Why Choose Aerial Infrared?

While checking the boilers and lines in steam tunnels are jobs best done on the ground, the distribution and condensate return lines that are direct-buried are best surveyed through aerial steam leak detection by our aerial infrared thermography experts.

Steam line inspections are one of the easiest applications for aerial infrared thermographers, making steam leak detection a cost-effective method for preventative maintenance even at higher altitudes. Thermal contrast between active steam lines and the surrounding ground is typically enough to pinpoint and document the precise location of flaws in an entire steam system over any given area.


General Maintenance and Steam Leak Detection

Steam is used to heat buildings, heat raw materials and finish products in manufacturing and to generate electricity. Steam is not free. There are many opportunities for energy savings. In the US, It costs approximately $20 billion dollars annually to feed the boilers generating steam alone.

A steam system consists of generation, distribution and recovery. In other words, the boilers, the distribution system and the condensate return system. The purpose of an effective steam distribution system is to link the output of the steam generation system to the steam end-use equipment. The distribution system should supply high-quality steam to the end-use equipment at the required rate and pressure, and with the minimum heat loss. The purpose of an effective condensate recovery system is to make the most effective use of all remaining steam and condensate energy after process end-use.