Are you using a single-sided or double-sided ceramic ring? If you are using a single-sided ring you should look into the benefits of using a double sided instead. The most obvious reason has to do with the fact that rings can get damaged… yes, sooner or later it will happen, but if you have a double-sided ring you can simply flip the ring over and continue pad printing. If you need to re-assemble an ink cup or flip a double sided ceramic ring but not quite sure of how to do it, we have a video with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Go ahead, check out our Ink Cup Assembly – Ceramic Ring Changeover video
Archive for June, 2009
Have you ever experienced problems while pad printing such as repeated misprints or voided prints? If so, your initial reaction was most likely that it was caused by the ink. However, many times it is due to the fact that the printing pad needs replacing. If your pad looks anything like those on the picture, it’s about time you get a new one!
By the way, for a limited time, we have a Buy 5 Pads Get 1 Free offer for you. Search our pad selection and call in for more details at 978-646-8981.
Common Issues Caused by Old Pad
- • All silicone pads have oil in them to pick up and transfer ink properly. If the pad dries out you may experience voids in the prints.
- • If the image is burnt into the pad that means it has dried out. This can be caused by using a high ratio of hardeners or thinners in your ink - hardeners and some thinners are aggressive to the silicone surface. This is normal and doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your ink mix – but you will have to change your pad more often. (The life of the pad also depends on what substrates you print on, for instance, softer plastic materials is gentler to print on then hard metal objects.)
- • Pads can also get saturated with thinners, leading to poor ink pick-up. If the saturation happens, the pad will dry out quicker than it should.
- • When the pad durometer changes (due to dryness) softer pads get softer and harder pads get harder, which will also affect the outcome of the artwork.
We’ve seen a lot pads and done a lot of pad printing here at Inkcups. Our conclusion is: if you are continuing to use a deteriorated pad instead of getting a new one, you are wasting much more than you are saving because of all the misprints and aggravation.
How to Take Care of Your Printing Pad
Even the best pads won’t last forever. However, you can prolong their life by regular maintenance.
This kind of imprinted leather padfolio and notebook make a perfect corporate gift for your employees. And the Mimaki UJF 605C11 inkjet printer is an excellent printer for this purpose as it has the capability of printing on dark surfaces.
Believe it or not but one of our salesmen was walking into a meeting with a client who saw this padfolio – and they loved it! They were so impressed that they are now asking for samples of their own.
The Mimaki’s printing table is 19.5×23.5 inches big and can hold 4 padfolios at once. This makes it a much more flexible and useful printer than any standard industrial ink jet printer on the market.
The artwork exhibits excellent quality and doesn’t rub off the leather material.
It didn’t take Paul a long time to get this padfolio and notepad done. First he searched online for the right images which he then imported to the Mimaki software. Within minutes he was was ready to test-print followed by the real imprint of these leather binders.
The customer wanted the etched text to be as dark as possible. To do so we used the following settings on the laser: 100 speed, 10 power, .01 hatch and 3 Loops with a frequency of 35 KHz.
After focusing the laser to the plate we manually lowered the laser head in order to get that extra dark marking.
One of our indispensable sales managers, Paul Strunk was asked by his 11 year old daughter to come in for career day and talk about what he does for a living. Anyone who knows Paul also knows that he would never pass up an opportunity to crack a few jokes! He did however also have an agenda – encouraging young kids to stay in school and pursue a college degree.
Paul himself got his business degree while also serving in the Navy. After getting out he started working in sales and has been in this industry for the last thirteen years. Due to Paul’s endless sense of humor and slight sarcasms the kids seem to enjoyed his 10 minutes speech – he even got fan mail!