A Caloris customer this summer reported a problem with hot condensate vapors escaping from a condensate collector integrated into an existing evaporator system. The fugitive steam was increasing the temperature and humidity of the room, making it foggy. The hot steam presented a safety hazard for plant personnel.

We sent a process engineer to the site to investigate the problem and draft a report about possible corrective actions with an aim to eliminate steam from entering the room. We requested that the customer make available a plant representative to assist our engineer. The site visit was completed within one day.

Our engineer observed that the evaporator system consisted of a horizontal upper cylinder (receiver) taking in condensate from three pipes and draining into a lower vessel (pot). The lid on the pot was leaking — the source of the steam blowing into the room.

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Based on our engineer’s observations, he recommended installing steam traps prior to the receiver, to eliminate direct steam from entering the pot in the first place. He also recommended more in-depth inspections of potential problem areas where obstructions could be preventing the proper flow of steam elsewhere in the system.

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Are you experiencing problems with your evaporator system? Caloris can provide service support for units from many manufacturers. Call us 410-822-6900 or problem.solved@caloris.com to arrange for a process assessment at your facility.


About Caloris

Caloris transforms process systems design for the better with unexpected, future-focused solutions that solve real operational problems. We engineer efficient, dependable and productive solutions that also improve environmental sustainability where practical. Designed with the end user in mind to drive plant productivity. Caloris offers evaporation, membrane filtration and spray drying process systems for food and dairy industries, as well as for water reuse and wastewater treatment applications. Both Caloris’ custom and pre-engineered packaged systems are designed to meet our customers’ specific concentration/purification needs utilizing the most cost effective and energy efficient technologies available. Whether concentrating dairy, food or juice products at a high-volume production facility, or processing industrial wastewaters to reduce transportation and treatment costs and recover re-usable water, Caloris provides a range of options and technologies.