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Carol Stream, IL, United States, 2007/07/10 - A patented ink reservoir system from ITW Trans Tech uses an aluminum frame structure to hold a polypropylene liner cup filled with ink to supply pad printing machines. The SpaceFrame™ unit secures the disposable ExpressLiner™ ink cup in the machine.
The SpaceFrame system was developed by Trans Tech as a sister product to the revolutionary ExpressLiner introduced in 2006. The device significantly reduces the cost of entry to use the RedStar™ MultiCup system pad printers. It also allows pad printers that rely on magnetic force for ink cup hold down, to enjoy the benefits of the ExpressLiner product line. Now the operator may choose to use the disposable liner inside a conventional RedStar MultiCup or rather in combination with a SpaceFrame unit. The name simply describes the product: an aluminum support frame that surrounds a center space designed to accept the ExpressLiner ink cup liner, and external features to interface that assembly to Trans Tech (and other) pad printing systems.
The ExpressLiner system was introduced by Trans Tech in 2006, offering dramatically reduced cleanup effort and time to pad printers. This system consists of a custom-engineered liner with a groove that accepts the installation of a doctor ring, which then fits inside a RedStar MultiCup or SpaceFrame housing – thus protecting them from ink exposure and the associated messy cleanup. After printing with this system, the operator simply removes the ExpressLiner from the cup, removes the doctor ring from the liner, and disposes the used liner. The doctor blade is cleaned and installed in a new liner for the next setup, reducing the time required to change ink types or colors, while minimizing the opportunity for cross-contamination of ink.
SpaceFrame is available in Trans Tech standard ink cup sizes with 60mm, 90mm and 130mm doctor rings, and for mechanical or magnetic hold down designs, as well as for standard Sealcup-style systems.
About ITW Trans Tech
Founded in 1979, ITW Trans Tech (itwtranstech.com) designs, fabricates and supplies complete product decorating solutions through the application of equipment, consumables and services to a wide range of industries. The Ilinois Tool Works (ITW) company offers a full line of standard pad printing machines as well as custom automated systems to manufacturers of medical devices, automotive components, sporting goods, appliances, hand tools, communications, and plastic injection molders. ITW Trans Tech provides a single source of consumables, including: silicone pads, printing plates, specially formulated inks, and other printing supplies and accessories.
The company continuously supports its products and customers with an experienced team of service experts– largest in North America.