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ALTAIR ® 5X Multigas Detector. It’s what’s inside that counts!. Our Vision of Safety. Built on Durability Based on tough Altair 5 Multigas Detector Powered by Performance New High Performance XCell ® Sensors Flexible to Meet Your Needs

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ALTAIR® 5X Multigas Detector

It’s what’s inside that counts!

our vision of safety
Our Vision of Safety

Built on Durability

  • Based on tough Altair 5 Multigas Detector

Powered by Performance

  • New High Performance XCell® Sensors

Flexible to Meet Your Needs

  • Interchangeable sensor slots, Multilingual, MSA LogoExpress™
xcell sensor review
XCell Sensor Review

XCell Sensor Platform

  • Standardized MSA Sensors with added value
    • Same Physical Size and Digital Output
    • Longer Life / Fast Response & Clear Times / More Durable
    • Higher Performance Over Wide Range of: Temp, RH, & Pressure
    • Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)in each sensor
      • A brain in every sensor to control and compensate
new xcell sensors for so2 cl2 nh3
New XCell Sensors for SO2, Cl2, NH3

Patent-Pending Electrolyte System

Extended Sensor Life

> 4 years on SO2, >3 years on NH3, Cl2

60% longer sensor life than the industry average

Standard 3 year warranty on SO2, 2-year warranty on NH3, Cl2

XCell-erated response time, clear time, bump test

>200% faster response time than industry average

T90 response times of 10 seconds SO2, 40 seconds NH3, 30 seconds Cl2

Typical cost-of-ownership savings > 50%

Longer sensor life and fast response

40% less calibration gas used per minute than industry average

xcell ex sensor review
XCell Ex Sensor Review
  • XCell Ex - Catalytic Combustible Sensor
    • 4-Year Life, Fast Response, Very Durable
    • Only industry sensor with two detector beads (Patent Pending)
      • Only one bead active at a time – doubles working life of sensor
    • Patent-Pending metal alloy support wire for increased durability
    • More poison resistance to silicones and sulfur compounds
    • Fast T(90) response time, Typical < 10 sec CH4
xcell o2 sensor review
XCell O2 Sensor Review
  • XCell O2 - Oxygen Sensor
    • >4-Year Life, Fast Response, Very Durable
    • Long life from patent-pending “Lead Free” sensor design
      • Nothing is consumed in the chemical reaction
      • Most other sensors die at 2-years when enough lead is converted
      • XCell sensor works so well because of the ASIC control
    • Fast T(90) response time, Typical < 10 sec O2
xcell co h2s sensor review
XCell CO/H2S Sensor Review
  • XCell CO/H2S - CO & H2S Two-Tox Sensor
    • >4-Year Life, Fast Response, Very Durable
    • Patent-Pending design eliminates cross-channel interference
      • Common problem with other two-tox sensors
    • Very high sensitivity in a small package
    • Robust carbon filter on CO channel to block VOCs
    • Fast T(90) response time, Typical < 15 sec CO or H2S
xcell vs existing so2 sensors
XCell vs. Existing SO2 Sensors
  • Most SO2 Sensors on the Market Today:
    • Published 1-2 year life, with corresponding warranty
    • Tend to dry out in low RH
    • Are slower and require long calibrations of 2-4 minutes
  • MSA’S XCell SO2 Sensor:
    • 4-year life, standard 3-year warranty (0-20ppm Range)
    • New patent-pending electrolyte system
      • Non-consuming chemical reaction, doesn’t dry out
    • Very Fast Typical T(90) < 10 sec
    • Calibration time of 60 seconds
    • Industry first “Big 5” calibration w/ one cylinder
xcell vs existing nh3 sensors
XCell vs. Existing NH3 Sensors
  • Most NH3 Sensors on the Market Today:
    • Published 1-2 years life, with corresponding warranty
    • Consuming chemical reaction, lose life with NH3 exposure
    • Lots of issues with humidity transients / False Alarms
    • Are slower and require long calibrations of 3-4 minutes
  • MSA’S XCell NH3 Sensor:
    • 3-year life and standard 2-year warranty (0-100ppm Range)
    • New patent-pending electrolyte system (Non-consuming)
      • Self recovers from NH3 exposures, does not lose life
      • Not suitable for continuous NH3 exposure
    • No issues with humidity transients
    • Fast T(90) < 40 sec, Calibration time = 2 min
xcell vs existing cl2 sensors
XCell vs. Existing Cl2 Sensors
  • Most Cl2 Sensors on the Market Today:
    • Published 1-2 years life, with corresponding warranty
    • Consuming chemical reaction, lose life with Cl2 exposure
    • Tend to dry out in low RH
    • Are slower and require long calibrations of 3-4 minutes
  • MSA’S XCell NH3 Sensor:
    • 3-year life and standard 2-year warranty (0-10ppm Range)
    • New patent-pending electrolyte system (Non-consuming)
      • Very high initial sensitivity, more than twice current Cl2 sensor
      • Doesn’t dry out
    • Fast T(90) < 30 sec, Calibration time = 90 sec
response times
Response Times

Significantly Faster Than the Competition!

EX sensor t90 < 10 seconds (CH4)

O2 sensor t90 < 10 seconds

CO sensor t90 < 15 seconds

H2S sensor t90 < 15 seconds

SO2 sensor t90 <10 seconds

NH3 sensor t90 < 40 seconds

Cl2 sensor t90 < 30 seconds

xcell sensor
XCell Sensor

Designed and built by MSA

MSA IS Advancing Sensor Technology!

Our sensors are designed for OUR instruments!

We have the experts to support YOU!


