In normal working order, GESTRA steam traps operate so that they do not let live steam through at all. In the course of time, however, the steam trap can be damaged due to different reasons such as pollution, water hammer or normal wear. In such instances, the steam trap may get into a state where it does not let any condensate through, does not close any longer, or does not even let live steam through.
Depending on its nominal size and pressure, a single leaking steam trap may cause an annual loss of up to 50,000 euro; hence, a regular check is reasonable in terms of energy economy.
Ultrasonic testing for live steam detection
The GESTRA VKP 10 leak detector punctually and reliably detects the leaking steam traps. The operation of the meter is based on ultrasonic testing. In a fault state, the steam flowing through the trap can be visually detected on the scale of the meter. A steam trap check takes only a few seconds.
VKP 40 is a leak detector of a newer generation, allowing direct input of measured data into the database. In this way, the data can be utilised in reporting and measurement results from different years that can be conveniently compared. The new VKP 40 is visually different as well. Whereas VKP 10 indicates the measurement result on a scale from 1 to 6, VKP 40 displays graphics and shows the possible leaks or condensate damming.
We carry out condition mapping of the steam traps. The survey includes measuring, reporting, and a repair proposal. If necessary, we will also perform the actual maintenance work.
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