Industrial
Pad Printing

Serviscreen is an experienced pad printing company with the technical ability to achieve precision that meets even the highest quality standards. We can print your parts in our ISO 9001:2015 certified Michigan facility with single-color and multi-color options.

If you need specific color inks, our production team can blend inks to provide exact color matching. We mix inks that are unsurpassed in adhesion and durability. We can also develop the printing plates from graphic designs that you supply or we develop for you.

Michigan pad printing company logo on a golf ball

Common Pad Printing Applications

  • Containers

  • Appliances

  • Control Buttons

  • Automotive Parts

  • Injection Molded Parts

  • Furniture Accessories

  • Medical Products

  • Name Plates

  • Face Plates

  • Promotional Products

  • Bottles

  • Toys and Hobby Parts

  • Light Bulbs

  • Clips

  • Handles

  • Knobs

  • Industrial Parts

  • Industrial Pumps

Nylon chair lever with industrial pad printed graphics

Suitable Materials:

  • Plastics: PVC, Nylon, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate

  • Wood: Natural, Finished

  • Metals: Anodized, Spray Painted, Powder-Coated, Dichromated

  • Glass: Flat, Cylindrical

Capabilities:

  • 1 - 4 Colors

  • 3D Objects

  • Long or Short Runs

  • Tight Registration

  • Durable Finish

  • Cost-Effective

  • In-House Art Dept.

Is Pad Printing or Screen Printing the Right Choice?

 

When planning an upcoming project that will require industrial decorating such as screen printing, pad printing, or laser etching, it’s always recommended to involve your printing vendor early on. Even if a particular process has worked well in the past, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right process for your newest project. Depending on the application, the vendor may have a more practical and cost-effective approach based on their knowledge and experience. You could potentially save thousands off the price and tooling cost by addressing the following factors before committing to a specific decorating method. Do you…

  • Have a high volume, small part?

  • Have a low volume, large part?

  • Need printing on a variety of parts?

  • Have a flat, concave, or convex print area?

  • Have a prototype project or production run?

  • Need flexibility in color-matching choices?

  • Have special requirements such as UV resistance?

  • Require a specific process or are there other variables to consider?

Custom stethoscope for the medical industry with pad printed logos

Those are only a few things to consider when it comes to the screen printing vs. pad printing debate. Every project is unique, so the answer isn’t always as obvious as one might initially think. For more information, continue reading about the benefits of each process. Or, if you need direction tailored to your specific project, send us a message and we’ll be happy to help.

The Benefits of Industrial Pad Printing

Hundreds of plastic buttons with industrial pad printing.

Pad printing machinery can be tooled up to rotary printing tables, belts, and curing units, providing a production line to process large volumes quickly and keep the costs down. It is the ideal method for single- or multi-color printing on concave/convex parts, or tight areas where screen printing cannot reach.


The downside is that pad printing machines have limited print areas and ink cup sizes; the larger the machine, the more cost involved. Also, if the production runs are lower volume, the tooling/set-up can add a significant expense to the job