FLIR Customer Success Stories - Optical Gas Imaging Applications

FLIR regularly publishes customer success stories where you can read how our customers are using FLIR infrared cameras and thermal imaging solutions.

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FLIR GF320 used to detect gas leakage in biogas facilities

Just a few years ago a majority of the biogas facilities in Germany had leaks, as measurements of the past years have shown. Awareness of biogas operators has since been increased using gas camera technology to easily show leaks. Biogas leaks not only result in losses with regard to system efficiency, but also represent potential risks for health and the environment. Security-relevant aspects also aris when escaping gases form explosive mixtures and place people and the facility in danger.

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Avoid an outage with new hydrogen leak detection technology  

Avoid an outage with new hydrogen leak detection technology

Maintenance of hydrogen-cooled generators is critical for the safe and efficient operation of a power plant. Finding and repairing hydrogen leaks from the cooling system is one aspect that can require exhaustive searches on components, valves, fittings, or other locations. Traditional methods for hydrogen leak detection tend to be unreliable at finding the source of the leak and better at finding a general area where hydrogen is present. The advent of optical gas imaging cameras has improved the efficiency and performance of leak detection a great deal. With the addition of a dedicated thermal imaging camera for CO2 leak detection, utilities now have a way to efficiently find hydrogen leaks while using CO2 as a tracer gas.

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Remote detection and localization of gas leaks with autonomous mobile inspection robots in technical facilities

Detection of gas leaks in industrial facilities cannot only be dangerous and time-consuming; it is also susceptible to human error and interpretation. In order to provide a safer, more efficient and more reliable detection solution, RoboGasInspector was conceived. This innovative robot system for remote detection and localization of gas leaks was developed by a range of German companies and institutes, and uses a FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera.

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Integral UK helps its customers save costs and reduce downtime of chillers.

Chillers commonly use refrigerant gas to provide cooling and therefore temperature control for large commercial properties. Integral is a maintenance specialist, who regularly maintains those assets on behalf of some of the largest clients in Great Britain, many of them household names.

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Inspectahire relies on the FLIR GF320 Optical Gas Imaging camera for maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon leak detection in the offshore oil and gas industry

Established in 1981, Inspectahire is a leading international supplier of specialist remote visual inspection technology and solutions to companies in many industries around the world.  Supported by the most advanced technologies around, Inspectahire helps its customers manage their safety, profitability and environmental impact of their assets. When the company is tasked with the detection of fugitive hydrocarbon emissions, FLIR’s GF320 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera is their preferred technology to use.

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BP Chemicals enhances site safety with FLIR infrared

In the production of acetic acid BP Chemicals is world renowned and responsible for a significant proportion of world capacity. Its proprietary methanol carbonylation technology, Cativa, is in demand globally and in particular in Asia where the company continues to establish new manufacturing partnerships. In the UK its site at Saltend in East Yorkshire is not only a manufacturing flagship but also a major centre for ongoing research and development of the process.

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Oil & Petrochemical Application Notes

 
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FLIR optical gas imaging camera helps improve environment and safety at Borealis Stenungsund

Many petrochemical plants handle invisible gaseous hydrocarbons. Most of these gases pose some sort of safety aspects. They may be toxic, or can cause health issues in case of long term exposure. Others are highly flammable, explosive even, and most of them will have a negative impact on the environment if they enter the atmosphere in large quantities. That is why leak detection is of vital importance in these petrochemical plants.

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A FLIR infrared furnace camera for high temp industrial applications watches hydro reformers at German Bayernoil refinery complex

Stable high temperatures and efficient combustion in refinery furnaces, heaters and boilers are mandatory for a continuous output of high-quality oil derivates. An Infrared camera for industrial high temperature applications in hazardous areas has been developed by FLIR to keep these installations up and running efficiently.

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Tracing gas leaks: maintenance and safety problems highlighted

With more than 160,000 kilometres of piping of every imaginable kind, Shell Nederland Raffinaderij in Pernis (Rotterdam) is the largest oil refinery in Europe. Safety and environmental considerations are firmly embedded throughout the company, its quality systems and its production management processes. Shell has also adopted a stringent safety policy in which preventive maintenance is uppermost.

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SF6 Detection Application Notes

 
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FLIR GF306 helps improve environmental performance at Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution

SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride) gas is used in energy networks as an insulator in substations. Although SF6 is an excellent insulator, used all over the world, it is also a potent greenhouse gas. That’s why the careful management of SF6 assets is a key priority for Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution. The company regularly inspects equipment containing SF6 to prevent leaks, and act quickly when a leak is identified. SSEPD have found a tool that can help with its SF6 maintenance program: thermal imaging cameras from FLIR.
 

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Czech utility company uses FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging to check for SF6 leaks

Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) is used as an insulating gas in the distribution of high voltage electrical power. It allows substation equipment to be more compact. SF6 is also a very potent greenhouse gas, however. Leaks in the equipment therefore not only endanger the continuity of power distribution, the leaks also have consequences for the environment.

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Furnace & Boiler Inspection Application Notes

 
Through-Flame Thermal Cameras Can Take the Heat

Through-Flame Thermal Cameras Can Take the Heat

Does your process heating operation need a fast, noncontact, nondestructive way to gather both qualitative and quantitative information to prevent or minimize downtime? Of course it does, and that is why you should consider a through-flame thermal camera.

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FLIR thermal imaging cameras reveal what’s behind the flames

Petroval uses both cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems for technical audits

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Boiler and Furnace Inspection

A wide variety of industries rely on furnaces and boilers for manufacturing processes.

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Optical Gas Imaging Technical Notes

 
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Optical gas imaging for the chemical industry

Optical gas imaging cameras are a proven method to detect dangerous and costly gas leaks in time. Optical gas imaging technology has been successfully applied in the oil refining, chemical, petrochemical and many other industries to help improve worker safety and prevent costly production shutdowns.

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Ten tips to get the most out of your Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras use spectral wavelength filtering and sterling cooler cold filtering technology to visualize the infrared absorption of VOC/Hydrocarbon, SF6, refrigerants, Carbon Monoxide and other gases whose spectral absorption matches the response of the camera.

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Environmental protection with a FLIR optical gas imaging camera

Some industrial, pharmaceutical and petrochemical plants emit gases that can harm the environment and impede the health of company employees and inhabitants of the surrounding area. Environmental protection agencies have the responsibility to make sure that these emissions fall within governmental and international policy guidelines. To help them with that task environmental protection agencies can use an optical gas imaging camera.

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