Ultrasonic diagnostic tool can ‘hear’ unseen problems

Ultrasonic diagnostic tool can ‘hear’ unseen problems

A new tool from Tracer Products can help technicians diagnosis potential problems before they become bigger problems simply by “hearing” the issue.

The Tracerline Marksman II ultrasonic diagnostic tool converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound, the company said. This allows technicians to hear sounds that might signify a problem, such as air brake or compressed air leaks, tire leaks, and more, before they become a significant problem leading to a breakdown.

The Marksman II’s sound signature technology fine-tunes the audible sound into the natural sound emitted by the leak itself. A 5-LED signal-intensity indicator and audible alarm easily pinpoint the exact problem source.

According to the company, the device is so sensitive that it can detect leaks from orifices as small as 0.004 in at 5 psi (34 kPa), from a distance of 12 in. An internal noise control feature buffers ambient noise.

It comes with an ultrasonic receiver, headphones, hollow air probe, solid contact probe and an ultrasonic emitter that helps locate faulty seals, gaskets and weatherstripping in passenger cabs, trailers and other non-pressurized enclosures.

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