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Case Studies: Resin Dryers - Southeastern Container

Location:
Southeastern Container, Enka, NC

Benefits Realized:

  • Increased Temperature Control
  • Reduced Energy Costs
  • Lower Maintenance

What was Installed:
Manufacturer: Conair

Technology on Location:
Southeastern Container manufactures plastic beverage bottles exclusively for Coca-Cola. This fifteen year old company uses resin dryers to dry PET, a moisture-sensitive resin. They put a lot of weight on their choice for a resin dryer, stating that it makes up 90% of the end quality of their product. In the end Southeastern Container chose the natural gas solution for its performance and cost effectiveness.

Technology in Action

Increased Temperature Control
Because PET resin is so sensitive to heat, precise temperature control is a must for Southeastern Container. They experienced numerous temperature management problems with electricity. For example, if the units heated the resin too much, it would burn. If they didn't heat it enough, it would not dry properly. The natural gas equipment has given them the accurate control they need for a high-quality product every time.

Reduced Energy Costs
When comparing their electric and natural gas choices, Southeastern Container analyzed the cost of each option dollar-for-dollar. The results blew them away: approximately $300,000 in savings with natural gas per year. This gave them a payback of just one year and made natural gas the obvious choice.

Lower Maintenance
Another benefit Southeastern Container had not accounted for was a reduction in maintenance. Their natural gas equipment required far less troubleshooting and maintenance than its electric counterparts, resulting in better quality, less maintenance costs, and less downtime.

Overall Satisfaction
The natural gas equipment has impressed Southeastern Container so much that they decided to put ten gas dryers in their facility.