Printing Plates

A cliché is made by etching an image into the printing plate by exposing ultraviolet light to it's surface. The cliché's surface is made with either a polymer coating with a metal backing or of hardened steel. Once placed on the pad printer, the cliché is inked by sliding the sealed inkcup across the etched image. The ink is deposited within the etched area and then transferred to the substrate by the silicone pads.

We have several types of printing plates listed below for different applications and production runs. 
Note:
Cost of plates includes hole punching. Quantity discounts are available. Average turn-around of 24 hours on receipt of artwork.

We also offer screens for use in the second exposure process of polymer clichés to control etch depth and for use on thin steel clichés for halftone imaging. Screens are offered in sizes 8"x12" and 6"x9".

**additional screens are available – please call for more info.

Click here for our Polymer Plate Development Procedures.

GY1 Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Alcohol
Screen 120 lines/cm or 80 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 10,000 to 15,000 impressions

GY2 Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Alcohol
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 15,000 to 20,000 impressions

GY3 Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Single
Washing Solvent Alcohol
Screen .001" layer makes screening unnecessary
No. of Impressions 15,000 to 20,000 impressions
Usage Ideal for extremely fine detail images

GN1 Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Water
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 10,000 to 15,000 impressions

GN2 Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Water
Screen 80 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 20,000 to 30,000 impressions
Deep etched plates for textile applications.

AQ Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Water
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions Up to 10,000 impressions

OR Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Water
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 10,000 to 15,000 impressions

RD Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Alcohol
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 60,000 to 100,000+ impressions
Usage Excellent for fine detail

RDW Polymer Plate

No. of Exposure Double
Washing Solvent Water
Screen 120 lines/cm, 90% screen artwork
No. of Impressions 40,000 to 60,000 impressions

Photo Exposure Kit

For Portable Exposure Units

Includes:

- 12 Quart Tray with lid
- Quart of Developer
- Magnetic sheet fixed to tray
- Scrub Brush
- 80/90 or 120/90 Line Screen
- (5 Sheets) LF11 Laser film
- Package of miscellaneous scrap plate material for testing

ORL - Orange Laser

Laser printing plate etching system. Impressions 10k to 15k

RDL - Red Laser

Laser printing plate etching system. Impressions 60k to 100k

BQL - Blue Quicklase

Laser printing plate etching system. Impressions 10k to 15k

TS - Thin Steel Plate

No. of Impressions Up to 100k
Excellent for fine detail


- Available in various sizes up to 7.874" wide in both etched and unetched plates.
- Cost varies depending on size for etched steel plates
- Etching techniques varies according to etch depth desired

TH - Thick Steel Plate

No. of Impressions: 1 million
Available up to 12" wide
- Cost varies depending on size for etched steel plate
- A2 steel with Rockwell hardness
- Excellent for fine detail
- Sold only etched