Importance of drying during production

Importance of drying during production

Drying Solutions

At a certain point, every production process encounters the problem of moisture. The causes of moisture can vary widely and the consequences of moisture are often very different. However, the solution always comes down to the same thing: remove as much moisture as possible. The integration of a Ronair drying or blow-off solution can save you a lot of time, energy and money. Almeco is your drying specialist and develops a solution tailored to your needs. We would like to discuss the importance of drying in the context of our experiences. Why can drying be important to you?

Possible causes of moisture?

The causes of moisture formation can vary widely. Our experience shows that these causes can be divided into three broad categories:

1. Cooling. Many products are cooled. Often as the last step in a sterilization or pasteurization process. Water is often used for this purpose, leaving water droplets on the product. For example: ready meals, cans, pet food, ... . Other examples are extrusion of plastics or rubbers, ... .

2. Cleaning. After production, the products are often cleaned, washed or rinsed. Once again, water droplets remain behind. For example: beer, jam, sauces, soft drinks, ... .

3. Steam.  To sleeve products, they are often placed in a steam tunnel. The excess water must be removed. For example: fruit juices, ... .

Possible problems due to moisture?

1. Contaminated environment. First of all, moisture contaminates the space in which the production process takes place. Moisture is difficult to control. Especially in places where hygiene is of great importance, (polluted) water can make the whole environment dirty and dangerous (slippery).

2. Ink spills. Printing on damp products is not possible. Many products require a production date or an expiry date. As long as the product is still damp, the inkjet codes will run out and become illegible.

3. Non-adhesive labels. Even if you want to stick labels on the products, this will not work as long as they are damp. The glue from the labels can only stick on completely dry surfaces.

4. Damaged machines. After all, many (packaging) machines are not resistant to water. Wet products can leave moisture in your machine and cause it to break down faster.

5. Failing control equipment. Production processes are often checked at different times and on different parameters (such as speed, weight, etc.). The cameras, metering cells and other equipment used for this purpose usually do not function properly when the product is still covered with water droplets. Or the equipment may sustain water damage.

6. Mould formation. Food is often packed in plastic. If the product is still wet, the moisture evaporates and mould can form.

7. Cracking cardboard. Another commonly used way of packaging is cardboard. Cardboard, too, is not resistant to water and often tears when it gets wet.

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So moisture can cause a lot of problems in your production process. Would you like more information about the purchase of a Ronair drying machine? Contact our team and they will be able to provide you with all the information you need!