Desiccant Wheel/Rotor Dryers

Desiccant Wheel/Rotor Dryers

Dryers from about 200 lb./hr. through 5,000 lb./hr. can be used to dry resin in 1 or more hoppers

This is not your father’s type of desiccant dryer. Desiccant wheel dryers are far more efficient, more compact and require less maintenance than any previous dual bed desiccant dryer.

If you are familiar with old technology dual bed/twin tower or ‘carousel’ dryers, you think of desiccant as a large volume of B-B sized round beads that are composed of about 30% clay.

Desiccant Beads
Desiccant Beads are 30% clay

Desiccant wheel dryers are entirely different in that the desiccant is pure molecular sieve desiccant that is literally grown onto a synthetic substrate, which is rolled into a round shape and encased in stainless steel.


WHITEPAPER: Troubleshooting Guide for Wheel Dryers

The simple troubleshooting tips in this whitepaper will help to keep your wheel dryer up and running at peak performance. 


Desiccant wheel dryers offer these advantages over dual bed and carousel dryers;

  • Lower energy usage
  • Less surface are of metal to heat
  • Compact pure crystaline desiccant
  • Up to 75% less footprint
  • No spikes or deviations in temperature or dew point because there is no "Bed-Changing"
  • Less maintenance

Energy Saving Improvements to desiccant Wheel Dryers
The wheel dryer design lends itself to energy saving modifications that are not practical with dual bed designs. (Read more)


Desiccant wheel Built for efficiency

Desiccant Wheels use 100% pure crystalline desiccant


How a Desiccant Wheel Dryer Works

Desiccant wheel close up
Close up of desiccant wheel

As the desiccant wheel rotates, stationary seals divide it into 3 distinct sections: Drying, Regeneration and Cooling.

This continuous process ensures that dry desiccant is always available, therefore:

  • Efficiency increases
  • Power consumption decreases
  • -40° dew point is guaranteed

Drying Section - A process blower pulls saturated air from the hopper and through a process filter and cooling coil. Process air is forced through the drying section of the desiccant wheel where the moisture is adsorbed.The desiccated air is then heated to the required temperature for drying and circulated back through the resin hopper.

Cooling Section - The desiccant is prepared to adsorb moisture when it rotates to the drying section.

Regeneration Section - Ambient, filtered air is heated to 400° F and forced through the regeneration section removing the moisture that was adsorbed by the desiccant.

Controls – Manufacturers have different controls for their wheel dryers. Some use microprocessor controls. Some use color touch screens that are not PLC’s. These controls often use complicated “look-up” codes to identify errors or to convey other information. Others use advanced high resolution color touch screen PLC controls with clear written messages to explain errors or as reminders of maintenance operations that are due.

See the link below to discover the most advanced wheel dryer controls available.


Desiccant wheel illustration


Desiccant Wheel Dryers are available with throughput capacities from about 25 to 400 lb./hr. as portable units with casters. Larger wheel dryers with capacities from about 500 to 5,000 lb./hr. are stationery models. Sizes from about 200 to 5,000 lb./hr. are available as Central Dryers which can provide a large volume of -40 degree dry air to a number of drying hoppers, each equipped with their own heater and blower. This allows a single dryer to custom-dry different resins in different quantities at the same time.


Portable Dry-Convey units are available to about 300 lb. per hr.
Central Dryers Supply Dry Air to Multiple Hoppers.