Compressed Air Leak Detection
- Assurance of reliable and predictable production
- Early detection of small leaks (before they grow)
- Avoidance of additional air compressor purchases
- Maintenance of system pressure
- Increased productivity
- Lowered maintenance costs
- Improved safety for workers
How much does an air leak cost?
An air leak on a 100 psi compressed air system coming from a 1/64-inch hole will lose about 0.45 cfm at a cost of $0.13 per day, or $48 per year. A leak that small is almost impossible to hear without special equipment. A 3/32-inch leak on that same compressed air system will lose 14.50 cfm at a cost of $4.59 per day, or $1,675 per year. To avoid these costly wastes, contact Columbia Water & Light to set up an ongoing maintenance for your compressed air system.
What are the problems associated with leaks?
- Drops in system pressure
- Air tools function less efficiently
- Decreased system equipment and compressor longevity
- Additional maintenance
- Adds unnecessary compressor capacity
Where could you have leaks in your pressure and vacuum systems?
- Compressed air storage
- Compressed air-distribution system
- Compressor valves
- Heat exchangers
- Steam traps
How does the leak detection system work?
The hum of operating machinery is at a frequency that humans can hear. The ultrasonic leak detector can distinguish the high frequency, short sound waves created by leaks that are beyond our range of hearing. Columbia Water & Light’s equipment brings to your facility the latest in state-of-the-art equipment to easily pinpoint compressed air leaks. We’ll visit your facility and provide you with a detailed report of leaks for your maintenance crew to fix. This saves you money on your electric bill, extends the life of your equipment and can even bring your production levels up.