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Printing process

Reliable and long-lasting

Round, conical or flat imprint in screen printing or pad printing process with especially long lasting and vibrant print colours using the colour palette of Pantone or HKS create an advertising carrier of the very highest quality.

Differing marking techniques such as laser imprint and hot offer you a unique design.

Screen printing

In screen printing, the print colour is pressed onto the surface of the plastic article with a scraper through a finely meshed fabric (gauze). In the places which are not to be printed, the mesh openings of the fabric are closed so that colour cannot permeate them. Screen printing can be used to apply special print colours to flat and formed surfaces with especially clear contours. Using special techniques, such as the raster process, attractive graphic effects can be generated.

Pad printing

In pad printing, the colour is pressed into the lower-lying print image that is being printed. A silicone-rubber pad accepts the colour of the print image and applies it to the plastic article, similarly to a stamp. The benefit: Due to its elasticity, the pad adapts to the curvature of the surface, thereby ideally transferring the print image.

Printing colours

All colours used by VITLAB excel through good chemical resistance, high washing resistance and good friction resistance. This results in a long period of legibility. Pantone and HKS are colour systems in which selected colours are defined with unique descriptions.

Pantone

The colour system according to Pantone was developed by the American Pantone Inc. in 1963 and has developed into a worldwide standard in the design and printing trade. It contains special colours which cannot be obtained in the common four-colour print process, and assigns these colours to unique numbers. The Pantone colour guide simplifies the selection of the desired colour.

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HKS

The HKS colour guide was developed by three German printing and artists’ colour producers and is more widespread in the German-speaking regions. It defines 120 so called spot colours as well as 3520 colour tones, so that colours and colour shades can be reproducibly printed.

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