Sunday, September 22, 2002

8:00 am Optional Golf Outing

Monday, September 23, 2002

Noon - 5:00 pm Registration Opens
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pre-Conference Seminar: "The ABC's of IML"

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Conference Reception

Reception Sponsored by Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Table Top Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/
Exhibit Hall Opens/Spouse Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome/Conference Begins

9:15 am General Session 1 - The IML Process

1-1 Advanced Injection Molding of In-Mold Labeled Containers and Lids. Udo Gröber, Managing Director, H. Müller, Fabrique de Moules, Conthey 1, Switzerland. This paper provides the basic facts and opportunities available when applying the In-mold labeling (IML) process to enhance the decoration of injection molded products, with specific reference to both containers and lids for the packaging industries. Utilizing the full potential of the decoration and risks we are faced with when incorporating IML into the process and which product surfaces can preferably be labeled will be further clarified through case studies of existing containers and lids. Also included is a brief summary on the various components of the In-mold labeling production system, their basic functions and both the advantages and disadvantages when compared with other decorating processes.

1-2 IML Technology in Extrusion Blow Molding. Carlos R. Heubach, Sales Manager Asia, Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH, Berlin, Germany. IML technology in extrusion blow molding offers a variety of products in the consumer market. This is a challenge for the blow molding industry. What are the reasons why the packaging industry is changing to IML for consumer products? What are the requirements of the blow molding process? Is IML an advantage for the packaging industry ? What are the requirements of the labels? Will IML displace other labeling technologies? These topics will be investigated and presented from the point of view of BEKUM Maschinenfabriken GmbH.

10:15 am Coffee/Tea Break in Exhibit Hall

10:45 am General Session 1- continues

1-3 Focus on the Future with In-Mould Labels. Kim R. Sustmann, Director Asian Operations, Nilpeter A/S, Slagelse, Denmark. The presentation goes through different trends in the label market including consumption and methods of production. Based on the production of PS labels, which has been the most predominant type of label used during recent years, parallels are drawn between PS labels and in-mould labels. These are with reference to the different kinds of printing principles within both the label printing and the die-cutting methods that are being used. The difference between off-line and in-line converting and finishing is described including special conditions on the label printing press in order to obtain problem-free production.

1-4 Robotic Systems for In-Mold Labeling. Greg Hay, Director, Extreme Automation, Sydney, Australia. In the past five years there has been rapid advancements in the field of robotics progressed by the growth of mechatronic engineering knowledge. The roll on benefits for in-mold labeling is being exploited with the release of new and smarter robotic labelling systems. Extreme Automation International has been at the forefront in developing the next generation of robotic systems. The author of this paper, Greg Hay, has focused on the role of robotics in the in-mold labelling process. He provides an overview of available robotic technology and the future challenges awaiting practitioners who are interested in where this technology will take us.

1-5 The China Pressure Sensitive and In-Mold Label Market. David Xu, Marketing Director, Avery Dennison China Co., Ltd., Shanghai, P.R. China. This presentation offers an overview of the pressure sensitive label market in China including the converting industry and end users’ expectations. It examines the reasons why end users adopt IML and identifies key gaps in the supply chain. It concludes with a look at in-mold label’s future in China.

12:30 pm Conference Luncheon in Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm General Session 2 - Materials for IML

2-1 Successful In-Mold Labeling for Global Markets. Ryoma Suzuki, Manager, Yupo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Yupo--the most famous synthetic paper--has experienced remarkable growth over the past 10 years in one of its most important applications, in-mold labeling. With the special and strong characteristics of Yupo in this field, we have established strong relationships with most of the brand owners, molding companies, and printing companies in the USA, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. We believe Asia is becoming a strong potential and significant developing market for IML. In this paper we would like to introduce our global IML market situation, especially the expectations of Asian markets. We will also announce some new Yupo products for IML at this conference.

