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FLIR Systems has introduced three thermal cameras for optical gas detection: the G300a, the G300pt and the A6604. These cameras are designed for monitoring gas pipelines and installations from safe distances.

Flir thermal cameras

Optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are widely used in industrial settings, such as oil refineries, natural gas processing plants, offshore platforms, chemical/petrochemical facilities and biogas and power generation plants. They are claimed to improve efficiency by allowing inspectors to scan wide areas quickly, without interrupting normal operations.

The new infrared cameras from FLIR can also play a major role in minimising environmental damage by detecting the unintended emissions of numerous volatile organic and inorganic compounds.

The cameras are able to detect the following gases: Benzene, Ethanol, Ethylbenzene, Heptane, Hexane, Isoprene, Methanol, MEK, MIBK, Octane, Pentane, 1-Pentene, Toluene, Xylene, Butane, Ethane, Methane, Propane, Ethylene and Propylene.

Key features and specifications

  • Each model contains a cooled Indium Antimonide (InSb) detector, which enhances the sensitivity of each camera to detect even small gas emissions.
  • The G300a and G300pt cameras have a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, while the A6604 has a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels.
  • Each camera can be controlled via Ethernet or integrated into any TCP/IP network. The cameras are also GEV/Genicam compatible.
  • The G300a and A6604 cameras require an additional housing, while the G300pt comes with its own housing mounted on a pan/tilt mechanism. The housing can rotate the camera 360° continuously and tilt ±90°. It also enables users to monitor different areas with the same system.
  • The G300pt is equipped with a long-range daylight/low-light camera, and the video output of the thermal and daylight/low-light cameras is simultaneously available. Users can monitor electrical substations or other equipment that is in the same field of view.

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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