Durable Decoration on a Variety of Materials & Shapes

The geometries, materials and performance requirements of sporting goods vary widely from one sport or activity to the next -making product decoration a challenge.

Trans Tech stands out for providing:

  • Superior repeatability
  • Innovative UV ink specially formulated for Sporting Good applications
  • Market-leading changeover speed (reducing downtime by up to 20%)
  • Expert material handling for enhanced efficiency and precision printing alignment


Sporting Goods Decoration

Pioneers in Innovative Solutions

Golf Clubs & Balls
Sporting goods customization is a top market we serve.
  Golf Clubs & Balls
Baseballs & Bats
  Baseballs & Bats
Ski Bindings
  Ski Bindings
Bicycle Shafts & Handles
  Bicycle Shafts & Handles
Hunting Bows & Arrows
  Hunting Bows & Arrows
Golf Clubs & Balls

Trans Tech is widely seen as a global pioneer in golf ball decoration thanks to our innovative printing process allowing for greater decorated real estate than was previously possible. We understand the unique ink to paint compatibility and adhesion issues that stem from the need to have decoration sandwiched between the ball and topcoat.

We also have expertise in heat transfer technology for expert decoration of golf club shafts.

Typical applications include:

  • Traditional and customized golf balls
  • Golf clubs
Baseballs & Bats

Decoration of baseballs, softballs, and bats require durable print with superior adhesion in outside environments with significant UV exposure. We know how to produce decoration that will look great even after rough outside recreational play in extreme conditions.

Typical applications include:

  • Baseballs
  • Softballs
  • Wooden Bats
  • Metal Bats
Ski Bindings

Decoration on ski bindings needs to be very precise – providing an indication of how the binding closes depending on the weight of the wearer. Print needs to be durable even in the most extreme conditions. We have the expertise to provide lasting, quality decoration on ski bindings despite their challenging geometry. Ask us how our ski binding decoration can withstand extreme cold and wet environments as well as scratch-resistant.

Typical applications include:

  • Hundreds of different sizes and shapes
  • Inside of binding- insert printed scaler- precision part
  • Outside of binding- decoration, branding, ski binding name

Beyond their primary safety function- helmets have become increasingly aesthetically interesting and personalized in recent years. We know how to provide durable, high-quality decoration designed to last in even extreme environmental conditions.

Typical applications include:

  • Bike helmets
  • Ski helmets
  • Hard hats
Bicycle Shafts and Handles

Bicycle decoration must not rub off or fade despite exposure to elements like extreme heat, cold and wet environments. Trans Tech as the expertise to provide reliable, quality decoration on the challenging geometries of bicycle shafts and handles.

Typical applications include:

  • Bicycle shafts
  • Bicycle handles
Hunting Bows & Arrows

Decoration on bows and arrows is often designed to provide branding, sizing or measurement information while not detracting from camouflage efforts. Decoration must be durable and not impacted by constant rubbing of the arrows across the bow. Trans Tech has the expertise to provide quality decoration options for this market.

Typical applications include:

  • Hunting bows
  • Hunting arrows
Dedicated Products & Services

Trans Tech offers a variety of products and services that are especially useful for sporting good applications. For example:

Check out the supplies offered by ITW such as these ink cups.
Market-Leading Changeover Speed

  • Replace conventional ink cups, generating as much as 27% cost savings
  • Tool-less pad changes completed up to 80% faster and ink changes up to 86% faster than with competing systems

ITW Trans Tech supplies include pad printing plates.
Superior Repeatability

  • Expertise in the entire printing process – from artwork through production
  • Electromechanical systems prevent much of the variation present with pneumatic based systems
  • Market-leading etched steel plates provide unmatched durability resulting in greater repeatability of high-quality decoration

Innovative Consumables = Time Savings

  • Trans Tech pioneered an innovative UV ink for sporting goods applications
  • Where previously manufactures had to wait 2-3 days for the ink to be dried and cured prior to topcoat application, our innovative approach now allows this process to be completed in less than one hour

Expert Product Handling

  • User-friendly precision process alignment (with supporting features like vision systems and XY-table) allows us to meet even the tightest tolerance requirements
  • Maintain color to color registration without damaging the ball


Sporting Goods Decoration Challenges

Industry Challenges: We understand the challenges commonly associated with sporting goods decoration.


Trans Tech’s customer or technical support staff can provide insight into the following key areas:


  • How to minimize downtime and ensure quick changing of plates/clichés when decorating a variety of different sporting good products
  • How to avoid issues with decoration consistency and ensure a repeatable quality print and the beginning, middle and end of your print run
  • How to optimize efficiency throughout your process. For example, by uncovering solutions requiring less time for the ink to dry and cure
  • Avoiding damage to softer golf balls (damaging color to color registration) due to non-optimized material handling processes
We would love to learn more about your sporting good decoration challenge.