SoundCam Ultra

Ultrasound Acoustic Imaging

The Acoem SoundCam Ultra acoustic camera is an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective acoustic based machine condition monitoring solution. SoundCam Ultra is the first and smallest handheld camera that creates acoustic images from audible and ultrasound. It locates sound sources in real time and displays the results instantly on the screen to analyse machine wear, assess defects, perform corona testing and detect compressed air/ gas leaks and partial discharges.

Operating in real-time, the acoustic camera is ideal for detecting compressed air/gas leaks and partial discharges and performing corona testing.

How does SoundCam help ?

  • Enables objective recordings & visual documentation, avoiding subjective assessments by individuals
  • Its small size & portability lets you obtain localised on the fly data & is ideal for small hard-to-reach spaces
  • Captures high acoustic frame rates, crucial to clearly distinguishing between different sounds
  • Rugged & ergonomically designed
  • Instant analysis & diagnosis onsite with built-in software
  • Sensitive to sound & ultrasound frequency with ranges up to 100 kHz
  • Detects mechanical & electrical faults
  • Integrated object lighting
  • Easy-to-use diagnosis features with integrated touchscreen
  • Detection from safe distance

Designed to meet your needs

Electrical asset reliability

Sound is one of the first indications of an electrical problem. Traditionally, faulty components are detected based on the heat they emit, but sound appears even before the components begin to heat up. Sound contains information which, when correctly interpreted, will indicate if the sound is normal or causes a risk and how you should react to it.

This sound, which is both sonic and ultrasonic, is caused by partial discharges, i.e. electrical discharges that signal the harmful flow of electricity and deteriorate components over time. The effects of partial discharge produce airborne ultrasound signals, easily detectable with SoundCam Ultra. Find sources of partial discharge on all types of high voltage electrical assets – switchgear, transformers, overhead lines and underground cables etc.

In fact, partial discharges are related to nearly 85% of disruptive failures in high-voltage and medium-voltage assets, causing costly network outages and safety hazards. Early detection is the best way to avoid the components’ complete, possibly fatal failure caused by the electrical stress of partial discharges.

Compressed air/gas leak localisation

Air leaks cause up to 50% of energy waste in compressed air systems. Furthermore, air leaks shorten the equipment’s service life and lead to unplanned maintenance, unscheduled downtime and potential safety hazards. Early detection is the best way to proactively prevent increased costs and severe complications.

SoundCam scans large areas quickly and locates air leaks by listening to, recognising, and analysing the sounds they emit. The camera is faster and far more sensitive and accurate than the human ear, combining both sonic and ultrasonic frequencies.

Industrial asset monitoring

Industrial assets usually signal the end of their service life by making sounds that are out of the ordinary. Sometimes, especially in noisy environments, detecting those sounds is nearly impossible and tracking sound trends requires acoustic experience. However, finding the issues early via sound detection is the best way to guard against unplanned, expensive downtime, reduce costs and avoid dangerous safety hazards.

SoundCam listens to your assets and automatically detects deviations and harmful trends in the sounds they make. Reports provide detailed data for informed, predictive maintenance decisions before you begin to lose money due to broken assets and delays in operation. SoundCam saves time by removing the need to manually inspect fully functioning assets.

Tune in to acoustic monitoring today

SoundCam Ultra can be used in a very wide frequency range up to 100 kHz, making it suitable for a diverse range of applications, such as locating compressed air leaks and partial discharges. With its small, ergonomic design and low weight, SoundCam Ultra is an excellent measuring instrument, even for hard-to-reach places.

SoundCam Ultra consists of 72 microphones with a sampling rate of 200 kHz, an optical camera, an integrated data acquisition and analysis system, and a display and control unit with touchscreen and hardware buttons. The system displays high-resolution results on the screen in real time. High speed and accuracy make the system perform at the highest level of accuracy even in frequency ranges up to 100 kHz.

SoundCam opens up  new possibilities for acoustic sound source localisation. By using array of microphones, localisation and analysis of airborne ultrasound, sources are easily identifiable. Acoem offers data acquisition and processing solutions via simple and effective web interfaces, letting your operations team focus on its priority jobs and decision making.

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