Videos: Using Ultrasound for Compressed Air Leak Detection
Ultrasound technology can be used to quick and easily detect compressed air leaks, leading to potentially huge energy savings in industrial facilities.
Ultrasound detection instruments are commonly used for safety or environmental reasons, as well as for energy conservation programs.
The advantages are obvious:
Avoiding Energy Loss by Fixing Leaks: Industry average - 31% of energy use can be avoided by just fixing leaks.
Efficiency & Safety: Using soap water creates simultaneously a safety hazard & extra work.
Compressed Air Leak Surveys: Report on cost estimation per leak and demonstrate the carbon footprint reduction.
How Ultrasonic Leak Detection with Ultrasound works:
As any gas (air, oxygen, nitrogen, etc.) passes through a leak orifice, it generates a turbulent flow with detectable high frequency components.
By scanning the test area with an Ultraprobe, a leak can be heard through the headset as a rushing sound or noted on the display/meter. The closer the instrument is to the leak, the louder the rushing sound and the higher the reading.
Should ambient noise be a problem, a rubber focusing probe may be used to narrow the instrument’s reception field and to shield it from conflicting ultrasounds.
In addition, Frequency Tuning dramatically reduces background noise interference to provide ease of ultrasonic leak detection as never before experienced.
Compressed Air Leak Surveys
One of the more popular applications for ultrasound is compressed air leak surveys. Users can locate and report on cost estimation per leak while also demonstrating the reduction carbon footprint.
- Locate the leak site fast & easy
- Tag the leak site & record values with a digital ultrasonic instrument
- Report cost avoidance potential & produce repair reports
Users can generate a comprehensive excel report that include estimated LPM (liters-per-minute) loss, up-to-date cost avoidance, leak location photos, and greenhouse gas reductions. Survey quality assurance is optimized by identifying leaks that have been repaired and leaks that have not been repaired.
Visual inspection is one of the most basic and oldest maintenance interventions. Skilled technicians traverse facilities to identify structural flaws, surface wear and tear, cracks, leakages, corrosion, buckling of welds and other structural members. The main goal of visual inspection is to identify defects that may impede the performance of an asset. After recognizing the flaws, technicians take the initiative to fix them before they worsen and result in asset damage or accidents.
If you haven't considered going digital in your manufacturing operations, it's probably just a matter of time until you do. Since digital technologies are making historic changes across industries, it has become impossible to avoid digital transformation. Organizations have little choice but to evolve and adopt these technologies, or they stand the risk of not surviving the future.