In-mould labelling (IML) technology

Use in the food sector

In-mould labelling (IML) technology guarantees the implementation of a creative customer approach.

Because the battle for the customer is a constant companion for all those involved in the food industry. Not only food producers, but also supermarket and discounter chains are trying to win over customers for their products with ever new, creative and complete measures. Packaging plays an important role in this. IML plays a central role in the topic of sustainable packaging and the circular economy.

Applications from the food industry make up a large part of the field of application of our IML systems. It doesn't matter how big the packaging is: from multi-litre pails for bulk buyers to yoghurt pots and coffee capsules, different packaging sizes are labelled on our systems.

Product examples In-Mold-Labeling (IML) technology in the food sector

Small Pails

Lid and Tubs

Capsules

Drink Cups

Use in the non-food sector

Addressing customers via the packaging is also a focus in the non-food sector.

Here, technical information, some of which is small and detailed, is particularly important. This information must also be easily legible after labelling. The IML process must therefore meet the highest demands of the customer and his end consumers.

The IML technology also offers the advantage that a label is inseparably connected to the pail.

Especially in the non-food sector, this is often a strong argument in favour of the IML process, since in many cases paint pails, for example, are still used years later as transport aids or containers. Once a logo has been "printed on" it remains visible forever.

A wide variety of packaging can be labelled on our IML systems: from large paint pails to cartridges for silicone and lubricants to plastic containers for cleaning media. Especially for pails and other larger packaging shapes, we offer automatic handle assembly.

Product examples In-Mold-Labeling (IML) technology in the non-food sector

Caulking Tubes

Big Pails

Use in the medical sector

Reliable automation solutions for the precise production of medical products

The production processes of medical consumables manufactured by injection moulding must be reproducible, hygienic and reliable. The end products must meet two main criteria: they must be free of defects and must not pose any risk to the patient or user. We at BECK Automation offer the right automation solutions for this purpose, and this with increasing demands on the manufacturing processes.

With the IML solutions BECK IML, BECK Take-out and BECK Down-Stream, which are suitable for cleanroom class ISO 8, we comply with the regulations of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Our BECK IML solutions are used where films, membranes or functional parts have to be inserted into a mould with high precision and cycle time optimisation before injection moulding. For the removal process, we offer a solution with the BECK Take-out, with which parts are removed and fed into the further production process. By means of an optical part inspection, missing parts are automatically detected and removed. The system is flexible, can be used at different production speeds and is suitable for both high and low cavity numbers. In combination with BECK Down-Stream, the products can then be packed in plastic bags and/or fully automatically in cardboard boxes. Handling and transport are carried out by means of multi-axis robots.

Product examples for the medical sector

Pipettes & Packaging

Microplates

Injections

Test and laboratory tubes