The recent tragedy in West, Texas has once again reminded us that safety must always be our number one priority. We can talk all day about increasing production, reducing costs and making bigger profits, but if safety isn't top on our list, tragedy will always be lurking around the corner.
A commitment to safety should be the gold standard and at UE Systems we are proud that our ultrasound technology can be a significant part of your safety initiatives.
Leak detection has long been the most utilized application for ultrasound and with the ability to detect leaking gas ultrasound can provide early detection of a leak and thus prevent it from escalating to a major event.
Ultrasound can also allow for safe electrical inspections. Arc flash incidents, which can result in severe injury or death, produce heat levels up to 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit and according to OSHA, occur on average, 30,000 times a year. By incorporating ultrasound into your electrical inspections you can detect arcing, tracking and corona without ever having to open an electrical cabinet and without having to expose an inspector (or facility) to what could be a potentially fatal incident.
With mechanical inspections, ultrasound offers the earliest detection of bearing failure, which, left undetected could result in the bearing melting down or wearing away and in extreme cases that hot metal could result in a fire. Another major safety application for ultrasound is the inspection of Environmental Health & Safety Equipment. Failure of these critical assets means they are not protecting the facility or the people working in it. For example if exhaust fans or fire pumps have bearing failures and can longer function this provides a huge safety concern.
We learned the motto “Safety First” as kids and yet it seems to be a lesson we often forget as adults. What can we all do to ensure that facilities across the globe are putting not only safety, but their greatest assets, people, first?