Trap Program Reduces University’s Steam Costs by 21%


A University of Notre Dame Utilities Employee displays the Dr. Trap device that allows the University to become, “Trap Active,” reducing steam costs dramatically.

Grindall says with an average trap failure rate of 15 percent within a 300 trap population could end up costing more than $100,000 in annual losses if you estimate steam costs at a conservative $10 per 1,000 pounds of steam.

Joe Herman, maintenance supervisor at The University of Notre Dame Power Plant knew he needed a steam trap program and gained further understanding about the subject during steam trap seminars conducted at Armstrong International located in Three Rivers, Michigan Working with local representative Chad Harris, a sales engineer with Affiliated Steam and Hot Water located in Alsip, Il.  Herman learned about being “trap active,” which simply means having a program in place that involves locating, identifying, and accurately testing the entire steam trap population.

“The class was very informative with regards to techniques of inspecting traps and the dollar values associated with steam losses,” says Herman.

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