The art of being seen
Wall paint, sauces, fertilizers and numerous other applications are packed in our buckets. From small 0.6 liter bowls with fish to large 61 liter buckets for horse food: Dijkstra Plastics supplies and prints these packaging. This print gives the packaging some extras so that they catch the eye. In addition to the possibility of photorealistic images, these prints are scratch-resistant and therefore give your packaging a high-quality look. So you can be sure that your packaging stands out where this is done.
As mentioned, printing is possible on different sizes of buckets, but the color of the packaging is also not a limitation. Whether the bucket is white, transparent or coloured we leave completely to you! Of course, where possible in terms of application, we can also make the bucket you want to use from 100% recycled plastic!
The technique of In-Mould Labelling
Printing buckets with IML is an extensive process in which attention to the result is essential. Every part of the production process is under close supervision so that the packaging can be seen!
At the start of the process, artwork is formatted in a pre-set format. The dimensions depend on the chosen packaging. After the artwork has arrived at our house, we get to work with it and prepare everything. The data is set up in our system while one of our suppliers gets started with the artwork. This is curved so that it fits correctly on our conical buckets. After the PDF is released, the labels are scheduled for production.
Large sheets are printed with multiple labels at the same time. Under the right conditions such as temperature and humidity, these labels are quickly printed via offset print. These then go into a special drying room so that all inks dry correctly and completely. After this drying process, the labels are cut out of the sheet to the right size, making the labels perfectly tailored for the desired packaging. The labels are carefully packed and shipped to one of our factories in Haaksbergen or Almelo.
From label to packaging
Once the labels are in, we can start converting the labels. Due to the properties of the label, it melts together with the bucket during the injection moulding process.
The label is inserted in the mould with a robotic arm. By means of a vacuum or static charge, this label remains in the mould. In the mould, heated plastic is injected that takes the shape of the mould but keeps the label on the outside of the packaging. The plastic is then cooled back to a lower temperature with which the label merges with the packaging. This creates, without the addition of adhesives or other additives, a complete plastic packaging in which the label is one with the bucket.
- Scratch-resistant and high-quality printing
- Photorealistic possibilities
- Cost-efficient due to automation
- Higher decrease provides immediate benefit
- Various possibilities with paints and materials
Download the guidelines for IML here.
In-Mould Labelling (IML)
Dijkstra Plastics is one of the largest producers of packaging containers and together with our label partners we can provide the vast majority of our range with In Mould Label printing.
PCR: 100% Recycled Plastic
We are very aware of our great responsibility for production of plastic packaging products. That is why we take measures to keep the impact of our packaging on the living environment as responsible as possible.
Injection moulding explained
With a range of 0.3 to 61 liter packaging, we offer a wide range of packaging in various forms such as round, rectangular and square. In addition to these standard solutions, we also offer tailor-made solutions.
In addition to the fact that traceability in the food industry is mandatory, it is also important in other production chains to follow where raw materials come from. This certainly also applies to our packaging containers.
Sustainable Alfix packaging
Since the year 2000, Alfix, producer of tile adhesives and more, has been proactively minimizing its impact on the environment for both production and their products. But the packaging in which the products are packed must also be sustainable, according to the company in Kolding.
New: More energy efficient injection moulding machine
Last week we welcomed our new BMB injection moulding machine to our machinery. After assembling and preparing in Italy, everything is now being prepared to reinforce and modernise our current machinery in Haaksbergen.
BRC AA status again awarded to Dijkstra Plastics
Subsequent to our recent audit, which was carried out in line with the BRC Packaging Standard, we have once again been awarded the highest attainable AA status for both our locations, at Almelo and Haaksbergen. We’re extremely proud to announce this news, and are very much looking forward to when circumstances in relation to the coronavirus once again permit us to welcome visitors to our wonderful factories.
Day 5: The future of packaging
We all know a dramatic shift must take place in the world due to the climate issue. In 30 years’ time we will no longer be using crude oil as the basis for plastic packaging. Remy is telling us more about the future of packaging industries.
Day 4: Endless possibilities In Mould Labelling Technology
Today Joram is telling us more about In-Mould Labeling Technology (IML). What does IML stand for, how is it made and what are the solutions within IML?
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)introduced this certification programme in 1998. The programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. A company is tested on more than 300 aspects to check to what extent it meets the standard that is set. A rating indicates to what degree a company complies with the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Aspects such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and management of suppliers are included, which together form the basis of the BRC. Thanks to the name that the BRC has built up, it has been a reputable name in the world of certification programmes for years and we are proud to be able to show our results within this programme.
The FSSC 22000 Standard has been created through Stichting Certificatie Voedselveiligheid (SCV). As a food-oriented version of the ISO 22000 Standard, this certification programme has been set up as a global guideline in food safety and quality within various industries. This standard is aimed at the entire production chain and as such, it is ideally suited for international harmonisation, partly thanks to the recognition by the GFSI. In addition to its connection with ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 has many comparisons with the HACCP criteria, making it an attractive variant with the best of both worlds from these programmes. Thanks to the internationally accepted nature of the FSSC and the chain-wide approach within this certification programme, we recognise a strong food safety management system in this standard.