The popularity of ultrasound detection has grown from not just a support vehicle for vibration analysis and infrared testing but to a unique tool of its own in the preventative maintenance field. The applications of ultrasound investigations can be used to determine compressed air leaks, bearing monitoring/inspection, lubrication breakdown and many applications in electrical power distribution equipment. Production machines produce friction with high frequency ultrasonic signatures. Ambient plant noise and low frequency vibration make ultrasound the best approach to monitoring and determining change in the signature and hence equipment wear and breakdown.
Electrical testing and maintenance has expanded the use of ultrasound. With the mounting concern over safety and arc flash, Balance Vibration Technologies can use ultrasound to determine problems without opening up dangerous equipment. Ultrasound is used to determine and detect arcing, corona discharge, and tracking. Combined with our infrared inspections, Balance Vibration Technologies can help eliminate unscheduled outages.
Compressed Air Leaks
Compressed air leaks can often be heard without ultrasound, but is much harder to pinpoint due to background noise. Ultrasound can determine the leak though ambient noise and quickly find the cause and area of the leak.
Overtime lubrication breaks down. Ultrasound can determine the breakdown and give a warning to bearing failure.
Advantages to Ultrasound
- Improve Energy Efficiency
- Reduce/Determine Major Failures
- Improves safety of High Pressure Systems
- Determine life expectancy
- Help Plan Shutdowns
- Determine Electrical Problems
- Reduce Maintenance Costs