News | February 23, 2004

First Dockable PID Upgraded With Several Enhanced Features

Source: Industrial Scientific Corp.

PITTSBURGH, PA - Industrial Scientific Corporation is pleased to announce several enhancements to the VX500, the first dockable PhotoIonization Detector (PID). Built for use in confined space entry testing, leak assessments, arson investigations, hazardous materials response, or any application requiring detection of a number of volatile organic compounds; the VX500's new features increase its functionality and accuracy while maintaining its simplicity.

With the release of VX500 software version 3.01, new features include improved performance with more accurate readings at higher and lower temperatures. An alarm muting function is included, and improved menu navigation provides greater flexibility by permitting the user to quickly enter information and easily change response factors, calibration gas and alarm settings. One hundred built-in response factors take the guesswork out of instrument set-up; while the five user-programmable "favorites" list allows easy access to the most commonly used settings.
Other features of the VX500 include one-button calibration, field replaceable plug in detector, field replaceable 10.6 eV lamp, TWA and STEL readings with peak-hold memory, and a time delay power button to prevent unintentional monitor shut-off. The PID is powered by either a rechargeable lithium ion battery allowing 18 hours of run time or replaceable alkaline batteries for 7 hours of continuous monitoring. Backed by Industrial Scientific's lifetime warranty, the VX500 is housed in a rugged, high-impact PC/ABS composite case and includes an internal pump that can draw remote gas samples from 100 feet away.

Adding to the VX500's simple and user-friendly operation, Docking Station compatibility provides the possibility of an easy and time-saving maintenance program. The VX500 can be used in conjunction with Industrial Scientific's DS1000 or DS2 Docking Station(tm) for automatic function testing, calibration, settings updates, diagnostic testing, and data downloading and storage.

Industrial Scientific Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of gas monitoring instruments, systems and other technical products for the preservation of life and property. The company has headquarters in Oakdale, Pa. and 28 regional offices throughout the world. For more information on Industrial Scientific's VX500 PID or other portable gas detection products, visit our Web site at For more information on the DS2 Docking Station(tm), log on to

Source: Industrial Scientific Corporation