Steam line tappings for equipment must always be taken from the top of steam pipes to avoid entry of condensate. This ensures optimum process efficiencies and reduces fuel bills.
Branch line connections taken from the top of the steam pipes carry the driest steam.
If connections are taken from the side, or even worse from the bottom, moisture and debris from the steam main are carried along through the pipes with the steam. The result is wet and dirty steam reaching the equipment, reducing operating efficiency and increasing fuel and steam consumption.