If you are unable to make it to our booth, NO PROBLEM! Simply contact Inkcups Now and request some free samples! We are happy to provide your business with printing solutions for all your needs.
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Swing by the BRS Open House on September 20th – 21st and check out the XJET industrial inkjet printer in action! ICN is very excited to bring our XJET to Europe and the Middle East and provide the level of expertise and technical know-how our customers have become accustomed to.
Click here to visit our web page!
This how-to guide will explain each step in the plate-making process. Just follow the instructions for a successful plate-making operation. Exposures time for pad printing plates will vary depending on the exposure unit you are currently using, the times on our website are based on the Autolight-1528 or BPL-1220 exposure units.
The web version of the exposure times are also available in a downloadable PDF document. Print it out and keep it with your exposure unit for reference or use it as a training manual for someone new to the plate-making process.
Leave a comment below with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have about this about exposing pad printing plates.
ICN will be showing off some of our most popular machines including the ICN-B100 one color pad printer, the ICN-2200PS two color pad printer and our R160 rotational screen printer. Stop by booth L-10 for live demos machine!
The FESPA show is located at:
Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico (Conscripto 311, Colonia Lomas de Sotelo, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, 11200, México D.F.)
Question about our pad printing equipment or about a particular ink series? We will have a solution for you. The live chat function serves as an excellent medium for communication between Inkcups Now and visitors to the website. We are very excited to have this chat technology be apart of our webpage! We are continually striving to provide the industry’s best customer service from technical experts. Our chat service is not outsourced, you will be chatting with REAL Inkcups Now employees from our headquarters location.
Try out the Chat today! Just visit: Inkcups.com and click on the green and blue chat icon.
2011 was another monumental year for Inkcups Now! We grew as a company, introduced new products and updates to the market, expanded our presence in the garment tag printing (aka Inkcup Print) market. We have compiled a list of what we accomplished in the past year:
1. WE TURNED 10!
Inkcups Now celebrated its 10th year as a company! Starting out selling ink cups out of his basement, Ben Adner (President and founder) quickly turned this small company into a market leader in 10 short years! Even receiving the honor of being named entrepreneur of the year!
2. INKCUPS NOW EXPANDS THEIR FACILITY
In early 2011 Inkcups Now decided that we needed more space! We were expanding our inventory and simply could not house it all in a single place. We moved our entire ink, thinner and auxiliary line to a state of the art facility. We now have a larger inventory and faster than ever turnaround!
3. INCREASED WORK FORCE
Throughout the year Inkcups Now has obtained new employees in all departments of the company. We expanded our production department, our corporate sector and our sales department. We also have more international sales representatives in Central and South America.
4. INTRODUCED THE ICN-2200PS
The ICN-2200PS revolutionized 2 color pad printing. The reason why this machine is so effective in printing 2 colors is the fact that the parts do not move, only the pads, ensuring flawless 2nd color registration. The ICN-2200PS is also much faster than typical 2 color pad printing machines. The 2200PS is the most advanced 2 color pad printer on the market.
5. INTRODUCED THE ICN-B150
The ICN-B150, also known as the big brother to the ICN-B100, was an excellent addition to the ICN line of pad printers. This pad printer is a bench top model that now allows users to place in smaller work cells, yet can accommodate images up to 150mm in diameter. A great addition to any print shop!
6. INTRODUCED THE ICN-2200PSx
The ICN-2200PS was a great achievement for Inkcups Now and the printing industry as a whole. However, we managed to increase the speed of the machine by giving it an independent cup drive. The 2200PSx managed to increase the overall speed of the machine by 40%. This is now the fastest pad printer on the market today.
7. CREATED A ROTARY MODULE FOR THE MIMAKI UJF-3042
We built the first and only proprietary head lift system and rotary module for the Mimaki UJF-3042. The head lift system raises the print head to allow it to print on items up to 5 inches in height instead of the standard 2 inches. The rotary module gives the machine the ability to print on cylindrical objects, 360 degrees around.
