The latest technology of In-Mould Labeling(IML) is applied for decoration of plastic packaging and tare obtained by injection molding or by blowing out in a form.
The essence of technology is in locating a preliminarily printed and cut IML into a transfer mold or blowing out form and then it is fused into a product at the moment of formation of plastic buckets, cans, tins and bottles made from plastic melt.
In-Mould label forms integration with a packing. For the best quality in IML manufacturing we use the same material as the product that is decorated made from.
During last years IML has more confidently won its niche in the Label World and often it replaces other label types. For example in food industry In-Mould labels are becoming popular among producers of cheeses, butters, ice-creams and other dairy products – for packing in these cases they use plastic tubs and buckets which can be easily and advantageously labeled with IML.
For IMLs printing we use such polymeric film materials as polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyester with 50 microns thickness. After printing IMLs are cut out of sealed web with the help of special facilities and stapled in bundles. Bundles of finished IMLs are formed in strict accordance with requirements formed by construction of specific models of inputting robot units of injection moulding devices or devices for can blowing.
IML has good resistance to high and low temperatures, it stands contact with water, grease and other chemically active substances without any problem. Such labels are resistant to scuffing and other mechanical damage and on majority complex surfaces these labels are coated flat, without folds. Due to the use of all capacities of modern flexo printing with UV-curing inks In-Mould labels excel in high image quality and generally look colorful and presentable.
Moreover, IML usage presents us an additional protection from fakes because at the present moment only limited producers’ quantity has capacities of manufacturing of plastic packaging with IML decoding. Thus counterfeit products producing is very complicated and even unprofitable.