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Resin dryers.

PAUL O. ABBE, INC.

Vacuum and fluid-bed dryers include RotaCone tumble vacuum dryers, horizontal rotary vacuum dryers, and Forberg-II fluidizing dryers.

Company specializes in packaged systems including heaters and vacuum pumps, and high temperature vacuum PET solid-state equipment.

AEC, INC.

AD desiccant dryers control system complies with NFPA79 and UL/CUL for maximum safety, including electrical disconnect and branch fusing. Dual-bed closed-process loop design uses 13X desiccant and a unique air flow circuit.

AC and ACM compressed air dryers offer compact size with full performance. Standard model reduces dewpoint of compressed air supply by 50 F and the membrane option maintains -40 F dewpoint in all environments. Easy-to-use off-the-shelf microprocessor control provides digital temperature control up to 300 F (400 F high temperature option available) and complies with NFPA79, UL and CUL for maximum safety, including electrical disconnect and branch fusing. Dryers available in machine-mount, floor-mount or portable cart models with both 30 and 60 cfm models available.

Hot-air dehumidifying drying systems feature off-the-shelf microprocessor-based temperature controls. HA series (30 to 3000 cfm) for processing nonhygroscopic materials. WD series electric and gas dehumidifying dryers for drying hygroscopic materials (10 to 3000 cfm) feature -40 F dewpoint (or lower) operation utilizing twin stationary desiccant beds to ensure dependable uninterrupted flow of dehumidified air.

WDMR series compact mini-dryers (10 to 50 cfm) designed especially for operation in high-humidity environments.

All dryers designed for convenient serviceability and use state-of-the-art controls to monitor drying. SPI and other communication protocols available.

Mass-Flow series drying hoppers from 25- to 15,000-1b capacity feature tank and cone geometry that promotes true mass-flow of all materials, including sheet regrind. Specially designed air distribution system provides true cross-sectional temperature gradient with no channeling or air-flow bypass. Hoppers can be machine-mounted, floor-mounted or mezzanine-mounted. Multiple hopper drying systems available for central drying applications.

Nomad portable drying and conveying cart systems (10 to 225 cfm) offer maximum flexibility and efficiency and control drying and conveying of materials in a compact design.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC INC.

Offers six models of hopper dryers with even heat distribution, accurate temperature controller, and capacities from 25 to 880 lb/ hr. Dust-collector attachment available.

Also a double-desiccant, regenerating dehumidifying dryer that reduces moisture to -40 F dewpoint. Unit comes complete with snake cooler and 110-lb double-insulated hopper.

AUTOLOAD UNIVERSAL DYNAMICS, INC.

Autodry stainless steel and aluminum, energy-efficient dryers available with hopper sizes of 20, 40, 60, 120, 200, 400 and 800 lb. Units have throughput rates from 2 to 400 lb/hr. With no moving parts dryers are insulated, compact, quiet-running and modularly designed. Drying temperatures range from 90 F to 375 F. Units can also be stand-mounted for portability.

LOUIS P. BATSON INC.

Offers a series of desiccant dryers capable of drying material to -40 F dewpoint with high efficiency blowers. Hopper sizes from 60-100 lb with processing temperatures to 300 F.

BRY-AIR SYSTEMS DIV. OF BRY-AIR, INC.

Resin dehumidifiers and hot-air dryers for extrusion, injection and blow molding applications. Desiccant-based dehumidifiers range from 20 to 5000 cfm and include fluted bed desiccant technology. Options include digital dewpointers, diagnostics, central drying system, after-cooling coils, and heaters mounted at the hopper for additional energy savings. Larger units include natural gas regeneration and heat recovery coils for energy efficiency. Also dehumidifying powder drying systems in single- or multiple-batch capacities.

Mold dehumidification systems (MDS) are designed to eliminate mold condensation during high humidity periods. Surrounding the mold enclosure with dry, dehumidified air, MDS-3 system allows injection and blow molders to reduce cooling cycle times up to 30%.

