Infrared Drying Systems are used for monitoring the temperature, moisture content or other physical property at particular zone positions along the width of a traveling web and utilizes a computer control system to energize & control for finite time periods a plurality of infrared lamps for equalizing physical property and drying the web. Infrared drying system is useful in the graphic arts industry, the coating industry and the paper industry. Infrared drying system profiles a physical property across the width of the web by a sensor head, which travels on a belt supported above the web and inputs the information into a computer to generate signals corresponding to the measured physical property for each particular segment portion along the width of the web above or below a setpoint. Infrared drying systems are an efficient and appropriate means of drying aqueous inks, coatings and adhesives due to the increased amount of BTUs delivered to the ink/coating surface along with controlled air flow. These systems safely dry alcohol-based chemistry either as a booster or as a primary dryer. Infrared drying system combines maximum efficiency short wave infrared heat energy and a patented air management system, which incorporates high velocity air jets and higher volume air exhaust.