Selecting your Plates – What you should consider when selecting your plates

There are three major types of pad printing plates (also known as Cliches).
These are:

Photopolymer

Most popular type, used for short and medium runs. Available in tap-water and alcohol developing chemistries. Ideal for customer in-house plate processing.  Excellent printing and graphics reproduction characteristics. Used on all gradient and Process Color work. Work on open ink well and closed cup systems.

Thin Steel

Used in medium and long runs. Very hard steel surface, long wear. Excellent printing characteristics. Factory processed only, requiring specialized processing.

Laser Engravable

Used with Direct to Plate Laser Imaging Systems. Magnetic metal backing. Used in short to medium runs. Excellent printing characteristics. Work on open ink well and closed cup systems.

Printex offers the best materials and technology available in the industry. Please select a type to read the technical information provided for each material type. Our technical staff is ready to answer any questions you may have in determining the best selection for your application.

We look forward to serving all your pad printing needs.

Photopolymer

Printex offers the best water and alcohol developing product in the industry barr none.

Steel

Printex offers state-of the-art thin steel plates in .50 mm (.25 mm is available by special order only).

Laser Engravable

Our Direct-to-Plate laser engravable plate, G2-DTP features magnetic steel backing and long run polymer top coat. This platemore

Printex offers plate processing services on photopolymer and steel plates. Our state-of-the-art graphics department can generate artwork or handle your vector base art files. After you place your PO, we will provide you with a proof of your artwork as it will print, for your review.

Photopolymer

Steel

Laser Engravable

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