The seal was a very complex process. Complex and society. It began with woodblock printing, is about as basic as it gets. In the end, a thousand years after woodblock printing originated in Ancient China, the printing press changed everything, but still was very limited, today's standards.
Fast forward to the period when the technology evolves in the blink of an eye, and we have many more options when it comes to printing. However, with products of every shape and size coming with limitless contours and curves, it can be hard to find the best solution.
Fortunately, that is why pad printers in popularity after the Second world war. Pad printing is a unique process that allows you to quickly and efficiently transfer an image onto an uneven surface. To do this, it uses an indirect offsite printing process that combines printing form (otherwise known as “cliche”) and a flexible silicone pad to transfer ink from the etched printing forms on any surface. Then the process was used to effectively print on the face of the clock, but it was still a relatively young process. However, progress in terms of the silicon pads and advanced equipment used for pad printing meant that it can be used on almost everything. This put pad printing on the fast track to becoming an extremely flexible printing method for businesses around the world. Because of this, printing on curved surfaces like appliance panels can be done very easily with one machine. But how does it work?
First, from the “home” installation, a sealed ink Cup is lowered over the etched plate – covering the image and filling it with ink. Then sealed ink Cup is removed from etched. Due to the fact that the ink is formulated, it becomes tacky immediately after being exposed to air. Then the pad of transmission is lowered on the printed form for a moment, and as the Mat is compressed air pressure is used to transfer the ink of the raster image on the silicone pad, leaving a small amount of ink on the printed form. Finally, the silicone pad moves forward and the ink Cup again fills the etched plate to prepare for the next printing cycle. Meanwhile, the silicone pad compresses to the print surface, which transfers the paint layer on the product. When the silicone pad lifts off the substrate, it completes the print cycle. Most projects involve several cycles of printing.
But why is this process better than a process like screen printing? The main advantages of pad printing when compared with other methods, is a printing machine pad's unique ability to print on irregular shapes and virtually any material-including glass, coated substrates, plastic, metal, ceramics, silicone, foods, and pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, printing methods like screen printing are limited to printing on flat surfaces or round surfaces only. Meanwhile, pad printing offers businesses like manufacturers with all the features of the printer, the screen, but the level of flexibility and versatility that can't be found with any other method. On top of this, pad printing machines provide greater print quality, and allows the printer to run at a higher speed, change direction, and make precise adjustments on the go. With methods like modern screen printing, which are also frequently used for this purpose, the same would simply not be possible. It is fortunate for companies producing virtually any product, especially from the point of view of branding.
Pad printing has been the method of choice for printing on products of any shape and size and quickly replaced screen printing when it comes to print products, parts and components. Apart from simple appliance decorating, it has also been used for printing, pens, dials, and many other parts of the device. Other products typically printed by pad printers, medical equipment, hockey pucks, toys, automotive parts (e.g., turn signal, and the control Panel), computer keyboards, televisions, and serial numbers for many applications.
If you're looking for a printing process that's flexible and powerful – pad printing is likely to fit the bill.