Lectro Extinguishes Flame at Manufacturing Plant
Although the headline sounds like Lectro Engineering came to the rescue of a fire at a plant that is not the case. Lectro did replace flame treaters that were previously on site at a manufacturer that used flame to treat plastic prior to painting. In essence Lectro did put out the flame in that plant.
Flame has been used for many years to treat plastics. There are a number of methods used in treating plastic with flame. One common denominator with all flame treating methods is that if the flame is in contact with the plastic for too long damage will occur and destroy the parts and possibly other parts.
This was the main reason for replacing flame with the LectroTreat. The parts being treated had areas that were thin. When flamed, these areas melted, changed shape, or disappeared all together leaving the product defective.
As the project progressed it was brought to the manufacturer’s attention that by eliminating flame in their plant they could save money in a number of areas. The cost of operating a LectroTreat is much less then flame. The labor cost of monitoring flame is much higher as the LectroTreat requires no monitoring of the line on a regular basis. Eliminating flame in the plant reduces insurance costs. The potential for a workman’s comp claim with flame is well known. There is no worry along those lines with the LectroTreat.
Flame is a very inconsistent method of treating. There are no guarantees that flame will treat 100% of the part. That is not the case with the Lectro treat.
After the customer moved from flame to the LectroTreat they could not believe the reduction in the scrap rate. They eliminated a plant employee who was monitoring the line and saw a significant reduction in overhead costs including a reduction in insurance premiums and reduced utility bills. Just having an open flames removed from the plant has been a positive for everyone who had to be around it. Putting the flame out was the right move!