Ultraprobe Ultrasound | On-Site Ultrasonic Mechanical Inspection | Monitoring | Troubleshooting | Leak Detection | Electrical Inspection
On-Site Ultrasonic Troubleshooting, Mechanical Inspection & Leak Detection
by CF PUMPSERVE
CF PUMPSERVE uses ULTRAPROBE® Ultrasonic Detection Systems by UE SYSTEMS for ultrasonic mechanical inspection, troubleshooting, monitoring and leak detection in the field.
Ultrasonic technology has been linked to Predictive Maintenance and Energy Conservation for over thirty years. If you would like to utilize CF PUMPSERVE's Ultrasonic Detection Services, please visit our Contact Us Page
The advantages of ultrasound condition monitoring are many.
- Users can hear in real-time the sounds of operating equipment
- Ultrasound is a localized signal, which helps operators identify a sound source
- Ultrasound provides early warning indications of failure conditions
- Heterodyned sound samples can be recorded and analyzed on a PC
- Sound samples can be both heard in real time when analyzed on a PC
- Sound samples can be viewed on Vibration Analyzers, providing high resolution
- Ultrasound will detect lack of lubrication & prevent over lubrication
- Ultrasound instruments are extremely effective for Condition-Based Lubrication programs
- Ultrasound is very effective for monitoring slow speed bearings
- Ultrasound is very effective for monitoring bearings of all speeds
- Software provides important data for, trend reports, alarm grouping and analysis
- Ultrasound can trend cavitation problems
- Ultrasound detects faulty gear teeth
- Ultrasound instruments can be used in noisy environments
- Ultrasound instruments support other technologies
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Ultrasonic Testing Applications & Services by CF PUMPSERVE
CF PUMPSERVE's Ultrasonic Testing Services can be used in most any industry, including general manufacturing, processing, power generation and distribution, printing and transportation.
Typical applications include:
Pressure or vacuum systems, seals and gaskets, wind noise, hatch leaks, vacuum bagging, compressed air, compressors, valves, steam traps, heat exchangers, boilers, condensers, building envelope, glove box, distillation columns.
Bearing faults (all speeds), lack of lubrication, prevent over lubrication, compressors, pumps (cavitation), motors, gears/gear boxes, hydraulic systems, fans, couplings, trending, trend reports, spectral analysis.
Electrical inspection can be performed on pump motors and other process equipment in the field.
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Bearing Inspection / Monitoring
CF PUMPSERVE's Ultraprobe Ultrasound Technology detects the earliest stage
of bearing failure. NASA research
has demonstrated that ultrasound
bearing monitoring will locate
potential bearing failure long before
it is detected by traditional heat and
vibration methods. With the
Ultraprobe, users hear the sound
quality of a bearing as well as monitor
amplitude changes on the display/
meter. This provides the ability
to trend, trouble shoot and confirm
potential bearing problems.
Tuning allows CF PUMPSERVE to tune into
a bearing and isolate it for analysis
regardless of competing signals.
Prevention of Over-Lubrication
Over-lubrication can be prevented with CF PUMPSERVE's Ultrasonic Technology by simply lubricating
only until the meter reaches
a specified level. Over lubrication
is one of the most common causes
of bearing failure.
Mechanical Inspection of Pumps, Motors, Compressors, Gears, Gear Boxes & More
All types of
operating equipment may be
inspected with an Ultraprobe. Since
Ultraprobe works in a high frequency,
short wave environment, problems
such as cavitation in pumps,
compressor valve leakage or missing
gear teeth may be heard and
isolated. Ultraprobe’s Frequency
Tuning allows CF PUMPSERVE Field Technicians to quickly
tune in to problem sounds and
recognize them with little previous
experience due to the clarity of the
Reciprocating Compressor Valve Analysis
has become so successful
with the Ultraprobe, many
engine analyzer companies now
offer instruments with an ultrasonic
Valve activity such as leakage or
blockage can be accurately
checked while the valve is on line.
Properly seated valves are relatively
quiet while leaking valves
produce a turbulent flow as the
fluid moves from the high pressure
side through the leak to the
low pressure side. Due to a wide
sensitivity and ultrasonic frequency
selection range, all types of
valves even in noisy environments
can be accurately tested.
Valve Stem Inspection
Valve stems may be quickly tested
for leaks to atmosphere.
Pressure / Vaccuum Leak Detection
As any gas (air, oxygen, nitrogen,
etc.) passes through a leak orifice,
it generates a turbulent flow with
detectable high frequency components.
By scanning the test area
with an Ultraprobe, a leak can be
heard through the headset as a
rushing sound or noted on the display/
meter. The closer the instrument
is to the leak, the louder the
rushing sound and the higher the
reading. Should ambient noise be
a problem, a rubber focusing
probe may be used to narrow the
instrument’s reception field and to
shield it from conflicting ultrasounds.
In addition, Frequency
Tuning dramatically reduces background
noise interference to provide ease
of ultrasonic leak detection.
Steam Trap Inspection
Major steam trap manufacturers
have recommended ultrasound
inspection of steam traps as one
of the most reliable inspection methods available.
By converting the ultrasonic
elements of a working steam trap
into the audible range, Ultraprobe
allows CF PUMPSERVE Field Technicians to hear the exact condition of a
steam trap while it is on line.
Blow-by, machine gunning, oversized
traps or line blockage are all
easily detected. Frequency tuning
enhances our ability to
discriminate between condensate
and steam. Ultrasound markedly
reduces confusion from extraneous
sounds or from heat transfer,
even when traps are extremely
Heat Exchangers, Boilers & Condenser Inspection
In-leakage or pressure leakage
can be readily located with the
Ultraprobe. Fittings, valves,
flanges are all easily scanned for
leakage. The high frequency, short
wave nature of ultrasound allows
operators to pinpoint the location
of a leak in high noise environments.
Condenser tubes and heat
exchanger tubes may be tested for
leakage through three methods:
vacuum, pressure, Ultratone.
– The tube sheet is
scanned for the tell-tale rushing
sound produced as the leak draws
air into the tube.
– Additional testing may
be performed when the system is
off-line utilizing air pressure
around the tube bundle and scanning
for the rushing sound produced
from the leaking tube.
– A unique method that
is also employed for heat
exchangers is the "Ultratone"
method in which a powerful high
frequency transmitter floods the
shell side of the exchanger with
ultrasound. The generated sound
will follow the leak path through
the tube. A scan of the tube sheet
will indicate the leaking tube.
Arcing, tracking, & corona discharge:
Arcing, tracking, & corona discharge
produce ultrasound at the
site of emission. These electrical
discharges can be located quickly
by scanning with ultrasonic detection equipment.
Switchgear, transformers, circuit breakers, buss
bars, relays, junction boxes, insulators,
and other electrical gear can be inspected.