Posts Tagged Cost Issues
Because of the way they operate, all thermodynamic disc traps leak steam. It’s not a question of IF, but of How Much, and how much more over time.
Typically the leakage is two pounds per hour when the trap is new, and increases to about five pounds per hour after just one year in service.
This amount of leakage or wasted steam can be expensive for the steam producer. But before you write it off as an expense you just have to grin and bear, check this out:
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The HART communication protocol has been firmly established as the standard means of configuring field instruments for some years. But talking to a field instrument needs a communicator.
There are the handheld communicators, Rosemount’s x75s and the “budget-priced” Meriam MFC 4150, but at a cost that’s more a capital appropriation than an MRO expense. Even the Meriam, with a 3-year field device description subscription starts at more than $4000.
People continue to ask me if there isn’t a more budget conscious approach to HART configuration.