Should You Insulate Your Steam Traps? That’s a question we get asked regularly, and there seems to be some confusion about whether or not you can or should do this. The answer is simple — yes.
Steam systems are designed to put raw energy to work, and steam traps are a critical part of that system. Truly understanding steam traps requires a little bit of knowledge of steam and condensate, so let's start with the basics.
What Are Steam Traps? A steam trap is the separation point between the steam system and the condensate system. The purpose of a steam trap is to pass condensate, air and non-condensable gases from the steam system into the condensate system while not allowing live steam to pass into the condensate system. A steam trap is really nothing more than an automatic valve that discharges condensate and...
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This post was written by Jack McTigue, sales manager at Thermaxx Jackets After years of working in the insulation industry and insulating hundreds of steam components in NYC, I've observed that there is rarely insulation on the incoming (inlet) and outgoing (outlet) piping of a thermodynamic (TD) steam trap.
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Although OSHA has strong requirements for overly hot pipes and fittings to be insulated, we often find that some systems are just overlooked. The common offenders are listed below - if you’re not insulating these systems, not only are you losing money, but you may be setting yourself up for legal actions down the road.
Find out for sure. There are many variables to be taken into consideration when ascertaining if your facility is currently insulated properly. Usually, when facility managers think about insulation, they think about exterior insulation and focus on the R value of the insulation in the walls and roof.
Another steam system to be Thermaxx‘D! $379,000.00 of Removable Insulation Jackets to help save Utah State University Money! Thermaxx LLC entered into contract with Utah State University in March of 2011 to provide removable insulation jackets and removable insulation covers in 40 buildings consisting of over 1,600 insulation jackets. Total contract value is anticipated to be $379,000.