By moving pellets very rapidly through the water after the cutting chamber in an underwater pelletizer, Gala Industries Inc., Eagle Rock, Va., retains more heat in the pellets.

By moving pellets very rapidly through the water after the cutting chamber in an underwater pelletizer, Gala Industries Inc., Eagle Rock, Va., retains more heat in the pellets. This allows wood/plastic composite (WPC) pellets with high wood content (75%) to be produced with dramatically less internal moisture. Gala says its "i-heat" (internal heat) process makes WPC pellets with moisture readings below 0.05% vs. over 0.12% for conventional pellets. The process injects air at high volume into the pipe carrying the slurry of pellets and water after the cutting chamber, substantially increasing the speed of the pellets before they enter the dryer. The technology was introduced at the second German WPC Congress this month in Cologne, organized by the Nova-Institute in Huerth, Germany. Gala: (540) 884-2589/www.gala.com . NovaInstitute: +49 (2233) 4814-40/www.nova-institut.de

Gala Industries, Inc
181 Pauley St. Eagle Rock, VA 24085
Phone (540) 884-2589 Fax (540) 884-2310