FLIR Launches GFx320 OGI Camera for Potentially Explosive Sites (Video)

The GFx320 is independently certified as “intrinsically safe,” allowing for quick detection of gas leaks while maintaining safety inside hazardous locations.
The GFx320 is independently certified as “intrinsically safe,” allowing for quick detection of gas leaks while maintaining safety inside hazardous locations.

The Safest Way to ‘See’ Methane Leaks

FLIR Systems, a record setting Four Time Winner of the 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has launched the new FLIR GFx320, an optical gas imaging (OGI) camera for the oil and gas industry that is designed for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The FLIR GFx320 detects and visualizes invisible hydrocarbon gas emissions, such as methane, and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found at oil and natural gas facilities.

It carries certifications to global standards and is recognized as Intrinsically Safe, explosion-protected equipment by the International Electrotechnical Commission.

(FLIR’s new GFx320 represents ground breaking technology for visualizing fugitive leaks at natural gas well sites, off-shore platforms, liquid natural gas terminals, and more. Courtesy of FLIR and YouTube)

As a certified Intrinsically Safe OGI camera, the FLIR GFx320 represents groundbreaking technology for surveying critical and potentially dangerous work zones.

Instead of scanning for fugitive and non-fugitive gas emissions from outside hazardous areas, with the FLIR GFx320 workers can assess potential risks from afar and, once the area is deemed safe, enter with the camera to continue scanning.

The first FLIR camera with the Intrinsically Safe designation, the GFx320 allows surveyors to improve their safety and work with more confidence on the job site.

(Learn More. An intrinsically safe camera allows for use in hazardous locations – the new GFx320 is independently certified as “intrinsically safe,” making it a great solution for efficiency, as well as safety. Courtesy of FLIR and YouTube)

Like FLIR’s existing GF320 model, the FLIR GFx320 is calibrated to measure temperature, allowing users to achieve optimal thermal contrast between the gas compound and the background scene.

Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR

The camera is also verified to meet sensitivity standards defined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) OOOOa methane rule, and tags each recording with GPS data to meet additional regulatory requirements for reporting.

“With the recent tightening of methane regulations both in the United States and globally, oil and gas producers need a fast and safe way to find and image gas emissions,” said Andy Teich, President and CEO at FLIR.

“With the ability to keep workers safe and identify greenhouse gases such as methane, the GFx320 represents another critical example of FLIR’s technology helping to protect lives and preserve the environment.”

The GFx320 is available worldwide today through established FLIR distribution channels. For more information, visit www.flir.com/gfx320.

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FLIR’s advanced thermal imaging and threat detection systems are used for a wide variety of imaging, thermography, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, navigation, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection.