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No two steam trapping systems are identical. Because of the wide array of steam trap applications with inherently different characteristics, choosing the correct steam trap for optimum performance is difficult.  Waterhammer, superheat, corrosive condensate, or other damaging operating characteristics dramatically affect performance of a steam trap.  With over 80 years of experience in steam technology, Spirax Sarco along with their partner, Cooney Brothers, are committed to helping customers design, operate and maintain an efficient steam system.  Need additional help? Contact us here.


Application: Steam Main


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
to 30 psigFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap
to 400 psigThermodynamic Steam TrapInverted Bucket Steam Trap
to 600 psigThermodynamic Steam TrapInverted Bucket Steam Trap
to 900 psigThermodynamic Steam TrapInverted Bucket Steam Trap
to 2000 psigThermodynamic Steam TrapInverted Bucket Steam Trap
with SuperheatThermodynamic Steam TrapBimetallic Steam Trap
Application: Steam Tracers


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
CriticalThermodynamic Steam TrapBalanced Pressure Steam Trap
Non-CriticalBalanced Pressure Steam TrapThermodynamic Steam Trap
Application: Heating Equipment


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
Shell & Tube Heat ExchangersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with the addition of thermostatic air vent device
Heating CoilsFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with the addition of thermostatic air vent device
Unit HeatersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with the addition of thermostatic air vent device
Plate & Frame Heat ExchangersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with the addition of thermostatic air vent device
RadiatorsBalanced Pressure Steam Trapn/a
Application: General Process Equipment


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
to 30 psigFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with addition of Thermostatic Air Vent device
to 200 psigFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with addition of Thermostatic Air Vent device
to 465 psigFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap with addition of Thermostatic Air Vent device
to 600 psigInverted Bucket Steam Trapn/a
to 900 psigInverted Bucket Steam Trapn/a
to 2000 psigInverted Bucket Steam Trapn/a
Application: Hospital Equipment


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
AutoclavesFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Balanced Pressure Steam Trap
SterilizersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Balanced Pressure Steam Trap
Application: Fuel Oil Heating


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
Bulk Storage TanksBalanced Pressure Steam TrapFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)
Line HeatersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)n/a
Application: Tanks & Vats


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
Bulk Storage TanksBalanced Pressure Steam TrapFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)
Process VatsFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Thermodynamic Steam Trap
Additional Applications


Application1st Choice2nd Choice
SeparatorsFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap
VulcanizersThermodynamic Steam TrapFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)
EvaporatorsFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap
ReboilersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap
Rotating CylindersFloat & Thermostatic (F&T Steam Trap)Inverted Bucket Steam Trap
Freeze ProtectionLiquid Expansion Steam Trapn/a

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