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Stela commissions stainless steel delivery for Ukraine

Stela commissions stainless steel delivery for Ukraine
A Stela BTL 1/3000-12 belt dryer made of stainless steel has been commissioned for a client in Ukraine (photo courtesy Stela).

Founded in 1922, and currently celebrating its centenary anniversary, Germany-headed Stela Laxhuber GmbH is a privately-held company run by third-generation Laxhuber’s. Since 1967, the company has had a dedicated focus on dryers and drying systems, in particular, energy-efficient belt dryers, the latest of which is being commissioned in Ukraine.

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As an internationally acclaimed drying solution supplier to several industry sectors including the wood pellet industry, the company is known for its responsive approach to customers as a recently implemented project suggests.

Not only is the client located in war-torn Ukraine but it is also one of the leading Ukrainian producers of hardwood components for the parquet flooring industry.

Made of stainless steel

Tobias Laitein (left) Head of Sales, and Thomas Laxhuber, CEO of Stela Laxhuber during IFAT 2022.

A special feature of the client’s production line is that the material to be dried is 100 percent oak sawdust.

Oak residues are difficult to dry since oak emits tannins during the drying process. Tannins are acidic, which leads to the rapid corrosion of standard materials.

Therefore, the Stela belt dryer in this project, a BTL 1/3000-12 with 2.1 tonnes per hour of dried product output (from 45 percent down to 10 percent moisture content), is made of stainless steel 1.4016.

According to Stela, an additional challenge in this project is the high dust content in the product.

An effective system of dry and wet cleaning of the belt without interrupting the drying process allows timely prevention of belt contamination without loss of performance.

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