Do you know what drying system is the most efficient for your process? What equipment will dry your material the fastest, without impacting quality, at a cost you can afford? EPIC is experienced at integrating custom drying solutions that minimize cost and maximize efficiency.
Drying can be achieved in many different ways, but it is always used to produce a dry solid from a wet feed. The four major ways to complete drying include:
Direct drying (convection)
Indirect drying (conductive/contact)
Radiant heat drying
Dielectric heat drying
Direct and indirect drying are the most common drying systems that we work with. Both methods can be used in batch or continuous processes. The most common types of dryers that we integrate are listed below by application type. This is a sample of drying methods we’ve worked with. Please contact an engineer today to discuss your particular application.
Popular Drying Equipment
We select the correct drying process and drying equipment that fits both your processing requirements and your budget. We evaluate equipment based on relevance to your application and total lifetime return on investment. In order to ensure objectivity in equipment evaluation, we do not form formal relationships with suppliers.
Rotary Dryers – Material flows in a rotating cylinder through which hot gases flow. NOTE: certain rotary dryers are a combination of indirect and direct drying methods by utilizing inner and outer shells.
Spray Dryers – Wet feed is transformed into small liquid droplets by an atomizer or spray nozzle. The water droplets are heated until transformed into powder.
Tray dryers, belts & turbo dryers – Wet product passes beneath or through turbo dryers that blast the material with hot air
Fluid Beds – Material is fed into a shaking perforated steel bed through which hot gases flow. The hot air fluidizes the material by lifting the particles as they are transported from one end of the dryer to the other.
Tunnel Dryers – Material on trucks move through a tunnel that blasts wet feed stock with hot air
Sheeting Dryers – A continuous sheet of wet feed stock passes through the dryer as festoons or as a tout sheet stretched on a pin frame
Pneumatic Conveying Dryers – This method isusually used in conjunction with grinding. Material is conveyed in high temperature, high-velocity gases to a cyclone collector
Through-Circulation Dryers – Wet feed stock is held on a conveying screen through which hot air is blown.
Drum Dryers – Material is spun through a drum that has heated walls
Steam-Tube Rotary Dryers – Very similar to a drum dryer, but the walls of the drum have many tubes running through them to allow steam or hot water to heat the walls of the drum. Sometimes operated under a slight vacuum, material moves through the rotating drum. Solvent recovery can be achieved if desired.
Screw-Conveyor Dryers – A screw conveyor carries wet product through a dryer
Vibrating-Tray Dryers – Vibrating trays heated with steam or hot water are filled with wet material to be dried via contact with the tray. Trays are vibrated to move material around and make drying more efficient.
Cylinder Dryers – Used for continuous sheets, such as paper or cellophane. Material passes over the surface of a rotating cylinder that is usually steam heated and rotating.
Belt Dryers – A continuously moving belt conveys wet product in close contact with a steam-heated platen.
Agitated pan dryers – Any form of wet solid in small amounts is dried under atmospheric or vacuum conditions. Material passes through a series of moving, heated trays.
EPIC will help you select the correct type and size of drying equipment for your application. We integrate drying equipment into virtually any manufacturing process. The most common types of systems that include a drying unit operation include: