1. An introduction to IML

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The acronym IML (In Mold Labeling) identifies the process for labeling or decorating a plastic object through the use of custom labels which are imbedded in the wall of the product during processing.

A label is taken from an automatic magazine by means of a special manipulator and placed inside the open mold where it is held in the desired position by vacuum ports, electrostatic attraction or other appropriate systems. The mold closes and the molten plastic is then injected into the mold where it conforms to the shape of the object. It is in this precise moment that the melted plastic envelops the label and makes it an integral part of the object.

IML constitutes a valid alternative to the method of decorating plastic objects with self-adhesive labels, pad printing, screen printing, heat impression printing, PSA adhesives and the like.
IML, in comparison to these methods, insures a superior quality, the possibility of covering large areas with a single label, higher consistent accuracy; all at lower costs and without further need of post-mold labeling operations and equipment because the in-mold labeled product is ejected from the mold fully labeled.

This is not about having a label ON the product, but a label IN the product.