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Published on: 19 Jul 2016 by bhqonline
The process of IML (In-mold labeling) or IMD (in-mold decoration) technique was initiated at the end of 20th century. The process was then spreading across the region quickly because the process is cost effective and is more efficient and attractive, the injection molds replaced the separate, the plastic parts come out from the injection mold completely decorated and designed which is less time consuming.
IML and IMD are almost same, they are sometimes an interchangeable process, but there is a thin line of difference between the two; IML has a short life span and is used mainly on the packaging of beauty care, or cosmetics or even on products related to households. Few tenth of millimeter thick polypropylene foil is used for this in-mold labeling procedure. As the labels is less on a budget, whereas; IMD is a decoration process for the long lasting and durable objects, like machinery, kitchen or lawn equipment, mobile bodies, automobiles, toys and much more (that we see and observe in our daily life). The costing budgets for such products are medium, and they are durable for years. Enhances the appeal of the product and also represents the labels.
There are also recent innovations in the decoration and labeling industry, with the current introduction to the 3-D process of IML and IMD. The modernization makes the product more appealing visually and also in reference to shape, designs, and texture of plastic. The procedure is still cost-effective and enhances the durability. With this technology, there is a dramatic change in the products of now and from past 20 years.
3D technology is frivoling because the products that are 3D in nature has various angles and consistencies with intense depths and beautified angles, with this technology the plastic products have new angular shapes like curves and high-end textured surfaces are attainable. The products with cavities can also be achieved with 3-D IML/IMD technology. The products made of thermoform may have deep cuts, sharp edges and fitted radius with just the right choice of molder injection to be chosen. Image distortion, for merchandises that has curved corners or round surfaces was a confounded procedure for manufacturers but skilled digital designing in collaboration with patented inks and tools made it possible to get through the problem which enables in creating clear, crisp and high-tech aesthetic graphics which are not inaccurate from the edges. The procedure is also applicable on the most challenging goods like fiber, stainless steel, and wood smidgens.
The technology enables the manufacturer to make and design almost any shape, design, labels, edges, cuts, and cavities. The old processes were so time consuming and costly that there were risks of taking any new experiment into actions. An opening of new doors of success and experimentation for designer and engineers is then possible with the latest technique, with the durability and flexibility. Giving an oomph to the high-end products which are known as ‘branded’ in our world, where fashion statements and ‘labels’ are more important than the actual product.