Vastex LittleRed XD Series dryers feature upgraded air flow mapping that cools the heating chamber skin and control panel and prevents fumes from contaminating the shop environment, while boosting drying capacity by up to 10 percent. Photo: Vastex

All LittleRed X-Series conveyor dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyor dryers now feature an upgraded exhaust system that increases drying efficiency, reduces noise levels and improves operator safety, it was announced by Vastex president Mark Vasilantone.

“The new air mapping system is more powerful, removing fumes and moisture through an enlarged stack, preventing contamination of the shop environment,” explains Mr. Vasilantone. “The air flow also cools the skin of the heating chamber and control panel, improving operator safety and comfort.”

The upgrade is standard on LittleRed-X1, -X2 and -X3 models for curing of screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge, and on LittleRed-X1D, -X2D and -X3D models additionally capable of curing DTG-printed digital white ink.

Improved drying capacity

Increasing the powered exhaust diameter by 5 cm for each model improves drying capacity by approximately 10 percent in high-moisture applications such as water-based inks and DTG printing, according to Mr. Vasilantone.

Exhaust ducting now exits the dryers vertically from the top of the chamber instead of from the side, eliminating the additional width and 90-degree elbow previously required, while reducing noise significantly.

All LittleRed dryers are offered in multiple belt widths, as narrow as 46 cm for the narrowest LittleRed-X1D model, and up to 198 cm for the widest LittleRed-X3D model.

Capacities range from 90 to 1080 plastisol-printed garments/h, 45 to 555 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 34 to 155 DTG garments/h printed with digital white ink or pretreated for DTG printing.

Modular heating chambers can be added and conveyor belts lengthened to double or triple conveyor belt speeds and drying capacities as needs grow.

The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils to provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.