Don’t Let Moisture Control Your Profits
Moisture is important in any manufacturing process, but when it comes to hog fuel, waste fiber, wood chips, pellets, saw dust, shavings, and forest waste, excess moisture can ruin products. And what’s worse than a wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity.
Renewable Energy moisture control benefits include less waste, reduced energy costs, better product quality, decreased amount of downtime and 100% product inspection.
In waste-to-energy facilities, controlling the ash residue is a critical concern of plant operators.
After combustion, the ash residue that is left, is sprayed with water to reduce dust and odors which is then transported to landfills/moonfuls. However, too much or too little moisture can create several problems for waste-to-energy plants.
Managing the ash residue is important step for many reasons at incineration facilities around the world. From minimizing the possibility of ash dust inhalation and ingestion of employees, to preventing ash being absorbed into the environment, as well as, to lowering transportation costs due to weight.
With continuous online moisture measurement, waste-to-energy plants will find huge money savings. From savings in transportation due to weight of excess moisture, to savings in water usage for dust suppression and clean-up. Plants also reduce the amount of wear and tear on equipment due to the dust and ash build up and prevent blockages on the conveyor resulting in shutting down the boiler.
Airborne dust and hazardous conditions can be avoided by monitoring the moisture content in the production process, thus ensuring the products reaches full specification and highlights profitability margin. Small variations and excess moisture in mixes can result clumping affecting quality and consistencies. Too dry of a product can result in excess dust. Measuring moisture prior to crushing/compacting can control particle size and also provide dust suppression.
During the drying stage, in-process measurements ensure optimization and elimination of over drying, which can lead to product that is out of specification, degradation and an excess of dust.
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