SAMON launches small-format leak detector


20 September 2023

SAMON has introduced GLACIÄR MICRO, a small-format refrigerant leak detector designed for integration into OEM equipment.

The company says typical applications include installation in heat pumps and refrigerated display cases to provide evaporator-level detection.

As the global refrigerant market goes through phase-down of higher-GWP refrigerants, the use of A2L refrigerants and natural refrigerants in refrigerated appliances and heat pumps is increasing. GLACIÄR MICRO is available in a version to detect A2L refrigerants including R454A, R454C and R32, with a version specifically designed for R290 (propane) detection.

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It is equipped with infrared sensors, which are unaffected by false alarms due to cross-gas interference and have a long lifespan typically in excess of 10 years. GLACIÄR MICRO does not require maintenance and is equipped with auto-calibration of the zero point, protecting the measurement against offsets from baseline drift over time.

With a small footprint and low profile, measuring 56x128x27mm and weighing 75g, GLACIÄR MICRO is designed for easy integration into equipment where space is limited. Communicating digitally using Modbus RTU over RS485, and with very low power consumption under 25mA, the refrigerant gas detector is simple to interface with a range of equipment control systems. Rated IP65, it can be installed in harsh environments.

“I am excited to be bringing another new refrigerant leak detection solution to the market for our customers,” said Tom Burniston, Marketing Director for SAMON. “Our mission is to help the refrigeration industry to keep people, products, and the environment safe. GLACIÄR MICRO helps us reach new areas to enable that, integrating easily into heat pumps, refrigerated display cases, ice machines, and other appliances where refrigerant leak detection is a growing requirement but has traditionally been difficult achieve.”