Tech Tip Tuesday: Maximize The Production Life of Print Heads

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It is very important that whether it is an operator or maintenance that care is always taken when working with drop-on-demand print heads. They are generally expensive and delicate. If you want to maximize the production life of print heads only trained personal should be handling them. A filtration of some sort should be used […]

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KE16 Pad Printing Machine

Tech Tip Tuesday: What Is The Difference Between A Polymer Plate And A Thin Steel Plate?

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There are two major differences between a polymer plate and a thin steel plate: Etching method. Printing Plates are etched by means of a UV exposure unit whereby a series of steps are taken to burn the image to the surface of the plate while exposing the surrounding area.  Depending on the type of polymer […]

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Anti-Counterfeit Packaging – A Primer

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While there are many types of security features used in product packaging, the ‘big three’ categories are usually defined as Overt, Covert and Forensic. Overt – This type of security contains a visible feature, enabling packaging to be validated quickly and easily through visual inspection.  They are best used where the general public is a part […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Tools Required To Operate Pad Printing Machines

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the traditional sense there are very few tools required to operate pad printing machines.  In most cases you will find that a single M4 Allen key will be all that you put to the machine in order to get it setup and functioning. However there are a few tools outside of formed metal that […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: How Do You Correct Distortion With Pad Printing?

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Distortion means different things to different people.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We will first speak to pad printing. If we are to stay with a fairly standard definition of distortion … the printed image is the same size and clarity as the film from which the cliché was made were it […]

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KE06 Pad Printing Machine

Getting Started With Secure Pharmaceutical Packaging

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You know there’s a threat to your brand, and you know you need to take action.  Crucial revenues are being lost each day, and your corporate reputation is at risk.  If you are in the pharmaceutical or medical device space, you know that Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) compliance is on the near term […]

Tech Tip Tuesdays: Frequently Asked Pad Printing Pad Questions?

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How long should my pad printing pad last? Depending on how “rugged” a surface you’re printing on, a pad should last between 50,000 and 100,000 impressions. Improper use, careless machine operation or stray grit however, can decrease the pad’s life. What should i watch for when I’m pad printing? Make sure your substrate is free […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Why Should You Be Wearing UV Glasses While Inkjet Printing?

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Aside from looking smart while getting your print on… The UV created by the curing mechanisms is no different than that of the sun.  Do not stare at the sun!  The jury is out on whether the reflected light is as harmful… it is always good practice to wear UV glasses when in a production […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Servo-driven pad printer vs. pneumatic pad printer

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There are two primary reasons why a client would opt for a servo-driven pad printer over a pneumatic one: Speed & Flexibility Speed is pretty simple to grasp – shorter strokes, faster movements – all lend themselves to higher productivity, especially when it comes to fully automated machines. Flexibility is gained when a client has many different […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: Symptoms of Having Chosen the Incorrect Pad Printing Pad

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The pad is one of the most important elements in the pad printing process. The correct choice is essential in obtaining good final print results. Symptoms of having chosen the incorrect pad printing pad: Pin holing (pad too soft or too shallow), Image distortion, Incomplete transfer (in particular near the peak of the pad), Inability […]

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