Decoration of Industrial Containers

Hot Stamp Decoration for Reusable, Industrial, and Bulk Containers

Decoration of Industrial Containers

Hot stamp technology is well-suited for decoration of industrial containers such as bulk and reusable bins and more.

What are reusable or industrial containers?

Many different types of containers fit in this category. They are often called reusable, industrial or bulk containers. Examples include waste/recycling bins, pallets, totes, crates, boxes, pails/buckets and sanitation supplies.


What is hot stamp decoration?

Hot Stamping (also referred to as foil stamping) is a dry product decoration process. This is the process uses foils, dies, molds and precision tooling at high temperature and pressure to leave a foil imprint of the desired decoration.


What types of information are often applied to reusable, industrial and bulk containers?

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Hot Stamp equipment is often used to apply logos, warnings and instructions onto a number of industrial containers. Hot stamp decoration is well suited to apply highly repeatable, durable decoration on large containers.

What considerations are key for decoration of industrial containers?

Like in most markets, industrial and reusable container manufacturers require repeatable, high quality decorations. There are also considerations specific to the decoration of industrial containers. These containers are intended to have long lives, often in rugged outdoor or factory environments. This makes achieving highly durable print very important.  In some cases due to their unique shape and large size, decorating these containers often require machines with greater throat depth for additional part clearance as well as customized tooling.

What types of reusable containers can United Silicone equipment decorate?

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Hot stamp decoration is often applied to waste containers, pails, sanitation supplies, pallets as well as a large variety of trays, crates and bins. Printing requirements vary significantly from one bulk container format to another. The United Silicone team has over 40 years’ experience in identifying the optimal decorating solution for each application based on production needs, end user adhesion specifications and container/decorating area geometries. Several of our reusable container solutions are completely unique-in-the-market.


Hot Stamp Decoration for Waste Containers

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Many varieties of waste containers and bins are deep and require specialized hot stamp equipment. United Silicone revolutionized the decoration of deep reusable containers by providing an industry-leading 16-inch throat depth for hot stamp decoration in an affordable 2.5-ton system. United Silicone also provides specialized tooling to accommodate large waste containers.

Typical waste container applications for hot stamp decoration include:

  • Residential Roll-out Trash Carts
  • Recycling Totes & Bins
  • Commercial Refuse Cans
  • Medical Waste Containers
  • Pallets
  • Pails


Hot Stamp Decoration for Pallets

hot stamp pallets

Hot Stamp machines that accommodate large product dimensions and weight are key for pallet branding. United Silicone knows how to ensure simplified set up and consistent, repeatable decoration for reusable pallets thanks to our expertise in system configuration, customized tooling and stamping plate design. We have expertise in the decoration of both injection molded pallets and structural foam pallets. 


Hot Stamp Decoration for Pails

square pail hot stamp

At United Silicone we are proud of the reputation our pail decorating equipment has earned as best-in-class. We offer manual load to fully automated bucket hot stamp systems. Both single-color hot stamp and multi-color heat transfer decoration are possible.

Our systems decorate industrial pails, commercial pails and consumer pails. We have expertise in round, square and rectangular plastic pail decoration.


Hot Stamp Decoration for Trays, Crates & Bins



Reusable trays, crates and bins come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Transport trays for food and beverage products, material handling bins and dairy crates all require different types of decorating technologies.  Identifying the best decoration solution for each application requires a careful study of production needs, end user adhesion specifications, and container/decorating area geometries.

Typical applications for hot stamp decoration include:

  • Agricultural Crates
  • Beverage and Bakery Trays
  • Beverage Coolers
  • Bulk Boxes
  • Collapsible/Foldable Containers
  • Food Handling Containers
  • Nestable Totes


Hot Stamp Decoration For Sanitation Containers and Dispensers

printing on sanitation equipment

Decoration on sanitation containers, dispensers and supplies much be durable enough to stand up to both heavy use as well as chemical exposure. This is another area where a wide variety of different shapes and geometries are present and United Silicone can provide expert insights as to the best solution for your unique part requirements. We offer manual and automated decoration for a number of sanitation applications, including:  

  • Barriers
  • Dustpans
  • Mop Buckets
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Soap dispensers
  • Wet floor signs
  • Tilt, Utility & Cleaning Carts
  • Wet floor signs

What specific hot stamp machines, supplies and services does United Silicone supply for industrial container decoration?

United Silicone is truly a one-stop-shop for industrial, reusable and bulk container decoration. We have specialized equipment, supplies and services designed specifically for this market. We are experts at designing customized tooling for reusable container applications.

What is unique-in-the-market about the US 25-E for reusable container decoration?

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The US 25-E system revolutionized deep container decoration by providing a 16 inch throat depth in an affordable 2.5 ton system. This  represents a 60% increase in the throat depth compared to what was previously possible from a hot stamp machine of this size. Prior to the launch of the US25-E, containers that required more than 10 inch throat depth required a more costly 12 ton system. The US 25-E represents cost savings of up to 40% or roughly $20,000 per system.

Additionally, the US 25-E accommodates parts up to 3x larger in size than traditional systems. While traditional frames provide up to 16 inch part clearance, The US 25 E-Frame and Reverse Mount applications allow for up to 51 inch clearance.

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