BAS Smart-Dry diagnostics package is standard on all FDL series resin dryers. Package offers 7-day timer, monitors dew point, process and regeneration temperatures, return air temperatures, process and regeneration blowers, and alarm functions, which may affect the drying process. Monitoring can be done at the dryer or remotely.

CACTUS MACHINERY INC.

Cactus super dryers in five sizes for processing engineering resins to 150 lb/hr within 30 minutes of start-up. An alternative to batch-type desiccant drying, Cactus system operates on a continuous basis. Small amounts of resin are heated quickly to force moisture to pellet surface. Compressed air-powered venturi creates air flow across resin to transport surface moisture from resin. Low-wattage beater bands reportedly reduce electrical consumption to 80% less than comparable desiccant dryers. With no moving parts, maintenance is virtually eliminated. Microprocessor controls maintain accurate and constant temperature inside dryer for consistent-quality parts. Predrying is not required.

CANAM MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS INC.

Thermodynamic plastic dryers utilize the application of radiant conducted heat to accelerate the drying process and are intended for use with molding or extrusion machines processing up to 50 lb/hr of material.

CARRIER VIBRATING EQUIPMENT

For drying various sizes and types of pellets, offers its 12-in. x 15-ft, 1-hp stainless-steel conveyor dryers with unit and hood insulation and low profile to fit together with inline equipment. Air temperature and volume controlled to maintain pellet quality.

For drying PET chips in a bottle recycling process, offers two-zone, stainless-steel, 2 x 10 ft, 2-hp, fluid-bed dryers furnished as a system with auxiliaries, which include steam coils, noise attenuators, dust collectors, slide gates, valves and discharge-drum covers. Air temperatures and volumes controlled to dry chips to specified levels and prevent melting or fusing.

CARTER-DAY INDUSTRIES (CANADA) LTD.

SpinAway centrifugal dryer for cost-effective drying of flakes or pellets. Capacities from 100 to 110,000 lb/hr, drying to moisture levels to less than 0.05%. Dryer has reinforced rotor-lifter-plate design for extended rotor life. Logarithmic lifter-blade spacing in the rotor design increases the pellet resident time, enhancing drying; and horizontal airflow forces water and air through the screen rather than out the pellet discharge. Unit requires minimal space, low horsepower, and is designed for continuous, uninterrupted production. Accessories include dewatering units, moist-air exhaust fans, air preheaters, internal washdown spray systems, hardened rotors, pellet-free rotors, and low-noise construction.

COMET AUTOMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

HCD honeycomb matrix dehumidifiers use the principle of a "rotating honeycomb." A rotor slowly turns while a cycle of dehumidification, regeneration and cooling is repeated simultaneously. The "wheel" has a series of air passages or channels that form the matrix. Passages inside the wheel are coated with molecular sieves and silica gel that are strongly bonded. When the honeycomb matrix wheel contacts damp air, it soaks up moisture; and when the wheel is heated, it releases the moisture. The system has a drying capacity from 50 to 600 lb/hr.

CDH hot-air dryers can be used to dry most nonhygroscopic materials and are good for hygroscopic materials as a preheater. Also designed to dry granules directly at the machine to eliminate contamination or reabsorption of moisture when conveying. Constructed of stainless steel, units have only one blower and one heater and can be connected to existing dehumidifying dryers. Size range is 15 to 200 lb/hr.

Compressed air resin dryers use pre-dried compressed air from the production facility's air system, which is expanded to atmospheric pressure. Thus the dewpoint drops to a low level and subsequent heating of the process air reduces the relative humidity. Units are energy-efficient and virtually maintenance-free, and are applicable for all resins. Sizes available from one-liter microdryers to 152-liter Xpert dryers.

Sensi-Dry weigh dryer mounts the drying hopper onto load cells that sense the weight of the hopper and its contents. Allen-Bradley controller periodically polls the load cells for weight information, determining the rate at which material is being removed from the drying hopper. This capacity to control feed rate into the hopper virtually eliminates material degradation by ensuring that material does not remain in the hopper for an extended period. Sensi-Dry is also available with Man Machine Interface (MMI). Windows-based 95/98 interface allows operators to set and adjust parameters of both the dryer and conveying system on the spot.

