Automation = Hands-free Operation
Gryphon dryers are the most technologically robust and automated in the industry. Using Human Machine Interfaces (HMI touch panels) operators can adjust the dryer(s) settings in minutes. Pre-programmable options for dryness, inlet cake solids, maintenance, performance metrics and diagnostics are included with the equipment.
Data Feedback and Recording are enabled by the PLC. The Gryphon dryer records all pertinent data, including material in and material out, parasitic energy use, and total kWh per ton of water removed (or BTU per ton of water removed). We also provide simple screens with all flow rate and temperature readings for the dryer(s). This enables operators to visually inspect the dryer through the HMI and it enables for the automation of performance. For example, thermocouples are positioned throughout the dryer, if readings (e.g. due to a gap in the sludge feed) rise above the temperature limits, the system will automatically adjust the thermal energy used. All minor alarms and major alarms are recorded and provided to the control room.
Auto-lubrication (an advanced spray lubrication system) is utilized. The PLC may be adjusted for duration of spray and frequency. Based on the programmed parameters, the PLC controls solenoids that spray the drive chain. Lubricant is then sprayed as a fine mist on the Dryer Chain Drive. With the advanced spray nozzles, the volume of lubrication is greatly reduced. Thus, cleaning and management of any run-off, or excess, lubrication is nearly eliminated. The auto-lubrication system has a two gallon lubricant reserve. In a 10/40 unit, the reserve will last up to one year.
Maintenance of the Gryphon Dryer is least labor-intensive of any available technology in the market. Automation and advanced design have led to a product that requires little more than visual inspection on the daily basis.
Autowash systems are installed in the vacuum chamber and along the chain rails of the dryer. Like the auto-lubrication system, the PLC enables the operator to set both duration and frequency of the wash cycles. Grey-water may be utilized for the wash system. The PLC then signals solenoids and a program cycles washing of chain troughs and vacuum chambers. Auto-wash cycles reduce maintenance and improve sustainability.
Remote Monitoring – Data links provide the means for Gryphon to provide off-site monitoring of installed units. Gryphon engineering teams are able to provide trouble-shooting and engineering support remotely. This is a major advantage to keeping maintenance and repair costs to a minimum. Daily reports and alarm logs are accessed by our engineers and modifications to programming or system performance are provided. This becomes an important factor in regions of the country with diverse climate swings. Often, performance may be altered by low temperatures that can result in cold sludge being dried. Warm temperatures may also have an impact on condenser performance. Gryphon can assist our clients with computer modifications as these events occur. Most importantly, our engineering staff can provide this service without the time and costs associated with travel.