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Carol Stream, IL, United States, 2009/02/06 - Trans Tech, the leading provider in three dimensional product decorating technologies, is pleased to enter its 30th year in business.
From humble beginnings and dream of company founder, John Legat, Trans Tech has become one of the worlds most successful industrial product decorating companies. Founded on January 29th, 1979, its core business was transfer pad printing. At the time few people in the United States were familiar with pad printing. The challenge was spreading the word about this relatively new technology and demonstrating the capability of this unique technology. In its 30 years Trans Tech has grown into a large family of over 75 employees. In fact, the employees now boast over 900 years direct product decorating experience.
Now in its fourth decade, Trans Tech has no intention of resting on its laurels. New capabilities and products are added regularly and 2009 will be no exception.
Some milestones in the company's history are:
• 1981-84: Trans Tech converts golf ball industry from hot stamping to pad printing with benefit of applying images to random dimple patterns.
• 1984-90: Introduction of high-speed rotary gravure process to syringe printing, increasing productivity to 200-500 pieces per minute.
• 1990-94: Sealed ink cup technology is introduced to improve efficiency. Trans Tech moves to its current location in Carol Stream, Illinois.
• 1995: Company is acquired by ITW (Illinois Tool Works) and begins designing and building its own line of machinery and accessories.
• 1997: Single largest order in company history. $2.2 million for a system to decorate computer housings.
Trans Tech’s founder, John Legat, dies in a vintage automobile racing accident.
Heinz Grob assumes the role of General Manager.
Trans Tech exhibits a full line of its own equipment and accessories for the first time at the NPE show in Chicago.
• 2000: Cliché production department add new equipment for developing, stripping, and exposing steel clichés.
Trans Tech exhibits its Demo Show Truck and automated “train set automation” at NPE.
• 2002: Silicone pad production begins at the Carol Stream facility.
2005: Bob Hitchcock assumes role of General Manager. Full line of new modular equipment is introduced – all made in the USA.
2006: Pulsar LPM™ laser plate maker is introduced. Release of the RedStar Multicup™ ink cup.
2007: Starlight LPM™ laser plate maker debuts.
Premier of SpaceFrame™ and Express Liner™ Disposable Ink Cups.
Introduction of Orbiter™ Pad Roll Off device.
Other new product releases include the ProPad™ printing pads, Ceramic Doctor Rings and INK-417 general purpose ink.
2008: Trans Tech On-Demand™ digital inkjet business unit is added with InDecs™ and Image LT™series.
Unveiling of the Aero™ series of pad printers.
Rapid Prototyping technology business begins.
Release of Ink-434 for polypropylene.
Color shifting ink.
Digital fixtures business begins.
Starlight™ Laser and Mist™ printing plate released.
2009: Look for the next generation digital and pad printers as well as other cutting-edge products and services.
About Trans Tech
Founded in 1979, Trans Tech designs (itwtranstech.com), fabricates and supplies pad printing, laser, and digital printing equipment, providing a single source for complete product decorating solutions to industries such as medical devices, automotive components, sporting goods, appliances, hand tools, communications, and plastic injection molders. Supplies include silicone pads, printing plates, standard and specially formulated inks, and other printing supplies and accessories. The company continuously supports its customers with the largest experienced team of service experts in North America. Trans Tech is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company.