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Carousel Dryer in The Production of Shrimp Feed

This article is published in Mühle & Mischfutter 158 Booklet 9 May 6, 2021

Feature of carousel energy:

Carousel dryer-cooler offer a number of advantages on a fixed installation area

-You use save the installation space by reducing floor height
-By transporting the product through several decks of drying trays, very uniform drying and cooling is achieved
-In a combination of drying and cooling, the warm cooling air can be used directly for drying, which saves energy
-The coolers combine the advantages of the counterflow principle with an additional material rotation for crossflow. Almost every single granulate receives the same gentle treatment

The carousel drying or cooling process was first used for cooling in the feed industry at the end of the 1970s. The devices have been manufactured by the Taiwanese system manufacturer IDAH from Suao since around 2011 and have been adapted to today's quality standards in a continuous improvement process.

In Asia region, shrimp feed is generally produced by pelleting system. Pelleting is known to be able to produce pellets with high density, so it is easier to produce sinking feed. There are some limitations when using pellet mill, one of the most profound limitation is the moisture content of the raw material, which will affect the cooking of starchy. Starch cooking is affected by three factors, moisture, heat and time. So, limitation in one of the factor means a limitation in the cooking of starch. Another limitation is when the moisture reached 16-18%, die plugging will occurs more frequently (Bortone, J.E., 2001).

Carousel dryer model T-225-4 ready for shipping
Figure 1. Carousel dryer model T-225-4

Pellet mill for shrimp feed production
Figure 2. Pre-conditioner and pellet mill in the shrimp feed pellet mill system

Integrating carousel dryer in shrimp feed pelleting system

During the last 10 years, developments in pellet mill design enable us to pellet material with moisture up to 17%. This development leads to another problem in the shrimp feed production, the existing pelleting system of pellet mill, post conditioner, and cooler are unable to dry the pellets to shelf stable moisture of 9-10%. In order to lower the moisture content, we incorporate the carousel dryer in the pelleting system. From the time period of 2012 until 2020, there has been more than 30 sets of carousel dryer used in shrimp feed pelleting plants.

In many factories, steam heat exchanger is used as the heat source of drying air. There are many types of the steam heat exchanger in the market, one of the most popular is the finned-tube heat exchanger (FTHE). The problem of using this kind of FTHE lies in the accessibility in cleaning, especially when multiple layers is needed. The new design incorporates maintenance door and spacing between every layer of heating tube in order to ease the cleaning process.

Drying and cooling in shrimp feed pelleting

Drying is naturally a highly energy intensive process. Drying process have an unavoidable constraint which is they must supply enough heat or energy to provide the latent heat of evaporation to remove the vapor (around 2000 kJ/kg for water). Many companies view dryer as the main target in application of their energy conservation program because in most cases dryers are operated inefficiently. One way to converse energy is by reusing the exhaust air from the dryer and cooler.

By arranging a carousel cooler directly under a dryer, both components can be connected to one another - without enlarging the installation area and even within existing systems. The warm exhaust air taken from the cooler section is first fed to a filter unit and then pushed back to the dryer section as energy-reducing warm air.

The typical exhaust air temperatures from a cooler are around 45-55 ° C. After the exhaust air has been cleaned using a pocket filter, the energy-rich process air that has been prepared in this way is not released into the atmosphere, but the warm unit is fed into the dryer area. The saving effect on the heat exchanger is obvious: depending on the climatic conditions, between 15 and 20% of primary energy can be saved here.

Use of a carousel dryer in the production line of shrimp feed

The typical production process for shrimp feed in the Far East is shown below. The figure shows schematically the functional processes of a pelletizing system, which comprises five individual components.

  • Pre-conditioning system: this is where all the pre-cooking of raw material is done. In this system, heat is provided by both directly and in-directly injecting steam.
  • Pellet forming system: specially designed pellet die and roller shell with the right compression ratio is set to produce a compact and tough pellet with higher PDI shrimp feed
  • Post-conditioning system: this post conditioning is designed to prolong pellet cooking by providing hot temperature in order to avoid condensation.
  • Drying system: dryer is incorporated in this system in order to lower the moisture to around 11%.
  • Cooling system: Cooler will ensure the material is cooled to +/- 3 degrees from ambient temperature, in order to avoid condensation of pellets in the packaging.
Process flow of pellet mill and post-conditioning system
Figure 3. Process flow of pellet mill and post-conditioning system

T-225-4 installed on customer site
Figure 4. Carousel dryer model T-225-4 in customer site

Carousel dryer model T-225-4 in the shrimp feed line

One of our customer in Vietnam is using the carousel dryer model T225-4 for their shrimp feed production. This dryer has 2250 mm diameter with 4 decks of rotating drying trays (Screen tray perforation is 1.2 mm round shaped). The pellets produced varies from 1.2 mm to 2.0 mm. The pellets entered the dryer at 17 % moisture and leaving the dryer at around 11% moisture. Drying temperature inside the drying chamber is kept at around 75°C. This dryer is able to dry around 4 TPH (using 2.0 mm pellet die).


Graduated from National Taiwan Ocean University Food Science Department earning the title of Master of Science (MSc.) Albert has a strong background in science and used this science-based approach to deliver knowledge to Customers. Yearly experience in sales, technical, and marketing departments, added with continuous communication with the Customer gives him the knowledge in feed machinery and its operations.

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