Tagless Labels: Screen Printing vs Pad Printing

Screen printing is the best way to generate Tagless Labels. Screen printing offers many advantages over pad printing, including sharper images, more consistent colors, and greater durability. Screen printing is also faster and more versatile, making it ideal for high-volume production.


  • Screen printing is a proven printing technique on garments
  • The quality and opacity are much better with screen printing
  • The quality and opacity are much better with screen printing
  • Screen printing has better wash-ability than pad printing
  • With the RapidTag Screen printer….you can put up to 3 care labels on one screen (the screen is obviously reusable)
  • Screen printing inks cost less than pad printing inks
  • Screen printing inks have a longer shelf life than pad printing inks
  • The RapidTag Operates faster than a pad printer
  • Screen making is more cost-effective and better for the flow of production than plate making
  • You can fit up to 4 or 5 labels per screen (depending on the size of the label)


  • Pad printing is a great printing technique for plastics and odd-shaped items…..it was never designed for printing on textiles and garments
  • Fibers get stuck onto the sponge…..resulting in having to apply tape onto the sponge in order to remove the fibres
  • Pad printing will not give you the same opacity as screen printing will (especially on darker substrates)
  • To print a bold white on a dark garment is not possible with pad printing.
  • You are also very limited to size with Pad Printing
  • The ink from pad printing has a very short shelf life and you end up wasting a lot in the end…..
  • Plate making is more expensive than reburning screens for screen printing
  • You are limited to one label per plate

As you can see, there are many benefits to using tagless labels in your screen printing or pad printing process. By eliminating the need for a separate tag, you can save time and money while still getting a high-quality product. Contact us today to learn more about our tagless label options!

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