Printing Plates – PP187
We have 4 different types of clichés :
1 Photopolymer Clichés
2 Laser Engraved
3 Ceramic
4 Steel

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Printing Pads – PP188
Pads are made of silicone, fixed on a wooden or metal base plate. The pad is used as an intermediate to pick up the ink from the printing plate and transfer it to the product.

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Pad Printing Inks – PP159
Today, pad printing ink is used successfully both in the field of high-quality decoration and in the field of labeling and marking.

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Clichés (Printing Plates)

The pad printing plate, also called cliché or the printer plate, contains the desired artwork (image). This artwork can be engraved by means of laser or chemical etching and its function is to hold ink in this etched/lasered cavity, allowing the pad to pick up this ink as a film (in the shape of the artwork), which is then transferred to the substrate. The quality of the printing plate and the print image affect the quality of the print directly.

We offer an extensive range of cliché materials and types of production now enables customers to select a cliché matched perfectly to their requirements.

AMTEC offers precision-tooled steel and ceramic plates for high-volume pad printing production.

We have 4 different types of clichés:

  • Photopolymer (aka Magnet screen) Clichés
  • Laser Engraved (Magnet-Aloxid)
  • Ceramic
  • Steel


Cliché Type (Thickness; color)Life Expectancy
Microflex-Cliché band (or Roll)
( 0.25 mm; black)
Up to 10,000 Cycles
Microflex-Cliché plates
(0.25 mm; black)
Up to 10,000 Cycles
Aloxid-Cliché plates
w/steel base (0.5mm; black)
Up to 10,000 Cycles
Polymer-Cliché plates
(0.5 mm; reddish brown)
Up to 5,000 Cycles
Magnet-Aqua-Cliché plates
(0.5 mm; greenish gray)
Up to 5,000 Cycles
Thin steel-Cliché plates
(record cliché; 0.5 mm; silver)
Up to 100,000 Cycles
Steel Cliché plates
(10 mm; silver)
Up to 1,000,000 Cycles
Ceramic Cliché plates
(10 mm; off-white)
Up to 3,000,000 Cycles






Steel Clichés

Steel clichés are chemically etched. Due to the complexity of the process, steel clichés are typically manufactured only by pad printing equipment suppliers.

Low Chrome – 10mm thick, hardened steel with approximately 12% chrome added to inhibit oxidation. Nominal etch depth is 16-22 microns +/-4 microns. Durability is approx. 500,000 impressions.

No Chrome – 10mm thick, hardened steel. Best resolution and etch bottom consistency due to the structure of the steel. Excellent for CMYK. Durability is approx. 500,000 impressions.

Record (aka Thin Steel) – 0.5mm thick. These clichés are affixed to the print like a photopolymer or laser engraved cliché, using a magnetic base plate. Resolution is similar to low chrome steel, and durability is approx .100,000 impressions.



Ceramic Clichés

Ceramic Clichés

Ceramic clichés are laser etched and provide the highest level of durability available. These clichés may be etched with either a YAG or Fiber laser. Because both sides of ceramic clichés can accept an image, you can etch both sides for maximum use.

10mm thick, solid ceramic. Durability is 1-3 million impressions. Each ceramic cliché may be etched with 4 artworks, 2 per side.



Printing Pads

Made of: Silicon, fixed on a wooden or metal base plate.

Used as: An intermediate to pick up the ink from the printing plate and transfer it to the product. Hundreds of standard, as well as custom molds, are in stock, and custom pad development is one of our strengths.

Features: Our precision molds are produced in a new state-of-the-art laboratory, and all pad compounding is fully automated to ensure consistency and repeatability. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Pad Catalog


Pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the standard shapes are :

ConeMost common general purpose faces, advertising specialties, golf balls and electronic parts
Modified ConeSpace limitations, or when multiple-up printing.automotive components, toys and fishing lures
RooftopFor long straight images.catheter tubes, rulers and plastic housings
Modified Roof TopFor straight images when there are space limitations.text, part numbers and confined spaces

Printing Pads Hardness


HardnessBase ColorRecommended Parts
Shore 1BlueExtremely sensitive parts
Shore 3RedSensitive parts
Shore 6GreenStandard parts
Shore 12WhiteLight textured surfaces
Shore 18BlackHeavily textured surfaces

Silicone printing pads are produced in a range of hardness (also known as Durometer), measured in terms of “shore” scale. The backing of the pad is color-coded to differentiate the hardness of the pad.

Pad Printing inks

Pantone Color System

21 standard & special shades available in Ink types:


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Standard Colors Shade Card

SDS Available Upon Request

Custom Color Inks
All custom color inks are mixed and tested in our laboratory based on your specifications or Pantone color/shade #

Thinners, Hardeners & Solvents include:
Pad Cleaner; Parts Cleaner; Adhesion Promoter; Pad Oil;
Retarder; Cliché Wash Out & Ink Remover

UV- inks for CMYK photo printing
UV Inks have a low share of solvents. Drying takes place by means of UV light. UV ink is available in the following ink shades: white/black, standard bright colors 02-23, CMYK, gold/silver, clear lacquer. Special ink shades can also be mixed on request. UV ink is mixed ready for use, i.e. thinner does not normally have to be added. A corresponding additive is however provided if necessary. Using UV inks saves you time-consuming and costly drying and since solvent does not evaporate from these inks, you can print with constant ink shades for longer periods which is particularly important to CMYK photo printing.

UV- inks for CMYK photo printing

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