November '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 N O V E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 77 D ryers are an essential compo- nent of the screen printing process and the equipment has drastically evolved in recent years. With this im- proved technology and greater control, decorators are now able to cure a wider range of applications for more diverse of- ferings. However, dryers are not a one-size- fits-all piece of equipment. From gas or electric, to space constraints and intend- ed output, there are plenty of options to weigh before forging forward. WHAT TO KNOW When determining whether a gas or elec- tric dryer is best for you, it's important to compare what each type of unit has to offer with respect to meeting your shop's needs and what each requires in terms of space, resources, and capital. The main questions a sales rep is going to ask are: What are you printing on? What type of ink are you printing with? How many pieces are you printing? With any of these scenarios, power should be the first and foremost consider- ation. Natural gas is not available in some areas. Where this is the case, running a gas dryer on propane may be an option, but this creates a whole new set of issues so you'll have to do your homework regard- ing regulations and ordinances pertaining to its use and installation. Propane will require an industrial-size 100–200 gallon tank. Typically, the tank is filled weekly by a local supplier, but if you get an unexpected big rush order, you could run out. This means that more planning is necessary when using propane versus natural gas; you never want to risk draining your tank. Dryer Ground New Dryers Expand Opportunities for Shops of All Sizes B Y T Y L E R D U M M E T T Tyler Dummett is president of Workhorse Products, a manufactur- er of a full line of manual and automatic screen printing equipment and specializing in full-shop packages for shops of all sizes. You can contact him at or visit the website at One advantage an electric dryer has over a gas oven is mobility. Of- ten, electric dryers are built with casters that make them easy to move around the shop to accommodate changing job situations. This is not possible with a gas dryer, which must be hooked up to a gas line and therefore cannot be moved once it's in place. (All photos courtesy Workhorse Products) Dryers come in a range of belt widths. Factors in choosing a belt width include shop space, production needs, and what's available on the dryer brand chosen. Oftentimes a wider belt is necessary for curing oversized garments or to handle shirts from two screen printing machines simul- taneously.

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