Infrared Cameras Catch Remote Fugitive EmissionsMay 15, 2016
Move over traditional means of gas leak detection. Infrared imaging cameras are quickly becoming amongst the more popular means of remote fugitive emissions detection in gas, oil, and petrochemical facilities utilizing a method commonly referred to as optical gas imaging (OGI). Virtually anywhere volatile gas is present and the potential for an explosion exists, thermal infrared imaging cameras are proving to be the safest, most reliable, and most cost effective solution for volatile gas leak detection. One reason is that unlike traditional methods ofremote fugitive emissions detection, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) allows the operator to see a live visual image of the gas leak and locate its source with pinpoint accuracy from the convenience of an LCD screen.
Opgal is making impressive headway manufacturing the industry’s leading infrared camera gas leak detection specifically designed for the petrochemical, gas & oil industry remote fugitive emissions detection standards as well as Smart Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) compliance. One of the products is the EyeCGas, an infrared gas leak detector can literally see multiple gas leaks via thermal imaging. This type of technology substantially cuts the cost of traditional gas leak repair as it spots leaks earlier than other traditional means of detection. Its advanced, early identification of escaping volatile compounds such as methane and propane, also contribute to a safer and greener environment. Its LCD screen clearly displays gas leaks in either black or white. It does this by utilising a highly sophisticated algorithm that can visually identify and isolate temperature changes on and around any given gas refinery. The technology contrasts temperature changes with the surrounding environment which can then enable the camera to pinpoint gas leaks of any size, both indoor and outdoor. Its uniquely rugged design allows it to perform in virtually all weather conditions as well as the infamous harsh external conditions that the oil and gas industry is known for. The fact that its designed to withstand extreme external elements means clients save on equipment repair costs. It also happens to be the only camera whose use is certified in Class I Div 2 hazardous environments.
What energy firms also like about the EyeCGas is that it offers audio and video recordings in real time which can provide crucial information for any debriefings as well as off line analysis. This technology is virtually non existent in some of the more traditional means of gas leak detection such as electrochemical, ultrasonic, and semiconductor detection.
Why are these features so vital? Simply put, it communicates leak related risk to the plant in the most effective and comprehensive manner offering a crisp, clear image of any methane or other volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Infrared thermal imaging cameras have not only proven themselves as the most cost effective solution for gas leak detection, they are also the the most efficient at preventing toxic gases from seeping out into our environment. This innovative approach to gas leak detection is by far the wisest option for identifying hazardous leaks preventing potentially catastrophic explosions and saving lives.
EyeCGas Thermal Gas Detection
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