What is the tagless pad printing process?
The tagless pad printing process involves the use of 3 main components to achieve a print: the ink, pad, and plate. Each item has an impact on the final result, therefore it is critical to ensure they are all of the highest quality to get the best print possible.
A typical pad printing cycle goes as follows: the ink is poured into an ink cup and then placed onto an etched plate that holds an engraved image of the artwork. The ink cup slides over the etch and back again (doctoring) leaving only a small amount of ink in the etch of the plate. Next, a pad compresses over the etched image on the plate and picks up the ink (in the form of the image). The pad then slides over the garment and compresses again to release the ink and “print” the garment.