Don't Let Contaminated Steam Affect Your Food and Beverage Production Quality


You wouldn’t use unsafe ingredients in your products. But are you contaminating them with unsafe steam. Steam is the most efficient method of heating in food and drink processes. But when steam is in direct contact with food contaminants like particles of rust, dirt and chemicals could end up in your products and your consumers. Product recalls, tarnished brand reputation, and plunging consumer loyalty will all impact your bottom line. So why take the risk?

To protect your consumers and guarantee product quality, you must treat steam as you would any other ingredient and ensure it's safe to consume. It doesn't have to be hard. Spirax Sarco, and Mountain States Engineering and Controls can help you find the right standard of steam for your process and put measures in place to keep standards high. We can help you adopt best practices in steam system design and improve steam quality, install filtration around your steam system to mitigate the risk, and install a dedicated clean steam supply to eliminate the contamination risk.

To learn more about Spirax Sarco products, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls by calling 303-232-4100 or by visiting https://mnteng.com.

COVID-19 Statement


We at MSEC, Inc. continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance available through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and state and regional public health authorities. We are committed to the safety of our customers, business partners, and employees.

As a distributor that directly supports the continuing operation of critical facilities in the healthcare industry, food & agriculture industries, power industry, and other infrastructure industries, our facilities and operations will remain open during the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic until further notice.

Our Golden, CO  head office and warehouse remains open and our supply chain remains intact. We are maintaining a limited staff in our office  to support critical functions including shipping/receiving, accounting, and IT.  We have also implemented a rotating remote work schedule to minimize employees at the office at any specific time.

Additionally, we have implemented the following requirements:
  • Restricting visitor access to our facility.
  • Increased frequency of sanitizing facilities and workspaces.
  • Requiring regular hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Using technology where possible to replace in-person meetings.
We will update this statement as the situation changes.

We thank you for your continued business and support. Please stay safe and be well.

Cross Reference Guide for Steam Traps, Regulators, and Pressure Pumps from Watson McDaniel

McDaniel Company is a U.S. manufacturer of steam traps, pressure pumps, pressure and temperature regulators, relief valves, liquid drainers, ejectors, engineered systems, and a variety of specialty steam products.

They have assembled a handy cross reference chart for major manufacturers of steam traps, temperature regulators, pressure pumps, and other steam related process equipment.


DOWNLOAD THE CROSS REFERENCE GUIDE FROM THIS MSEC WEB PAGE


For more information on steam traps, temperature regulators, condensate recovery, and process heat, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls. Call them at 303-232-4100 or visit them at https://mnteng.com.

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Flo-Tite Sentinel Segmented Control Valve for Severe Service Applications


The Flo-Tite Sentinel is an ideal control valve for severe service applications where precise control is required for clean or dirty liquids, gases, and fibrous suspension applications.

Precise contouring of the V-notch provides excellent control characteristics for an extensive variety of flow applications. An ideal control performance is designed into the geometry of the ball for critical management of flow. A locked ball-to-shaft connection ensures no lost motion during critical control.

Splined connection between the shaft and ball ensures precise control and low hysteresis. Streamlined flow passage provides maximum efficiency and minimizes erosion inside the valve body.

Detachable seat retainer design provides easy access to trim parts of the valves through inlet of valve by simply removing the screws of retainer allowing for easy maintenance. Superior trunnion bearing technology is engineered for excellent abrasion resistance.

Rugged self-adjusting metal seated option is ideally suited for higher temperature applications or slurries. Spring loaded seat maintains constant contact with the ball, providing enhanced sealing performance. Shearing action between ball and seat promotes smooth, non-clogging operation, perfect for fibrous or slurry applications.

For more infomration, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls. Call them at 303-232-4100 or visit their web site at https://mnteng.com.

Understanding the Various Kinds of Steam Traps

Steam Trap

It is essential, without loss of live steam, to remove condensate and often air and other incondensable gases from steam systems. Knowing the range of steam traps allows the best choice to be made for all applications. 

Thermodynamic steam traps

Thermodynamic steam traps combine reliability, simplicity and efficiency of operation; with just one moving part (a hardened stainless steel disc) they give a blast discharge with clean, tight shut-off. They are able to withstand: superheat, water hammer, corrosive condensate, freezing and vibration. 

Ball float steam traps

Ball float steam traps are extremely versatile and work efficiently on both light and heavy condensate loads. Although compact in size, their discharge capacity is high and continuous, ensuring maximum heat transfer. These traps are the best choice for draining plant with automatic temperature control.
An integral air vent is fitted as standard and an adjustable needle valve is available as an option to prevent steam locking.

Balanced pressure thermostatic steam traps

Balanced pressure thermostatic steam traps adjust automatically to varying steam pressures and have excellent air venting characteristics during plant start-up and during normal operation. They have large discharge capacities for their size and the robust design of the internals gives a good life expectancy.

Sealed steam traps

Sealed maintenance free steam traps.
Range: balanced pressure, inverted bucket and bimetallic versions.

Inverted bucket steam traps

Inverted bucket traps are the most robust type of the mechanical traps and will resist water hammer. When the check valve option has been fitted in the inlet, they can be used with superheated steam. They are available with a wide selection of valve orifices for precise pressure and load matching.

Bimetallic thermostatic steam traps

Bimetallic steam traps can conserve energy by discharging sub-cooled condensate in those applications which can utilize sensible heat. They are the most robust of all the thermostatic steam traps, being able to withstand water hammer and corrosive condensate.

For more on steam traps and condensate recovery, or for other Spirax Sarco products, contact Mountain States Engineering and Controls. Call them at 303-232-4100 or visit their web site at https://mnteng.com.