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Table of Contents

 

1.

Overview

3

 

Ultrasound Technology Instruction Scholarship Certificate

3

 

Operation Mode

3

 

Setup Mode

3

2.

Basic Components

3

 

A.

Plug-InModules

4

 

 

Scanning Module

4

 

 

Contact Module

4

 

B.

Pistol Grip Housing

4

 

 

Display Panel

4

 

 

Trigger On/Off Switch

5

 

 

I/O Port

5

 

 

Battery Compartment/Battery

5

 

 

Wrist Strap

5

 

 

Sensitivity Control Dial

5

 

 

Storage Entry Button

5

 

 

Head Set Jack

5

 

 

Recharge Jack

5

3.

Accessories

6

 

A.

Standard Accessories

6

 

 

Headset

6

 

 

WTG-1Warble Tone Generator

6

 

 

Rubber Focusing Probe

6

 

 

Stethoscope Extension Kit

6

 

 

5PC-C9I/O Cable

6

 

 

BCH-9Battery Charger

6

 

 

BCH-WTGBattery Charger

6

 

B.

Optional Accessories

6

 

 

LRM-9

6

 

 

CFM-9

6

 

 

UWC-9000

6

 

 

DHC-2HHHard Hat Headphones

6

 

 

∙ DHC 1991 Ear Piece

6

 

 

SA-2000Speaker Amplifier

6

 

 

UFMTG-1991

7

 

 

WTG-2SPWarble Pipe Threaded Tone Generator

7

 

 

BP-9

7

 

 

BPA-9

7

 

 

BCH-92

7

 

 

BCH-WTG2

7

 

 

HTS-2

7

 

 

SHEATH

7

 

 

LLA

7

 

 

5PC-MP

7

 

 

5PC-BNC

7

 

 

QCH-9

7

 

 

QCH-92

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4.

Operation Mode

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Display Panel

8

 

Bar Graph Display

8

 

Sensitivity Control Dial

8

 

 

∙ Sensitivity / Volume Adjust

8

 

 

Frequency Adjust

9

 

Yellow Store Button

9

 

 

Store a Reading

9

 

 

∙ Overwrite Data or Enter Data In a New Location

9

 

Text Editor

10

5.

Setup Mode

10

 

Data Transfer

10

 

∙ Set Time & Date

11

 

dB Scale Select

11

 

dB Offset Val(Value) (This is a Reference dB Level)

12

 

Display Mode

12

 

Calibration Due Date

13

 

Text Editor

13

 

Factory Defaults

13

 

Exit To Program

14

6.

User Instructions

14

 

TrisonicScanning Module

14

 

∙ Method of Airborne Detection

14

 

Headset

14

 

Rubber Focusing Probe

14

 

Stethoscope Module

14

 

Stethoscope Extension Kit

14

 

Charging The UP9000

14

 

Warble Tone Generator

15

 

∙ Charging The Warble Tone Generator

15

 

Helpful Hints

15

 

Auto Shutdown Battery Feature

15

 

∙ Resetting The On Board Computer

15

7.

Applications

 

 

Leak Detection, How to Locate Leaks, Shielding Techniques, Low Level Leaks

16-18

 

Tone Test (Ultratone)

18-19

 

Electric Arc, Corona, Tracking Detection

20-21

 

Monitoring Bearing Wear

21

 

Detecting Bearing Failure

22

 

Comparative & Historical Testing

22

 

Lack of Lubrication

23

 

Over Lubrication

23

 

Slow Speed Bearings

23

 

FFT Interface

23

 

General Mechanical Trouble Shooting

24

 

Locating Faulty Steam Traps

25

 

Traps: Inverted Bucket, Float & Thermostatic, Thermodynamic, Thermostatic

26

 

Inspecting Valves

27

 

ABCD Method

28

 

Leakage Behind Walls

29

 

Partial Blockage

29

 

Flow Direction

29

 

Ultrasound Technology

30

 

Instructions for Setting Combination Lock On Carrying Case

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WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF AIRBORNE ULTRASOUND INSPECTION

Congratulations, you are about to experience the ultimate in airborne/structure borne ultrasonic inspection. Your Ultraprobe 9000 is equipped with features that will help you inspect in the most challenging environment.

