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Upcoming CAT I Course:

Dublin - 23-27 March

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Upcoming CAT II Course:

Haydocok - 12-16 October

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CAT I and CAT II ultrasound courses: Overview & Advantages

  • Conforming to the classroom requirement of ASNT Recommended Practice, SNT-TC-1A
  • In accordance with ISO 18436-8, the standard for condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines
  • 32 hours of instruction followed by a written examination
  • Comprehensive classroom course in which the theory, principles and practices of Airborne Ultrasound Technology are taught
  • Instructors have been selected for their outstanding comprehension, experience and technical expertise in Airborne/Structure Borne Ultrasound
  • Course was designed by a committee of experts, some of whom were responsible for pioneering and developing the technology

Who Should Attend These Courses?

  • Inspectors seeking to advance their knowledge in Airborne/Structure Borne Ultrasound Inspection
  • Supervisors
  • Energy Auditors
  • Service Company personnel who perform PdM, energy audits or leak detection for their clients
  • Service personnel who desire to demonstrate technical and inspection proficiency to their clients
  • CAT I certified inspectors in order to advance to CAT II certification

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CAT I Course – Topics & Requirements

Requirements for Attendance

In order to achieve an official certification, one must:

  • Attend certification training and pass the General, Specific and Practical examinations with a score of 80% or better.
  • Documentation of education or experience must be maintained annually.
  • Hearing acuity must meet the minimum requirement of one ear of less than 25 dBHL at 500 Hz to 4 kHz (with or without aid.) Hearing acuity examinations must be documented annually.

Day 1: Introduction and Basics

  • Certification requirements for CAT I
  • Review of Proactive and Predictive Maintenance Concepts
  • Typical Applications Overview
  • Theory Of Sound & Basic Physics of Ultrasound
  • Technology Integration,
  • Equipment/Instrument/Software Overview
  • Generalized Methods of Recording and Reporting Inspection Results,
  • Beginning of basic software integration

Day 2: Leak Detection

Leak Detection

  • Concepts of Leak Detection
  • Fluids Defined
  • Leak Rates
  • Acoustic Properties of a Leak
  • Types of Leaks

Leak Detection Methods

  • Pressure
  • Vacuum
  • Ultrasonic Tone Test
  • Gross-to-Fine Method
  • Leak Confirmation Methods
  • Working in Noisy Environments
  • Shielding Techniques
  • Inspecting Heat Exchangers

Conducting a Compressed Air Leak Survey

  • Determining LPM loss
  • Computing energy savings
  • Carbon footprint reduction
  • Recording and reporting survey results

Software Download and Reporting

Hands-on Field Work

Quiz

Day 3: Electrical Inspection & Valves and Steam Traps

Electrical Inspection:

  • Safety Considerations
  • Overview of Types of Electrical Equipment
  • Definition of Electrical Discharges and Sound Recognition
  • Diagnosing Electrical Discharges with Frequency Analysis and Time Wave Form
  • Acoustic Effects Versus Heat Generated Defects
  • Integration of Ultrasound and Infrared Methods
  • Detection Methods for Electrical Equipment
  • Hands-on Field Work
  • Quiz

Valves & Steam Trap Contact Approach

  • Mechanical Inspection Overview
  • Valves
  • Compressor Inspection
  • Hydraulic Valves
  • Steam Trap Inspection: Steam Applications
  • Steam Trap types & Acoustic properties and Sound Recognition
  • Software Analysis
  • Inspection Techniques
  • Recording and Reporting
  • Hands-on Field Work
  • Quiz

Day 4: Mechanical Inspection & Software

Mechanical Inspection:

  • Strategies of Mechanical Inspection
  • Repeatability and Reliability
  • Bearing Inspection and Failure Modes of Bearings
  • Bearing Trouble Shooting Methods and Sound Recognition
  • High Speed versus Slow Speed
  • Bearing Comparison Methods
  • Bearing Trending Method with Decibel and Level of Failures
  • Data Logging, Data Management
  • Sound Recording
  • Basic Fault Frequency Analysis with UE Spectralyzer
  • Reporting
  • Conditioned Based Lubrication with Ultrasound
  • Over Lubrication/Under Lubrication
  • Sound Recognition
  • Gears, Pumps, and Cavitation
  • Hands-on Field Work
  • Quiz

Overview of Software: Ultratrend DMS

  • Creating Routes
  • Uploading, Downloading
  • Data Management and Setting Alarms
  • Analysis and Reporting Tools

Overview of Software: Spectralyzer

  • FFT Explained
  • Time Wave Form Explained
  • Cursor Control, Overlay Features
  • Tools and Parameters
  • Reporting, Emailing, and Saving Reports

