Once considered a companion technology to core predictive tools such as vibration and infrared analysis, you now see the emergence of stand-alone ultrasound inspection programs as standard practice for maintenance departments around the globe. Ultrasound is now considered a front-line defense system in the everyday battle for manufacturing uptime. The use of airborne ultrasound by a wide array of manufacturing, from mining to power generation and from waste management to food production, has led many to dub ultrasound a predictive maintenance tool for the masses. It is a technology with mass appeal, a wide range of applications, and a cost entry point that makes it accessible to practically anyone.
The purpose of this book is to inform. We want to open your eyes to the vast range of possibilities for using this technology, and along the way correct a few false truths. To accomplish our objective, we chose to lay out this book in much the same manner we would teach the technology to an aspiring ultrasound inspector. As you work your way through the wonders of this technology, you will no doubt realize that it can be used every day of the week for a different type of job. Therefore, each chapter is dedicated to an application, with a focus on how the technology applies to that application. You will learn how the inspection should be carried out, and then read one, two, or three examples of how these applications are currently being applied in interesting ways, by interesting people—your peers and colleagues, in interesting factories—both stationary and moving, around the globe.
Table of contents
- Chapter 1 - Introduction
- Chapter 2 - Principles of Sound
- Chapter 3 - Measurement of Ultrasound
- Chapter 4 - Airborne Applications
- Chapter 5 - Flow Monitoring
- Chapter 6 - Electrical Application
- Chapter 7 - Tightness Testing
- Chapter 8 - Friction
- Chapter 9 - Impacts
- Chapter 10 - Linear Motion
- Chapter 11 - Program Implementation Strategies and Training