What is In-Mould Label Printing?
It is an extremely precise process where the printed plastic label is loaded into the mould. The product (container, lid or component) is then moulded behind and around the label.
In short, container and label become one. This bond formed between the product and the label is better than “printed-on” or adhesive graphics.
Mould Printing Applications
Here at FLC, we offer injection moulding using blow moulding, injection moulding and thermoforming.
- Injection Moulding IML – During the injection moulding process, a mass of heated liquid is injected at high pressured into a mould. When the mass cools off and solidifies, it takes the shape of the mould. The IML label is integrated into the mould before injection. As part of this process, the injected molten polymer fuses with the label.
- Blow Moulding IML – Blow moulding is a technique that’s used for producing hollow plastic parts. Blow moulding could be based on injecting, extruding or stretching heated liquid mass into a mould. The material expands to take the shape of the mould. This method is ideal for storing liquids like cooking oil. With blow moulding IML, the pre-printed label is fused with the molten polymer to create the final product.
- Thermoforming IML – This technique is ideal for producing rigid plastic packaging. During this process, a thermoplastic sheet is heated until it takes the shape of the forming tool. When the plastic cools and solidifies, it takes the shape of the forming tool. With thermoforming IML printing, the label is inserted in the forming tool to fuse with the heated plastic sheet.
In mould labelling has many advantages over traditional labeling:
- It offers maximum print quality, allowing your designers to really go to town on that design and make your product and brand stand out.
- The offset printing of the label produces high-resolution outcomes, including photography, and allows for the label to wrap around the entire container.
- In mould labels are scratch resistant, they can’t crack and they aren’t susceptible to wrinkles!
- They are also strong and hygienic and resist big changes in temperature, making them ideal for frozen and refrigerated products.
- The process offers shorter production time and lower production costs.
- IML is more environmentally friendly as the packaging and the label consist of the same material and can therefore be fully recycled.
- Maximum print quality with high resolution
- Strong and hygienic and great for large temperature ranges
- Shorter production time and reduced production costs
- Environmentally friendly
- Huge range of design options
IML Printing – Markets We Serve
We offer this cutting edge printing solution for a variety of packaging products and applications. We supply to the fast-moving consumer goods industry including horticultural, food & beverage, industrial and dairy. Various embellishments could be added to the labels, such as cold foil, spot gloss or matt varnish, high build print and variable data print.
Applications include reusable drinking cups, lunch boxes, kitchen products, dustbins, storage containers and packaging products such as barrels, pails, tubs, and cartridges.
Whether you are packaging cheese, butter, confectionery, ice cream, pet food, paint, tobacco, yogurt, salads or spreads, we work with you to create a custom solution to suit your brand and product.
Features of In-Mould Printing
- Extremely durable
- Lower production costs
- Shorter production time
- 100% recyclable
- No adhesives
- Available in gloss, matte and metallic finishes
- Excellent print quality
- Improves container strength
Request a Quote
When you are looking for high-quality in-mould labelling suppliers in Melbourne, look no further. Contact FLC today to request a custom quote.