In the beginning
Turbine Condenser

Our Story

Let's go back in time. Way, way back before the internet.

In the late 1940's an Engineer in Germany at Essen Kupferdreh Power Station, Josef Taprogge ,  was tasked with manually cleaning condenser tubes.  A job EVERYBODY wanted! (not really).



He thought "There's gotta be a better way...".   Sadly, there wasn't a better way.

So he decided to put his education and inventiveness to work and Voila!, came up with the idea that forever revolutionized how Shell and Tube condensers were cleaned and maintained.  SPONGE BALLS!   Who Knew?

And, believe it or not,  that's how it all began over 60 years ago.


Here's how it works:

  1. A Condenser Tube Cleaning System (CTCS), utilizes a system of sponge rubber cleaning balls to continuously pass through the condenser tubes while the generating unit is online to offset different types of micro-fouling.
  2. The continuous cleaning effect of the sponge balls ensures the condenser tubes remain free of micro-fouling, offering the maximum heat transfer at all times.
  3. The typical improvement in heat rate is between 1 – 3% for base loaded plants.

It became recognized worldwide as: "The TAPROGGE System"

In the USA it's simply known as: "The AMERTAP System".

Meet the Team

Some of the people responsible for the success of Taprogge America and YOUR system.

(You'll meet the rest of the team in your interactions with us!)

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Steve Gillen

Managing Director

Vito Menutti

Vito Mennuti

VP Service & Systems Betterment

John Panarese

John Panarese

National Sales Manager

USA, Canada, &  Israel

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Jose Fernandez

Sales Manager

Mexico, Central, South America,

& The Caribbean

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John Buquicchio

General Manager Service & Systems Betterment

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Patti Anderson

Spare Parts Manager

Next Steps...

TAPROGGE wrote the book on online Condenser Tube Cleaning and Circulating Cooling Water Debris Filter systems!

Give us a call today for an evaluation of your systems and to learn how we can help you improve the performance of your shell and tube condenser or heat exchanger.