The popularity of ultrasound inspection for maintenance and reliability managers is attributed to ease of use, versatility, and low implementation cost. Once considered a companion to core predictive technologies like vibration analysis and infrared imaging, the emergence of standalone ultrasound inspection programs is more prevalent for reliability departments today. Ultrasound is now considered a front-line defense system in the everyday battle for manufacturing uptime. Airborne Ultrasound is Predictive Maintenance for the Masses.
The applications for which Ultrasonic technology can be used are nearly limitless, which lends to its mass appeal. Compressed air and exotic gas leak detection, condition-based monitoring of bearings, and acoustic lubrication of bearings, are popular applications. Some inspectors monitor thousands of steam traps and pinpoint in-leakage to boilers, condensers, and heat exchangers. Others marry ultrasonic inspection and infrared scanning together for added safety to MCC panel scans or surveys of high voltage substations and T&D lines.
In this presentation, these applications will be reviewed, and some demonstration will be used to help illustrate ultrasonic capabilities.