Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions (ATS) has released the Flir GF304, an IR gas imaging camera capable of detecting refrigerant gas leaks without needing to shut down the refrigeration system.
The camera can be used to reduce revenue loss by pinpointing even small refrigerant gas leaks quickly and efficiently, and from a distance. The innovative camera also reduces inspection time by being able to scan a broad area rapidly without the need to interrupt the refrigeration process.
The camera contains a cooled Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) and a cold band pass filter that allows it to visualise various refrigerant gases in the 8.0-8.6µm waveband. Using a proprietary High Sensitivity Mode (HSM) further enhances the sensitivity of the camera so that the smallest gas leaks can be detected. The HSM feature makes the inspection process easier, faster, and more accurate for utility engineers and camera operators.
In addition to finding gas leaks, the Flir GF304 can be used for undertaking maintenance inspections where a temperature reading is required. The camera visualises temperatures from -20°C to +500°C enabling inspection of high voltage, low voltage, mechanical and many other facilities found in refrigeration plant and equipment.
Ergonomically designed with a bright LCD and tiltable viewfinder, it is easy to scan areas of interest with the camera that are difficult to reach with conventional methods. A USB WiFi adapter enables wireless connection of the camera to smart phones or tablet PCs facilitating wireless transfer of images or remote control of the camera. The Flir GF304 comes either with a fixed 14.5° lens or with a fixed 24° lens as standard.