by Michael Riehn
What is industrial hot stamping? What is the difference between hot stamping and heat transfer? While both fall under the “hot stamping” field, there are differences to the process and type of material that can be used.
When you think of hot stamping, you often think of screen printing t-shirts. Industrial Hot Stamping Equipment is different. The process still utilizes heat, pressure and precision timing to transfer color from a foil to an object, but the process is heavy duty with an industrial grade hydraulic or pneumatic press.
A silicone or metal die, machined to match the desired image, is used to bond the adhesive coat of the foil to the surface of the object that is to be decorated. This machinery can be used on flat or contoured parts and is ideal for single color transfers.
Materials used in industrial hot stamping are: Plastics, Wood, Paper or Vinyl. Metal, brick, glass, painted surfaces or textiles are typically not used with this process (unless integrated with a special coating) and mostly utilize heat transfer equipment.
Industrial Heat Transfer Equipment is similar to Hot Stamping Equipment and is applied in almost the same manner i.e. it utilizes heat, pressure and precision timing to decorate an object. However, in this type of decorating, the film carrier is printed with a multicolored image that is transferred. Proper indexing of the transfer is necessary to ensure correct placement of the image on the object.
This type of machinery can be used on flat or contoured parts and is ideal for single step multicolor transfers. It can also be utilized on Metal, Plastics, Rubber, Glass and Textiles.
The textiles in industrial heat transfer do not typically utilize screen printing. These items are usually logoed apparel for small logoes (up to 2″ x 3″), tagless tags, shoe liners or sock liners.
Thanks to Hastings Manufacturing for the information provided.
Manufacturing is only done in China. We live in a service economy now. There no future in manufaturing.
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Manufacturing is by definition, the creation of a product from raw materials. The act transforming the raw material to produce the shape, form or function that makes it useful is a value added activity. When a customer purchases a product, what they are buying is the value that has been added in the conversion from the raw material. The customer doesn’t want the steel, they want the car.
By it’s very nature manufacturing is creating wealth. The development and improvement of technology and the manufacturing that accompanies it, draws with it the development and improvement of society. From the spice trade of antiquity, to the agricultural revoltion, to the industrial revolution, to the information revolution, manufacturing is the human endeavor that creates and distributes wealth, raising the standard of living of the world.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress,
and working together is success.
by Michael Riehn
The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show has combined with METALFORM to create a “mega show” for those looking for hydraulic presses in the U.S. Located at McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 15 - 18, 2009, the event is expected to host over 1,000 exhibitors, drawing an expected 35,000 attendees and featuring thousands of live equipment demonstrations throughout pavilions dedicated to hydraulic presses, metal forming, fabricating, tube and pipe, stamping, lasers, thermal spray and welding.
Over 19 hydraulic press “Stamping Manufactures” will be in attendance, many of whom will be located in the new “Metalforming pavilion”, displaying and demonstrationg their product. Free quotations will be available from application engineers and products will be showcased from around the world. Sign up today through the Fabtech website or contact Beckwood Press Company for free show tickets.