Process Pad printing
Pad printing is a decorating method for irregular shapes, and for those shapes which cannot be easily printed by silk screen (e.g. double round surfaces).

Pads receive ink from a printing station and apply colour to a particular area. Automatic methods, with several pads in series (transfer pad printing), can achieve cheap multicolour decoration.

Manual machines are used for low production volumes. In this case multicolour prints are obtained through different steps which involve a set-up of the machine.
Danish Name Tampon tryk
Category Surface treatments, Printing
Typical products Cup
Glass frame
Competing processes Silk screen
References D & C Serigrafi
Tamponcolor GmbH
Willumsen A/S
Price notes Price for one colour printing. For two colour printing the operational cost is double, and so on.
Operational costs [DKK/part*colour]: 0.30/0.60 (automatic/manual, small parts); 1,5 (not labellable products); 6/12 (automatic/manual, large parts).
DKK/part*color 5 parts 500 10000
Small (bottles 50-100 ml) 230 2.5 0.4
Medium (bottles 500-1000 ml) 230 3 0.5
Large (Thermos) 240 7 3
Price date November 1996
Additional info Fixed costs: Cliché about 400 DKK; machines set-up 400 to 1000/1200 DKK (manual/automatic), paid only for production volumes lower than 1000 parts.
Automatic machines have common production rates ranging between 1500/4500 parts/h.
Photo Thomas Nissen (Computer graphics)
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