|Steam systems virtually all rely on steam traps for their control and, when working properly, efficient operation. Steam traps act as selective valves, allowing liquid condensate (as well as air and other incondensable gases) to pass whilst retaining the steam. This allows the steam system to be drained properly and ensures maximum utilisation and efficiency of the heat contained in the steam.|
Steam trap failure can be hard to spot, but often leads to significant energy wastage and operational problems. A single steam trap passing steam can waste hundreds or even thousands of pounds each year. Thermal imaging is an excellent tool for determining the condition of steam traps, and an extremely useful part of an effective maintenance programme.
Failure of Steam Traps.