New EconoRed III Dryer

vastex EconoRed ER-III-30
The all-new Vastex EconoRed ER-III-30 high capacity dryer cures plastisol, water-based and discharge inks at higher rates, in a smaller footprint, at lower cost and more quietly. Photo: Vastex

An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge at higher rates, in a smaller footprint, at lower cost and more quietly than the BigRed 3 model it replaces, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

With a 76 cm wide belt and three 61 cm wide, 3,600 watt heaters (total 10,800 watts) the machine can cure 475 garments/hour printed with plastisol ink or 150 garments /hour printed with water-based ink or discharge ink. An EconoRed III-30-2 version equipped with an additional heating chamber (total 21,600 watts), allows doubling of belt speed, curing up to 950 garments/hour printed with plastisol ink, or 300 garments /hour printed with water-based ink or discharge.

The heaters feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing and come with a 15-year warranty.

Infrared focusing system

With the Vastex Infrared focusing system, the heaters can be adjusted to any height 5 to 17 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for varying garment thicknesses.
The dryer is over 20 percent quieter and 13 cm narrower than its predecessor owing to its top-mounted exhaust system and allows positioning of the control box on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit shop layouts.

The new exhaust system draws in filtered air that cools the outer skin of the dryer while a powerful 10.75 CMM exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber. The two-chamber model includes a 21.5 CMM system.

As with all Vastex conveyor dryers, EconoRed dryers are supplied as standard with a digital PID temperature controller accurate to =/- 1°, allowing the operator to repeat or fine-tune drying results at any future time.

Vasilantone says EconoRed III-54 models with 137 cm wide conveyor belts will soon follow.