Maguire introduces redesigned vacuum resin dryer

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 27, 2013 2:17 pm ET
Updated: March 27, 2013 2:19 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Product News

Maguire Products Inc. introduced the VBD dryer improves on the Aston, Pa., company’s LPD vacuum resin dryer, introduced in 2000.

The new design advances vacuum drying, making operation much simpler and more reliable, while continuing to cut drying time and energy consumption compared to desiccant dryers.

The VBD vacuum dryer uses gravity to move material through vertically arranged stages of the drying process, with the discharge of material from one stage to the next controlled by slide-gate valves. This simple concept eliminates most moving parts, such as the three-station indexing carousel mechanism of the Maguire LPD dryer. It also does away with sealing gaskets, which can get worn and compromised by resin dust, and with perforated screens, which need to be cleaned, according to the auxiliary equipment company.

The new dryer is a continuous batching operation that is carried out in three heavily insulated, stainless steel vessels arranged on top of each other. The first vessel is a heating hopper, that has three times the volume of the next vessel, which provides vacuum, so it ensures adequate heating time. In the vacuum vessel, a vacuum is applied by a venturi generator that reduces the boiling point of water, causing moisture within the pellets to volatilize and be forced out of the pellet. A membrane air dryer purges moisture from the vessel, and also continually purges the third vessel, a pressurized retention/takeaway hopper, ensuring the target level is preserved until the material gets discharged into the plastics extrusion or molding process.

The VBD uses the same software and controller used on the LPD, and has the same five-year warranty, said B. Patrick Smith, vice president of marketing and sales. “The savings in energy and startup time in comparison with conventional desiccant systems enable the processor who switches to the new VBD dryer to pay back his investment in a matter of months,” he said.

The first model is the VBD-1000, with a throughput capacity of up to 1,000 pounds an hour. The unit is 16 feet tall and has a footprint of just 6.8 feet by 3.7 feet. Maguire is selling it for around $60,000.

In the coming months, Maguire will introduce a series of smaller VBD dryers, beginning with a throughput of 100 pounds an hour.

Tel. 610-459-4300, email pat@maguire.com.


Comments

Maguire introduces redesigned vacuum resin dryer

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 27, 2013 2:17 pm ET
Updated: March 27, 2013 2:19 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Fabri-Kal introduces new HDPE packaging for mushrooms

July 16, 2014 11:04 am ET

Fabri-Kal Corp., the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based thermoforming company, has introduced a new line of mushroom packaging, known as tills, made from high...    More

Image

SCIGRIP provides sponsorship, materials for solar challenge boat

July 16, 2014 10:53 am ET

SCIGRIP, a maker of adhesives, sponsored the Polish Green Solar Team in the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge in the Netherlands, June 28-July 3.    More

CarbonLite installing recycling equipment at new Texas plant

July 16, 2014 10:43 am ET

CarbonLite Recycling LLC has signed contracts for equipment at its new 200,000-square-foot plastics recycling plant in Abilene, Texas.    More

CyFrame focuses on Baby Boomers' retirement

July 16, 2014 10:57 am ET

Montreal-based CyFrame International Enterprises is marketing its enterprise reporting systems as a survival guide for plastic processors as their...    More

Outdoor uses targeted for new SMCs

July 16, 2014 9:34 am ET

The Composites Group has a new family of high-performance, ultraviolet-resistant and flame-retardant thermoset sheet molding compounds.    More

Market Reports

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Market Review & Outlook 2014

This special report from Plastics News examines the North American plastics recycling industry and provides insight into indicators that impact market viability, including Resin pricing trends for virgin and recycled market material and historical Resin production trends for post- consumer and industrial waste.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events