Pad Printing

Printing Method

Pad printing is an indirect gravure printing process. This method is the most versatile of all printing processes with its unique ability to print on three-dimensional objects and compound angles. The key elements of the pad printing process are the pad, the cliché, and the ink. The image on the cliché is inked via doctor blade system or ink cup while the pad travels to the image. The transfer happens by the pad. It picks up the inked image from the cliché and carries it to the substrate. At the last step the pad contacts the substrate using just the right amount of pressure to deliver the image.

Machine Examples

Comec XE-30 (Card 5A)

Comec XE-30 (Card 5A)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width300 mm 
max. colors8 
space requirement3 m² 
variety of materials14see below
max. printing output45 m²/h1.000 cycles/h
max. printing pressure2.500 N 

TAMPOflex INTEGRA 200 (Card 5B)

TAMPOflex INTEGRA 200 (Card 5B)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width170 mm 
max. colors1 
space requirement0,13 m² 
variety of materials14see below
max. printing output91 m²/h1.000 cycles/h
max. squeeger speed0,008 t 

MicroPrint MS 500 (Card 5C)

MicroPrint MS 500 (Card 5C)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width500 mm 
max. colors8 
space requirement1 m² 
variety of materials14see below
max. printing output225 m²/h1.500 cycles/h
max. color thickness1.500 pcs/h 

Tampoprint TSG 200 (Card 5D)

Tampoprint TSG 200 (Card 5D)
CategoriesIndexBackground information
max. printing width200 mm 
max. colors5 
space requirement2 m² 
variety of materials14see below
max. printing output24 m²/h1.000 cycles/h
diameter of paint pot0,2 m 

Pad Printing Systems can print on a broad variety of materials:

  • paper, cardboard, board, plastic foil, metal foil textile, leather, linen
  • glass, ceramic, metal, synthetic
  • vaulted elements, round elements, U-shaped elements, small components