Vastex launches a new Lo-E Dryer which is designed to cure DTG-printed inks and pretreatment and water-based screen-printed inks and discharge, at high rates using 20 percent less energy than comparable dryers, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president of Vastex International. The dryer cures up to 45 garments/hr printed with digital white ink at 3 minutes’ dwell time. At 1.5 min dwell time it cures up to 88 CMYK DTG garments/hr, 88 garments/hr with pretreatment only, or 88 garments/hr screen-printed with water-based ink or discharge.
Modularity permits users to quickly add one or multiple heating chambers and extend the conveyor belt, multiplying capacity in direct proportion to each heating chamber added. Conveyor extensions can also be added to the front or back of the dryer to optimize the loading and cooling/unloading of garments. 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.