1. OVERVIEW

Your Ultraprobe 9000 is a versatile instrument with many features that will make your inspections easy, fast and accurate. As with any new instrument, it is important to review this manual before you begin inspections.

While simple to use as a basic inspection tool, there are many powerful features that when understood, will open up a world of opportunities for inspection and data analysis.

ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIP CERTIFICATE:

Your Ultraprobe 9000 has many applications ranging from leak detection to mechanical inspection and may be used to trend, analyze or just find a problem. How it is used is up to you. As you gain knowledge and learn how many modes of inspection you can cover, you might want to extend your knowledge by enrolling in one of the many training courses offered by UE Training Systems, Inc. A Scholarship certificate is available to you. Simply fill out the form found at the end of this manual and mail or fax it in.

The Ultraprobe 9000 is an ultrasonic inspection information, storage and retrieval system in a pistol housing. There are two modes that are important to understand:

OPERATION MODE:

The operation mode will be described in detail under the operation mode section. In this mode you will perform all inspection actions such as scanning, probing, “Click and Spin” activities, and store data. NOTE: “Click” operations requirepressing a dial. “Spin” operations requireturning a dial.

SET UP MODE:

The setup mode will be described in detail under the Set Up Mode section,. There are 9 menu options that will be described in that section.

2. BASIC COMPONENTS

Trisonic Scanning Module

Pistol-GripHousing

Headphones

Rechargers (2)

Wrist Strap

WTG-1Warble

Tone Generator

I/O Cable

Rubber Focusing Probe

Short “Stubby

” 1” Probe

Stethoscope

Module

Stethoscope Extension Kit

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Trisonic Scanning Module

 

Stethoscope Module

 

 

 

A. PLUG-INMODULES TRISONICTM SCANNING MODULE:

This module is utilized to receive air-borneultrasound such as the ultrasounds emitted by pressure/vacuum leaks and electrical discharges. There are four prongs at the rear of the module. For placement, align the prongs with the four corresponding jacks in the front end of the pistol housing and plug in. The TrisonicTM Scanning Module has a phased array of three piezoelectric transducers to pick up the airborne ultrasound. This phased array focuses the ultrasound on one "hot spot" for

directionality and effectively intensifies the signal so that minute ultrasonic emissions can be detected.

STETHOSCOPE (CONTACT) MODULE:

This is the module with the metal rod. This rod is utilized as a "waveguide" in that it is sensitive to ultrasound that is generated internally such as within a pipe, bearing housing or steam trap. Once stimulated by ultrasound, it transfers the signal to a piezoelectric transducer located directly in the module housing. It is module shielded to provide protection from stray RF waves that have a tendency to effect electronic receiving and measurement. This module can be effectively utilized in practically any environment ranging from airports to broadcasting towers. It is equipped with low noise amplification to allow for a clear, intelligible signal to be received and interpreted. For placement align the four prongs on the back with the corresponding receptacles in the front of the pistol and plug in.

B. PISTOL-GRIPHOUSING

DISPLAY PANEL:

In the Operation Mode the Display Panel will show intensity levels (as dB and as a bar graph), Frequency, Battery Level, and “Display Mode”. The Display Mode and the Battery level indications alternate. Intensity levels are shown simultaneously as a numeric dB value and on a sixteen segmented bar graph (with each segment representing 3 dB). The Frequency is adjustable from 20 kHz to 100 kHz. These represent the range of frequency selection capable with the Ultraprobe. The most common frequency used for general leak detection or electrical inspection is 40 kHz. These frequencies may be "tuned in" when performing inspections with any of the Ultraprobe’s plug-inmodules. The Display Mode indicates the operation mode of the instrument. This is indicated on the display panel as R forReal Time, P forPeak Hold, S forSnap Shot, or RO forReal Time “Offset”, PO forPeak Hold “Offset” and SO forSnap Shot “Offset”. (For additional information about Offset seedB Scale Select in the Set Up Mode Section..