CONAIR

Carousel Plus dryers use a continuously rotating wheel made of a molecular sieve desiccant impregnated into a nonwoven fiberglass substrate. As the wheel turns it brings fresh desiccant online while the rest of the wheel is being regenerated and cooled. This approach exposes more desiccant surface area to processing air, and helps to make the unit reliable, easy to operate and maintain, and energy efficient. Dryers are compact, weigh less and the number of major components has been cut by a factor of 10.

New SlimLine compressed-air dryers, available in 15 and 25 lb/hr models, are designed for small-throughput, on-machine applications. Units require no desiccant to achieve low dewpoints, and with optional membrane filtration unit, dewpoints of -40 F can be attained.

Bringing together drying and conveying technology into one purpose-built package for small- to medium-capacity central materials handling, ResinWorks system integrates central drying unit, hoppers, loaders, conveying lines and pumps, along with heaters, blowers, filters and a proprietary microprocessor control. All components are designed to work together and are mounted on modular sleds that are easy to transport and easy to install. Hot-air dryers are suitable for removing surface moisture and preheating nonhygroscopic materials at up to 250 F. Five models available to handle throughputs from 200 to 3000 lb/hr.

Conair dryers can also be configured as a mobile drying/conveyor (MDC) with hopper, dryer and material-conveying blower, all mounted on a mobile platform for flexibility and quick material changes.

CDG gas-fired dryers can provide up to 70% energy savings compared with similarly sized electric heat dryers. Efficient ceramic fiber matrix and flameless radiant gas heat both the process and regeneration air through high efficiency air-to-air heat exchangers. Combustion air never comes in contact with process or regeneration air. A standalone GasTrac gas-fired process air heater can convert any electric dryer to gas heating.

Five models of crystallizers are offered for conditioning PET resin. Gas or electric models are available to change material from an amorphous state to a crystalline state at rates of 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000 lb/hr. Modular design allows complete disassembly for cleaning.

DRI-AIR INDUSTRIES, INC.

Desiccant dryers and drying systems with throughputs from 10 to 750 lb/hr. dryer series is an industry standard dual desiccant bed dryer that supplies a continuous -40 F dewpoint. HP4-X series offers a high-performance four desiccant bed dryer that can achieve -100 F dewpoints. Both series include automatic regeneration.

Arid-X and HP4-X series available in press-mounted, beside-the-press and portable models with one or two hoppers. Portable system features optional closed-loop loading system that includes single bag filter, controls and blower integrated on a common castered floor frame. Press-mounted hoppers are eliminated and replaced with a small, filterless receiver. Dual-hopper systems suitable for quick material changes and on-the-fly processing.

Off-the-press drying/blending systems for virgin, regrind and colorants. Designed for quick changes and on-the-fly ratio changes. Placement of augers under hoppers eliminates hoppers full of premix.

Microprocessor control features Safe-Temp regeneration (temperature based) as well as dewpoint and time based. Built-in -40 F dewpoint monitor and automatic seven-day timer. Also has capability for SPI protocol for machine communication.

Recently introduced CA series compressed-air membrane dryers for smaller machines (30-1b hopper). Available in hopper banks with a single membrane and oil filter but individual temperature control.

FASTI USA, INC.

Compressed Resin Dryer (CARD) is a patented new approach to drying resins, which makes use of the inherently low dewpoint of compressed air to produce a low-cost and low-maintenance drying system. Because no desiccant regeneration is needed, drying air temperatures do not fluctuate and therefore can be kept close to the optimum drying temperature for each resin without overheating. CARDs are available in a large range of sizes for processing from 2 to 3000 lb/hr. Systems use heat recovered from a compressor or exhaust air from a blow molding machine offer additional savings. Systems can be dedicated to one machine or centralized.

FOREMOST MACHINE BUILDERS, INC.

Twin-tower dehumidifying hopper dryers in a range of drying capacities. Design reportedly uses less electricity than conventional units for equivalent throughput. Features include crossflow regeneration for extremely low dewpoints with no spikes. Standard high-heat/PET models available. Hot-air dryers for drying surface moisture off material also available.

GALA INDUSTRIES, INC.

