Pad Print Decoration for Automotive Products

Equipment, Tooling & Consumables Designed for Success in Automotive Applications



What is pad printing decoration?
Aero is ideal for high-performance, low volume applications. Touch screen interface, text-driven GUI and clear operating instructions.

If you would like to transfer a single or multi-color 2-dimensional image onto a 3-dimensional product or component with high precision and repeatability- pad printing is a great option.

Pad printing utilizes a silicone ink cup to transfer ink onto a printing plate. When the ink dries the resulting decoration is extremely durable and repeatable for use in mass production.


How is pad print decoration used in the automotive industry?

Pad print decoration is found in nearly every part of automobiles on interior, exterior and under hood components. Automotive components embrace a wide range of substrates, shapes and performance challenges (like exposure to high temperature) – and pad print is well-suited to provide tailored solutions for each unique product to be decorated.

What types of information are often printed on automotive parts?

Most often, pad print decoration is used to apply branding, decorative updates, notification, safety instruction and indicator marking on a wide range of  automotive parts.

What is special about decorating automotive products and components?

exterior car parts pad printingAutomotive brands and their suppliers require repeatable, high quality decoration – just like most markets do. Beyond that, there are several special requirements that are of particular importance to automotive brands.

Due to the nature of the automotive industry, recalls are very expensive and there is significant need to make sure decoration is precise and highly repeatable from the beginning (get it right the first time!). Automotive brands and their suppliers require a high level of efficiency which embraces everything from quick changeovers to reduced scrap. Finally, given the required lifespan of automotive parts and requirements, decoration needs to be highly durable.


What kind of experience does Trans Tech  have with pad print for automotive products?

Trans Tech has been supporting automotive brands and their OEMs and suppliers for over 40 years.  We provide market-leading tight tolerance for even the most challenging automotive parts. Automotive brands,  component/assembly manufacturers and automotive molding specialists trust Trans Tech  for:

  • Product Decoration Systems – Stand Alone to Fully Automated.
  • All Tooling & Consumables.
  • Expert Automotive Adherence and Validation Service

What parts of a car interior are well-suited for pad print decoration?

We understand the tight tolerance required for quality decoration and color matching on interior automotive parts.  Our 40 years of experience can ensure smooth production flow and consistent quality.

Typical Applications Include:

    • Knobs
    • Displays
    • Controls
    • Gear/Shifter Plate
    • Trunk Latches
    • Dashboard Clusters



What is unique about dashboard decoration?

Dashboard clusters often have tight tolerances,  unique part angles and treated surfaces Our quality machines and tooling are engineered for superior printing of buttons, logos, and shift bezels.

Typical Applications Include:

  • USB/Sync logos


What elements of a car exterior are well-suited for pad print decoration?

Trans Tech has experience decorating a wide variety of exterior car components. Our one-pass & multiple color systems can be easily integrated into full automation.  Our extensive artwork expertise allows us to meet requirements for tight tolerances or precise light diffusion.

Typical Applications Include:

  • Medallions/Badges
  • Light Pipes
  • Fuel Caps
  • Light Lens Covers
  • Concept/First Run Cars


What kind under hood parts are frequently decorated with pad print equipment?


Trans Tech’s pad printer machines are well-suited for under hood automotive part decoration. Our systems provide consistently superior decoration that exceeds industry quality standards for tolerances and ink durability. Our turnkey systems can pretreat and cure parts in line for better product flow.

Typical Applications Include:

  • Engine Covers
  • Fill Caps


What specific pad print machines, supplies and services does Trans Tech supply for automotive decoration?

Automotive brands and their suppliers can use Trans Tech as a one stop shop for automotive part and component decoration.  In addition to a range of pad printing equipment, we provide tooling, and all consumables (including specialty automotive as well as standard inks, printing plates, ink cups, pads and more).  We are experts at customized tooling for automotive products. In addition we have a wide range of services designed to help automotive brands and their suppliers.


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