In-mold labeling (IML) or in-mold decorating (IMD) is a method of decorating or labeling plastic parts during the plastic injection molding cycle. The process offers the ability to create flat, curved or 3D-formed labels and graphics, giving the product a high-quality, no-label look.
Commonly used with injection molding, blow molding and thermoforming molding processes, in-mold labeling (IML) provides flexibility and eliminates secondary operations.
With in-mold labeling (IML), Uniphase can integrate a label, reduce secondary application, and increase repeatability – this lowers the overall cost to our consumers and makes in-mold labeling (IML) a popular process.
Another staple capability at Uniphase is insert molding. Uniphase has many insert molding success stories, including working with a customer to improve an overmolded polycarbonate piece with TPE for a sealing surface.
The automotive, consumer, medical, and aerospace industries regularly come to us to satisfy their insert molding needs. Uniphase Inc. has unique capabilities and expertise that make us a true full-service injection molder.
Blow molding is a process used to manufacture plastic products. With roots in glass blowing, this form of manufacturing involves a plastic tube, known as the parison, heated to its melting point before a mold is clamped around it, where the plastic takes the shape of the mold, producing a hollow product.
Uniphase Inc. has been offering blow molding as a service to our customers for more than a decade. Favored by the consumer, automotive, and medical industries for manufacturing hollow parts, such as bottles or containers, Uniphase makes tooling for blow molding in-house and can fully support the process.
Using our extensive capabilities, we recently used blow molding to successfully design and build a hydration bottle for a large retail chain.