Looking to Purchase an RTO?

August 4, 2020

When considering purchasing a Regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) for industrial VOC control, you’ve got options. A lot has changed since RTOs made their debut over 35 years ago, as discussed by Kono Kogs vice president of operations, Chuck Konowalski, in an article for Process Heating magazine. However, the good news is you don’t need to purchase a new system to reap the rewards of recent advances in thermal oxidizer technology.  And actually—in many cases—you’ll find a rebuilt or refurbished RTO is the better choice.

Should you Buy a New RTO, Refurbish or Rebuild?

When searching for an RTO, you have three options: buying a new OEM RTO, buying a refurbished unit, or—if you already own an RTO—rebuilding your existing unit. There are pros and cons to each option. Obviously, if you don’t already own an RTO, you take rebuilding your unit off the table. Is newer better in this case? 

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6 Things to Consider When Buying an RTO

What About Operating, Maintenance, and Shipping Costs?

When it comes to operating costs, a new RTO may have higher efficiencies. However, Kono Kogs RTO refurbishing program can often bring used RTO unit to equal to new or superior operating performance and lower costs than new systems.

The maintenance costs should be similar for all three choices. Where you’ll really see a cost-savings, if you rebuild an existing RTO, is with shipping and installation. During a refurbish in place, costs will only be for parts and labor. When buying new, you also need to consider ductwork, electrical installation, concrete pads, and T/Diverter Dampers. These costs could be as low as zero with an existing unit.

Will You Miss Out on New Technology with An Existing RTO?

Most RTOs have excellent retrofit potential when it comes to advancements in industrial VOC control. Ceramic media beds have come a long way in providing exceptional thermal efficiencies. Ceramic media upgrades, in older units, can result in fuel and electric power savings matching new RTO performance.

Remote monitoring capability can be retrofitted to existing PLCs or incorporated in an upgraded PLC. This capability allows our service technicians to check in on an RTO’s performance or assist your personnel in troubleshooting the RTO. Temperatures, fan speeds, and sub-system performance can be accessed, and any issues identified from a computer hundreds of miles away. New remote access monitoring can quickly identify problems and deliver data in real-time. Any PLC panel is a candidate for a rebuild with the latest VPN technology.

Why Buy New When You Can Buy Better?

Contact our team at Kono Kogs today to learn more about your options to purchase an RTO. We’ll share some of the feedback we’ve received from previous projects and help you explore the value proposition that works best for your manufacturing plant.