New transmitter to identify steam leaks launched
Acoustic steam leak detection kit could reduce plant costs by 20%
A new wireless acoustic transmitter, designed to help process plants reduce their energy expenses and environmental impact by providing visibility into the state of steam traps, has been launched by Emerson Process Management.
Experts estimate that some 20 per cent of the steam leaving a boiler is lost through failing steam traps, and the company's new technology, the Rosemount 708 Wireless Acoustic Transmitter can accurately determine the presence of a steam trap failure, enabling a cost reduction of between 10 and 20 per cent a year. However, steam traps - one of the cheapest and most prone to failure components of a process plant - are rarely considered a part of an overall efficiency drive, but Emerson argues the sheer volume of them in a plant, and the fact they're potentially leaking expensively produced steam, makes them a key factor when considering plant efficiency.
"The average leak costs $10,400 dollars a year, and when steam leaks it's gone forever - there are large savings to be had by monitoring," Chip Rennie, Emerson's Director of Industrial Energy told press at the company's annual Emerson Exchange Global User Group. "Not only do most plants not have steam trap monitoring solutions, but not even a manual programme."
The Rosemount transmitter is non-invasive, easy to install and built to withstand harsh environments, and enables operators to monitor time-stamped alerts which can then be compared against process conditions or environmental reporting to help identify the root cause of a release.