Steam tracing systems perform two important functions in an industrial plant:
  1. They replace heat loss from the process fluids in the system due to poor insulation or other components, thus keeping the process fluids flowing.
  2. They prevent any system from freezing in low ambient temperature climates.
The negative effects of poor design and installation can be catastrophic to reliability and production operation. Swagelok Energy Advisors, Solon, Ohio, offers advices steam tracing maintenance to help ensure reliable production process operation. Its Best Practices #29 is offered for download on its website at