Studies: Resin Dryers - Southeastern Container
Southeastern Container, Enka, NC
- Reduced Energy
- Lower Maintenance
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.
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.
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.
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.
The natural gas equipment has impressed Southeastern Container so much
that they decided to put ten gas dryers in their facility.