PAD PRINTING APPLICATIONS
With pad printing you can print on almost any substrate. Of all printing techniques, pad printing is one of the most versatile applicable techniques when you look at printing on difficult shapes of substrates, especially if the mark requires color.
Through the years we have collected a wide variety of customer in different industries. What can you do with pad printing? And in what kind of industries is it used?
Pens, USB drives, notebooks, mint boxes, and many other items made from materials like plastic, wood, and metal can be printed by pad printing.
All kinds of plastics can be printed with pad printing. The most common ones are, for example: Polycarbonate (PC), Acrylic (PMMA), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE), Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), Poly-vinyl-chloride (PVC), Polystyrene (PS) etc. The variety in plastics is very wide. Examples of products made out of plastic and decorated by pad printing are: computers, keyboards, auto parts, pens, hand tools, technical parts and plastic housings.
Pad printing is an excellent way of decorating glass. The pad can adapt itself to the shape of the substrate making pad printing an ideal technique for printing on round substrates like drinking glasses or little glass bottles. Bottles are often made out of glass, but they can also be made out of other materials which can be printed as well. Other applications where you print on glass are light bulbs, tube lighting, eyeglasses, car windows, medical beakers and measuring devices, etc.
TAGLESS PRINTING AND TEXTILE DECORATING
Almost all clothing is fitted with a wash/care tag in the neck or in the side seam. The newest technique to provide washing instructions and branding is to print it using pad printing machinery. This print can be positioned in the neck or other area. The care instructions are printed on the garment with ink. Other clothing articles can be printed as well. Insoles and glasses cloths can also be printed using pad printing. We can provide ink with Oeko-tex TM Certification.
The gas cap, brake pads and dashboard components are printed using pad printing. Under the hood of the car, a lot of items are printed, including belts and hoses. Sometimes it is only for product identification. In this industry a lot of different materials such as metal, glass, plastics, rubber, silicone, and coated parts are pad printed.
PRINTING MEDICAL PRODUCTS
The printing of scales is a very common in the medical industry. Catheter tubes, infusion tubes, ostomy bags require printing with a proper scaling or a logo on them. Some of this printing has to be done in clean room environments. We have machines that can live up to these specs and can assist in guiding our customers in IQ, OQ, and PQ certification as well as, assistance in clean room supplies.
PRINTING ON TOOLS
Screw drivers, wrenches, spanners, hammers, pliers etc. and electrical tools like drilling machines, jigsaw machines, grinding machines etc. are in general printed on with some kind of branding or identification. In addition to this safety helmets, jigsaw blades, saw discs, grinding discs etc. are all items that can be pad printed.
COSMETICS AND CARE PRODUCTS
Nail polish bottles, mascara tubes, compacts, shampoo and perfume bottles are all items that are commonly decorated using pad printing. Our pad printers can decorate these bottles circumferentially and can also be built to mark multiple sides of square bottles.
Computers, tablets, car parts, machine parts, electronic components. household appliances and more use pad printing. Lots of small substrates that need identification in the form of a bar code.
Carton boxes, plastic bags, wooden or metal boxes can be decorated using pad printing. Logos, legal text or specifications printed directly on packages are common solutions in the reduction of time and packaging.
PRINTING ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS
Within these branches, products are more and more printed with the help of pad printing. Flowers like roses, with a company logo or I love you on the leafs, a printed apple, pear or other fruit and vegetables are examples of pad printed agricultural products. For printing food, we can supply edible inks. Eggs for easter can also be printed using pad printing.
Printing on fruit and vegetables directly with bar codes is emerging technology. Using edible inks packaging and labels are eliminated, which is better for the environment.
Lots of toys are decorated using pad printing. Many of them in multicolour prints. Baby doll faces, action figures, construction blocks made out of plastic and wood, miniature cars and trains etc. the possibilities are endless. Any kind of toy can be printed in pad printing. In general plastics and wood are printed in this field. We offer inks that are certified to be non-hazardous for children’s toys.
SPORTS GEAR INDUSTRY
Golf balls, tennis balls, baseballs, helmets ski boots, arrows, bows, bicycle parts, hockey sticks and other items are all pad printed. This area is a very large decoration market.
PAD PRINTING ON METAL
Aluminium, steel, copper, brass. titanium, etc can all be easily pad printed with inks that are very impervious to scratching and even aggressive chemicals. Products made out of metal are for example: tools, technical parts, promotional gifts.