Leaks are bad. When products containing leaks reach the end user, the results can range from inconvenient to catastrophic. The presence of leaks can lead to loss of product, contamination, system failure, environmental damage, and even loss of life. Whether you have solids, liquids, or gas, preventing in-leakage, out-leakage, pressure depletion is crucial in ensuring product integrity and safety.
When considering what type of leak test method and system components you will need, it is important to think carefully about what you ultimately want from a leak test system. After helping hundreds of customers implement successful leak test processes, we’ll share ten key questions that help our customers determine what they need.
10 Key Questions
- What is the risk if a bad part passes the leak test?
- What additional cost can be tolerated due to the leak test?
- Where in the part are the suspect leaks likely to occur?
- Will leaky parts be scrapped or reworked?
- What production cycle time is available for the test?
- What part design limitations may affect the method we use, such as cleanliness, pressure limits, or rigidity?
- Do I need a quantitative measurement of the leak?
- Do I need to know the location of the leak?
- Am I interested in the global leak rate?
- Will I be able to test the part under design conditions?
Ready to learn more about selecting the right leak test method? Download LACO CEO Paul Chamberlain’s detailed presentation, Successful Production Leak Testing: A Process for Selecting and Implementing the Optimum Leak Test Method. Successful Production Leak Testing: A Process for Selecting and Implementing the Optimum Leak Test Method