Trojan Dryout Systems

Trojan LTCF off to the USA

One of the first systems out the door after returning from COVID-19 lockdown was this Trojan LTCF (Load Tap Changer Filter) for a community owned Utility in the US Midwest.

The Supervisor and his crew required a portable system that they can use on energised or de-energised equipment to remove carbon, particulate and moisture from their LTC’s, circuit breakers and main switches.

This system includes three stages of particulate removal, and significant adsorbent capacity for moisture reduction.

Other features include PLC control, numerous interlocked safety cut-outs, and a remote communications modem, and full stainless steel construction, including the canopy.

The crew can also add or remove oil from the LTC whilst it is online.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be dispatching systems for customers in Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the US.


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POD's to Asia

Permanent online moisture management is becoming more common as a greater number of transformer owners take steps to keep the moisture content in the insulation at low levels right from the commissioning of the transformer.

This has proven benefits both in terms of operational life of the transformer, and ongoing maintenance requirements.

Rather than take a me-too approach, Trojan designed a system significantly different from our competitors, and built into the design features that remove the security issues and potential for oil leakage concerns of other units.

These are the first of 11 Trojan POD units being shipped to a brand new coal powered generation site in Asia. The POD was selected by the Site owner and transformer manufacturer because of its design features and significant moisture holding capacity using highly adsorbent molecular sieve media.

These units include two water in oil sensors; multiple communication platforms; stainless steel construction; oil leak protection and automatic isolation form the transformer in event of fault, and will maintain moisture down to very low levels for the life of the transformer.

Chat to your local Trojan distributor or Agent for more information, or contact us directly.

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Welcome Michael

We’d like to welcome Michael to the team at Trojan.

Michael started with us a few weeks back as an electrician / fitter. In a Company like ours, this is a pretty broad role – and no doubt one of the reasons we had so many high quality candidates apply.

Besides working on the electrical side of manufacture our systems, Michael’s role will encompass a mechanical fitting element as he prepares the units for testing and dispatch.  

The opportunity to work across a number of different areas and broaden his skill set were major attractions for Michael.

In the short time he’s been part of the team his eye for detail and finishing quality have really shown through.

Being from England, we also appreciated him not giving us Kiwi’s too much grief after his countrymen knocked the All Blacks out of the Rugby World Cup.

Welcome Michael.

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TOVS to the USA

When drying out energised transformers, some customers prefer a vacuum based approach over an adsorbent system.

Factors such as oil temperature may dictate which option suits best. Considering the impact on the DGA profile is also important, but in the end,  both provide highly effective alternatives.

To compliment the work being done with their existing Trojan Online Vacuum System (TOVS), we’ve just dispatched another unit to this US customer.    

This unit has 16kW of oil heating, with the operators having the ability to set the exact oil temperature, or even turn off the heating altogether. This is beneficial at sites where insufficient amperage is available, of which our customer has a few.

A number of our customers have used their Trojan online systems to process oil in extremely cold conditions (-20 & below), and been able to remove gases and moisture down to very low levels without any oil heating being applied (incoming oil temp around Zero deg C).    

Regardless of whether it’s a vacuum based or absorbent Trojan system, the range of safety features;  simple to use operation; remote communications; and low ongoing maintenance requirements are what set’s our systems about.

Chat to one of our distributors about which system would suit your requirements.

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New European Distribution Partner - HY-PRO Filtration

We're excited to announce that Trojan Dry-Out Systems and Hy-Pro Filtration have signed a strategic alliance to provide sales and support of Trojan’s market leading range of transformer dry out systems across the majority of the European Market.

The alliance provides a large proportion of European customers even greater access to Trojans’ systems through Hy-Pro’s well established European sales, distribution, service and support network.

Hy-Pro distributors have a well-earned reputation for providing localised support, backed up with extensive training and a quality range of products.

 To launch the relationship, Trojan spent a week at Hy-Pro’s annual Distributor conference in the Netherlands providing training & education on our full range of online dry out systems.

 Hy-Pro’s European distributors can now sell and support world leading equipment for use on energised power transformers, along with their existing range of innovative fluid contamination products for lube oil varnish, gearbox filtration, particulate contamination and filter element upgrades.

