Companies involved in heavy equipment manufacturing relies heavily on compressed air to run tools and processes. With this, production lines and its operators are proactively preventing and on the lookout for any signs of leaks, as even a tiny air leak can result in product and energy waste, and lost production time.
In line with this, a leading heavy equipment company recently found a way to prevent air leaks.
The company, which uses around 1800 to 2600 CFM of compressed air each day, runs up to 200 torque tools per line and process equipment to move large sheets of half-inch steel and positioning of parts.
Relying on compressed air to power up their operations, any sign of leakage can potentially result in higher demand for air pressure and raises the risk of having an inadequate amount of compressed air to supply its tools and process equipment.
To address this, Fluke offered the company a chance to test its Fluke ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager.
Equipped with an array of tiny and super sensitive microphones that detect sounds from human hearing to the ultrasonic range, the Fluke ii90 allows its users to visualize sound.
“Being able to visualize where the problem adds another dimension,” says the company’s maintenance manager. “You can identify which thread, fitting, or hose is affected. Being able to pinpoint where the leak is coming from on that image is extremely exciting.”
This enables its users to visually scan large areas from up to 50 meters (164 feet) away, effectively making it easier and faster to detect leaks at the plant and paving the way for the company to reduce hours of labor spent to resolve such task.
With the use of Fluke ii900, the company can now easily detect and repair 30 or 40 leaks in just a couple of hours. An additional benefit of using ii900 is that they can also use it during production hours and still be able to capture leaks at the rafter level-up to 20 to 30 feet away, despite their extremely loud working surrounding.
“Before we never thought of testing for air leaks during production because we couldn’t shut down the aisles and move people out of the area to go and look at a potential leak,” says the manager.
With Fluke ii900, the company and its team can now conveniently stand on the sideline and detect any signs of air leaks, without affecting their work.
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