‘SteamEye’ wireless steam trap monitoring

Armstrong International, a leader in intelligent system solutions for steam, air and hot water utility applications, has launched SteamEye, a wireless steam trap monitoring system designed to achieve energy savings and reduce labour maintenance time in steam-intensive applications.

“SteamEye is a valuable diagnostic tool that allows users to continuously monitor the performance of any steam trap and learn the moment a trap blows through, so that huge energy losses can be prevented,” said Chris Gibbs, account manager for Armstrong International: “At today’s record energy prices, the cost of steam is now over USD10 per 1,000 pounds and just one blown trap can cost an operation more than USD6,000 a year,” Gibbs said.

SteamEye is an ideal solution for steam intensive users such as refining and petroleum manufacturers, food processors, chemical manufacturers, and institutions such as hospitals and universities that want to reduce labour costs associated with manual monitoring of their steam trap population and to contain high-energy costs caused by blown or failed steam traps.

SteamEye works by using a wireless-mesh transmitter mounted at the inlet of any manufacturer’s type or style of steam trap. It detects fluctuations in steam flow and temperature and instantly sends a signal to a web-based receiver, alerting system operators of trap failure or blow-through. SteamEye will be especially valuable in applications where steam traps are located in hard-to-reach or dangerous areas such as underground tunnels. SteamEye is also an ideal replacement for hand-held diagnostic tools, which are labour intensive and often inconsistent in their assessment.

SteamEye works in tandem with SteamStar, the first web-based steam trap measurement platform that collects data from manual steam trap surveys, hand-held diagnostic tools or steam traps equipped with SteamEye. SteamEye and SteamStar together offer the first integrated solution for continuous, labour-free steam trap monitoring.

In addition, SteamEye can communicate with building automation systems or other control systems.

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2 Responses

  1. […] WirelessHART based steam trap leakage monitoring sensors and systems nearly five years ago (See IAI 31 January 2007). Emerson has benefited from a significant input of Armstrong expertise in designing this Rosemount […]

  2. What are the maintenance measures required for this monitoring system?

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