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Continuous, wireless monitoring of steam traps

15 September 2015

The new STAPS Wireless monitoring system, from Spirax Sarco, offers the ability to continuously monitor entire steam trap populations, regardless of manufacturer, helping improve steam system performance.

Automated monitoring systems provide continuous visibility of steam trap condition, enabling drops in performance to be instantly identified and corrected to improve energy efficiency and productivity. 

Installing a wired system to achieve this can be time-consuming and costly, with production being interrupted by the installation of power and data lines.
The STAPS Wireless monitoring system uses the Zigbee or ISA100 wireless networking standards. A STAPS head unit is simply clamped onto the upstream side of the steam trap, avoiding the need to isolate processes or cut into pipework. The solution can be deployed almost anywhere, extending monitoring to remote and hard to access areas of the plant.
STAPS Wireless complements a programme of regular steam trap surveys, inspections and maintenance that can identify performance issues across an entire steam trap population. It achieves this by using ultrasonics to continually monitor steam traps.
The sound signature of each steam trap is categorised and transmitted via the wireless network to a central PC, which uses purpose-built software to determine the trap condition and calculate steam loss in actual cost terms.

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