5 Advantages Of Gas Catalytic Drying
When it comes to purchasing a new paint dryer, there are many options. There’s the traditional convection dryers, electric infrared dryers, and then there’s gas catalytic drying. All of them work, but gas catalytic drying saves business’ massive amounts of time. We all know how important cycle time and throughput are for success, so why not look into the best options out there?
If you’re in the market for a new paint dryer, but you’re not sure what makes gas catalytic drying different from the competition, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 best things you need to know about gas catalytic drying.
Gas Catalytic Drying Produces A Flame-less Heat
With gas catalytic drying, there is burning, but there isn’t a flame. The way this works is by producing infrared energy by introducing a natural gas (propane) with a catalyst (typically composed of platinum). When the two interact, they create an exothermic reaction (heat and light)at a variety of wavelengths.
Why Are The Wavelengths Important?
To put it simply, wavelength controls the speed and quality of paint drying. However, which wavelength is the best? There are short, medium, and long wavelengths. All of them produce a similar result, but the difference is in the details. Shorter wavelengths will pass right through the paint and into the metal, resulting in both the metal and paint heating at once. Where as medium, and to a similar extent, long, wavelengths will heat the paint equally without also impacting the metal beneath. It may not seem that important, but wavelength will decide how fine your finishes and the amount of flaws there are.
How Much Do Gas Catalytic Dryers Cost In Comparison To The Competition?
In general, gas catalytic dryers will be price-wise on par with the rest of the drying options out there. Beyond that, gas catalytic dryers require as little as 16 – 30 minutes to complete a paint booth bake cycle. Whereas convection and electric infrared are anywhere from 60 – 100 minutes. So, gas catalytic drying is reasonably priced and inline with the competition, but it also increases throughput (which means more money for you).
How Do The Energy Costs Compare?
Traditional convection dryers, and even electric infrared dryers, often require massive amounts of electricity. While gas catalytic dryers are typically turned on once a day for fifteen minutes at a time, the other two are on multiple times throughout the day and require more electrical energy since the heat they create relies more heavily on a power source. So, since you probably pay electric bills on a regular basis, then you can understand why gas catalytic drying would have a much smaller cost.
How Safe Is Gas Catalytic Drying?
First and foremost, since it produces a flame-less heat, it’s not a fire hazard. This means it can be used in a variety of environments (that may not always be as clean as they should be) and be completely safe. However, beyond that, it also produces medium infrared wavelengths. Whether they are short, medium, or long, the infrared energy is in the far range (meaning it’s extremely safe) and is nothing like a microwave.
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