Print Pad Durometer or Hardness – Same Thing

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Albert F. Shore developed the measurement device called a durometer in the 1920s to measure material hardness. As a result of the Shore ratings, the terms hardness and durometer became interchangeable. Many pad print pad manufacturers color code the standard durometers by adding pigment to the silicone itself or by coloring the pad base. The […]

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Cliché Size and How It Can Affect Your Bottom Line

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Recently it came to my attention that not all of my customers are aware of some hidden expenses. For example, the cliché size vs. your business expenses is directly analogous with an electric/hybrid vehicle vs. a gas guzzler’s effect on gas costs. The hybrid costs more up front but the gas guzzler costs more at […]

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A Long and Happy Print Pad Life

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Our pad department asked me to investigate why a long-time customer had stopped buying our pads. The idea crossed my mind that our pad department was questioning the quality of our pads compared to an unknown competitor’s. So, since I had been planning a trip that included this particular customer, I confirmed a meeting with […]

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The Different Pad Shapes

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Choosing the right print pad for a pad printing job is not an easy decision. Five key pad characteristics (shape, durometer, size, surface finish and material) affect the quality of the printed image. But shape is the most important variable in selecting a pad, so let’s discuss why in today’s blog. The Different Pad Shapes […]

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Pad Printing Tips: Production Speed

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You’re not ready to invest in faster equipment yet. Still, you wish you could increase your number of imprints by end of day. A simple way for pad printers to increase their production speed, which in turn increases print volume, is to change your operating speed. Here’s one way  how: Maximizing Speed Means Minimizing Strokes 1. […]

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Pad 101: Getting The Most Out Of Your Pad Printing Pad

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The pad printing pad is one of the most important elements in the pad printing process. Image quality and ink coverage, are affected by your pad print pad. Here are some tips to help you get the best from your print pads and extend their life in the process. What’s my substrate? Your substrate is […]

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Part 2: When is Automation Right for your Pad Printing Business?

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In Part 1, I explained some of the indicators of a need to implement automation in your process, and some of the challenges you needed to anticipate and control during the implementation. Let Me Tell You a Story This is the story of a manufacturer with two endings – one happy, one sad. The company […]

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Part 1: When is automation right for your pad printing business?

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Engineered Printing Solutions custom solutions sometimes involve designing and engineering automation capabilities. When appropriate, we  recommend an upgrade from your existing equipment. Why would you do that? After analyzing your current process, we sit down with you and discuss where you can save time and money by investing wisely in a custom automated system. A […]

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