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FLIR Systems has published an application spotlight that describes how incorporating a borescope and Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera into routine maintenance protocols can help natural gas companies improve safety, reduce costs, and extend the life of compressors.

Compressors are a common component in natural gas plants, and they are specifically designated for inspection in environmental regulations such as the US EPA OOOOa. Compressors can fail for a range of reasons, including extensive wear or thermal stress on constituent parts. Determining the source of the failure through internal or external inspections will often be time consuming, labor intensive and can be costly if equipment has to be shut down .

A solution increasingly being adopted by natural gas companies is to use a borescope to routinely visually inspect compressor pistons and an OGI camera, such as the FLIR GF620, to locate gas leaks. The GF620 allows companies to inspect compressors for emissions from a safe distance and quickly facilitate pinpoint maintenance reducing downtime and maintaining regulatory compliance.

With features including thermal analysis and a proprietary High Sensitivity Mode, maintenance engineers can use a GF620 OGI camera to quickly and efficiently inspect a compressor for leaks without having to dismantle the equipment which can be very time consuming.

The HD resolution FLIR GF620 helps inspectors survey for fugitive gas emissions from further, safer distances than is possible with lower-resolution OGI cameras. The GF620 is equipped with a 640×480 infrared detector, the camera is calibrated to measure temperature, allowing the user to assess the thermal contrast between the gas and the background scene, and adjust it to improve visibility.  The FLIR GF620 also features the company’s unique high sensitivity mode, which accentuates plume movement to improve detectability in low-contrast scenes.

To read the application spotlight in full please visit www.flir.co.uk/discover/instruments/oil-petrochemical/application-spotlight-compressors/. For further information on the GF620 OGI camera please visit www.flir.com/products/gf620 or contact FLIR Systems on gasimaging@flir.com and +32-3665-5100.

Founded in 1978, FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial, and commercial applications. FLIR Systems’ vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense,” creating technologies to help professionals make more informed decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit www.flir.com and follow @flir.

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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