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 […]

KP07 Pad Printing Machine

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 […]

KP05 Pad Printing Machine

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. […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: How long after pre-treatment do you need to start printing?

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Is it an hour, a day, a week or is there a way to test to be sure the priming function is still viable? Unfortunately there is no hard and fast answer to how long it can be expected that the pre-treatment will remain in effect.  Largely this is dictated by the make-up of the […]

KP04 Pad Printing Machine

Tech Tip Tuesday: Advantages of Tagless Printing

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Engineered Printing Solutions has worked with numerous apparel manufacturers of T-shirts, underwear, and lingerie in developing tagless printing operations to identify brands, sizes, and care labels. Tagless labeling allows garment manufactures to print directly on the fabric – eliminating the need for sewn-in tags and the cost and labor associated with it. Direct Labeling – Fine and […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: What is the viscospatula designed to do?

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The viscospatula is deigned as a simple but efficient tool to assist you in establishing a consistent and reasonably accurate viscosity when mixing inks for use in your pad printing machinery. You will notice the five smaller holes at the wider end of the spatula. The speed at which your ink runs from the top […]

KP06 Pad Printing Machine

Tech Tip Tuesday: Considering Our Custom “Hot Wind” Option For Your Pad Printer?

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The essence of the pad printing process is ink management – achieving a complete transfer of the ink (the image) from the Printing Platesto the surface of the part. Our custom “hot wind” option is a feature that affords your operator(s) much more control over their pad printing (i.e., ink management) process.  Here’s how: As […]