Intelligent Energy Control System (I.E.C.S) & Heat Exchanger Units

Natgraph's Intelligent Energy Control System (I.E.C.S.) and Heat Exchanger Units will dramatically reduce the running costs of the already energy efficient range of Air Force Dryers when drying solvent based inks. This is achieved by ensuring the drying process uses the absolute minimum electrical power to maintain the required process temperature, (but only when needed) and with the recovery of up to 60% of wasted energy extracted in the solvent/fume removal process.

The Natgraph Intelligent Energy Control System (I.E.C.S) is a new, unique and revolutionary control system that can be ordered as a power saving option on new Natgraph Air Force Dryers. This dramatically reduces the use of electrical power when drying by convection with heated air.

Tests conducted with a varied selection of Natgraphs customers, proved that in normal operation a conveyorised dryer will only be actually drying printed substrates for between 45 and 65% of its operational time. This information prompted Natgraph to develop a control system that will automatically switch the complete dryer into a stand-by state with minimal power usage, whilst maintaining a controlled internal environment ready to re-start production on-demand.

The I.E.C.S uses a substrate sensor, or signal from the print machine to automatically control the dryer's run-condition. When no substrate is detected for a pre-set period, (for example 90 seconds), the dryer is put into stand-by state, this activates the power saving machine settings.


  • Energy saving of 40 - 45% of ‘normal' power consumption
  • Fully automatic system, no operator input needed
  • PLC screen indicates stand-by state/normal usage times
  • System energized by substrate sensor or print machine signal
  • Pneumatically operated, thermal shutters
  • Motorized exhaust damper

Heat Exchangers

The Natgraph manufactured range of Heat Exchangers have been developed to lower the operating costs of drying screenprinted products by re-using the wasted energy normally extracted to atmosphere. These units have an aluminium (up to 250oC) or stainless steel (250oC+) core that transfers heat from the exhaust (contaminated) air to the intake (clean) air, that can then be taken back into the dryer to lower its operating costs.

Each and every Natgraph Air Force Dryer in which hazardous solvents are processed complies with the EN 1539:2009 European Safety Standard and so is designed to continually extract a minimum percentage of the recirculated air to atmosphere, this is to ensure that the solvent concentration within the dryer cannot rise above the allowed LEL (Lower Explosive Limit). Therefore approximately 75% of the running cost of a forced air dryer is wasted energy in the form of heat, extracted from the dryer.

The energy recovery level of a Natgraph Heat Exchanger can be as high as 60% from these normally wasted, hot exhaust gases and so by the correct installation of these units (available in three sizes depending upon the dryer specification), the operating costs of a Natgraph Air Force Dryer can typically be reduced by up to 25%.

Available in 3 versions, as a free-standing unit (connected directly behind the dryer), stand mounted (above the dryer), or in-ducting mounted, these units are fully insulated with a large access door which allows the core to be withdrawn for cleaning or replacement if needed.


  • Recovery of up to 60% of normally wasted energy
  • Fully insulated enclosure
  • Full sized access door for core removal
  • Available in 3 sizes, (depending upon air volumes)
  • Free-standing, stand mounted, or in-ducting versions
  • Aluminium or stainless steel core option


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