If you can hear your asset failing, it’s already too late. Acoustic ultrasound technology can detect impending asset failures long before any sensory inspections can. (And that includes old-school inspections with screwdrivers and stethoscopes). In fact, ultrasound condition-based monitoring (CBM) is able to identify meaningful changes in an asset’s operating condition earlier than any other advanced maintenance technology like infrared or vibration analysis. (See early in the Corrective Domain in the D-I-P-F chart below.)
Because of its ability to detect excess friction, acoustic ultrasound is also an ideal technology for routine lubrication inspections. Routine lubrication inspections are a vital component of precision maintenance. 40-60 % of all mechanical equipment failures stem from an unaddressed lubrication issue. Routine lubrications inspections using ultrasound CBM provide a quick and easy solution to identifying lubrication deficiencies before they aﬀect equipment performances. When reliability teams can trend a component’s life cycle and easily identify lubrication issues or new signs of impending failure, then they can address maintenance concerns before catastrophic failure or unnecessary downtime occurs.
CTRL’s ultrasound CBM solutions are user friendly and cost eﬀective, with a quick learning curve for new practitioners. Coupled with ultrasound’s “early warning” capabilities, all of these factors make ultrasound CBM an integral component of an organization’s existing reliability maintenance program — or the ideal cornerstone of a new one.