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Upcoming Level I Course:

February 24-28 - Knoxville, TN

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Upcoming Level II Course:

February 24-28 - Phoenix, AZ

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Level I and Level II 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
  • Level I certified inspectors in order to advance to Level II certification

Price

UE Systems’ Level I and Level II courses have a cost of $1495.

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Level 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 & Ultrasound Technology

  • Certification requirements for Level I, Level II and Level III reviewed
  • Theory Of Sound
  • Basic Physics of Ultrasound
  • Concepts of Amplitude, Velocity, Wave Modes, Ultrasound Wave Transmission and Effects
  • Effectiveness of Airborne Ultrasound
  • Typical Applications Overview
  • Technology Integration
  • Equipment/Instrument/Software Overview
  • Generalized methods of recording and reporting inspection results

Day 2: Leak Detection

Leak Detection

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

Leak Detection Methods

  • Pressure
  • Vacuum
  • Ultrasonic Sound Generation
  • Liquid Leak Amplification
  • Gross-to-Fine Method
  • Leak Confirmation Methods
  • Working in Noisy Environments
  • Shielding Techniques
  • Inspecting Heat Exchangers

Conducting a Compressed Air Leak Survey

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

Day 3: Electrical Inspection & Introduction to Mechanical Inspection

Electrical Inspection:

  • Safety Considerations
  • Overview of Types of Electrical Equipment
  • Voltages Defined
  • Acoustic Effects Versus Heat Generated Defects
  • Integration of Ultrasound and Infrared Methods
  • Detection Methods for High Voltage Equipment
  • Overview of Equipment for High Voltage Inspection
  • Detection Methods
  • Confirmation Methods
  • Substation Inspection
  • Radio Frequency Interference
  • Television Frequency Interference Detection Methods
  • Spectral Analysis of Common Electric Emissions

Contact Approach

  • Mechanical Inspection Overview
  • Valves
  • Compressor Inspection
  • Hydraulic Valves

Day 4: Steam Trap Inspection & Mechanical Inspection

Steam Trap Inspection:

  • Steam Applications
  • Steam Trap Types
  • Acoustic Properties
  • Inspection Techniques
  • Recording and Reporting

Mechanical Inspection:

  • Considerations of Ultrasonic Generation
  • Strategies of Mechanical Inspection
  • Review of Proactive and Predictive Maintenance Concepts
  • Generic Trouble Shooting Methods
  • Generic Trending Methods
  • Inspection of Compressors
  • Gears, Pumps, Motors, Fans
  • Isolating Sound Sources
  • Bearing Inspection/Trending Concepts
  • Condition Based Lubrication
  • Lubrication Starvation
  • Over Lubrication
  • Levels of Failure
  • Monitoring
  • Data Logging
  • Sound Analysis and Recording Methods
  • Sound Spectral Analysis
  • Data Management
  • Recording and Reporting Results

Day 5: Summary and Exam

  • Review of Airborne Ultrasound Technology, Applications and Methods
  • Practical Experience Review
  • General, Specific and Practical Examination

Level 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 Level I experience of 6 months, for a cumulative 12 months’ experience to qualify for official certification of Level II.

Candidates for Level II certification should:

• Be proficient with their ultrasonic device
• Be proficient with collecting data in the field
• Should have basic computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Email)
• Basic working knowledge of Level I material of Airborne/Structure Borne Ultrasound

Candidate for Level II must bring:

• A working laptop with admin rights for software install and input/export of data through usb/card reader slots
• UE Systems’ latest version of Ultratrend DMS software installed
• UE Systems’ latest version UE Spectralyzer Software installed

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)