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Case Study Medical Centre


Case Study Medical Centre

A hospital processes 25,000 medical devices every day. The processing is done by 120 employees and is a key component in reducing the amount of refuse produced by the hospital. It is essential that these instruments are completely free of any contaminates and germs. Steam is considered to be an excellent way to accomplish that but suddenly they noticed staining on some of the trays. 150 operations were cancelled while the cause was investigated.

The process of elimination led to a speedy solution being found.


Their PulseView Dashboard quickly ruled out the steam traps and crews could focus on other aspects of the steam system. They were then able to continue to narrow down the cause of the staining, fix it quickly and resume operating procedures.

“They also found failed traps on non-monitored traps and will be adding Pulse onto those as well”


  • Time is of the essence when people’s health and well-being are at stake

  • The cost of having Pulse monitors on all their traps is extremely insignificant when weighed against the money lost when operations are cancelled

  • Patient experience is an important goal for the hospital, they did not want to disappoint patients who may have been waiting for some time for procedures already

  • Steam trap monitoring helps maintain steam system health in addition to helping save money and reduce emissions which is an area that hospitals are currently struggling with

  • Steam is used to sterilize instruments but also to heat and humidify the hospital itself, it is integral to the functioning of many aspects of the hospital

Updated: Aug 25

Manufacturing is going through one of the biggest set of changes since the Industrial Revolution. It can be difficult for organizations to know what to do first.

Why Automate Inspections

by Isabell Berry

Manufacturing is experiencing a diverse set of challenges – from supply chain shortages to the push for automation, the manufacturing landscape is looking very different from what it looked like as little as 3 years ago. COVID notably exacerbated some of the issues, but it also exposed some of the gaps and weaknesses that had been allowed to proliferate in a sector that is historically reluctant to embrace change. The reality is, if companies in North America want to be competitive in a global market, they need to have a focus on modernization and be willing to invest in technology and infrastructure. They need to put aside their inherent distrust of AI and allot time and money into projects and training.

We have spent a great deal of time reading and talking to a variety of people about what this top 10 list should consist of, from executives to plant managers, consultants and engineers. Without further ado here is the list we came up with:

Top 10 Concerns of Manufacturing Companies in 2023

  1. Workforce availability

  2. Controlling Costs (esp. energy and taxes)

  3. Capital availability

  4. Project management/deployment

  5. Automation and cyber security

  6. Increasing production levels

  7. Fluctuating economic and supply chain conditions

  8. Worker and product safety

  9. Competition and globalization

  10. Sustainability

And this doesn’t just apply to manufacturing, these concerns are also valid for other businesses that have a brick and mortar presence. We are happy to see that sustainability made the list, we predict that it will continue to move up as we get closer and closer to legislative deadlines.

Workforce challenges is an interesting one, whether it started or continued with COVID, the reality is that everyone is struggling to find enough people to work, and work life balance is no longer just a perk. Automation helped, it has reduced teams slightly and made work more interesting and safe for the rest. Now the next phase of automation is having its’ time. AI, machine learning and data analytics are the icing on the automation cake.

Controlling costs is not new, but energy costs have never been as big a concern, and now there are new taxes and fines which are narrowing margins to a very difficult degree.

Capital availability has diminished as well, many investors and financial institutions are taking an extremely conservative position due to the current economic climate. Domestically interest rates and debt has decreased consumer spending significantly. Globally we see political unrest and economic crises cultivating unprecedented volatility.

Project Management and deployment is really a sub set of workforce shortages and training issues. With more and more demands on time projects are reluctantly being scheduled with very little room for error or unexpected delays. Then that project ends up pushing the next one and so on.

67% of companies currently use automation for repeatable and/or dangerous tasks. We were a tiny bit shocked at that number, we actually thought it would be much higher than that. Demand is causing production expectations to exceed capacity everywhere. Combine that with fluctuating supply chain conditions and you have a steam cooker of stress waiting to blow (pardon the steam pun).

Worker and product safety sometimes takes a back seat when there are so many competing demands to deliver on. The financial reality is that workplace accidents cost a lot. They cost money in workers compensation as they recover, they cost productivity as someone else has to fill in for the injured worker and often is slower at doing that job, organizational insurance costs go up, and it impacts morale and retention rates.

Competition is always a factor of concern, but now it impacts even more. If you can’t keep up to and exceed your competition in speed of delivery, reliability, quality, customer service and price you can quickly find yourself falling further and further behind as news travels quickly and a reputation can be lost in a matter of light speed. Investing in sustainability measures makes organizations more competitive here and around the world.

And then when you are finally feeling like you have things in hand, you get thrown the goal of sustainability. Make more, make it for less money, but make it faster and better, plus using less energy and made out of recycled, ethically sourced, biodegradable products. Sure.

