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Yard Air Leak Analysis: Silencing the Hiss

Editorial Staff

Nov 9, 2023

In railroad yard operations, efficiency is the name of the game. One vital aspect of this efficiency is leak analysis in air compressors. Yard Air Systems offers a comprehensive process to identify and resolve leaks, ensuring that your rail yard operates at peak performance. Let’s explore the leak analysis process and how it is integral to railroad yard air operations.

The Costly Whisper of Air Leaks

Air leaks may be silent, but their impact is anything but. They lead to higher energy consumption, increased operational costs, and reduced equipment lifespan. Yard Air Systems' leak analysis process is designed to address these issues head-on:

1. Visual Inspection: Yard Air Systems' technicians and engineers start with a visual inspection of your air compressor system, checking for visible signs of leaks, such as damaged hoses or loose fittings.

2. Ultrasonic Testing: Ultrasonic testing is a key tool in leak analysis. Yard Air Systems' technicians use specialized equipment to detect high-frequency sound waves emitted by air leaks that are often beyond the range of human hearing.

3. Data Collection: Comprehensive data is collected during the analysis, including the location and severity of leaks. This data forms the basis for prioritizing and planning repairs.

4. Energy Consumption Analysis: Yard Air Systems calculates the energy loss due to leaks, helping rail yard operators understand the precise financial impact of unresolved leaks.

5. Customized Recommendations: Based on the findings, our experts provide customized recommendations for repairs and improvements, ensuring that the most critical leaks are addressed promptly.

The Benefits of Leak Analysis by Yard Air Systems

Yard Air Systems' leak analysis process offers several benefits:

1. Cost Savings: By addressing leaks promptly, rail operators can achieve substantial energy cost savings, often covering the cost of repairs in a short time.

2. Environmental Impact: Reduced air leaks mean reduced energy consumption, leading to a lower environmental footprint and contributing to sustainability efforts.

3. Equipment Longevity: Fixing leaks extends the lifespan of air compressor components, reducing the need for premature replacements.

4. Enhanced Reliability: A leak-free air system is more reliable, minimizing unexpected breakdowns and disruptions to rail yard operations.

5. Regulatory Compliance: Leak analysis helps rail yards ensure compliance with environmental and energy efficiency regulations, avoiding potential fines and legal issues.

Yard Air Systems' leak analysis process is not just about identifying hissing sounds; it's about optimizing efficiency, cost savings, and reliability in railroad yard air compressors. By addressing leaks promptly and effectively, rail operators can optimize their operations, reduce costs, and make significant strides toward sustainability. With Yard Air Systems as your partner, you can silence the hiss and enjoy the efficiency of a leak-free rail yard.


Yard Air Systems is the dedicated railway yard air division of APS. Connect with us to learn more about our nationwide services and to find out about our latest, innovative yard air products. 

We look forward to connecting with you and helping you operate at your best: (910) 775-9358. 

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