In many textile operations, infrared predrying can provide higher product quality by reducing or eliminating process irregularity problems. For example, a two-sided predrying approach from Glenro Inc., Paterson, NJ, eliminates unwanted dye migration and improves final product color. In addition, feedback temperature control improves maintenance of final moisture content levels.
Unpredictable gas prices and deregulation in the electric power industry has made power companies more interested in working with customers. Electric power pro-viders are eager to work with textile producers to help justify a conversion to electric infrared predrying, and, according to Jim Alimena of Glenro, it is becoming possible to negotiate favorable electricity rates. By installing electric infrared predryer systems, textile companies are finding they can boost product quality, increase line speeds and cut energy and maintenance costs.