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In-Mold Meet-Up with Dr. Scott Trenor and Mike Licata

This webinar brings together two industry veterans who are heavily involved in solving the recyclability concerns facing the plastics industry. Dr. Scott Trenor is the technical director and Olefins Technical Committee lead for the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) and Mike Licata is director, Business and Technical Development for YUPO.

Learn from the Experts in In-Mold Technologies

The IMDA Video Academy features short two- to five-minute videos by IMDA member companies that describe the in-mold process or answer common questions. 

These videos 

  • promote an understanding of the advantages offered by IML, IMD and IME
  • explain the benefits of in-mold processes to certain markets
  • discuss sustainability impacts of IML and IMD
  • and feature expert advice from IMDA members

IMDA Members: Access the full-length videos in the Members Only section of this website.

What are some of the IMD design trends in the automotive and appliance sectors?

Daniel Zielger, Eimo Technologies; Paul O’Hearn, Profile Plastics; and Pat Tully, DuraTech Industries share the design trends currently popular in automotive and appliance applications – including higher-end graphics, metalized finishes, brushed patterns, capacitive touch, hidden-til-lit and larger display lenses.

Why is IML a good choice for food packaging?

Dean Hanawalt, Winpak, and Brian Fleming, MCC Verstraete, discuss the decorative possibilities that in-mold labeling offers for brand owners in the food packaging space, along with a history of how shelf space restrictions pushed IML-decorated product to the forefront of the grocery store shelf.

How does the IML process work with continuous extrusion blow molding?

Label substrate expert Mike Licata from YUPO describes the continuous blow molding process and the way the label is positioned for application.

What are the cybersecurity threats on the factory floor?

Why should manufacturing companies worry about cybersecurity threats? What are the areas that are vulnerable to attack? Experts from Tekscape, Inc. provide the answers in this excerpt from a one-hour webinar.

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What are the benefits of in-mold labeling in food packaging applications?

Plastic has numerous advantages in the production of packaging, and other methods described as “more sustainable” may not be, especially when the effect of replacing plastic with other materials is considered. Eugene Julia of IML Solutions provides an overview of why in-mold labeling is preferred in many food packaging applications.

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What should a molder consider before moving forward with an in-mold labeling or decorating process?

Before adding an in-mold process to a production line, what factors need to be considered for a smooth – and problem-free – transition? Jim Naatz (Sussex IM) and Mike Sansoucy (Arburg) share their knowledge of in-mold automation solutions in this excerpt from a session held during the 2021 IMDA Symposium. 

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Does my business qualify for the Employee Retention Credit if we claimed PPP funds?

Rob Kane from IMDA Partner Wipfli discusses changes in the qualifications for the Employee Retention Credit. Expansions and revisions to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) over the last 12 months have resulted in additional opportunities to claim the ERC for businesses with 500 full-time employees or fewer.

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What are the consumer sustainability trends affecting packaging?

Harrison Chien from Weber Packaging shares a brief look at the trends in sustainability driven by consumers, including information on which markets are particularly affected.