I got to experience the “Vicious Cycle of Under Investment” several times in 2016 while consulting for several companies that, amazingly, still insist on trying to be competitive while utilizing antiquated methods, machines, and materials. Most of them listened to me and escaped that cycle for good. Excellent. Some did not listen and are therefore still stuck wasting money in their efforts to actually save it. Continue reading
Product designers are notorious for choosing decorative colors without considering the feasibility of their application in production. Then, the target color sample is rarely an actual pad printed ink; it is normally a molded or painted sample, or perhaps a simple Pantone designation. Continue reading
I cannot stress enough the importance obtaining adequate training when purchasing a new pad printing system, especially if you’re new to pad printing. Continue reading
I spend a lot of time discussing the technical advantages of all electric versus pneumatic pad printing equipment. Speed. Flexibility. Control. In doing so, I often overlook our most fundamental advantage. The elimination of the wasteful generation and use of compressed air for machine power. It may not sound as sexy as the other benefits, but read on and I’ll show you just how all electric TOSH equipment can save you money every cycle, every day. Continue reading
I recently posted about difficulties printing on TPEs and TPUs. Well, silicone can be another problem. Continue reading
While the polymer cliché making process is pretty straight forward, there are several little things that can go wrong, with the end result being poor image quality. Continue reading
So you’ve got a project that is going to require a new piece of pad printing equipment. You obtained the requisite three quotes, and an extra one just to be sure. Quotes A, B and C come in between $15,000 and $18,000. Quote D is for $10,000.
Which proposal is the least expensive?
If you answered “D”, you’re probably incorrect. Continue reading
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE), Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) materials can present some significant challenges when it comes to decorating. Their soft, flexible tactile qualities make these materials popular for over-molding of “soft touch” coatings on control knobs, handles and levers, as well as for such items as smartphone sleeves and covers. Continue reading
Time and again I have clients that contact me with complaints about their ink’s performance for adhesion, as well as chemical and mechanical resistance. Many times the root cause of the problem is a failure to follow proper ink mixing procedures. Continue reading
Operator journals are a good idea. An operator journal can be as simple as a notebook that is kept in the immediate vicinity of each machine for individual operators to make notes (and sketches) for each other, or it could be an invitation-only group page on a social networking site like Facebook. Continue reading