How do you use a thermography camera to detect a steam trap fault ?
According to A. Bandes and B. Garelick (in Inspect Steam Traps for Efficient System. Faulty or inoperative steam traps can cause losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Alan Bandes UE Systems, Inc., Elmsford, NY and Bruce Gorelick Enercbeck Systems, Charlotte, NC), proper thermal inspection relies on upstream/downstream temperature variations in a trap. In other words, you need to store, and further analyze a sequence to get full data. Very few customers do that; at least in France; and most inspections rely on static analysis of a single thermogram. First of all, few cameras are equipped with such a feature (S60, S65 and others in option). Then, although sequences can be displayed in ThermaCAM Reporter 7.0, the software does not allow for time plotting. Reporter 2000 had a trending function that could do it on a series of single images but not on a sequence. Its best to use ThermaCAM Researcher!! Here’s the basic methodology: Place an analysis area on the output pipe of the trap.