Pad Printing: Why it is the Most Popular Method of Printing for OEMs and Manufacturers

Without a doubt, manufacturers love their equipment. There isn?t a single machine that many manufacturers will discard unless it had outlived its usefulness or the technology needed to operate it is obsolete. Manufacturers also place a lot of emphasis on printing the right stuff for the products they make. In fact, printing has helped most manufacturers to market their brands and reach out to more customers. Interestingly, manufacturers and OEMs prefer pad printing.

Printing Diverse Products
There is a lot that can be done through pad printing services. It is commonly used in printing:
* Pens with logos
* Lighters
* Mobile phones
* Stained glass
* Guitar picks
* Crocs
* Cowbells and sheep bells
* Jewelry
* Play balls
* Colorized coins
* Smoke detector housings

The technology is quite useful in printing Christmas ornaments or skateboard wheels and it is also used a lot in printing colored contact lenses. The logos or writings you see on baseballs would be impossible to print without pad printing. CDs, colonoscopy tubes, golf balls, coasters, fishing lures, and wristwatches all have writings that are the direct result of pad printing. There is a good chance that you’re holding something in your hand that was printed using this technology.

Transfers 2D and 3D Images Accurately
There are several reasons manufacturers and OEMs prefer pad printing. One of these is the fact that it has proven highly effective at transferring 2D images onto the desired surface. It does this quickly and accurately. For a long time, the technology has become the best at moving images onto 3D objects. The technology has thus become one of the most sought after when there is need to print images on products that are not flat.

Perfect Alternative for Industrial Screen Printing
Pad printing is replacing industrial screen-printing, which has been popular for years. Screen-printing, as many manufacturers and OEMs discovered, is incapable of printing on irregular surfaces. The task is a hundred times more difficult when using large screen-printing machines. Manufacturers and OEMs struggled to find the right technology for printing on electronics. Now, they can do all that and more with pad printing.
The first people to use pad-printing technology were the world famous Swiss watchmakers. They used this technology to print logos and other information on watch faces. Today, the technology has evolved massively. The process has since been modernized and uses specialized machines. The machine ?stamps’ the desired images or designs on any 3D object.

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It does this with a level of precision that is impossible to replicate in the printing industry.

The machines rely on the following:
* Printing ink
* Image plates
* Silicone or rubber printing pads

The printing device also needs a pad, which is hard to select. Selection depends on:
* Pad size
* Pad shape
* Pad height
* Pad hardness
* Pad surface finish
* Pad material

Guarantees Best Image Clarity
Once everything is in place, a manufacturer or OEM can look forward to the best image clarity. The resolution produced is also of the highest caliber. The technology guarantees varying edges, tones and details that bring out the best in any picture. The versatility of pad printing on 3D and unusually shaped objects is unmatched. The technology has made it easier to print on objects with irregular surfaces, as previously stated.

Perfect for Printing Large Volumes
Manufacturers and OEMs write in bulk. They operate in industries associated with printing large amounts of different materials. Accuracy and consistency are mandatory when printing such large volumes. Unfortunately, even the best industrial screen-printing cannot guarantee the accuracy, precision, and consistency needed to deliver excellent stuff. Pad printing, on the other hand, is what you would refer to as a ‘sure bet’ in the world of sports gambling.

Pads are Easy to Customize
Your design requirements often make it impossible to customize the stuff needed for industrial screen-printing. These requirements are almost a non-factor when talking about pad printing. You can do anything you desire with the pads. It is also easy to customize the image plates ? whether silicone or rubber according to your preferences. Manufacturers and OEMs are guaranteed more options through this technology.

The two main advantage manufacturers and OEMs get from pad printing are:
* Printing on curved surfaces is now faster and easier
* Guaranteed superior quality on all types of textured surfaces

Prints on Different Heights Efficiently
Furthermore, pad printing allows manufacturers and OEMs to print images on products that have more than two different heights. The technology makes it easy to print on the higher and lower parts of the same product simultaneously. What this means is that manufacturers and OEMs can save time and money by printing products quickly. Everything, though, depends on the type of ink you intend to use.

The common types of inks used in pad printing are two component inks and one component inks. One component ink is the preferred type for all thermoplastic surfaces. Such surfaces include Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polystyrene, and PVC. Two component inks, on the other hand, include a hardening chemical and ink. Two component inks are commonly used on objects that are likely to be subjected or exposed to chemicals and high mechanical stress.