The pipeline industry in particular has needed and encouraged the development of a new gas leak detection system for many years. However, gas leaks, both large and small, have been targeted for detection not just in transmission but in industries involving chemical, paper, metal, manufacturing, utilities, microelectronics, refining, and military/aerospace applications.
The system used by LSI is a completely new technology developed by LSI to detect hydrocarbon vapors. From greenhouse gas emission compliance to safety concerns to equipment damage, these detectable gas leaks clearly have the potential to cost companies thousands to millions of dollars in lost revenue, damage, or fines. They can cause efficiency losses, unacceptable levels of human exposure to toxic substances, fires, explosions, and other serious problems.
Our new imaging camera can visually detect leaks. It can even pinpoint the source and flow path of the escaping gas. Current technologies such as flame ionization detectors are very sensitive, however they do not easily show where the gas is escaping from or differentiate between hydrocarbon residue from substances such as penetrating oil and actual blowing gas leaks.
Traditionally a hand-held “sniffer” gas detector, combined with soaping and bagging techniques are used to manually locate and sample each leak. This is a time-consuming process, especially since leaks can be picked up around equipment meters away from the actual source of leaks, sending plant personnel on wild goose chases. Knowing exactly what equipment is leaking, and where on the equipment and the extent of the leak obviously streamlines the documentation and repair of actual gas leaks.
This is not a simple variation on any traditional detection technology. Any clients we contacted who thought they had seen this system before quickly changed their minds when they saw the images from it. This technology is newly-developed and ready to revolutionize leak detection.
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Patent Nos. 8,193,496; 8,426,813; Pat. Pend.
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