EconoRed III Dryer Ups Capacity, Reduces Cost and Size
BETHLEHEM, PA — 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 30 in. (76 cm) wide belt and three 24 in. (61 cm) wide, 3,600 watt heaters (total 10,800 watts) it can cure 475 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 150/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.
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/h printed with plastisol ink, or 300/h 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.
With the Vastex Infrared Focusing System, the heaters can be adjusted to any height from 2 to 7 in. (5.1 to 17.8 cm) above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for varying garment thicknesses.
The dryer is over 20 percent quieter and 5 in. (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 380 CFM exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber. The two-chamber model includes a 760 CFM 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 54 inch (137 cm) wide conveyor belts will soon follow.