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“The automation and control software is what makes your drying installation work for you”

"Our drying installations by themselves are carefully engineered, easy to use, and highly effective for long-term use. With everything needed, they ensure you have the best end product at a stable moisture content for further uses. However, our in-house designed and maintained automation and control software called ABC is what makes your drying installation work for you," says Tom Pankras of

ABC view of multiple containers installation

ABC view of boxes installation 

Instead of an installation in which all components work individually, the ABC software ensures the complete installation works together as a highly efficient team. "Now, everything together is working towards the goal of reaching your desired end moisture content. You don't have to turn any knobs or valves."

According to Tom, 50 years of drying knowledge and experience are embedded in the supplied installation and the accompanying ABC software. "Sensors in and around the installation measure the temperature, relative humidity, and airflow. This input is used by the ABC-processor to execute the drying schedule you and your crop desire; automatically and repeatedly."

Simple and automatic
"As an end user, you don't need to have a comprehensive understanding of the drying process or take charge of the installation while it's in progress. Instead, you can simply specify your desired end moisture content, maximum drying temperature, and desired duration of the process and save this as a pre-set. Once you press the start button, the drying process will be executed automatically," Tom explains.

During the process, you have complete insight into the progress of the drying process. When the desired moisture content is reached, the drying process is automatically ended. If you want to analyze the drying process, you can extract the data. To dry the next batch, you select the saved pre-set again, and the same drying schedule is repeated.

ABC pre-set for drying flower in five stages 

"The ABC software is offered with the installations we design and supply. But it can also be provided to optimize and make existing drying installations more effective, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient," Tom says. "As the first step during and after harvest time, the drying process of hemp deserves proper attention before the first seed is even planted. At this very busy and important stage of the season, time is of the essence and little can be left up to chance."

A drying installation connected with ABC measures the temperature and relative humidity to calculate the absolute humidity of the air entering the installation and leaving the product. Based on these data, the execution of the drying process is guided according to the selected drying program. This process is executed in stages. Once the in- and outcoming air has the same absolute humidity, the product is equally dry, and the next drying stage can commence.

ABC view container drying five stages for hemp stalk

"Our installations allow hemp growers to concentrate primarily on the cultivation of their crop. They have the security that when the crop is harvested, it will be dried (or retted) with optimal quality hemp flowers, seed, and or stalks as the end result. Growers can now know that everything is dried according to the needs of the plant and the next step in processing," Tom says.

For more information:
Tom Pankras Msc.
Tel.: +31 223 52 26 88
Mob.: +316 833 320 78

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