IN-MOULD LABELING

With our in-mould labelling, cut imprinted plastic films, also known as labels, are placed to precisely fit into the injection mould by means of a handling unit. The labels are fixed in place through application of vacuum or static electricity charge, and then rear injected with plastic material. Heat and pressure are applied to melt the substrate film, which is precisely adjusted to the plastic material, with the melt introduced to form the final product in the filling and holding cycles. In many instances, this technology is used in combination with stacking moulds for increased output while maintaining reproducibility and quality at the same levels.

The in-mold labeling (IML) enables design flexibility, enhances the product appearance, reduces the investment of secondary operations, increases productivity, and is beneficial to the environment.

What makes IML technology unique?

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  • The use of IML technology ensures the protection of goods against counterfeiting: due to the complexity of the technological process, it is impossible to counterfeit the packaging.
  • The soldered label has a single monolithic adhesion to the surface, which minimizes the risk of damage to it, provides increased resistance to mechanical, chemical and temperature stress, is resistant to moisture, heat, microwaves, scratches, does not crack and does not form folds.
  • Flexibility and resistance to humidity, heat, cooling, deep freezing and microwaving.
  • The injection-molded label becomes a kind of reinforcement that helps the packaging container to cope with deformation loads that occur during storage and transportation (e.g., falling of the container)
  • EVOH barrier minimizing transmission of oxygen into the container and extending shelf life.
  • Durable surfacing eliminating peeling or curling of the labels caused during transportation.
  • Achieved by eliminating additional costs for applying the label by the customer’s production, whether it be an automated line or manual labor.
  • Elimination of the cost of secondary labeling and decorating operations.
  • Reduction of label inventory at customer’s site.
  • Thin wall plastic part reducing the amount of resin used and consequently reducing the shipping cost.
  • When printing IML-labels, high-quality pigments with a light resistance higher than WS5 – WS8 are used, which allows the finished product to retain its attractive presentation for a much longer period.
  • Achieved by eliminating additional costs for applying the label by the customer’s production, whether it be an automated line or manual labor.
  • The product and the label are made of the same polymer raw materials and are easily recyclable, safe for food and household use.
  • The same plastic container can be labeled with many different decorative effects. This allows you to make your product stand out on the shelf.
  • Easy design variations by changing graphics, such as different flavors, in the same run.
  • Premium printing capability allows high resolution to achieve the extreme of eight PMS color-like result.
  • IML technology today provides the highest quality labeling. Due to this, the consumer has a stronger sense of the attractiveness of the product, the value of the brand rises, and the trade mark stands out.
  • Superior brand recognition with photographic, visually impressive graphics.
  • Wrap-around labels creating unique shapes and designs of the final products.
  • Maximizing brand visibility by utilizing the space on plastic part on all sides and bottom.