The Best Gas Catalytic Dryer Manufacturers: A Comparison
While gas catalytic drying isn’t new to the auto industry, it’s taken quite a few years to gain some traction here in the U.S. It’s a revolutionary technology, and as with anything new, there’s always a bit of reluctance and skepticism. However, since it first arrived in the U.S. roughly four years ago, there’s been a steady increase in companies focusing on gas catalytic drying.
Roughly sixteen years ago, the technology was first created in Italy. Since then, there has been the development of multiple models ranging from hand-held, half-arches, full-arches, as well as a variety of sizes. Each of the sizes and models can dry and cure within minutes for each of the stages in the paint booth bake cycle. Gas catalytic drying is powered by propane, methane, or a propane/butane mix that creates an flame-less burning when blown over a aluminum based catalyst. Beyond that, it used a medium wavelength to penetrate every layer of the paint process equally without heating the metal below– creating a finer finish with fewer flaws
Even with all of the benefits of gas catalytic drying, the U.S. has been especially slow with the adoption of technology. It’s widely used all across Europe, and there are plenty of shop owners on the other side of the Atlantic that swear on it. However, back here in the U.S. there’s less than 100 shops that have made the transition.
Even with the slow transition, traction is being made within the U.S. and across the world, and because of this, many manufacturers have popped up. Each of them provides their own benefits; however, they all offer their own unique spin that may or may not work for your shop.
The Best Gas Catalytic Dryer Companies: A Comparison
- U.S. Auto Cure
When it comes to GasCat, they’re the most established distributor of gas catalytic dryers in the U.S. Beyond that, their machines use natural gas to create a flame-less exothermic reaction and emits the heat through infrared energy at a medium wavelength. The wavelength may not sound different, but it can take a 90 – 100 minute process and cut it down to 16 – 30 minutes (with roughly $1,500 worth of natural gas saved each month). Since it’s arrival to the U.S., the software for the equipment has gone through extensive upgrades including: improved pyro-meters, cable carrier systems, hose, and collision sensors. What’s even better is that the systems can be installed into most existing pre-decks and paint booths with relative ease. However, the outside of the machines having very few moving parts, the most important thing is that they can provide the systems, parts, and repairs– all domestically within the U.S. Installation and training takes just a few days.
U.S. Auto Cure
U.S. Auto Cure is relatively new to the gas catalytic drying market. However, the equipment they’ve designed has been going through quick changes and updates. Even so, their dryer, Phoenix, operates pretty similarly to the rest on the market, but with one major difference– the wavelength. The Phoenix uses natural gas to heat up plates, which then creates a long wavelength. However, their machines haven’t been tested on as large of a scale as other manufacturers and they have a large amount of moving parts– making it easier to break and harder to repair.
Symach created gas catalytic drying, and while their equipment is great, they’re also extremely expensive– especially for those of you in the U.S. When it comes to Symach, you can’t just buy a dryer. They provide their equipment in an all-inclusive-package-deal. So, you’ll likely have to spend months planning ahead, blueprinting, and preparing your shop for the renovations. Which isn’t to say a full re-work of operations and workflow isn’t a good idea, but if all you want is a dryer, it’s not going to happen with Symach. You’ll see improvement in your shop, but training can take up to four weeks– plus, none of the equipment or the parts are sold in the U.S.
At GFS, they use tungsten filament bulbs to create a short infrared wavelength through electric infrared drying. GFS offers large paint booth systems as well as handheld technology. The equipment is updated through software regularly; however, there are a few pitfalls with shorter wavelengths and using tungsten bulbs. When it comes down to it, wavelength dictates how fast and efficient something can be dried. So, with electric infrared drying, it can dry and cure the paint, but expect it to take quite a bit longer than gas catalytic dryers. Beyond that, since the wavelength is short, is passes through all of the paint layers and straight to the metal. So, while it will dry, it allows for more flaws and a less even finish.
GasCat Dryers provide you the best, fastest, and most efficient drying solutions out on the market. We believe that time is money. With this advanced drying system, your business will reliably process more vehicles each and every day.
Let us help you save time and streamline your paint booth drying processes. Contact us today!