In the 1990’s, StackTeck started building turnkey In-Mold Labeling (IML) systems the hard way, with a designed-from-scratch mechanical robot to insert the labels. As project volumes increased, it quickly became apparent that collaboration would be needed with a leading IML robotics supplier to ensure optimal productivity with a quick production startup. Such collaborations led to early consideration of the inter-related aspects of the mold and robot design, and simplified the final integration when all the system components came together. Today, StackTeck continues to work with top tier In-Mold Labeling automation partners.
The typical scope of an IML turnkey system is as follows:
- Part design
- Label design
- Prototype in an IML pilot cell
- Machine specifications
- System integration
- Demonstration at an estimated cycle time and preset uptime/yield ratios
- Startup support
Other Ingredients for Success
All of the project team members need to bring substantial In-Mold Labeling experience to every project:
- IML label
- Injection molding machine
- Static generator
- Vision/inspection equipment
The qualification of a turnkey In-Mold Labeling system is typically done at StackTeck for complex IML systems. However, many of our systems have been integrated successfully at the molder’s facility.