2-2 Label Films for Injection IML. Antonino Crisafulli, R&D Manager, Flexafilms France S.A., Gemenos, France. For the past several years, OPP films have been used as a substrate for injection in-mold labels. This presentation will focus on the potential for cast polypropylene films as an alternate substrate for this application. We will describe how this new technology for producing films can be used in this field and especially how it can meet the requirements of printers, sheeters, molders and end users. This presentation will also pay attention to the differences between cast film and OPP films with regard to production issues such as sheeting, printing, die cutting and molding.

2-3 Enhancement of In-Mold Labels with Foil Stamping. Alexis Keeper, Market Development Manager, API Foils Ltd., Shanghai, P.R. China. Hot stamping foils are currently applied to wet glue and pressure sensitive labels to provide bright metallic and holographic finishes. With the growth of IML penetrating these markets we have recognised an increasing need to develop new foil products which are compatible with the demands of the IML process. This paper will review the challenges faced combining foil printing with IML compared to conventional foil stamping of roll fed labels. Included is an overview of new product offerings, including our cold dieless foiling technology used successfully in the personal care products segment and hot stamping foils which demonstrate very high levels of resistance for in-use requirements.

3:30 pm Coffee/Tea Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00 pm General Session 2- continues

2-4 A New Generation of Container Decoration. Dominique Garzuel, Market Segment Manager IML, Trespaphan France SAS, Mantes-la-Jolie, France. This presentation concerns the successful development of the in-mold label market in Western Europe. It describes the obvious reasons for this success and indications that explain the important growth of the market. The main points covered are the advantages of in-mold labeling, structure of the market and market trends.

2-5 Specialty Inks and Coatings for IML. H.A. (Ewald) Draaijer, General Manager, Narrow Web Business Unit, Akzo Nobel Inks, Deventer, The Netherlands. In close co-operation with beercrate producer Schoeller Wavin Systems, Akzo Nobel Inks developed a range of specialty inks and coatings for this enduser that increased their market share at premium pricing! The presentation will review the process that achieved these results.

2-6 IML vs Pressure Sensitive Labels. Ronald B. Schultz, President, RBS Technologies, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, USA. Since the late 1970s, IML has enjoyed remarkable growth, usually at the expense of pressure sensitive (self adhesive) labeling. Once an application changed from pressure sensitive to IML, it never went back. That is now changing as some end users abandon IML, claiming that it is too inflexible. This paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of both of these pre-decorating methods in an attempt to understand end user motives for abandoning IML.

6:30 pm Conference Dinner/Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

8:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast/
Exhibit Hall Opens/Spouse Breakfast

9:00 am General Session 3 - Manufacturing of IML

3-1 In-Mold Label Converting for Asian Markets. James Roberts, Application Engineer, Avery Dennison Corporation, Painesville, Ohio, USA. This paper will discuss the different print methods used for conversion of Film IML Labels. We will discuss issues and problems on press and the ways to correct them. Topics include selecting the correct inks and varnish, static control, proper die cutting, and handling of finished labels. Having the correct equipment will help minimize or eliminate these potential problems.

3-2 Precision Die Cutting of In-Mold Labels. Robert Frei, Sales Manager, Berhalter Ltd., Widnau, Switzerland. This paper will focus on a die cutting system that offers considerable advantages in the field of medium and high volume in-mold Labels. The roll-fed die-cutting press can be operated on a material saving web layout and it therefore produces a high output of nicely stacked labels. High precision flat bed punching tools (male/female) guarantee perfect die-cutting quality even with films as thin as 50 microns. They can be re-sharpened several times and therefore have an extremely long life span. The print-to-die registration is perfect, the dimension of the labels accurate within ± 0.20 mm and the precisely counted stacks are compact and yet easily dispensable. The presented die-cutting machine is the appropriate complement to a roll-to-roll manufacturing environment that processes reels of printed web up to a width of 520 mm (20”).