Day 5: Summary and Exam

  • Review of Airborne Ultrasound Technology
  • Final Examination (2 hrs. 100 Questions)

CAT II Course – Topics & Requirements

Requirements for Attendance

In order to achieve an official certification, one must:

  • Attend certification training and pass the General, Specific and Practical examinations with a score of 80% or better.
  • Documentation of education or experience must be maintained annually.
  • Hearing acuity must meet the minimum requirement of one ear of less than 25 dBHL at 500 Hz to 4 kHz (with or without aid.) Hearing acuity examinations must be documented annually.
  • Documented experience signed by a supervisor or superior for 6 months, additionally of the CAT I experience of 6 months, for a cumulative 12 months’ experience to qualify for official certification of CAT II.

Day 1

Sound Theory and Condition Monitoring

  • Ultrasound Theory
  • Low Frequency versus High Frequency
  • Sound Characteristics
  • Acoustic Impedance
  • Reflection, Absorption, Scattering, Attenuation, Inverse Distance Law
  • Sources of Ultrasound
  • Definitions of Frequency, Decibel, Sensitivity
  • Deeper Understanding of Heterodyning, Time Wave Form, FFT – Fast Fourier Transform
  • Decibel vs FFT/Time Wave Form

Condition Monitoring

  • Principals of Conditioning Monitoring
  • Thermography, Vibration Analysis, Oil Analysis, Motor Circuit Analysis
  • The P-F Curve
  • Equipment Condition and Times
  • Understanding Cost
  • Ultrasound in Condition Monitoring
  • Best Practices of Condition Monitoring (Following Procedure, Timelines, Criticality Analysis, Failure Mode Analysis, Route Building, Repeatability)

Ultrasonic Equipment

  • Equipment, Transducers, Heterodyning, Frequency Tuning
  • Airborne Ultrasound Equipment, Displays and Basic Operation, Modules, Dedicated Monitors, Tone Generator
  • Adjusting the Sensitivity of the Equipment, Checking Sensitivity of Equipment

Software

  • Data Management Software
  • Spectral Analysis Software

Practical Quiz of Day’s Lessons

Day 2

Data Collection

  • Best Practices of Data Collection
  • Data Collection with Airborne Structure Borne Ultrasound

Compressed Gas

  • Leak Inspection
  • Leak Inspection Strategies
  • SAFETY
  • Pressure & Vacuum Leaks
  • Procedure
  • Compressed Air Leak Survey
  • Reporting
  • Hands on Practice of Cost Analysis and Reporting

Electrical

  • Electrical Inspection
  • Analyzing Corona
  • Analyzing Tracking
  • Discharge Points of Tracking
  • Discharge Points of Arcing
  • Loose Vibrating Components
  • Performing Inspection
  • Establishing a Procedure
  • Important Considerations
  • Troubleshooting/Baseline Procedures
  • Trending Procedures
  • Hands on Practice of Analysis of different Electrical Anomalies

Practical Quiz of Day’s Lessons

Day 3

Valves

  • Cavitation in Valves
  • Flashing in Valves
  • Write the Procedure
  • Reporting

Steam Trap Inspection

  • Steam Trap Function
  • Type of Traps
  • Mechanical Trap
  • Inverted Bucket Trap
  • Float Trap
  • Float and Thermostatic Trap
  • Thermostatic Traps
  • Metal Expansion Traps
  • Balance Pressure Bellows
  • Bi-Metallic Trap
  • Thermodynamic Traps
  • Reasons Why Steam Traps Fail
  • Steam Trap Inspection
  • Safety
  • Hands on Practice with software of Steam Trap Analysis and Reporting

Practical Quiz of Day’s Lessons

Day 4

Bearing Inspection

  • Bearing Dynamics
  • What is a Bearing?
  • Bearing Failure Mechanisms
  • Bearing Inspection
  • Mechanical Testing Best Practices
  • Inspection Methods
  • Mechanical Inspection Trending

Recommended Procedure for Ultrasonic Analysis and Lubrication of Bearings

  • Basic Lubrication Principles
  • Lubrication with Ultrasound
  • Proper Steps Using Ultrasound to Lubricate
  • Over Lubrication
  • Lubrication Procedures
  • Mechanical Inspection Safety Tips

Hydraulic Inspection

Pumps and Cavitation

Gear Boxes and Using a Time Wave Form Spectral Analysis

Hands on Practice of DMS Route Building

Hands on Practice of UE Spectralyzer analyzing mechanical faults

Hands on Practice of Generating Reports

Practical Quiz of Day’s Lessons

Day 5

Review of Weeks Material for Final (45min)

2-hour Final Examination (60 multiple choice questions)