 Thanks to the team at #Hy-Po Filtration: we look forward to working with you to continue to provide your customers with effective fluid contamination solutions.

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First Online Filtration for US Customer

This past June in the USA, we trained our customers local crew on the Trojan TDOS system they had recently purchased.

This was their first experience using an online, unattended filtering system anywhere on their network.  Prior to this, any transformer that required moisture or gas removal was scheduled for an outage and an offline vacuum processor was brought in.

The inevitable conclusion was that the offline process did not provide the long term moisture  reduction results they were seeking: extending the operational life of the transformer by halting the rate of paper degradation.

During our time onsite they commissioned the TDOS to an energised transformer.

The crew then set the TDOS in the desired treatment program, packed up and left the site.

In the intervening couple of months they had no need to visit the site to check on the unit: replacing site visits with remote communications to check on its operating status and download data.

This TDOS has since moved onto other transformers after achieving pretty awesome results on this first one. Not a single cent has been spent on consumables.

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POD Install

Last Friday, employee No. 001 (aka the Company Founder) was onsite in Sydney, Australia to oversee the final install & commissioning of a Trojan POD.

This is one of four PODs purchased by our Electric Utility customer, to go along with three TDOS 1000 HV units they already operate.

Each of the PODs is being installed on newly supplied transformers, for the express purpose of maintaining low levels of moisture right from the start of their operational lives.

Martin was onsite for the commissioning of the first unit only, with the customers’ crew going on to install the remaining units themselves over the next couple of weeks.

These particular units included safety isolation valves, which provide an additional layer of protection against oil loss. With the PODs being designed for unattended operation over the life of the transformer, we consider the safety valves a valuable option as they stop the flow of oil into the system in event of a fault or loss of power.

This is particularly important when operating on a larger oil volume transformer, which provides significant head pressure on the inlet side of the POD.

The customer also requested modems for these units, which they will access through their own comms network to download operating data & confirm operating status.

We are working with a number of transformer manufacturers who will look at offering the POD as an option on new transformers. Feel welcome to contact us to discuss your requirements.

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TDOS 1000 heading to South Eastern USA

Here we have a TDOS 1000 HV unit leaving our factory, destined for a large Utility company based in south eastern part of the USA. This unit was sold by our Agents in that region, Utility Sales (https://www.utilitysales.com/)

This TDOS will be moved throughout the Utilities substations to progressively remove moisture and gases from their energised transformers. The end result will be extending the life of their assets for minimal ongoing cost.

Like all TDOS units, this comes standard with remote communications, allowing the operators to connect remotely to check on operating status, change treatment cycles, start & stop if necessary, and to download the water removal and operating data.

Remote communications also allows our staff to provide a high level of backup support and service, providing piece of mind for our customers.

We look forward to visiting shortly to conduct training with our customer. Feel welcome to reach out to Todd and the team at Utility Sales if you’d like us to also visit with you during that time.

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Throwback Thursday

Given the speed at which the year seems to be progressing, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane.

The unit on the left is Unit # 1 – the first TDOS unit sold.

It left the workshop -  aka Martin’s garage – back in 2004 for a South Island, New Zealand, based Utility company. It is still in constant use to this day.

For many years, #1 was looked after by Glen, who took it around all parts of their network & connected it up to lot of transformers. We’d talk to Glen fairly often & he’d tell us how the “old girl” was going.

Since Glen’s retirement, Joey now looks after #1.

# 1 has been going strong for just on 15 years now and shows no sign of slowing down.

The unit on the right is the latest model TDOS just prior to being packaged up for shipping.

A result of constant evolution through development, testing and talking with our customers.

Although the design has changed a bit over the years, the basic premise of the system still remains the same: removing water and gases from energised transformers in the safest and most cost effective method available.

Let’s see where we go from here

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Another Year Around the Sun – Welcome 2019!

After our busiest year on record in 2018 another year is upon us and off to a cracking start.

We are looking forward to a busy and fantastic 2019!

Travel planning is already well under way so if you would like to book a meeting please get feel welcome to make contact with your local Authorised Trojan Agent - https://dryoutsystems.com/find-an-agent, or contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

We look forward to touching base with our existing customers and meeting plenty of new ones in 2019.