Silicone Tube Printing

Jet3 marking silicone tubing

A UK manufacturer of silicone tubing used in the medical industry required a marking system for printing text at defined intervals on to the tube as it was being manufactured. The tubing is extruded cold and then passes into a heat curing station.

ATD proposed a Leibinger Jet 3pi Continuous Ink-jet Printer for the task. Because of it’s small size it was easily installed in the space between the extruder nozzle and the curing station. The Jet3’s unique shut-down system, which completely seals the nozzle when the printer is switched off, allows it to be started cleanly and quickly, even after periods of extended shut-down.

Silicone is a notoriously difficult material for anything to adhere to and after printing a number of samples with different inks the customer opted for Blue High Temperature Resistant Soft Pigment ink. This was not only produced a high-contrast text, it was also resistant to removal and withstood the curing process.

The multiple font feature of the Jet 3 allows clear and concise text to be printed on large and small diameter tubing. The Jet3’s 10.4″ colour touch screen makes programming simple and intuitive.

The printing process is non-contact which meant no handling of the un-cured product was required. The Jet3 continuous ink-jet printer produces individual drops of ink that are projected on to the product’s surface from several millimetres distance to form clear, crisp characters.

Printing Silicone Tube

For more information on this application, or for information on any of ATD’s industrial coding, marking and labelling solutions please contact us.


25th wreathi

25 Years of Product Coding, Marking and Labelling Solutions!

ATD are proud to announce that 2015 represents our 25 year trading anniversary. Founded in late 1989, we began trading in 1990. The founders had the vision of developing, manufacturing and supplying world class industrial coding and marking products, backed up by a focussed customer care program.

ATD launched its first Industrial inkjet printer back in 1990, the SCIP (Small Character Ink jet printer) and the IP4000 High Resolution inkjet printer, which utilised first generation Trident solid-state piezo inkjet technology. Having state of the art products at the right time resulted in immediate success for ATD, with many thousands of systems supplied worldwide.

ATD High Resolution Inkkjet Printer


Developing High Resolution Inkjet Printers

ATD has continued its in-house product development program, which generated the current ATD manufactured product range, which includes the IP8000, IP500 and IP9000 High Resolution inkjet printers.

ATD IP8000 High Resolution Inkjet PrinterIP500 Thermal Inkjet Printer

Complementing our products is our dedicated sales and support staff, who are entirely focussed towards our total customer care program.

Reputable Coding and Marking Solutions Partners

In recent years ATD has expanded its product range by carefully selecting technology partners whose products and philosophies closely match our own; and we are proud to be UK distributors for Leibinger Continuous Inkjet Printing systems, Macsa Industrial laser marking systems, Ecoline labelling systems and most recently Kortho thermal transfer printers.

ATD would like to thank ALL of our customers and partners through the years. 25 years down the line we have lost none of our enthusiasm for offering the most modern and reliable product identification, labelling, coding and marking solutions available.

Follow this site for news on more innovations and application stories from ATD in 2015 and beyond.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from ATD!

Everyone at ATD would like to wish all of our customers, clients and visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ve enjoyed a tremendous 2014 here, our exhibits at the renowned PPMA and Interplas shows a particular highlight, and we cannot wait to build upon our success of the past year heading into 2015 and beyond. Ink Jet Bullet_Unfired

Constant Drive For Improvement at ATD

It is through our provision of outstanding printing, coding, marking and labelling solutions that we have garnered such an outstanding reputation within our industry. But far from resting on our laurels, we are committed to continuing to build on our standing, and expand further as a business in 2015. We have already began a concerted effort to increase the visibility of our continuous inkjet printers and printing solutions, and expect a rise in leads and sales of this nature moving forward as a result. We are always committed to providing the very latest in advanced printing technology, and our stocking of the Jet2Neo continuous inkjet printer truly exemplifies this.

ATD Marking Systems at PPMA 2014

ATD Marking Systems at PPMA 2014

Contact ATD UK

For further information on our industrial printing solutions, or any of our exciting new products and plans for 2015, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated and friendly team. You can leave your details on our contact us page, or give us a call direct on 01858 461014.

ATD Marking Systems at PPMA 2014

ATD exhibiting at the PPMA 2014 and Interplas shows

ATD Marking Systems will be exhibiting its broad range of industrial coding and marking equipment at both the PPMA 2014 and Interplas 2014 shows being held at the Birmingham NEC from 30th September to 2nd October.

PPMA 2014

The ATD stand in Hall 5, H110 will be displaying the Leibinger Jet3 Continous Inkjet Printer, the IP8000 High Resolution Inkjet Printer and the IP500 Thermal Inkjet printer ( now available with a touch screen controller). Also on display will be the newly introduced Kortho QiC Thermal Transfer printer, ideal for high quality marking on intermittent motion form-fill-seal machines.

Interplas 2014 Interplas

ATD’s stand J6 in Hall 4 will be demonstrating the Leibinger Jet3PI pigmented ink Continuous Inkjet Printer and the Jet3 Continuous Inkjet Printer, both used extensively for printing onto plastics and other non-porous materials

Technical and Sales assistance

ATD’s representatives will be present to answer any technical or sales queries, and will be very happy to mark samples either at the show or shortly afterwards.



Choosing an Industrial Coding System

Choosing the correct industrial coding equipment is vital to achieve consistent print quality, reliability and legibility. In some cases there may be several potential coding solutions, and ATD will work with the customer to determine which one is best suited to their application. Often the unique nature of their products, or their marking requirements, will be the deciding factor.

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ATD were approached by Day-Impex to help them to improve the marking on their range of glass sprinkler bulbs. These liquid filled capsules are designed to shatter when the liquid reaches a well defined temperature, triggering the sprinkler system. The small components range in size from 5mm to 2.5mm in diameter and each must be marked with an identifying code.

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High Resolution Inkjet EAN128 Barcode Printing

High Resolution Inkjet printing EAN128 barcodes directly onto an outer case dramatically reduces the costs per print compared to using a label. The only cost is the ink that is used, eliminating the waste of paying for backing paper and the unused parts of thermal transfer ribbons.

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