Catalytic Convection Ovens
 
 

 

Catalytic infrared heating saves
up to 80%
of the energy
& time needed by
convection ovens
or electric
infrared ovens.

 
   
 

Flameless Catalytic IR / Infrared Heated Oven Systems Provide Optimum Curing for Liquid and Powder Finishes on Metal, Plastic and Wood

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APPLICATIONS:
Deere / Hitachi, Kernersville, NC
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation, Lincoln, NE
Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Lexington, KY
Streator Unlimited, Streator, IL
Ameristar Fence Products, Tulsa, OK
Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I)

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Case Study #6:
Catalytic’s ”Customers-first” Commitment Helps
Manufacturer Recover Fast from Hurricane

19-year old Catalytic Infrared Heaters Meet Their Match
When Horrific Hurricane Makes Landfall

When Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast, with its 145 mph winds,
a wall of water flooded hundreds of miles, cut power to millions, and caused
billions of dollars in damage.  It also provided an opportunity for companies
such as Catalytic to demonstrate that an agile, customer-focused company
can be a manufacturer’s most valuable asset when disaster halts production. 

Beaumont, Texas-based Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I) manufactures
modular process plants for refineries and process facilities.  Among its
customers are Sunoco, Qatar Fertilizer Company, Western Refinery,
and some of the largest processing plants worldwide.

CB&I is located on the Neches River, just 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico,
and flooding from Ike was severe: 5-1/2 ft. of salt water filled CB&I’s facility.

Among the casualties: infrared heaters and control panels for two
railcar-sized infrared ovens that cure the epoxy and urethane finishes
used on all of the structural members used in CB&I modules.

Paint Superintendent Chris Guidry had worked with CB&I for 3 years,
the most recent two as Paint Superintendent.  “We were prepared,
and we knew what we faced with clean-up,” he explains.  “The
‘unknown’ was how long it would take to get these ovens back up
and running.  Without them, product wasn’t going anywhere.”

Catalytic’s answer came quickly:  the 32 infrared heaters would be
manufactured and shipped in two weeks.  For this project, Catalytic
worked in concert with Top Hand Enterprises, Mulberry, AK.   Top Hand
is a leading provider of sales and repair services for paint booth systems
and blasting equipment.  They would install the heaters, and also
rebuild CB&I’s control panels. 

Catalytic and Top Hand had worked together for CB&I in the past.  
Explains Top Hand’s Bill Ryan, “when CB&I bought this plant (formerly
known as Trinity Rail Yard) it was in bad disrepair.  We were hired to
rebuild a lot of the equipment back to spec.” 

Toward the end of the project, the control panels, then 15 years old,
were added to the ‘to do’ list.  “We were on a tight deadline, “ says Ryan,
“and we didn’t have drawings for the panels.  Those were with the
manufacturer – Catalytic Industrial.  Much to our surprise, they agreed
to share them.  For Catalytic to work with another vendor this way,
is frankly unprecedented in my experience.  But their priority was the
same as mine:  to get CB&I equipment back in operation as soon
as possible.  In my mind, Catalytic elevated the ‘customer first’
commitment to a whole new level.” 

According to Ryan, most of the post-Ike projects didn’t fare nearly
as well.  “Another facility called us in the Saturday following the storm;
we had the bid to them on Monday.  A big-shot competitor was also
asked to bid.  Their response was they needed $20,000 to cover flights
and meals and rental cars, after which they would get a bid to the
customer within 3 weeks. 

“3 weeks . . .  for a bid?  In 3 weeks, the Catalytic heaters were in
our hands,  CG&I had completed its clean-up, and those ovens were
nearly ready to cure paint. When the chips are down – and even when
they’re not – there’s no substitute for a responsive vendor who
understands what ‘urgent’ means, and can make things happen
now – no meal tickets required.”

NEXT CASE STUDY>>

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Catalytic Industrial Systems
713 N. 20th Street • PO Box 827 • Independence, KS 67301
E-mail: sales@catalyticirovens.com
(800) 835-0557

Catalytic Convection Ovens

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