RPC Bebo Plastik’s pioneering in-mould label thermoforming (IML-T) technology has been recognised in the European Thermoforming Parts Competition 2016.
The company’s IML-T tubs and lids took first prize in the category ‘Thin Gauge – Food Packaging Applications’.
Among the many benefits highlighted by the judges were the wide label coverage that can be achieved including the stacking rim of the pack and the option of barrier protection through the use of multilayer sheet, all of which can be delivered using existing tools.
IML-T applies pre-printed labels to a container during the thermoforming process, meaning intricate, multi-coloured designs in up to eight colours can be incorporated to achieve a better level of finish and greater coverage than with direct printing. IML-T for lids allows a more precise label positioning than conventional off-mould labelling, and different lid weights can be produced from the same tooling.
The technology delivers a complete pack solution, with lightweight containers, high output lines and competitive tool costs that offer an excellent return on investment.
The European Thermoforming Parts Competition celebrates first-class achievements in originality, creativity, mould complexity and technical ability to promote advanced design and developments in thermoformed applications. Established in 2006 by the European Thermoforming division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the 2016 event took place at the European Thermoforming Conference in Sitges, Barcelona.