In-Mold Labelling

A DevLinks, Ltd. 2-Cavity Flexible Roll Fed IML (In-Mold Labelling) System.

During NPE taking place on April 2nd thru 5th 2012 in Orlando, FL. DevLinks, Ltd. will present a completely flexible, patent-pending, IML (in-mold labelling) system.

The IML system includes a roll fed label being cut to a user specified dimension via an HMI. Additional printing is also available for date stamps, bar codes etc. The production cell will be producing beer mugs from Helm Tool on a Nissei FNX460-200BN1 High Cycle Machine inserted via a Wittmann W832 HS Servo top-entry robot.

The labels to be inserted are introduced on a roll and the flexible system cuts them to size with whatever pattern the end-user wants. Additional printing is also done at this time. The labels are then picked with the insertion end-of-arm tooling of the top-entry Wittmann. During the motion into the mold area the labels are statically charged. The labels are inserted into the cavities on the fixed mold half and the robot removes the beer mugs from the moving mold half. This can occur simultaneously by means of pneumatic kick-strokes of the end-of-arm in both directions in order to save precious cycle time if needed. The finished parts are placed on a conveyor belt and fed to the operator. DevLinks, Ltd. can fully automate the process if needed by utilizing boxing conveyors and pack out robots from Fanuc or Wittmann.

DevLinks, Ltd. will be displaying the system in the Nissei America, Inc. Booth No. 3503.

DevLinks, Ltd. offers turnkey IML automation designed for your application including:

  • label nest verifying location and features
    • vision inspection to ensure correct orientation
    • correct label
    • print quality
  • bar code scan verifying
    • readability
    • matching bar codes
  • test fixtures for inspection of incoming labels
    • static elimination
    • curling
    • blocking
IML Video Examples

A complete IML workcells including a robot, EOAT, table, label nest and guarding complete with interlocks.