Auxiliary equipment veteran Donald Rainville is back in the industry, working for Novatec Inc. to develop its PET and polylactic acid business segments as well as the company's new PowerGuard program.
Rainville will work as a consultant to the Baltimore-based auxiliary company, said Conrad Bessemer, Novatec's president and CEO.
Rainville worked for more than 30 years in the auxiliary business. He retired from Universal Dynamics Inc. in early 2007. Una-Dyn, of Woodbridge, Va., has targeted the PLA market with a line of crystallizers and dryers specially designed for bio-based plastic.
Rainville has been an industry activist, serving on the boards of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Bessemer said Novatec is creating a dedicated team for the PowerGuard effort, which will include a series of energy efficient dryers and energy audits in customer plants.
These people are actually going to go in and help companies take energy measurements, and also help them determine the return on investment on new equipment, Bessemer said during a recent telephone interview.
The in-plant audits will cover equipment such as dryers, process heaters and crystallizers.
Novatec offers a range of dryers, including the Intelli PET, the Infrared Crystallizer/Dryer, the NovaWheel and the NovaDrier.
Bessemer said the partnership with Rainville considerably extends our reach, given Don's tremendous grasp of the PET/PLA marketplace.
Novatec is introducing three upgraded dryers for the PowerGuard line: a gas-fired process heater; Intelli PET; and the Infrared Crystallizer/Dryer.
Rainville will be working on new energy-efficient equipment, Bessemer said.
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