How to Prevent UV Curing from Damaging Print Heads

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When it comes to UV inkjet printing, reflective, transparent or glossy substrates do not always ‘play nice’. These substrates can be anything from glass and crystal to simply any type of shiny media that causes UV light to bounce back into the print heads. The problem with UV light reflecting back into the print head […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: Ink Mixing – A Pad Printing Best Practice

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Ink mixing for pad printing is a fairly simple task. However, when done incorrectly it can adversely affect the whole printing process. This can result in subpar results that leave you not only having to remix your ink, but disrupting production and costing time and money. Below are a few tips to help you get […]

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Short-Run Printing – The New Digital Megatrend

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It’s no secret that we live in an on-demand world. Technology has provided us with immediate gratification in nearly all aspects of our lives. Print on demand is a perfect example of how the digital age has redefined the what, how and when of our printing needs. Albeit a less popular buzz-word, short-run printing is […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Pad Printing – It’s All About The Pad!

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The print pad is one of (if not the) most important aspects of the pad printing process. Made from silicone rubber, it is the perfect ink transfer medium when designed, used and maintained correctly. The properly molded print pad will have the following features: Excellent adhesion Flawless Ink Detachment Perfect Ink Transfer Stability of Form […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: Choosing A Mixing Cup For Pad Printing

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Before the process of pad printing begins, it is important to know what kind of cup you should (and should not) be using to mix your ink. Mixing solvents with ink is a very important part of the pad printing process, as it to enables the ink to transfer and dry quickly. However, solvents are strong chemicals […]

Industrial Printing Takes Branding to Next Level

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Industrial printing is considered by many industry experts to be the greatest advancement in the printing industry in decades, and for good reason. We are seeing the opening up of endless opportunities in the personalization, geo-customization and consumer interaction of product packaging. The ability to connect with consumers in a more personal and engaging manner […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: I Am A “New Guy” That Has Plans To Do In House Pad Printing

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I am a “new guy” that has plans to do in house pad printing. I know a closed system is the best for me and in general. I plan to do small amount lots of 250 to 500 printing at a time, as low as 50 at a time. Working with my budget, is is possible to be […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: Why Am I Getting A Washed Out Printed Image?

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I have etched thin steel plates that are etched to about 30 microns and am using a sealed cup pad printer. I run and print 5-10 parts that look great and then the image starts becoming washed out looking with voids. If I leave the machine for a few minutes the print looks good again […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Ink Leaking Over The Edge Of The Cliché

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Have you ever had ink leaking over the edge of your cliché?  You have tried to figure out the solutions and investigated the issue by taking the cup off to check if the ink was too thin. When you did that you discovered that the ink might be too thick, but you are still uncertain of what steps to take […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: How do you properly dispose of ink?

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Wondering how to properly dispose of ink? We dispose of bulk quantities of “used” ink with pouring it into a 55 gallon drum (for mass collection).  The drum is collected by a waste management company, contracted on a bi-weekly pickup, for disposal in compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state regulations. […]