IML, In Mould Labelling, is indispensable in the production of injection moulded products
A perfect example is packaging of food products and many plastic products for domestic use. Many products are produced with the aid of a static charge. Instead of printing directly or placing a sticky label onto the product, the print is achieved with a pre-printed plastic label. The pre-printed label is positioned into the injection mould and kept in place by a static charge. This way the label will be moulded together with the product shape and come out as a finished product.
How does IML works?
IML is a process step in the injection moulding process. By a robot, a label is picked up and placed in the mould cavity where it sticks due to the electrostatic charging. After the closing of the mould cavity, the product can be moulded whereby the label is fused with the end product.
What is necessary for applying IML?
- A suitable printed label
- A core with IML electrodes
- A charging generator
- A robot or handling
Depending on the geometry of the product and the desired cycle time, there are various methods with associated electrodes to apply.
- Emitter pins in the core, for example IML spider
- Constructed core with IML foam
- Constructed core with IML Easycore
- Constructed core with IML foam simplified with external charging electrode
- Constructed core with IML Easycore simplified with external charging electrode
How can Simco-Ion help you?
Simco-Ion has years of experience with the IML process and has therefore developed special charging generators, IML electrodes and IML electrode materials and charging techniques. A wide range of innovative products can help you to optimise the IML process. Simco-Ion or a local representative can assist you with advice and knowledge to realise your project. For more contact data, go to: www.simco-ion.co.uk/contact