Screen Printing creates a beautiful look to bottles. Often referred to as applied color labeling (ACL), the process involves printing the image – whether it's your logo, text or graphic design - directly to the flint bottle or color coated bottle. After printing, the container is cured using UV light heating process, causing the ink to bind to the container. Quest's multi-color process uses specialized high-speed equipment making it possible to apply a variety of designs, from simple to complicated patterns, on almost any size, type, or shape of container.
Quest offers several Screen Printing processes to meet our customer's diverse decorating needs, including Precise Printing Registration. We are happy to explain each process in more detail and you can read more about our Screen Printing Techniques in our Knowledge Base.
Pad Printing is especially well suited for containers with unconventional shapes with complex curves. Most Pad Printing processes are characterized by three main features: a design etched onto a cliché plate, a steady source of ink, and a "transfer pad," which transfers the design to the container's surface.
The transfer pad must first make contact with the ink-covered cliché plate followed by contact with the container to transfer the design. Through this process, Pad Printing effectively places complicated designs onto containers that ordinarily would be difficult to decorate.
For many years customers were discouraged from decorating odd-shaped bottles, but with Pad Printing and other techniques, decorating on unique bottle shapes are possible.