Louisville Dryers have been a production asset for the petrochemical industry for over 130 years. As the industry has changed and evolved over that time, Louisville Dryers have changed right along with it. Always improving aspects of our design and equipment, we focus on meeting the ever-changing needs of petrochemical production.
Industries considering the investment and commitment of a petrochemical product dryer can glean wisdom and knowledge from our Senior Applications Engineer, John Robertson. John has worked in the industry for over 35 years and is an outstanding asset to the Louisville Dryer team and our customers.
Recently we asked John to answer five top questions customers often have about our company and petrochemicals. John offers the answers to these questions with simplicity and expertise.
The Petrochemical Industry’s Five Questions
As answered by Senior Applications Engineer, John Robertson
#1: What role does Louisville Dryer play in the production of petrochemicals?
Louisville Dryers have been synonymous with rotary drying equipment for over a century. We do everything from the designing, manufacturing, and installation of a variety of rotary process equipment for the petrochemical industry.
Our expansive areas of expertise include:
- Steam Tube Dryers
- Direct Fired Dryers
- Direct Heat Dryers
- Indirect Heat Dryers
- Rotary Air Coolers
- Water Tube Coolers
Each piece of equipment is specifically and uniquely designed to accommodate the mechanics and the processes of the product application.
#2: What makes our Steam Tube Dryer, in particular, well-equipped for the petrochemical industry?
When it comes to longevity and saving money over the life of the equipment, it all comes back to precision and efficiency.
Our Steam Tube Dryer is the most efficient type of rotary dryer because of its steam-filled tube heating source. The steam is only replaced when heat is transferred to the product itself, so the amount of heat loss from the system is very minimal. Our Steam Tube Dryer allows for slow gentle drying, so the moisture that’s physically held within the particles of the product can move to the surface and dry.
The sheer versatility of our Steam Tube Dryer makes it a home run for the vast operations of the petrochemical industry. It can be used in many different applications and can be modified to suit specific plant or product needs.
#3: What unique capabilities make Louisville Dryer a good fit for working within the petrochemical industry?
Louisville Dryer designs and manufactures all of its equipment in various alloys to suit the nature and product of the plant. Standard stainless steel, 304 and 316, duplex stainless steel, super stainless steel, as well as corrosion and heat resistant nickel alloys can be incorporated into our equipment.
If a product needs an inert atmosphere or if a solvent is being driven off and needs to be recovered, we can design special seals for the feed and discharge hoods that limit the leakage of the ambient atmosphere or the loss of solvent.
We can also design the dryer to use a steam pressure of up to 450 PSIG if a chemical reaction needs to take place. Our Steam Tube Dryer can also purely be used as a heat source to bring a product from one temperature to another.
#4: How can companies in the petrochemical industry save money by going with Louisville Dryer?
Our exceptional quality.
Louisville Dryer’s commitment to quality control is the number one factor that saves companies money over going with another brand of dryers.
Our clients demand reliability, and we give it to them. All of our equipment is designed and manufactured with extreme precision and robust components. Our goal is to run continuous operations that meet or exceed our clients’ production needs. We are focused on less maintenance, less loss of production, and less equipment replacement.
But don’t just take our word for it. Look at our proven record. Louisville Dryer has equipment in the field that has been in operation for 50 years, and we will continue to uphold our reputation of reliability for years to come.
#5: How can someone get the best insights and information about their specific petrochemical needs?
Contact us. The Louisville Dryer team is open and willing to share our knowledge with you. This is a substantial investment, so we want to feel confident about your decision and make sure you get it right.
Our employees have hundreds of years of combined experience in mechanical design, process design, manufacturing, application, and service of industrial rotary processing equipment, especially dryers. You can speak with us directly and even schedule a site visit. It starts with making a phone call to us at (800) 735-3163 or by taking a moment to fill out our online contact form.