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CTRL Steam Trap Inspection

Since 1989, CTRL has been designing, manufacturing, and integrating acoustic ultrasound solutions for our clients around the world.

Through CTRL's industry-leading acoustic ultrasound sensors, supported by comprehensive training and cloud-based data management SaaS, we help to improve and sustain our clients’ production reliability while reducing energy costs.



Ultrasound Valve & Steam Solutions


The UL101 Troubleshooter helps identify faulty valves and steam traps.


As fluid passes or flows around an obstruction, downstream turbulence is generated, resulting in an auditory signature. The differential changes in the signature (i.e. amplitude) is considered leak-by. Effective use of the UL101 Troubleshooter for ultrasound reliability on valves can reduce and even eliminate unnecessary overhaul costs, resources, and time. For more information on UL101 ultrasound listening devices that can help with valve and steam leaks, see the related products below.


How to find a Valve Bypass Leak


Use the CTRL UL101 Troubleshooter together with a solid probe attachment.

Step 1: Contact the valve housing

Step 2: Listen when the valve is open; you will hear the rushing sound of gas or liquid flow. Adjust the sensitivity as necessary.

Step 3: Listen when the valve is closed. There should be no sound. If there is sound, there is an internal leak in the valve.

Record keeping of valve inspection available with the InCTRL software.


How to find a Faulty Steam Trap


A steam trap is simply an automatic valve that allows discharges to condensate and other non-condensable gases, making your steam system more efficient. Use the CTRL UL101 Troubleshooter together with a solid probe attachment.

Step 1: Contact the steam trap

Step 2: Listen to the operation of the steam trap. Steam traps vary in type and operation, producing different sounds and/or indications of failure.

Step 3: Be proactive. Studies show that an average of 15% of steam traps are leaking when maintenance is reactive.

Record keeping of steam trap inspection available with the InCTRL software.

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