Energy Efficient Dryer for DTG Printing
BETHLEHEM, PA — A new Lo-E Dryer from Vastex cures digital white ink, digital CMYK, and DTG pretreatment at fast rates using 20% less energy than comparable dryers, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.
This DTG-capable dryer, with a 30 in. (76 cm) wide belt cures up to 45 garments per hour printed with digital white ink at 3 minutes dwell time, and at 1.5 minutes dwell time, it cures up to 88 CMYK DTG garments per hour, 88 garments per hour with pretreatment only, or 88 garments per hour screen-printed with water-based ink or discharge.The Lo-E is an ideal machine for use in any shop where limited amperage is a concern. The modular design allows for expandability to easily add
chambers and conveyor length as production needs increase.
Vasilantone says, "We engineered the new Lo-E Conveyor Dryer to fill the void for Direct-to-Garment printers who need to cure up to 40 shirts per hour, but who have limited electrical current available."
Drawing only 22 amps, the dryer's two 24 in. (61 cm) wide by 18 in. (46 cm) deep high-efficiency infrared heaters provide 4600 watts (4.6 kW) of power, maximizing curing capacity and in turn, minimizing energy costs per garment cured. Height-adjustable, the heaters offer dual zone temperature control with a boost zone to quickly reach cure temperatures, and carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty.
A 370 CFM (10.5 m3/min.) exhaust system evacuates moisture and air contaminates from the heating chamber, and cools the enclosure's outer skin and control panel.
The 30 in. (76 cm) wide by 88 in. (224 cm) long conveyor runs true by means of a low friction belt aligner patented by the company, with belt speed controls allowing infinitely adjustable dwell times from one to five minutes.
"Although the Lo-E Dryer is designed for curing of DTG garments, it can also cure screen-printed water-based inks and discharge if needed," says Vasilantone, adding, "It's the most energy efficient dryer in our lineup, and maybe the world."