Inspect and Repair Steam Traps

Source: U.S. Department of Energy
In steam systems that have not been maintained for 3 to 5 years, between 15% to 30% of the installed steam traps may have failed—thus allowing live steam to escape into the condensate return system. In systems with a regularly scheduled maintenance program, leaking traps should account for less than 5% of the trap population. If your steam distribution system includes more than 500 traps, a steam trap survey will probably reveal significant steam losses. 

Example 

In a plant where the value of steam is $10.00 per thousand pounds ($10.00/1,000 lb), an inspection program indicates that a trap on a 150-pound-per-square-inch-gauge (psig) steam line is stuck open. The trap orifice is 1/8th inch in diameter. The table shows the estimated steam loss as 75.8 pounds per hour (lb/hr). After the failed trap is repaired, annual savings are: 

Annual Savings = 75.8 lb/hr x 8,760 hr/yr x $10.00/1,000 lb

= $6,640

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What is heat transfer and how do different forms affect steam tracing?

QMax Industries invites you to learn more about the 3 different types of heat transfer and how they relate steam and heat tracing.  This video, which is the first in a series, explains heat transfer in an easy-to-understand whiteboard video.  Watch for additional in-depth videos soon.

Defining Heat Transfer And How It Applies To Steam Tracing –

 
QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Fabricated Equipment Jacketing, Jacketed Pipe and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at +1 704.643.7299.

Introducing QMax Fabrication Services

QMax Industries Now Provides Fabricated Carbon Steel Tracing (CST) and Pipe / Jacketed Pipe Fabrication

You know QMax Industries as the “Steam Tracing Authority”, but do you know about our in-house fabrication capabilities? And do you also know about QMax CST, our carbon steel tracing product used for hot oil tracing? We have expanded our services and products!!

 

QMax CST (Carbon Steel Tracing) is SA178 Gr A boiler tubing formed to a 1” x 2.25” rectangle and contoured on one side to match the outside diameter of the process pipe. Specifically designed for long-run hot oil tracing, it can be pre-fabricated to customer specializations / drawings or it can be provided as parts and pieces to be fabricated in the field.  We also provide process pipe fabrication so that the QMax CST can be pre-installed on the pipe in our shop instead of the field saving time and money on capital projects.  This new capability allows QMax to offer more to our customers to help streamline project execution.

 

 

QMax FX (Fabricated Jackets) are custom-made from carbon or stainless steel to fit process equipment such as flanges, nozzles, valves, pumps, meters, strainers and more. QMax FX jackets are designed to create a “heat shield” effect around the component to eliminate freezing and cold spots around the equipment. These jackets can be fabricated as bolt-on or weld-on.

 

 

QMax now offers Jacketed Pipe specifications, design, stress analysis and fabrication to its customers.  From simple carbon steel x carbon steel fabrication to High-Alloy Polymer Jacketed Pipe systems, we’ve got you covered.  Get QMax involved early on projects so we can help optimize jacketed pipe design.  Our Project Managers and Staff have over 200 combined years of experience in jacketed pipe design and will offer tips that no other company can.

QMax fabrication services utilizes ASME code welders to assure the highest quality fabricated products and systems.

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High Performance
Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.

Visit QMaxIndustries.com to learn more about
all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299

Introducing QMax ViperLine™

QMax is pleased to announce our new line of Preinsulated Tubing.

With QMax Industries’ new ViperLine™ Preinsulated Tubing, QMax has you covered between your manifolds and steam tracing/jacketing. The thermally insulated fiberglass material is protected with a flexible flame-resistant polyvinyl chloride jacket and can transfer fluids up to 400° F (204° C), while maintaining an outer jacket temperature of 140° F (60° C). This keeps your system at the temperature you want, while also providing personal protection from steam or hot fluids at the same time.

QMax ViperLine also comes in a variety of materials to meet your needs, all sizes of copper and stainless tubing, multiple colors and different jacket materials.

No other company offers more steam tracing solutions than QMax Industries. From the steam supply manifold to the condensate return manifold, QMax can offer the entire scope of steam tracing.
  • Steam Supply Manifolds
  • Preinsulated Tubing for clean steam transfer
  • Preinsulated Tubing for low-pressure loss condensate transfer
  • Condensate Return Manifolds with steam traps designed for steam tracing
  • Steam Tracing/Jacketing System (most steam tracing systems options of any company from freeze protection to jacketed pipe)
  • Steam Tracing Design (supply & return sizing, layout, installation drawings)

 

 

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High Performance
Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.
Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about
ViperLine and all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.

Quick Turn Solutions From The Steam Tracing Authority!

QMax Quick Turn Steam Tracing Keeps Your Process Moving In Winter.

If you need steam tracing in a hurry, QMax Industries can deliver.  Our entire line of Steam Tracing Products can be shipped to your facility quickly to minimize your downtime.

QMax keeps your processes flowing and prevents the Winter cold from freezing your process piping and other equipment. QMax has a wide range of steam tracing systems to handle any or all of your heat tracing needs. Contact QMax today for your steam tracing.

 

QMax Tank Heating Solutions

QMax Tank Heating Solutions are designed to maintain specific process temperatures inside Tanks, Vessels and other containers using internal heating or external heating.

QMax FTS is installed around the outside of a tank or vessel to create a high-performance heating system that can offer more consistent results than plate coils without the head-aches of fully-welded dimple or half-pipe jackets.

 

QMax QFin is a bolt-on heating fin that attaches to any size pipe. The highly conductive aluminum material of QFin increases the heating surface area by 1,000% which allows for greater heating capabilities or decreased total footage of the internal coil. QFin maximizes the heat input of carbon or stainless steel internal heating coils and it is fully removable and replaceable.

 

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.

More Steam Tracing Options Than Anyone.

More Steam Tracing Options Than Anyone.

QMax Industries, Inc. designs and manufactures specialized process heating systems for industrial piping, vessels and equipment. We offer High Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Heating and Tank Heating solutions. Our patented systems help make us the Authority in Steam Tracing. We help Asphalt Facilities, Oil Refineries, Chemical Plants and other operations to maximize process efficiency and minimize plant downtime.

No other company focuses on steam tracing systems like QMax. Trust your Steam Tracing to the Authority.

Contact us at 704.643.7299 or sales@qmaxindustries.com.

Radiation

This video describes the impact of radiation in heat transfer.

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.

Convection

In #4 of our heat transfer series, Tom Perry discusses convection and how it relates to heat tracing.

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.

Conduction and Steam Tracing

In this video, we explain different methods of Conduction and Steam Tracing and how they apply to heat transfer.

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.

BTUs vs Watts

In this video, we explain the difference in BTUs and Watts and how they apply to heat transfer.

QMax Industries, Inc. specializes in High-Performance Heat Tracing, Equipment Jacketing and Tank Heating.  Visit QMaxIndustries.com for more information about all of our products, or call us at 704.643.7299.