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Debunking Common Leak Detection Myths

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

Ultrasound technology can be an incredibly powerful and useful tool in your workplace. With the ability to detect leaks from up to 150 feet away and pinpoint the exact location in seconds, Airborne and structure based (A&SB) Ultrasound can save your company thousands of dollars in maintenance and downtime costs. Despite all of the clear benefits of Ultrasound, there are a few common misconceptions about A&SB technologies. That’s why we're here to debunk some of the most common Leak Detection Myths that you may have heard.

Myth 1: Ultrasound Technology is a measurement tool

Ultrasound is an incredibly useful tool for several applications: detecting and pinpointing leaks in an noisy environment, conducting quality control tests for any leaks in products, and even locate compressed air energy swings. Despite all of its uses, one thing that Ultrasound Technology cannot do is measure the size of the leak. However, our UL101 can pinpoint even the smallest of leaks, so while it cannot tell you the size of the leak, it can tell you exactly where and what to fix, eliminating the leak altogether .

Myth 2: Only large leaks can be found easily.

A common misconception about ultrasound technology is that only large leaks can be detected easily. However, our equipment is more sensitive than any other ultrasound or leak detection device, and has the highest noise-to-signal ratio in the industry. Our UL101 ultrasound listening devices can pinpoint leaks in an incredibly noisy and busy environment. While bigger leaks can be detected at a further range, even incredibly small leaks can be picked up with A&SB technology. Compared to other ultrasonic models, our UL101 can pinpoint leaks from up to 300 feet away.

Myth 3: There are more reliable indicators for detecting an asset’s operating conditions.

There are several ways to monitor and detect how an asset is operating within your facility. However, many of these methods, like listening for audible noise, infrared detection, and temperature monitoring, are only able to detect when the asset is at or close to failure. According to the Potential failure curve, precision and predictive maintenance are less costly, and more efficient than alternate forms of maintenance. Acoustic Ultrasound technology is the first line of defense for precision maintenance, and predictive maintenance based on the condition of the asset can be vital to help you take proactive measures to maintain the operation of your equipment. Having Ultrasound in your arsenal can keep you ahead of the asset failure curve, and save you thousands by preventing catastrophic failure.

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