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Dec 1st, 2010
Flir camera detects gas leaks
BP Chemicals is using Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions’ GasFindIR cameras to visualize and document gas leaks, said Flir.
In the production of acetic acid, a highly versatile substance, BP Chemicals is responsible for a significant proportion of the world’s capacity. It is produced by combining carbon monoxide and methanol in the presence of a catalyst. Every year, the company invests many millions of pounds in improving production efficiency, minimizing environmental impact and protecting the workforce. It is largely with personnel safety in mind that BP Chemicals took a fresh look at how Flir thermal imaging technology could help minimize leaks.
Three Flir GasFindIR cameras were employed to check plant integrity at the company’s flagship manufacturing and research site at Saltend, England. Designed for outdoor use, the Flir GasfindIR HSX camera was used to detect a range of gases, including methane and methanol, which are both predominant at the UK plant. In addition, a long-wave version of the camera was used for detecting acetic acid, acetic anhydride and ammonia, three of the total of eight products processed at Saltend. Completing the set was a Flir GasFindIR model specifically designed to detect carbon monoxide — a colorless, odorless,but highly poisonous gas.
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