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How Fluorescent Dyes Benefit Leak Detection Procedures in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems

on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:17

Have you searched for a leak in an air conditioning or refrigeration system recently? Most likely you used a bubble solution. What’s this bubble solution? It’s one of the most popular methods of leak detection in the HVAC industry. It’s effective when spraying a soapy solution over a suspected surface until a bubble appears. This bubble indicates the location of the leak. Sounds archaic, right? While this method is cost efficient up front, in the long run its inaccuracy ends up costing more by operating a system not running at peak efficiency, high refrigerant replacement costs, food spoilage, and customer callbacks. This time consuming practice keeps technicians on the job for an excessive amount of time. It also makes it extremely difficult to find smaller leaks, especially on an outdoor unit on a windy day.  

So, what is UV leak detection? It’s a method in which a small amount of fluorescent dye is injected into and circulated through an operating system. The dye/refrigerant mixture will escape and accumulate at all leak sites. By then scanning the system with a leak detection lamp, all leaks will fluoresce green or yellow, making them easy to spot.

Don’t feel like waiting for the dye to circulate before getting to work? Well, this method is best when used as part of a comprehensive maintenance plan, in which the dye is added to a system before a problem has occurred. A leak detection flashlight or lamp can then be used to quickly scan the system for leaks during regular maintenance or service calls. If a leak is present, a florescent glow will appear making even the smallest leaks easy to pinpoint.

Advantages of Fluorescent Leak Detection:

  • Quickly find the exact source of each and every leak
  • Leaks are detectable at a distance
  • Very small, multiple, and intermittent leaks are easily found
  • Technicians can search for leaks while system is off or running
  • System can easily be rechecked after repairs are complete
  • Dye can remain in systems indefinitely
  • Technicians can safely search near moving parts
  • Method is easily implemented into a comprehensive preventative maintenance program
  • Method reduces contract service costs
  • Reduction in callbacks
  • Ideal means of cutting emissions


AR-GLO® fluorescent dyes are OEM approved by major compressor, AC&R equipment, lubricant and refrigerant manufacturers.  They are currently being used in over 50 million AC&R systems worldwide!

 For more information on our HVAC/R fluorescent leak detection products, please visit our website at

Budget-Friendly UV LED Flashlight Ideal for Industrial Leak Detection

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:46

Spectronics Corporation has introduced the LeakTracker™ (P/N LT-300) ─ a powerful, economical UV LED leak detection flashlight that’s ideal for all industrial fluid system applications.

LeakTracker features a high-output UV LED that delivers superior fluorescent dye response, making industrial leaks easier to spot. It works with all oil- and water-based fluorescent dyes, including difficult-to-fluoresce yellow, white and blue dyes ─ even in dirty fluids.

The flashlight features “instant-on” operation. Its compact size allows it to get into cramped areas larger lamps can’t.

Super-Powerful UV-A Flood Lamp Ideal for NDT Inspection

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:39

NDT technicians use the Spectroline®UV-400 Series SuperFlood™ ultraviolet lamps for fluorescent penetrant and magnetic particle inspection, parts degreasing inspections and wash station inspections. The powerful 400-watt metal halide bulb and tempered, heat-resistant low solarization provide the highest intensity over the largest area.


The UV-400A has a concentrated-beam reflector to assure the highest concentrated UV-A intensity available. It has a nominal steady-state UV-A intensity of 8,000 µW/cm2 at lamp center, measured at 15 inches (38 cm). It irradiates an area as large as 16” x 10”

Spacious UV Viewing Cabinet for Gel Analysis

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:25

The Spectroline®CL-150 Series UV workstations enable lab technicians to view, analyze and photograph fluorescent samples with both epi-illumination and trans-illumination light sources. A removable bottom panel allows either unit to be placed directly over the transilluminator. The 25-watt white light bulb in the cabinet provides visible illumination for easy sample preparation.

The spacious CL-150 cabinet is able to accommodate large electrophoresis gels and up to four 8 x 8” (20 x 20cm) TLC plates.

UV EPROM/Wafer Erasing Systems Perfect for High-Volume Production Requirements

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 16:17

The Spectroline® PC-9920A UV EPROM/Wafer Erasing System is engineered to meet high-volume production requirements. It has an operating UV intensity that is up to 60% greater than competitors’ systems. Its nominal 254 nm irradiance of 70,000 µW/cm² over a 36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61 cm) erasing area ensures fast and complete erasure of programmed memory from every EPROM, chip or wafer — in as little as 90 seconds!

The cabinet’s extra wide and deep drawer, measuring 36.75 x 28 x 1.75 in (93.3 x 71.1 x 4.4 cm), provides for easy loading of wafers, PC boards, open-faced stocking tubes and metric cards.

