In-mould labelling as a game changer in medical technology
5/31/2023 Production of the future News

In-mould labelling as a game changer in medical technology

In-mould labelling (IML) is known from packaging and is state-of-the-art today. Five partners are developing an IML concept for medical technology. Will this bring about a change in technology?

IML-tool IML-tool (Image: Kebo)
With in-mould labelling (IML), an already printed label made of polypropylene (PP) is placed in a mould that already has the shape of the end product. The molten PP is then injected into the mould. There, the plastic fuses with the label and takes on the shape of the mould as it hardens. In this way, label and packaging form a whole.

The technology is interesting for the industry because additional functions can be integrated into the plastic part. These "add-on functions" are interesting for the pharmaceutical and medical industry because they open new benefits and market potential. The global medical market is changing: new consumer segments are emerging, but also new players (increasingly from the technology sector). "When it comes to new products, creativity, and experience count," reports Johannes Strassner, CSO at Kebo. With long-standing partners, the idea was born to jointly develop the topic of IML Medical as a team. Arburg, Beck Automation, Intravis, Kebo, and MCC Verstraete worked together on the concept.
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