Inkcups, which mainly features on this site for its range of inkjet direct to object printers, has now introduced three new pad printers, expanding its existing portfolio in order to produce larger images on longer goods with extended stroke capabilities.
Pad printers are not often written about in this inkjet age but they are flexible machines, able to switch over from printing on notebooks to frisbees or mugs quickly and easily. All three of these new machines are single colour devices, with the biggest being the Inkcups 2200-DLI pad printer, which has a 90 mm ink cup with a 15cm pad stroke length and can print an image of 7 x 22cm on parts up to 25.9cm tall. It can print multiple images on single parts such as long, hard items like lacrosse or hockey sticks, but it can also print to small 2-up items,such as footwear insoles, promotional products and electronics including Bluetooth speakers, allowing multiple image print locations on the same part.
The range also includes the ICN-200, which has a plate that can hold multiple images for smaller parts. It’s fitted with a 200 mm ink cup, and has a 30cm pad stroke length that’s able to print an image size of up to 19cm in diameter. It can print to injection-molded plastics, industrial parts and appliances, such as plastic containers (recycle bin), kitchenware (plastic and metal paper towel dispensers), food storage containers, satellite dishes and appliance panels.
Finally there’s the smaller ICN-120, which boasts a 120 mm ink cup size that can print an image up to 10.92cm in diameter. This larger area coupled with an extended stroke of 20cm makes for a larger printable area reach. An optional pad cleaning device can be added to it. It’s said to be suitable for a wide range of applications, including hooded sweatshirts (with the design located on the left chest and neck), apparel sleeves, medical items including sharps disposal containers, denim jean pockets, and tall drinkware, such as protein shakers and tumblers.
Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups, explained: “Our goal is to build pad printing machines that increase the capabilities of our current customers as well as expand Inkcups into other markets.”
These machines are aimed both at print service providers and industrial users. However, Inkcups says that the larger machines mainly appeal to industrial users as they are trying to print on larger parts.
All three of these are available now. You can find more information from inkcups.com.