Printing on irregular surfaces are a challenge, but with pad and inkjet printing solutions available at EPS, anything is possible. Cost effective pad and digital printing on everything from saw blades to wrenches, screwdrivers, tool housing (to name a few) is more easier than ever with the advancements in these technologies.
The versatility and adaptability of pad printing is attracting more injection molders and contract manufacturers to install decorating printers in the production line. Loss of productivity from excessive handling is a major challenge.
Several automation features such as adding a rotary table with auto off-load can greatly increase production time.
The new generation of pad printers can store the print parameters of a virtually unlimited number of print jobs, eliminating the need for pad printer at every assembly line.
Another solution is the four-axis SCARA (Selective Compliant Articulated Robot Arm). The XE-Robot can be programmed to select from a number of pads of different shapes and sizes and pick up inked images from multiple clichés, each with its own ink cup. With a rotating fixture, printing on multiple sides of a multi-angled part is possible.
There are also Servo-driven pad printers which can be added to existing mold manufacturer's production lines as a separate print cell. This can add efficiency and cost savings to many manufacturers' bottom line.
The XD070 multicolor industrial inkjet printer has variable image data capabilities for digital printing barcodes and serial numbers.