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FLIR Uncooled Methane Gas Detection Camera

March 8, 2019 | By MRO Magazine

FLIR Systems, Inc. FLIR GF77 Gas Find IR, is an uncooled thermal camera designed for detecting methane. It offers features to find potentially dangerous, invisible methane leaks at natural gas power plants, renewable energy production facilities, industrial plants, and other locations along a natural gas supply chain.

Based on the FLIR T-Series camera platform, GF77 features an ergonomic design, a LCD touchscreen, and a viewfinder. The camera is engineered specifically to detect methane improving gas inspections and reducing false readings. GF77 offers FLIR’s patented High Sensitivity Mode (HSM), which accentuates movement to make tiny gas plumes more visible to the user.

Technological features include laser-assisted autofocus and one-touch contrast improvement. A rapid-response graphical user interface helps efficiency by allowing user to organize job folders, record notes, and add GPS location annotation on the camera.

“Optical gas imaging technology is a real benefit to industries that use or produce methane, but the cost of the technology has been a barrier for some customers,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO, FLIR Systems. “The FLIR GF77 Gas Find IR gas detection camera is built around an uncooled, longwave infrared detector, which costs less to produce than our higher performance, cooled cameras, and therefore we can provide it to customers at a more attractive price point. By providing the industry with access to this ground breaking technology, we can help improve the safety of professionals on the job.”





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