Mathews Co. (M-C), which has led the grain dryer industry in 10-foot tower sales for nearly 25 years, unveiled the next generation of its 12-foot-diameter tower series.

The new design is based on operational experience that encompasses nearly 25 years in vacuum-cooled tower drying and follows on the success realized by the popular next-generation 10-foot tower redesign. According to Joseph Shulfer, M-C president, “As in the 10-foot tower redesign, the parameters of the dryer, including heat and cool holding bushels, airflow and burner characteristics, have been revamped to provide the most efficient drying process for current grain varieties being harvested. These tried-and-true changes have seen tremendous success from end users over the past four years.”

Approximately four 12-foot towers are currently in production, and the first has been installed in Ohio. M-C sent key personnel to assist and oversee the installation, including the design’s engineer, its tower line production manager, and technical support personnel. The modular dryer was fully stacked and installed within two days, where previous models took up to a week or better, according to Shulfer.

M-C engineers will monitor each of the next-generation 12-foot towers during the harvest season and work one-on-one with the on-farm dryer operators to gather data and evaluate each of the dryers’ overall performance. “This field testing has become the norm in recent years and is imperative prior to full commercial release,” Shulfer said. “We want our customers to be assured that our machines not only meet our customers’ expectations, but exceed their expectations.”

High quality has always been a primary focus of M-C equipment since the company’s inception in 1954, and that focus continues today. In addition to meeting the high quality standards expected by M-C customers, field testing is equally important, according to Shulfer. On-farm testing gives M-C a better sense of real-time performance, and adjustments can be made to optimize performance. “Combining quality components and incorporating the latest technologies is a powerhouse combination that puts M-C as the premier dryer line in the industry,” Shulfer concluded.

The new lineup will replace the previous 12-foot series and will include three sizes with capacities ranging from 2,000 bushels per hour up to 2,800 bushels per hour, based on five-point moisture removal.

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