Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Trapo useful if we already have a general-purpose maintenance management system?
Yes, the general-purpose system is used to order parts while Trapo determines what parts to order. Trapo uses disk files to tell your general-purpose system which parts to order. The trap-specific information collected by Trapo allows it to manage steam trap maintenance much better than any general-purpose system:
- General-purpose systems can only (automatically) order replacement at calendar intervals. Trapo adjusts the intervals for seasonality and the use of motorized valves - extending the replacement intervals for most traps and reducing costs.
Trapo optimizes the trap testing intervals for each trap to reduce steam losses while minimizing testing and its hassles.
Trapo manages test samples to determine common traps' lives, further reducing testing and its hassles while minimizing trap-related costs.
Trapo's calculations and linkage with your steam trap sizing program help ensure proper trap application and sizing, increasing trap lives.
Trapo manages asbestos abatement incidental to trap replacement.
Trapo provides a parts framework supporting competitive bidding and/or outsourcing of trap and/or related asbestos replacement.
In summary, Trapo has a different, more specialized purpose than a general-purpose maintenance management system. It is designed to work with such a system to improve steam trap management.
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