Non-contact chemical leak inspection

FLIR Systems has announced its Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras, which are preventative maintenance solutions designed to spot leaks in compressors, piping, flanges and connections in chemical plants.

Based upon FLIR's thermal imaging technology, FLIR OGI cameras can scan large areas and pinpoint leaks of a range of volatile chemicals including Olefins (Ethylene and Propylene), Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Ammonia, Vinyl Chloride, Butadiene, Acetic Acid, Solvents and VOCs in real time.Being a non-contact measurement device FLIR OGI cameras are suitable for monitoring chemical plant process areas/operations, such as Steam Crackers and Reformers, especially for components that are difficult to reach with contact measurement tools.

FLIR OGI cameras feature a High Sensitivity Mode that enables engineers to detect the smallest of chemical leaks. As a result, the user can see smaller chemical gas leaks from a greater and safer distance compared to traditional 'sniffing' methods.

FLIR claims that thousands of components can be scanned per shift without the need to interrupt the process. Above all, FLIR says it is safe, allowing potentially dangerous leaks to be monitored from several meters away. OGI cameras are designed to help improve the bottom line by finding leaks that decrease profits and most importantly improve site and worker safety.