Decoration Capabilities

Our Decoration Capabilities Bring Your Plastic Parts to Life

Sussex IM has extensive experience with various decoration techniques in plastic injection molding. Given our 40 years of experience in the cosmetics market, we have the ability to decorate on a variety of plastic substrates with the pristine quality our customers expect.

Through pad printing, In-Mold Decorating (IML/IMD), Hot Stamping, and Heat Transfer Processes we can ensure we achieve the decoration requirements suited for your application. When choosing the best printing process, considerations must be made regarding the substrate, part design, the look of the finished product, and testing requirements. The material of the part will determine the best process to use and whether a surface treatment is required (i.e. Corona, Flame, or Chemical Treatment)


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Decoration Techniques

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Pad Printing

Pad printing is the process of transferring a wet 2-D image from a cliché via a silicone pad onto a 3-D object. This technique is ideal for sampling purposes and smaller quantities.

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Hot Stamping

Hot Stamping is a decorating process that uses heated dies to transfer metal foils onto a surface. This can be done through either vertical or roll-on hot stamping.

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Heat Transfer

Heat Transferring is a process by which a heat transfer graphic is transferred using heat and pressure directly onto a molded plastic substrate.

Benefits of Hot Stamping

  • Low-cost option
  • Ideal for higher volumes
  • Very durable decoration
  • Silicone pad or steel die (Branded look)
  • Vertical or Roll On
  • Single Color
  • Pigmented Foil or Metallized Foil
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Benefits of Pad Printing

  • Proof of Concept/Sampling
  • Sample with in-house polymer clichés before investing in steel dies
  • Fine detailed decoration
  • Printing on contoured parts
  • 1, 2 & 4-Color Decoration Options

Benefits of Heat Transfer

  • Multiple Colors
  • Detailed Graphics
  • Vertical or Roll On (Larger Surface)
  • High-volume (50,000+)
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The Sussex Solution:
In-Mold Labeling

On this episode of The Sussex Solution we explore the decoration techniques offered at Sussex IM including pad printing, heat transfer, hot stamping and specifically, in-mold labeling or IML.

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Manufacturing Engineer, Nick Rohrig, joins us to share the advantages and disadvantages of the various decoration options and how our in-house automation team makes IML decoration possible.