What does IML mean?
It stands for In-Mould Labelling and it refers to the fact that the labels are attached to the containers during the moulding process rather than in a subsequent stage, after they have been produced.
What is it like?
It takes the form of a flat plastic film that is just a few micrometres thick. The graphics are printed onto it using high definition systems. The labels are not as simple as they appear.
How does the process work?
The labels are shaped and sized to adhere perfectly to the form of the containers. Robots automatically insert them in the moulds just before they are closed.
When melted plastic is injected at pressure into the mould, it envelops the label and the latter becomes part of the sides of the container.
It is not a traditional labelling process because glue is not used and there is no need for any additional processing or procedures after the moulding stage.
When should the technology be used?
When you have very high output requirements, because the containers are already finished when they leave the moulds and the totally automatic production processes mean that the moulding cycles are very fast.
When you need to print precise, high quality words and pictures.
When you want a label that is resistant to wear and impossible to remove, no matter how hard children might try with their nails!
The labels used with IML printing systems are made of the same material as the containers, which simplifies waste sorting at home and makes it easier and cheaper to recycle and dispose of the products.
The labels are attached without the use of glues that are highly polluting and harmful to people and the environment.
The materials used are 100% recyclable.
Would you like to see one of our IML lines in action?
We have been working in this field for years, but we are still fascinated by the sight of production lines at work. There is something MAGICAL, HYPNOTIC and MUSICAL about it that we would like to share with you. Take a look at the video.
What does IML mean?