Three Factors That Affect Your Purchase of Leak Detection Equipment

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Three Factors That Affect Your Purchase of Leak Detection Equipment

Many companies commonly use airtight product packaging, and this is often required to maintain the product in quality condition until the consumer is ready to use the product. However, product packaging can be faulty at times, and the condition of your products may be negatively impacted when your packaging leaks. For example, food may spoil if its packaging is not airtight, and this could lead to costly returns, product complaints and even lawsuits in some cases. Manufacturers of packages must be conscious of the condition of their packaging at all times, and FlexPak leak detection equipment is available to facilitate this process. If you are in the market to purchase leak detection machines soon, you may rely on these three factors to guide your decision-making process.

The Functionality of the Equipment
One of the most important factors to be reviewed when you are shopping for new leak detection equipment is its functionality. There are many types of equipment in use, and one of the most common is a bubble tester. This type of detection equipment submerses your packaging in water, and your workers are tasked with watching the packaging for air bubbles that may signify a leak. On the other end of the spectrum, infrared leak detection equipment is also available. With these and other options available, you must learn more about the functionality of the options to decide which is most ideal for your packaging.

The Size of the Equipment
If your facility is like most, you may have a very limited amount of space available in your facility for extra machinery. Some leak detection equipment is very small in size, and it is designed to sit on a tabletop. Other machines are large, stand-alone models that will make a footprint in your floorplan. The size of equipment you select should be optimal for the space available as well as for the size of the product packaging you need to test regularly.

The Cost of the Equipment
With variations in size as well as functionality and technology, you can rightfully guess that the cost of this equipment varies substantially. While you may be working with a limited budget when purchasing leak detection equipment, you also need to focus on the financial benefits the equipment provides. It can decrease costly returns, improve customer satisfaction and minimize liability, and each of these have financial benefits for your company.

Selecting the right equipment to use for your leak detection needs can seem challenging at first. However, with many types of leak detection machines available to purchase, you can easily find a great model that meets your functional needs and that also has a suitable size and cost. For more information visit the FlexPak website.

How to Have a Successful Pump Packing System


It is important to understand the correct way to install and adjust your pump packing system. Understanding, or not understanding, how to do the procedure correctly could end in a success or failure. There are a few key elements to the procedure that will enable you to have a successful experience.

Remove Old Packing
The hardest step in the process is getting rid of old packing. It is important to get to the bottom of all the way down to the bottom of the stuffing box. If there is a lantern ring, make sure you remove that as well. There are normally sharp ends in the packing removal tools. Make sure that these ends do not puncture the shaft or any surfaces.

Inspect the Packing
After removal, it is time to check out the equipment of the condition. It is important that you record the time it takes to do this so that it will make the process smoother in the future if the equipment needs to be serviced. If there is visible wear on the surface, it should be resurfaced or replaced. The bore diameter also needs to be sealed.

Take Measurements and Observations
During the process, it is important to take measurements of the box depth, shift diameter, and bore diameter. If a flush injection has been used, you should then measure the length of the whole lantern ring as well as the flush port. A short wire will work to measure the location of the flush port.

Cut and Install
Once the previous process is done, the packing should be cut. Packing should be cut into ring sized pieces where the ends of the rings can fit together without a gap in between. Once the rings are inserted they should fit nicely into the bottom portion of the stuffing box. This will ensure that the load is compressed within the depth of the packing. There are different types of materials that can be used for tamping tools. Some of these materials include, but are not limited to, split tubing, metallic bushings, and certain types of cardboard. Do not forget to take these tools away before the next ring is put into place.

For most situations with pump packing, it is imperative that there is some liquid leakage. This ensures that lubrication will cool the surface and add to the life of the seal. While you are adjusting the pump packing, be sure to try to come to the least acceptable rate of leakage. Overtightening the package is one of the most common ways to fail with the packing process. Any adjustment you make should be made in proportion to the rate of leakage.