MSA IR Sensor vs. Existing IR sensors

  • Most IR Sensors on the Market Today:
    • Absorb IR Light by the C-H bonds (“hydro carbons”) of molecules
    • Mirror doubles path length; can condense with temperature changes
    • Condensation absorbs some of the light; can cause false readings
  • MSA IR Sensor:
    • Does not use a mirror!
    • Lamp and detector are placed in-line
    • Minimal false readings
altair 5x multigas detector
Altair 5X Multigas Detector

Only Instrument in its class with internally integrated pump!

Multi-gas monitor

  • Detects up to 6 gases: combustible, O2, H2S, CO, SO2, CO2 & additional toxic gases
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Alkaline pack available as an accessory
  • Color or monochrome display option
  • Multilingual
sensor options
Sensor Options
  • XCell EX (combustible) 0-100% LEL
  • XCell Oxygen 0-30%
  • XCell Carbon Monoxide 0-2000 ppm
  • XCell Hydrogen Sulfide 0-200 ppm
  • XCell Sulfur Dioxide 0-20 ppm
  • XCell Chlorine 0-20 ppm
  • Ammonia 0-100 ppm
  • Nitrogen dioxide 0-20 ppm
  • Chlorine dioxide 0-1 ppm
  • Phosphine 0-5 ppm
  • Hydrogen cyanide 0-30 ppm
  • MSA IR Carbon dioxide 0-10% Vol
  • MSA IR Butane 0-25% Vol
  • MSA IR Methane 0-100% Vol
  • MSA IR Propane 0-100% Vol
small size
Small Size
  • Alarms visible from most angles
  • Fits in gloved hand
  • One-handed operation
  • Robust construction
rugged design
Rugged Design
  • Over-molded case design
  • Built-in rubberized armor
  • Impact shock protection
    • Withstands 10-foot drop
  • Easy to grasp and hold
  • Sealed against water/dust ingress to IP65
    • Third-party tested
multiple alarms
Multiple Alarms
  • 95+ dB horn typical
  • Multiple, alternating high-intensity alarm LEDs
  • Vibrating alarm is standard on all models
  • InstantAlert™ feature standard
    • Activates all alarms when desired
  • MotionAlert™ feature standard
    • If no motion is detected for 20 seconds,alarm sounds to alert others
    • Ideal for confined space entry
provides confidence
Provides Confidence

Confidence signal

  • Green blinking Safe LED
  • Vibrating pulse
  • Confidence beep every 30 sec. to ensure operation

Can be turned off

  • MSA Link and setup mode
end of sensor life warning
End of Sensor Life Warning
  • Industry-first on-board end-of-sensor life warning
    • Provides 4-6 week notice when the sensor will fail
  • Warning is shown in the instrument by a flashing sensor life indicator
    • On the color display, each displayed gas has its own sensor indicator
  • The warning icon is displayed until the sensor is replaced and/or successfully calibrated
advanced features
Advanced Features
  • MSA exclusive MotionAlert™ feature
    • Indicates “man down”
  • MSA exclusive InstantAlert™ feature
    • Activates all alarms when desired
  • MSA Logo Express™ available
    • Customize your fleet with any logo
  • Most rugged instrument in its class
    • Withstands 10-foot drop
  • Agency certified IP65 rating
    • Water- and dust-tight
  • Bump checkmark √ (24 hrs)
    • Displays successful test result
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Advanced Features
  • Safe LED
    • Helps to ensures instrument’s proper operation
  • Missing sensor alarm
    • Helps to prevent errors after service
  • Password-protected setup mode
    • Controls unauthorized access
  • Event & data log
    • >1000 events and >200 hours
  • Multilingual
    • 18 languages pre-programmed
  • MSA Link™ Software-ready
    • Multi-language application: access records; change settings
  • Lithium-ion technology
  • Virtually no memory effects
  • Holds charge better
  • Runs average of 20 hours
    • No need for multiple instruments during long shifts
    • Extra rechargeable packs available as accessories
  • Optional Alkaline pack available as an accessory
many markets
Many Markets
  • Oil and gas
  • Chemical
  • Fire
  • Utilities
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Steel
  • Water
  • Various industrial applications
  • Single-button auto cal-based
    • Access can be password-protected
  • Same Altair 5 Detector calibration cylinders
    • 1.45% CH4
    • 60 ppm CO
    • 15% O2
    • 20 ppm H2S
      • 10048280 (34L)
      • 10045035 (58L)
industry first big 5 bump calibration
Industry first Big 5 Bump & Calibration
  • Industry first LEL, O2, H2S, CO, SO2 bump and calibration using a single cylinder
    • Bump test time 10 seconds
    • Calibration time 60 seconds
  • Why are we first?
    • XCell SO2 sensor T90 response time is 6 times faster than industry average
    • Slower SO2 calibration times cause long exposures of H2S which will kill/poison the LEL sensor
  • MSA will stock two 5-gas cylinders
    • 10117738 (58L), 10098855 (34L)
  • Galaxy® Automated Test System
    • Bump test and calibration
    • Record keeping
  • MSA Sampling lines and probes
    • Extended sampling lengths
    • Sampling lines for exotic gases
  • Charging cradle
  • Multi-Unit Charger
    • Up to 10 instruments
low maintenance
Low Maintenance

Low level of end-user maintenance required:

  • Separate sensors
  • Sensor replacement kit
  • Filter, gasket, etc. kit
  • Front case with built-in filter
  • Battery and electronics
  • Most components available as replacement parts

Standard 3-year warranty

  • LEL, O2, CO, H2S, SO2, IR Sensors
  • Electronics
  • Battery

2-year warranty

  • NH3 and Cl2 Sensors

Other sensors warranted for at least 12 months