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Best Practices for Ultrasonic Compressed Air Leak Detection
Contrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, because of what it takes to produce it compared to what is generated, it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility. To further add to the problem, the US Department of Energy notes that more than 50% of all compressed air systems have energy efficiency problems. Air Compressor experts have also estimated that as much as 30% of the compressed air generated is lost via leaks in the compressed air system.
Compressed air and gas leak detection with ultrasound remains the most widely used application for this technology. By locating compressed air/gas leaks with ultrasound and then making the necessary repairs, ultrasound technology is a great application that can have tremendous payback in the dollars lost due to compressed air and compressed gas leaks. Recent advancements in compressed air leak detection and reporting allow for the quantification of the dollars lost and the CFM loss from compressed air leaks.
This presentation will discuss the use of ultrasound technology for planning and performing an effective ultrasonic compressed air leak survey that focuses on the evaluation, detection, identification, tracking, repair, verification, and reevaluation processes centered around a compressed air leak detection program. By implementing these steps, a typical manufacturing plant could reduce its energy waste by roughly 10 to 20 percent.
Taking your infrared imager into dusty or wet environments can have disastrous consequences for your imager. While it is best to wait for such conditions to subside, you can use a polyethylene sheet or trash bag to temporarily protect your imager and accomplish a qualitative inspection.
Infraspection Institute Partners with InterNACHI for Infrared Training
Burlington, NJ — July 11, 2018 — Infraspection Institute and the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) have announced dates for infrared training courses at two InterNACHI facilities.
Thermal image shows thermal profile across a working steam trap. Infrared inspection conducted with the steam system under load. Taken by Stockton Infrared, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2017 Conference.