Things To Know Before Designing An In-Mold Label

Numerous things are essential to the production of a great label. In-mold label are no exceptions. From the part of formulating the layers of the substrates to cut the tolerances and the quality standards, numerous factors are considered while designing an in-mold label. 
 
The production of in-mold labels is not as easy as any one thing. One needs to have proper resources and knowledge before anyone tries to design an in-mold label. Therefore, without any further ado, here are some of the best in-mold designing tips that everyone should consider to avoid any problem.
 

Know what you are trying to make 

 
In-mold labels and wrap-around labels are two different things; however, it is necessary to evaluate all the design considerations with the resource provider. Remember that branding plays an essential role in how you want your in-mold label to look. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself before deciding the design of the in-mold label. 
 
  • Is it a stock container your molder provides?
  • If it is the same, is it 5-sided or round?
  • Alternatively, are you designing a different container shape?
In any case, you should be sure that both your molder and label provider have communicated well to create everything effectively. There are a couple of things to consider avoiding any complications with your in-mold label work.
 
  • What type/kind of resin is being used?
  • Will the molder have a smooth feel or a textured feel?
  • Do you want the molder transparent, white, or glossy?
These questions will help your label provider select the necessary materials for your in-mold label, including the coatings, substrates, and inks. Each of these is important to make an influential in-mold label that runs on the line and adheres to any user requirements once it hits the market. 
 

Select the suitable container type 

 
Your container will not be flat; however, the in-mold label will be flat. To make something flat look eye-pleasing on a container, wrapping is included. Whether it is the in-mold label or wrap around label, your label provider should be able to effectively create something that can be wrapped around a flat container. 
 
To get the suitable material from your label provider, you need to give your honest feedback on a few things, such as:
 
  • What types of panels, curves, and compounds of the container do you want?
  • Do you need any overlapping?
  • Anything that might affect how the in-mold will ‘’lay down’’ on your container type.
These may seem insignificant to you initially, but it helps you to determine the design elements. Remember, have an honest conversation with your resource provider as getting the wrong tool, equipment, the material type may waste all of your hard work on the in-mold label design, and you may have to start from the initial stage. 
 

Consider all the technicalities

As mentioned above, designing an in-mold label is not as easy as it sounds. Even after you have every material and make the perfect in-mold label design, a few technical workflows may affect your whole setup. 
 
  • One thing that will want to be avoided by any important label information is gate location. The vital label information is UPCs, nutritional facts, and government warnings. The molten resin is injected into the mold to form a suitable and desired container shape in this area. Keep in mind this area can cause any ''gate wash'' that may deform any label information near it. Therefore, ensure the proper usage of this area to avoid any problem. 
  • Another technical problem you may face is the plastic flow. Whether it is in-mold or wrap around label, the problem of plastic flow can be met by anyone. This is how the resin is used in the container to move from the entry point to form the container. Both your molder and label provider should be aware of these plastic flows so that they can produce an in-mold label with these specifics in mind. 
  • Another essential item is the automation equipment used to produce the container. The molder who has experience with the thin wall in-mols labels will be able to talk gauge thickness, static pinner, label magazines, and other automation technicalities with both you and your in-mold label provider. 
 
Keep these technical points in mind to avoid any hindrance in your process. They may seem insignificant, but they play an essential role in the bigger picture. Therefore, look out for any change or abnormality before proceeding towards the next stage. 
 

Share the end-use requirements

 
A couple of questions one should remember are mentioned below:
 
  • How will be the product be filled in the container?
  • What types of chemicals may the product come in contact with?
  • Will the product be subject to any post-fill operations like pasteurizations?
  • What will be the preservation style, i.e., freezer, refrigerator, or shelf?
  • Does it need the barrier properties?
  • Should the product be microwaved before using it?
  • Should the product have adhered to lightfastness testing?
Remember that any product end-use requirements mentioned above should be transparent to the label provider. As discussed above, such information plays a critical role in determining the in-mold labels or wrap around label composition. Moreover, they also help you and your label provider keep track of any regulatory and compliance standards. The last thing anyone would want is to start back at square one. 
 
These tips will give you a solid baseline to start your vision of designing an in-mold label. As mentioned, communicate with all the necessary people such as your team, stakeholders, molder, and print provider to avoid further complications. An honest and open conversation helps you avoid any future complications. 
 

Final Word

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