- Location: North America
- Industry: Automotive
- Project Type: Industry Spray Booths & Ovens
- Equipment Type: Catalytic Recuperative Oxidizer
Executive Summary: Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with providing emergency repairs to a CATOX unit at an automotive customer. The customer requested emergency repairs only due to the critical timeline of its current project, which only allowed for a few days of downtime, rather than the weeks which would be needed for a complete rebuild.
Company Summary: This customer works with adhesives, paint primer spray booths, curing, and cooling ovens. The combination of these industrial applications creates a varying stream of VOC pollutants which must be destroyed before venting to the atmosphere. Added challenges are the high temperatures and variations in composition.
Project Summary: The original CATOX unit was built by a different vendor. An event occurred causing the inner stainless lining to explode due to high temperatures. Additionally, the guard beds, catalyst beds and racks melted. The combustion chamber thermocouple was also disintegrated. Ducting hood was separated from its shell. The customer was unable to continue its overall operations until the CATOX was repaired in a safe manner.
Solution: GCES was able to come out to the site the next day and complete the following in the 4-day window allotted by the customer insuring that they were up and running to meet their customer deadline and not lose a critical project.
· Reconstruct the guard bed racks
· Fabricate and install structural support
· Repair the catalyst racks and supports
· Install spare guard bed racks, catalyst blocks, and new gaskets
· Apply insulation
Conclusion: GCES was able to perform all of its repairs in four days and have the customer running in less than a week after a major breakdown. The repairs were so successful after the emergency repairs the unit is still running strong two years later.