Can Static Electricity Cause Problems in My Pad Printing Business?

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We have all experienced the effect of static electricity in our lives. From rubbing a balloon on our sweater and sticking it on a wall, to receiving the zap from someone who’s shuffling their feet across carpeting, it is a very real force and can certainly affect your pad printing. Like the electrical discharge after […]

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The Skinny on Plate Types

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Engineered Printing Solutions reps often hear the question “what plate type should I use?” The answer is standard for pad printing: What is the intended application How detailed is the artwork (fine lines? large solid areas?) What are the environment’s conditions (dusty? flying debris?) What is the thickness or opacity of ink required? What is the […]

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Pad Print Thinners and Hardeners

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Pad printing’s smooth transfer of an image from the inked cliché to the subtrates is facilitated by additives used in the ink’s mix. Pad Print thinners and hardeners are additives critical in handling ink adjustments for better adhesion and extending image life. Thinners Transferring pad printing inks requires that a percentage of thinner be mixed […]

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Stuck with Pre-treating for Adhesion?

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Pad printing’s a great way to transfer images to 3-dimensional parts. Its versatility handling shapes and substrates composition surpass almost every other automated marking method. However, getting that ink to ADHERE to all these parts can present a challenge, especially parts molded from Polyethylene (PE) or Polypropylene (PP). These two substrates exhibit a low surface […]

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Ink Viscosity and Seasonal Adjustments

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Pad printing is a thin film process. It starts with an etch depth in the cliché of approx. 25-75 microns and only a fraction of that ink film is picked up by the pad. Of the wet ink, 50% is a solvent that evaporates leaving only a 5 micron dry ink deposit. You can easily […]

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Viscospatula to the Rescue!

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Custom decorators and product marking professionals have some common challenges, and one of them is print run consistency. Getting their ink to perform in the same way with the same quality from job to job, regardless of who is mixing the ink, has a better chance of success with some controls in place. Ink series’ […]

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SGIA 2013 Journal Round-Up of UV-LED Flatbeds: EPS’s fJET-24 Is Hi-Res for Hi-Quality

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In the most recent SGIA Journal, Julian Joffe, CEO of Engineered Printing Solutions, was asked to participate in the article on “Compact UV-LED Flatbeds Take Inkjet Printing to New Heights” by freelance writer Eileen Fritsch. Last October the fJET-24 flatbed printer was added to our inkjet product line. This printer supports single- or bi-directional CMYK […]

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Pad Printing Pads: Is Pad Size Important?

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Size minimizes distortion An important variable to consider in quality pad printing is the pad size, especially as it relates to the image size. In pad printing, the larger the pad size used, the less the image is likely to distort in the printing process. Pad size is measured in length, width and height without […]

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All Fired Up: Pad Printing Glassware

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Most glassware has some kind of discernible shape. Logically, pad printing emerges as a natural choice in glass decorating and printing. The more complex the shape, the more suitable pad printing becomes as a decorating process. With the right tooling, multicolor prints, special-effects inks, and even 360 degree wrap-of-image-around-circumference are possible. Automated parts-handling options can […]

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