tombée de goutte

02:46 Dec 2, 2010
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general)
French term or phrase: tombée de goutte
This expression comes from a list of equipment being inspected for an industrial company. I'm not yet sure what they manufacture. They talk about gates, piping, condensers, reactors made of various steel and nickel alloys.

One recommended action is "l'installation de tombées de goutte sur tous les appareils."

It is in a list whose other items include a recommendation to write a further report and such. In other words, it's all by itself, without any other supporting context.

I haven't the foggiest. I'm thinking it's some sort of drip feed or drain, but I'm utterly unsure, and would appreciate any help. Mils mercis!

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2 +1drip tray
chris collister
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Just a thought...
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drip tray

It's probably safe to assume that no-one wants dripping equipment. If the equipment is cold, then it will drip no matter what, so some means of catching the drips is required. Of course, "drip tray" is usually reserved for leaky engine sumps, but it's slightly catchier than "drip collector" or some such. Maybe "drip catchment"?

Note added at 6 hrs (2010-12-02 08:57:29 GMT)

If the idea is correct that this is something to catch drips, then strictly speaking, I suppose they would not be "sur tous les appareils", but "sous".

chris collister
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It probably matters what the product is. One idea for consideration: the persistent drip of air conditioners.

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