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Gas imaging camera

The GFx320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera from FLIR Systems combines proven, innovative technology with the assurance of third-party certification for use inside ATEX Zone 2 (Class I, Div. II) hazardous locations.

With new stricter global standards for methane emissions, there is a growing need for faster, safer, and more reliable methods to locate and repair hydrocarbon leaks across the oil and natural industry. FLIR Systems, has addressed that need with its intrinsically safe OGI camera – the GFx320. Through thoughtful design the GFx320 meets sensitivity standards such as those defined in US EPA’s new OOOOa methane rule. Beneficially it also automatically tags files with the GPS data often required for regulatory reporting.

Independent testing of the GFx320 to demonstrate compliance with the EPA’s NSPS 40 CFR part 60, subpart OOOOa sensitivity standard for optical gas imaging equipment was performed by the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL). In these tests, the NPL confirmed that the FLIR GFx320 optical gas imaging camera is capable of imaging a gas that is half methane/half propane at a concentration of 10,000 ppm at a flow rate of less than or equal to 60g/hr from a quarter inch diameter orifice.

The GFx320 optical gas imaging camera is capable of imaging a wide array of gas compounds, but was specifically designed to see the following hydrocarbons: Methane, Benzene, Propane, Butane, Ethane, Ethanol, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene, Heptane, Hexane, Isoprene, MEK, Methanol, MIBK, Octane, Pentane, Propylene, Toluene, Xylene and1-Pentene.

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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