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Asphalt Plant
Martin Coleman, Managing Director states, "I am extremely happy with this investment, The Vulcan Dryer & Burner package is impressive, the quality & performance of equipment is of exceptional val-ue and I would highly recommend the Vulcan range to any prospective Asphalt manufacturer who is considering upgrading their equipment and facilities."
With every dryer replacement inspection, Vulcan provides a
new lifter configuration design based on improved performance. Ian Lewis, Senior Technical Engineer for Vulcan Burners explains, "It is com-mon to see new dryers supplied on a like for like basis, but little performance savings are made as ei-ther the lifter configuration is of a poor or old design which leads to no improved efficiency, poor emissions, and worse case premature damage to the new equipment. For the cost of the investment and downtime for the installation made, items such as lifter design should be a priority on any buy-ers list of requirements. For the Vulcan dryer range, it is one of the most critical elements to ensure that the lifter pattern is optimised, not only for performance but also towards the environmental element of lowering emissions. The customer should expect no less.
The Vulcan dryer supplied for MP Coleman Ltd was designed with a larger diameter drum this pro-vided a host of benefits for production. This is achievable on numerous plants and again, we discuss the customer's future production targets during the initial site visit. Increasing the drum diameter is beneficial for any customer at very little cost, especially those with an extremely busy site and if it is plausible to do so depending on the rest of the equipment.
An additional feature of the Vulcan Dryer is that it is designed and manufactured fully fitted with a high-quality sealing system which limits the ingress of excess air from entering the dryer. Again, many benefits can be gained when dryer endboxes are fully sealed. The optimum fuel to air ratio is maintained correctly, ensuring the efficiency of the combustion system, this in turns provides real fuel savings.
Even in this area of efficiency as the main driving force for plant upgrades, many new dryers are still supplied with inadequate sealing in place.
As part of the Vulcan drying package, we can offer related equipment such as new dryer and feeder end boxes, skimmers. Again, these are all bespoke to the customer's requirements.
The burner end box is another item designed specifically for the incorporation of the Vulcan surface burner series, this allows easy access into the internal drum for maintenance and future inspections. It is an additional safety feature that helps to overcome the dangers associated with confined space entry as the burner can quickly be rolled back to allow direct entry into the dryer in case if an emer-gency were to arise.
Vulcan Burners take a measured approach when supplying and delivering a Vulcan Dryer/Burner con-tract, we believe that the customer should expect no less in today's climate; efficiency, performance and the environmental impact of the drying system are critical to any equipment purchase. If you are considering a dryer upgrade or replacement, please get in touch. Email: Tel: +442879469501. Many thanks to M.P Coleman Ltd for their contribu-tion to this article. September/October 2019 - Issue 58
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