Centrifugal dryers to process up to 150,000 lb/hr of thermoplastics and elastomers. Drying process takes place in three phases. In the dewatering phase 90-95% of water is removed by impact and gravity. Vertical predewatering screens provide a large screen area in a small space. In the impact phase the product is forced spirally upward from the bottom to the top of the rotor area, reducing water content to between 0.5-1.0%. Final phase takes place in the upper part of the rotor area as dry air passes through the spiraling product. Surface moisture of nil to 0.05% can be reached on most smooth, warm products. Dryers feature stainless-steel construction, pellet-free rotors, quick cleanup, low noise, and need only a small area for installation. Options include agglomerate catchers, exhaust blowers, inlet and outlet inspection windows, wear-resistant coating and heavy-duty construction for abrasive polymers, air heaters, safety lock door systems, and pellet water tanks.

GRUENBERG OVEN

Granulate dryers up to 500 F with a uniformity Of [+ or -] 9[degrees] F available in truck-load or shelf-load design. Standard stainless-steel interiors, continuously welded liners, and HEPA filtration prevent contamination. Optional explosion-resistant design and customization available.

HAMILTON AVTEC INC.

Accudry dehumidifying dryers for critical drying applications, and the 2000 series hot-air dryers for nonhygroscopic applications.

Ten models of automatic desiccant dryers use a molecular-sieve desiccant to trap moisture within a closed drying system. Several desiccant cartridges are provided, which are periodically indexed to a regeneration cycle. Programmable microprocessor controls provide LCD messages for initial settings and performance data and alarm conditions.

Hot-air dryers come with an integrated, stainless-steel-lined drying hopper that mounts on the processing machine. Floor-mounted models available. Seven models provide drying ranges from a few lb/hr to more than 1000 lb/hr, depending on material type. An air-flow regulator balances blower cfm for drying efficiency.

HIX CORP.

Thermatrol ovens and dryers for processing needs such as annealing and curing.

IMS CO.

Four styles of hopper dryers include a low-cost, hot-air unit for use with nonhygroscopic materials that can serve more than one press. Refrigerant-type dryer suitable for many hygroscopic materials. Machine-mountable desiccant and compressed-air type dryers for consistent low dew-point. A variety of convection and forced air-type drying ovens also available.

KASON CORP.

Self-contained circular fluid bed dryer system dries resin powders, flakes and pellets uniformly and rapidly at low cost. System consolidates a circular fluid bed processor, heater, blower, cyclone separator if required, and complete instrument package mounted and assembled on a single skid. System is ready to run with onsite connections to a power source, bag house and material inlet/ outlet.

Options include adding dewatering screen ahead of the dryer, a circular fluid bed cooler following the dryer and a product screener to assure product quality. All are mounted as one integral system.

For resins that tend to agglomerate, the Centri-sifter centrifugal separator can be incorporated in the system for continuous delumping of the material. This skid mounted system offers a small footprint and can be caster mounted to service multiple reactors or extruders.

Inherent strength of the circular processor eliminates the need for heavy-gauge walls and welded cross braces normally required to withstand continuous vibration, which allows vibratory motors to be downsized, reducing cost and energy consumption. Unit also requires only one air inlet and outlet, reducing overall size. A quick-disconnect housing affords rapid interior access for cleaning and inspection.

Eight models range in diameters from 18 to 84 in. encompassing batch and continuous applications from low-capacity laboratory and pilot plant testing to high-volume processing.

Related equipment includes dewatering screeners for separating solids from PVC, PS and PE slurries, and high-capacity pellet classifiers for scalping and dedusting pellets at rates to 70 tons/hr.

KREYENBORG INDUSTRIES

Supplies infrared dryer/crystallizer for PET. Slowly rotating drum with infrared lamps heats material directly. Auger coil in drum conveys material.

LABOTEK A/S

Desiccant dryer/loaders (DDL) combine loading, desiccant drying, and automatic regeneration in one compact unit. Features a floor-mounted control panel with functions displayed by graphics and light signals. Residual moisture levels down to 0.02% are achieved. Units operate on low power, have hopper-magnet shut-off slide valve, discharge valve for easy material change, and come in nine sizes. Also DDL-HT for drying PET bottle resins to moisture levels of 0.002%.

