In our quest to be a full service, hybrid supplier, we have been active recently in promoting our label design and printing services. But of course when it comes to printing labels or decorations directly onto packaging, you have many options, and the more you know about the advantages of each printing method, the better we will be able to advise and serve you. Today we will briefly look at the tampo, or pad printing method, which is one of the more popular and innovative ways of printing onto container surfaces.
Tampo, or pad printing, is very much as the name implies: an image from a pad is printed directly onto a product. In between, the pad is pressed onto a plate that holds the ink, formed in the design of the product’s label or logo. The surface that has been printed onto is then left in the open air to dry.
One huge advantage, and one that makes it popular with innovative companies, is that the pad process allows you to print on the surfaces of unusual shaped objects. The object can be round, like a bottle, or flat, like a cardboard box, or in a hexagon shape, and the pad will form to it, leaving a quality print. Moreover, pad printing can achieve high resolutions, making it ideal when a sharp image needs to be printed on a round surface.
Pad printing is pretty straightforward, and there isn’t a steep learning curve involved in the know-how. On the other hand, it is limited in a few aspects. Foremost, it may take a few pads to achieve printings with multiple colors. Also, unlike UV printing, the drying process with pad printing takes time. This means the goods will take up space as they dry, and it also means pad printing might not be ideal if you have a very short lead time.
All that said, pad printing is one of the more versatile and accurate methods around. Of course with our comprehensive label design and printing services, we offer this method, along with UV, digital, and silk screen printing. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. We recommend calling an All In Packaging service representative and getting a consultation to see which method is right for you. We look forward to your questions.