Cool Seal™ Leak Sealer Is Effective in ALL Popular AC&R Systems ─ Including R-410A

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:50


Spectronics Corporation has introduced Spectroline®Cool Seal™ A/C Leak Sealer, the hassle-free way to seal refrigerant leaks in compressors, condensers, evaporators, O-rings and hoses ─ quickly and permanently!

Cool Seal seals leaks as large as 0.020 inch (0.5 mm) and can remain safely in the system to guard against future leaks. It’s an economical alternative to expensive parts replacement on older AC&R systems.

Cool Seal meets ASHRAE 97 standard for chemical stability. Its non-polymer, oil-soluble formula is safe for all AC&R system components and recovery equipment.

UV-A LED Flashlight for Curing

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:32

The powerful Spectroline®OPTIMAX™ 365 (OPX-365C) is a cordless, rechargeable UV-A (365 nm) LED flashlight that is ideal for curing of adhesives, sealants, epoxies, resins, coatings and other materials.

This lamp utilizes ultra-hi-flux LED technology to produce a nominal steady-state UV-A intensity of 60,000 µW/cm² at a distance of 6” (15 cm). Powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery, it provides 90 minutes of continuous use between charges. The LED lifetime is 100,000 hours.

The OPX-365C is extremely lightweight and compact, weighing just 11.8 ounces (335 g). It’s ergonomically designed to

Multi-Lite Kit Perfect for Forensic Field Inspection

on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:00

The Spectroline®OPTIMAX™ Multi-Lite™ Field Kit (P/N OFK-300A) enhances the detection, inspection, and photography of natural fluorescence found on bite marks, bruising, pattern wounds, biological stains, bone, blood, bodily fluids and more. It combines a rechargeable flashlight with three Qwik-Connect™ interchangeable LED heads that provide single wavelength illumination in UV-A, blue and white light. This is one such powerful light source that is important in the identification of forensic evidence.

The lightweight flashlight (only 15 oz) has a rugged, corrosion-resistant aluminum body that

Complete Leak Detection Kit for Aviation Fluid Systems

on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 17:25

ALK-365 Aviation Fluid Leak Detection Kit

Spectronics Corporation’s ALK-365 Aviation Fluid Leak Detection Kit is the most complete kit for finding leaks in aviation fuel, lubrication and hydraulic systems. This versatile kit works with all petroleum- and synthetic-based lubricants and fluids.

At the heart of the ALK-365 kit is the powerful, cordless and rechargeable OPTIMAX™ 365 UV LED leak detection flashlight. Engineered with state-of-the-art, ultra-hi-flux LED technology, this flashlight is four times brighter than other high-intensity UV lamps.

The kit also includes an 8 oz (237 ml) bottle of Aero-Brite™ universal fluorescent

How To Kill 90% of Bacteria In The Workplace

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:02

Office Bacteria Infographic
Tired of catching a cold or a virus every time one of your coworkers neglects to use a sick day? More than 44 million Americans are working without paid sick time at their disposal, and are more likely to go to work with a contagious illness. A study performed by Kimberly-Clark for The Healthy Workplace Project has proved that not only are offices crawling with bacteria, but the highest levels are found in areas we least expect.

Testing approximately 4,800 offices, results were found using a device which measures ATP, an energy molecule found in bacteria, mold, and yeast cells. At the top of their list is the office’s break room sink faucets, as it resulted in an ATP reading of over 300 in 75% of the offices tested. To give some reference, an area showing an ATP reading of 100 is in need of a good cleaning. The microwave came in second with an ATP reading over 300 at 48% of the offices tested. It’s likely that these two areas tested the highest due to communal use, and the amount of food being prepared and consumed in close proximity.

Chemical cleaners can be effective, however, they’re a risk when used near food or electrical equipment. Antibacterial agents found in personal hygiene products help but often do not kill all bacteria, causing the cells to mutate into tougher, drug-resistant strains.

So, what can be done about this? The germicidal ultraviolet light emitted by products like the Spectroline® DeGERM-inator™ damage the DNA in bacteria and viruses, killing over 90% of them outright. Done in seconds, this UV light kills a wide range of disease-causing bacteria and viruses, such as E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Listeria, and the H1N1 flu virus. Apart from contaminated sinks and microwaves, this product can also be used to sanitize the following:

  • Telephones

  • Cell Phones

  • Toilet Seats and Flush Handles

  • Sinks

  • Faucets

  • Countertops

  • Computer Mouse

  • Keyboards

  • Plastic Toys

  • Doorknobs

  • And Many Other Commonly Contaminated Surfaces!

Small enough to fit in your pocket, these portable ultraviolet sanitizers are absolutely safe when used as directed.  They use the short-wave UV (germicidal) method of deactivating and killing microbes, which has been recommended for over 50 years by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. For added safety, DeGERM-inator lamps feature a unique child safety switch to prevent accidental UV exposure.

The question is, why isn’t your office using this technology?