(19)
(11)EP 1 650 516 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
13.10.2010 Bulletin 2010/41

(43)Date of publication A2:
26.04.2006 Bulletin 2006/17

(21)Application number: 05022609.1

(22)Date of filing:  17.10.2005
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F26B 17/24  (2006.01)
F26B 25/00  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC NL PL PT RO SE SI SK TR
Designated Extension States:
AL BA HR MK YU

(30)Priority: 19.10.2004 US 967305

(71)Applicant: Gala Industries, Inc.
Eagle Rock, VA 24085 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Roberts, John P.
    Troutville, Virginia 24175 (US)

(74)Representative: Thoma, Michael et al
Lorenz - Seidler - Gossel Widenmayerstraße 23
80538 München
80538 München (DE)

  


(54)Self-cleaning centrifugal pellet dryer and method thereof


(57) A self-cleaning centrifugal pellet dryer and method for removing surface moisture from pellets and enabling complete removal of all pellets from the dryer after each drying cycle. By eliminating dried pellets retained in the dryer, contamination of different type pellets dried during a subsequent drying cycle is avoided. Air and water under pressure are discharged toward various pellet hang-up points in the dryer to remove retained pellets.