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August 1, 2000

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The smallest dryer?

npe16.jpgThe smallest dryer?--Dri-Air introduced what is believed to be the smallest dual-bed desiccant dryer on the market, measuring 10 x 17 x 18 in. It is designed for small injection molders and labs, as well as for insert and micro-part molding and other applications requiring throughputs up to 10 lb/hr.

Basically an extensive redesign, the Arid-X/10 eliminates compressed air connections and has a new electric valve. The controls have been updated with a PLC-based system that has high temperature alarm and shut-down, easier diagnostics and a five-year warranty. 

Also new are stainless steel drying towers and housings that have built-in handles for easy relocation. They run on 110- and 220-v power and are available with 5, 15 and 30-lb capacity, stainless steel insulated hoppers. Prices start at $2300.

Hopper banks with brains--Dri-Air also introduced hopper bank controls for drying management of multiple resins. The PLC-based controls have a touchscreen interface for setting start times and drying temperatures for each hopper.

npe17.jpgOther features include start timers and automatic temperature setback, which will help take the guesswork out of unattended operation, according toDri-Air Sales Manager, Herb Wischow. "Often a backroom procedure, hopper bank drying is too easily 'out-of-sight-out-of-mind' to the point that operators might not know when the drying started, how long it has gone on or whether hopper contents are dry," explainsWischow. "As a result, resins degrade from being held too long at drying temperatures. Our new controls eliminate this problem."

The control can not be retrofit on older hopper banks but is available as an option on new banks for $1200.

Hopper banks are usually supplied with four hoppers in capacities of 5 to 300 lb, but can have any desired grouping of hoppers, different heights or sizes, or other custom features. 

Dri-Air Industries, Inc.
East Windsor, CT

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