STEAM TRAP MONITORING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Intelligent steam traps: Steam saving 10% - 20%. Reduction CO2 emission 3% - 6%

BiTherm steam traps monitoring technology is once again awarded
Its project carried out at ILBOC won the "2019 ISA-100 Excellence in Automation Award"

INNOVATIVE SME

February 2020:

Iberian Lube Base Oil Company, S.A. (ILBOC) won the ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation 2019 award. By doing so, they join a list of distinguished end users that include BAPCO, Alcoa, Phillips 66, PETRONAS, NIPPON STEELE and SUMIKIN ENGINEERING.

Upon winning, ILBOC was chosen among several potential candidates. Their use case was a large-scale ISA100 wireless monitoring system on 904 steam traps and safety valves (possibly the world's largest current ISA100 installation) by combining in a single management platform several applications:

  • Reliability and energy saving. Monitoring of steam leaks and energy efficiency in steam traps.
  • Fight against climate change. Recution of atmospheric emissions of CO2.
  • Safety. Monitoring of dangerous gas leaks in safety valves.
  • Health and safety of the employee. Detection of toxic gases (H2S) in the environment.
  • Prevention of Catastrophic Risks. Detection of explosive gases (hydrocarbons) in the environment.

The installation also included a unique Energy Services Company (ESCO) contract with Bitherm that had NO upfront costs. All payments to Bitherm of ILBOC are based upon energy savings.

2019 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation award

Andre Ristaino, the ISA100 Wireless Managing Director, presented Mr. Gomez with ILBOC's award at the ARC World Forum. Vicente Blazquez, CEO of Bitherm, also participated in support of their customer, ILBOC.

WIRED OR WIRELESS MONITORING, HOW TO CHOOSE ?

Monitoring hundreds or thousands of steam traps is an arduous challenge since they are located near the ground, through large areas, surrounded by pipes and many other equipment. Certainly, such adverse conditions impose strong design restrictions on the monitoring system, which should be seriously considered for the success of the project, avoiding large additional costs both during commissioning and maintenance. Choosing the right topology will avoid headaches and high extra costs. Making the wrong decision leads to disaster.

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BITHERMOSTATIC STEAM TRAP

It is the ideal steam trap for monitoring, because its external adjustment mechanism allows to modify its condensate discharge temperature. Most noteworthy, it allows to solve any service incident or failure without interrupting its operation. Likewise, its maintenance is carried out online and, even more, without the need for spare parts. As a result, the Bitherm bithermostatic steam trap is an essential element in monitoring.

The bithermostatic steam trap also stands out for its construction and robustness. Furthermore, its valve is covered by a extremelly hard and erosion resistance layer of Titanium / Aluminum Nitride. As a result, its duration triples the lasting life of conventional bimetallic steam traps.

Finally, its full bore balanced pressure valve allows it to operate with minimum differential pressure. Thanks to its external adjustment mechanism, the bitermostatic steam trap adapts to a wide range of service conditions. Although it is manufactured in series, thanks to its special design, it behaves like a steam trap specifically designed for each application.

Bithermostatic steam trap

INTELLIGENT STEAM TRAP. ADVANTAGES

Intelligent steam trap Bitherm SmartWatchWeb™ is the most advanced solution to achieve the following objectives in steam networks:

  • FAILURES RATE IN STEAM TRAPS <1%
  • STEAM LEAK RATE IN PURGATORS <1%
  • MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY
  • MINIMUM CO2 EMISSION
  • MINIMUM COST OF MAINTENANCE

These objectives can only be achieved by applying the Intensive Maintenance Methodology.

Notice that steam trap monitoring is necessary condition to get all these benefits, but it is not enough condition. Certainly, it is not enough to detect any failures or incidents, but it is necessary to correct them immediately to achieve all mentioned benefits. That exactly is the main purpose of Intensive Maintenance.

Hence, in the first place, the Bitherm SmartWatchWeb ™ intelligent steam trap detects any mechanical, electronic, operational, ..., real-time incidence. Also, it is designed to be corrected online and in service. As a result, the Bitherm SmartWatchWeb intelligent steam trap is the most advanced, efficient and cost-effective solution available nowadays. It is also the proven solution with more experience and references over more than 20 years in refineries, petrochemical plants, ...

Finally, the intelligent steam trap also provides enormous added value and is indispensable on steam traps digitalization. This achieves effective integration and profitability of steam traps in industrial productive processes.

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