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Flir claims that its GF-Series optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are proven to provide reliable, top-performance leak-detection across a growing range of applications.

GF-Series cameras display a gas leak as a plume of vapour in the captured infrared image. Once a leak is found, the user can use the TVA to quantify the concentration.

According to the company, optical imaging of gas leaks using GF-Series OGI cameras is inherently safe as the technique enables the user to scan for leaks remotely from a ‘safe zone’. 

OGI technology is now under final consideration as a tool for enabling industry to comply with new industrial emissions regulations and procedures as set by the new Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) within the EU.

Click on the link above to download Flir’s OGI guide.

Key benefits

  • Compared with traditional ‘gas sniffers’, the cameras can scan a broader area much more rapidly and can detect leaks in areas that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools. 
  • Using the cameras provides savings in terms of time and personnel, as well as minimising loss of production. 
  • Optimised Flir GF-Series cameras are available for applications including identifying sources of VOC emissions or providing the non-invasive monitoring of leaks from biogas storage tanks.

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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