Display Panel

Storage Entry Button

Sensitivity Control Dial

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TRIGGER ON/OFF TRIGGER SWITCH:

The Ultraprobe is always "off' until the trigger switch is pressed. To operate, press the trigger. To turn the instrument off, release the trigger.

I/O PORT:

This is the RS232 port for upload/download information transfer, including heterodyned sound output. Align the pins from the cable and plug in. Note: before downloading data be sure the cable is connected to both the I/O port and to the computer or other hardware( vibration analyzer, tape recorder, etc.). This connection may also be used for sound recording, vibration analyzer and notebook computer download. In this manner, the sounds, as they are recorded, can be simultaneously listened to through the headphones.

I/O CONNECTOR DIAGRAM

BATTERY COMPARTMENT:

The Handle contains the battery. Remove the cover to change batteries. Note: in intrinsically safe models the battery cover screw must be removed before the cover can be removed.

BATTERY:

The battery is an environmentally friendly nickel metal hydride with no memory problems. A full charge will take 8 hours, however you may charge the unit at any time for short intervals or for a longer period. If it is kept on charge over 8 hours, there will be no harm to the battery. NOTE: When the effective battery charge is used up the instrument shuts down and a message to recharge the battery will be displayed in the display panel.

WRIST STRAP:

To protect the instrument, against unexpected droppage use the wrist strap.

SENSITIVITY CONTROL DIAL:

This is one of the most important controls in the unit. In the operation mode it lets you adjust the sensitivity. When clicked it can change the frequency. In the Set Up Mode it moves the cursor and by clicking sets notations.

STORAGE ENTRY BUTTON:

This yellow button is used to store data, and also puts you into the “Text Field Editor” (when enabled).

HEAD SET JACK:

This is where you plug in the headset. Be sure to plug it in firmly until it clicks. Should a tape recorder be utilized, this is where the cord for the tape recorder is inserted. (Use a miniphone plug). This can also be used as an output for a vibration analyzer or notebook computer when used with a proper miniphone to BNC connector.

RECHARGE JACK :

This Jack receives the plug from the recharger. The recharger is designed to plug into a standard electrical receptacle.

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3. ACCESSORIES

A. STANDARD ACCESSORIES

HEADSET:

This heavy-dutyheadset is designed to block out intense sounds often found in industrial environments so that the user may easily hear the sounds received by the ULTRAPROBE. In fact, the standard headphones provide over 23 dB of noise attenuation.

WTG-1WARBLE TONE GENERATOR:

The WTG-1Tone Generator is an ultrasonic transmitter designed to flood an area with ultrasound. It is used for a special type of leak test. 'When placed inside an empty container or on one side of a test item, it will flood that area with an intense ultrasound that will not penetrate any solid but will flow through any existing fault or void. By scanning with the TrisonicTM Scanning Module, empty containers such as pipes, tanks, windows, doors, bulkheads or hatches can be instantly checked for leakage. This Tone Generator is a WARBLE TONE GENERATOR. This internationally patented transmitter sweeps through a number of ultrasonic frequencies in a fraction of a second to produce a strong, recognizable "Warble" signal. The warble tone prevents a standing wave condition which can produce false readings and provides for a consistency of testing in practically any material.

RUBBER FOCUSING PROBE:

The Rubber Focusing Probe is a cone-shapedrubber shield.

It is used to block out stray ultrasound and to assist in narrowing the field of reception of the “Trisonic" Scanning Module.

STETHOSCOPE EXTENSION KIT:

This consists of three metal rods that will enable a user to reach up to 31 additional inches (78.7 cm) with the Stethoscope Probe.

5PC-C9I/O CABLE:

Standard I/O cable for downloading records from the UP9000 to the serial port on a PC.

