Fluke ii900 Review and Testimonials

Fluke ii900 Review and Testimonials

If you are stuck trying to find leaks that seem to be unable to be found, we have just the solution for you! Fluke has recently introduced to the market a “sonic industrial thermal imager” known as the Fluke ii900. The ii900 uses dozens of very small microphones to pick up noise of air leaks and displays them in real time on the ii900’s 7” LCD screen. JM Test is now offering this product for rental or purchase. We took testimonials from our early adopters of this technology after they rented it. Below are three customer referrals from our clients that have rented the camera from us recently.

Our first testimonial is below from a nationwide company that specializes in data centers, office buildings, etc.

  • What method of finding leaks were you using in the past?
    • We were basically taking piping apart to block and isolate sections then pressurizing sections of pipe to see if we were still leaking down (pressure loss). We also used Big Blue Liquid leak detector on fittings we could reach
  • What made you open to trying the ii900 and would you be interested in using it again?
    • The air leak was in a noisy Data Hall where listening for the leak was impossible. We also looked at using smoke or peppermint in the air lines to try to find the leak but with so much air flow that would also be almost impossible. We absolutely will rent a Fluke ii900 again if we have a similar situation. We may have this happen again as our Service Provider feels we may have a run of bad pipe that was originally installed.
  • Using the calculator here (to your best guess), what would you estimate your cost savings annually to be?
    • This saved us over $15k, as we have a quote to build scaffolding over Data Equipment to continue our search for the air leak. The piping with the Compressed Air is for a Dry Pipe Fire System so there is really no reoccurring savings other than if we have a leak again, we will use the ii900 to find it.
    • https://www.fluke.com/en-us/learn/tools-calculators/air-leakage-calculator
  • How many CFM of compressed air are used each day? (best guess)
    • Because the compressed air serves a Dry Pipe Fire System, theoretically there should be zero air loss. In a completely tight system, the air pressure would never drop and never need a compressor. Real world Fire Code allows for 1.5psi drop over 24 hours
  • Does the air power your tools? If not, what does the air power?
    • No, the air pressure is only to keep the water out of the pipes above data hall equipment. Air is released if a Sprinkler Head senses heat and opens up
  • What happens if your facility loses pressure?
    • For this situation we would have to bring in a back-up compressor if the compressor fails or isolate the leak by isolating that section of pipe
  • Were your leaks at floor level? Rafters? Easily accessible?
    •  Our leaks can be anywhere form ground level to 20’ in the air at the roof line of the Data Hall
  • Did you shut down production while testing with the ii900?
    •  No, that is what was awesome about the ii900 in a Data Hall, it affected no Data Hall Equipment as it is a passive device. If we would have had to build scaffolding to reach all piping, we would have had to shut down sections of the Data Hall while the scaffolding was being built and then again when it was removed.
  • How long did it take to find your leaks and about how many did you find?
    • We spent over sixty man-hours trying to find the leak with isolation and leak testing with soap. With the ii900, it took less than an hour to find the leak and in that first hour I also trained myself and created a test leak so that I knew what frequency range to be looking for.
  • Would you consider going back to your previous method of leak discovery?
    • We would only use the older method if we thought we had a leak in a small cabinet or at ground level
  • Did you find leaks that you didn’t know about beforehand?
    • Yes, we found leaks in a panel that were not serious but we were able to “tighten” up the air system so there were no leaks. That system that we found leaks on and repaired has not lost 1 pound of air in over 1 month

 

Our second testimonial is from a global powerhouse and very well-known industrial manufacturer.

