Vastex International has introduced a multi-purpose LittleRed X3-D infrared dryer capable of curing direct to garment (DTG) printed textiles as well as plastisol, water-based and discharge-printed garments at higher rates than possible with conventional dryers.
The latest addition to the LittleRed Dryer line, the 76cm wide X3-D model features a high-powered pre-heating zone that rockets ink temperatures past 150ºC within the first several centimetres of conveyor travel. Rapid preheating maximises the distance and time over which the ink is accurately maintained at its optimum curing temperature, allowing increased conveyor belt speeds and dryer output.
The dryer’s three 61cm wide heaters (8300W @ 240V total wattage) are digitally-controlled and height-adjustable to maximise curing efficiency, providing the precision-thermal-profiling (PTP) needed to match curing conditions to the drying characteristics of each ink type, particularly difficult-to-cure inkjet-printed white ink.
As a result, it can cure over 360+ plastisol-printed garments/h, 100+ water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and at four minute dwell time, 38+ garments/h inkjet printed with digital white ink.
The dryer is configured with a 224cm long x 76cm wide conveyor belt and 104cm long heating chamber, and features a powerful 10.8cm targeted exhaust system to rapidly remove moisture and air contaminates while cooling the skin and controls.
The conveyor belt is continuously centred by a roller belt tracking system, and is driven at precisely controlled speeds to vary dwell time in single-chamber units from 30 seconds to four minutes, and up to eight minutes in dual chamber models, which are particularly suited for Kornit DTG printers and high capacity screen printers.
The capacity of all LittleRed dryers can be increased by adding heating chambers, extending the conveyor belt length and increasing the infinitely-variable speed setting of the digital belt control.
The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty.