Benefits & Uses

Key Benefits: Cost and Time Savings

The 3 largest t-shirt manufacturers in the world have made the switch to Tagless T-shirts from Inkcups due to dramatic cost and time savings.

Cost savings (average numbers across our customers):

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

Time savings:

  • 800 printed parts per hour, per machine (60% more pieces per hour than with heat transfer)
  • Brand-new graphics (or adjusted graphics/colors) can be ready for printing in under 30 minutes
  • No drying process or equipment necessary

Uses

Print size up to 5.5" (140mm)

Up to 2 colors per tag

Light-on-dark options*

*Brite-on-Dark with Brite-100 Printer is limited to 500 images per hour. Standard pad printers, which can use Cool Grey ink (example: red shirt above), will achieve up to 2000 impressions per hour.

Pad Printed Tags
Heat Transfer Labels
  • Costs

    Cost per high-durability printed tag ~ $.003.

    Cost per high-durability label ~$.15
    Cost per regular label, high volumes ~$.0
    Cost per regular label, low volumes ~$.06.

    $90.00 (cost of 1 ink can) ~ 100,000 tags.

    $150 (average minimum order) ~ 2,500 labels.

    No order minimums.

    Minimum order of 2,500 labels (or 1,000 labels plus fee).

    Compact and durable supplies can be easily stored in cabinets.

    Funds tied up in label inventory that occupies a lot of storage space, may require cooling/air conditioning in hot climates, and gets damaged easily.

    Low utility costs: air is less than 0.5 cfm, electricity is 0.87amp/10watt (per machine).

    High electricity costs: 7amp per machine.

  • Quality

    Tags withstand 50 industrial washes.

    Only the high-durability types of labels withstand 50 industrial washes without breaking.

    Tagless t-shirts can be stretched – good for flexible garments.

    Only certain types of labels don’t break apart on stretching.

    No heat mark (“halo”) or discoloration on fabric.

    Heat marks and/or discoloration on fabrics are common.

    If garment shrinks after washing, tag also shrinks.

    If garment shrinks after washing, label causes unsightly dent on garment.

    Tagless t-shirts stay soft-hand even after washing – great for intimate apparel.

    Labels have rough texture.

  • Production Speed & Flexibility

    Average cycle time for machine ~ 800 tags per hour.

    Average cycle time for machine ~ 400 labels per hour.

    Ability to change colors and graphics on demand. Brand new graphics can be ready for production in less than 20 minutes!

    3- to 5-day lead time for any changes to artwork.

    Ability to reduce “show through” by reducing ink laydown – great for intimate apparel.

    Limited ability to control “show through”.

  • Logistics

    Supplies can be ordered on-demand.

    Necessity to order a 3-month label supply and store it.

  • Production Safety

    Pad printers are user-friendly and facilitate worker safety.

    Burn accidents are common among heat press operators.

  • Sustainability

    There is little to no waste. Leftover ink (if any) is environmentally-friendly and can be safely discarded without treatment.

    Paper on both sides of every label – and that’s a lot of paper – needs to be collected and disposed of. If the paper is not recycled, it has a major negative impact on the environment.

Pad Printed Tags
Screen Printed Tags
  • Production Time

    After printing, there are no extra steps for drying. Tags are dry to the touch instantaneously so items can be stacked and packed/handled immediately.

    After printing, items need to be laid out to dry or dried in ovens or with air guns. These extra steps make production process 5 to 40 time slower than with pad printing.

  • Production Costs

    Pad printing uses about 10 times less ink than screen printing because ink is laid down in a very thin layer and only on the printed area.

    Screen printing uses about 10 times more ink than pad printing because extra ink is spread over the whole area of the screen and the print itself is several times thicker.

    No drying – no extra labor costs.

    Extra labor involved in drying.

    No drying – no extra utility costs.

    Extra utility costs involved in drying.

  • Production Space

    Pad printing machines have a footprint several times smaller than that of screen printing machines. Drying tables/ovens are not needed.

    Screen printing machines have a footprint several times larger than that of pad printing machines. Drying tables or ovens take a lot of additional space.

  • Quality

    Prints are soft to the touch and comfortable for the consumer.

    Prints are thick, hence a little rough and not as comfortable for the consumer.

Tag Characteristics

Cotton & Cotton BlendsSynthetics & Performance FabricsLeatherTwo-End FleeceDenim
Home Laundering Resistance
Industrial Laundering Resistance (50 Washes)
Stretchable
Soft-Touch
1-Color
2-Colors
Anti-Dye Migration
  • Excellent/Fully Compliant
  • Good
Cotton & Cotton BlendsSynthetics & Performance FabricsLeatherTwo-End FleeceDenim
Custom Color
Bright White on Dark
Gray on Dark
Metallic
  • Excellent/Fully Compliant
  • Good
Cotton & Cotton BlendsSynthetics & Performance FabricsLeatherTwo-End FleeceDenim
Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1/RSL
Adidas A01
Nike RSL
CPSIA
  • Excellent/Fully Compliant
  • Good
  • Excellent/Fully Compliant
  • Good
  • Cotton & Cotton Blends
    • Home Laundering Resistance
    • Industrial Laundering Resistance (50 Washes)
    • Stretchable
    • Soft-Touch
    • 1-Color
    • 2-Colors
    • Anti-Dye Migration
  • Synthetics & Performance Fabrics
    • Home Laundering Resistance
    • Industrial Laundering Resistance (50 Washes)
    • Stretchable
    • Soft-Touch
    • 1-Color
    • 2-Colors
    • Anti-Dye Migration
  • Leather
    • Home Laundering Resistance
    • Industrial Laundering Resistance (50 Washes)
    • Stretchable
    • Soft-Touch
    • 1-Color
    • 2-Colors
    • Anti-Dye Migration
  • Two-End Fleece
    • Home Laundering Resistance
    • Industrial Laundering Resistance (50 Washes)
    • Stretchable
    • Soft-Touch
    • 1-Color
    • 2-Colors
    • Anti-Dye Migration
  • Denim
    • Home Laundering Resistance
    • Stretchable
    • Soft-Touch
    • 1-Color
    • 2-Colors
    • Anti-Dye Migration