Benefits

Automating a pad printing line provides opportunities for:

Increased

-Output/productivity
-Line speeds
-Safety
-Consistency/repeatability

Decreased

-Reject/scrap rates
-Man power
-Factory lead times

Superior Project Management

Needs Analysis, Superior Design & Proactive Communication

Trans Tech’s robust project management goes beyond the standard steps you may be familiar with – system design, procurement, build, debug, factory acceptance testing and customer sign off.

Our process also ensures three key foundational goals are achieved:

Needs Analysis

The best possible solution is identified for the application at hand

Engineering is a service provided by ITW Trans Tech.

Superior System Design

Made possible by cutting-edge tools + superior engineering

Proactive Communication

Customers see real time projects updates via Gantt charts on digital SmartSheets

Needs Analysis

Trans Tech engineers are highly skilled in analyzing a wide range of factors in order to present the best possible technology for a particular product decorating challenge. Our engineers carefully review a myriad of considerations including:

  • Substrate characteristics
  • Image size & complexity
  • Production environment
  • Safety requirements
  • Required production speed & volumes

  • Compliance/validation requirements
  • Customer engineering skill level
  • Need for pre- & post-treatments
  • Application performance requirements & environment

 

ITW Trans Tech. Your Trusted Partner.
Superior System Design & Build

Once an order is received, our team of mechanical, electrical, control engineering and parts handling experts get to work designing a precision solution for your unique application. Whether the automation is big or small – the unmatched expertise of our team combined with our investment in cutting-edge technologies allow us to design systems with market-leading efficiency and precision.

Learn about why you should choose ITW Trans Tech.

Listening

The Foundation for Success

Listening to our customers precise needs plays a central role in each stage of development- from the project kick-off through final customer reviews of every completed detail

Common Elements:
Element

Description

Part Loading

Manual, operator loading onto a nested fixture. Part presence sensors may be incorporated for automated verification.

Safety

Full hard guarding around the system and safety light curtains are typically used.

Part Nesting Fixtures

Part fits into the precision-designed nesting fixtures. Depending on the requirements, rotating fixtures or vacuum may be incorporated.

Transport

Multi-position dial tables or linear slides may be utilized depending on the system configuration.

Printers

1 or more standard pad printers may be incorporated based on the decoration requirements.

Treatment

Pre-treatment and/or post-treatment systems may be incorporated based on the application requirements.

Vision Inspection

A custom-developed vision inspection system may be incorporated along with automated accept/reject stations.

Common Elements:
Element

Description

Part Loading

Automated, typically into a bowl-feeder. Part presence sensors are incorporated for automated verification for presence and orientation.

Safety

Full hard guarding around the system, safety light curtains and safety laser scanners are typically used.

Part Nesting Fixtures

Part to be decorated fits into the precision-designed nesting fixtures. Depending on the requirements, rotating fixtures or vacuum may be incorporated.

Transport

Multi-position dial tables or linear slides may be utilized depending on the system configuration.

Printers

1 or more standard pad printers may be incorporated based on the decoration requirements.

Treatment

Pre-treatment and/or post-treatment systems may be incorporated based on the application requirements.

Vision Inspection

A custom-developed vision inspection system may be incorporated along with automated accept/reject stations.

Market Specific Expertise

Over the past 40 years, Trans Tech has developed particularly deep expertise in automations for medical, automotive and appliance applications. In addition to the experience gained completing hundreds of automations in these markets, we offer:

Medical 

  • Deep familiarity with the medical product production process -from molding to assembly to drug application to packaging, decoration and beyond
  • Comprehensive validation & documentation service (in CFR11, IQ/OQ/PQ and others) with GAMP processes

Automotive 

  • Relationships with major OEMs, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers
  • Deep familiarity wtih interior, exterior, dashboard and underhood decoration challenges
  • Certified inks specified by OEMs

Appliances

  • Relationships with major OEMs
  • Deep familiarity wtih the demanding environments that the appliance products face, such as extreme heat, cold, and chemical exposure.
How can we help you with your pad printing automation challenge? We would love to hear from you.