RPC Bebo Plastik will introduce In-Mold Label Thermoforming, also known as IML-T, at Interpack, a packaging trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 8-11.
RPC Bebo Plastik describes IML-T as "an enhanced decoration process that offers unrivaled possibilities for barrier and non-barrier thermoformed containers, including pots, tubs and trays." IML-T applies pre-printed labels to the container during the thermoforming process. This enables high quality intricate designs in up to eight colors to be incorporated to achieve a better level of finish and greater coverage of the container than direct printing.
The process is fully flexible both in terms of the type of container to be decorated and the application of the labels. Labels can be applied to even the most complex designs – from round or rectangular containers, including the recently-launched Bebo Swing and Bebo Twist variants, to multi-compartment versions. The same system can handle different containers at different weights, as well as barrier and non-barrier, and bi-color packs.
A special lacquer can be applied to the labels for barrier containers to enable them to withstand the autoclave process. Label options include five-sided, three-sided, banderole with or without bottom label, two half banderoles with separate bottom label and bottom only, allowing manufacturers to tailor the pack design to their precise product and branding requirements.
RPC Bebo says the new process offers extensive decoration options for both fresh and long shelf-life foods to create and enhance brand image and identity. “In competitive markets, the intricacies of design and the quality of finish that can be achieved through the IML-T process will enable brands to establish on-shelf appeal and differentiation, something which until now has not been available for high barrier applications,” explains Sales Manager Robert Steinmeijer.
“The flexibility of the system also makes it possible to respond easily to market changes and new pack formats," Steinmeijer adds.