Screen Printing Your Foam Cups


Foam cups provide an economical and efficient way to offer custom branding for your customers. It can take up to 12 brand exposures for your customers to recognize you. Give yourself the tools to help build your customer’s brand recognition.

Printing foam cups is one of the most popular entry points for printers to get into when beginning a promotional business. One of the reasons is the demand and ease of printing and availability of businesses in need of a reliable supplier that is local. Foam cups are also the most popular system to start because you only have to focus on the local businesses in your state to start rather than competition with every business printing on foam cups.

You may use solvent or UV inks. Since the cups are disposable, you don't have to concern yourself with pretreatment to prevent ink from chipping off. UV inks offer instant curing while solvent based inks may take a few minutes prior to completely curing.

Foam cups may be air dried for curing, put through forced hot air or IR treatment if solvent based inks are being used. The quickest option for printing your cups is UV as the cure is instant, which also makes it ideal for multi-color printing. The T8-SS provides optional pretreatment and automatic unloading.


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Why Upgrade Your Screen Printing Machine For Your Foam Cups?

Systematic Automation has been engineering solutions for foam cup printers for over 40 years. All that is required from you sending us samples of your product and we will manufacture a machine with tooling specific to your cup sizes and variability.

  • The Model F1-DC  is perfect for both new and experienced printers alike. You may have a wide variety of foam cups to print. The Model F1-DC allows you to print all your product sizes with quick  fixture changeover using your dedicated tooling. Registration systems can be integrated for multi-color printing. The versatility of the F1-DC allows to expand your offerings for screen printing such as a take out containers or branded bottles. 
  • The T8-SS is a stand-alone, fully automated screen-printing machine designed to offer you a reliable and straightforward method for printing your foam cups. With automatic loading (optional), foam cup unloading and UV curing for instant ink drying, the T8-SS will provide you with a simple turn-key solution for your printing. Little operator intervention or training is required, leaving your operator more time to work on other projects. Changeover is simple for different size foam cups.
  • Screen printing on foam cups can be a bit challenging due to the flexible and non-porous nature of foam. Unlike rigid materials, foam cups can deform under pressure, and the ink may not adhere well. Systematic Automation provides a solution for the preceding common issue by providing tooling designed specifically for your foam cups. There is no one size fits all, the mandrels will be made to fit your specific cup snuggly for precision screen printing. Fixtures for printing your foam cups may also be gear driven for multi-color printing. 

Screen Printing Machines for Foam Cups

  • Model F1-DC screen printing machine

    F1-DC Screen Printing Machine

    F1-DC Screen Printing Machine

    Clamshell Printers For Cylindrical Products
    • Ideal for cups, bottles, glassware and more for full 360 degree image coverage.
    • Quick and easy changeover between products in seconds.
    • Approximately 3,600 prints per hour (depending on product).
    • 100% air operation - cannot overload or burn out, or become obsolete.
    • Brilliantly simple, easy to operate and versatile.
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  • T8-SS automatic screen printing machine

    T8-SS Screen Printing Machine

    T8-SS Screen Printing Machine

    Turret Motion Printers For Cylindrical Products
    • Integrated UV and take-off system.
    • Simple, reliable, easy to service.
    • Approximately 3,600 parts per hour.
    • Harmonic acceleration and deceleration of rotary indexer.
    • Optional integration of automatic loaders, pretreatment and more.
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Make the Right Choice for Your Screen Printing Business

Systematic Automation is your choice for professional custom screen-printing machines made here in the U.S.A. We offer an array of custom screen-printing machine models to handle all your printing needs. We also offer UV curing machines, vacuum tables, and heat treatment machines to ensure your printing shop can fill every order. We have experienced technicians that offer support to help set up your machine and any technical questions you have once you start printing. Call or contact us today to speak with one of our expert technicians and choose the right machines for your business.

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