Mobile desiccant dryer/loaders (DDM) combine in one mobile unit the dryer, desiccant, automatic regeneration, and automatic conveying of dried material to process machine using predried hot air. Special discharge fitting acts as level control on process machine hopper. DDM can feed two process machines at the same time. Available in three sizes with the Con-Evator three-phase hopper loader.

Desiccant central dryer (DCD) dries one or more granular materials to less than 0.02% moisture in one or more drying hoppers using a central power pack, which comes in six sizes. Hoppers have individual heaters and temperature controllers, making it possible to dry different materials at the same time.

Conti-Crystallizer (CC) designed to be a fully automatic continuous crystallizer for amorphous PET and regrind is compact, easy to operate, and has a built-in conveyor. Unit has PLC controls with a touch-sensitive operations monitor that displays information in easy-to-understand messages. Conveying hopper has a level control, which ensures crystallization of equal amounts of raw materials in each batch. Crystallization hopper is insulated and equipped with air distributor and heavy-duty mixing screw that keeps material constantly moving, ensuring no clogging or blockages. Products are distributed by V-Tech Engineering Inc.

LITTLEFORD DAY INC.

Dryers and drying systems for resin powders, pigments, pellets and other particulates in conjunction with mixing, blending, processing and reaction. Conical Day Nauta processor/mixer drying systems can handle up to 1400 cu ft/batch.

Jacketed vacuum or pressure designs are available.

LYDON BROTHERS CORP.

Three standard electrically heated, resin-tray drying ovens include Model 1330-1-T3, 12-tray small lab unit with average capacity of 100 lb; Model 1330-2-T3, medium 24-tray unit with 200-1b average capacity; and Model 1330-5-T3, 40-tray unit with capacity to 600 lb.

Standard systems include indication of temperature to 350 F, timer, and high limit. Options to customize ovens to the process include desiccant systems, dewpoint instruments, recorders, chillers and filtration. Custom industrial ovens for drying, PTFE sintering, aging and curing, preheating, decorating, annealing, and thermoforming.

MAGUIRE PRODUCTS INC.

Company's LPD (low pressure drying) vacuum dryer uses vacuum to accelerate resin drying and dries materials in one-sixth the time of a desiccant dryer. Testing has shown a reduction in energy consumption of 70-80% because the vacuum dryer does not rely on desiccant. Other benefits include less filters, less temperature probes, less side channel blowers, and elimination of water coolers and dewpoint probes. Another key benefit of vacuum drying is that the reduced drying time reduces the risk of material degradation.

MATSUI AMERICA, INC.

DMZ2 and MJ3 series drying systems feature a desiccant rotor that spins and regenerates continuously, constantly feeding fresh desiccant to process. The resulting supply of stable, low dewpoint air substantially increases dryer performance. Main benefits include short drying times (PC in 1.5 hr), better drying performance, quicker material changes; lifetime desiccant, which eliminates replacement, bad product produced by wornout beds, and costly downtime; and standard high-quality stainless-steel drying hopper, aftercooler, and microprocessor control. Systems reportedly reduce energy consumption by 15% to 45%. MJ3 adds portable floor frame and integral vacuum loading. All units include solid-state relays, reducing maintenance to filter changes only.

Thercuum DPD3 (thermal conduction plus vacuum pressure) dries resins in under an hour, cuts energy costs by 50%, reduces mold maintenance by eliminating harmful films, and occupies up to 50% less floor space than a conventional desiccant dryer. Design keeps resin hot and dry until it is loaded to the press.

Plas Mini Dryer PMD micro-drying system is for throughputs under 5 lb/hr. Thermal conduction fins plus a small volume of dried compressed air heat and dry pellets in small volumes. PMD1.5 holds 3.3 lb of resin and PMD3.0 holds 6 lb of resin.

Units use less than one cfm compressed air.

MOTAN, INC.

