With the 2020 emissions target looming, the need to reduce our energy use has never been greater. Industry undoubtedly has an important part to play and through sufficient expertise, and a few small changes, you can make a big difference to your plant’s carbon footprint. Steam is widely used across a number of industries and applications. Take for example the food and beverage sector, in which steam plays a vital role for a variety of processes, including blanching, bottle washing, peeling, canning and cooking. The potential for such industries to make a real difference to our collective carbon performance is therefore huge. Crucially, these improvements don’t require a major overhaul as you can make simple changes to equipment you already have in the plant. To get you started we’re sharing our top three measures which can significantly reduce your energy consumption and help you achieve impressive savings. Steam trap facts Given the current economic climate, you’ll be reassured to know that optimising the efficiency of your plant’s steam system could be easier than expected. Steam traps, for example, are the most important link in the condensate loop and can help to lower energy consumption and increase productivity. Effective steam trapping is therefore an essential process that can help you operate more sustainably.
Topics: Steam Trapping
Effective energy transfer may be a basic prerequisite for the success of your industrial process, but heat exchanger failure is leaving engineers frustrated by unplanned downtime, increased maintenance costs and spiralling production costs. Amidst this frustration, there is a modern technology capable of making heat transfer equipment work much more effectively for your business.
Wet steam can cause a number of problems in the system including a reduction in heat transfer efficiency, increased erosion and possible corrosion. Entrained water flowing through control valves, flowmeters and rotating or reciprocating equipment significantly affects performance and can eventually lead to an inefficient system and plant downtime. The primary purpose of a separator is to remove water which may be suspended in the steam supply. Installing separators at key points around the system helps keep the steam dry. This allows vital equipment to operate as productively as possible and helps to maintain optimum conditions throughout the entire system.
Currently many manufacturers are restricted by a reactive maintenance model (fix when you realise its broken) leading to unpredictable expenses and inefficient use of labour and resources. Intelligent monitoring allows users to move to a predictive maintenance model through data interpretation helping to not only highlight traps that are failed but that are failing. Monitoring the performance of steam traps over a period of time enables the user to map deterioration and schedule future maintenance requirements with advanced warning and ample preparation. A preventive maintenance model allows the user to optimise efficiency, maintain performance and minimise risk within their steam system.
Steam leaks are costly in both a financial and environmental sense and therefore need prompt attention to ensure your steam system is working at its optimum efficiency with a minimum impact on the environment. A steam trap can be classified as failed if it’s leaking above acceptable levels or has become blocked or failed closed.
Topics: Steam Trapping
Pipeline debris such as scale, rust and weld metal is commonly found in all types of industry and can lead to damaged equipment and increased maintenance. Strainers are designed to capture these impurities, helping to protect equipment and avoid unnecessary downtime. The strainers are lightweight to reduce the stress on pipework, but still robust. Available in a wide range of materials and sizes, their high capacity designs and large screening areas deliver maximum performance with low pressure drop. Strainers can be fitted on liquid or steam/gas systems. When installed in a horizontal line on a steam/gas system the strainer pocket should be in a horizontal plane. On liquid systems the strainer should point downwards.
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In addition to standard strainers, there are several other options available.
If something is filtered does it automatically follow that it’s clean? That’s got you thinking hasn’t it?
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