CLICHES LASER FOR TAMPON PRESSURE - TTN
Smart Tampo Printing
Together with Tampo Techniek Nederland BV (TTN) from Valkenswaard, supplier and manufacturer of tamponeer machines and accessories, MetaQuip has developed a fiber laser suitable for direct clichés. Direct laser reading for tampon printing delivers time savings, flexibility, cost savings and benefits the environment.
Tampon printing is a technique that allows a wide variety of surfaces, such as flat, cylindrical, spherical, composite angles, textures, concave or convex surfaces, to be printed. In a flat slab (cliché) floors are made. These floors are filled with ink, which absorbs this ink by a smooth and elastic stamp of silicone rubber. The ink is then transferred by the tampon to the object to be printed.
Pad printing is used for printing prints on hard-to-print products. It is used in many industries such as medical sector, automotive, promotion branch, clothing, electronic items / equipment, sports equipment and toys.
Making clichés with a laser
The clichés are an essential part of the process of tampon printing. The traditional technique for making clichés works with a UV exposure unit and uses photo exposure with film positives and chemical etching of a photopolymer plate. There are many disadvantages to this way of working:
- harmful chemicals.
- Usually outsourced which takes extra time.
All in all a costly and dirty way of working. There is the so-called "computer to plate" technique. This requires a laser engraving involving laser etching of a specialized cliché plate.