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Imtech DryGenic, a world leader in industrial dehumidification control, has manufactured

dehumidification equipment for over 50 years. From its beginning, the constant goal of the
Imtech DryGenic organization has been to meet the ever evolving needs of industrial,
commercial and institutional users with a quality product that provides reliable and
economical control of temperature and humidity systems.


Before air conditioning became
widespread, the Imtech DryGenic method
of dehumidifying air was invented by
Dr. Bichowsky.
That was in 1930, when Dr. Bichowsky
was serving as a technical consultant to a
company dealing with refrigeration

In 1934 the Surface Combustion Company
acquired a license to produce lithium
chloride air conditioning equipment and
hired Dr. Bichowsky and some of his
associates to continue research and
development work on the Imtech DryGenic

In 1950 the company Atlantic Gelatin (division of General Foods Corporation) Woburn,
Massachusetts contacted Surface Combustion Company, because they had severe problems to
have the drying process under control. Considerable research was expended to determine the
characteristics of gelatine and resulted in a satisfactory gelatine drying process. Realising that
a range of possibilities was present in this field, the Surface Combustion Company enlarged
their activities en broadened their knowledge resulting in a number of ventures.

Gelatine knowledge and experience was exchanged between Surface Combustion Company
and Imtech DryGenic resulting in 1961 in the first gelatine dryer on the European continent
viz. in Germany at DGF Stoess & Co GmbH.
The concept of this gelatine dryer was bilateral. The design of the gelatine dryer consisted of
two compartments. One compartment provided for the gelatine transport and the other one
provided for the air transport and heating of the air.
The heaters were fed by steam and the air conditioning of the gelatine dryer was done by a
Imtech DryGenic system.

A major breakthrough occurred in 1965 when at Nienburg Gelatine GmbH a new concept was
implemented successfully, resulting in an innumerable number of advantages, of which a
better control of the gelatine drying process, money-saving and space reduction should be
The first generation of gelatine dryers

In this new concept all gelatine drying
processes were integrated in one compartment.
In 1968 a third generation of gelatine dryers
could be recognised in these dryers; the air
flow in the first zone was changed from upflow
to downflow (this resulted in a higher
allowable temperature to the gelatine dryer).

Imtech DryGenic also steadfastly kept its eye
on energy savings and lower operating costs
were major criteria for new designs. Apart
from the energy saving devices which were
initiated by the Imtech DryGenic principle, in
1975 energy saving was attained at the gelatine
dryer by using waste heat of the vacuum
evaporator and extract a part of the air volume from the gelatine dryer.
Prompted by the success of the gelatine dryer Imtech DryGenic engineers advanced the
heating technology by and in the fifth generation of gelatine dryers a hot water system was
implemented which improved the gelatine process parameters significantly; by then we have
landed in the early 80s.

In 1995 we could identify the sixth generation
of gelatine dryers in which a higher supply air
temperature was supplied to the gelatine dryer
and the DryPac system was integrated in the
concept of the gelatine dryer. The DryPac
units are a significant design improvement
over the previous units providing higher
moisture removal efficiency, offering space
savings and reducing installation costs.

The newest adaptions of the gelatine dryer
design evolution is an integration of a front
cover zone and an end cover zone and the use
of the Plastic DryPac Series.This latest
adaption eliminates the need for corrosion inhibitors; reduces insulation requirements which
results in less maintenance, a cleaner and more hygienic system, easier housekeeping and
assures very long equipment life.
The knowledge gathered by Imtech DryGenic in this part of business is not only based on
joined ventures with gelatine manufacturers on standard gelatine, like hide, pigskin and
bone, but also experience has been built with raw materials as fish, ossein, chrome-based hide
and carrageenan. Imtech DryGenic Systems continues to provide many benefits for industry
controlling temperature and humidity regardless outside air conditions.
Today these systems are widely used and 60-70% of all gelatine , 240.000 T/Y, produced in
the world is dried by Imtech DryGenic.
The third generation of gelatine dryers
The latest generation of gelatine dryers

Imtech DryGenic P.O. Box 24002, NL-2490 AA Den Haag tel. +31 70 4523000, fax +31 70 4523003


Imtech DryGenic unites dehumidification expertise and customer-focused service to each
application. For over 50 years Imtech DryGenic have manufactured dehumidification systems
and is recognised globally for expertise, quality, service and providing innovative solutions
for complex dehumidification processes.

The requirements in for instance the food, electronic and pharmaceutical industries are
frequently adjusted.
To serve the changing needs of industrial, institutional and commercial users, new product
lines are being continually developed.
The Imtech DryGenic systems come in variety of configurations depending upon air volumes,
temperature range, available energy and any need for additional biocidal capacity.
The systems keep the air at a constant, precise humidity regardless of weather conditions or
load variations.

DrySol, air drying with a liquid

The Imtech DryGenic principle is simplicity itself. All the dehumidifying systems of Imtech
DryGenic are based on the drying properties of a liquid hygroscopic solution, called DrySol.
The amount of moisture, which DrySol will take out, is directly related to the concentration
and temperature of the solution. DrySol is a non-toxic bactericidal solution, which, when
sprayed into an air stream, effectively removes bacteria and specific viruses from the air.


Microbiological decontamination of the air;
elimination of wet coils and potential breeding site for micro-organisms including
bacteria, moulds and viruses;
highest energy efficiency of any desiccant dehumidifier;
uses relatively cheap coolants, like well water, river and cooling tower water;
dew-point humidity as low as -7 C with 7 C chilled water coolant;
easily accessible, non-toxic desiccant has low replacement costs, is not poisoned by
hydrocarbons and is not affected by normal plant environments;
reduction of operation costs through lower cooling and lower regeneration heat
temperature and humidity are automatically controlled throughout the year;
multiple conditioners can be coupled with a single regenerator for system design
flexibility, reduction of investment and installation costs;
remote regenerator can save duct work space and installation costs;
factory field service support for installation, start-up and training;
also used in drying plants for sausage casings and applications
in the meat industry.