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Photopolymer Pad Printing Plates

Inkcups Now is one of the largest laser and polymer pad printing plate (cliché) suppliers in the USA. Our sales volumes on pad printing plates enable some of the industry's lowest pricing. Unlike the competition, we don't require minimum order quantities. We offer a complete line of traditional photosensitive alcohol and waterwash pad printing plate materials.

BPL Exposure Unit

Photopolymer plate exposure unit
On the left you see a picture of non-vacuum Expore Unit designed for making photopolymer pad printing clichés. Click to read about our selection of exposure units.

Watch instructional videos explaining how to make film positives for polymer plate-making and how to etch photopolymer plates.

We also offer revolutionary laser plates: CO2 laser engravable Imperial Plates and YAG laser engravable Cobalt Plates. If you have a CO2 or YAG laser system with advanced software, small spot size and quality power control, our patented Imperial and Cobalt laser plates will enable you to make pad printing plates in just a few minutes. There is no need for film positives or chemicals, the procedure is clean, fast and simple. If you don’t have a laser system or are looking to upgrade it, you should check out Inkcups Now's line of Cobalt laser engravers and plate-makers.

Our state-of-the-art cutting and punching facility has been recently expanded to meet customer demand! Our high-speed systems enable a cut accuracy of .5mm on the size of photopolymer plates; "universal" punching capabilities allow rapid setup for any hole configuration. Our standard punch configurations include: Trans Tech, Tampoprint, Imtran, Comec, Autoroll, Printex. Custom pad printing plate sizes can be configured for any machine.


Line of Photopolymer Pad Printing Plates:

Pad Printing Plates: Alcohol Wash Grey Alcohol Wash Gray Pad Printing Plates
These extremely popular polymer plates have a standard thickness of .017" and have a light gray color prior to exposure and an olive color after exposure. These reliable pad printing plates yield consistent, quality etches and are cost effective. Typical life of these plates is 10,000 impressions.
Etching A/W Gray Plates
Pad Printing Plates: Alcohol Wash Green Alcohol Wash Green Pad Printing Plates
These photopolymer pad printing plates have a thickness of .029" and have a medium green color before and after exposure. They are known for their ability to reproduce fine line graphics and exhibit scratch resistance for longer runs. Typical life of these plates is 15,000-20,000 impressions.
Pad Printing Plates: Alcohol Wash Red Alcohol Wash Red Pad Printing Plates
These polymer plates have a thickness of .020" and have a red color before and after exposure. These high quality pad printing plates have exceptional durability and image reproduction and also have a premium price. Typical life of this pad printing plate is between 60,000 and 100,000 impressions.
Pad Printing Plates: 1Mil Alcohol Wash 1Mil Alcohol Wash Pad Printing Plates
This specialty plate material has a thickness of .010" and has dark green color before exposure and light green after. It is a single exposure polymer plate designed to etch to a fixed depth of .001". It is ideal for printing process images and fine line graphics because consistent etches can be made without use of a secondary line screen. Typical life of these polymer pad printing plates is up to 50,000 impressions.
Pad Printing Plates: Water Wash Light Green Water Wash Light Green Plate
These polymer plates have a thickness of .018" and are light green in color before and after exposure. This pad printing plate is known for its ability to reproduce quality images at a cost effective price with average scratch resistance. Typical life of these plates is 10,000 impressions.
Pad Printing Plates: Water Wash Orange Water Wash Orange Pad Printing Plates
These photopolymer plates have a thickness of .019" and have a light red before and after exposure. They have a matte finish which enables excellent contact between film and plate and are known for their ability to reproduce quality graphics and exhibit improved scratch resistance for longer runs. Typical life of this pad printing plate is 15,000 impressions.
Pad Printing Plates: Water Wash Dark Green Water Wash Dark Green Pad Printing Plates
These specialty polymer pad printing plates have a thickness of .029" and are dark green in color before and after exposure. This material is known for its durability and ability to reproduce high quality halftones and fine lines. Typical life of these plates is 15,000-20,000 impressions.



Thick Steel Pad Printing Plates (Clichés)

ICN provides thick steel cliches (pad printing plates) manufactured to the demanding tolerance specifications of today's ink cup technology. Pad printing plates are available in all sizes and accommodate pin registration requirements for all machine manufacturers. ICN steel printing plates ensure superior doctoring characteristics, longer life cycle and superior image definition.

  • Etched Thick Steel Pad Printing Plates: Thick steel plates (10mm thick) are designed for high resolution and high volume printing applications (over a million impressions). These plates are lapped to a flatness of plus or minus .001" and are available in a wide range of sizes.
 
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