Correct application based steam trap selection on process equipments can save 7%-8% of steam consumption.
There is nothing like a universal trap. Steam trap selection is application specific.
Different traps are based on different modes of operation and some are more suited to a particular application. For e.g. thermodynamic traps are designed for applications where condensate load is less and intermittent and hence are ideally suited for main line drain application. Single orifice float traps should be selected for applications where the load is heavy and continuous, typically process equipments.
A correctly selected and sized trap reduces process time and saves energy. Our observations based on thousands of plant surveys and over 1000 audits indicate that wrong trap selection is prevalent across most plants (See graph).
Application based steam trap selection leads to 7%-8% reduction in steam consumption. For e.g. At a chemical plant in Gujarat, replacing Thermodynamic traps with correctly sized Single Orifice Float Traps reduced process time from 7hrs to 5hrs and steam consumption by 8%.