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FLIR thermal imaging cameras reveal what’s behind the flames
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FLIR thermal imaging cameras reveal what’s behind the flames

The French company Petroval was one of the first to recognize the potential of thermal imaging for technical inspections of industrial installations. “Before thermal imaging cameras were introduced there simply was no thorough way of finding failures during operation”, explains Jean-François Tournieux, project leader at Petroval. “Using FLIR thermal imaging cameras is a great non-destructive method to find such failures even during operation – and accurately determine at what production speed it is still safe to operate.”

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Tracing gas leaks: maintenance and safety problems highlighted
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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 environmenta 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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FLIR Infrared Furnace Camera Watches Hydro Reformers at Bayernoil Refinery
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FLIR Infrared Furnace Camera Watches Hydro Reformers at Bayernoil Refinery

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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FLIR optical gas imaging camera helps improve safety at Borealis Stenungsund
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FLIR optical gas imaging camera helps improve 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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BP Chemicals Enhances Site Safety with FLIR Cameras
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BP Chemicals Enhances Site Safety with FLIR Cameras

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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Inspectahire relies on the FLIR GF320 for maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon leak detection
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Inspectahire relies on the FLIR GF320 for maintenance inspections and hydrocarbon leak detection

Inspectahire is a leading international supplier of specialist remote visual inspection technology and solutions to companies in many industries around the world. 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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Avoid an outage with new hydrogen leak detection technology
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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, but optical gas imaging cameras have  improved the efficiency and performance of leak detection a great deal.

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FLIR Customer Feedback Spotlight

FLIR Customer Feedback Spotlight

Optical Gas Imaging workers reveal their experiences using FLIR products. We love our customers and truly enjoy hearing how FLIR products have made their companies more productive and jobs easier.Finding gas leaks using FLIR Optical Gas Imaging systems results in fewer toxic emissions for the environment.  FLIR is at the forefront of this trend helping the men and women make the world a better place for our children.

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

SF6 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
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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. To ensure the continuity of power distribution and limit the impact on the environment, utility companies can use an optical gas imaging camera to detect SF6 gas leaks.

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Optical gas imaging for the chemical industry
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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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FLIR GF320 used to detect gas leakage in biogas facilities
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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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FLIR Works to Support Oil & Gas Customers Facing New EPA Methane Rule
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FLIR Works to Support Oil & Gas Customers Facing New EPA Methane Rule

With the June 3rd Federal Register publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new methane standard comes a host of new concerns for the Oil and Gas industry: specifically, how to comply with Subpart OOOOa. This new standard, also known as Quad Oa, is aimed at curbing methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry.

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

New developments in thermal imaging have enabled Integral to identify refrigerant gas leaks caused by wear or damage, which went undetected by other maintenance methods. The leaks were found quickly and efficiently by the GF304 thermal imaging camera from FLIR Systems.

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Environmental protection with a FLIR optical gas imaging 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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Working Together to Reduce Methane Emissions
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Working Together to Reduce Methane Emissions

Why world governments and the energy industry are working together to reduce all sources of methane gas emissions.

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Remote detection and localization of gas leaks with autonomous mobile inspection robots in technical facilities
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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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Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Optical Gas Imaging camera
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Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Optical Gas Imaging camera

To get the most out of your OGI equipment, you should consider the following ten tips.

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FLIR Gas Detection and Other Optical Gas Cameras Key to Proposed EPA Regulations
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FLIR Gas Detection and Other Optical Gas Cameras Key to Proposed EPA Regulations

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) technology such as FLIR’s GF320 and GF300 are an important part of the EPA’s new proposal for reducing methane and other VOCs in the Oil and Gas Industry. OGI offers the highest efficiency, improved safety, and is unique in its ability to find the large leaks, or Super-Emitters, quickly.

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