BEECO has always been recognized in the industry as a leader in plate and frame heat exchanger service including; dye checking, regasketing and troubleshooting. With the population of California continuing to rise, food and beverage processors are constantly looking for ways to improve their effciency and lower their operating costs while still meeting production quotas. To help our customers in this way, BEECO can offer a helium test which will save you down time and from the need to run a complete CIP after the test is conducted. Traditional dye penetrant and ultra-violet methods are also offered.

We believe the need for regular testing in the food, diary, brewing and pharmaceutical industries has never been greater. Increases in health scares, public interest and the insistence of large retailers on due diligence means that companies can no longer hope for the best or wait for an expensive fault to interrupt production. Quite clearly, prevention is, better than cure. That is why we at Beeco, not only offer the traditional dye penetrant and ultra-violet methods for leak detection but also are pleased to provide on-site helium gas testing, the latest in testing techniques.

We are committed to finding new ways to help you, our valued customer, improve efficiency, lower costs and increase profitability.

  • Clean-Test-Regasket (Dye Penetrant Testing)
  • Dye Circulation Leak Detection
  • Helium Gas Leak Detection

What is Clean-Test-Regasket (Dye Penetrant Testing)?



The traditional dye penetrant leak detection is an off-site leak detection system that requires the heat exchanges to be stripped and sent to Beeco. Once at Beeco, we provide a 6-step service.

We follow factory requirements for all steps of the process, starting with the:

  • Cleaning of Both Product and Service Side
  • Removal of the Old Gasket
  • Cleaning Gasket Grooves
  • Adhering of Gaskets
  • Oven Curing . . . which is a Vital Step!
  • Quality Control
Cleaning is an essential part of dye checking. We thoroughly clean all dirt and food deposits before we begin.
hx5 cleaning 
A hot caustic bath is used to break the adhesive bond. An acid bath is then used to remove scale and rust deposits. We also add inhibitors to the acid to prevent any damage to the plates. 
We use the dye penetrant method to determine if cracks or pinhole leaks are present.

hx7 leak detection 

hx8 gasket app 4. GASKET APPLICATION
Proper amounts of glue are applied to the grooves to ensure a good bond.
Time and temperature controlled oven curing is used. Gaskets are compressed to factory approved dimension during curing.
hx9 oven 
Prior to shipment each plate is inspected to assure you that quality control requirements are satisfied.


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What is Clean-Test-Regasket (Dye Penetrant Testing)?



Dye Circulation Leak Detection technology is an on-site circulatory test that is only used if a failure is identified in the helium gas test. Our special formulated dye is circulated through your heat exchanger at a given pressure, and if there are any cracks the dye will permeate through. To complete the test, we open the press and at your facility inspect each plate one by one using ultra-violet technology.

Dye Circulation Leak Detection is non-destructive, water soluble, environmentally friendly and does not require any developer.



What is Helium Leak Detection?



Unlike conventional methods, (i.e. dye penetrant) the helium gas testing does not require the heat exchanger to be stripped or opened and can find holes down to 5 microns.

This proven method uses helium gas, which not only has the second smallest atom size, but is also easily detectable.

This unique non-destructive testing method allows the discovery of faults before they become problematic and therefore enables planned preventive maintenance. Unlike other test methods, the use of helium has additional benefits in that it is safely dispersed, leaves no residue, is
non toxic and does not stress the plate pack with high pressures.

This method is very quick and efficient. On average, it only takes 30 minutes a section to test a standard plate heat exchanger. Therefore, it is a very cost effective solution for inspection requirements within many industries.

  • Non-Destructive
  • Safe in Operation
  • No Residual Contamination
  • Minimum Disruption to Production
  • On-Site Testing with Prompt Conclusions
  • Pinhole Detection
  • Recommended by Large Retailers and Clients

The simple investment of a small amount of production time will enable you to benefit from the continual and reliable operation of your manufacturing facility.

How the test works:

The process we use involves pressuring the primary side of any heat exchanger with Helium gas to a pressure no greater than 20 psi. Gas is then bled through the section to ensure complete coverage of the plates, Helium permeates through water so any remaining water is not considered a problem. Helium is a highly mobile gas that will easily pass through small pin holes and cracks in heat exchanger plates. It is an inert gas therefore non flammable. It is also non toxic, non corrosive and leaves no residue. The secondary side of the exchanger has a low volume air circulation system fitted with a detector probe as an integral part of it. The probe detects any crossover of Helium to the primary side down to as little as 2 ppm. Any leakage from gasket rubbers will pass to the atmosphere causing no indication on our instrument.