A one of a kind in-mold labeling cell illustrates a way for companies to collaborate and a way to showcase at NPE2012 the benefits that decoration can provide.
Six companies — including Inland Label (Booth 8939) — have teamed up on a pre-fillable medical syringe barrel mold that will be running on a high-speed automated in-mold labeling cell at NPE. CBW Automation, which built and integrated the cell, will be demonstrating it at Booth 3169. The cell uses new side-gate hot-runner technology called Melt-Cube, developed by Mold-Masters Ltd. (Booth 4463). The 16-cavity mold was designed and built by Tech Mold Inc. of Tempe, Ariz. Milacron LLC (Booth 2803), is supplying a Roboshot S2000i 165B, an all-electric injection molding press and a Fanuc Model 31i A controller. PolyOne Corp. (Booth 39006) will supply the polypropylene.
“Both the part and the mold must be designed for the in-mold labeling process from the outset,” said Tech Mold executive Vince Lomax in a press release.
The system was put together in less than four months.
It is not the only IML system at NPE. Others are being prepared by printing company Verstraete, which collaborated with 20 firms to run seven IML systems showing multiple thin wall packaging applications. A team of IML specialists from Verstraete will be on hand at those seven exhibits.
Verstraete, based in Maldegem, Belgium, is offering a free online booklet Feb. 27 that will contain a full list of technical data on each of its IML systems, information on how to start an IML project and an overview of recent innovations.
“IML is really turning into a global plastic decorations technique. During the past years we have seen a significant growth in the use of IML in both North America and South America,” General Manager Koen Verstraete said in a news release.
If the label supplier gets involved early in the development of an IML project, it can offer advice on substrates and highlight cost drivers of each label, he said. Metallic IML labels and IML with light or oxygen barriers are gaining interest in the market, he added.
Other companies offering downstream decorating options include:
Apex Machine Co. (Booth 2043): Debuting high-speed C-90 fully automated turnkey cylindrical part printer that can be integrated with vision inspection system and bagger. Specializing in printing machinery for 3-D parts.
AutoTran Inc. (Booth 55017): New AutoPrint series pad printers, AutoTransfer pad printers, silk screening, heat-transfer equipment and stamping supplies.
Bales Mold Service Inc. (Booth 56000): Engineered coatings and finishings including Nibore, Nicklon, electroless nickel, chrome, diamond chrome, passivation and polishing.
Central Coating Co. (Booth 65020): Electromagnetic interference, conformal, cosmetic and coating applications.
Enercon Industries (Booth 4147): Line of surface-treating solutions for film and objects. Atmospheric plasma surface treaters, as well as corona, flame, ozone treaters.
Kammann USA (Booth 24033): Glass and plastic decorating equipment. Introducing K15 CNC glass and plastic decorating machine.
Lectro Engineering Co. (Booth 2732): Improved LT III forced-air plasma surface treater, with new PLC controls and touch-screen interface. LT 2012 plastic surface treating system. 730 spin-trimmer system that can spin-trim both narrow and wide-mouth containers. New 2001D servo take-away system for removing containers from Bekum-type blow molders.
Maac Machinery Corp. (Booth 3019): In-mold film and foil decorating materials and equipment.
Meech International (Booth 608): High-voltage generator 994 IML works with Meech Hydra, a miniaturized in-mold labeling pinning system designed for small items.
Omso North America Inc. (Booth 382): Printing machinery for packaging, including high-speed flexo offset and screen printing on 3-D objects.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont (Booth 3031): Standard and digital inkjet printers, inks, pads, clichés and other auxiliary equipment.
Plasmatreat North America Inc. (Booth 2343): Atmospheric plasma jet technology: newly developed Junior 500 and newly designed PTS 350 low-pressure vacuum plasma system.
Romo Durable Graphics/In-Mold Graphic Solutions (Booth 26044): In-mold and pressure-sensitive decals for durable products.
Sprimag Inc. (Booth 2003): Design and manufacture of automated paint finishing systems.
3DT LLC (Booth 4581): Exclusive North America contract to sell AFS GmbH's perforator and corona treatment systems. Hot-needle perforator PM5 can be integrated into continuous-web paths up to a width of 2 meters. The modular construction allows fast hole-pattern change, and it combines inner-outer roller heating with internal roller temperature monitoring.
United Silicone (Booth 2409): Hot-stamp and heat-transfer machines.
Vergason Technology Inc. (Booth 34027): Metallization process to create brilliant reflective or decorative finishes. Also, EMI and RFI shielding.
VTI Vacuum Technologies Inc. (Booth 19035): Coating service using vacuum deposition processes for EMI, radio-frequency-interference and electrostatic-discharge shielding.
Webtech Inc. (Booth 4235): Introducing True Color exterior hot-stamping foil for outside applications such as windows, sidings, decking and fencing; and for decorating interior and exterior window profiles with wood grain and multiple custom colors. Also, foil decorating for PET bottles, and custom laminating foil for substrates such as plastic.