The microPrint MODUL 170 is the newest addition in their line of MODUL Series pad transfer printing machines and this pad printing press replaced the former MODUL 160. Any of the MODUL Series pad print machines can be ordered as standalone print heads and are easily integrated into an automated pad printing system. One or multiple MODUL Series pad transfer machines can be combined into one centralized system which can be operated over a single touch screen display and the multiple heads (machines) data is saved in one single (Beckhoff) PLC location. Furthermore, settings that are saved from one MODUL, can be easily copied to another MODUL in the chain.

Each MODUL 170 pad printing head can be outfitted with either 140 or 160mm diameter (5.5" or 6.29") magnetic ink cups that are outfitted with an adjustable pneumatic cup pressure device and like the other MODUL machines in the line-up, the MODUL 170 is completely programmable from the touch screen and you can program the pad printing module to pick up various artworks on the cliché at different locations on the cliché. The MODUL Series of pad transfer machines are designed to be labor saving systems without having to handle and print parts multiple times. The MODUL Series of pad printing machines are fast (linear motor technology), flexible, one-color pad printing units. The pad and cliché positions (X/Y/Z) can be easily programmed via the user-friendly touchscreen and the print sequence can be freely defined with simple-to-learn graphic icons. Furthermore you can pick up the ink from the cliché multiple times to allow for more opaque prints in each cycle – this is commonly used when printing large white background images on dark substrates.

All MODUL Series pad printers are equipped with an Ethernet interface. The machine parameters can be saved with PC software or automatically over an internal SPS control onto your local server. Remote access allows us to rectify any problems directly and to upload software updates onto the machine as required. As an optional add-on, the MODUL Series of pad printing modules can be accessed with real-time Ethernet (e.g. EtherCAT) which gives your plant more control to select machine/ job programs and transfer them to various production cells in your plant. With this option you have additional control signals and operating parameters that can be accessed from management’s desktop computer or laptop. As a further option, all MODUL Series units can be upgraded with a barcode scanner with which the appropriate printing job sequence can be selected without human error. This reduces setup times and simplifies the work/ set-up steps.

All standalone MODUL Series machines are equipped with two interface ports for adding automation accessories. This makes it much easier for the customer to mount his own automation components. Several options are available such as: sensors to recognize that the part is present, vacuum units with monitoring system for lightweight parts, pneumatic clamping/ part retainers or pneumatic part shuttle devices and part rotating units.