| HISTORY OF PAD PRINTING
Important landmarks in the evolution of Tampon printing or pad printing industry.
Before 1956 (crude printers):-
Swiss watch dial industry used manual pad printers, in which gelatin was used instead of present day silicone pads. Blocks were mechanically engraved and cleaned by hand held blades. This was a crude and time consuming method.
1965 - First modern day printer, developed by a young man named Mr. Wilfried Philipp (birth: 1928) in Germany, after numerous trials over ten years. It was the first official prototype of tampon printing of clock faces.
1968 - Introduction of cold vulcanized silicone pads and solvent inks
Experimentation and inventions was a part of life for Mr. Philipp and his company, which invented the pad printing machines. But in 1968 came the idea, which changed the destiny of Mr. Philipp, Tampoprint and the pad printing industry.
Tampoprint was the first one to use cold vulcanized silicone rubber and solvent containing inks, making wet on wet printing possible and hence revolutionized the market. This investment and its use was introduced to the plastic world.
First worldwide introduction of Tampon printing machinery at the Hanover Trade Fair.
First patented electro-mechanical tampon printing machine, TS 100, at the world's largest plastics exhibition K71 held in Dusseldorf, Germany. This machine became the instant sensation. 100 tampon printing machines were ordered by the Swiss clock industries, marking the beginning of the mechanical engineering company.
Pad printing became automated. Special automations to print balls, syringes, cassettes etc. were made by Tampoprint. The process underwent modernization.
More advancements in pad printing technology. Industry witnessed the emergence of "Laser Marking / Lase Engraving", which made engraving and marking possible on any kind of substrate. Substituting chemical etching.
During this period this method of printing watched out tremendous changes & sophisticated advancements in the printing technology.
Spinks India becomes channel partner with Tampoprint
Spinks India, earlier dealing in printing inks, started new venture of pad printing and laser marking machines for Indian subcontinent and Middle East. Pad printing during this stage witnessed the invention of keyboard printers, speedy models, rotoprint, automations, robot pad printers etc, which are not only new, but sufficient to cater to various needs. Such as:
- Fine quality of printing
- Any possible size of the component
- Difficult surface material
- Speedy production requirements etc.
Mr. Wilfried Philipp
Founder of Tamponprint
Mr. Wilfried Philipp: during his research hours
First pad printing machine