Discussing ‘printing problems in practice’, an open seminar was held on October 11-12, 2017, in Bietigheim, Germany. Around 40 professionals attended the seminar, an annual meeting that offers support and answers questions in the area of pad printing.
A technical session and selected presentations that focused on pad printing machines, equipment, inks, plates, and innovations gave insights to all areas of pad printing where discussions revolved around the latest innovations and building social networks. Flint Group, one of the market leaders in manufacturing printing plates, explained direct engraving of pad printing plates and demonstrated the latest laser imager, Xeikon’s ThermoFlexX 30.
Xeikon’s ThermoFlexX 30, a digital fibre laser, works well in the medium web segment, which is used in pad printing. Based on smart design, printers can produce their own digital plates in-house. The nyloprint DLE 30 S pad printing plate is suitable for short and medium print runs for laser direct engraving. With nyloprint pad printing plates, designs and fine types can be transferred precisely on nearly all substrates and geometric shapes. Detailed reproduction and an easy and fast plate processing is also possible.
A satisfaction survey on the open seminar was conducted afterwards with positive remarks: “This seminar has been a great forum for learning about all the everyday problems in pad printing as well as hearing what other people in other industries are trying to figure out. Overall, an excellent seminar which is very well organised and well presented,” said one of the participants.
Experts on pad printing, Peter Gailing, Sieb- und Tampondruck Gailing, Ralf Rübenach, Marabu and leader, Jürgen Veser, Flint Group, founded Innovationskreis Tampondruck (Innovation circle pad printing) in 2013. The aim of this committee is to improve networking among suppliers, institutions and research facilities. Furthermore, this platform offers qualified support in process optimisation and vocational trainings.