Infrared heat and UV technology optimizes In-Mold-Decoration (IMD) of plastics materials

Infrarot- und UV-Strahler für dekorative Kunststoffbeschichtung im IMD Verfahren - Photo KURZ
IR in IMD process - photo und video KURZ

The production of decorative plastic parts using the IMD process benefits from infrared heat and UV technology.

Decorative mouldings in cars, switches with a metal look or high-gloss fittings are made of injection-moulded plastic and coated on the outside. This is often done in the IMD process, the so-called in-mould decoration.

Infrared heat - emitters for targeted heat processing of plastics materials

Infrared heating improves embossing of plastic foils

Heat plays a central role in processing plastics, especially thermoplastics. It is used for

Welding

De-burring

Forming

Curing

The use of infrared heat opens up many options for the direct transfer of heat into the manufacturing process.

UV curing for plastic decorating and coating

UV curing of decoration for plastics parts

UV curable inks and coatings improve both appearance and performance of plastic products. Typically plastic parts are pretreated to improve adhesion of the UV ink or coating. UV decorating inks are printed and then UV cured.

UV technology for curing of plastics inks and coatings