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Old 1 Week Ago Jun 18, 2017 7:57:18 PM -   #16 (permalink)
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Large DTG operations use conveyor, not sure why the equipment brokers push heat press when the results are a lot less efficient

video of a 150 machine shop here. all conveyor dryers.
You need a certain amount of output before it makes sense to switch over to Conveyor dryers. So for small operators with 1-2 machines, heat press is still the most viable solution. We converted at the 3 machine mark.
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i would disagree because of pre-treat. we can pre-treat 100 shirts per hour instead of 45 with the conveyor, and run the DTG machine at the same time, which you can't do with the heat press only. so in one hour the operator has printed 20 shirts, pretreated 100, vs pretreat 45 shirts or print 20 previously. so even 1 machine you have doubled efficiency with the conveyor.
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The Epson User Guide states that when using a "tunnel dryer" to cure DTG printed tees the time that it needs to stay in the tunnel is 3 to 5 minutes. I think that is hogwash but that is what it says.


 
 
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to that point, we don't send white tees down the plastisol conveyor dryer because they scorch before you can get a cure
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Default Re: Conveyor Dryer

I would use my tunnel dryer on occasions but since I am a screen printer and a DTG printer I have them in separate areas and carrying wet tees back in forth is just not feasible for me and the risk of bumping a wet printed garment into something along the way is too great. Especially with hired help

I would think that it should also be pointed out that any conveyor belt dryer will need to be vented. If not you'll be spewing heat and possibly t-shirt fibers and contaminants into the room. I am pretty sure that even the Digi-Box style DTG dryers have to be vented this way too so unless you are willing to cut a hole in the roof and run a vent pipe that might be a tough decision for a DTG printer.

I will say that a heat press will heat up a room over time too. At least the Digi-Box is instant on/off.

Cost might be a factor too...

Good heat press approx. $1,200 to $1,500.

Digi-Box Dryer (and I would guess other DTG dryers) approx. $4,000.

Conventional Screen print Dryer $8,000 and up.

Just pointing out the facts. I have nothing against belt dryers at all.

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