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Sudamericana de Fibras

Steam Trap Survey with STAPS Handheld

Sudamericana de Fibras

Sudamericana de Fibras and Spirax Sarco increased energy savings using STAPS Handheld capabilities

Sudamericana de Fibras is one of the most important  textile factories in Perú. It is the only factory in South America producing complex fibers as “Drytex” with an annual production of more than 36,000 mt/year.

As the textile industry is becoming more competitive, there is a need to implement cost reduction strategiesas energy savings that are aligned with the factory sustainability goals. 

To help them achieve this objective, Spirax Sarco Peru performed a steam trap survey using the STAPSHandheld innovative technology.

Using STAPS Handheld to identify failed steam traps

The production plant uses steam in their most important processes: washing and drying. This site has around 400 steam traps and the Spirax Sarco team explained how failed traps are directly related to the plant’s energy saving and reliability issues. 

Spirax Sarco performed the steam trap survey using a new audit tool, STAPS Handheld; this tool identified the failed steam traps and provided effective data of potential energy savings. Despite the size of the population of steam traps, the survey was performed in a few days. 

The steam trap survey showed that 30% of the steam traps were failed open. Spirax Sarco also made recommendations to optimize condensate drainage on the steam distribution system to avoid waterhammer.

After considering the Survey recommendations, the plant manager decided to implement a maintenance program for the failed traps.

Reducing steam consumption and CO2 emissions

Sudamericana de Fibras has verified a reduction of 1.4 tons per hour of steam consumption and about 1.3 tons per year of CO2 emissions.

Before we worked with Spirax Sarco, steam trap maintenance was only made in particular cases and it took us a lot of time. Their steam knowledge and technology helped us achieve our sustainability goals
Christian Sanchez, Maintenance and Engineering Manager - Sudamericana de Fibres

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