Gas-fired infrared burners are widely used by the paper industry to dry coatings and to improve moisture profile across the web. The use of gas IR is less frequent for preheating and bulk water removal applications in the constant-rate and falling rate zones, since these applications are relatively new and scarce. Preheating and water removal applications offer a very profitable way to increase production from drying limited machines.
The natural gas industry formed a consortium to increase the awareness and market acceptance of gas IR for these non-conventional applications. The Gas IR Paper Drying consortium offers technical support to paper companies in the sponsoring natural gas utilities’ service areas.