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The Nova 470 Series CH4 analyzers utilize a simple and reliable microprocessor-based non-dispersive infrared detector specific to CH4. The detector pulses an infrared beam of light through the sample tube, without the need for a mechanical chopper. In operation, the internal sample pump draws the sample gas through the filter/condensate trap, secondary filter, flowmeter, and then on to the infrared detector. The detector output is digitally linearized and then displayed as percent or PPM CH4 on the digital meter. The output is also available as an analog or digital signal.

Cabinet: NEMA 4 Weather-proof steel cabinet with window
Unit of Measure


Method of Detection

N/A Single cell NDIR with no moving parts

Ranges Available

N/A 470 - 0-1, 0-5, 0-10, 0-20, 0-30, 0-50, 0-100% CH4 470L - 0-500, 0-1000, 0-3000, 0-5000, PPM CH4


N/A 0.1% CH4 on % versions, 1 PPM CH4 on PPM versions

Accuracy & Repeatability

N/A 1% of full scale


N/A Less than 2% of full scale per month

Response Time (T-90)

N/A Less than 15 seconds

Ambient Temperature Range

N/A 40 to 122°F (5 to 50°C), Lower temperatures (-5°F, -20°C) available with Cold Weather Package


N/A ±1% of full scale

Size & Weight

N/A Physical data will vary depending on enclosure style and options required


N/A 115 VAC, 60 Hz 220 VAC, 50 Hz

Output Options

N/A 4-20 mA into 500 ohms non-isolated standard Isolated 4-20 mA, RS232, RS485, MODBUS, Ethernet outputs


N/A High and/or low alarm contacts available, relay contacts SPDT 5A @ 220 VAC rating Low flow alarm

Analyzer Type

N/A Continuous Online, Single Gas

Hazardous Area Rating Options

N/A General Purpose, Non-Hazardous



    For continuous analysis of methane (CH4) in process gas streams using an infrared detector. Percent and PPM levels available as Models 470 & 470L respectively.



  • PPM or percent CH4 by infrared detector
  • Detector is sensitive, very reliable, and non-depleting
  • Bright digital readout, 4-20 mA outputs
  • Fast response (T90 - less than 15 seconds)
  • Microprocessor control for push button calibration
  • Easy-to-maintain modular layout
  • Built in sample pump, flowmeter, and filters



  • Hi/Low gas, low flow, and diagnostic alarms available
  • Isolated analog, RS232, RS485, MODBUS, and Ethernet outputs available
  • Sample conditioning systems available for removal of moisture, acidic gas, and dust
  • Cabinet purge system available for use in hazardous areas
  • One-step 'cal-now' button with touch screen LCD display
  • Full automatic calibration with touch screen LCD display
  • Cold weather package for operation to -5°F (-20°C)
  • Cabinet coolers can be fitted to most models
  • Sensors mounted in temperature controlled heated box to improve accuracy
  • High temperature filters and probes



  • Easily zero checked on ambient air or nitrogen (N2)
  • Span using a known CH4 in nitrogen calibration gas.

Unique Applications


    The 470 Series analyzers are designed for detection of CH4 in non-corrosive gas streams. Also, the presence of higher order hydrocarbons will make the CH4 reading erroneously high. All Nova analyzers are built using proven technologies and techniques. If this product does not suit your application, please contact Nova. In many cases, we are able to build an analyzer specific to your needs.

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