Assembly & Decorating Co., Inc. is a full
service pad printing facility. We provide services not
only to the Northeastern part of the country but to
the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.
Over the years, Mystic has established
a reputation for excellent service, quality and dependability.
Our extensive knowledge and experience in pad printing
technology allows us to provide our customers with the
solutions to their pad printing needs at the most advantageous
WHAT IS PAD PRINTING?
Pad printing is a wet process where ink is transferred
to a part on either a round, oval or irregular surface.
First a film positive is made from the desired artwork.
This film positive is then used to create a printing
plate (cliché) which contains an etched image
of the desired
artwork. Ink is then spread into the etching and a blade
or ceramic ring is used to remove all the excess ink
from the plate; leaving ink only in the etched portion
of the plate. A silicone pad of the correct size, shape
and firmness is then used to remove the ink from the
etching, allowing the ink to adhere to the silicone
pad. The pad is then compressed on the part, transferring
the ink with the desired image onto the part.
The advantage to pad printing is that
ink can be transferred to irregular three-dimensional
surfaces because the silicone pad wraps around the part
adapting to its particular shape without distorting
the image. There are, of course, some size and radius
restrictions to this method. This process also allows
for the printing of fine detail and tight multi-color
Mystic has over twenty five pieces of
pad printing equipment in single and multi-color configurations
that operate in automatic and semi-automatic modes.
SINGLE COLOR PAD
Pad printing equipment, has gone through an evolution
from an old open ink well system to the more modern
closed cup system. In the older open ink well systems,
ink was poured into an open reservoir which
subjected the ink to changes in viscosity due to the
influence of heat and humidity. These changes caused
the thinners in the ink to evaporate more quickly which
slowed the printing process. Because the ink had to
be constantly monitored and additional thinner had to
be added so that the ink would transfer to the part
correctly, this method was more time consuming and resulted
in higher reject rates.
The latest technology consists of a sealed
ink cup. In this system ink is poured into, as the name
suggests, a closed sealed cup. This design prevents
the ink from being subjected to the changes of heat
and humidity keeping the ink at the proper viscosity
and allowing for better ink transfer and less downtime,
which translates to greater productivity and lower cost
to the customer.
Mystic has converted all of its pad printing
machines to this closed ink well technology in an effort
to provide the highest quality at the lowest cost.
Ten of the twenty five systems Mystic operates are multi-color
units, allowing us to print up to four colors at one
have several linear shuttle systems that allow us to
place a part into a fixture and advance the part automatically
through up to four stations transferring a separate
image at each position. This system is excellent when
printing multi color images with tight registration
such as many company or sports team’s logos.
We also have multi-fixtured race track
machines as well as turn table systems available depending
on the size and complexity of the job.
Once again all this diversity allows us
to choose the best method for printing your job at the
We have the ability to print on almost any substrate
• Plastic – Including
polypropylene and polyethylene
• Metal – Including
stainless steel and powder coated aluminum
• Glass – Including
frosted and ceramic
We also provide in-house flame treatment of materials
when needed. We use UV and solvent based inks as well
as specialty inks used to print on glass, polypropylene
and polyethylene parts.
We can also print on many shapes
• Concave / Convex
We serve the following industries:
/ Personal Care
• Medical / Pharmaceutical
/ Advertising Specialty