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Gardner Energy Management steam traps have reduced the Loders Croklaan steam consumption by 10 per cent and increased productivity by 15 per cent.

Loders Croklaan produces palm-based oils, fats and nutritional ingredients.

Loders installed 450 GEM Venturi Orifice steam traps in heat exchangers, trace heating lines, steamers, evaporators and autoclaves, at their plant in Wormerveer, Holland.

The GEM steam traps have condensate capacities of 5kg/h up to 9ton/h per trap.

A trial of GEM Venturi Orifice steam traps showed they were 50 per cent more efficient than the thermostatic traps previously used on site.

Since then, Loders Croklaan has replaced 98 per cent of its steam traps with GEM Venturi Orifice traps, which have also substantially reduced the backpressure in the condensate system.

Leen Wijngaarden, senior engineer at Loders Croklaan, said: ‘In addition to achieving more than a 10 per cent saving in steam consumption, we are making substantial savings on make-up water.

‘We have also achieved a 10-20 per cent faster warm up on our batch processes, a decrease in water hammer, and production on our distillers has increased by 10 to 15 per cent.’ The GEM steam traps have allowed Loders Croklaan to cancel the installation of a process computer designed to increase the output of its distillers.

Wijngaarden added: ‘Payback on this project is much less than the one-year anticipated.

‘GEM steam traps have been so successful that we equipped our new Rotterdam plant with them prior to the start of production and have also recommended they be installed in our plants in the US and Malaysia.’ The hardwearing GEM steam traps are manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and are guaranteed for 10 years.

The GEM steam traps reduce energy costs to such an extent that on some processes, payback can take a matter of days.

A reduction in damaging condensate in steam systems also increases equipment reliability.

This also improves product processing by enhancing the quality of steam and reducing equipment repairs, downtime and replacement costs.

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