Mechanical & Plumbing
Fluke device ‘sees sound’ to locate compressed air leaks
April 30, 2019 – By allowing users to ‘see sound,’ Fluke’s ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager is designed to save time and effort when locating leaks in compressed air, gas and vacuum systems and then, in turn, increase productivity and reduce energy bills.
By Peter Saunders
According to the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), the average system loses 30% of its air through leaks. The ii900 test and measurement tool is intended to help technicians, with minimal training, to detect, identify and pinpoint these leaks’ locations during a typical maintenance routine, even during peak production periods in noisy industrial environments (see video).
Designed in partnership with noise control, acoustic imaging and sound analysis company Sorama, the device uses an array of microphones and new SoundSight technology to filter out background noise. Then its 7-in. liquid crystal display (LCD) touch screen overlays a SoundMap to identify leak locations. Images can be saved and exported for reporting purposes.