Why Switch to Printed Garment Tags?

Save time. Save money. Go Tagless.

Printing garment tags are the newest evolution in garment labeling technology. Tagless pad printing is the most cost-effective and flexible alternative to heat transfer or sewn-in labels. Print tags directly onto any type of garment from underwear to outerwear with tagless label printing.

The Benefits of Going Tagless

Lower Costs

  • Average cost of supplies per print: $0.003
  • Utility consumption: 0.0096 KW per printing machine
  • 40% fewer printing machines and operators needed than with older technology

Save Time

  • Print 800 parts per hour on a single machine (60% faster than heat transfer)
  • Brand-new graphics (or adjusted graphics/colors) are ready for print in less than 30 minutes
  • No drying process or additional equipment necessary

Improve Quality

  • Withstand 50 industrial washes
  • Soft to the touch tags, even after washing
  • Tags stretch with the substrate, won’t crack, distort, or break
  • Print fine-line text as small as 6pt type

Pad Printing Garment Tags Process

A Pad Printing machine utilizes a silicone print pad to pick up printing ink from an etched plate (cliché) and transfer it to the part. Unlike screen printing or heat transfer for garment labels, pad printing lays down a thin layer of ink, effectively embedding the print into the garment fibers leaving the print soft to the touch.

The etched plate is mounted onto the pad printing machine. The ink cup (filled with ink) slides over the plate, leaving ink only in the etched area and removes (“doctors”) the ink from the rest of the plate. Next, the print pad is pressed onto the etch, picking up the ink. The pad then moves over the part and is pressed onto the garment.

Check out The Ultimate Guide to Pad Printing to Learn more!

Laser Plate-Making for Garment Tags

Convert a digital image into an etched plate (cliché) within minutes. Laser plate-making gives the user flexibility to create and adjust your garment or footwear tags on-demand. No more waiting for heat transfer labels to arrive or photopolymer plates to cure! Etch a plate – and start printing the new graphics right away.




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Tagless Label Printing suits most garment and footwear applications. Pad printed labels will withstand 50 industrial washes on such fabrics as cotton and cotton blends, spandex/elastane/Lycra, polyester, nylon, leather, and denim.


Tagless Label Printing suits most garment applications. The prints withstands 50 industrial washes on such fabrics as:

  • Cotton and cotton blends
  • Spandex/Lycra/Elastane
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Leather
  • Denim


  • Boxers
  • Panties
  • Sleepwear


  • Performance shirts
  • Sports bras
  • Yoga pants
  • Socks


Printed tags are non-irritant to the skin and unnoticeable to the touch – perfect for the most delicate of items!


Printed tags have been thoroughly tested and are certified skin non-irritant. Safe for infant and children’s clothing.


  • Scrubs
  • Chef’s jackets
  • Other uniforms


Tagless Pad Printing works on:

  • Dress Shoes
  • Sneakers and other sports shoes

We’ve had success with the following shoe parts:

  • Heels
  • Insoles
  • Midsoles
  • Shoe tongues
  • Sock liners