Magnetron Failure Analysis

The single most important factor influencing equipment reliability and operating costs is the life expectancy of magnetrons. Industrial magnetrons operating under ideal conditions can achieve as many as 20,000 hours of reliable operation before normal end-of-life failure. When failures do eventually occur, the cause of failure can be identified by detailed examination of the magnetron and its operating environment.

GAE offers services to perform a failure analysis of any magnetron used in industrial heating equipment. In most cases the analysis involves a close internal  examination of the anode and filament structures as well as the surrounding waveguide. If possible, the microwave generator in which the magnetron was used is also examined as it is essential to the magnetron's operating environment. A detailed analytical report with conclusions and recommendations for preventive action is provided to the customer.