Operating the RECON 1500 Tube Leak Test Gun is simple. With the air supply connected, plug one tube end with the test gun and the other end with the T-Handle Plugging Tool. Press the lever trigger and the Venturi System quickly and efficiently evacuates the tube. Then monitor the gauge for loss of vacuum, which indicates a tube leak.
The RECON 1250 and 2500 are simple to operate. Connect the air supply, insert the seals into both sides of the tube ends and pressurize the tubes. Then monitor the gauges for drops in air pressure, which indicate a tube leak.
Similar to a shell and tube heat exchanger, air coolers are made up of stacked finned tubes with header or water boxes on either end of the vessel. While air cooler maintenance can be challenging, there are a few tips and tricks that can help make the process easier.
There have been many variations of the tube plug over the years in an effort to achieve maximum sealing area and to control the method in which it is installed. While each of these plugs are still commonly used today, they were designed to overcome various challenges operators have had over the years.
Not having a compatible tube plug material can result in leaks, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in lost production and revenue. When plugging a “leaker” (leaking tube), it is good practice to use plugs that are the same or a compatible material to the tube in order to meet industry requirements and engineer specifications and avoid galvanic corrosion.
When it comes to selecting a tube plug, there are a variety of options and factors to consider: application, material, and the ID of the tube. The three main types of tube plugs offered are one-piece, two-piece, and mechanical.
While tube leaks can occur for numerous reasons, one of the most common causes is the formation of holes. Holes can form within a tube as a result of deposit build-up, corrosion, improper cleaning heads being used, and more.