Transfer Printing Information

Screen Printed Transfers

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The majority of heat transfers used in the plastic moulding industry are manufactured by the screen printing process. Multiple colour graphics added value to the identification of products. Plastic manufacturers found that heat transfers eliminated multiple set-ups and related problems associated with wet ink printing processes. The decorating process could be accomplished next to the moulding press rather than in a separate climate controlled area.

Advantages of Screen Printed Transfers

There are many reasons to opt for screen printed transfers...
  • Multiple spot colours
  • Metallic pigment Gold and Silvers
  • Excellent coverage
  • Pantone Matching System™
  • Dry process

Requirements’ for application of the Heat Transfer

The heat transfer process has similar requirements to hot foiling and stamping...
  • Pressure The clamping force required to insure you have full contact of the die or roller to the component you are transferring
  • Temperature The amount of heat required to thermal bond the toner or ink transfer to the component
  • Dwell The time that the die, or roller is in contact with the transfer to the component to transfer the image across

There are also many factors that can also affect application

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Pressure can be affected by...
  • Defects in mouldings
  • Jig insufficient support
  • Air supply insufficient
Temperature can be affected by...
  • Defect on silicone roller or die
  • Contamination in moulding material
  • Temperature of moulding
  • Heavier or lighter coverage of ink or toner on the transfer
Dwell can be affected by...
  • Temperature of moulding
  • Pressure setting
  • Heavier or lighter coverage of ink or toner on the transfer
  • Die temperature

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Diamond Photofoil Ltd
Maidstone Road
Kent ME18 5HP
Tel +44 (0)1622 871088
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