Luxor central dryers offer advanced PLC controls with user-friendly operator interface touchscreens. Screens include diagnostic menus and trend graphs. Units utilize dual dessicant beds, dewpoint-controlled bed switching and closed-loop cooldown, allowing for continuous low dewpoints operation. Systems can operate as many as 20 drying bins.

Drying bins allow materials to be dried independently and utilize pattented ETA technology, providing ebergy savings and efficiencies.

Temperatures controlled independently at each bin or centrally with drying organizer, which offers an intelligently controlled drying process. Under- or over-drying of resin is prevented.

FlexSide press-side drying systems (PLC controlled) range from 30-120 lb/hr and are modularly designed with one, two or three bins on a portable frame. Systems can be ordered with integrated conveying.

Specialty drying systems for cleanroom molding applications such as CD/DVD or medical are available in both central and FlexSide offerings.

NORWELL PLASTICS, INC.

Supplies Chinese-made compressed-air dryers of stainless steel.

Dryers are insulated for up to 400 F operation and have graphic display and programmable functions.

NOVATEC, INC.

New infrared rotary drum dryer dries and crystallizes PET resin and PCR in one operation using about 1/3 the energy of conventional desiccant systems. Standard throughput capacities from 400 to 8000 lb/hr. Larger sizes custom engineered.

Re-designed NovaDrier compressed-air/ membrane dryers process 7 to 225 lb/hr, have no moving parts, no desiccants and provide -40 F dewpoint air to resin hoppers within 4 min of startup. Up to 300 F process air is standard with options to 400 E PID solid-state temperature control. Floor or machine mounted. Stainless steel hoppers to 150-lb capacity are standard. Available in right-hand configuration with reduced compressed air usage, coalescing filters with elements that last 12 months, and featuring easy-access floor stand, control panel and hopper.

Dual desiccant tower dryers process 50-4000 lb/hr with -40 F dewpoint air. Standard process air temperatures up to 300 F and option to 400 E Electric or natural gas regeneration heaters. Electromechanical controls are standard. NovaTouch touch-panel PLC or MCD-3000 controls are optional. Insulated or noninsulated hoppers with capacities to 18,000 lb come in carbon steel or stainless steel.

Also recently introduced wheel-type desiccant dryers and vacuum dryers (built by Maguire).

Central drying systems from 40-3500 lb/hr reduce operating costs and increase productivity by saving space and reducing changeover time. Multi-hopper, closed-loop systems provide custom drying of different resins simultaneously. Guaranteed -40 F dewpoint process air supplied to hopper-mounted heater-blower packages on floor stands or on individual molding machines. Electromechanical controls are standard or optional NovaTouch touch-panel PLC or MCD-3000 microprocessor.

HB and HBM heater/blower dryers from 5-4000 cfm used independently to remove surface moisture from resins or in conjunction with a desiccant dryer to reheat desiccated air to remove moisture from hygroscopic resins as part of a central drying system. This eliminates the need for balancing in central systems. Adjustable PID solid-state controls are standard.

Micro dryers from 15-50 lb/hr provide dual-bed efficiency in a compact design with -40 F dewpoint process air. Temperatures to 400 F and stainless-steel hoppers to 150 lb are standard. Electromechanical controls are standard or optional NovaTouch touch-panel PLC or MCD-3000 microprocessor.

Portable DCS drying/conveying system processes 15-220 lb/hr and utilizes company's Micro Dryer or Dual Tower Dryer and a closed-loop, line purging, conveying system o supply dried material directly to machine. guaranteed -40 F dewpoint process air at temperatures to 300 F.

Crystallizers process 50 to 5000 lb/hr and offer efficient conversion of amorphous PET resin into a crystallized form for further processing. High-efficiency heater-blower provides continuous high temperatures of 350-360 F to ensure proper reaction. Resin is conveyed into a double-insulated hopper with an internal agitator to prevent agglomeration. PID solid-state temperature control is standard or NovaTouch PLC as an option.

Silo and mold dryers from 150 to 250 cfm maintain dryness of resin stored in silos with a blanket of warm dry air. Low power consumption and external regeneration heater. Also used in mold areas to prevent condensation and improve productivity. PID solid-state temperature control.

