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From large conveyor dryers to affordable, space-saving infrared electric dryers, we have a textile dryer fit for every screen printers need. These conveyor dryers provide an adequate heat source and air flow for garments as well as curing screen printing ink.
Conveyor dryers are a staple piece in most screen printing shops and they hold a special, important place. They’re almost as important as your screen printing press. The type of textile dryer you choose will determine your production capacity as well as the quality of your end product.
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M&R Gas Dryer
M&R Sprint 3000
M&R’s Spring 3000 comes complete with real-time performance data like temperature recordings and tracking from the temperature probe to figure out what substrate temperature is going through the machine.
Made with the Accuset retention-time belt-speed controller, the Spring 3000 can easily duplicate settings. Additional features include high-quality circulation and exhaust blowers; adjustable entry and exit openings; and simplified cleaning and maintenance with cleanout access capabilities.
M&R Conveyor Dryers
Easy to own and even easier to manipulate, the Economax D is a space-saving infrared electric conveyor dryer. With a high production volume, and being electric, it’s energy efficient compared to gas dryer models. Featuring the widely popular CoolSkin technology, the inside of the machine stays hot while the outside remains cool. Overall, you’ll achieve fast curing rates and high production with this model. You can order it with a belt width of 61 cm (24”) and a heat chamber length of 114 cm (45”).
This economic, affordable infrared electric screen printing conveyor dryer has a high production capacity. Built with adjustable entry and exit openings, the Fusion also includes height-adjustable infrared panels, displayable and digitally accessed temperature changes. Made with CoolSkin technology, the dryer prevents heat from migrating to other areas, leaving the outside cool. The belt width is 91 cm (36”), 122 cm (48”) and 152 cm (60”).
The Radicure D is built to last and produce maximum performance. Best in its class, this conveyor dry is energy efficient and helps your shop stay ahead of the game. The radiant panels on this model, raise quickly and are lowered just as easily. Similar to M&R’s products, it also features CoolSkin technology, leaving it cool to the touch. The control panel allows the operator to monitor and adjust operational status, temperatures and belt settings. This Radicure D can have belt widths ranging from 91 cm to 152 cm (36” to 60”).
Have a Question? Need a Quote?
Screen printing is our main expertise, but nothing beats our excellent customer service. Here at Garston, we are passionate about assisting our clients with any questions or recommendations. If you need assistance picking out the right textile dryer or simply would like a quote, please reach out to us to further discuss your options.
Why Choose Garston for Textile Dryers?
Since our inception, we have always stayed true to our roots. We believe in providing the best products on the market for a low, affordable price. Whether you have a large print shop or a small print shop, we’re here to help keep you up and running.
Need a mobile textile dryer for your small shop? What about a large, stationary, well-equipped conveyor dryer for your entire company? Either way, we always want our customers to be satisfied, that’s why we provide excellent customer service.
Name Brand Products
Since coming to the screen printing business, we’ve established Garston as a trusted, leading supplier of screen printing items. That’s why we stock well-known, affordable name-brand products. Providing you the most efficient conveyor dryers on the market.
Why Choose Garston for Textile Dryers
Gas Dryers are ideal for larger shops since they can cure a large quantity of garments as a quick pace. They’re affordable to run daily, easy to control the heat levels, and efficient for production.
Instead of gas, you can also use an electric dryer as an alternative. This a great option for shops that don’t have access to natural gas or have minimal space and small print runs.
Choosing a Textile Dryer
Now that you have a brief understanding of the two types of textile dryers, we’ll dive even further into their qualities as well as how they can fit into your shop.
What Do You Need?
Your decision on a textile dryer could simply be chosen by what kind of garment you’re looking to cure. It could be based off your production levels (small or large runs), your ink choice, or even by how much space you have. Choosing the right dryer for you comes from figuring out the most affordable unit for your exact screen printing needs.
Similar to the name, a gas dryer will be heated using a convection. This is the method of transferring heat by controlling the air molecules. After you light the gas source and reach your desired temperature, hot air will travel through the oven chamber. For this type of dryer, your ideal cure state as well as temperature will be achieved within the oven.
