Whether tipping a raised area or just applying an image to a plastic part, hot stamping can be a cost-effective way to decorate parts with an impressive, high-quality appearance. Materials such as plastic, leather, and wood can all be decorated using the hot stamping method. The attention-grabbing effect this process offers is not achievable with pad printing or screen printing inks. Unique is able to provide custom hot stamping or foil stamping for large, bulk, and high volume orders. For example, we have successfully automated the hot stamping process for an automotive component, an electrical component, and a bottle collar for a high-end sun tan lotion bottle for the health and beauty industry.
For high volume hot stamping projects, we can equip our hot stamping machines with a 4-station dial table to increase our output and decrease decorating cost. Using this automation, we are able to utilize go / no indicators to ensure the part is properly loaded and automatically eject the parts bulk in the original packaging.
What is Hot / Foil Stamping?
Hot stamping (or foil stamping) is a dry process that uses heat and pressure to transfer reflective metallic foil and high gloss opaque colored foil to the part. It is also the process used to decorate raised areas which is also known as tipping. In this process, the pigment or metallic foil is transferred to raised letters or a raised area of a plastic part. Because hot stamping is a dry process (unlike screen printing or pad printing), decorated parts can easily be bulk packed on-line with fewer concerns about damage to the decorated image -- this can save on packaging and handling costs. Polypropylene and polyethylene parts can typically be hot stamped without pretreatment which is a cost savings over pad printing and screen printing.
Do you want to know if custom hot stamping is right for your project? Contact Unique Assebmly today to speak to a knowledgeable printing specialist.