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Steam - what is this widget ?

PHM Member Posts: 15
edited November 2022 in Strictly Steam
What is this steam-system widget ?

It was connected to dry cleaner pressing equipment.  One on each machine I guess as there are a bunch of them now laying around on the floor with all the loose piping.

It's cast aluminum and has cast-in fins around it..

The plugged end and the side opening are 3/8" female pipe tappings.

The other end connection is 3/4" female pipe.

It says:  Bishop   Evanston Ill. on it.

Here's a pic -     <a href="http://tinyurl.com/yhqbrl5">http://tinyurl.com/yhqbrl5</a>

Any idea what purpose it may serve ?  No one at the facility seems to be able to remember whether it was in the steam supply or the condensate outlet of each machine.

And, if it was on the outlet - before or after the trap.

It's just an empty hollow casting.  It's the fins which puzzle most - why would anything be Trying to lose heat from steam? Unless it was to make condensate water faster for some reason.

Any ideas?




  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 950
    no replies?

    Gees, Mikey, I can't believe none of the Wallies has answered this yet! What's wrong with these boys!

  • Brian_74
    Brian_74 Member Posts: 237
    Just a guess…

    Could it be a handle of some kind? The fins would keep it cooler.
    1929 Ideal Heating vapor system.
  • Chris M_2
    Chris M_2 Member Posts: 67

    Could it be a water hammer suppressor, the fins being reinforcements to the structure?
  • MIke_Jonas
    MIke_Jonas Member Posts: 209

    Are you sure it was connected to a steam line?

    Most of the machinery (that I've seen, anyway) in a cleaners has steam and/or compressed air connected to it.

    It may be a compressed air accumulator, they compensate for undersized air lines.

    Glad to see you here, Mikey. Stay here long enough and you'll never go back to The Dark Side (scorched air).
  • if its a Bishop..

    Only the Pope will know what its is.. Perhaps from the chess set?
  • Wayne Heid
    Wayne Heid Member Posts: 49
    I'll take a crack at it ...

    How about a condensate cooler. It would collect the condensate and inject cold water to cool it before it is discharged to the sewer. (Hey, I gave it a shot.)

    A phone call to the Bishop Freeman Co. @ 847-328-5200 would probably put an end to the speculation.

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