PLASTIC PROCESS EQUIPMENT, INC.

Offers R134 refrigerant-type dehumidifying hopper dryer and accessories. Digital temperature controller provides PID control. Blower switch interlock keeps fan running before heater activates for safety. Rated at 5280 Btu/hr for drying all kinds of material. Pressurized heating chamber baffled to balance filtered air, which keeps heat coils from overheating. Units are full-sized and give continuous air.

PROCESS CONTROL CORP.

Low-dewpoint desiccant dryers for injection and blow molders.

STERLING

Wide variety of dryer types include compressed air, compressed air with moisture-absorbent membrane, hot air, and dessicant dryers including large central-type dryers.

STOKES VACUUM, INC. DIV. OF BOC EDWARDS

Line of batch vacuum dryers and ancillary equipment includes heating systems, vapor condensers, vacuum pumps, and controls. Conical vacuum reactors used to solid-state PET, PEN, PBT to elevate IV levels with working capacities to 775 cu ft. ISO 9001 certified.

SUNSPOT TOOLING SYSTEMS

Quick-Dry small-batch dryers can dry up to four materials at a time. Expand output of existing desiccant dryers.

THORESON-MCCOSH INC.

Line of resin dryers matched to boppers that uniformly expose resin to drying air includes TD series desiccant dryers in 17 models with airflows from 6 to 2000 cfm. Units feature indexing, three-bed design with closed process-air circuit. Design allows m-process cooldown of the regenerated bed with recovery of residual regeneration heat and cooldown with the dry process stream rather than with ambient air. Optional Tech II microprocessor control has seven-day timer with battery backup, display of operating parameters, alarms, and system-operating diagnostics.

H series hot-air dryers available in 11 sizes with airflows from 12 to 2000 cfm. Units heat and circulate air through the resin, removing any surface moisture, and are for use on nonhygroscopic materials. Often used to remove condensation from materials brought into a warm plant from cold outdoor storage.

Recently introduced small compressed-air membrane dryers for 6 to 10 lb/hr.

UNIVERSAL DYNAMICS INC. A CO. OF MANN+HUMMEL

DHD and PC[T.sup.2] series dehumidifying hopper dryers with process airflow up to 3000 cfm, low dewpoint to -100 F (average dewpoint -60 F). PC[T.sup.2] dryers have pulse cooling technology. Units have a minimum of moving parts; clamps provide easy and quick access to the regeneration heater, process heater, and desiccant beds. Designed for safety and efficiency, heater packages use tubular elements, double-wall construction and insulation, and minimize power consumption. Tubular heaters with low-watt density design increase heater life. Multiple electric heater elements provide redundancy and extend heater life. DHD series comes with a PLC controller. Additionally, there are two expanded microprocessor controls available. All microprocessor controls feature SPI communications protocol capabilities, patented Material Saver, digital dewpoint monitoring, multilevel password protection and more. Most are available with electrical power options, which range from 208 to 575 v in 50 or 60 cycle. Hoppers range in capacity from 300 to 25,000 lb. Gas-fired DHD and PC[T.sup.2] dryers also available.

GS series of low dewpoint, twin-bed desiccant dryers are operator and maintenance friendly systems with FC microprocessor control that ensures versatility, simplicity and reliability. Dryers designed for quick startup and quick ship. Available in four models from 30 to 150 cfm. Standard features include microprocessor controls, material saver function and SPI communications protocol. Digital dewpoint monitor is optional. Standard configurations include hopper mount, floor mount with process air heater located in dryer enclosure, or floor mount with process air heater mounted remotely on the hopper for optimum efficiency. Dryers complement modular hoppers and combine to create modular drying systems in a variety of configurations.

GS economical portable drying and dry air conveying system with FC microprocessor control allows for rapid setup and startup. Unit includes seven-day clock and Material Saver functions. Optional dewpoint meter. All components easily accessible, and unit can be stationary as a beside-the-machine dryer or mounted on a frame and beam stand with its five-wheel easy glide system for portability.

