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FLIR Systems GF-Series infrared cameras are being used by chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and many other manufacturing industries worldwide to ensure that existing air-quality or internal systems for removing chemicals are functioning properly.

Regulations exist in most industrialised countries that specify thousands of inspection points around a manufacturing operation and how often they must be monitored. A comprehensive system for testing and repairing those leaks can yield competitive advantage by reducing maintenance and inspection costs, while increasing worker safety, improving environmental quality inside the facility and outside as well.

Using proprietary FLIR optical gas imaging (OGI) technology – users can detect dozens of volatile organic compounds that might otherwise go unnoticed. FLIR GF series cameras are beneficially able to remotely scan large areas to detect in real-time particular gas emissions that are displayed on-screen as a plume of vapor or smoke.

The FLIR GF series includes a range of application optimised cameras. The FLIR GF306 OGI camera detects and visualises Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) and 25 other harmful gases quickly from a safe distance and without the need to interrupt your plant’s production process. The FLIR GF320 is a preventative maintenance OGI camera used worldwide to spot leaks in piping, flanges and connections in chemical and petrochemical operations. The FLIR GF309 is the OGI camera of choice for monitoring all types of furnaces, heaters and boilers in manufacturing operations in a wide range of industries.

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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