RGE Printroom, Print and graphics
In the early 80’s, RGE created a dedicated department to apply print and graphics to its moulded plastic parts. Initially a silk-screening process was used in the Godmanchester factory. Later on as the technology developed and demand for printing on ever more curved and 3D surfaces RGE invested heavily in pad printing (tampographic). Today RGE Group applies print to over 1 million products every year for their customers using automatic computer controlled pad printing machines with multiple print heads in one single pass.
Quality is at the forefront of everything RGE do. When producing highly aesthetic printed products we need to make sure we get it right. Every part that passes through the RGE print room undergoes a high level of quality inspection and scrutiny. Throughout the daily print process there is a consistent attention to detail using positional and graphic drawing standards, adhesion testing, sign-off procedures and independent QC audits.
Once a printed part is complete it is highly important that the product is kept in perfect condition and packaging materials are key to ensuring that happens. Depending on the application, RGE use a variety of packaging options for our customers such as separation pockets and antistatic covers.
Our CNC computer controlled multi—headed printing machines are able to produce very complex parts over a large print area (typically the width of a domestic appliance) and in a variety of colours.
With the option of applying up to 10 different ink colours onto a product in one cycle and choosing from hundreds of pantone, NCS or RAL options, there are many ways that a product can be made bespoke to a customer’s requirement. The majority of Pad printing and Silk-screening at RGE is applied to Polypropylene, ABS, nylon and also processed surface finishes such as chrome, colour painted, lacquered and metal.
Most of RGE’s printing capacity is highly automated and therefore able to compete with other marking and printing solutions. They also allow high throughputs of full printed parts, usually outstripping the moulding capacity of the parts.
RGE’s in-house print graphics department uses the most up to date illustrator packages, we can make up the printing cliché (plates) from customer supplied artwork or if required we can also create in-house art through customer interaction.
Printing can add substantial value to a product and with RGE’s highly skilled print team utilising over 20 printing machines and many years of experience, RGE can offer a substantially commercially and quality competitive product for many applications.
The process of pad printing on plastic can be combined with a number of other secondary operations can also be incorporated into the RGE in house production process. Sonic welding, assembly, electrical testing and hot stake welding can all be done to an IS09001 quality management scheme.
Some applications require parts to be painted or chrome-plated prior to printing. RGE produce a large number of parts with these finishes and can own the process all the way through to the end product.
If the volumes are right and it works from the customer’s perspective RGE has added sub-assembly of electronic circuit boards alongside and in conjunction with the printing on plastic.
If you have an application that you would like us to consider please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our sales team.