Blackline launches multi-gas pump cartridge for confined spaces, invests in new manufacturing line

Blackline has invested in surface mount technology equipment to in-source the assembly of printed circuit boards at its new manufacturing facility. Image: Blackline Safety Corp.

Calgary-based Blackline Safety Corp. has released a new multi-gas cartridge with built-in pump to monitor atmospheric hazards when entering confined spaces and performing leak checks.

The connected safety devices company also recently announced a $1 million investment in surface mount technology (SMT) equipment to in-source the assembly of printed circuit boards at its new manufacturing facility in Calgary.

“This investment into SMT technology enables us to populate our own printed circuit board assemblies, increasing control over quality, reducing overall costs and speeding time-to-market for new product development,” Blackline Safety CEO Cody Slater said in a statement.

Blackline expanded to add a second building with over 8,400 square feet for its new surface mount technology line and product assembly, added Kevin Meyers, company COO. “This state-of-the-art, automated assembly line allows us to reduce prototype and manufacturing runs from weeks to days. When we are fully up and running, we will build G7 safety devices from raw components to finished goods in our own quality-controlled environment.”

The company’s G7 connected safety product line combines wireless gas detection, lone worker monitoring, evacuation management, real-time compliance and productivity-improvement into a single wearable device supported by cloud-hosted monitoring software and services.

Blackline’s G7c is the world’s first and only connected gas detector with plug-and-play gas sensor cartridges. Shipping in the fourth quarter of this year, all G7c detectors can be equipped with the new multi-gas pump cartridge for use during confined space entries and leak checks, the company said.

Safety in confined spaces

“Around the world, thousands of employees enter confined spaces every day, including sewers, tanks, silos, storage bins and underground vaults,” said Glen Silver, director of Sales, North America at Blackline Safety. “Confined space entry is a high-risk, heavily regulated activity. Using our G7 Insight package with G7c detector, pump cartridge and online data analytics software, businesses will know which personnel are entering confined spaces, what spaces are being entered, the time spent inside and whether gases were encountered.”

Silver added, “Businesses routinely perform leak check surveys but data collection and documentation is a manual process. With G7c and our new pump cartridge, all gas samples are automatically uploaded to the Blackline Safety Network, driving our data analytics software. If any leaks are found, businesses will know where they are and can plan proactive maintenance to reduce emissions and prevent issues from becoming worse over time.”

Blackline’s G7 Insight, announced in June, has expanded the company’s target market to include replacement of ordinary “beep-and-flash” gas detectors currently offered by traditional gas detection suppliers. G7 Insight provides all the tools and software needed to achieve a real-time perspective and control over compliance programs.

“Not only has G7 Insight generated considerable interest within our channels, it solves one of the biggest problems for businesses that our competitors have not been able to address – the ongoing need to prove compliance with legislated safety regulations,” Slater said. “Every business using gas detectors must ensure that all equipment is regularly tested, periodically calibrated and continuously used by their personnel. G7 Insight combines wireless technology, an online compliance dashboard and business analytics software to deliver the world’s first hands-free, comprehensive live view of compliance.”

Over the last decade, Blackline Safety has grown from a team of ten employees in Calgary to over 115 people with an additional ten located at Blackline Safety Europe in the United Kingdom and four in the United States. Since launching G7 just over six months ago, Blackline’s distribution network has grown from fewer than 15 to more than 60 partners around the world.