Steam and Condensate Management

Steam and Condensate Management

for the Food and Beverage Industry

Turn to Armstrong for expert steam piping, complete with steam traps, control valves, and condensate removal equipment.

More than a century of in-depth expertise enables us to manage your steam and condensate requirements better than anyone in the world. Our solutions are engineered to consistently deliver superior accuracy and reliability as well as best-in-class quality, longevity and value—for the most effective steam and condensate management available.

Armstrong's specialists can help you: monitor steam traps and steam quality; ensure that your steam traps are properly sized, selected and in working order; and deaerate and maintain condensate at appropriately high temperatures.


    • SAGE UMT™ Wireless, Handheld Trap Tester   

      SAGE UMT™ Wireless, Handheld Trap Tester

      Testing steam traps is as simple as pressing a button with SAGE UMT™. Armstrong's state-of-the-art, automatic trap testing device eliminates user error and raises the quality of trap testing to a new level. With SAGE UMT™, any steam trap technician can survey traps quickly, easily and accurately on a regular basis, while information syncs seamlessly to SAGE®.

      SAGE UMT™ is a Fundamental Tool in Your Complete Trap Management Program.

      • Detects traps in good, cold and blow-through condition
      • Piezoelectric acoustic sensor, developed and tuned specifically for the unique conditions found in steam traps
      • Non-contact infrared temperature sensor
      • RFID technology significantly reduces the time required to locate and identify traps
      • SAGE UMT™ works seamlessly with SAGE® Mobile and SAGE® Smart Utility System Management platform
      • SAGE® immediately uploads data to the cloud where it's protected by high-level security and automated backups
      • Customers own their own data

      Learn more about SAGE UMT™ Wireless, Handheld Automatic Trap Tester | Learn more about Armstrong's Trap Management Services

    • Effective Steam Trapping  

      Armstrong steam traps are designed for energy efficiency, minimal steam loss, corrosion resistance and long, dependable service. We offer a complete range of steam traps including: inverted bucket steam traps, bimetallic super heat steam traps, clean steam thermostatic steam traps, disc steam traps, dual orifice steam traps, float and thermostatic steam traps, radiator traps, trap valve stations and more.

      Learn more about Armstrong Steam Traps
    • Condensate Management  

      Armstrong offers a full range of condensate recovery and management products and solutions, including pumps. We can help you reduce costs for: fuel and energy, boiler water makeup and sewage treatment, and boiler water chemical treatment.

      Learn more about Armstrong's:

      Condensate Recovery Equipment | Pump Trap Packages | Steam Powered Pumps and Pump Traps | Electric FHC Condensate Pumps
    • Steam Quality Monitoring  

      Quicker and consistently more reliable and accurate than manual methods, Armstrong's Steam QM®-1 automatically detects the dryness fraction of steam and provides continuous steam quality measurement data trending over time.

      Learn more about Armstrong Steam QM®-1
    • Steam Separators  

      Armstrong in-line separators separate condensate efficiently using the centrifugal force of steam or air created by introducing it to a specifically shaped path. The result is improved thermal efficiency and reduced risks for water hammer, equipment corrosion and other problems.

      Learn more about Armstrong Steam Separators
    • Steam Filters  

      Armstrong’s industrial stainless steam filters are designed for filtering steam to yield low differential pressure at high flow rates. Suitable for process steam and culinary steam applications in the food and beverage industry.

      Learn More About Armstrong Steam Filters
    • Wireless Steam System Monitoring  

      AIM® (Armstrong Intelligent Monitoring)

      AIM® is a wireless monitoring technology built on the WirelessHART® and ISA-100 communications protocols, which continuously monitors and evaluates the operating condition of steam traps and other critical equipment in your system. AIM® provides instantaneous notification in the event of steam trap or critical equipment failure.

      Learn more about AIM® ST5700 | Download Our Brochure on Steam Trap Monitoring—AIM® and WirelessHART®


      SteamEye® uses a proprietary radio frequency (RF) wireless transmitter mounted at the inlet of any type of steam trap to detect temperature and ultrasonic fluctuations in steam flow. In the event of steam trap failure, a signal is sent to a central receiver, alerting system operators that maintenance is required.

      Learn more about SteamEye® | Download Our Steam Trap Management Products and Services Brochure, With SteamEye®
    • SAGE® Smart Utility System Management  

      SAGE® keeps you fully informed, 24 hours a day with regular updates, precise documentation, custom-filtered reports, and real-time alerts notifying you of any problems. SAGE® is engineered to be a fully integrated part of your steam system. It works seamlessly with our real-time monitoring products (SteamEye® and AIM®), ensuring that it always has access to the most current data.

