Petrochemical Valves and Flanges

During the oil refinement process in the petrochemical industry, vessels and pipelines usually need to withstand higher temperature. The valves and flanges in this industry are more susceptible to aging and degeneration. Thermal imaging technology can help inspect thermal condition of valves and flanges, which is reflected on their mechanical condition due to the presence of heated gases.


Customer’s Challenge

The petrochemical industry is the downstream of oil and gas industry, but their vessels and pipelines usually need to withstand higher temperature because of the oil refinement process. Therefore, the valves and flanges in this industry are more susceptible to aging and degeneration, which is problematic because the petrochemical products are usually more volatile and dangerous.


The maintenance for these components is tricky because most of the gas transmitted through the pipes are both odorless and colorless, and close-up inspection on individual components are too inefficient.


The Solution

Thermal imaging technology can efficiently and effectively inspect thermal condition of valves and flanges, which is reflected on their mechanical condition due to the presence of heated gases. Also, Fotric 348A advanced Autofocus handheld thermal cameras can accurately pick up thermal anomaly from a safe distance with resolution as high as 640 x 480 and optional telephoto lens.



The Result

Equipped with Fotric handheld thermal cameras , petrochemical industry users can safely and easily detect loose flanges, faulty valves and missing insulations in pipelines.

In addition, the analytical power allows them to make iterative improvements on design and components selection to improve the overall integrity of pipelines.