Pad Printing Plates

PRO Series Plates: Delivering quality printing at an affordable price

Colour Components stock a wide range of water and alcohol wash-out plates, suited to all machine types and print applications.  If you haven’t found plate that performs as it should, a plate that everyone in your printroom can use with confidence, and one that doesn’t cost you a fortune – then you need to check out our PRO Series of pad printing plates.  If you do already have a favorite plate, well, we probably have that one too, and for much less than you are currently paying!

Our PRO Series range includes low cost water wash-out plate (great for short to medium print runs common in promotional printing), to ultra durable alcohol and water wash-out plates designed for long running and repetitive industrial printing. We can even help you with cutting edge laser etched plates for computer-to-plate imaging.  We also offer a steel plate etching service for industrial applications.

We keep a huge variety of photopolymer plates in stock and, because we cut them right here, we will always be able to supply the exact plate size that you need.

Colour Components punch and supply plates for a variety of machine configurations including; TOSH, Morlock, Kent, Comec and Teca-Print pad printers.

Contact us, we’re happy to help!

DuraPro – Alcohol Wash

Excellent reproduction of detail, easy and fast plate processing are the outstanding qualities of DuraPRO plates.  They are also manufacturered from polymers with extremely high abrasion resistance so they can perform over long print runs that would otherwise only be possible with steel gravure plates. The extremely high resolution (up to 10 000 dpi) and wide tonal range of DuraPRO plates enables the production of top quality product printing with absolute confidence.



DuraPro – Water Wash

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ImagePRO – Alcohol Washout Plates

ImagePRO alcohol washout photopolymer plates for open ink well pad printers

ImagePRO plates are an excellent choice for commercial printers who print retail products and packages, parts and components or anything that requires sharp reproduction of fine detail, small text and screens over short to medium runs.

Excellent reproduction of detail, easy and fast plate processing are the outstanding qualities of ImagePRO plates.  When used with a MH (metal halide) lamp exposure system, ImagePRO plates will process with steeper dot shoulder profiles and deeper, more open reverse elements resulting in improved printing performance and longer production runs with less machine stops for plate cleaning.  ImagePro plates feature;

  • photopolymer composition designed specifically for pad printing applications
  • the ability to resolve very fine detail and screens
  • easy and fast processing properties
  • tough, abrasion resistant polymer for extra long printing life

ImagePRO alcohol washout technical specifications;
Processing: alcohol washout (plush pad)
UV light source: MH (metal halide) point source light recommended
Maximum halftone: 140 lpi (5~95%)
Minimum dot reproducible: 200 µm
Narrowest line reproducible: 100 µm
Base material: steel
Overall thickness: 0.43mm (total)
Polymer hardness: 90 (shore D)

Get started with ImagePRO alcohol plates
Use these times as a starting point. Customise as necessary to compensate for your particular light source strength and washout technique and water temperature.
Exposure time: 1.5 to 3 minutes (lamp dependent)
GS steps: required greyscale step 15 – 17 step solid (Stouffer 21 step sensitivity guide)
Washout time: > 3 minutes (solution temperature 20°C)
Drying time: 20 minutes (80°C )
Post exposure time: 4 to 6 minutes


The good oil from our
plate-making room

  • Reseal open bags and store unexposed plates in cool (below 25°C), dark (away from UV and daylight), dry (50-60% relative humidity) conditions
  • When storing used plates remove ink residue with solvent and keep in cool dark place with humidity around 60% to prevent the plate becoming dry and brittle
  • They’re more sensitive to processing than PrintPRO plates and will quickly become too deep if you get carried away with washout.  Be consistent and you can easily produce an etch with wonderfully uniform depth through solid areas of the image as well as amazingly sharp fine detail.
  • ImagePROs reasonable price, and ability to resolve fine detail and uniform solids makes it our plate of choice  🙂


ImagePRO – Water Washout Plates

ImagePRO water washout photopolymer plates for ink cup and open ink well pad printers
ImagePRO water are available in 0.43 and 0.73 polymer thickness

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ImagePro plates feature;

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ImagePRO water washout technical specifications;
Processing: x
UV light source: x
Maximum halftone: x
Mimimum dot reproducable: x µm
Narrowest line reproducable: x µm
Base material: steel
Overall thickness: 0.43mm / 0.73 (total)
Polymer hardness: x (shore D)

Get started with ImagePRO water washout plates
Use these times as a starting point. Customise as necessary to compensate for your particular light source strength and washout technique and water temperature.
Exposure time: x minutes (lamp dependent)
GS steps: required greyscale step ‘x’ step solid (Stouffer 21 step sensitivity guide)
Washout time: x
Drying time: x
Post exposure time: x


The good oil from our
plate-making room

  • Reseal open bags and store unexposed plates in cool (below 25°C), dark (away from UV and daylight), dry (50-60% relative humidity) conditions
  • When storing used plates remove ink residue with solvent and keep in cool dark place with humidity around 60% to prevent the plate becoming dry and brittle


LaserPro – Computer To Plate

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PrintPRO – Water Washout Plates

PrintPRO water washout photopolymer plates for open inkwell pad printers

PrintPRO plates have been around forever and are widely used by Australian pad printers in open inkwell machines.  They are popular because they’re fast to make with quick exposure and washout properties and so very easy to use, holding details and screen easily while producing even etches in solid images.

PrintPRO plates are highly suited pad printing applications because they are very forgiving, producing remarkably consistent results even with the small fluctuations in processing conditions typical when hand processing plates.  PrintPro plates feature;

  • good image reproduction capability to ensure consistent high quality prints
  • a matte finish to ensure good contact between plate and film
  • easy and fast processing properties
  • made from environmentally friendly materials and require no chemicals for processing
  • made from tough, abrasion resistant polymer for extra long printing life

PrintPRO technical specifications;
Processing:  water washout (plush pad or spray)
UV light source:  peak sensitivity 350 – 370 nm.
Maximum halftone:  175L (1~95%)
Minimum dot reproducible:  150 µm
Narrowest line reproducible:  40 µm
Base material:  steel
Overall thickness:  0.73mm (total)
Polymer hardness:  65 (shore D)

Get started with PrintPRO plates
Use these times as a starting point.  Customise as necessary to compensate for your particular light source strength and washout technique and water temperature.
Exposure time: 4 to 6 minutes (lamp dependent)
GS steps: required greyscale step 15 – 17 step solid (Stouffer 21 step sensitivity guide)
Washout time: 2 – 3 minutes (water temperature 20 – 25°C)
Drying time: 10 minutes (50 – 60°C )
Post exposure time: 4 to 6 minutes


The good oil from our
plate-making room

  • Reseal open bags and store unexposed plates in cool (below 25°C), dark (away from UV and daylight), dry (below 50% relative humidity) conditions
  • When storing used plates remove ink residue with solvent and keep in cool dark place with humidity between 50-70% to prevent the plate becoming dry and brittle
  • We’ve used PrintPRO on ink cups machines with good success but notice the used plate does tend to curl when stored which can lead to poor doctoring on subsequent jobs
  • Once you establish your baseline exposure and washout times and keep processing conditions reasonably consistent, PrintPRO plates will give you trouble free processing and a consistently high quality etch.


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