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Vastex LittleRed X-Series dryers now feature high-volume exhaust


June 18, 2020
By PrintAction Staff
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All LittleRed X-Series conveyer dryers and DTG-capable XD-Series conveyer dryers now include an upgraded exhaust system that increases drying efficiency, reduces noise levels and improves operator safety, according to 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,” said 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.

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The upgrade was made by increasing the powered exhaust diameter by 5 cm for each model, which improves drying capacity by approximately 10 per cent in high-moisture applications like water-based inks and DTG printing, said Vasilantone.

Exhaust ducting now exits the dryers vertically from the top of the chamber, rather than the size, eliminating additional width and 90-degree elbow previously required, while also cutting back on noise.

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

The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry a 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.