Muller Technology, a global provider of moulds and automation solutions for thin-wall packaging, will unveil its latest in-mould labelling (IML) automation technology for sustainable injection moulded packaging at the upcoming K 2022 exhibition
The turnkey, fully optimised system will run on a 700-ton injection moulding machine at the BMB S.p.A. booth.
At K 2022, Muller’s IML production cell will produce a round container in an 8-cavity mould with vision inspection and downstream automation. “This IML innovation represents the latest in modular and high-output solutions which meet the needs of today’s brand owners and processors who seek outstanding appearance, high production flexibility and productivity, and enhanced user interaction and Industry 4.0 data exchange capabilities,” said Thomas Federer, Muller Group CEO. The company has already sold this first IML production system to a leading European packaging manufacturer.
The IML production cell will produce a 100% monomaterial container consisting of a fully recyclable polypropylene structure and a wrap-around and bottom PP label from label maker MCC Verstraete, based in Belgium. The high-volume manufacturing cell can produce over 40 million containers per year for food, dairy, and other consumer packaging.
Muller’s IML solution features a modular design for flexibility and versatility and can be enhanced with a case packaging system. The automation system consumes less energy than standard systems thanks to a unique energy recovery system. Meanwhile, a dynamic entry feature uses artificial intelligence (AI) programming for self-optimisation of the robot intrusion and the total cycle time. The advanced vision system is dedicated to IML applications.
Muller’s mould design minimises maintenance and increases mould life. It provides quick changeout capability, allowing for product changeovers that are fast, safe, and damage-free.
The IML automation system is also compatible with the Holy Grail 2.0 intelligent sorting system which ensures label identification and meets today’s emerging circular economy requirements.
The company will build these IML automation systems in the U.S. at its Fort Collins facility and in Switzerland at its Conthey plant.
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