Leaks can be good. But only if you’re a GOT fan and it’s the latest episode that you’re getting to see in advance. Any other kind of leak just damages your financial situation and market reputation. As in any case, prevention is much better than cure and this is where leak detection equipment comes into the picture.
WHAT IS LEAK DETECTION, WHO IS IT IMPORTANT TO?
Leak detection is, simply put, a method where leak detectors are used to check the existence of leak in a given commodity. The commodity could be packaged food, air conditioning, refrigerants, water or gas pipes or even leaks in pools.
A leak can lead to huge monetary and reputational losses which adversely affect the manufacturers, contractors, retailers and even the end consumers.
WHY LEAK DETECTION AND IS IT REALLY WORTH THE COST?
It prevents loss of money from large-scale recall of damaged products. It is also an insurance policy against a possible costly lawsuit which can affect your brand reputation adversely.
A quality assurance for both customers and retailers with guaranteed freshness along with an increase in shelf of the product. With an increase in demand for RTE(Ready To Eat) food products, there is a demand for higher safety procedures in packaging which can be fulfilled by leak detection.
In case of gas or chemical leaks, leak detection is absolutely necessary and safeguards you against possible loss of life too.
At an individual level, it can decrease your water bill resulting from leaky faucets or pool leaks. Besides, these leaks only get worse over time leading to your money, literally going down the drain.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LEAK DETECTION METHOD
The leak detection method depends purely upon the accuracy required and the kind of product. A mix of various leak detection methods can be used to get the best possible results.
Following are some of the leak detection methods commonly used:
1. PRESSURE METHOD
Since pressure in an important element in a sealed container, application of high pressure makes the leak more noticeable (Over-pressure technique). Tins and cans are also submerged in water to make the leaks show up in the shape of bubbles and is known as underwater bubble emission.
Uses: mainly food containers
2. CHEMICAL DETECTION METHOD
This method mainly comprises the detection of elements such as hydrogen, radioisotopes, or helium which are added to the system and detected externally. Gas sniffing is a method which uses helium detectors which senses the presence of helium on the container.
Uses: Mainly for food and other air tight containers.
3. ACOUSTIC METHODS
In this method, acoustic vibration waves are used to propagate high pressure gases and fluid leaks. This requires the use of an ultrasonic microphone. This method is usually combined with the other methods to give the most accurate results.
Uses: High pressure gas and water leaks, refrigerants, etc.
4. DRY PENETRATION TESTING
This method is used to track surface breaking defects in metals, ceramics, or plastics. It is based on the concept of surface tension.
Uses: In plastic or metal bodied machines, ceramic tanks, pools,etc.
Apart from installing the leak detection equipment, it is imperative to keep the maintenance of theequipment up-to-date. A well-planned system and schedule must be followed for this purpose.
It is seen that the cost of setting up leak detection is a one-time cost and quite low as compared to the possible losses. However, as a business owner or even an individual who is investing in leak prevention equipment, you should research well before investing in any kind of equipment as per your own specific needs.