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Non-Destructive Testing of Steam Traps
R. James Seffrin Level III Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer®
Infraspection Institute, 425 Ellis Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
With green awareness at an all-time high, facility managers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to save money and energy while reducing their company's carbon footprint.
One of the best opportunities for detecting excess energy loss is steam trap testing. Although defective steam traps can waste thousands of dollars annually, their maintenance is often overlooked. Presently, estimates for steam trap failures within industrial facilitites is 50%. Considering that medium sized facilties can have hundreds of traps, the potential for energy savings is considerable.
Well known for its ruggedness and distinct architectural features, timber frame construction is a popular choice for commercial and residential buildings. Used properly, thermal imaging can be used to detect evidence of excess energy loss within these unique structures.
Keysight Technologies Launches IR Thermography Scholarship Program
Keysight Technologies, Inc. recently announced a scholarship program for infrared thermographers. Clients who purchase a new TrueIR imaging radiometer qualify for an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course at a discounted price of $545 – a savings of $1150.
Thermal image shows three operating outboard engines. Cool spot on center engine caused by inoperative alternator. Taken by Charles Hazouri, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2015 Conference.