Center for Advanced Research in Drying (2018)
CARDâ€™s focus is helping companies build and maintain competitive advantage in their production processes through adoption of novel technology, improved product quality and throughput, and building the next generation workforce.
Drying of moist, porous materials is one of the most energy-intensive processes in manufacturing.Â Outside of the U.S., many countries have already established research centers dedicated to finding energy-efficient alternatives for drying processes. The stakes are high for U.S. manufacturing companies in a wide range of industries, including paper and forestry products, food and agriculture, chemicals, textiles, and biopharmaceuticals.
Using existing processes, drying moist, porous materials accounts for a significant portion of all of the energy used by U.S. manufacturing corporations. The environmental impact is significant. To meet corporate social responsibility mandates â€” and possible future regulatory requirements â€” U.S. manufacturers must invest today in developing breakthrough processes that reduce this adverse environmental impact.
The Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD)â€™s mission is to achieve transformative breakthroughs in drying technologies. We expect these technologies will have a profound impact on U.S. manufacturing capabilities. Major innovations in this field, when commercialized, will positively affect production costs, process efficiency, energy sustainability, and product quality.
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