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FLIR launches new infrared camera for SF6 greenhouse gas detection

Detecting the “greenhouse gas” SF6
The FLIR GF306 allows the detection of gases from safe distances and tracing the leak to its source. It substantially reduces inspection times while the plant remains in operation.

The camera enables inspectors and consultants at utilities or power stations to proactively diagnose leaks of Sulfur Hexafluoride, a gas used at electric power plants as an insulator in circuit breakers and switchgear. Once released, SF6 remains in the atmosphere for thousands of years and traps more heat than any other greenhouse gas. It has 23,900 times the global warming potential of CO2 and has an atmospheric lifetime of 3,200 years.

The unique FLIR GF306 camera detects more than 20 other gases in addition to SF6 - making it ideal not only for the utility industry, but for other manufacturing companies as well. - Infrared technology offers a great number of benefits compared to traditional “sniffer” methods. An IR camera can scan broader areas much more rapidly from a safe distance and also examine areas difficult to reach with contact measurement tools, says Karsten Eggert, VP Sales & Marketing EMEA.

A camera for dual use
The new FLIR GF306 has a cooled detector, which greatly improves its sensitivity and performance. It is fully radiometric with different color palettes, that is, the camera can see, measure and visualize temperature in an object. - The camera is designed for dual purposes. This means that the camera can both detect gas leaks and carry out infrared inspections for electrical maintenance, which greatly increases the efficiency of the investment, continues Karsten Eggert.

Leaks invisible to the naked eye appear as “smoke” on screen
The FLIR gas detection cameras can visualize gas by producing a full picture of the scanned area. Leaks appear as smoke on the camera’s viewfinder or LCD, allowing the user to see fugitive gas emissions. The image is viewed in real time and can be recorded in the camera for easy archiving, documenting or e-mailing.

Facts about the FLIR GF306:
The FLIR GF306 is mainly used in the Power & Utility industry and in Chemical industries to find costly and dangerous SF6 gas, Ethylene, Propylene and other VOC gases that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Key highlights of the new camera:
• New design with superior ergonomics, including large LCD screen and tiltable view finder for outdoor use
• Dual usage, the camera is fully radiometric - can both identify gas leaks and perform infrared inspections for electrical and mechanical maintenance
• High sensitivity - detects even very small gas leaks - has a good range
• Low weight: 2.4 kg
• Built-in digital camera and GPS for easy reporting and documentation
• Exchangeable lenses

More about FLIR Systems can be found at

World Wide Thermography Center
Rinkebyvägen 19
SE-182 11 Danderyd, Sweden
Tel.: +46 (0)8 753 25 00
Fax: +46 (0)8 753 23 64

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