A new pad printing system reportedly represents a breakthrough for decorating asymmetrical bottles. The XE 16 series from Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, East Dorset, Vt., is coupled to an over-and-under conveyor with rotating tooling that allows printing on both sides of the bottle. Air inflation at each station is said to ensure high-quality printing on even the most difficult shapes. Other features include flame treaters or optional corona units, plus servo controls that allow production of over 900 bottles/hr in up to 12 colors. PC-based software allows production monitoring and troubleshooting. With its 20GB hard drive, the XE can store and recall a large number of jobs for fast changeovers.