June 23, 2013

HTI has successfully completed customer paid trials for a mid web, extended range dryer to increase operating capacity of one of its customer's cold seal applications.

June 18, 2013

HTI has completed installation and commissioning of a booster station for a wide web rotogravure press. The unit will increase throughput of a cold seal and water based pressure sensitive adhesive application. Complete startup and optimization of the process took six hours. As a result, the customer has awarded HTI another contract for a similar application.

June 4, 2013

HTI successfully completed and identified potential applications with one of the leading EU based paper products producers. This was possible due to utilization of our unique pilot scale heat and mass transfer equipment that allows for accurate practical scale up.

June 1, 2013

HTI has been awarded a contract on the delivery of six complete drying systems for a US based OEM of paper converting machinery. The award was based on successful customer paid trials at HTI’s facility in Atlanta.

May 30, 2013

HTI was awarded a contract to deliver a custom designed Spectra HE Ultra drying system to increase throughput of an EU based specialty printer, 63" (about 1.7 m) web wide application.

May 15, 2013

HTI has completed startup and optimization of its booster Spectra HE Ultra drying system for an EU based specialty printer. The 20" (0.5 m) web long and 26"(0.66 m) web wide drying station replaced three dryers 10 ft (3 m) each at a pre-specified line speed and coat weight. Additional applications are being discussed.

February 28, 2013

A US based specialty food packaging company has installed and put into operation a Spectra HE Ultra drying system as a complete replacement of its existing system. The HTI drying system measured 45" wide and 4 ft web long. Total installed power of the HTI system was 120 kW. As a result of the installation, two 100 kW IR blocks and a 2 Millon BTU/hr (586 kW installed power) convective, natural gas powered dryer totaling 50 ft in length was turned off and removed. Customer freed up approximately 500 ft2 of floor space and increased production throughput by 30%. The quality of the finished product improved as well.

December 23, 2012

Happy holidays! HTI has delivered two Spectra HE Ultra mid-web drying stations to a confidential customer.

November 2, 2012

HTI has installed its patented (pending) Spectra HE™ Ultra Drying system on a customer's pilot coater. The system, consisting of three dryer stations, was installed between the IR and Standard Impingement Sections. The photo (bottom right) shows the HTI dryer in place on the coater and the picture above it shows an enlarged picture of the HTI dryers. The goal of the installation was to transfer complete control of the drying from two typical and standard drying technologies (IR and Hot Air Impingement) to acoustic drying technology. The operation of the coater was started using existing drying systems then the drying function was completely transitioned to the Spectra HE Ultra System. The goal was accomplished at a line speed of 150 m/min and load of 10g/m2 dry weight, 40% solids. Coverage, percent solids and speed were as follows:


Operational Information
Speed 150 m/m (492 fpm)  300 m/m (984 fpm) 
Coverage (dry wt.) 10 gsm (6.14 lbs/ream)  5 gsm (3.07 lbs/ream)&nbsp 
% Solids 40%   40%  
The HTI system removed 15 grams of water in 2.72 ft. The following table provides additional data gathered during the installation of the system.
Technology Comparison
Existing Spectra Ultra Change
Energy Consumption 104 kW *  44 kW   58% Reduction** 
Dimensions 64.6 ft (19.7 m) 2.72 ft (.83 m) 23 times smaller
* Only energy for the IR system is reported. Energy for the impingement dryers is not included because this energy is steam generated and energy data for this process is not available. ** This calculation is based on available data.


June 30, 2012

HTI recently received an order from a major US based packaging company for a 62” wide dryer. The unit is designed to increase line speed of the operation by 30%. It will have thermal capacity (installed) 115 kW and will replace a 250 kW infrared dryer.

May 8, 2012

Heat Technologies, in conjunction with one of its Euorpean representatives, Heimann GmbH, can be found in Hall 5 Booth 5C44 at Drupa. In addtion to the Heimann staff, Gene Plavnik and Tom Garlin are available to discuss the capabilities of the HTI's Spectra Ultra Drying System for drying, heating, cooling and curing applicaitons.

Heat Technologies Inc, displayed its equipment and conducted hourly presentations. In addtion to many inquiries, HTI completed the sale of a multi-zoned acoustic drying system for a multi-national coated paper producer based in Germany. The system is scheduled for delivery in 3 months.

April 16, 2012

HTI has recently received an order for a 44" (1.12 m) wide Spectra HEâ„¢ Ultra heat and mass transfer system to improve the operation of one of the world largest food products company. It is expected that this custom designed system will allow product throughput to be increased by 30%.

March 20, 2012

HTI recently delivered and is currently commissioning several drying systems - one complete replacement for narrow web in line flexo press, one for improvement of operations of a rotogravure press and one for heavy water based loads on various types of printing. Company also was awarded several orders from OEMs of flexographic and label presses as well as ink-jet printing equipment.

February 29, 2012

Bernard Markel presented HTI's Technology at the Society of Plastic Engineers 2011 International Polyolefins/FlexPack Conference in Houston, Texas. This conference has been in existance for 35 years. The presentation highlighted the application of the technology within the plastics industry.

January 23, 2012

Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition 2012

Novotel City, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Gene Plavnik presented HTI's technology at the 2012 Global Release Liner Industry Conference & Exhibition, February 22 - 23. The conference provided, through expert presentations, panel discussions, and AWA exclusive market data, a complete overview of the current market environment, growth prospects and industry developments. Key issues across the value chain, market opportunities, and business development prospects, as well as insight into disruptive technologies were amongst the topics that will be highlighted.


December 14, 2011

An article presenting HTI's technology was recently published in a German publication - Flexo Gravure Int'l magazine - Drying at the Speed of Sound.

This has been a year of growth for HTI. We have put forth significant efforts to reach out to customers using seminars, magazine articles, open house and trade shows. We have realized several milestones including successful installations and new applications for the Spectra HETM Ultra Drying System. Recently, we have closed several sales of narrow and wide web systems. Our efforts have been rewarded and our customers can expect more of the same in the New Year. To all those that have visited and worked with us we hope that you have a Happy Holiday Season and say THANK YOU. We, as you, look forward to a profitable and successful New Year.

November 15, 2011

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST, Gene Plavnik of HTI will present a webinar on HTI's Acoustic Drying Technology - "Beyond the Barriers of Performance through Sound". This webinar is sponsored by Ed Cohen and Friends and the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). If you have any questions prior to the presentation please go to our contact us page and submit your question or give us a call at 770 804 9309. This is a good opportunity to learn more about HTI's technology and appreciate how the technology may benefit your company.

October 26, 2011

At the AIMCAL Web Coating Conference in Reno, Nevada Gene Plavnik will deliver a presentation on HTI's Acoustic Technology. HTI, the provider of the Spectra HE™ technology for the converting industry, will discuss the science of acoustic energy, methods of application, and provide case studies of the technology in industrial practice. The presentation will focus on the use of Spectra for drying applications in narrow to wide web configurations. Attendees will gain an understanding of how Spectra Ultra HE delivers dramatically higher throughput rates with less energy than alternate drying technologies. For information about the conference click here. For a look at the agenda for the conference click here.

September 26 - 28, 2011

Bernie Markel presented and discussed HTI's technology at Pack Expo Las Vegas. It was an opportunity to connect with new customers. Several new applications and technologies were discussed.

August 2 - August 3, 2011

An HTI customer has recently installed the latest generation of an HTI Spectra HE™ Ultra Drying System. The unit is designed to provide drying of heavy water and solvent based coatings. In 2 days of testing the unit performed to the required specifictions. The HTI system is approximately 4 feet long and fully replaced the existing 56 ft long dryer at the same coating and adhesive coverage. Furthermore, it was shown, that for water based applications, the Spectra HEâ„¢ Ultra Drying System provided the required drying without use of the external heaters. Average operating temperature of the hot air delivered by Spectra HEâ„¢ Ultra Drying System was about 50-70 deg F lower than the hot air delivered by the existing system. These results further confirm the effectiveness and effeciency of the unique solutions offered by HTI. Applications for HTI's drying systems include:

  • Food processing
  • Critical surface control materials and components
  • Printed electronics
  • High barrier laminations
  • Molded fiber
  • Inkjet printing
  • Paper making/converting
  • Solvent based systems
  • Water based systems
  • Cold seal applications
  • Substrate cooling

May 9 - May 13, 2011

Heat Technologies, Inc. held an Open House in Atlanta, Georgia. HTI demonstrated a 50" long Spectra HE™ Ultra Drying System (patent pending) for drying solvent coatings which would replace a 20' dryer section. In the photo Gene Plavnik, President, is seen demonstrating the functioning of the new system, showing the design characteristics of this system vs. HTI's water based drying systems, showing the quality of fabrication and discussing the many advantages of the system - increased production, reduced size, reduced energy consumption and reduced temperature. Twenty-one companies from North America and Europe attended the event. Attendees consisted of end users from varied industries - flexible, semi-rigid and rigid packaging materials, coated papers and Flexographic and Rotogravure press manufacturers for narrow, mid and wide web equipment. As a result, several new applications were identified and new RFQ's were discussed.