FAQ’s for the WPS Panther Tunnel Dryer
What is the lead time?
Some smaller dryers are made to stock, so a quick turnaround is possible. Larger dryers are made to order, we do quote a typical lead time on order. We do our best to build machines as quickly as we can.
Can I choose the colour?
The smaller dryers we tend to build to stock, but for bigger dryers and if the timing works we can get the machine powder coating to your requirements – please note a surcharge may apply
Do you export the dryers?
Yes we regularly export Tunnel Dryers to Europe, Middle East and Africa. If you are outside of that geography then please contact us. Please note that in circumstances there will be a crating charge in addition to shipping charges.
What kind of warranty comes with the dryer?
The dryers come with 12 months onsite, and 4 years back to base warranty (excludes consumables such as motor brushes etc.). You can optionally purchase a service contract for peace of mind.
Which dryer is best for me?
Please click here to see link which helps you choose the right dryer. If in doubt please contact us for advice.
I am using DTG machines (Annajet, Epson, Brother, TexJet, Resolute Rjet etc) , which dryers can be used with DTG inks?
You can use the 700L compact, 700L, 700LW and the 8000 series dryers for curing DTG inks.
How do I know the ink has cured? (Plastisol / Waterbased / DTG)
You can’t beat wash tests – it is the only sure way to check that the ink has cured correctly. There is a simple test for Plastisol inks, you can do this test by simply stretching the fabric. Print a complete film of ink and dry it. Hold the printed fabric up to a strong light and stretch it. If the fabric will stretch about 60-80% without cracking the ink then the cure is OK. For Waterbased inks and DTG inks try scratching the print with your finger nail, if the ink starts to break off you know it is not cured.
Can I cure both Plastisol and Waterbased Inks?
Smaller dryers such as the Mini and 700 series machines are great for curing Plastisol inks with a single pass. If you are using water based inks you will need to put the garment through at least twice. Some waterbased ink ranges like Magna Colour and WPS SuperFlex WB inks have crosslinkers or curing additives which you can use to cure garments with a single pass.
The 700L, 700LW and 8000 series will all cure waterbased inks with a single pass through the dryer.
Can I use the dryer to dry solvent based inks?
Yes you can use our dryers to speed up the curing process of solvent inks such as Nylobag / Vinyl inks etc please be aware that solvent based inks have a low flash point. Always ensure that the extractor fan is working correctly and avoid print on large surface area e.g. A2 sized prints.
Do I need air re-circulation?
Generally speaking no, however air re-circulation is optional on the 700L and 8000 series dryers and can increase curing productivity and efficiency when using waterbased inks. In practice the vast majority of dryers are shipped without rec-circulation and are used the cure waterbased inks both screen printed and digital without issue.
I am using UV inks, what machine do I need to cure the ink?
Our range of dryers are designed for heat cured inks, we can supply UV dryers – click here for more information.
I have automatic carousels should I choose Electric or Gas?
There is a common misconception that if you are a large screen printer that you have to use a Gas dryer. This is not the case as Infra Red dryers are very efficient and when to temperature run typically between 30 – 40% utilisation. The initial purchase price of an infra red dryer is significantly lower and the ongoing maintenance costs are a lot cheaper, and of course to use gas your studio or factory needs to be connected to the main gas supply where all locations have access to electricity.
To find out the cost of running a tunnel dryer, find out how much you are paying per Kwh e.g. 0.10p per KwH so to run a 700L (approx 10KW) you would be looking at around £1.00 per hour. Please note that in practice you would be running the dryer around 40% utilisation but gives a view on potential costs.
The larger 8000 series dryers are ideal for larger screen printers, they are easy to maintain and cost effective.
Will you install the dryer?
We will deliver to your machine if agreed as part of the order. We also prefer to make sure the machine is working correctly before we leave. Please note that legally the customer is responsible for the electrical connection to the dryer.
What power do I need?
Our smaller range of dryers can use Single or Three Phase power. The larger 8000 series are three phase only. Please consultant an electrician to ensure you have ample power capacity prior to purchasing a dryer. If you have Three Phase power coming into your premises we also recommend that you choose a Three Phase Dryer. This will save you money in the long term.
Do you make custom sized machines?
Yes we can make custom specified machines, which could be something relatively simple ranging from larger intake or out take to building a complete custom machine for an industry specific application
Do I need air extraction / fume extraction?
Yes you do, all of our dryers have extractor fans and we highly recommend that you vent the fan externally. You can purchase cost effective fume from i-sells.co.uk product code is GALSRFG1-80 (80mm for Smaller Dryers).
Can I use a 13amp plug?
We can manufacture the Mini dryer to 13amp specifications, however we highly recommend that you install 16amp or more as the more power the quicker the dryer will cure the ink. A more powerful dryer will save you money in the short term.
What kind of socket do I need to get installed?
Please click here to see guide for electrical sockets
Do you sell dryer spares?
Yes we sell the common spares online, if you are looking for parts not listed please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
How do I replace the brushes on the motor?
Please click here to see guide for replacing brushes. We suggest replacing the brushes every 18 months.
What kind of maintenance is required?
Not a great deal, here is our suggested maintenance scheme
- Replace the Dryer Motor brushes every 18 months
- Clean out the extractor and control box fans regularly
- Clean out lint from inside the dryer
- Keep the dryer clean
Do you sell second hand machines?
Yes we do, we normally put them on the second hand section of the Wicked Printing Stuff website – note they don’t stay around for long
Do you convert dryers from three phase to single phase and vice versa?
Yes we can convert the smaller mini and 700 series dryers.
Do you re-condition old machines?
Yes we do from time to time, if you have an old machine and you want it re-conditioned please contact us for a quotation