FLIR Infrared Cameras & Thermal Imaging announces a new range of thermal imaging cameras designed to detect the presence of gas in industrial environments from a safe distance.

FLIR Systems’ three new thermal imaging cameras for optical gas detection include FLIR G300a, G330pt and A6604, all recommended for monitoring gas pipelines and installations from safe distances. The three new FLIR cameras have the capability to detect Benzene, Ethanol, Ethyl Benzene, Heptane, Hexane, Isoprene, Methanol, MEK, MIBK, Octane, Pentane, 1-Pentene, Toluene, Xylene, Butane, Ethane, Methane, Propane, Ethylene and Propylene.

The new infrared cameras also play a major role in minimising environmental damage by detecting unintended or accidental emission of various 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 enable inspectors to scan wide areas quickly, without interrupting normal operations.

Each thermal camera in FLIR’s new line contains a cooled Indium Antimonide (InSb) detector, which enhances the sensitivity of the camera to detect even the smallest gas emissions. The G300a and G300pt cameras have a resolution of 320 × 240 pixels, while the A6604 has a resolution of 640 × 512 pixels. Each camera can be controlled via Ethernet, or integrated into any TCP/IP network. They 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 with the housing rotating the camera 360° continuously and tilting ±90°. The pan/tilt mechanism also allows users to monitor different areas with the same system.

The G300pt camera 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.

Describing the new FLIR thermal camera range as the ‘World’s Sixth Sense’, Andy Teich, FLIR’s President and CEO says FLIR’s innovation and technology continue to save lives, increase energy efficiency, and protect the environment.

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.