Vastex president Mark Vasilantone has announced a new LittleRed X1D dryer designed to cure DTG printed and/or screen printed garments. Equipped with a 122cm wide heater, the new dryer can cure up to 46 garments per hour DTG printed with digital white ink at three minutes dwell time, 162 garments per hour screen printed with water-based ink or discharge, and 324 garments per hour screen printed with plastisol inks.
It is equipped with a 137 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater capacity and flexibility for smaller shops. The conveyor dryer is also suitable for curing of DTG pretreatment, and offers greater production capacity with less operator attention while eliminating the flattened, ironed-on appearance of heat pressed images.
It is equipped as standard with features found on the company’s larger DTG-capable dryers including: belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items; a 168cm long X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt; and dual digital controls — the first to rapidly attain optimum curing temperature, and the second to safely maintain the ink and garment at that temperature to finalise the curing process.
This model also has a newly redesigned air mapping system that pulls fumes and moisture away from the immediate environment while providing air flow to cool the skin of the heating chamber for operator safety.
The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15 year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units. Fully expandable, the X1D-54 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions, allowing capacity/belt speed to be doubled or tripled as needs grow.
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