Vacuums, pumps, and many other sealed systems are key components in a wide range of manufacturing operations. These systems are utilized across fabrication floors in many facilities, and they are often a critical part of a full assembly. However, they also often operate in a delicate balance of pressures, molecular containment, and the movement of air, gasses, steam, or other vaporized chemical compounds. An imbalance in this system can, at best, shut down the whole production line until the system is repaired, and, at worst, pose a toxic threat to workers and components exposed.


Because the most common cause of a sealed system compromise is an air leak, detecting that leak is one of the most valuable predictive maintenance actions that can be applied in a manufacturing setting. With the help of Schreier Industrial, you can integrate ultrasonic air leak detection into your predictive maintenance program and fix miniscule leaks before they cause serious damage.


Ultrasonic air leaks cannot be detected without predictive technologies because they are outside the range of human hearing and are often occurring in a noise-saturated manufacturing setting. The use of ultrasonic air leak detection tools will provide valuable diagnostic information in an effective predictive maintenance program.


The frequency of ultrasonic air leaks can occur at any level over 20 kilohertz, and a leak can affect a wide range of systems including pumps, valves, containers, clean rooms, ducts, vacuums, and any other sealed manufacturing assembly. If ultrasonic leaks are not detected and quickly remediated, sudden and severe failures can occur. To remedy leaks, ultrasonic air leak detection technologies can be implemented with continual or routine monitoring.


With a combination of ultrasonic reading systems and diagnostic software programs, leak detection technologies can track the movement of air, gas, steam, vapor, and pressure through a sealed system. The motion of these sealed substances through a miniscule leak creates an ultrasonic noise and a shift in pressure both inside and outside a system, making it possible to pinpoint a leak and determine its nature (size, cause, shape, etc.).


When a leak is detected at its point of concentration, ultrasonic air leak technologies can process that diagnostic information, rendering it through specialized headphones or generating a decibel-based image reading. These systems are often portable and can operate in noise-saturated workspaces with the use of noise-cancelling headphones or advanced ultrasonic microphones. Technologies like these can detect leaks with a pressure point as low as 1 psi. In comparison, that pressure is similar to the pressure created by the blink of a human eyelid.


Ultrasonic air leak detection technologies give maintenance technicians a way to evaluate the condition of a sealed or otherwise pressurized manufacturing system. This prevents a wide range of system failures, production shutdown, component contamination, and worker exposure to potentially toxic compounds.


Schreier Industrial can work with you to include ultrasonic air leak detection into your predictive maintenance schedule. To learn more about these diagnostic tools or to work with us, contact us at (218) 402-0838 today.