An infrared thermography program using appropriate equipment and properly trained thermographers can be an extremely effective tool to optimize equipment and system efficiency and help diagnose existing or potential failures of electrical, mechanical, refractory and building envelope systems. Ultrasound inspection is a valuable tool for predictive and preventive maintenance, energy management and quality control. The way in which ultrasound is used in preventive maintenance is relatively simple. Ultrasonic detectors are sensitive to sound beyond the limits of normal human hearing (20 Hz – 20,000 Hz)., and therefore can “hear” faults in rotating machinery, electrical distribution systems, and leaks in vacuum and pressurized systems.
In electrical applications, airborne ultrasound can detect corona which exists above 1 kV and does not generate any heat. Infrared, therefore, can not find the existence of corona which if left unattended will further develop into tracking and arcing situations. Ultrasound analysis provides a more comprehensive electrical inspection when used with infrared to identify corona, tracking, arcing, and resistance problems in any electrical equipment.
An ultrasonic detector senses small changes in the ultrasonic signature of a component and accurately pinpoints potential sources of failure before they cause severe damage to the components. Ultrasonic translators provide information in two ways: “qualitatively,” through their ability to detect ultrasound and convey it through a noise isolating headphone, and “quantitatively” through visual and incremental readings on a meter.
Airborne Ultrasound detection is a useful tool for conducting Compressed Air Leak Surveys, Gas Leak Detection, Steam Traps Surveys, Bearing Condition Monitoring, Electrical Inspections, Bearing Lubrication, and Un-pressurized Leak Detection.
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