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Berhalter – Label-light die-cutting tools for ILM labels

The Berhalter Label-light die-cutting tool combining the improvements of flat-bed die-cutting such as unique print-to-die registration and best handling properties

SWITZERLAND • At Labelexpo Americas the Swiss company is presenting a new die-cutting tool concept for in-mould labels (IML) that is said to offer the advantages of favourable tool cost in combination with short lead times (Hall F Stand 5935).

The Berhalter Label-light  die-cutting tool is a patented concept combining the improvements of flat-bed die-cutting such as unique print-to-die registration and best handling properties. According to the manufacturer, the costs for a Label-light tool is up to 70% lower compared to a traditional die-cutting tool even allowing a label contour correction of +/- 0.5 mm. Furthermore, there is no need for re-grinding such a tool as the cutting components can be exchanged by the operators in order to continue production immediately. The Label-light die-cutting tool has been designed especially for a cost efficient production of small to medium size IML label volumes.

Static charges and additional operations

Another important aspect is the stack accuracy of labels as well as the static charge on plastic films. Berhalter die-cutting machines are characterized for their non-contact die-cutting process, which is ideal for the avoidance of static charges. Additional anti-static devices are included in the process in order to guarantee the greatest possible process security.

Additional operations, such as the finishing of a surface texture, the insertion of a micro-perforation (for applications in the deep-drawn/blow-molding area), pre-cut holes (for injection nozzles) or die-cut holes for technical functions (centering aids, windows) are very easy to achieve on Berhalter die-cutting systems.

Tools for current challenges

As materials become more complex and more sensitive, and quality demands grow stricter, a perfect interplay between die-cutting machines and die-cutting tools is more important than ever before. Reducing cost means also using thinner in-mould labelling films. Berhalter offers tools for die-cutting and processing IML labels as thin as 40 micron and even thinner.

Using the company’s die-cutting system, it is possible to realise almost unlimited marketing solutions without having to impose restrictions in terms of the choice and design of the packaging. For us in-mold labelling is not a temporary fashion, but the result of continuous development for almost 25 years.

Armin Karl Geiger

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