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Hoffman Specialty Temperature Regulator Series 1140/1141 »

Volume 5/ Issue 2/ August 2018 Temperature regulators adjust the flow of steam or liquids to control the temperature of a fluid in heating or cooling equipment. Typical applications include: • Large storage tanks that change temperature gradually • Shell and tube heaters that require instant response • Steam tables • Oil preheaters • Sterilizing

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Say “no” to suction strainers for condensate return and boiler feed units »

Volume 5/ Issue 2/ August 2018 Condensate return and boiler feed unit specifications frequently call for a strainer to catch particles that could damage pumps. Basket strainers or “Y” strainers are equally effective, as long as they’re properly located and maintained. Suction strainers, on the other hand, aren’t a good idea. They made sense in

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Take control »

Volume 5/ Issue 2/ August 2018 The core elements of a condensate handling unit include the collection tank, the pumps and the controls. Domestic Pump’s factory-built, tested and warrantied “Consolitrol” control panel helps these elements work in harmony and communicate effectively with users. The “Consolitrol” panel handles an array of applications to power the pumps,

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Typical boiler feed unit discharge piping arrangements »

Volume 5/ Issue 1/ May 2018 The following is a discussion of some of the more common discharge piping arrangements applied to boiler feed pumps. As previously discussed, use of a feed pump provides a reserve to feed the boiler, even when condensate is slow to return from the system. The economy of reusing treated

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What is the normal water line in a steam boiler? »

Volume 5/ Issue 1/ May 2018 All boiler manufacturers identify the “normal water line” in their instruction manuals. It is typically denoted as “NWL,” and describes the height in inches from the bottom of the boiler upto this line. By not paying attention to the NWL, you can set yourself up for a whole lot

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Boiler maintenance can heat up your sales »

Volume 4/ Issue 3/ December 2017 Funny how the people who change their smoke detector batteries every year and car oil every 3,000 miles let their boilers go year after year without even a thought of preventive maintenance. Then the boiler breaks down in the middle of winter, and you get an emergency phone call.

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Updating old steam systems with a modern boiler feed unit? Don’t forget return lag time. »

Volume 4/ Issue 3/ December 2017 A customer who recently installed a boiler feed unit was surprised to see a dramatic increase in makeup water use. Investigation showed the feed water was being lost through the unit’s overflow a few times a day. The customer called us to discuss, presuming the unit didn’t have enough

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Specifying Tips: Vacuum Return Condensate Units »

Volume 4/ Issue 2/ July 2017 Should you replace your vacuum return condensate system with a standard condensate return unit? Before you decide, let’s look at what happens when a steam heating system starts up — a cycle that can happen many times a day, depending on the weather. At startup on a two-pipe steam

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When a bucket trap is the wrong choice »

Volume 4/ Issue 2/ July 2017 Although inverted bucket traps have a long history in the steam business and can stand up to demanding application, they’re not always the best choice — especially in a system with fluctuating loads. Steam traps of any design must be able to perform these three functions: 1. Vent air

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McDonnell & Miller Frequently Asked Questions »

Volume 4/ Issue 1/ May 2017 1. Q.  How do I maintain Low Water Cut-Offs? Find detailed maintenance instructions for McDonnell & Miller low water cut-offs in the installation and operating instruction manual (IOM) that ships with the product. You can also get the IOMs online at www.mcdonnellmiller.com. Here’s a brief summary of required maintenance.

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