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Upcoming Steam Trap
Examiner Level I Course

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UE Systems offers Steam Trap Examiner courses – Level I and Level II.

Created for individuals looking for knowledge and proficiency in testing steam traps.

These are open enrollment courses with a duration of 2 days (Level I) or 3 days (Level II). Check our training schedule for training dates and locations.

Steam Trap Examiner Level I

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Course Overview

Created for individuals looking for knowledge and proficiency in testing steam traps.

Steam Trap Examiner, Level I immerses students in steam trap and steam trap testing information.

This comprehensive two-day course provides both classroom and field experience giving attendees the experience of practicing their classroom acquired knowledge in the environment of an actual operating facility.

Students work in teams to accomplish different tasks with a large percentage of the training time spent in an operating plant.

To demonstrate proficiency there is also a 1-hour final examination.

Steam Trap Examiner Level I is produced in conjunction with Swagelok.

Course Outline

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn how to test steam traps
  • If you want to learn what can go wrong with steam traps
  • If you want to learn how to analyze results
  • If you want to learn how to report results
  • If you want to learn how to calculate savings

Areas Covered:

  • Steam Fundamentals
  • Steam Traps
  • Testing Procedures
  • Testing Equipment
  • Identification of Components
  • Documentation
  • Installation “Best Practices”
  • Sizing Steam Traps
  • Flash Steam

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Steam Trap Examiner Level I classes in the USA are $895.00.

Lunch and a 1-hour final examination to demonstrate proficiency are included.

Students are responsible for their own transportation and hotel accommodations.

Full Course Agenda

Day 1

Introductions – 8:00 to 8:30 am

  • Review of class schedule and timeline
  • Introduce additional instructors and/or support team members, if any

Steam table review – 8:30 to 8:45 am

  • Pressure/temperature/volume/energy

Steam Trap Station Testing Procedures – 8:45 to 9:00 am

  • Why test?
    a. Reliability
    b. Energy
    c. Performance
    d. Emissions
  • Steam trap station failures – effects on the steam system
    a. Production Issues
    b. Back pressures
    c. Waterhammer
    d. Condensate line sizing
    e. Etc.

Testing Methods 9:00 to 10:00 am

  • Visual
    a. Overview:
    i.How can visual inspection help us test steam trap stations?
    ii.What do we look for in a steam trap discharge?
  • Temperature Devices
    a. Overview:
    i.Why use temperature?
    ii.Benefits and downsides
    iii.Troubleshooting procedures
    b. How can infrared help us test steam trap stations?
    i.Spot to distance
    ii.Intrinsic safety
    iii.Emissivity and how to adjust
  • Ultrasound – Overview
    a. Why use ultrasound?
    b. How ultrasound equipment works
    c. How can ultrasound help us test steam trap stations?
    d. Understand that we are listening to the turbulence as condensate/steam pass across the discharge orifice
    e. Short wavelength is easily identified, dissipates quickly, and can quickly locate and localize where the loudest sound is being generated
    f. How and why to set the unit up for steam traps
    g. 25 KHz is the best frequency to audibly pick up the turbulence in the steam trap
    h. Frequency adjustments may need to be made for competing sounds

Break – 10:00 to 10:15 am

Steam Traps – Types and Functionality – 10:15 to 12:00 noon

  • In-depth review of steam trap designs
    a. Mechanical
    i. Inverted bucket
    ii. Float and thermostatic/free float
    b. Thermodynamic
    c. Thermostatic
    i. Bi-metallic
    ii. Set temperature
    iii. Bellows
  • How they function
  • What applications are they best suited for?
  • What failures can occur?
  • General piping best practices

Lunch – 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Review Standard Operating Procedures – 12:45 to 1:30 pm

  • Standard Operating Procedures were provided before class and will be reviewed before field testing

Field Work and Testing – 1:30 to 3:45 pm

  • All teams to the field for testing steam trap stations
  • Objectives for the field work to practice the following:
    a. Ensure PPE is being used
    b. Safety procedures are being followed
    c. How to find and locate steam trap stations
    d. Identifying steam traps
    e. Reviewing the steam trap station installation
    f. Testing the steam trap by the three different methods
    g. Understanding steam trap operations
    h. Data logging