BCH-9BATTERY CHARGER:

This is the standard battery charger for the UP9000 with a line input of 120VAC @ 60Hz . The charging time is about 8 hours. (For countries with 220 V/ 50 Hz, the BCH 92 is considered a “Standard Accessory)

BCH-WTGBATTERY CHARGER:

This is the standard battery charger for all Warble Tone Generators that are used with the UP9000. The line input is 120 VAC @ 60Hz and the charging time is about 8 hours. (For countries with 220V/50Hz, the BCH-92is considered a “Standard Accessory”.)

B. OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

LRM-9:

A cone shaped scanning module that increases the detection distance above standard scanning modules. The LRM-9is ideal for high voltage inspection and for locating leaks at great distances.

CFM-9:

A scanning module used for close proximity leak detection in pressure and vacuum systems.

UWC-9000:

The UWC-9000,Ultrasonic Waveform Concentrator, doubles the detection distance. TheUWC-9000is great for corona, tracking and arc detection at safe distances. Includes carrying case

DHC-9HH:

Headphone headset is for use with a hard hat

DHC 1991 EAR PIECE:

Ear piece eliminates the need for standard headphones.

SA-2000SPEAKER AMPLIFIER:

The SA-2000is a loud speaker and amplifier that is compatible with the Ultraprobe headphone output jack.

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UFMTG-1991:

The UFMTG 1991 is a multi directional warble tone generator. It has a high power output with a circular transmission pattern of 360°.

WTG-2SPWARBLE PIPE THREADED TONE GENERATOR:

A Warble Tone Generator that is used in test conditions where it is not possible to physically place the standard WTG-1Warble Tone Generator, such as in pipes or in certain heat exchangers or tanks. Features: 1” NPT male threaded nipple with adapters for ¾” and ½” female nipple with a 10 turn amplitude adjustment dial. Metric adapters available.

BP-9:

Extended use auxiliary battery pack for use with the UP9000.

BPA-9:

Spare battery pack for use with the UP9000.

BCH-92:

Optional battery charger for the UP9000 with a line input of 220 VAC @ 50Hz . The charging time is about 8 hours.

BCH-WTG2:

Optional battery charger for use with all Warble Tone Generators. The line input is 220 VAC @ 50Hz and the charging time is about 8 hours.

HTS-2:

Holster set for the UP9000. Includes a utility belt and two holsters, one for the UP9000 one module and rubber focusing probe; the other for accessories.

SHEATH:

The sheath is a cordura cover protector for the UP9000 Pistol Housing.

LLA:

Liquid Leak Amplifier case. It holds 12 8 oz. Bottles of Liquid Leak Amplifier (For Ultrasonic Bubble Testing).

5PC-MP:

Optional I/O cable, 5 pin to miniphone for heterodyned output signal via the I/O connector on the UP9000.

5PC-BNC:

Optional I/O cable, 5 pin to BNC for heterodyned output signal via the I/O connector on the UP9000.

QCH-9:

Optional quick charge battery charger for the UP9000 with a line input of 120 VAC @60 Hz . The charging time is about 3 hours.

QCH-92:

Optional quick charge battery charger for the UP9000 with a line input of 230 VAC @ 50 Hz . The charging time is about 3 hours.

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4. OPERATION MODE

DISPLAY PANEL:

When the trigger is pressed to turn the instrument on, the Display Panel will display intensity levels simultaneously on a bar graph and as a numerical decibel value. The current selected frequency will also be shown. Remaining Battery Charge is shown in the upper right corner. The letters R,S orP will alternate with the battery indicator in the upper right corner. R indicates that the instrument is running in“Real Time”, S indicates“Snap Shot” and P indicates“Peak Hold”. Should the instrument be set in the Offset Mode, then the lettersRO,SO andPO will be displayed.

BAR GRAPH DISPLAY:

The bar graph has 16 segments. Each segment represents 3 decibels. At the end of the bar graph is a vertical line, which indicates the peak intensity. This is a Peak Hold function. When in operation, the bar graph will move up and down the scale as an indication of the amplitude of a sensed ultrasound. The Peak Hold indicator will remain at the highest sensed intensity during a particular inspection until: 1. A new maximum reading is detected, or 2. The trigger is released and the instrument is turned off. At which time it will reset.

