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Flexsys Ruabon Works is making steam savings of 12 per cent from its batch reactor following the installation of Thermal Energy Environments’s GEM Venturi Orifice steam traps.

As part of a steam optimisation project on one of its process plants, Flexsys Rubber Chemicals decided to review its condensate trapping system associated with the internal coils of a batch reactor, utilising 10 per cent of the site’s steam demand.

The company was dissatisfied with the three existing ball-float traps, which at GBP1,200 each were costly to install, required replacing every two years and were prone to corrosion.

In addition, without regular routine monitoring, the company was not always able to identify when the traps were faulty.

After a review of the project with GEM, Flexsys management decided to replace all three traps with GEM Venturi Orifice steam traps.

Following the successful commissioning of the reactor, Flexsys decided to replace five ball-float traps on a condensate recovery project, this time associated with heater banks on a fluid bed drier system with GEM traps.

Instead of utilising a valve mechanism to close off steam for maximum energy and water conservation, the highly efficient GEM steam traps use the Venturi Orifice design to effectively drain condensate from the steam system.

As the GEM steam traps have no moving parts to wedge open or fail, it provides reliability, requires minimal maintenance and needs no spares, testing or monitoring equipment.

Available in a range of sizes for a full cross-section of applications, the GEM steam traps are manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and are guaranteed for 10 years, obviating the need for repair or replacement.

The GEM steam traps provide a fast payback from reduced energy costs and increased equipment reliability due to a reduction in damaging condensate in steam systems.

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

Thermal Energy International Inc is an innovative technology company providing custom energy and emission reduction solutions. Our award-winning energy recovery, conservation and bioenergy solutions provide significant financial and environmental benefits to our customers. Our experience and talent in waste energy recovery recycling and bio-energy conversion solutions are unrivalled. These solutions provide our clients with typical energy cost savings of 10 per cent to 35 per cent or more with commensurate reductions in greenhouse gases and other emissions.

We go beyond the realm of single application or product competitors and instead provide our clients with maximum opportunities to reduce energy and emissions. Through a unique mix of process, energy, environmental, financial and other expertise combined with the best technology solutions and financial offerings, our clients can expect compelling returns exceeding 30 per cent and solutions with an excellent track record of longevity, proven reliability and performance.

Thermal Energy's core business provides three primary client benefits:

  • Energy consumption and cost reduction
  • Commensurate greenhouse gas and emission reductions
  • Excellent financial returns

With energy cost trends projecting steady increases over the next several years, our solutions provide increasingly more attractive returns and a means for our clients to shield themselves against ever-increasing energy costs.

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