Industrial process lines mostly depend on hot water for complete their responsibilities as well. Washing, heating, sterilizing and rinsing are possible applications, and the list can be extended at will. Hot water can be produced in various ways. The condensation of steam is probably the most commonly used method of producing hot water. Mixing water with steam makes this process extremely flexible; depending on the mixing ratio the temperature of the water can be selected within a wide range.
Although water and steam represent the same chemical substance in different states of aggregation, their uncontrolled confrontation tends to be rather hostile. Condensation shocks, vibrations, noise and material destruction are known consequences of uncontrolled condensation.
In order to ameliorate or even avoid such phenomena, a variety of devices has been developed. Correct choice of suitable equipment depends, on the one hand, upon the process for which it is to be used, and on the other hand upon the specific operating conditions.
Mostly venture devices known as instantaneous or silent heaters can be used to directly inject steam into the motive fluid to raise its temperature even when the heating steam pressure is less than that of the fluid to be heated. This process of steam injection allows for fluids to be heated inline rather than in a tank which is inherently more efficient.