Detecting Propylene, A Raw Material for Plastics

Propylene is an olefin produced through oil and natural gas refinement. Like Ethylene, it is an important starting product in petrochemical production. Propylene is mostly commonly used as a raw material used in making plastic products such as films, packaging, and closures, but it is also used in the production of other industrial chemicals. Propylene vapor is highly flammable and can cause explosions.

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OGI Application Stories

FLIR optical gas imaging camera helps improve environment and safety at Borealis Stenungsund

Many petrochemical plants handle invisible gaseous hydrocarbons. Most of these gases pose some sort of safety aspects. They may be toxic, or can cause health issues in case of long term exposure. Others are highly flammable, explosive even, and most of them will have a negative impact on the environment if they enter the atmosphere in large quantities. That is why leak detection is of vital importance in these petrochemical plants.

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Ten tips to get the most out of your OGI Camera

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras use spectral wavelength filtering and Sterling cooler cold filtering technology to visualize the infrared absorption of VOC/hydrocarbon, SF6, refrigerants, carbon monoxide and other gases whose spectral absorption matches the response of the camera.

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Optical Gas Imaging Cameras for Propylene Leak Detection


Handheld: FLIR GFx320

Ground breaking technology for visualizing fugitive leaks.


Handheld: FLIR GF300/GF320

Detects ethylene and propylene emissions from a non-functioning flare or spot leaks in petrochemical production systems.


Handheld: FLIR GF306

An optical gas imaging camera that visualizes ethylene. This portable, non-contact system allows you to quickly scan wide areas for leaks, so you can begin repairs sooner.


Fixed: FLIR G300a

Provides continuous monitoring of oil and gas field components, allowing energy producers to immediately spot dangerous gas leaks and repair them quickly.


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