8. NEW PLATE MATERIALS
We introduced new plate materials to the market for pad printing. Our premium orange laser plates are perfect for garment tag printing. Our gold plate material is great for doctoring because it has such a smooth glossy finish.
9. NEW TOUGHCUP
We redeveloped our ToughCup coating for the VersaCup Inkcup to be as tough as ever! The new coating even resists ink. The ink can literally sit over 48hours and harden inside the cup, no matter what the ink can be removed with just a single paper towel. A lot of companies have tried to introduce “green” products this year, Inkcups Now, however was the only one to truly succeed because there is no need to use chemicals and there is nothing to throw away.
10. SILICONE INK
Inkcups Now had begun selling a silicone ink that will adhere to any silicone material. The ink is available for pad printing and screen printing. The silicone ink can withstand extreme temperatures and will not crack or peel when bent.
What’s to come????
We plan on having another stellar year! We are going to continue to grow as a company. We are going to introduce a whole line of new machines, modifications to old machines, and continue to provide the best customer service in the industry.
What do you most want to see from Inkcups Now in 2012?
Simply open the attached file in adobe illustrator or any other artwork programs to use the template. If the image does not seem to fit, contact an ICN technician, they are always happy to help!
Recommended Ink cups to use in this Project:
ICN VersaCup (available in 90mm or 150mm in size)
Updated ToughCup coating is also available:
Ink resistant coating! No more chemicals to clean your cup.
For more information about Ink cups from Inkcups Now, visit: Inkcups.com/Inkcups
Download the 90mm Sizing Image:
Download the 150mm Sizing Image:
Not only does Inkcups Now create mold style fixtures, our engineers can also create metal or acrylic fixtures that are 100% unique to your parts specifications. Fixtures are also available for screen printing and inkjet printing along with pad printing. Fixtures are a great way to ensure flawless print registration on each part consistently. Fixtures allow for faster loading and unloading of parts and potentially maximize the amount of parts per fixture.
“Can I Etch Laser Plates with my CO2 Laser?” – This is a very common question we get from pad printing companies. Indeed, if a company already has a robust laser engraver, it may be able to enjoy the benefits of fully digitized pad printing plate-making – simply by purchasing the laser plate material and getting some instruction.
The short answer is as follows: you are likely to get the best results with laser plates if the wattage of your CO2 laser engraver is between 10Watt and 20Watt, and no more than 30Watt.
The longer answer is this:
- If your laser has more than 30Watt, you may still get excellent results with the Acculaze plate material, which is designed to handle fine-line graphics only (does not work for bold fonts or open etch areas). To etch Acculaze with a 30+Watt laser engraver, use the lowest power setting and make 2 passes.
- For the Imperial and Laser Orange plate material (both of which can handle any type of graphics) you do need the laser wattage to be no more than 30Watts; 10Watt – 20Watt is usually best. With a more powerful laser, the beam diameter (spot size) of the laser is too large to achieve fine etch and sharp prints.
- The other major factor that comes into play is your CO2 laser’s software: it will determine how well you can manipulate your graphic files.
- Test your laser! We offer laser plate samples and etching guides.
- Consult with Inkcups Now specialist to determine if investing in one of our specialized laser engravers and plate-makers is the right solution for you.
While garment tag printing, most users prefer making their own plates. Typically the most inexpensive way to etch your own plates is by using photopolymer plates with an exposure unit. Etching an image into photopolymer plates requires more attention than laser etching the plates, exposure times will vary depending upon the image size, even if the same plate material is used for both large and small images.
Inkcups Now has done extensive testing with our water wash orange plate material, our most popular for garment tag printing. Larger images need more time to develop during the washout process to provide the depth necessary for garment tag printing.
|200 Line Screen Exposure|
|Bake Time @ 170°F|
New to photopolymer plate-making? Click here to check out a complete photopolymer plate-making training video.
Plates used in this project: