HAUG In Mold Labeling

HAUG In Mold Labeling (IML) and static pinning

 

In Mold Labeling - IML
Fixation of labels in injection molds

For more than four decades, one of the primary objectives of HAUG GmbH & Co. KG has been the search for ecological production processes and technologies to improve the recyclability of products.

In the field of In Mold Labeling, in particular, new applications have been developed resulting in significant time and cost savings for the manufacturer and providing an end product for the end user containing a single grade of material.

Using the charging system consisting of a charging generator and a charging electrode selected for the specific application allows the label to be fixed in the grounded injection mold by applying charge carriers. The Charging generator AG 60 for example, which can be pulsed externally and is provided with a discharge unit and includes an additional integrated, fully electronic process monitoring system, allows the highest level of process reliability to be attained.

In addition, the utilization of the cycle times of the injection moulding machine can be markedly improved by using a handling system. This system positions labels perfectly in the injection mold and removes the finished product in a single process.

Typical applications for In Mold Labelling primarily exist in injection moulding, e.g. in food packaging (for the application of product labels) or in plastic containers of all types. During fixation of the label in the injection mold, the dielectric properties of the plastic are exploited in order to apply a defined charge to the label. This charge will allow it to be fixed in the grounded injection mold.

Normally, a combined discharging and charging system is used: When the top label is separated from a stack, electric charges are generated which are removed using a discharging system. The electric neutrality of the label is a condition for the subsequent charging process.

The direct application of a label in the injection mold offers the following benefits:

  • Optimum connection of the label with the product
  • Only one material unit, which can be fully recycled
  • High abrasion resistance
  • No elaborate mechanical holding devices necessary within the injection mold
  • Label does not become detached during further processing
  • No downstream production processes required for the application of the label
  • Optimum utilization of cycle times
  • Ultimate process reliabilty with optimum quality
  • High quality appearance of end product