Energy Conservation, Sustainability, and Product Quality
Drying of moist, porous materials is one of the most energy-intensive processes in manufacturing. Outside of the U.S., many countries have already established research centers dedicated to finding energy-efficient alternatives for drying processes. The stakes are high for U.S. manufacturing companies in a wide range of industries, including paper and forestry products, food and agriculture, chemicals, textiles, and biopharmaceuticals.
Existing drying processes are inefficient. This can translate into longer production cycles and slower delivery of products.
Using existing processes, drying moist, porous materials accounts for a significant portion of all of the energy used by U.S. manufacturing corporations. The environmental impact is significant. To meet corporate social responsibility mandates — and possible future regulatory requirements — U.S. manufacturers must invest today in developing breakthrough processes that reduce this adverse environmental impact.
The drying process has a direct effect on product quality — from the nutritional value of food to the durability of paper products and textiles.