 

06 dB 40 kHz

R

 

 

06 dB

40 kHz

S

 

 

06 dB

 

40 kHz

P

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Snap Shot = S Flashes

 

 

 

Peak Hold = P Flashes

 

 

 

All of these alternate with battery level

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SENSITIVITY CONTROL DIAL:

TO ADJUST THE SENSITIVITY/VOLUME:

Look at the meter. If the instrument is within range, the dB decibel indicator must blink. The kHz ( frequency ), indicator must be steady and not blink.

If the frequency indicator is blinking, click in the sensitivity control dial until the frequency indicator is steady and the decibel indicator blinks.. This indicates that you are now able to adjust the sensitivity.

Once in the Sensitivity mode, turn the Sensitivity control dial clockwise to increase the sensitivity and counter clockwise to decrease the sensitivity.

The Sensitivity control dial increases/decreases the sensitivity of the instrument simultaneously with the sound level in the headphones

NOTE: the instrument needs to be in range for accurate testing.

If the sensitivity is too low, a blinking arrow pointing to the right will appear and there will be no numeric decibel visible in the display panel. If this occurs, increase the sensitivity until the arrow disappears (in low level sound environments the arrow will blink continuously and It will not be possible to achieve a dB indication until a higher intensity level is sensed).

If the sensitivity is too high, a blinking arrow pointing to the left will appear and there will be no numeric decibel visible on the display panel. Reduce the sensitivity until the arrow disappears and the numeric decibel value is shown.

NOTE: The blinking arrow indicates the direction in which the Sensitivity Control Dial is to be turned.

The Sensitivity Control Dial controls the bar graph display.

Each click of the sensitivity dial changes the sensitivity / volume by 1 dB

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TO ADJUST THE FREQUENCY:

Look at the meter. The kHz indicator must blink to be able to tune the frequency.

If it is not blinking, “Click” in the Sensitivity control dial one time and the kHz indicator in the display panel will blink.

When the kHz indicator blinks, change the frequency by rotating the Sensitivity dial up (clockwise) or down (counter clockwise).

YELLOW STORE BUTTON:

TO STORE A READING:

“click” / press the yellow Store Button. This puts the instrument in the data storage mode. In the data storage mode the display panel changes.

The Storage Location is shown in the upper left corner. There are 400 Storage Locations numbered 001 to 400. If the Storage Location has no data in it, the display will show: “NOT USED”.

If there has been information stored in the selected location, the upper section of the display will indicate that information. The text field (if previously selected), Time, Date, Decibel, Frequency and Operation Mode “R”, “S”, “P” (RO, SO, or PO with offset Value in the Offset Mode) will blink and alternate (scroll). The text field, if previously selected in the Set Up Mode, may be used to record notes or codes.

The lower left corner of the display indicates the current decibel level selected for storage.

The lower right of the display indicates the current frequency selected for storage.

The lower right corner of the display indicates the Operation Mode “R”, “S” or “P”, RO, SO, or PO.

001

NOT USED

25dB

40KHz R

 

 

Data Storage Mode Display

TO STORE DATA:

Click the Store Button again and the data will be stored and displayed on top.

TO OVERWRITE DATA OR TO ENTER DATA IN A NEW LOCATION:

Press the yellow Store button to enter the data storage mode.

Spin the Sensitivity Dial until the desired storage location is displayed on the screen

Click the yellow Store Button to store the new information in that location and proceed as described above.

NOTE: When using Ultratrend software it is possible to enter a new reading that is out of sequence by spinning to the last unused memory location (as long as all 400 locations are not filled) and entering the data as described above. Following instructions in Ultratrend, a new sequential order can be updated to include the new item(s) for future inspections.

TO RETURN TO THE OPERATION MODE :

Click the Sensitivity Control Dial.

TO DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION:

Refer to Setup Mode, 01 Data Transfer

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