CHICAGO (July 17, 4:25 p.m. EDT) — Seems like everybody is touting energy efficiency these days, including Motan Inc., but the firm isn´t exactly ready to replace its electric dryers with its new gas version.
The Luxor gas PET drying system was introduced at NPE 2000, held June 19-23 in Chicago.
The new, 800-pound-per-hour dryer is part of Motan´s Luxor line of electric material-drying systems that went on the market three years ago, said Daniel Saigh, regional manager for the Plainwell, Mich.-based auxiliary equipment manufacturer.
The gas dryer boasts up to a 50 percent savings over an electric dryer system, meaning processors could get their money back on the system in less than a year, according to a Motan news release.
So if there´s so much savings to be had, why doesn´t everybody switch to gas dryers?
Saigh couldn´t answer that question, but he said Motan has no plans to stop making its electric dryers.
The gas dryer will be manufactured in the United States and initially will be available only in one size, he said.
"We´re going to test the market and see how this thing sells," before deciding to make smaller gas dryers, Saigh said.