- January 23, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, AZ | IMDA (the In-Mold Decorating Assn.) presents “The ABC's of IML: A Basic Course,” March 28, 2013, at the Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago North Shore, Skokie, IL. Ron Schultz, executive director of IMDA, will speak and the following wide-ranging agenda:
WHY IN-MOLD LABELING?
• The in-mold labeling process
• How in-mold labeling differs from conventional blow molding and injection molding and thermoforming
• The advantages and disadvantages of the in-mold labeling process and comparisons to other techniques
• In-mold labeling for packaging (IML) compared with in-mold decoration (IMD) of durable goods.
THE PRODUCTION OF IML
• The converting and printing processes used to make in-mold labels
• Heat seal labels and how they work
• Heat seal requirements and function
• Heat seal, paper base stock, and film suppliers
• Advantages of film vs paper labels and the available film substrates.
THE IML MARKET
• The major in-mold label converters, printers, and end-users
• Current in-mold label market size and historical growth
• Cost of film vs. paper labels
• In-mold labeled products
• Getting started in IML
• Overview of the European, Australian, and Japanese markets.
THE FUTURE OF IML
• Future in-mold label market needs and industry trends
• Challenges to in-mold labeling.
According to Schultz, the seminar is recommended for current and potential users and suppliers of in-mold labeled products. This includes research and development, product, sales and marketing personnel and process and development engineers associated with label converting, printing, and product molding. Suppliers of substrates, adhesives, inks, and coatings for in-mold labels will also benefit, he says.