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Introducing the ICN-B150 Benchtop Pad Printer

March 29th, 2011 | Author: Stephen

ICN-B150 Benchtop Pad Printer (Click to enlarge)

ICN-B150 Benchtop Pad Printer (Click to enlarge)

Inkcups Now is proud to introduce the ICN-B150 benchtop pad printer for large images. Inkcups Now is always striving to improve our products, continuous innovation is our goal. We took the popular ICN-150 pad printer and turned it into a benchtop model, maintaining the same features of the ICN-150 in a new smaller size.

Key benefits of the ICN-B150 include:

  • Benchtop design: Consumes a smaller area, can easily be incorporated into work cells and small work spaces.
  • Incorporates 150mm ink cups: Can print large images up to 140mm (5.5″) in size.
  • Powerful compression capability of 779lbs: Allows for easy handling of large, hard print pads.
  • Programmable rear and forward stroke delay: gives the operator complete control over the printing cycle and print opacity.

A popular use of the ICN-B150 is for apparel tag printing. Printing care labels directly onto clothing that may be too large of an image for a standard ink cup and pad to support. Apparel tag printing is now the industry standard on all forms of apparel.

Contact Inkcups Now for more information.

Printer used in this project:
Type: Semi-Automatic Pad Printer
Brand: ICN-B150
Model: One Color Benchtop
Standard applications: apparel tag printing, pens, stress balls, other metal and plastic parts…
Unconventional applications: cookies, contact lenses
More info: ICN-B150 Benchtop Pad Printer page

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ICN Tips & Tricks: Make Your White Tagless Labels Even Brighter!

March 15th, 2011 | Author: Stephen

SuperWhite Ink from Inkcups Now! (Click to emlarge!)

SuperWhite Ink from Inkcups Now! (Click to emlarge!)

Printing on dark garments with a white ink can be difficult. Sometimes the tagless label is simply not bright enough and the darkness of the garment shows through. Here at Inkcups Now, we understand your frustration and have provided some great tips for you to get that white bright!

To get a brighter white:

  • try reducing your thinner mixture by 5%.
    The mixture commonly use is:
      50 grams White
      7.5 grams SBM thinner (15%)
      2.5 grams 1000HNX hardener (5%)
  • Add a 1 second delay before pickup and 1 second before print. Adjust front and back delay to see if you get improved results.
  • Make sure you increase the pad compression on the garment so the pad “over-compresses” or nearly stalls during the printing cycle
  • Make sure your pads are not worn
  • Make sure you used enough ink in the cup – it is a common problem to put too little ink into the cup with white because its pigments are so heavy. 50 gram of white ink is a minimum mixture
  • If you have artwork flexibility, go to all capital letters for size and country of origin
  • It is common to have to add thinner more frequently to white ink because it has more pigment than all the other colors. The thinner helps keep the pigment in solution.
  • Try using inks other than standard white ink – Inkcups Now has developed a new product called SuperWhite Ink with pigments especially designed for garment printing.
  • If you have any questions or are interested in tagless printing or SuperWhite ink, please click here.

    Ink used in this project:
    Type: SuperWhite Ink
    Brand: SB Series Ink
    More info: SB Series SuperWhite Ink page

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    Inkcups Now Introduces their New Line of Silicone Inks

    March 7th, 2011 | Author: Stephen

    Silicone ink printed on wristbands (click to enlarge!)

    Silicone ink printed on wristbands (click to enlarge!)

    Inkcups Now strives to provide consumers all over with the highest quality inks available. We take pride in our lineup of pad and screen printing inks. Maintaining that standard, Inkcups Now introduces our new line of silicone inks.

    Silicone is typically a difficult material for conventional inks to adhere to. The only way to print on silicone is with a silicone based ink. The SI Series silicone ink ensures excellent adhesion to all silicone products. Whether it is a remote control or a wristband, the silicone ink will adhere. The SI Series ink can be applied by either screen printing or pad printing.

    The addition of the silicone ink is just another example of Inkcups Now’s ability to meet and exceed customer needs.

    Inkcups Now’s Si Series silicone ink comes in a wide variety of colors and can be color matched to any pantone color.

    Contact Inkcups Now for additional information!

    Ink used in this project:
    Type: SI Series
    Brand: Sapphire Pad & Screen Printing Ink
    More info: SI Series Silicone Ink page

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