“Enercon custom designed this treater much narrower than their standard two-sided treater. Their engineering team did a great job making this fit,” says Paul Hallman, TIDI’s electrical project technician.
In addition to customizing the treater design to fit in the allotted space, Enercon provided design features that made this one of TIDI’s most successful corona treater installations. The corona treater features stainless steel electrodes, which provided immediate results. TIDI's previous system had aluminum electrodes, which required a lot of maintenance and posed an ongoing problem.
“Our team was really impressed with how Enercon’s application expertise and technology combined for such an efficient system design. Even performing routine maintenance is an efficiency improvement. The pivoting and hinged design of the Enercon electrode assembly is vastly superior to anything we’ve worked with before. The access for cleaning is excellent,” says Hallman.
Keeping the lines up and running is critical for TIDI. “We run these blown film lines 24/7. They supply the entire plant. If we have extended downtime on these lines it can create issues for our entire production schedule,” says project engineer Aaron Riddle.
Before the corona treater was shipped, TIDI sent a team to Enercon for final approval and training. A cross functional team, including line operators, maintenance and engineering, attended. The free training program put on by Enercon helped the company get off to a fast start with the system. Additional resources, such as free online training webinars and surface treating handbooks, also contributed to a successful start-up.
“From start to finish, we couldn’t imagine this project being any more efficient or smoother,” adds Hallman.