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Use this optical gas-detection camera for methane leaks

| By Mary Page Bailey and Gerald Ondrey

The MetCam optical gas-detection camera (photo) automatically identifies and quantifies methane leaks, even under challenging conditions. Potential hazards from escaping gases can thus be assessed more quickly and more precisely. Methane gas leaks are invisible, but even the smallest leaks can endanger the safety of an industrial plant and damage the environment, and there are often dense facility areas that are difficult to access with many potential leak sources. For such areas, MetCam complements conventional point gas-detection systems with area monitoring. In contrast to point detectors, the gas source does not have to be in the immediate vicinity of the gas camera. Its field of view is already sufficient to detect the escaping gas. This means that detection is independent of wind or other influences. The gas cloud is visualized as a colored overlay on a black and white video image. In addition, the MetCam automatically quantifies the concentration of the escaping gas. — Dräger, Inc., Houston