In-mold labeling allows molders to produce parts with a “no-label” look and a graphic quality that is unattainable with some post-decorating methods. Photographs, crisp illustrations, and even three-dimensional images can be designed into a label that becomes an integral part of the product, rather than resting on the outside of the part.
The term “in mold labeling” is directly derived from the technique: a preprinted polypropylene (PP) label is placed in a mold. This mold has the shape of the end product, e.g. the shape of a butter tub.
Then the molten PP is added to the mold. It fuses with the label, and while curing, takes the shape of the mold. Result: label and packaging become one.
In Mold Labeling Advantages
In mold labeling offers several major advantages such as:
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 cost. 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.
Wide range of look & feel options. The same plastic packaging product can be decorated with a wide range of different materials, inks and 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 in mold labeling automation to make a quick changeover. There is almost no production loss during the start-up of a new design.
Contact Monroe Mold to see if in mold labeling is an option for your company.