Pad printing is an indirect way of printing in which the ink is transferred by means of a silicon pad (tampon). The great advantage of this printing technique is that the pad is flexible and adjusts itself to the object on which you wish to print. This means that it is possible to print on round, hollow and other curved objects, for example. Set-up costs are charged for pad printing because the machine must be set-up/adjusted and because a flat plate with layers must be created (cliché). These layers are filled with ink that is absorbed by the pad. The top layer, which will have dried a little, becomes a bit sticky which makes the ink stick to the pad. Then while the pad moves towards the product, the wetter side also dries and becomes sticky. Ultimately, the ink is applied to the item because the silicone pad has ink-resistant qualities.
Screen-printing is a printing technique used for graphics as well as for industrial purposes. Textile can be printed with this technique, but also print plates and solar cells. For screen-printing a fine piece of mesh is stretched over a frame provided with a layer of photo-emulsion. The logos that you want to print are laid on the frame during exposure so that the dark surfaces can be washed out after exposure. These washed surfaces are permeable areas on the screening frame through which the ink is pushed. When the ink has been applied to the frame it is brushed over the fine mesh with a squeegee. The ink goes through the mesh in the washed areas and is pushed onto the item.
Embroidered designs have a higher value and quality compared to screen printing and heat seal printing. Embroidery is usually priced by the stitch, so the bigger the design the greater the amount of stitches, Left breast size logos are the ideal size for embroidery, large back logos are better done using heat seal for single colours, or screen print for multi colours. We also have our own embroidery machines in-house. We will provide you with a digital image of your embroidery for you to approve before production. Embroidered logos can be ironed without stitching loosening or any colour loss.
Domed stickers are vinyl stickers with a full-colour print on which a layer of artificial resin is poured. This creates a spherical sticker that is scratch-resistant and has a fancy look. The domed stickers can be produced in nearly any shape and size and—thanks to an extensive variety of foils and printing techniques—almost any effect is possible. The domed stickers are waterproof, colour-proof, UV-proof, self-adhesive and durable.
Stickers are digitally printed in CMYK. PMS colours are approximated as closely as possible. The logo, text or image is digitally printed on self-adhesive vinyl and then the stickers are cut into the desired shape. The stickers can be equipped with a domed layer. This layer provides additional protection from fading and scratching. The stickers can be supplied loose or sheets.
Laser engraving is a popular technique for providing promotional products or corporate gifts with a logo or even an individual’s name (personalisation). The laser engraving machine is controlled by a computer on which the logo or text must be programmed. This computer-controlled laser is very precise so that laser engraving of relatively small and fine designs is also possible. The advantage of laser engraving your commercial item is that the engraving is scratch-resistant and has a chic look. Laser engraving cannot be done in colour. The colour depends on the material and the under-layer of the material because the laser removes the upper layer making the under-layer visible.