If you rely on steam as a heating source for some of your equipment in your factory or for other reasons, you likely want this process to be as efficient as possible. This can be problematic if you find that you are constantly losing steam and heat from your lines the further the steam has to travel. This causes you to have to spend more money on heating for something that, had your system been a little bit more efficient, you could have gotten for the amount that you were already paying. One solution to this problem is to insulate your steam distribution lines. Here are some tips for doing so.
1. Use Software for Decision-Making Between Replace and Rewind
One factor that could be causing your steam distribution lines to lose heat rapidly is the fact that it is taking an extended period of time for the steam to reach its final destination due to the fact that it is not moving fast enough. If you think that this is a potential problem that you will have to deal with, you will need to check your motors. Sometimes, motors simply need to be rewound in order to get them pushing the steam quickly enough again. Other times, they will be worn out and will need to be replaced in order to restore efficiency levels. You can install software that will monitor your motors and help you to make the correct decision when choosing between rewinding and replacing the motors.
2. Check to Make Sure Your Current Insulation Thickness Is Enough
Another factor that you will want to look at is whether or not your insulation layer is thick enough for it to be adequately keeping the heated steam in the pipes. You have two options for this assessment. You can either hire a professional to come out and measure the current efficiency of your system or you can use software to run simulations of your system's efficiency against layers of insulation of varying thickness. This will allow you to make sure that you don't need to add layers of insulation for it to be truly efficient.
3. Get Training
If you choose to use software for either of the two options above, you will need to make sure that all of your employees are appropriately trained on it.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in industrial insulation.