 

  • What method of finding leaks were you using in the past?
    • Walk around and listen for air leaks not using any tools.
  • What made you open to trying the ii900 and would you be interested in using it again?
    • A new product that looks easy to operate was worth a try, and we purchased our own.
  • Using the calculator here (to your best guess), what would you estimate your cost savings annually to be?
    • $20,000
  • How many CFM of compressed air are used each day? (best guess)
    • We range greatly on daily CFM, one reading is 3926 CFM, so a daily usage is 5,653,758.
  • Does the air power your tools? If not, what does the air power?
    • Yes
  • What happens if your facility loses pressure?
    • Some machines have issues running until pressure is built back up to a level to operate.
  • Were your leaks at floor level? Rafters? Easily accessible?
    • Most leaks were on machines itself and accessible from the ground level.
  • Did you shut down production while testing with the ii900?
    • While renting the ii900 the first time, production was still running. After we purchased our own the production was down for a holiday to find a lot of the leaks.
  • How long did it take to find your leaks and about how many did you find?
    • In the 8 hours of leak finding we found around 124 air leaks.
  • Would you consider going back to your previous method of leak discovery?
    • No, this way of finding leaks is way easier
  • Did you find leaks that you didn’t know about beforehand?
    • Yes, some leaks were so small we could not hear them but the ii900 picked them up.

 

Lastly, we have a testimonial from a client of ours who works for a company who designs and manufactures RF and DC power supplies and process instruments.

  • What method of finding leaks were you using in the past?
    • We have on site an older analog ultrasonic leak detection unit.  It is only effective during shutdown of operations and then it’s still quite a bit of “hunt and peck” to clearly identify the source of the leak.  With the Fluke ii900 the display clearly identified the source of the leak and it was straightforward to mark and move on in the audit.
  • What made you open to trying the ii900 and would you be interested in using it again?
    • We had seen some literature from Fluke regarding this new piece of equipment and were impressed with their claims of ease of use and the ability to do a thorough leak audit without having to shut down operations.  We plan to do an annual rental as part of our Preventive Maintenance program.
  • Using the calculator here (to your best guess), what would you estimate your cost savings annually to be?  $14,500 according to the Fluke tool
  • How many CFM of compressed air are used each day? (best guess)
    • Our factory uses around 600cfm of compressed air on a continuous basis.  Our peak compressed air load can reach close to 800cfm.
  • Does the air power your tools? If not, what does the air power?
    • Our compressed air usage is primarily for pneumatic actuators on automated manufacturing lines.  We have some limited compressed air usage for diaphragm pumps as well as some air blow off of chucks and workpieces on CNC machining equipment.
  • What happens if your facility loses pressure?
    • Our facility goes down 100% with a compressed air failure, we have back up compressor capacity that automatically switches over if we drop below a minimum pressure.
  • Were your leaks at floor level? Rafters? Easily accessible?
    • We had some leaks at floor level as well as some leaks at roof level.
  • Did you shut down production while testing with the ii900?
    • We did our audit while production was running.  The interesting thing to me is that we identified leaks in our compressor room that we would not have been able to find with our old method and even with production down because the background noise of the compressor room made our old device ineffective.  I believe without this tool we would not have been able to find leaks in our compressor room.
  • How long did it take to find your leaks and about how many did you find?
    • We rented the ii900 for a month, this allowed us to do a complete audit of our 265,000 square foot manufacturing facility.  We found dozens of leaks throughout the factory.  Some significant and others that were quite small, but we tagged all for repair at a later date.
  • Would you consider going back to your previous method of leak discovery?
    • Our previous method was not effective, our plan is to leverage the ii900 with an annual rental from JM Test Systems.
  • Did you find leaks that you didn’t know about beforehand?
    • If we had known about them beforehand, we would have repaired them.  Compressed air leaks are expensive.

 

It is pretty clear to see that the ii900 helps you save in every way and maximize your revenue and minimizing your costs. You can also watch the YouTube video we made showing you how to get your ii900 up and running in under 2 minutes.

If you are interested in a rental or a purchase of a Fluke ii900, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-353-3411 x 4052. Our salespeople can help you decide if the ii900 is the right tool to complete your job and if it fits your application. As you can see above, your cost savings and downtime reduction are almost immediate once you begin to utilize the Fluke ii900. You can view more information on the Fluke ii900 at this link https://jmtest.com/fluke-ii900/