, sensors and power packs
For the USA, the instrument is approved by UL for Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C and D.
Approvals from other agencies are currently pending and expected soon.
Table 6: Important technical information for the MiniWarn
Ambient conditions during
operation
- 20 to 40 C,
for short periods - 40 to 55 C;
10 to 95 % relative humidity;
700 to 1300 hPa
Ingress protection IP 65
Dimensions 78 x 143 x 58 mm (W x H x D)
Weight approx. 450 grams
CE symbol RFI resistance (according to Cenelec 89/336/EEC guidelines)