Smart flame detection tool

Louise Smyth

The Dräger Flame 5000 is an imaging-based explosion proof flame detector. This visual flame detection system uses digital image processing and advanced algorithms to process and interpret flame characteristics. This principle offers an extended field of view and fewer false alarms. Each detector is equipped with a colour CCTV camera.

The software algorithm of the Dräger Flame 5000 is capable of discriminating between genuine fire conditions and other radiant sources that may cause conventional detectors to become desensitised or produce unwanted alarms. The detector is immune to common sources of unwanted alarms such as welding work, hot CO2 emissions and flare reflections. This makes it a great partner for an oil rig or industry plant.

The system can detect n-heptane fires of 0.1m2 (1 ft²) or greater at a distance of 44 m (144ft) within a 90° horizontal and 65° vertical field of view. The detector’s field of view is a rectangular pyramid shape.

The Dräger Flame 5000 operates as a stand-alone unit to transmit live video recordings or can be connected to a control system or fire panel to provide fault and fire signalling. This is achieved using a 0 to 20mA signal or relay outputs. A memory card enables the detector to record videos before and after alarm events.

Depending on the environmental conditions users can choose between an aluminium or a stainless steel housing.

Live video provides instant visual verification of a fire alarm without the operator having to enter a dangerous area. This reduces the risk of injury and improves response time.

Recent Issues