Model DH Series - Hot Air Dryers
Foremost Machine Builders makes hot air dryers for drying hygroscopic and non-hygroscopic plastic resins. While our hot air dryers can handle hygroscopic materials with non-critical drying requirements, they are most frequently used for removing surface moisture from non-hygroscopic materials and as resin preheaters or processes that require controlled raw material temperature prior to processing. The DH Hot Air Dryer is specifically designed to surface dry regrind material such as, polypropylene and polyurethane. Heating unit and hopper sizes will vary based on the particular application parameters.
Hot Air Dryers Options
- High or Low Temperature Alarms.
- Low, mid and high level switches are available in the hopper to turn on lights on the panel, a globe light, or a horn with combinations of lights with the horn.
Typically, hot air dryers are used for stripping surface moisture from raw materials for maintaining relatively dry conditions in large storage vessels such as silos that maybe subject to a build up of condensation moisture when outdoors and subject to variations to day/night temperatures in humid environments. Also useful as a material preheater which maybe equally important where material is stored outside in colder conditions and then brought inside where it is warmer and more humid. A cold pellet brought inside where it is warmer will collect surface moisture on the pellet spoiling the process. A hot air dyer is an excellent choice for preventing this effect.
The Foremost Hot Air Dryer is used to remove surface moisture from the application product by passing heated air through a volume of material contained in a hopper.
The dryer blower pulls ambient air through an intake filter and pushes it through the heater box and flexible hose to the air inlet on the hopper. The thermocouple from the console temperature control maintains a constant temperature at the hopper inlet.
The maximum design temperature of the DH-4 dryer is 325° F @ 550 CFM.
The heated air passes through an air diffuser cone in the bottom of the hopper and drives off surface moisture as it flows upwards through the resin. The moisture-laden air exits the hopper at the top and can either exhaust into the plant or be piped to a remote location.
Hot air dryers are primarily for use with non-hygroscopic resins such as polypropylene and polyethylene without carbon black. For hyroscopic resins such as nylon, polycarbonate and PET a dehumidifying dryer is required to remove the moisture which has been absorbed by the plastic resin.