Pad Printing PlatesAutoTran, Inc. offers a full complement of plate options, 4 types of polymer plates (water & alcohol based), 2 types of steel plates (thick and thin) and a new CO2 laser material. The polymer options provide for short runs, halftones and process arts. Steel Print Plates are typically used for runs of 100,000 – 2,000,000 pcs. AutoTran’s newest print plate option is the Emerald line of laser plates. Designed for tremendous detail, these plates can be made in under 1 minute.








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Premium Green Polymer Plates

AutoTran’s Premium Green Polymer Print Plates are our most specific plate material. Unlike all of our other plate materials, which can be etched at multiple depths to suit all applications, the Premium Green etches to a specific depth each time. The primary benefit of this material is for use in halftone and grayscale art applications. AutoTran's Premium Green Polymer Print Plates are also washed out with denatured alcohol. Our Premium green Polymer Plate Material is manufactured to reach approximately 10,000 impressions and is very cost effective for short production runs.

* The major benefit of alcohol wash print plates is their ability to resist humid environments. Since there is no water used in plate processing, the water that's in the air does not soak into this material and therefore won't effect it during printing.

   CLICK HERE to download the Premium Green Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

Premium Red Polymer Plates

AutoTran’s Premium Red Polymer Plate Material is our most durable polymer material. The surface of this material is embedded with glass to give these plates longevity and consistency. AutoTran's Premium Red Polymer Plate Material is also washed out with denatured alcohol. Some of our customers have reported that they have received a maximum of approximately 150,000 impressions from one of our Premium Red Plates, an amazing statistic. We promote these plates as having the ability to reach approximately 40,000 impressions.

* The major benefit of alcohol wash print plates is their ability to resist humid environments. Since there is no water used in plate processing, the water that's in the air does not soak into this material and therefore won't effect it during printing.

   CLICK HERE to download the Premium Red Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

Standard Green Polymer Plates

AutoTran’s Standard Polymer Plate Material is our most affordable, reliable and best selling plate material. These are the most commonly used plates in the Pad Printing Industry. AutoTran's Standard Green Polymer Plates are washed out with denatured alcohol. This material allows you to produce these plates in-house simply and affordably. Our Standard Plate Material is manufactured to reach approximately 15,000 impressions and is very cost effective for short production runs.

* The major benefit of alcohol wash print plates is their ability to resist humid environments. Since there is no water used in plate processing, the water that's in the air does not soak into this material and therefore won't effect it during printing.

   CLICK HERE to download the Standard Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

Thick Steel Plates

AutoTran’s Thick Steel Printing Plates are the industries most durable pad printing plates. Our plate making technicians must produce all thick steel plates. Images on these plates are chemically etched directly onto the hard steel plate.

* These plates are designed and manufactured to last longer than any other plate material. Thick Steel Plates will yield millions of impressions. For your long production runs these plates will serve you well.

Thin Steel Print Plates

AutoTran's Thin Steel Printing Plates are designed to give you more impressions than any Photo-Polymer Plate. The steel surface on these plates is chemically etched with the printable image. These plates are expected to give you over 100,000 impressions.

* What you give up in convenience of making your plates in house you get back in longevity. If you have intermediate to long production runs this is the plate for your application.

   CLICK HERE to download the Thin Steel Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

Water Wash Polymer Plates

AutoTran’s Water Wash Polymer Plates are processed in the same method as our Standard Polymer Print Plates. However, these plates are etched within a water bath rather than an alcohol solution. Our Water Wash Polymer Print Plates are manufactured to reach approximately 15,000 impressions and are very cost effective for short production runs. AutoTran, Inc. is very proud to be offering this environmentally sensitive product.

* As with all materials each has benefits, the eco-friendly Water Wash Material has received high praise from many of our customers. Since there is no use of denatured alcohol, some customers prefer this material for their operators. There is also a cost savings since there is no need to use anything other than tap water to wash these plates out.

   CLICK HERE to download the Water Wash Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

Laser Printing Plates

AutoTran’s newest print plate option is the Emerald line of laser plates. Designed for tremendous detail, these plates can be made in under 1 minute. The focus of the Emerald line is for short run applications but very quick turnaround time which in turn leads to faster production. Finally the common issue of operator error is completely eliminated with laser print plates as the image on your screen is exactly what will be etched onto the print plate.

   CLICK HERE to download the Laser Printing Plates Info Sheet as a PDF...

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