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Applications, Inkjet PrintingApril 5, 2022

Plastic Cup Printing Machine: The Revolution®

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Did you know the world uses 500 billion plastic cups a every year? Companies as big as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and as small as the local coffee shop rely on plastic cups to caffeinate the public. Downtown tea shops rely on plastic cups to concoct delightful varieties of tea, milk, ice, and tapioca pearls for a refreshing boba tea. Due to the global pandemic, many restaurants began offering to-go alcoholic beverages, in plastic cups. Many of these cups sport the logo of the company that created the hand-crafted drink. Those that don’t are missing out on a marketing opportunity. If your business is looking for a plastic cup printing machine, look no further. The Revolution® High-Speed Digital Cylinder Printer is the piece of machinery for the job.

Should I Print on Plastic Cups In-House?

Generally speaking, adding any aspect of your business to in-house rather than outsourcing creates flexibility, freedom, and often a price break. It is common knowledge that most industries suffered from supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the shortages continue to this day. Specifically, the plastics supply chain has been disrupted since the beginning of the pandemic. So, what does this mean for businesses? The businesses that purchase plastic cups in bulk and print in-house were in a better starting position than those who solely rely on another company to supply them with their printed plastic cups.

Printing in-house also allows you better control over quality control. You have standards, but they might not align with your current printing partner. By cutting out the middleman you can print remove this disconnect between expectations. Many businesses that already print in-house note the added flexibility, they are able to print at their own speed, when their schedule allows.

Let’s explore the possibility of adding a plastic cup printing machine, like the Revolution®, to your business.

Pre-Treatment for Plastic Cups

There are two main types of pre-treatment; corona and plasma. Both pre-treatment methods have the same end goal- to alter the surface tension of the substrate to make the surface a more welcoming location for ink to adhere to. The corona pre-treatment does this with an electrical type of charge that is applied to the surface of the vessel. The plasma pre-treatment uses the plasma portion of the flame.  Often the corona pre-treatment is strong enough to eliminate the need for any other accompanying treatment method.

Depending on your needs, the Revolution® can be equipped with either an integrated corona or plasma treatment system. To find out which your plastic requires, go ahead and send in your vessel for adhesion testing.

Ink for Plastic Cups

Vivid White UV curable inkPair your plastic cup printing machine with S1 UV Inkjet Ink for optimal adhesion. While we’ve already put S1 ink to the test for plastic in general, we have found that not all plastics are the same. Inkcups offers a complimentary service and strongly suggests sending in the plastic cups you intend to print on so we can test it in-house to guarantee the best results possible.

S1 UV Inkjet Ink is a well-rounded ink that strongly bonds to plastic, stainless steel, ceramic, and more. The line is composed of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, White, and Varnish to create vibrant, full-color graphics. The most recent addition to the line, Vivid White, is the whitest ink available on the UV inkjet ink market. This ink is perfect for printing on dark colored backgrounds. Read the official press release here, Inkcups Vivid White Digital Ink Now Lives Longer and Offers 50% More Opacity.

Plastic Printing Machine for Cups

Of all the impressive cylindrical printer line Inkcups offers let’s take an in-depth view of the Revolution®. It was first introduced to our product line in 2019 and has quickly taken off. The Revolution® can print high-quality, full-color graphics at an impressive 600 parts per hour output.

As the Revolution® was designed for cylindrical printing needs it offers the ability to print 360-degree graphics that, due to helical printing are able to print longer images in a single motion, up to 220mm (compared to single-pass printing which requires a second pass to print the same length graphics, leaving a line in the print).

The Revolution® boasts 12 stations, complete with an automatic load/unload feature, as well as an integrated pre-treatment system. Another notable feature is that each machine has separate print heads for white and varnish. While the Revolution® has dedicated white and varnish print heads, CMYK is printed at a single station to ensure the most accurate and consistent dot placement, high-quality printing, and exceptional color reproduction.

Is a Revolution® right for your business? Get started today by contacting one of our knowledgeable sales representatives for more information.

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