Mold In Graphics Systems® Innovates MIG® 5 Branding Technology for Rotomolders After 30+ Years

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After being the leading worldwide distributor of a state-of-the art graphic technology for rotomolders for over 32 years, Mold In Graphic Systems® continues its research and development to bring new improvements to its existing Mold In Graphics® technology, releasing the new MIG® 5 graphic with all-new features for decorating plastics.

New MIG® 5 graphics have enabled Confluence Outdoor to have an enhanced brand appeal in the retail marketplace with visually more striking logos. The exceptionally vivid colors create improved shelf appeal and premium brand identity amongst competitors.

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Since its modest beginnings as a one man operation in a garage in Southern California back in 1983, Mold In Graphic Systems®, now located in Clarkdale, Arizona, has grown to become a world class corporation serving its many customers around the globe. Over 32 years later, Mold In Graphic Systems continues to innovate and develop new technologies for the decoration and branding of hard-to-decorate polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plastic products, including the addition of a new 5th generation of its original Mold In Graphics® technology.

The company’s latest development “The New MIG® 5 Graphic” is a state of the art process that provides critical new benefits and improvements that have been extremely well received by the industry. (

Chris Riggins, the Director of Engineering at Confluence Outdoor states, “The new MIG 5 graphics have enabled Confluence Outdoor to have an enhanced brand appeal in the retail marketplace with visually more striking logos. The exceptionally vivid colors of the MIG 5’s create improved shelf appeal and premium brand identity amongst its competitors.”

Upgraded features of this 5th generation Mold In Graphic® include a cutting edge, pressure sensitive pre-printed adhesive and the ability to quickly transfer the MIG 5 graphics onto any temperature of mold, from extremely hot to very cold.

Daven Claerbout, from Dutchland Plastics, also stated “Originally it was temperature sensitive, but today with the new MIG 5 it is not sensitive at all. Hot or cold, it just does not matter anymore.”

This temperature independence feature for the new 5th generation Mold In Graphic has allowed rotomolders to complete their oven cycle times more quickly while adding the premium branding experience that no other decorating method has been able to achieve.

The MIG 5 graphic can also be transferred onto textured molds, which previously were not attainable by other decorating methods. Although the new MIG 5 graphic system is less than one year old, it has quickly been accepted by almost all rotomolders who have trialed this new process.

In 2014, a major client visitor program was started for viewing demonstrations of the MIG 5, by Scott Saxman, Senior VP Sales Manager at Mold In Graphic Systems. This visitor program has brought personnel from 18 of the largest rotomolding companies in North America to our MIGS® plant in Arizona. Nearly all of these companies have since converted to the 5th generation Mold In Graphics technology.

The critical differentiation between all Mold In Graphic Systems plastic decorating technologies when compared to any other methods can be summed up in two words as "permanent and visible." All other PE decorating systems available use unstable inks or dyes, often printed on a foreign paper or vinyl substrate in an attempt to glue them into a mold or adhere them topically onto the plastic. The Mold In Graphics MIG 5 system however, literally thermo-fuses a proprietary graphic, made from compatible pigmented polymers, that embed into the subsurface of the part itself during the rotomolding process.

Prior to the emergence of Mold In Graphics technology, molded engraved plates were the only other method that allowed a graphic message to be permanently molded in to the skin of the hard to decorate PE, and although the raised/concave graphic produced by mold engravings are cheap, they do not always provide results for manufacturers seeking vivid branding. Like all previous Mold In Graphics products, the MIG 5 can be produced with intricate detail in multiple colors.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the MIG 5 and all Mold In Graphic Systems graphics are 100% recyclable. When a polyolefin product decorated with this technology reaches the end of its life cycle, the entire part can be recycled because the graphics are comprised of the same plastic pigments.

While other companies have focused on developing a variety of ways to stick to the surface of polyolefin, Mold In Graphic Systems has invested over 30 years in plastic fusion and continues to push for new cutting edge technology for the plastics industry. By taking a completely different track, the R&D Team at Mold In Graphic Systems have developed the permanent polyolefin decorating solution for rotational molded olefin products, known as the “original” Mold In Graphics®, which includes the new MIG 5 graphic.

For any questions on the Mold In Graphics® decoration technology for use in the rotational molding industry, contact (928)634-8838 or visit

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Scott Saxmann - Senior VP of Sales
Mold In Graphic Systems
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