During the production of myriad goods, the manufacturing process requires that a material be dried, heated, cooled or reacted to meet proper production and quality requirements for that process. Often, the equipment selected is a heated or cooled, mechanically agitated and efficient device for adding or removing energy from a process mass: a vibrating fluid-bed dryer.
Regular readers of Process Heating understand that each of the myriad dryer designs can effectively remove moisture from a range of materials. But, each type of dryer also comes with capabilities and characteristics that offer either advantages or disadvantages based on the materials to be processed and requirements of each application.
Process heating equipment skids include standard unitary steel bases that allow cover-lift hoists, process air ductwork, control panels, monitoring instrumentation and other auxiliary equipment to be attached to the system as a single unit.
Continuous drying systems can effectively dry or dehydrate many products in the process markets. When considering continuous-conveyor vs. fluid-bed or rotary industrial dryers, keep these points in mind.
Fluid-bed dryers offer an inherently efficient method of moisture removal that has not changed since the systems were developed in the 1950s. The introduction of ever-improving control technologies — personal computer-based and PLC control systems, smart sensors and other technological advances — in the last 40 years, however, has changed how process engineers operate their fluid-bed drying systems.
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Designed to recycle nitrogen to increase the amount of nitrogen in the process air to 85 percent to render combustion impossible, the fluid-bed drying system has an integral baghouse dust collector set directly above the fluid-bed drying zone to create a sealed system.
Drying system includes an integral baghouse dust collector positioned directly above the fluid bed drying zone. The configuration is designed to contain all of the fine particles entrained in the airstream and allow them to remain in the dryer for processing as product rather than collecting them remotely or accepting their loss as waste.