PPE’s new line includes touch-screen controls

Sept. 16, 2019
Plastic Process Equipment’s FX series of MAX-Dry dryers feature new, easy-to-use, touch-screen microprocessor controls.
Plastic Process Equipment’s new FX series of MAX-Dry honeycomb desiccant wheel dryers feature new, easy-to-use, touch-screen microprocessor controls. The intuitive control makes it easy to change settings and view process temperatures and dew-point values, and it displays any alarms that might occur.

The FX dryers are replacing the company’s MD-series dryers, which have less sophisticated controls.

The touch-screen controls include a programmable seven-day timer and display the set-point temperature, process temperature, regeneration temperature, dew point and more, according to the company.

The beside-the-press units are available in 230- or 460-volt models. Thanks to the use of desiccant wheels, the dryers deliver air with a constant dew point of minus 40 degrees and eliminate the need to replace desiccant beads.

The dryers’ honeycomb matrix desiccant wheel has a series of channels that are coated with molecular sieve and silica gel that are permanently bonded to ceramic fibers inside the rotor. The desiccant wheel has a larger drying surface than a twin-tower desiccant dryer three times its size, the company said. The wheel should last five years or longer.

The FX dryers are available in seven sizes with drying capacities ranging from 45 pounds of resin per hour to a maximum of 530 pounds per hour.

Bruce Geiselman, senior staff reporter

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Plastic Process Equipment Inc. Macedonia, Ohio, 216-367-7000,


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Senior Staff Reporter Bruce Geiselman covers extrusion, blow molding, additive manufacturing, automation and end markets including automotive and packaging. He also writes features, including In Other Words and Problem Solved, for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He has extensive experience in daily and magazine journalism.