EBE Engineering, a leading developer and supplier of Venturi orifice steam traps, has launched ECOFLOW, a market-leading steam trap that incorporates the flange into the main casting.  The EFK-F and EFG-F versions are both cast in one piece, using CF8 Stainless Steel, which provide the traps with consistent strength, resilience and dimensional accuracy.

The new trap’s body comprises of a modular design to incorporate low and high flow in the same housing.  Due to a unique and innovative Venturi concept, the new design extends the trap’s performance over variable condensate loads. Welding has been eliminated, resulting in a totally homogenous design that makes the trap physically stronger and safer. It also simplifies certification; thereby speeding up production and ensuring consistently high quality. The streamlined manufacturing process enables EBE Engineering to pass on the benefits of economies of scale to its customers.

“We are now able to assemble and supply multiple units very easily,” said Nigel Egginton, Managing Director of EBE Engineering.  “The enhanced scalability offered by the new design, gives us far more scope to offer volume discounts to our customers”.

Prior to launching ECOFLOW, EBE Engineering re-evaluated every aspect of the Venturi trap design. Then, working with NovaCast, a non-ferrous foundry, it developed and refined the casting geometry using 3D modelling and casting simulation software.  A 3D printed prototype was then produced prior to full Stainless Steel production samples being commissioned.

“We have converted a complex fabrication into our castings which has resulted in a truly unique solution that delivers exceptional performance to our customers as well as providing EBE with a commercial, competitive advantage”, concluded Nigel Egginton.

The ECOFLOW new flanged connections are specifically designed and manufactured to meet European market requirements allowing EBE Engineering to maintain its leading position, It has now established a registered company in Germany (EBE Engineering UG, based in Essen)  to specifically cater for German and EU companies by providing them with seamless ordering and guaranteed supply.

Because the ECOFLOW Venturi Orifice design has no moving parts to breakdown or wear out, it provides a lifespan that is the same as the pipework of the plant and considerably longer than mechanical traps. It also offers the ultimate in reliability, requiring no spares or monitoring equipment. For larger, nominal pipe sizes, the ECOFLOW is smaller than mechanical traps, requires less space and as the traps are lighter they provide an ideal solution where there are weight restrictions.

The ECOFLOW Venturi steam traps work by using the difference in density between steam and condensate.  Steam is 1000 times less dense than condensate, so at the entrance of the trap’s orifice, the low-density steam is literally squeezed out of the condensate.  The high density, slow moving condensate is then preferentially discharged through the orifice, trapping the low-density steam behind it.

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