Pillar Technologies Develops Surface Treatment Problem Solver
Pillar Technologies, a manufacturer of advanced surface treatment and induction cap sealing systems, has developed a breakthrough electronic surface treatment electrode gapping system.
Known as the eGap system, the feature is said to solve a major surface treatment set-up problem for users of corona and atmospheric plasma stations — namely, precise air-gap setting. With eGap, the electrode-to-ground roll gap is electronically set at an extremely high tolerance from an operator’s HMI panel.
“There’s no second guessing by treating system operators as to whether he/she has correctly set the air gap across the entire web when web thicknesses can change job-to-job," Steve Helker, regional sales manager, said. "eGap has the potential to revolutionize the surface treatment industry as a commercially available option for customers who want perfect air gap settings. Today, operators are tasked with using feeler gauges to set air gaps. But in many cases, the treater and electrode location can be difficult to reach for this type of manual gap-setting. Incorrect gapping will vary treatment levels across the length of each electrode, and lead to inconsistent surface adhesion and high waste.”
The eGap feature is said to be operating reliably on both wide and narrow web treating systems shipped and installed both domestically and internationally.