This guide explains the personalisation techniques we offer and the products that they are best suited to.
How it works: Printing is the most popular and cost effective technique and can take the format of pad printing (also known as tampo) or screen printing. Pad or tampo printing, as the name suggests, involves the use of a pad to apply the ink to the product. Screen printing applies the ink via the use of a stencil placed on a porous material screen.
Suitable Products: Plastic, PU & metal items such as keyrings or pens.
|Technique: Rotary Printing
How it works: A type of screen printing in which the product is rolled along the screen so that the print cover the circumference of the product, creating a 'wrap around' print.
Suitable Products: Mugs, flasks and pens.
How it works: A very intricate process which involves carving the logo into the item, producing a permanent form of branding. In most cases engraving is performed by specialist computer guided laser engraving machinery.
Suitable Products: Wooden or metal products such as keyrings, metal pens, stainless steel travel mugs and flasks.
|Technique: Rotary Engraving
How it works: The principle is much the same as standard engraving but specialist machinery enables the item to be rolled as it is marked, allowing the branding to cover the circumference of the item.
Suitable Products: Wooden or metal products such as travel mugs or metal pens.
How it works: This process is achieved by adding a self-adhesive printed label with an epoxy dome cover to an item. The epoxy dome is made of polyurethane resin and is durable, tough and long lasting. The process is often used to achieve four colour process logos and can be more cost effective than other printing methods, as it is the same cost regardless of the number of print colours.
Suitable Products: Recessed items.
|Technique: Digital Printing
How it works: Produced using ink jet print machinery. The 4 colours, cyan, magenta, yellow and black, are used in different quantities to produce millions of different colours and shades. It is great for printing photos, four colour process images and more detailed logos.
Suitable Products: White coloured items with a flat surface area, ice scrapers, rulers, mint cards & highlighters.
|Technique: Blind Embossing
How it works: Blind embossing is a technique that leaves an impression of the logo on an item. A heated, metal plate is applied to the surface of the item and when removed it leaves behind a recessed imprint.
Suitable Products: Leather & PU, conference folders.
|Technique: Foil Blocking
How it works: Similar to blind embossing (and using the same machinery), foil blocking leaves an imprint in the item, but the difference is that it can add colour to the impression. The colour is added by putting a colour foil between the dye and the product. The most popular colours to use are silver and gold.
Suitable Products: Paper, card & leather products such as folders and gift boxes.
|Technique: Iron Stamping
How it works: A heated metal dye is pressed into the surface of the item which leaves behind an impression. The impression is then filled with colour.
Suitable Products: Items with a solid metal surface, trolley coins, pin badges and keyrings.
How it works: Stitches one or multi-coloured logos onto material products using a needle and strands of thread or yarn.
Suitable Products: Material products, bags, gloves and clothing.
|Technique: Transfer Printing
How it works: A printed image is applied to thermal paper which is then transferred to the item via a heat process. The personalisation technique is ideal for reproducing four colour process logos onto material based products.
Suitable Products: Material products, bags and clothing.
How it works: PVC(polyvinyl chloride) is a type of plastic which is easy to mould and can be produced in many colours. A bespoke mould is created incorporating a logo in various shapes and designs and is then filled with the liquid PVC and left to set and harden. Although various bespoke shapes can be created the set up costs are low, allowing small order runs.
Suitable Products: Keyrings, coasters, watches.
|Technique: Litho Printing
How it works: Litho printing is a method used to print text or artwork onto paper. The required image is etched onto a metal plate and then transferred to a rubber roller. The image is then taken from the roller and applied to the item.
Suitable Products: Notepads and diaries.