The process of converting a 2D image onto 3D object is called Pad printing. This is done by using an indirect offset printing process in which an image is transferred from the printing plate to the substrate. The printing pad used is commonly silicon pad. The unique property of picking the image from the plate and transfer it onto complex surfaces like cylindrical, spherical, textured, convex, concave etc. makes silicon to be used for this application. Pads used in this service include ’round pads’, ‘bar pads’ and ‘loaf pads’. Custom shaped pads can also be made for complex and customized design purpose.
Whether it is just a pen to be printed with a logo or a complex design to be printed on a high end surface, there is a wide pad printing services available. Solvent based ink with additives is used for the printing purpose to improve print quality. The service providers could get a wide variety of printing services to the industrial and corporate sectors with friendly professional service with an exceptional print quality at an acceptable rate. Dedicated and trained staffs are required for excellent quality prints. Corporate and industrial sectors are mostly benefited by the services offered by the printing companies. The service offer excellent printing on parts that are irregular or complex in nature. Multiple colored design patters are also made. It finds wide application in medical, automotive, electronics, apparels and toy industries. Also, it can be used to print serial numbers and identification labels for many applications. The ability to print formerly on unprintable surfaces makes this technique to be used widely in mass production in the industry. Most design and markings on the dash board and instrument cluster on automotive are made by this technique.
Another printing technique is the Laser marking and also is known as laser engraving. A sharp laser beam is focused and concentrated on the surface where the mark has to be imprinted. Replacement is not required as there is no ink or tool used in this method. Techniques like printing, hot branding and laser bonding comes under this. Materials like wood, rubber, metals, alloyed compounds, stone and glass can be printed with this method. Excellent results are achieved if the power, speed and focusing of the laser beam onto the object is correctly made. Also, it finds wide applications in jewelry and fine arts.
Implementing control systems and information technologies in the above mentioned marking techniques to reduce human work load makes way for the automated printing systems. Automation systems used in the printing and Laser services helps in performing tasks that are beyond human capabilities of size and endurance. With these systems, customized design on irregular and complex surfaces can be made easily possible. The automated systems developed by Control micro systems using fiber and CO2 lasers are widely used in the auto and semiconductor industry.
Computers and control systems when aided with the printing services makes way for the use of automated printing services. The aid of these systems to printing services helps for better printing results. Also, it ensures maximum productivity and reliability with minimum floor requirements.