According to the US Department of Energy, steam systems without proactive maintenance programs lose approximately 20% of their energy via leaks. Implementing a basic annual Infrared/Ultrasonic Inspection of the steam traps and associated equipment will likely reduce steam losses by 60% to 80%.
Infrared and Ultrasonic Inspections are the best way to locate common problems such as blockages and component failure. These common problems lead to improper heat distribution, reduced fuel efficiency, and wasted money. The excess costs due to one medium-sized steam trap failing can be over $3,000/yr.
In addition to increased energy costs, failing to properly maintain steam systems leads to unnecessary wear and tear that will increase repair costs, lessen the life of the system, and eventually lead to catastrophic failure.
Infrared and Ultrasonic Testing is proven, non-destructive, and cost-effective for all types of steam systems. Like other types of non-destructive testing, quality test instruments as well as thorough knowledge of steam system operation will help to ensure accurate results and tremendous cost savings.
Use Steam Inspections to:
- Increase Fuel Efficiency
- Decrease Energy Costs
- Decrease Repair Costs
- Improve Quality Control
- Save Money
- Prevent Catastrophic Failures
How it works:
- Steam systems are usually quiet and maintain a consistent heat level. Malfunctioning or damaged steam equipment will have temperature fluctuations and produce
various audible signals.
- Areas with blocked or leaking equipment can be detected and documented with the use of certified infrared imaging radiometers and ultrasonic translators.
- Infrared imaging radiometers are used first to verify temperature, then ultrasonic translators are used to verify proper functionality.
- Data, photographs, and repair guidance for all potential problem areas are compiled into a comprehensive report.
- Detecting problem areas allows for repair or replacement of the affected equipment before component failure occurs.
- Atlantic Leak Detection uses only certified Thermographers and state-of-the-art equipment to provide professional surveys in compliance with industry standards.
- If you would like more information about how an Infrared Steam Inspection can help you, call Atlantic Testing Services at 888-696-6429
Recommended Equipment to be Inspected:
- Heat Exchangers
- Recent Repairs
- Steam Traps
- Steam Using Equipment
- Transmission Lines
Department of Energy Recommended Steam Trap Testing Intervals:
- High-Pressure (150 psig and above): Weekly to Monthly
- Medium-Pressure (30 to 150 psig): Monthly to Quarterly
- Low-Pressure (below 30 psig): Annually