Ultrasound testing is a powerful solution for evaluating the condition of assets. The technology hears defects in the ultrasonic range and transfers these inaudible faults to low frequency sounds we can hear. Ultrasound signals from failing assets are measured, trended, and analyzed so we can execute an action plan that minimizes their impact.
Reliable Plants Need FIT assets
Most defects that threaten uptime produce Friction, Impacting, and Turbulence (FIT). These conditions exist silently in the ultrasound region. Find one – or any combination of these – and you have data to monitor the asset condition at an advanced level.
Why is Ultrasound Useful?
Ultrasound Owns the Apex of the P-F Curve. Newly formed defects present themselves ultrasonically first and only become audible once they've advanced closer to the moment of failure. Ultrasound testing is considered one of the earliest indicators that an asset will soon need attention.
Ultrasound instruments are particularly effective in high noise situations. Inspections are carried out any time of day, regardless of background noise.
Ultrasound is introverted. It prefers to remain isolated to its source. This unique characteristic makes ultrasound extremely effective for distinguishing specific anomalies occurring in close proximity to each other; like finding that one needle, in a haystack full of needles.
Ultrasound's versatility is unlike any other condition monitoring technology. SDT identified eight application pillars and within each pillar there are virtually hundreds of ways to increase safety, eliminate unplanned downtime, and reduce energy waste. Ultrasound is the first line of defense for industries seeking higher profits and a sustainable future.
SDT provides ultrasound solutions that help our customers gain a better understanding about the health of their factory. We help them predict failures, control energy costs, and improve product quality while contributing to the overall reliability of their assets.
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