If you have a larger shop or need to cure a large quantity of garments in a short amount of time, a gas dryer could be the perfect textile dryer for you. Since you are using gas, you aren’t running up the electric bill to energize the machine and you’re finishing jobs quicker, making them an affordable upkeep as well as efficient for productivity. There is also the added benefit of using a convection method. Once you set the desired temperature, the heat will evenly be distributed throughout the equipment, helping you achieve the required 320°F temperature for curing prints. You can also count on a gas dryer to get rid of moisture faster than an electric dryer will.
The only downside of a gas dryer comes from the pricetag, which could be outweighed by their energy-saving benefits as well as high curing capabilities. On average, a gas dryer will be around five times that of a electric dryer.
The power to an electric dryer comes from infrared heat, similar to the heat we experience when the sun shines down on us. Compared to using hot air for curing, an electric dryer makes direct contact with your print. If you don’t have access to natural gas at your shop, this can be a great, short-scale alternative to curing your inks.
An electric dryer is mostly found in small print shops that only need to cover small production runs. They’re easily transported, seeing that they aren’t hooked up to any ground line, and they’re typically built smaller for ease of use and movement. If you intend to use your dryer solely for small production runs – great! This will prove to be a cost-effective method compared to gas, but can become costly if overused.
If you find that you are using your electric dryer far too much, it can become a hefty power bill. Due to a normal small stature, these machines will also take longer to do large production runs. That is why most large screen printing business rely on a gas dryer instead, for both efficiency and even distribution of heat. Often, infrared heating elements have a harder time distributing heat evenly, resulting in lack of curing or even “scorching.” When using an electric dryer, it’s better to monitor your temperature to make sure that it is staying consistent and to your desired amount.
Choosing Between Gas and Electric
Now that you’ve learned a few facts about gas dryers and electric dryers, you may be wondering: which is the right one for me? You can’t simply focus on the performance of the textile dryer either. Both can be practical (depending on the size of your shop), but both have different financial factors.
For a small shop, you may be leaning toward an electric dryer. Seeing that you may not have as many print runs that need to be completed, and you have a smaller space. On the other hand, a large gas dryer does not a dedicated gas line as well as an exhaust hood. This could become a costly mistake if you find that you aren’t using it to its full potential or you need more movement.
On a financial standpoint, you may also need to consider which dryer won’t break the bank. Immediately, a gas dryer will cost two to three times more than an electric dryer. It can also be costly to add a gas line as well an exhaust vent. It would be better to have these pieces already installed. But, a gas dryer is far more cost-effective for large print runs in comparison to an electric dryer.
Textile Dryer FAQ
Do I Need a Lot of Space for a Textile Dryer?
Screen printing shops can be created in any size space, but you need to have certain amounts of square footage to properly house your equipment. That being said, a smaller shop may mean that you have a lower production rate, which would result in space-saving equipment. You need a least a minimum of 110 volts for an exposure unit or a flash, and you need running water for washout and reclaiming purposes. When it comes to conveyor dryers, you also need at least a 240 volt single phase outlet (check with the manufacturer of the dryer you wish to purchase for an exact number).
What Ink Works Best for Which Dryer?
Gas dryers are known for curing water-based and discharge ink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cure these types of ink with an electric dryer. The only downside to using an electric dryer with water-based inks is that the curing times will be slower than a gas dryer.
Instead of switching up what kind of ink you already use in your shop, you will need to make a decision based off of your existing choices. If you solely use a water-based ink, you could find a gas conveyor dryer more favorable. If you find that you occasionally use water-based inks or discharge prints, an affordable, compact electric conveyor may be better for your situation.
Conveyor Dryer or Flash Dryer?
This is a feat many screen printing shops face. If you have enough room and a big enough budget, a conveyor dryer will do wonders for you. Conveyor dryers (also called textile dryers) are the most efficient way to cure plastisol ink, and in most cases this type of machinery will double the production of a flash or heat press. On the other hand, if you have a smaller shop you might lean toward a flash dryer, which will have space-saving alternatives and more affordable prices. If you would like a recommended, we suggest that you talk with one of our representatives on which type of equipment works best for your situation.