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Five Simple Tips to Improve the Use of your OGI Camera


2 mins


Ilan Waldman

published published

August 08, 2021


OGI Knowledge BaseOptical Gas Imaging (OGI)

EyeCGas 2.0 and the EyeCGas Mini Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras are straightforward to operate; they are virtually plug and play. Using the sensitivity mode in the EyeCGas 2.0 or the Automatic Gas Detection mode in the EyeCGas Mini enables all inspectors to view Methane and over 400 VOCs, which are not visible to the naked eye, all from a safe distance.

However, just like everything else in life, experience is the key to a successful inspection. The more experience the field technician will have, the faster and more efficient the inspection will be.

Here are helpful tips that will support you in achieving the most from your OGI thermal imaging camera:

Temperature Background (ΔT)

Always look for the biggest difference in temperature between the gas and background. Move around the area of interest until you find the best background.

Distance Influence

To detect small leaks, you will most likely need to be closer to them. Large leaks are detectable from a distance. You can also change the lens and spectral filter of the EyeCGas 2.0 to improve visibility for long-range detection. 

Wind Velocity and Direction

Leaks move due to pressure and air movement, so make sure you stand perpendicular to the wind. Keep in mind that the stronger the wind, the harder it will be to see the leak.

Glare, Sun Position and Reflectivity

We know that the glare from the sun can make it very difficult at times to see the camera screen. Use the glare shield to avoid external illumination on the screen. The glare shield also magnifies the image three (3) times.

Enhanced Mode Performance

Use the Enhanced mode of operation to allow higher sensitivity and better gas leak detection.

In conclusion, over time, a field technician will know how to maximize the results of the inspection quickly. However, Opgal and its international partners offer an OGI Certification and Thermography course to get you off the right foot. 

Our certified international trainers have extensive knowledge and experience to train operators, field technicians and anyone interested in becoming a certified OGI camera operator in the industry. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OGI certification.

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