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Some of the most satisfying projects are those where we install a new dryer which significantly outperforms the system it’s replacing.
The band dryer ordered from Mitchell Dryers by a medical manufacturing company in Northern Ireland will do exactly that.
It’s replacing equipment supplied by another manufacturer which had been drying materials unevenly. As a result, products had to be stored for two to three weeks to allow the moisture to equilibrate before they could be used.
By contrast, the Mitchell Dryers system will ensure much more even drying.
“That will substantially reduce the period products are sat on a shelf in a warehouse in a semi-processed state,” explains James Douglas, Mitchell Dryers technical director. “It means a slicker, more efficient process.”
Before finalising the design of the new dryer, the customer’s team took advantage of Mitchell Dryers’ unique research and test centre.
“As well as giving our own engineers valuable data on how the customer’s material dries and handles, the centre provides customers with samples they can analyse and evaluate. Most customers are only able to produce relatively small samples in a lab, whereas we can generate a few kilos or even hundreds of kilos of material before we agree together the best drying solution.”
During the design and manufacturing stages of the project, the customer unexpectedly reconfigured the layout of their site and asked for the installation date to be put back.
“We were happy to store the dryer at our site in Carlisle until they were ready to receive it,” says projects manager Steve Giersch. “One of the most important things when you’re managing a project is to stay as flexible as you can and to be aware of the customer’s challenges.”