Now that PRUFTECHNIK has joined Fluke Reliability, customers have access to an even more comprehensive range of tools from one source. Some may already be familiar with PRUFTECHNIK from their industry-leading systems for machinery alignment. They also specialize in test and analysis tools for condition-based maintenance, including vibration analysis, ultrasonic testing, and lubricant particle counting.
Condition monitoring is a maintenance strategy where you gather data on the condition of an asset while it is operating, and base maintenance actions on that condition rather than on what a calendar says an asset needs. Data on an asset’s condition can be tracked continuously through sensors, or at intervals using measurement tools for spot checks.
With condition monitoring, assets are repaired or replaced only when failures are detected. The length of time between the detection of an issue and the failure of an asset depends on the type and frequency of testing. Technologies and methods used to test assets include:
- Ultrasonic testing
- Oil analysis
- Vibration analysis
- Motor testing
- Infrared imaging
Ultrasonic testing to find leaks in pressurized pipes is an effective method for detecting potential failures early. Compressed air is expensive, and leaking compressed air is one of the largest sources of energy waste in manufacturing—when leaks exist, assets require more energy to compensate for them. Ultrasound can also be used for electrical and insulation inspections and to monitor bearing lubrication.
The SONOCHEK from PRUFTECHNIK is an easy-to-use, high-performance leak tester with a bandwidth of 20-100 kHz. Humans cannot hear these frequencies. The SONOCHECK translates them into an intuitive graphic display, identifies leaks, and specifies and evaluates the total amount of loss. With the optional parabolic long-range sensor, the SONOCHEK can discover leaks from up to 25 meters (82 feet).
By providing and supporting an array of methodologies, Fluke Reliability helps your team maximize your asset uptime. With the addition of PRUFTECHNIK, Fluke Reliability is a one-stop shop for all the tools maintenance teams need.