Decorating Equipment

Product Watch: Objet, Konica Minolta, and Sun Plastech

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 7th, 2011

Objet Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) is expanding its line of simultaneous multi-material 3D printing technology to include a smaller footprint machine with a 260-by-260-by-200-mm (10.2-by-10.2-by-7.9 inch) tray size. Like its larger counterparts, the Objet260 Connex can print up to 14 different material properties within a single part thanks to the company's patented simultaneous multi-material jetting technology, it can also utilize the newly released acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)-like and transparent materials.

New pad design shortens printer changeover time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 24th, 2010

Pad printing can be more efficient with the ExpressPad, according to its maker. No tools are needed to replace the pad, and saving five minutes per changeover can turn 40 hours or more of annual downtime into productive uptime.

ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL) spent the last few years developing a response to what was a common problem for its customers, and using customer input. The resulting ExpressPad not only cuts pad replacement time but also improves the precision and repeatability of pad placement.

Servo-driven pad-printing platform delivers enhanced versatility

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 4th, 2010

ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL) has released its latest pad-printing platform—the electromechanical servo-driven Syncro—bringing a host of benefits in the process. The ExpressPad pad system, for example, enables shorter set-up times and better operator convenience, while the ActiveDoctoring ink-cup hold-down system allows for increased doctoring performance as well as decreased wear on the cliché plate via profiled motion on the cliché index axis.

UV printers decorate diverse substrates

By IMM Staff
Published: March 17th, 2010

Whether you’re molding consumer goods, medical devices, appliances, sporting goods, industrial hand tool components, packaging, personal care products, or caps and closures, two UV printer options can provide fast, full-color, and variable product marking and decorating, according to maker ITW Trans Tech (Carol Stream, IL).

Pad printer with space, speed, utility

By IMM Staff
Published: February 17th, 2010

Printing via the pad method in now possible at 2000 cycles/hr under most conditions for one color and typically 1700 cycle/hr in the two-color mode as a consequence of the latest advancements at Pad Print Machinery of Vermont (East Dorset, VT).

Laser marker touts safety, remote maintainability

By IMM Staff
Published: September 24th, 2009

Trumpf (Farmington, CT) describes its new TruMark 5020 fiber laser marker as fast and flexible, and ideal for applications in plastics requiring high speed and excellent edge quality, thanks to high-pulse frequencies and its superior pulse-to-pulse stability. Trumpf paid particular attention to laser safety in the design of the new fiber laser marker. In addition to an especially tough fiber protection hose, the TruMark 5020 has a mechanical lock that prevents the laser beam from discharging between two marking procedures.

Plasma pellet surface treatment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 30th, 2009

Advanced coating and surface engineering solutions provider Plasmatech (Erlanger KY) has added to its line of low-pressure gas plasma systems with the AL2200-D, designed for treatment of powders and pellets. A specially designed 5-liter rotating chamber ensures treatment consistency, even when processing very fine materials. Production systems with larger chambers are also available to accommodate higher volume requirements.

Durable pad printing cups

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 1st, 2009

Inline label-cutting saves IML molders money, increases flexibility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 26th, 2009

Inmold labeling (IML) has been slow to catch on in the United States, and several factors contribute to this. One is the long supply chain for the labels, which still primarily come from Europe, with one of the largest suppliers to North America in Belgium. The goal of companies adopting IML is to shorten the supply chain, particularly with respect to the labels, and gain greater availability in the United States.

High-speed cap printing

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 14th, 2009

Moss Srl (Reggio Emilia, Italy; ) has introduced the latest version of its MO 2062 dry-offset rotary printer, which is suitable for decoration of up to four colors on the top flat side of plastic caps for water bottles and carbonated beverages. A new feeding system developed by Moss enables a production rate of up to 300,000 caps/hour for the complete line. The same printer can be configured for half production of up to 150,000 caps/hour.

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