TSC drying hopper is all stainless steel, solid cone and seamless interior for quick material change. System is also available with a dry air conveying package using Autoload minimal inventory loaders. Drying capacity ranges from 20 lb/hr to 250 lb/hr, and drying temperatures range from 1400 F to 3500 F.

AutoDry series hopper dryers have no moving parts and are simple to install and operate. Self-contained units with temperature ranges from 100 F to 375 F, operating at 120 and 230 volts, with hopper sizes from 20 to 800 lb. Units utilize a small amount of plant compressed air to dry the resin.

Gas Pack retrofit kit will convert expensive electric units to low-cost natural gas. Unit is an easy bolt-on system. Metallic burner is designed for extended life span. Operation of the existing dryer is not affected. Gas Packs available from 200 scfm/8kW to 4000 scfm/320kW. All units available in standard temperature ranges from 175 F to 250 F, and high-temperature units to 375 F.

V-TECH ENGINEERING INC.

Distr. for Labotek A/S.

WALTON/STOUT, INC.

Dehumidifying desiccant dryers with microprocessor controller feature dewpoints of -40 F; electronic temperature control process-air filter with cyclone and cartridge; cycle rates of 8, 12, and 16/hr; no moving parts except two four-way valves and the blowers; hopper clean-out door and large sightglass; 20 through 4000 cfm size range with hopper capacities to 25,000 lb; direct-drive fans; location of desiccant inside towers and heaters outside in separate boxes and drawer-type process-air heaters mounted externally.

Microprocessor-based control panel, which controls and monitors all dryer functions, available with graphic presentation. Process-air temperature selected manually and maintained with solid-state electronic temperature control.

Also hot-air dryers and preheater units for use with nonhygroscopic materials from 85 through 4000 cfm. Units have solidstate electronic temperature controls. Process heaters, mounted externally, are drawer-type that slide in and out. All units are compact, accessible from the exterior, and furnished with direct-drive fan.

THE WITTE CO., INC.

Vibrating fluid-bed, continuous dryers/coolers provide rapid drying and/or cooling. Vibration of the dryer, coupled with the fluid-bed design, provides a unit not sensitive to exact air flows or bed depths, while still providing first-in-first-out flow. Other features include ease of cleaning, negligible maintenance, and gentle handling of product with essentially no particle degradation.

WITTMANN, INC.

Closed-loop dryers equipped with individual, electrically operated switch over valves for each desiccant bed to avoid heat transfer between the drying and regeneration cycle and allow high efficiency of the process, as well as low dewpoint.

WYSSMONT CO., INC.

Turbo-Dryer has only two moving parts: tray/shelf assembly and fan assembly, both rotating independently in a fixed sealed housing.

Wet feed enters the Turbo-Dryer through a feed chute in the roof of the housing and flows onto the first shelf. Shelves are circular with cut-out center and radial slots and are rigidly mounted on an inner supporting frame, forming a vertical stack, which rotates slowly as a unit. Material flows onto each shelf from the one above, forming a pile. The rotation of the tray/shelf assembly carries the pile past a stationary blade set to level the pile to fill the tray at a uniform height. At the end of a revolution, the tray segment meets a second stationary blade set to wipe the tray clean of Material is held stationary by the wiper blade, while the tray continues its rotation. It flows through the radial slot onto the shelf below where the cycle is repeated and then progresses downward from shelf to shelf through the dryer and is discharged through a chute in the housing bottom.

Air or other drying medium is fed to the Turbo-Dryer through a side-mounted vertical manifold with control dampers. Air moves inside the dryer by centrifugal fans mounted on a single vertical shaft. Fan assembly fits into the shelf assembly, rotating independently of the shelves. Drying medium leaves the dryer through a roof exhaust.

Turbo-Dryer housing, totally sealed, encloses and supports both tray/shelf and fan assemblies; supports stationary parts of the dryer, wipers and levelers; and consists of a metal frame and insulated side panels, roof, and bottom.

W.Z. INTERNATIONAL PRO. INC.

Supplies a range of auxiliaries from Ningbo Huare Machinery Mfg. Co., Ltd. in China. These include hot-air dryers with hopper capacities of 27 to 2200 lb. Also dryer/loader packages.
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