Let me quickly synopsize how we can help with each of these concerns:

  1. Workforce - Pulse’s steam trap monitors don’t need to be checked, data is sent automatically to the gateway and the dashboard and alerts sent to users via email. And as an extra note, their accuracy better even than manual testing as the AI engine can analyze each trap based on its unique data profile which varies depending on many factors.

  2. Controlling costs – our solution can save tens or even hundreds of thousands in energy costs, carbon taxes and fines

  3. Capital – our solution is the most cost effective one on the market today, we even have a pilot program that can be implemented for less than 4k

  4. Deployment – our solution can be installed in a matter of hours by inhouse staff or our expert installers

  5. Automation – our solution can be integrated with other analytics or stand alone

  6. Production – the pulse solution decreases down time significantly

  7. Fluctuating supply chain – our products are made right here in NA so you don't need to be concerned about global shortages

  8. Safety – not only will pulse monitors protect workers from dangerous closed failure situations, but by eliminating annual inspection necessity you don’t risk worker who need to access traps which may be in hazardous locations

  9. Competition and Globalization – investing in sustainability measures makes organizations more competitive here and around the world. Plus having fully functioning steam traps saves you downtime and reduces costs which will enable you to be more competitive

  10. Sustainability – repairing failed steam traps quickly allows companies to significantly reduce their energy consumption and emissions

That was fun, We look forward to the next top ten list!

Updated: Jan 16

Manufacturing organizations are doing their best to cut energy costs to save money and be more green. It isn’t easy but it is necessary!

Why Automate Inspections

by Isabell Berry

I think the key is to constantly be searching for new ways to save. Each measure will save a relatively small percentage of your energy costs, 2%, 3% but when you add them all up you are looking at significant amounts of money as well as CO2 emissions reductions.

In 2020 there were 35 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions created worldwide. 2% of that is 7 million metric tons which is equal to the weight of 6 of the world's biggest natural gas drilling platforms or 1,750,000 hippos or 70,000 Boeing 757’s. So 2% is huge. Now let’s look at some ways to save energy.

  1. Well of course install steam trap monitors. That’s a given. Installing the world’s best steam trap monitoring solution - Pulse - is fast, easy, inexpensive and saves you money very quickly. How could you not do it? With the rate of failure of steam traps (through no fault of their own, I mean they are under a lot of pressure) it just doesn’t make sense not to do it. It’s like buying a cell phone and then not getting a cover for it, or only having one pair of socks that you wear every day. If your building is heated, or your equipment is powered using steam, it makes even more sense to monitor steam traps to ensure maximum production line efficiency.

  2. Replace all your old halogen and incandescent lighting with LED. On average, LEDs consume 80% less energy and last 25 times longer. They come in many different sizes and shapes and are so much better in so many ways that it is getting harder and harder to find non LED bulbs. This is an excellent example of a technology that has reached the tipping point. The savings are just too good to ignore, so out with the old, in with the new.

  3. Control building heating and cooling. This includes a variety of smart solutions including limiting drafts, making sure doors are closed when not in use, moderating temperature fluctuations (some buildings have their ac set very low in summer and heat very high in winter, it is healthier and more efficient to keep this temperature range less extreme). When employees are not in the building these can be turned to even more of a power saver mode. Also make sure you clean or replace filters regularly to ensure the system is running at top capacity.

  4. Reduce Waste. Find ways to re-use offcuts or to incorporate recycled materials into your processes. Packaging is a huge cost for many manufacturing companies, more and more organizations are finding ways to make their packaging out of recycled or compostable materials, to make their packaging less bulky, and to melt or grind offcuts and put them back into the packaging creation process. It has been found that excessive packaging in the food & bev industry for example, often does not lead to longer shelf life and is damaging to consumer opinion. If you can find a way to reduce packaging you can market that fact and use it as a differentiator that is becoming more and more important in people’s buying choices.

  5. Audit your supply chain and distribution channels. There are many points of wasted energy in most supply chains. It may be a time consuming process to look at your supply chain, but it can be very productive. Comparing the cost savings of one vendor of a component may very likely be offset with transportation and logistic gains you can get from another, and coming to the negotiation table armed with this kind of data may be an excellent bargaining chip in getting a better rate. Buying local is another way to gain favour with many consumers and other businesses as well. It makes your supply chain less vulnerable, by diversifying your options and making it impervious to the volatile fuel market as well as extreme weather and/or political conditions.

Why Automate Inspections

Saving energy brings many rewards. Use that money to reinvest in your company, feel good that you are helping the planet and then market that fact to your buyers as well as investors and vendors. Being green is a trend that is not going away and in fact it is gaining momentum and influence across the board. It’s win win.

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