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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.
The magnitude and intensity of inductive heating should not be underestimated when performing infrared inspections of electrical switchgear. Inductive heating is derived from the proximal interaction of non-current carrying devices with the magnetic field around energized conductors that are under load.
Infraspection Institute Director Receives Award from ASTM
ASTM International recently presented Infraspection Institute's Director, Jim Seffrin, with an ASTM Service Recognition Service Award for his 30 years' service to Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing.
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.