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Heilbronn, 28.10.2016

ILLIG IML-T - In-Mold Labeling in Thermoforming under Production Conditions


At K 2016 PP packs with brilliant decoration will be manufactured in one working step on an ILLIG IC-RDML 70 automatic forming machine with 18-up mold.

ILLIG IML-T for brilliant decoration of thermoformed cups of different shapes.

For the first time at K: ILLIG IML-T - In-Mold Labeling in Thermoforming under Production Conditions

Heilbronn and Düsseldorf, October 21, 2016 – At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, October 19 - 26, ILLIG; the system manufacturer for thermoforming, will be showcasing for the first time in its latest stage of development the IML-T production line IC-RDM 70K together with the compact IML unit RDML 70b for flexible decoration of almost every cup geometry.
Currently, ILLIG is the only machine manufacturer to offer IML-T with all relevant, optimally synchronized technology modules completely from one source. An IC-RDM 70K automatic roll-fed machine, forming area 680 mm x 300 mm, with RDML 70b IML unit, will illustrate the IML-T technology at the K trade fair stand. The 18-cavity tool has an hourly output of approximately 17,280 rectangular polypropylene cups. They are decorated in brilliant photo quality on all four side walls and the bottom directly during forming.

Individual labeling with IML-T

A specifically designed IML unit removes the printed blanks (labels) from a magazine and places them in the mold cavities in the forming station of the thermoformer. During the subsequent forming process the label bonds true to contour and permanently with the part wall. Principally, the pack can be designed without limitations, from cup-shaped through to tray-shaped. The large decoration area is a special benefit provided by IML-T technology. Moreover, the label can even add to increased pack rigidity, subject to geometry and quality. Consequently, the thickness of the material used can be reduced (saving of material costs) and still the required top load of the pack is maintained.

A further benefit provided by the IML-T technology developed by ILLIG is the fact that every mold cavity can be equipped with an individually printed label, and a label change can be performed fast and with only low effort. All standard materials, such as PS and PP labels through to paper labels, can be processed. Cleanly separable packs can be realized.

Economical production

Machines of the RDM-K series are designed specifically for economical production of cups of different sizes and shapes out of thermoplastic material. Frequently they are employed as in-line systems with upstream extruder, e.g. for large-volume production of drinking cups in millions of numbers. The machines are equipped with the IC concept (ILLIG Intelligent Control Concept), so the high capacity of these servo-driven thermoformers can be utilized easily, reliably and fast to the full extent.
ILLIG IML-T technology is also integrated in form, fill and seal lines (FFS lines) especially in the dairy industry. The great variability provided by the system allows synchronous filling and packing of product families. Product changes can be performed fast and with only low effort. Thanks to multi-lane equipment of the FSL 48, product families can be filled, i.e. different flavors with corresponding labels.

ILLIG is a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoforming machines and molds, as well as solutions for the packaging industry. The company's product and services portfolio includes the development, design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of complex production lines and components. With branches and sales agencies in over 80 countries, ILLIG is locally present in all markets around the globe. For nearly 70 years, the owner-operated enterprise has been serving its customers across the globe as a reliable partner for the cost-effective manufacturing of complex precision thermoplastic parts with innovative technology of unsurpassed quality and comprehensive worldwide after-sales support.

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