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PAINT & POWDER COATING PRODUCTS & PROCESSES


Smart Drying Technology Set to Make Users Substantial Savings


Industrial Microwaves can be used to dry water-based coatings


80% quicker with 80% less energy than gas or electric ovens.


Looking at cost effective methods of drying materials is a must for all manufacturing businesses. Gas and electricity costs have increased by 77% in the last few years, and are expected to increase by another 81% in the coming decade according to a recent report produced by Power Efficiency.


Microwave dryers offer users huge savings and reductions such as;


Cut energy use by 80% Reduce carbon emissions by 75% Shorten drying times by 80% Reduce CO2 emissions


Increase manufacturing efficiency and throughput.


Microwaves have been used for a number of years in domestic kitchens however; their use in industrial applications for drying green coatings has been limited but is about to increase thanks to a new partnership between Process Technology and Spraylat International Ltd.


Andrew Keir, Managing Director at Spraylat International explains;


“The market for green coatings around the world


is set to grow from $64.2 billion to an estimated $85.7 billion by 2018 as users search for more environmentally friendly solutions. One of the


barriers to the growth of green coatings has been their speed of drying compared to materials such as solvents. We are convinced that this technology will drive forward an increase in more environ- mentally friendly materials.”


The technology has been developed in conjunction with Carlo Groffils, a leading expert and lecturer in microwave technology at Katholique University of Leuven. The equipment and the process of drying water-based coatings using microwaves is now protected by international patents.


Microwave dryers are smarter than traditional gas and electric powered ovens. They focus energy on drying the coating only, unlike traditional ovens that waste energy heating the surrounding area also. The dryers are custom made to fit into any production line and are available as a batch oven or continuous process oven. Users can dry any water-based coatings on most surfaces, size and shape, even metal components.


“We can provide you with an accurate breakdown of the savings you could achieve per anum.” Said Andrew Keir. “We look at the average hours of usage, man power, energy efficiency rating and energy currently used by the traditional oven and compare it with those of using a microwave dryer. The results are astonishing.”


Microwaves will reduce CO2 emissions and are considered as green energy therefore, The Carbon Trust working in conjunction with Siemens will provide Energy Efficient Finance in an easy, affordable and flexible way. In short, 100% of the capital cost can be off-set against Corporation Tax and Siemens will provide the finance to minimise the effect on cash-flow.


To dry your coatings the smart way, contact Spraylat International Ltd for more information and to discuss the benefits you could achieve by switching to Microwave Dryers.


Spraylat International Ltd. Telephone: +44 (0)1536 408409 Email: Enquiries@spraylat.co.uk www.protectapeel.co.uk


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