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Why Bad Things Happen to Good Steam Equipment

By Jim Risko, TLV Corp. |

Accounting for an entire steam-trap population is crucial to avoiding safety incidents and sub-optimal production — high-priority consideration must be given to steam-system management Historically, steam systems have provided the most effective source of readily conveyable heat to industrial process applications, including those in the chemical process industries (CPI), and there is no similar low-cost substitute that can replace steam. Without steam, industrial production would be dramatically curtailed, and the low-cost manufactured products that are made from steam’s heat or power-generation assistance would not exist. Without steam, our quality of life, economies and society in general would suffer. While many CPI workers may appreciate that steam systems are a necessity, the same individuals may have also experienced negative steam-related incidents throughout their careers, making them harbor unfavorable thoughts. Specifically, these events may have resulted in safety issues, equipment failures and unscheduled shutdowns of a unit or a full production line. Safety events are extremely challenging and sorrowful issues if someone is injured, and shutdowns can be disruptive to the entire workforce. It is not surprising, then,…
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