How does tagless pad printing work?
Tagless pad printing, much like standard pad printing, is the process of transferring a two-dimensional image onto a product or substrate. Specifically, tagless applies to garment labeling. A pad printer is made of several components all working in conjunction to perform a print cycle to achieve a print. The plate, or cliché, holds the artwork to be printed on the garment. The ink cup houses the ink mixture and slides over the plate. As the ink cup slides over the etched plate, it leaves a small amount of ink in the etch. The pad is the transferring mechanism that picks up the ink in the etch and applies it to the garment. For each new artwork, an etched plate must be made. In addition, for each color added an additional plate must be etched.