|Decorated to endure
Long-lasting solutions for in-mold decoration and in-mold labeling
With toughness, clarity, chemical resistance, and ease of processing, Eastman polymers offer many advantages for applications using in-mold decoration and in-mold labeling.
Designers and engineers have the flexibility to mold these polymers behind labels and film using either injection molding or blow molding processes. Either way, the glasslike clarity of the substrate can create compelling designs, crisp and precise presentations of text and logos, and bright shine-through for LED backlit applications. Tough and clear, Eastman polymers free designers to create thin-walled lenses, windows, and covers that enhance aesthetics and usability—without some of the compromises inherent with materials such as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polycarbonate (PC), and transparent acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (tABS) copolymers.
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Our innovative portfolio for in-mold decoration and in-mold labeling includes:
- Eastman Tritan™ copolyester TX1501HF—a high-flow solution with excellent clarity and hydrolytic stability, good chemical and heat resistance, and outstanding impact resistance.
- DuraStar™ Polymer DS1910HF—a high-flow product that contains a mold release and features excellent clarity, good chemical and impact resistance, and quick cycle times.
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With glasslike clarity (91 percent light transmission), decorative panels made with Eastman substrates improve backlit applications in in-mold decorations, as well
as clear identification of text and logos. What’s more, with the high clarity offered by Eastman polymers, designers can explore a full range of tints and metalized, vibrant colors to
created versatile designs from subdued to dazzling.
The Eastman portfolio of in-mold decorating solutions offers impact resistance and elongation at break that compare favorably with polycarbonate—with greater
hydrolytic stability and chemical resistance. This combination delivers remarkable durability and retained clarity even in challenging environments involving cleansers, heat, and humidity—
making brands “Tritan Tough” and dishwasher durable.
Eastman polymers offer an ease of processing that empower designers to create intricate designs that still can be commercially produced. Additionally, low
processing temperatures reduce the risk of label damage or ink washout. Eastman polymers provide good adhesion with common label materials. And because substrates made with Eastman
copolyesters are tough, screws stay in place and clips stay clipped. Tritan, for example, infuses molded parts with a high
static friction that enhance fastening performance of screw bosses and clips.
Substrates using Eastman polymers provide a template of toughness for in-mold applications. Now, in-mold decorating designers can create ultrathin interface
windows for greater sensitivity and durability in soft-touch, membrane electrical switches. With a durable yet thin substrate, brands can rest assured that their membrane-switches will
remain functional for the life of the device.
Best-in-class chemical resistance translates to durability in the presence of body oils, cleansers and disinfectants. This is critical for meeting the demands for
handheld electronics, small appliances, and medical applications.