We always recommend Thermolabels (paper thermometers). Many screen printers want to use an infrared gun to test the temperature. However, this will only measure the top of the ink. This will not tell you if the ink is cured. A Thermolabel technically measures the fabric temperature but it requires time and temperature, just like plastisol ink.
It is difficult to tell any screen printer how to set up their dryer as there are so many different sizes and styles. Good advice is to control your belt speed first. We always prefer a minute to minute and a half in the dryer. Once you get the belt speed where you want it, adjust the temperature so the Thermolabel fully turns black at the desired temperature. This is usually 270ºF for ELT and ELT-S Series. Small electric dryers may not allow for a minute dwell time. We strongly urge our customers to use a 30 second dwell time at an absolute minimum in these situations. Minimum.
If these inks are cured hotter than the recommended 270ºF, they will become very glossy. This is as sure sign that you need to test your dryer with Thermolabels. Always be aware, especially with an electric dryer, lightweight fabrics will heat up much faster than heavy sweats and uniforms. This can often create a 20ºF to 40ºF difference to your ink temperature depending on your belt speed.
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