The need for traceability of plastic products is the answer of higher requirements for product quality control in the last years, so marking became a necessity for a variety of markets. Nowadays, machine-readable 2D codes are applied to plastic parts using downstream methods, such as laser engraving, inkjet printing or adhesive labelling, which require a separate step after part fabrication as well as handling, automation, and in certain cases additives. For companies providing manufacturing services for plastic goods, today’s marking adds time, space, complexity, and hence, costs to the production. And it is also a further source of failure to the production process.
For many products, in-mold date stamps are often used to issue a production date, however, only a very course timing resolution is feasible, often only month and year. Besides, they require manual adjustment of the date, thus interrupting the production cycle time.
Our patented DynamicMold (DM) technology allows marking each plastic product inside the fabrication tool and during the manufacturing process with a unique code, cavity-specific.
We replace cumbersome downstream methods - or manually adjusted date stamps - and we offer a number of advantages. Reduction of time to market, number of rejects and production downtimes are some of these. No dust is created, no fume hood and ventilation is required, and protective measures needed.
Moreover, we offer a full-scale traceability solution, including database, predictive maintenance and industry 4.0 capabilities, thus empowering plastic goods manufacturers with smart production and smart products in line with the global industrial trend.