IN-MOLD LABELING (IML)
In-Mold Labeling is a very robust method for decorating consumer and industrial injection molded parts. The printed label or applique becomes an integral part of the finished product, by being fused with the molten resin.
The applique can be introduced to the molding tool in various ways. Using electro-static equipment in conjunction with a robot is a common solution. Vacuum may be appropriate in some cases, and in others, a friction fit may be all that is required. After the applique is placed in the tool, resin is injected behind the label and a permanent bond is created, resulting in a one-piece component.
Advantages of In-Mold Labeling:
- Eliminates post decorating operations - such as screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping, heat transfers, and painting.
- Design freedom - enhanced product appearance and better brand recognition.
- Reduced labor costs - elimination of extra handling from secondary decoration operation or decal application.
- Durability - bond to resin is much stronger than an adhesive applied label.
- 3D decoration capability - preformed distortion printed appliques can be in-mold decorated.
- Flexibility - ability to switch from one graphic design to another for different appearances.
- Seamless appearance - no oversized pocket in the molded part to accommodate a label that can accumulate dirt or decal edge if applied to the top of a molded part.
- Permanence - can engineer label construction to meet end customer's performance specifications.
- Minimized scrap - much less fallout than with traditional post decorating processes.
- Economics - can be more cost effective than other forms of decoration.
Contact us to learn more about the advantages on IML for your product.