      SAGE® works harder to make your life easier.

      • Survey steam traps quickly and accurately with SAGE® Mobile
      • Maximize your equipment's reliability, efficiency and safety
      • Customizable user experience
      • Accessible on tablets, laptops and PCs
      • Real-time dashboard monitoring
      • Secure remote programming
      • Multi-location views
      Learn more about SAGE® | Download the SAGE® by Armstrong Brochure
    • Control Valves  

      Fully utilize your system and provide safe accurate control for your application.

      Learn More About Armstrong Python Control Valves
    • Air and Gas Vents   

      Armstrong float-operated air vents are designed for removal of air/gas from a pressurized liquid during industrial processes. Automatic and continuous air vent operation provides increased system efficiency. Applications include hydronic heating systems, water service lines, water storage tanks, centrifugal pumps, gas lines, solvent filters and similar equipment.

      Learn More About Armstrong Air / Gas Vents

Case Studies

    • Multi-year Agreement to Maintain and Optimize Steam System Utilities   

      Armstrong maintains and optimizes facility's 1,200 steam traps, onsite. Responsibilities include steam trap root cause analysis, repair/replace recommendations, database management, turnkey installation, steam loss reporting, and general steam condensate system upgrade recommendations.

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    • Reducing Fuel Consumption While Increasing Condensate Return  

      Armstrong implements an extensive steam trap optimization program with survey, database, selection, sizing, installation, repair and replacement of the company's steam trap population. Included: plant-wide steam distribution recommendations and condensate return; drip legs redesign and installation; engineering piping installations of steam distribution lines and condensate return; maintenance of pump traps, PRVs, and installation of sensing lines and condensate equipment; correction of live steam and condensate leaks; plant-wide utility piping, valves and fittings insulation; and more.

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    • Maximizing Energy Savings Through Flash Steam Recovery  

      Armstrong's flash steam and heat recovery solution provides a major candy manufacturer with immediate increases in energy efficiency. In addition to eliminating flash steam loss, the company is able to utilize flash steam to process water—at 100 gallons per minute—for further energy efficiencies.

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    • Plant Expansion Without Compromising Savings and Efficiency  

      During a company's plant expansion, Armstrong develops a plan to provide engineering and installation of multiple, separate packaged condensate pumping systems with cycle counters, without requiring a capital payment. The food processing facility realized an annual cash savings equating to a simple return on investment (ROI) of 56%, allowing capital resources to be focused on the core business. In addition to clean and hot condensate being returned to the boiler house, the company has reinforced its “green” facility image by avoiding increases in combustion emissions and high water consumption.

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    • Condensate Contamination Mitigation   

      A turnkey approach to project implementation was used for the extensive scope of work, which included multiple upgrade projects as well as a complete system analysis of steam and condensate systems. Armstrong engineered and installed: condensate return and pumping system; variable frequency control on primary boiler forced draft fan; controls for monitoring multiple condensate return, and installed total organic carbon sensing to divert contaminated condensate to drain.

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    • Steam System Optimization to Reduce Energy Consumption   

      Complete steam distribution optimization; implement steam trap optimization program, including: survey, database, selection, sizing, install, repair and replace steam trap population; plant-wide condensate return improvement; and more, including responsibility for all mechanical work performed by local contractors in Mexico.

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Recommendations from Armstrong University

    • Steam Quality  

      Understand: basic concepts of steam quality and steam dryness fraction; how to measure steam dryness fraction; root causes of poor steam dryness fraction; how air and non-condensable gases affect steam quality; effects of poor steam quality on steam system efficiency.

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    • Condensate Quality and Contamination, Part 1 and 2  

      Covered material includes: types of condensate contamination; root causes and sources of contamination and problems caused; addressing and solving contamination issues; how condensate polishers work.

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    • O&M BEST Practices for Condensate Return Systems  

      This course discusses: the importance of water quality checks; piping issues, repairs, and installations; identification of pumps and other equipment; maintenance and routine checks.

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    • O&M Best Practices for Steam Users  

      Topics covered include: the importance of steam user quality, identification of key performance indicators, best practices for steam users, equipment maintenance and routine checks, and key attributes of standard operating procedures.

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    • Typical Optimizations on a Steam User  

      Find out about common problems associated with steam users, and identify and recommend possible solutions; review best practices; and more.

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    • Typical Optimizations for a Steam Distribution System  

      This course covers the most common problems in steam distribution systems and their symptoms; find out how to identify and recommend possible solutions; review best practices; and more. Learn More

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    • Water Hammer  

      This course will discuss the basic mechanics of water hammer and help you identify conditions under which it may occur; it will also explain how to apply preventative solutions to avoid the occurrence of water hammer.

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