Steam Trap Inspection Basics Using UltrasoundUltrasound will save a lot of energy by finding faulty steam traps
High energy prices and global competition dictate a need to reduce energy waste and improve system efficiencies. A major contributor to waste and inefficiency is leaks: both to atmosphere and through valves and steam traps. Experts say that as much as 20% of the steam generated at the central boiler is lost to leaking or failed steam traps. The purpose of a successful steam trap inspection program should be to repair any faulty steam traps and steam leaks, reduce energy waste and repair any failed steam traps and steam leaks that impact product quality.
Planning for Success
Before beginning any steam traps inspection, it will be helpful to think a few things through. First, walk the area to identify and tag every steam trap. The tag should include a number, and all information should be noted, such as the manufacturer, type of steam trap, orifice size and the purpose of the steam trap.
Testing Steam Traps with Ultrasound
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