World’s smallest DTG-capable dryer introduced by Vastex

LittleRed X1D conveyor dryer handles output of popular DTG printers, as well as screen printed garments, in small spaces with improved image quality at low cost

Vastex International has introduced the world’s smallest conveyor dryer matched to the output of Anajet, Brother, Epson, Polyprint and other DuPont-based DTG printing systems, depending on model size and image saturation.

The LittleRed X1D’s conveyor belt measures 46x122cm and is the first dryer with a heater that spans the entire belt width.

Mark Vasilantone, president, said: “This is an extremely dense machine engineered to meet the space, budget and performance needs of DTG shops using the most popular inkjets on the market.”

The dryer can cure up to 27 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink, as well as screen printed garments at rates to 81 per hour for water-based ink or discharge, and 162 per hour for plastisols.

Curing of DTG printed garments in an infrared conveyor dryer is said to eliminate the flattened, ironed-on appearance and halo associated with heat pressing of printed images, while eliminating the need for an operator to release the press after each cycle.

The dryer is also typically employed to dry the pretreatment, relegating the heat press to flattening of raised fibres prior to printing with a one-second ‘touch’ per garment.

As standard it is equipped with features found on the company’s larger DTG-capable dryers including adjustable belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items, a dual digital PID temperature controller accurate to ±1°, and an X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt. A powered exhaust removes moisture and air contaminants, while cooling the housing and controls.

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