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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Tech Tip Tuesday: What Happens If Your Plate Is Not Etched Properly?

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Although a fairly straightforward process, there are a number of things that can affect the pad print process if your plate is not etched properly. Common complaints range from edge definition to ink transfer issues.  Improperly etched clichés can allow for inconsistent image opacity or even missing portions of the images in certain circumstances. Some keys […]

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Tech Tip Tuesday: How Do You Test The Depth Of An Etched Cliché On A Polymer Plate?

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We use a microscope attached to a digital readout that is sensitive to 0.01 microns to test the depth of an etched cliché. The microscope is focused on an un-etched section of the cliché, the reading is set to zero then the scope is re-focused on the etched area which yields the depth measurement. This […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: How Do You Achieve Good Color Matching With InkJet Printing?

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Good color matching can best be achieved through the use of color profiling software. This software allows for the creation of color profiles which capture the bias imposed by the substrate color and porosity, print resolution, as well as ink set limitations on printable color gamut. A color profile is generated by printing an “objective” […]

The EAZY 160 Pad Printing Machine

Tech Tip Tuesday: Incorrect Pad Printing Ink Amounts

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Too little pad printing ink, often times the ink will not “flow” in the inkcup correctly giving an inconsistent fill of the etch.  Additionally, the ink will tend to thicken much more quickly as the doktoring action of the cup allows for thinner to flash.  In cases where hardener is used, very short pot life […]

Tech Tip Tuesdays: Let’s Talk About The XD070 Industrial Inkjet Printer

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The XD070 Industrial Inkjet Printer “image direct” from computer to print. The perfect solution for short or long runs with quick changeovers and variable data. This printer is ideal for multicolor printing on flat and semi-flat surfaces on a variety of substrates and can be customized to meet your printing needs. Now, let’s talk fixtures and […]

Tech Tip Tuesday: Can You Get Hurt Operating Pad Printing Equipment?

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It is, of course, imperative that common sense and attention to moving parts be used when operating any piece of equipment.  This includes pad printing equipment.  More often than not, the KP-05 – KP-08 model equipment will be run as a standalone system with only the manufacturer’s supplied guarding in place.  This includes the EZ-90 […]