Study Confirms Accuracy of UE Leak Detectors

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UE Systems announces a major step in independently verifying the accuracy of its UE3000 leak detectors to estimate compressed air leak flows. Gary Mohr, President of UE Systems, explains, “We always felt that our leak detector did a good job estimating the size of air leaks by using our ultrasonic intensity measurement approach.”

“But to find out that Air Power USA, one of the most highly regarded and experienced compressed air consulting groups in the country, had taken it upon themselves to run head-to-head comparisons of air flow estimates made using our UE3000 system and Air Power’s own engineering- and experience-based approach was gratifying.  Air Power’s study results concluded the two approaches came within 5 percent of each other in the aggregate estimate of air flows for five different air studies. Having the difference in the size estimate of any individual leak usually fall within 2 cfm is truly amazing and great news for our customers.”

Hank van Ormer, president of Air Power USA, explains the unusual effort by his company, “Over 70 percent of our business is ‘performance-based,’ which means we only get paid to the extent we deliver energy savings that can be verified by an independent evaluator. As such, we have greatly increased our measurement capabilities so we know which customer projects will produce the payback we need and whether the independent evaluation is on target.”

“We have always taken pride in our in-house training for our senior air auditors and air specialists to quantify leak flows. In a number of cases, Air Power has reviewed leak estimates made by our competitors, where we have found that our flow estimates were less than half for the very same leaks. We feel vindicated when the post-project flow measurements associated with those leaks confirm our original estimates.”

“With the UE3000 system, we can now get that same level of accuracy faster and at a lower cost. In addition, the repeatability of the UE3000 flow estimates is an important bonus that provides credibility when we have independent evaluators checking our work.”

Information about the UE3000 leak detection system can be obtained from UE Systems Inc. at 800-223-1325 or 

Information about Air Power’s study on Leak Flow Estimation or about its comprehensive consulting services to improve compressed air systems can be obtained from Keith Jenkins at 740-862-4112 or