Technological support for In-mould labels

 

In-mould labels are printed using offset, engraved and digital printing methods on polymer film, with subsequent indentation using special equipment. Ready-to-use labels are delivered in packs.

1. Decoration of Injection-Moulded IMLs

This type of IML is used most often in Europe and is becoming increasingly popular in Russia. It can replace dry, self-adhesive, dry offset and thermal transfer labels.

The process can be subdivided into three parts:

  • The label is delivered to, and fixed in, the press form;
  • The press form is closed; molten polymer mass is poured in and subsequently chilled;
  • The finished product, including the in-mould label, is removed from the form.

Examples of Application:

  • polymer tare for packaging mayonnaise, ice-cream, cottage cheese, cheese spreads, and many other products;
  • decoration of household items such as chests of drawers, glove compartments – and even chopping boards;
  • decoration of home electronics panels (telephones, washers), car dashboards;
  • other decorative plastic parts.
 

2. Blow-Moulded IMLs

The process can be subdivided into three parts:

  • the label is delivered to, and fixed in, the press form;
  • the press form is closed; the blow-moulding process begins;
  • the finished product, including the in-mould label, is removed from the form.

Examples of Application: bottles, canisters and tubes for various products (from fruit syrups to household and industrial chemicals).

 

3. Thermoforming Polymer Products and IMLs

This method is deployed in the smallest percentage of products that use IML technology. These IMLs can be used instead of self-adhesive and hot melt labels.

The process can be subdivided into three parts:

  • the label is delivered to, and fixed in, the press form;
  • the polymer film is delivered and the press form is closed;
  • the finished product, including the in-mould label, is removed from the form.

Examples of Application: pots for yoghurt or cottage cheese, cheese spread containers and many other products.

 

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