Getting Started Guide Summary


Designing a new product or upgrading an existing product from direct print, glue-on, pressure sensitive or heat transfer labeling to IML or IMD can be a difficult decision. How hard will it be to produce in-mold labeled or decorated products? How expensive will it be to implement and operate? How will our decision affect operational efficiency and profits?

In-mold labeling and decorating require an investment of both time and financial resources but it does pay off in enhanced products, increased market share and cost savings. Whether you are making packaging or durable products, this getting started guide will help ease your entry into the world of in-mold labeling and decorating.

Here is an outline of the Getting Started Guide for Molders and End Users:

  • What is In-Mold Labeling (IML)?
  • How Does it Work?
  • Types of Packaging Containers Produced with IML
  • Why Use IML?
  • What is In-Mold Decorating (IMD)?
  • Types of In-Mold Decorated Durable Products.
  • Major Considerations for IML
    • Label Considerations
    • Label Positioning
    • Injection Mold Requirements
    • Blow Mold Requirements
  • Degree of Difficulty for IML-I Containers
  • Automation Requirements
  • Injection IML (IML-I) Machine Requirements
  • Blow mold IML (IML-B) Machine Requirements

The complete "Getting Started Guide for Molders and End Users" is available to IMDA members on the "Members Only" side of this IMDA website.