Wear and tear is common when using a product non-stop however, understanding when to change a pad printing pad is imperative in this process. Although most pad printing equipment is built to last, there are some components that must be changed regularly to ensure you are getting a solid print. One of the most important components is the pad.
This is the tell-tale sign that you REALLY need to purchase new pads.
Think of pad printing pads as a stamp. When picking up the print from the plate, the pad will absorb a microscopic amount of the ink. Over time, the pad print hardeners in the ink will break down the material of the pad. Resulting in a smoother top to the pad and an overall discoloration of the pad. Additionally, depending on which type used, the pad may harden.
The number one reason to change your pad is to ensure the best print quality. Technicians will spend hours trying to find a “good” spot on an old pad when in reality, purchasing a new one is easier and saves time.