Many dryers in printing and coating systems are fossil, mostly gas-powered.
Large plants, high energy consumption (natural gas), function-related high CO2 release and now even further cost increases due to the gas supply situation, which among other things, entails incalculable, exploding costs due to the current war situation between Russia and Ukraine. There is no end in sight, certainly not in the short-term.
The adphos group, as the technology leader in electrothermal drying and crosslinking systems, is now heralding the turning point and replacing gas dryers and hot-air ovens with aLITE® drying systems.
The company’s developed and proprietary aLITE® technology enables the ultra-fast (< 1 sec.) drying of water-based and solvent-based coatings, paint systems and impregnations with minimal heating of the substrate materials. aLITE® is based on a strong photonic energy source in combination with integrated warm air, impingement ventilation and defined moisture absorption. Energy savings of 50% to over 70% compared to gas-fired drying systems can be achieved thanks to the highly dynamic, precisely controllable drying performance adjustment to the current coatings (in terms of speed, required solvents, evaporation rate, substrate properties, …). In addition, due to the spontaneous start/stop capability of aLITE®dryers, there is no need for minute/hour preheating or standby operating cycles.
aLITE® dryer systems enable a wide range of CO2-emission-free applications, both for thin-film printing and coatings, as well as for proven drying performance in seconds for thick layers (e.g. adhesive drying, impregnation processes or coloring systems).
adphos offers customers an analysis and verification in order to replace existing drying systems (especially gas dryers!) with aLITE® systems and thereby benefit from the enormous advantages of this unique platform technology.