Steam Distribution System
Steam distribution systems are rarely well insulated on either the straight pipes or different exposed areas, e.g., valves, flanges, and joints. Uninsulated piping can give ‘free’ heating for the site however this is often uncontrolled and wastes energy. Lack of insulation can decrease the effectiveness of the steam distribution system because of parasitic heat losses.
Thermographic inspection of the complete system is the simplest way to quickly reveal heat losses and areas for potential insulation enhancements like boiler rooms, pre-blow areas, main distribution pipes, around blow machines.
Simple insulation of major pipes and distribution valves could be a once-off cost that may reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% by reducing the boiler load.