Pad Printing Equipment

Pad Printing Equipment Guide

What you need and how to choose

Pad printing equipment is extremely versatile and can be used to do either product decoration or marking on a very wide range of items and substrates. The following suggestions are a guide intended especially for those new to the opportunities presented by a business that offers a pad printing service.

Pad printing is one of the most versatile printing processes available despite a number of fully digital alternatives being available. However, just as traditional screen printing will never be fully replaced by direct to garment printing, the same is true of pad printing.

If the choice of available pad printers is overwhelming, follow our handy guide or simply call us for personal help and advice in choosing a model that is suitable for your requirements.

For seasoned professionals there are direct links to all available products from the top drop-down navigation menu.

Step 1

Choose a Press

When choosing the type of machine best suited to your needs, you have the following options:

Semi-Automatic Presses
–A wide range of available options from one colour, two colour, four colout and five colour, offering a wide range of print areas up to 70 x 17cm

Our single colour GTO semi automatic pad printing machines are ideal for short and medium run applications because they are so quick and easy to set up and change over between jobs or print colours.

A comprehensive 5 year parts warranty is includes with each GTO pad printer for added peace of mind.

GTO Bico Evo B Two Colour Pad Printing System

Step 2

Other Essentials

In addition to the screen printing press, you will need the following essential items:

Exposure Unit
– To create your cliches or pad printing plates in-house

Tunnel Dryer
– For the final cure – ideal to speed up production. Choose from UV and infra red.

–inks, doctor blades, solvents.

Most pad printing companies will choose an exposure unit and tunnel dryer as part of their essentials, but feel free to ask for advice if you are not sure.

Vastex Big Red Infra Red Conveyor Dryer

Step 3

The Nice-to-haves

As and when your budget allows, you will want to add other useful items to your business:

RIP Software
– RIP software to allow you to print your own film separations

Colour Separation Software
– Software to allow you to create your own separations

Inkjet Printer
– For use with the RIP software

Films & Ink
– For use with RIP software

Pad printing more advanced, full colour images require these additional helpful products.

FilmMaker 4 RIP For Screen Printing Film Positives

What Can Be Pad Printed?

Industrial Parts



Business Gifts


Golf Products


Pens and more

Pad Printing Consumables

The essence of your business is of course the day to day requirements to ensure you can tackle any print job that comes along.

We offer a wide range of silicone transfer pads (please enquire as these are not shown on our site) as well as polymer printing plates cut to any size required. If we don’t have a suitable transfer pad to suit your pad printing job, we can offer a bespoke transfer pad making service. We are also pleased to offer a printing plate making service for customers who do not wish to buy an exposure unit at the outset.

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