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Leak Detection Equipment

Tygris R236 Leak Detector

£5.50 (Inc £6.60)

VPE Ultrasonic Leak Detector

£850.00 (Inc £1020.00)

VPE 1000 Digital Ultrasonic Detector

£1459.69 (Inc £1751.63)

Detecting Compressed Air Leaks and Saving Energy:

Leaking compressed air is a major energy drain in industrial settings, wasting up to 30% of a system's output. Fortunately, several methods can detect and fix leaks, leading to significant cost savings. Here are some popular options:

Detection Methods:

  • Ultrasonic Detectors: These portable devices pick up the high-frequency hissing sound of leaks, making them efficient and accurate. Ideal for large systems and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Soap Solution: The classic "bubble test" is reliable but time-consuming and messy. Spraying soapy water on suspected leak points reveals bubbles where air escapes.
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras: These cameras detect differences in heat signatures, showing hotter areas around leaks due to escaping air. Useful for large pipes and difficult access points.
  • Flow Meters: Monitoring air flow before and after specific equipment or sections of the system can help identify areas with potential leaks.
  • Acoustic Emission Monitoring: Advanced systems use sensors to detect and analyze sound waves from leaks, pinpointing their location precisely.

Cost Savings:

Calculating the potential savings from fixing leaks depends on several factors, including:

  • Leak size: Larger leaks waste more energy and cost more to fix.
  • Electricity cost: At £0.19/kWh, every 1 kW/h of saved compressed air translates to £0.19/h (or £4.56/day) in electricity savings.
  • Operating hours: Systems running longer generate more savings with leak repairs.

Here's an example:

Assume a leak wastes 100 liters of compressed air per minute (equivalent to 0.7 kW/h). With your electricity cost, fixing this leak would save:

  • £0.19/h in electricity
  • £4.56/day
  • £1674/year

This is just one example, and the actual savings can be much higher depending on the specific factors involved.

Additional Benefits:

  • Reduced maintenance costs: Fixing leaks improves system efficiency and reduces wear and tear on components, lowering maintenance costs.
  • Improved productivity: Reliable air pressure ensures smooth operation of equipment and avoids production downtime.
  • Environmental benefits: Reduced energy consumption translates to lower greenhouse gas emissions.


Investing in leak detection and repair for your compressed air system is a smart decision. By using the right methods and considering your specific costs, you can save significant amounts on energy and maintenance while improving overall system reliability and environmental impact.