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Helium Leak Testing Machines

Helium Leak Testing Machines



Single Chamber


Double Chamber


Double chamber with 2 circuits


Helium Leak Testing Machine

Helium Leak Testing Machine

We have manufactured helium leak testing machines, successfully sold in Indian industries manufacturers and companies. We have designed systems for a very wide range of applications within different industrial sectors and for each of them customer satisfaction has always been our main objective. With this objective in mind our engineers will always design the machine you require in line with your technical requirements and within your financial possibilities.

How to select leak detection method:-

Here with just various typical example of helium leak testing machine :

  • 1) Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.
  • Condensers : 0.1 to 3 grams / annum of gas, equivalent to around 2.0 e-5 mbar l/s of helium
  • Evaporators : 0.1 to 3 grams / annum of gas, equivalent to around 2.0 e-5 mbar l/s of helium
  • Compressors : 0.1 to 3 grams / annum of gas, equivalent to around 2.0 e-5 mbar l/s of helium
  • Aerospace cooling systems : 0.2 micron hole, equivalent to < 1.0 e-6 mbar•l/s of helium

SF6 Circuit breaker

  • Leak testing is of paramount importance to ensure safe operation of the switchgear during its lifetime. 'Vacuum switchgear' must maintain their vacuum in order to prevent arcing within the switch.
  • Likewise 'gas insulated switchgear' must maintain their pressure level to prevent arcing when the contacts open. Sulphur-hexafluoride (SF6) is used due to its dielectric properties. However, SF6 is a most potent greenhouse gas so cannot be released into the atmosphere. Strict control is maintained over its usage, with every gram accounted for.
  • Leak rates are specified at 1% volumetric loss per annum (IEC 60694), equivalent to helium leak rates in the range of 1.0e-6 / 1.0e-7 mbarl/s

Helium Leak Testing Machine – Single Chamber and two testing circuits

Specification &Features
  • Manual loading/unloading
  • Cycle time – 48 second/part
  • Leak rate – 1 x 10-5 mbar l/s
  • Test Pressure – 40 bar
  • Bar code detection for traceability
  • Data Logging
Specification &Features
  • Manual loading/unloading
  • Cycle time – 50 second/part
  • Leak rate – 1 x 10-5 mbar l/s
  • Test Pressure 1 – 200 m bar
  • Test Pressure 2 – 400 mbar
  • Bar code detection for traceability
  • Data Logging
Specification &Features
  • Manual loading/unloading
  • Cycle time – 70 second/part
  • Leak rate – 1 x 10-5 mbar l/s
  • Test Pressure 1 – 4 bar
  • Test Pressure 2 – 6 mbar
  • Bar code detection for traceability
  • Data Logging


  • It is the most accurate and efficient of all tracer gas leak detection systems.
  • It is used in production leak testing to test parts with very low (extremely small) leak rates.
  • It provides better repeatability than other tracer gas leak detection methods,
  • It offers shorter cycle times, and is less susceptible to temperature and other external environmental factors.
  • Extreme sensitivity detects leaks up to 1 x 10-8 m bar l/s
  • High repeatability and fast cycle time
  • Very high leak detection accuracy reduces false leak failures
  • Totally dry test method – no bubble residue or water droplets to dry
  • Helium molecules detect small leaks faster than water or air molecules
  • Custom-tailored lines built on robust, reliable design standards
  • Flexible for product type changes – simply retool
  • Adaptable to a huge variety of part sizes and designs


Why Helium?

Helium is the second lightest element after hydrogen: it can penetrate small leaks rapidly (where heavier elements could not) up to 10−11 mbar*L/s. Is a noble gas: it is inert and does not react with other gases or with the part under test.
Is ecological: it is colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-toxic and does not create any problem in case of dispersion in the environment. Is present in the atmosphere only in small quantities (5 ppm) and so the background noise for the leak detection instrument is very low.

How does it work?

The usage of helium as tracing gas to find and quantify leaks requires an instrument able to detect its presence. The instrument is the mass spectrometer that transforms the measurement of the mass of a gas into an electric signal. To do this, the air that enters the spectrometer is ionized and guided into a curved tube immersed in a magnetic field. For a given value of the magnetic field only helium ions go through, while the others are destroyed. The electric current produced by the helium ions flow is measured to quantify the leak.

Test methods

Helium charged - vacuum test

The part is put into a chamber where vacuum is created. The part is then pressurized with helium and the helium leakage is measured through a mass spectrometer. The test is objective, since does not depend on the operator. Detectable leak range goes from 5.0 x 10-3 mbar*L/s to 5.0 x 10-8 mbar*L/s. This method is used in automatic systems to test components as evaporators, condensers, tubes, hoses, pipes, airbags, canisters, fuel tanks, thermostatic valves.

Helium charged - sniffer test

The part is pressurized with helium. The mass spectrometer is fitted with a sniffer probe that is moved over the areas of possible leak to detect its presence. The test can be performed manually (by operator) or automatically. The detectable leak range is between 5.0 x 10-3 mbar*L/s and 5.0 x 10-5 mbar*L/s. This test is used for parts that cannot be put inside a vacuum chamber (refrigerators, refrigerated food displays) or to locate a leak that has been detected by other methods, in order to allow for parts repair

Helium spray - vacuum test

The part to be tested is directly connected to a mass spectrometer and put inside a chamber. Vacuum is created inside the part and the helium concentration in the chamber is raised to 100%. If a leakage is present, the molecules of helium migrate into the part and the leakage is measured by the spectrometer. The possible leak range to be detected is from 5.0 x 10-3 mbar*L/s to 5.0 x 10-8 mbar*L/s. This test is frequently used to check porosities in cast parts or for parts that operate under vacuum, as water pumps and brake pumps.

Bombing test

This method applies to parts that are supposed to be sealed, as implantable medical devices and bulbs. The component under test will be first exposed for an extended length of time (e.g. 10 minutes) to a high helium pressure (40-50 bar) in a “bombing” chamber. If the part is leaky, helium will be able to penetrate the device. Then the component will be placed in a vacuum chamber. The amount of helium that entered the device will be released in the vacuum chamber and measured by the mass spectrometer. This method is not able to detect small leaks. Usual leak range to be detected is from 5.0 x 10-2 mbar*L/s to 1.0 x 10-4 mbar*L/s.

Helium Recovery System

Helium is widely used as an excellent tracer gas in the leak detection process. However, its increased costs – and their negative impact on profit margins – are a huge concern in today’s production environments.
Synergetic has developed a proven concept to recover helium for low-, mid- and high-pressure applications. The permanent system control visualizes the values and ensures that the ratio of helium to nitrogen remains constant throughout the testing process, eliminating contamination of the surrounding production area.


  • Collects up to 80-90% of the tracer gas
  • Keeps emissions at the workplace very low
  • Remarkable economic savings

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