Class Room – Team(s) Discussions – 3:45 to 4:45 pm

  • Review field work
    a. Identification
    b. Steam trap operation
    c. Testing procedures
    d. Data logging steam trap station information

Day 2

What are the Components in a Steam Trap Station – 8:00 to 9:00 am

  • Review and discuss each component
    a. Steam trap
    b. Strainer
    c. Valves
    d. Test valve
    e. Check valve
    f. Double block and bleed

Field Work and Steam Trap Station Testing – 9:00 to 11:30 am

  • All teams to the field for testing steam trap stations
    a. Ensure PPE is being used
    b. Safety procedures are being followed
    c. Focus on steam trap station testing procedures
    i. Identification
    ii. Testing
  • Ensure documentation is being done and recorded correctly
  • Emphases on identifying steam trap types and operational modes

Class Room – Team(s) Discussions – 11:30 to 12:00 noon

  • Review field work
    a. Identification
    b. Steam trap operation
    c. Testing procedures
    d. Data logging steam trap station information

Lunch – 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Proper Steam Trap Station Piping – 12:45 to 1:45 pm

  • Group steam trapping
  • Steam locking (binding)
  • Valves
    a. Importance of Class IV and Class VI
    b. Warm-up valves
    c. Vacuum breakers and air vents
  • Water Hammer
    a. Types of shock and how they occur
    b. How to prevent it
    c. How piping affects water hammer

Break – 1:45 to 2:00 pm

(Final) Field Work and Steam Trap Station Testing – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

  • All teams to the field for testing steam trap stations
    a. Ensure PPE is being used
    b. Safety procedures are being followed
    c. Teams should be easily identifying steam trap types at this point
    d. Procedure should be correctly being performed
    e. SOP’s being followed and improved upon

Class Room – Team(s) Discussions – 3:00 to 3:45 pm

  • Review with the teams and class room discussion on all field work and materials covered the program

Exam – 3:45 to 4:30 pm

  • Written Exam

Conclusion – 4:30 to 4:45 pm

Materials to be Reviewed Before the Training Class

Steam Overview

  • Brief discussion on Steam & Energy
  • Sensible vs. latent
  • How steam is generated

Flash Steam

  • Why understanding flash steam is important?
  • How does flash steam affect a steam trap station operation?
  • Elevated condensate-return line pressure
  • Unanticipated backpressure on nearby steam trap stations
  • What effects or issues does flash steam have on the system?

Cost of steam

  • Very brief overview of steam cost
  • Understanding what affects the cost of steam

Safety and PPE Equipment

Safety

  • Plant requirements will be provided two weeks prior to the class

PPE

  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hat
  • Steel toe shoes
  • Long sleeve shirt

Steam Trap Examiner Level II

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Course Overview

The Steam Trap Examiner Level II program is designed to provide the attendees knowledge on the methodology of reviewing more than just the steam trap, but all the system components that can affect a steam trap station operation. One key factor that will be taught is how to generate an exit summary report followed by a full Steam Trap Station Assessment Report.

Inveno Engineering LLC uses a Steam Team Group Concept where the attendees work in teams of two people per training team. Our instructors will provide the knowledge and demonstrate the knowledge for testing steam trap stations.

The training teams will work in class room and in the field with the senior instructor(s) to complete tasks and to exercise the acquired knowledge from the instructors. The Steam Team Group Concept is to insure maximized comprehension of the training course.

The Inveno Engineering LLC instructors are available at any time to go further in detail on any subject matter that the attendees would like to have further information or discussions. The in-depth training manuals that the attendees will received are written by the Inveno Engineering Senior Field Engineers and no materials are provided by manufacturers, therefore providing the attendee with a tremendous reference book for the class and in the future on steam systems.

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Students are responsible for their own transportation and hotel accommodations.

Full Course Agenda

Day 1

Introductions – 8:00 to 8:30 am

  • Review of class schedule and timeline
  • Introduce additional instructors and/or support team members, if any

Review of Key Points from Level I – 8:30 to 9:45 am

  • Testing methods
  • Equipment setup and calibration
  • PPE equipment
  • What is really need for the field work

Steam Trap Station Assessments – 9:45 to 10:45 am

  • What is a steam trap station assessment?
  • Why perform steam trap station assessments?
    a. Reliability
    b. Energy
    c. Performance
    d. Emissions
  • Steam trap station failures – effects on the steam system
    a. Production issues
    b. Back pressures
    c. Waterhammer
    d. Condensate line sizing
    e. Etc.

