Made in Britain Tunnel Dryers

We have been building the WPS Panther Range of tunnel dryers, also known as conveyor dryers or conveyor ovens, since 2011. We manufacture the WPS Panther Tunnel Dryers range in Kent, using high quality components , uniquely designed to be maintained and serviced locally without the need for expensive maintenance contracts.

The design of WPS Panther Tunnel Dryers has been in production since the 1980’s, with thousands of the tunnel dryers still in use everyday across UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. These WPS Panther Tunnel Dryers have an unparalleled reputation for quality, reliability and performance. Very popular with the DTG (Direct To Garment) industry as well as those screen printers with large production volumes

The WPS Panther Tunnel Dryers are primarily designed for curing screen or digital printed textile inks but often used to dry solvent inks and for other industrial purposes, our tunnel dryers are being used for many different applications including the automotive and medical industries.

Other popular uses of the WPS Panther Tunnel Dryer include:-

  • curing plastisol inks
  • curing waterbased inks
  • curing DTG (Direct To Garment) inks

Our tunnel dryer range caters for both small and large screen printers as it includes the ever popular 700 range of small / medium dryers and the larger 8000 series ideal for larger screen printers using automatic screen printing equipment or high throughput DTG(Direct To Garment) printers.

WPS have a great range of Panther tunnel dryers online so check here for specifications and prices or if you need a bespoke tunnel dryer solution please contact us or phone 01614426555.

Which dryer is suitable for my carousel and inks?

Which dryer is suitable for my business?

It you have an automatic carousel printing water based inks then a small dryer is obviously not suitable but which dryer is the right one. This chart will guide you.

At Wicked Printing Stuff  we manufacture our own Panther dryers and these can be standard models or very client specific. For example a dryer suitable for DTG (Direct to Garment) printing needs a much longer tunnel. Our prices are very competitive because you are buying direct, ask us for a quote and be surprised.

Choosing a dryer

You can watch our dryers being made in this fun video.

A simple guide to heat curing

Curing your screen printed garment

When you have printed the garment you need to cure the ink otherwise when the garment goes through the wash you will notice that it fades, cracks and in some circumstances disappears altogether. There are some inks that are air dry but popular inks such as plastisol and waterbased inks need to be cured.

Curing is the actual chemical process by which the ink dries and bonds to the shirt fabric.

We are often asked ‘what is the best equipment to cure screen printing textile ink?’ The simple answer is a tunnel dryer however they can be expensive especially when starting off, so what are the options?

Important: Not all textile ink cure at the same time or temperature. Have a look at ‘The Cure’ which looks into ink curing in some detail.

Always check the documentation that comes with your ink and remember that the best test is always a wash test.

What equipment can be used?

Hair dryer

Hair Dryers – they are not hot enough, they will dry a waterbased ink but not cure it – NOT RECOMMENDED

 

 

IronIron – Don’t give an even heat and most are not hot enough to cure the ink fully. If you are printing T Shirts for your own use and are not worried about the ink gradually disappearing then an iron is an option – NOT RECOMMENDED

Heat GunHeat Guns – With a lot of patience and skill you could cure the ink but you are likely to scorch the garment so be careful. You can use a heat gun to touch dry the ink (the same job as a flash dryer) prior to printing the next colour – NOT RECOMMENDED (limited use)

 

Flash dryersFlash Dryers – normally used for touch drying the ink between prints when printing multi colour, it is possible to use a flash dryer to cure the ink but can be time consuming and requires management to ensure the garment does not burn. Works better for plastisol ink than waterbased ink (which requires longer cure).   LIMITED USE FOR LOW PRODUCTION.

 

 

 

Hand CurerHand Curer – can be used for both touch drying the ink between prints when printing multi colour and comes with a timer making use easier. Can also be used for ink curing as the hand curer uses quartz elements which heat immediately and cool immediately making the equipment safer and more energy efficient than a traditional flash dryer. We use hand curers for exhibitions and training sessions. RECOMMENDED FOR LOW PRODUCTION.

Heat PressHeat Presses – are fine for curing low numbers of garments, most modern presses have timers making it easier to manage. Heat Presses are used for lots of different applications such as vinyl transfer so commonly found in most T Shirt printing shops.

When using a heat press to cure screen printing inks you will need to put some grease proof paper or transfer release paper on the ink first before curing. You will need only a very light pressure and you will need to set the timer according to the ink you are using. Can be used for curing screen printing textile inks

 

Tunnel DryerTunnel Dryers – the best solution to cure large numbers of garments in a short space of time but the most expensive. They can cure potentially hundreds of garments per hour. We make them to all shapes and sizes based on the level of production and the size of garments being used.   If you are printing with waterbased inks choose the longest dryer you can afford to avoid having to put the garment through twice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Tunnel Dryers

When is the right point to invest in a tunnel dryer?

As your volumes grow waiting several minutes for a garment to dry using a flash dryer is no longer going to be an option. If you want to cure dozens of garments an hour then you going to need a tunnel dryer.

We have produced this handy chart to enable you to make a selection of the right tunnel dryer for you but please contact us with any questions.

Dryers

Wicked Printing Stuff manufacture the amazing WPS Panther Texitunnel Dryer Range – one of the most well known brand of dryers in Europe with a reputation for quality, reliability, longevity and performance :-
•    Texitunnel 700 – the most highly efficient small dryer in the market and the most popular dryer in UK, suitable for curing up to 500 garments per hour plastisol ink. Available in either Single Phase or Three Phase power options. Ideal for manual printers.
•    Texitunnel 700L – longer drying oven idea for Screen Printers and Digital Printers used with Annajet, Viper, Brother, Resolute DTG printers, Epson DTG, Texjet and inks needed to cure high volumes of garments, available for Three Phase Power. Ideal for manual / semi automatic and DTG printers.
•    Texitunnel 8000 series – ideal for automatic screen printers and high performance digital printers. High curing throughput. One of the most popular dryers in Europe.

If you require a longer tunnel,  wider belt or have specific requirements then please contact us. For further detailed information about our dryers please download our comprehensive eight page  fact pack

Our full range can be found here Tunnel Dryers.