DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (Nov. 5, 5:25 p.m. EST) — Moving back to its roots, resin-dryer maker Novatec Inc. plans to be one of the first companies to attempt to dry industrial gases as well as air.
In late November, the Baltimore-based company plans to launch an industrial high-pressure dryer especially suited for the petroleum and chemicals industry, John Doub Jr., executive vice president, said Oct. 25 at K 2001 in Dusseldorf. The dryer, under wraps until now by the auxiliary-machine producer, could be the first for its industry, Doub said.
“It will take moisture out of all types of gases, not just from the air,” Doub said. “We think that's going to be a first for the industry.”
The company started as a maker of industrial dehumidification systems in the 1930s before branching into other industries, including the drying of plastic resins, material blending and pneumatic conveying systems, in the 1970s.
Now, the company is pursuing growth into chemicals. The equipment has been under development for more than a year to avoid competition. Weeks from the equipment's release, the company spoke briefly of the new equipment for the first time at the K show.
The dryers will work especially well with petroleum-based liquids and nitrogen gases, Doub said. Several customers already have inquired about the move and the technology needed to do that, he said.
The company also is introducing a new dessicant-free dryer that has no moving parts. The Nova Drier has no process or regeneration motors, heaters or valves reducing energy requirements. That need is especially acute in a down economy, Doub said.
“Buying equipment must be offset by recouping costs,” Doub said. “With dollars tighter in a downturn, we had to offer auxiliary equipment that really is new in the way it saves money.”