Steam Trap Stations and the Steam/Condensate Systems – 10:45 to 12:00 noon

  • Steam Trap Station Components – Review and Discussion of Each Component
    a. Isolation valves
    b. Strainers
    c. Strainer blow down valves
    d. Universal connectors
    e. Connection types
    f. Check valves
  • Steam System – Items Required in an Assessment
    a. Highest steam pressure
    i. How to find the information
    ii. Why it is important
    b. Highest steam temperature
    i. How to find the information
    ii. Why it is important
    c. Condensate System
    i. Different types of return systems – Why each required investigation during an assessment?
    ii. Back pressure and implementation to the steam trap station performance

Lunch – 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Proper Steam Trap Station Piping – 12:45 to 3:45 pm

  • Proper steam trap piping and installation
    a. Correct location for drip leg steam trap stations
    b. Heat exchanger steam trap stations
    c. Other process steam trap stations
  • Designing a steam trap station
  • Condensate systems
    a. Types
    b. Pressures
    c. Operations
  • Steam trap sizing
    a. Proper steam trap sizing method
  • Group steam trapping
  • Steam locking (binding)
  • Water hammer
    a. Types of shock and how they occur
    b. How to prevent it
    c. How piping affects water hammer

Review What is Required During the Field Work – 3:45 to 4:45 pm

Day 2

Field Work and Testing – 8:00 to 11:00 am

  • All teams to the field for testing steam trap stations
  • Objectives for the field work to practice the following:
    a. Ensure PPE is being used
    b. Safety procedures are being followed
    c. How to find and locate steam trap stations
    d. Identifying steam traps
    e. Reviewing the steam trap station installation
    f. Testing the steam trap by the three different methods
    g. Understanding steam trap operations
    h. Data logging
    i. Steam pressures
    j. Steam temperatures
    k. Condensate system (types)
    l. Determine condensate system pressures

Class Room – Team(s) Discussions – 11:45 to 12:00 noon

  • Review field work
  • Round table discussions

Lunch – 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Set Goals for the Afternoon Field Work – 12:45 to 1:30 pm

Field Work and Steam Trap Station Testing – 1:30 to 3:00 pm

  • All teams to the field for testing steam trap stations
    a. Ensure PPE is being used
    b. Safety procedures are being followed
    c. Focus on steam trap station testing procedures
    i. Identification
    ii. Testing
  • Ensure documentation is being done and recorded correctly
  • Emphases on identifying steam trap types and operational model information
  • Proper steam pressures
  • Condensate line pressures
  • Installation issues

How to Conduct an Exit Summary Report – 3:00 to 4:30 pm

  • Why have a summary report?
  • What needs to be in the summary report
  • Who needs to be present during the summary report
  • Each team will develop a summary report

Summary Discussion of the Day Activities – 4:30 to 4:45 pm

Day 3

Data Information from Field Work – 8:00 to 9:00 am

  • Using software systems for data inputting
  • What types of software systems are available
  • What needs to be in inputted

Analyzing the Data – 9:00 to 9:30 am

  • Analyzing the data to provide a meaningful report
  • What is important and what is not important

Report Generation – 9:30 to 11:45 am

  • Understanding how to write a full steam trap station assessment report
  • How to write an executive summary
  • Proper report layout
  • Each team will develop a full report

Exam

  • Submit a summary report before ending of the class
  • Submit a full report within two weeks of the conclusion of the class

Conclusion – 11:45 am to 12:00 noon

Materials to be Reviewed Before the Training Class

Steam Overview

  • Brief discussion on Steam & Energy
  • Sensible vs. latent
  • How steam is generated

Flash Steam

  • Why understanding flash steam is important?
  • How does flash steam affect a steam trap station operation?
  • Elevated condensate-return line pressure
  • Unanticipated backpressure on nearby steam trap stations
  • What effects or issues does flash steam have on the system?

Cost of steam

  • Very brief overview of steam cost
  • Understanding what affects the cost of steam

Safety and PPE Equipment

Safety

  • Plant requirements will be provided two weeks prior to the class

PPE

  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hat
  • Steel toe shoes
  • Long sleeve shirt