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In-Mould-Decoration (IMD) / Function foils

With the in-mould decoration technique, in most cases, a polyester film carries an image that is used to decorate the injection moulded part. At first, the film is fed between the two mould halves by means of a film feeder, is positioned and clamped by means of a clamping frame. Then, the closing movement of the mould initially fits the film to the shape of the cavity. Similar to the IML technique, due to the prevailing pressure and temperature, the plastic melt combines with the detaching paint layers to form a solid combination during the injection step. The finished decorated component can be removed once the melt has cooled and the mould has opened, whereby the decoration is automatically removed from the substrate film in the process. Now, the feeder positions the film for the next injection cycle. Currently, this IMD technique is used to decorate components made of a wide variety of plastic materials such as PP, ABS, PC, ABS/PC, ASA, SAN, PMMA or PBT.

Production cell

Systec 350 - 2300 IMD production cell including built-in sheet feeding device, vacuum technology and laminar flow box

IMD feeding devices

With the IMD-Multi-K process the six-axis robot unloads the finished part from the second station (on the left) and relocates the preform with the first decor (on the right) from the first station to the second station.
View of the clamping side of the mould of a Systec multi 210-430h/80r with the two IMD feeding devices by Kurz for the basic decor (on the right) and the additional second decor (on the left).


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