August 3, 2009 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident and Lessons Learned: Troubleshooting Leaking Heat Exchangers With Ultrasound

When I was in the Navy serving aboard the USS Long Beach (back in the early 80’s), we pioneered using ultrasonic detectors to find troublesome leaks on our heat exchangers. (I think it was a first for the application in Navy condensors.) Perhaps that’s why I found this article in Quality Digest so interesting:

http://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/metrology-article/using-ultrasound-locate-low-level-leaks-heat-exchangers.html

What’s the lesson learned? Often before you can find the root causes of an equipment problem, you need to completely troubleshoot the problem to understand it. Every day the troubleshooting tools get better and better. Make sure you keep up with improvements to keep the efficiency and effectiveness of your troubleshooting efforts up to the industry’s best practices.

Are you interested in maintenance and equipment reliability best practices? Then you should consider attending the Maintenance and Equipment Reliability Best Practices Track at the TapRooT® Summit. See a previous post for more information:

http://www.taproot.com/content/2009/05/24/industry-leaders-meet-to-solve-biggest-equipment-reliability-problems-and-share-troubleshooting-root-cause-analysis-maintenance-and-equipment-reliability-best-practices/

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