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Pad Printing

Nordell’s Pad Printing Services


Being a leading UK injection moulding company, we understand the intricacies of the manufacturing process. We will work with you to get your product from the design stage to completion.


Our pad printing services are available to all of our clients who we manufacture parts for. If their products require pad printing, we can cater for their requests using our on-site technology and expertise.


Speak to your account manager to find out more or contact Nordell using the form below.


What is Pad Printing?


Pad printing is a process which was originally developed in Switzerland to allow manufacturers to print onto watch faces.


Over the years, as technology moved on, the pad printing process evolved too and it can now be used to print on hundreds of different shaped products.


What really sets it apart from other printing methods is its versatility. It’s one of the few printing processes that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object.


Tampo Printing


Pad printing is also known as tampography or ‘tampo’ printing.


It requires specialist equipment which usually comprises of:


  • A pad printing machine
  • A plate / cliché maker
  • Pad print ink and ink cup
  • A pad print plate (with image)
  • Silicone pad print pads

During the pad printing process, an image is transferred from the plate onto a substrate via the silicone pad.


There are many different types of pad printing machines, but they all essentially allow two types of processes.


1. Open System
An open ink well system has an open reservoir of ink from which a flood bar draws ink onto a printing plate and a sharp blade (doctor blade) wipes the plate clean. This method is popular for certain applications where there are long images, a number of colour changes and short print runs.


2. Closed System
This utilises a sealed ink cup system whereby an inverted cup is filled with ink and uses the sharp rim of the cup as a printing plate wiping system. The sealed ink cup system floods and wipes a printing plate in the same motion, which drastically limits ink exposure to the air and therefore viscosity changes. This helps keep the process much more predictable and manageable.


Nordell can provide pad printing services using both methods and advise on which would be best for your project.


What Can You Print With Pad Printing?


One of the big advantages of pad printing is its versatility when dealing with all kinds of 3D objects.


It can be used within many different industries to print on various different products including, but not limited to:


  • sports equipment
  • pens
  • bottle caps
  • gel capsules / coated tablets


And it’s not just ink that has to be used with pad printing. There are a number of other materials that can be used that have more functionality compared to cosmetic ink.


Pad Printing with Adhesives


Many ways of applying adhesive to a product are difficult. It’s either time consuming and labour-intensive or creates too much waste. Pad printing’s transfer methods of precise liquid application are an ideal solution to this issue. The sealed ink cup is capable of avoiding dry adhesive, and the pad printing plate is capable of being engraved to the desired depth and line thickness required.


Pad Printing with Flavours, additives, and dyes


Pad printing can be used to apply flavours, additives, and even dyes to foodstuffs such as cookies, and gumballs that require harder pads. Even pills/tablets that would require a more delicate touch.


Pad Printing with Lubricants


Whether it’s an oil, grease or other substance that reduces friction: if it can stick to a silicon pad and can be transferred to another substrate, it can be pad printed. Where precision is required to minimise waste and avoid failure of adjacent mechanisms, pad printing can be the best solution.

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No matter what stage you are at in your thought process, make contact with our team today to discuss your project.
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