This is where Trapo begins to move far ahead of other trap management programs. We do a lot of fancy mathematics to calculate the right test interval for each trap. Other programs rely on rules of thumb or guessing.
Optimal test intervals for each trap minimize total of testing cost and steam losses
If you test too frequently, you waste money testing (but don't lose much steam). If you don't test frequently enough, you lose a lot of steam. The right test interval is in between. The optimized test intervals are calculated for each trap separately, based on its data. Thus, some traps are tested every month and some are tested every three years - whatever minimizes the costs. Because traps deteriorate more rapidly after they begin to leak, the right test interval is important. Testing at an interval twice what it should be multiples your energy losses by four.
In comparison with annual trap testing in a district heating facility:
Reduce trap testing by 23%
The seasonal heating facility used for these costs has 80% thermostatic traps. The best way to evaluate this alternative is to use Steam$$. However, most facilities show savings close to this figure. If you have 100 traps, the program pays for itself in a year; if you have 1200 traps, in a month.
Stage IV - Trap Work Orders
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