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FLIR Systems has revealed that the optical gas imaging (OGI) technique has been included in the final draft of the EU chemical sector BREF document, which looks at best available techniques for emissions regulation in this industry sector. OGI is identified as a best available technique for measurement of diffuse emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to air.

According to the BREF, fugitive VOC emissions can be reduced by the detection and subsequent repair or replacement of leaking components using a leak detection and repair (LDAR) programme. OGI is identified as a primary detection technique that enables direct visualisation of leaks with significant benefits over traditional gas sniffers alone.

FLIR Systems’ OGI cameras have become a de facto standard adopted by numerous manufacturing plants for the visualisation and documentation of gas leaks. Since the introduction of OGI camera technology by FLIR in 2006, the company has supplied more than 3,000 OGI cameras to end-user operators, service provider companies and environmental protection agencies worldwide.

Click on the link above to download FLIR’s infrared cameras for optical gas imaging brochure.

Key benefits

  • FLIR OGI cameras are able to scan large areas rapidly and pinpoint leaks in real time.
  • The technology is said to be ideal for monitoring plant that is difficult to reach with contact measurement tools.
  • Thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process.
  • Using a FLIR OGI camera reduces repair downtime and provides verification of the process.
  • FLIR OGI camera technology is very safe, as potentially dangerous leaks can be monitored from several metres away.

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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