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FLIR Systems received a Technology Innovation Award for its Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras, the GF320 and GFx320 at the recent Oil and Gas Methane Leadership Awards surrounding the Global Methane Forum** in Toronto, Canada.

The award, given by the Center for Clean Air Policy, Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Defence Canada, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Pembina Institute, recognizes FLIR for its leadership and innovation in the creation of gas detecting cameras that are used in the Oil and Gas industry to identify and stop fugitive gas emissions.

The FLIR GF320 and GFx320 allow oil and gas field personnel to visualize and geotag fugitive methane emissions in a manner that is compliant with the US EPA’s OOOOa methane rule. Using these cameras, FLIR has enabled oil and gas industry clients around the world to survey oil and gas facilities up to nine times faster than with traditional methods. In doing so, FLIR’s technology has helped these companies reduce their impact on the environment and made a positive impact on their bottom line.

The states of California and Colorado also received awards for Leadership by a Subnational Government. Mexico was recognized as an Emerging Leader for its commitment to reducing methane emissions by 40-45% and the consequent work in developing a sector-wide regulation covering methane emissions across the supply chain.

FLIR Systems are honored to receive this award and are committed to advancing innovation to save lives and livelihoods. For further information on the GF320 or GFx320 please visit www.flir.com or contact FLIR Systems at gasimaging@flir.com / +32-3665-5100.

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection. For more information, go to FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.

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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