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FLIR releases thermal cameras to detect gas leaks from safe distances

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FLIR Systems Australia introduces a new range of thermal imaging cameras designed for optical gas detection in industrial environments.

The new thermal imaging cameras, FLIR G300a, G330pt and A6604 are equipped to detect gas leaks from safe distances, making them ideal for monitoring gas pipelines and installations. The three new FLIR cameras can detect Benzene, Ethanol, Ethyl Benzene, Heptane, Hexane, Isoprene, Methanol, MEK, MIBK, Octane, Pentane, 1-Pentene, Toluene, Xylene, Butane, Ethane, Methane, Propane, Ethylene and Propylene.

FLIR’s new infrared cameras also play a major role in minimising environmental damage by detecting unintended emissions of volatile organic and inorganic compounds.

Widely used in industrial settings such as oil refineries, natural gas processing plants, offshore platforms, chemical/petrochemical facilities, and biogas and power generation plants, optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras improve monitoring and detection efficiency by allowing inspectors to scan wide areas quickly, without interrupting normal operations.

Each thermal camera contains a cooled Indium Antimonide (InSb) detector, which enhances the sensitivity of each camera to detect even the smallest gas emissions. The G300a and G300pt cameras have a resolution of 320 × 240 pixels, while the A6604 imager has a resolution of 640 × 512 pixels. All three cameras can be controlled via Ethernet or integrated into any TCP/IP network, and are also GEV/Genicam-compatible.

The G300a and A6604 cameras require an additional housing while the G300pt comes with its own housing mounted on a pan/tilt mechanism that can rotate the camera 360° continuously and tilt ±90°, enabling users to monitor different areas with the same system. The G300pt is equipped with a long range daylight/low light camera, and the video output of the thermal and daylight/low light cameras are simultaneously available. Users can monitor electrical substations or other equipment in the same field-of-view.

FLIR’s President and CEO Andy Teich comments that FLIR, as the World’s Sixth Sense, continues to save lives, increase energy efficiency, and protect the environment through their innovative products and technology. He adds that FLIR’s industry leading optical gas imaging cameras are game-changing tools in the effort to reduce fugitive gas emissions globally through improved detection and mediation programs.

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