The term "in mold labeling" (IML) is directly derived from the technique: a preprinted polypropylene (PP) label is placed in a mold that has the shape of the end product, e.g. the shape of a butter tub. Then the molten PP is added to the mold, fuses with the label and -while curing- takes the shape of the mold. Result: label and packaging become one.
In mold labeling can be done in the following production processes:
In mold labeling offers several major advantages:
Maximum print quality
The offset printing technique ensures high-resolution images. Besides, you can decorate all the sides of a container with one single label.
Strong and hygienic
In mold labels resist humidity and big changes in temperature: the best solution to decorate plastic containers for frozen and refrigerated products! In mold labels are also scratch resistant, cannot crack and are not susceptible to wrinkles.
Shorter production time and lower production costs
During the in mold labeling process containers are produced and decorated in one single step. Storage of blank containers becomes unnecessary, storage and transport costs belong to the past.
In mold labeling saves the environment: the packaging and the label consist of the same material and can therefore be fully recycled.
Wide range of look & feel options
The same plastic packaging product can be decorated with a wide range of different materials, inks an lacquers. This allows you to differentiate your product on the shelf.
Quick design changeovers
It only takes a shift from one label design to another on your IML automation to make a quick changeover. There is almost no production loss during the start-up of a new design.