Steam Guide and Proper Maintenance


Selecting the optimum steam pressure for process applications

What is the correct steam pressure for a given application? Every person involved with steam systems must address this question. Learn how to select correct pressure and ensure both optimum performance of the process equipment and system reliability.



Best Practices for Installing Steam System Heat Transfer Components

Twelve primary factors affect the performance, longevity, and ongoing maintenance requirements for steam heat transfer components. Following simple rules and proven techniques can help avoid the most common problems caused by incorrect component selection or improper installation practices.



The Number One Problem in a Steam System – Water Hammer

More than 80 percent of steam systems experience the destructive forces of water hammer. In this article, learn how properly designed and correctly operated steam systems help provide maximum safety for personnel, reduce maintenance costs, and reduce system downtime.


Removal of Non-Condensable Gases and Air is Critical in a Steam System

Air and non-condensable gases can cause major production problems in a steam system. In this article, learn where they come from, how they affect a system’s operation and performance, and best practices for eliminating them.


Best Practices for Condensate System Piping

With today’s rising energy costs, facilities must return all possible condensate to the boiler plant. By maximizing condensate return, facilities improve steam system energy efficiency and reduce chemical and makeup water costs. Make your system work for you by applying the best practices outlined in this article.


Best Practices for Steam Trap Installation

Will the steam traps in your steam system provide six years of maintenance-free operation? If not, they should. Avoid premature steam trap failure by following the best practices for installation outlined in this article.


Best Practices for Testing Steam Traps

When it comes to testing steam traps, deciding which method to use can be confusing. This article offers an introduction to the primary testing technologies – visual, temperature-based, and ultrasonic – and best practices on how and when to use them.


Best Practices for Ultrasound Testing of Steam Traps

You can count on ultrasound testing to provide the earliest signal of steam trap wear. To get maximum benefit from this valuable tool – the most versatile and accurate steam system diagnostic method available today – apply the best practices discussed in this article.


Best Practices for Steam Turbine Maintenance and Operation

Steam turbine performance depends on two essential factors – the correct steam pressure at the turbine inlet and the highest steam quality. By following the best practices for system design and installation discussed in this article, you can achieve optimal steam turbine operation.


Steam Quality – Plant Operations Require High Steam Quality

Why is the highest steam quality so critical to plant operations, and how can a facility achieve it? This article provides the steps for success, from proper insulation of steam lines to correct start-up procedures.