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Santa Barbara, CA – November 14, 2008 – Pacific Advanced Technology (PAT), a privately held research and development company founded in 1988 by Michele Hinnrichs, is celebrating 20 Years of Business.

Pacific Advanced technology has been providing clients with high quality research in the field of the infrared technology.  For the first 16 years PAT’s focus business was research and development for the US Defense Department.  Four years ago PAT formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Gas Imaging Technology (GIT), and gave them the exclusive rights to the worldwide commercial market for PAT’s patented IMSS technology applied to gas imaging and analysis.  With this license GIT has developed state-of-the-art infrared imaging systems, Sherlock®, which is used for finding, identifying, and quantifying gas leaks.

GIT manufactures, markets and sells world wide patented infrared gas imaging products (Sherlock®) for applications in the oil, gas, chemical, manufacturing and power industries for gas leak imaging and analysis. GIT’s mission is to provide global customers with gas imaging and analysis products and services to locate identify, quantify, control, and reduce unwanted gas emissions that are a risk to safety and the environment. GIT is committed to reduce greenhouse gases.

Michele Hinnrichs the founder of PAT and CEO of GIT has over 30 years experience in the field of infrared technology. "It is our vision to apply technology to products that are an outgrowth of the R&D work performed for the US Defense Department by PAT.   We are very proud to be a part of the reduction of dangerous and polluting gases in our environment, as well as protecting the safety of the people working in or living near refineries and chemical plants." Michele Hinnrichs said.

About GIT
Gas Imaging Technology, LLC (GIT) (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Advanced Technology (, is a California corporation located in Santa Barbara County and is completely woman owned and operated. GIT has an exclusive worldwide license for products that uniquely address issues of greenhouse gas, compliance with new EPA standards and other critical needs of refineries, power and chemical plants, oil and LNG tankers and terminals. More than $14 million has been invested in the development of the technology underlying the Sherlock gas imaging and analysis systems. A substantial portion of this funding came from various military, federal and commercial sources including the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, DARPA, Department of Energy, State of California, Gas Research Institute, BP and Shell Global Solutions.

GIT’s Products
Sherlock SF6 - detects sulfur hexafluoride gas leaks, and can thus be an invaluable asset to those in the power industry. In addition to being a greenhouse gas, SF6 is an expensive resource. Early detection of SF6 leaks with the use of Sherlock can prevent not only damage to our environment, but also considerable economic loss to a facility.

Sherlock VOC – allows the user to "see" emissions of invisible gases that may pose grave environmental hazards and expose refineries, chemical, and power plants to the risk of catastrophic fires and explosions. The Sherlock incorporates a mid-wave infrared camera that includes PAT’s patented IMSS lens and an embedded computer that can perform the function of data logging, imaging spectroscopy, and digital video recording.

Sherlock FE - monitors and analyzes the efficiency of flares and to continuously monitor smokestack emissions. The Sherlock FE is the only system currently being designed to analyze flare efficiency. It remotely monitors and generates a pixel-by-pixel quantitative analysis of flares and smokestacks. In many circumstances, this remote monitoring can be done from a location several miles from the source.

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