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Flash Dryer for Manual
« on: June 10, 2019, 05:42:03 PM »
We are trying to use our manual a little more often for smaller jobs with low color counts to free up press time on our auto while we wait to get a new space and another press.  I have only had 2 flash dryers for manuals in the past: a shitty offshore no name brand coil, and my own diy infrared panel that I Frankenstein'd together, which won't fly in a shop with a bunch of users.  I'm a little lost on what the best options are for buying one honestly...

If you had to pick one "cheap" option and one "nice" option, what brands/models would you choose? 

For cheap I mean something under $1000, larger the panel/heat size the better, bells and whistles like auto rotation are cool, but I don't expect them at this price of course. 

For "nice", I mean something around $3k (less if possible) UNLESS it could also play nice with an auto later as well.  If something could plug into a Gauntlet down the road but also be used with a food pedal, that would be worth the extra cost.  I don't care too much about infrared vs quartz, though figuring out the electrical for quartz may be a little bit of a challenge short term.

Any thoughts?  Thanks!


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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 08:10:11 PM »
M/R BLUE FLASH. Is what I would go with today. We have 2 here on the 14 color chameleons and love them. You wont be disappointed.

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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 08:15:45 PM »
Chili with the sensor eye is nice on a manual and will plug into and perform on your auto.  The intensity control is a must but I believe they have more advanced heat control than that on them now, depending on the model. 

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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 07:04:30 AM »
It is a Red Chili D is the one that has the sensor. Keep in mind a quartz will save you energy cost more so then a IR flash.
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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 07:15:36 AM »
I have an auto rotate Workhorse Super Seca flash for the manual. I'm not crazy about it. Can't go wrong with a BBC black body flash, those things are tanks.

Vastex has some nice options. I've been seeing a good amount of used M&R Acoma flashes. I might pick one up. It has the auto rotate built right in which is nice and has temp control.


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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 08:23:06 AM »
Anyone know if the m&r flashes will work on a workhorse sabre? Leaning toward going that route...

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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 10:50:50 AM »
mimosatexas

I don't think you can plug it in but you can run it with pallet sensor.
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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 11:13:56 AM »
o thats cool, so you would just control it like a flashback or another "dumb" flash vs through the software and the quartz bulbs power on when they sense the platen?  DEFINITELY leaning that way now...
« Last Edit: June 11, 2019, 12:28:24 PM by mimosatexas »

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Re: Flash Dryer for Manual
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 05:02:05 PM »
Yes, optical sensor that fires at index.   You could put a flash with an optical sensor on any machine.