Paul Klimuc is an Ultrasound expert with SDT Ultrasound Solutions. He has experience dealing with a wide variety of industries, including (but not limited to) Aircraft, Auto, Food, Steel, Power Generation and Tobacco.
Paul began his career as an NDT technician, where he was Level 2 certified from ASNT (American Society for Non-Destructive Testing) in different fields including Ultrasonic Thickness Testing and Ultrasonic Flaw detection.
The following is a dialogue that Paul had with his students during the fourth Live Online Level One (LOLO) Ultrasound Certification Course .
Question: Should Compressed Air Leak Inspections be Performed During Planned Outages?
I am often asked about compressed air leak inspections… how often should compressed air leak inspections be carried out, should they occur during planned outages or regular operation hours, should the whole plant be inspected at once or should it be broken up into smaller more manageable sections.
Here are my recommendations for carrying out a successful compressed air leak inspection.
Safety is everyone’s number one job. Which is why I open every one of my LOLO Courses with the Poll Question, which profession suffers more casualties every year in the United States: Maintenance Workers or Firefighters? The answer is surprising to some. Even when performing a task as straight forward and “safe” as performing a compressed air leak survey, it is important to wear the correct PPE, ear plugs, safety glasses, etc. And always remain aware of your surroundings.
Frequency of Inspection
According to the Department of Energy, compressed air systems that have been more than a year without inspection and maintenance are likely losing upwards of 35% of their compressed air to leaks.
So, when is the best time to perform compressed air leak surveys and inspections? During planned outages and shutdowns? No.