3-3 From Digital Pre-Press to Servo Driven Press for In-Mold Label Manufacturing. Kishore Sarkar, Product Manager, Gallus Ferd. R üesch AG Switzerland, St. Gallen, Switzerland. This paper will focus on a complete solution for in-mold label manufacturing in a reproducible, standardised and economic way from artwork to finished IML. It is not necessary to do “chin-ups” in the flexo pre-press area or on the flexo press itself. The quality demand on finished in-mold labels is in general higher than on PS labels, therefore the digital workflow from artwork to flexo plates is absolutely necessary for standardised UV-flexo printing. The fully servo driven press rounds out the complete solution for IML. Its absolutely reproducible print quality eliminates the snap-back of filmic substrates and is able to print any repeat length. This gives more security for the flexo printer and enables the label designer with endless possibilities to create new artwork for IML.

10:30 am Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 am General Session 3 - continues

3-4 Unique Converting Solutions for In-Mold Labels. Dr.-Ing Harald Hundorf, Manager Group Technology and R&D, Steinbeis Packaging GmbH & Co. KG, Holzkirchen, Germany. The cost-efficient production of attractive in-mold labels requires a variety of specific technology blocks. The 'assembly' of these blocks to a complete process is tailored to the specific order and takes into consideration elements like complexity, order size and repeat frequence. It is the challenge of the IML converter to choose or develop the right or required blocks which will enable him to best meet his customer’s needs. An efficient relationship and information flow within the tringle of injection molder, customer and converter is a key enabler to maximize the performance of the supply-chain.

3-5 Offset Printing of In-Mold Labels. Lily Chen, Senior Sales Executive, MAN Roland China, Beijing, P.R. China. Sheet-fed printers are facing a new challege- the printing of in-mold labels. The Roland R700 offers you modern solutions for in-mold label printing. This paper will focus on key machine designs which guarantee quality printing of in-mold labels.

3-6 Cost Effective Short Run Gravure Printing of In-Mold Labels. Ott Jensen, Vice President Technology, J.W. Fergusson and Sons, Richmond, VA, USA. The goal of this paper is to dispel the notion that gravure printed in-mold labels are always much more expensive than offset printed labels. We will examine the costs associated with each method and determine where the volume/cost crossover point lies. We will also examine the intangibles that help in-mold label buyers make their purchasing decisions.

12:30 pm Conference Luncheon in Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm General Session 4 - IML World Markets

4-1 Packaging and Labeling Strategies in China. Brigitte Wolff, CEO/Senior Partner, Abacus Corporation, Ltd., Shanghai, P.R. China. This presentation offers an overview of the value added packaging chain in China. It addresses how multinational and local Chinese companies make decisions about type, design and sourcing of packaging and looks at the consequences for suppliers of decoration technologies. The chances of success in China for international companies are considered along with major requirements to be fulfilled. Finally, the influence of Chinese culture is factored into the strategies.

4-2 Fighting Product Counterfeiting with IML. Ronald B. Schultz, President, RBS Technologies, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, USA. Product, package and label counterfeiting in Asia is a serious problem that deprives legitimate consumer goods manufacturers of millions of dollars in profits as well as their hard earned reputations. At the same time, consumers receive inferior products that sometimes cause life threatening injuries and even death. This paper reviews some of the methods that can be used to make label and package counterfeiting much more difficult.

4-3 Global Labeling Strategies for Consumer Products. Corey M. Reardon, Principal, Alexander Watson Associates, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Every year the packaging and label market continues to demonstrate extraordinary results in terms of growth, innovation, and technological advancement. A choice of labelling technologies and decorating methods enables packaging designers and consumer product producers to differentiate their brands. This presentation examines alternative decoration technologies in the context of worldwide trends and global labelling strategies by brand owners.

3:30 pm Summary: Concluding Remarks/End of Conference

Please Note: Schedule is subject to slight program changes.







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