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Get the Facts on In-Mold labeling


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All labels are not created (or printed) equal. From basic application to complete robotics, In-mold labels help companies with branding, safety & security and even tracking in the supply chain. See how to extend the value of your label. Download today.

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Get the Facts on In-Mold labeling

  1. 1. In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  2. 2. QUESTION What is In-Mold Labeling? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  3. 3. ANSWER In-Mold Labeling is a process for labeling or decorating a plastic object while the object is being formed in the mold. • In the In-Mold Labeling process, a label is placed in the open mold and held in the desired position by vacuum ports, electrostatic attraction or other appropriate means. • The mold closes and molten plastic resin is extruded or injected into the mold where it conforms to the shape of the object. • The hot plastic permeates the label, making it an integral part of the molded object. BONUS What is difference between Pressure Sensitive (PS) labels and In-Mold Labels? • PS label is affixed to the “surface” of the plastic object • In-Mold Label actually becomes part of the molded part. In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  4. 4. QUESTION How does an In-Mold Label compare to a traditional Pressure-Sensitive Label? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  5. 5. ANSWER How does an In-Mold Label compare to a traditional Pressure-Sensitive Label? In-Mold Labels Pressure-Sensitive Labels • Applied to a mold at time of manufacture. • Typically applied by the manufacturer • Then injected with a variety of hot plastics under pressure to form the required part. • An extra step, usually manual, when applied. • Label usually must be made of the same material that the mold is being injected with. • Label becomes part of the finished product GRAFILM® Effectively moves with the plastic when exposed to thermal influences. • In-mold label used with most injected materials, including recycled materials • Label material does not have to match the injected product • Reduces cost • More durable, permanent solution. • • The down side to PS labels is if they are exposed to any harsh environments, they can peel, fall off and are not as durable as In-mold products. • Patented technology In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  6. 6. QUESTION What are the advantages of In-Mold Labeling? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  7. 7. ANSWER Several advantages of In-Mold Label include: • Permanent It will not peel off and cannot be removed by the end user of the product. • Accurate Positioned by robotics improves placement accuracy and prevents missing labels. • Flexible Conforms to the shape and texture of the plastic part. This gives the product designer greater flexibility in product decoration and brand labeling. Robotics • Various Payload Applications • Human-Machine Interface • Custom-Designed Tooling • End-Effector Technology • 65,000+ hrs MTBF In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  8. 8. QUESTION Is In-Mold Labeling the same as In-Mold Decorating? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  9. 9. ANSWER Is In-Mold Labeling the same as In-Mold Decorating? In-Mold Labeling (IML) In-Mold Decorating (IMD) • • Decoration of higher value durable plastic products • Children’s toys, sporting goods, appliances, etc. IMD-durable goods can be injection molded, blow molded, etc. • Blow molded, injection molded or thermoformed packaging. Margarine tubs, shampoo bottles or detergent bottles. Did you know? Both IML and IMD use In-Mold Labels, and the terms may be used interchangeably. In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  10. 10. QUESTION What are common applications for In-Mold Labels? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  11. 11. ANSWER What are common applications for In-Mold Labels? Product Decoration Applications Decals and decorative trim on products, such as outboard boat motors, kayaks, basketball hoops and children’s toys. Brand Image Applications Company logos or model-specific graphics on such products as vacuum cleaners, automobile batteries or home appliances. TRACK IT In-Mold Labels can be used to authenticate and track products through the supply chain. Safety and Security Applications Warning labels on such products as lawnmowers and child car seats, as well as anti-counterfeiting labels. In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  12. 12. QUESTION What types of companies benefit from In-Mold Labels? In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  13. 13. ANSWER What types of companies benefit from In-Mold Labels? Three key segments in Manufacturing market • Decoration (Brand) • Warning/Safety • Functional Bank It Labor costs are reduced by the elimination of manual processes. Any manufacturer that is applying pressure-sensitive labels to plastic parts can benefit from In-Mold Labels. Parts are received fully decorated from the molder, eliminating steps in the assembly process. In-Mold Labeling FAQs
  14. 14. IN THEIR OWN WORDS Learn More • Call 800-442-5254 • Click Standard Register In-Mold Labels: Link > • Follow SR on Twitter @SR_BizSolutions • Email “We are very pleased with the impact Grafilm has made in our molding process and Grafilm has definitely impacted our manufacturing efficiency. Our scrap rates are down to ½% (Vs. 5 to 10% with our previous supplier) and because of that we have also lowered our overall cost of assemble.” - KEN BOWERS Operations tooling lead for Scotts Temecula In-Mold Labeling FAQs