Why is my print quality low?

To receive the best explanation for why your print quality isn’t up to your stands we advise calling one of our knowledgeable pad printing technicians for their expertise. In the meantime, it is possible that the main contributor to low quality prints is related to parts. Consider when you last replaced parts on your pad printer in question. Both pad printing pads and plates have life spans. Even if a pad has no visible signs of wear, it could be past its usable lifespan.

Pads for pad printers are expected to last anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 impressions but usage, storage, and environment can all factor into its lifespan. We recommend having an assortment of pads in your production facility to use for different applications and for allowing the pads to properly rest between uses.

Etched plate material come in a wide variety of materials and have different expected impressions, so if your Cobalt® Steelback plate is approaching 25,000 impressions and you’re seeing poor print quality a good place to start would be replacing the plate. All of the typical plate life impressions can be found here: Pad Printing Plate Material.

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