Steam$$ - Model your steam distribution system

You tell Steam$$ how many traps you have, what kind they are, and some of their average data. (Trapo's Stage I -- Trap Data calculates all of this.) Then, you input annual steam system figures (steam quantity, water and chemicals purchased) and some other information, like piping insulation. Steam$$ calculates all of the results you need to begin state-of-the-art management of your steam distribution system.

With information on temperatures, pressures, length and insulation, Steam$$ calculates your piping energy losses. It also compares them to your drip trap condensate loads (where the losses show up) for calibrating the model. It also refers you to a free program that will calculate the ideal insulation level for any pipe.

These are shown first in a single table for overall comparison. Then, the costs are shown for each trap type for both drip and working traps. This makes it possible for you to see where some of the overall differences come from. These different costs help you decide how best to manage your traps and the best way to implement that trap management plan.

Predictive maintenance is the most effective way to manage steam trap maintenance. However, convincing management to implement it can be difficult. Generally, if trap installation dates are not available, the best way to implement it is to replace the steam traps. This expense requires justification. Steam$$ provides it. If trap replacement funds are limited so that you can't replace as many traps as you wish, Steam$$ helps you plan where they are best spent.

Stage I - Trap Data

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