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June 26-28, 2018

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Introduction to Polymers, Rigid & Semi-Rigid Plastics, Flexible Packaging, Design Basics for Plastics

Overview:
Get to know polymers and plastics from their base elements to their most complex integrated applications. Polymers are designer products formed and formulated with specific attributes. They are a diverse and adaptable raw material.

Learning objectives:

• Polymer terminology
• Properties based on molecular structure & weight, density, polarity and thermal history
• Physical and barrier properties based on class of polymer
• Materials, processes and applications in moulding and sealing
• Applications of metalizing
• Closure applications

Who should attend?

• Everyone wishing to understand the role and potential for polymers in Consumer Goods Packaging
• Professionals in the areas of Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Packaging, Design and Production
• Employees changing fields in packaging
• Employees new to the packaging industry

Course Topics:

Introduction to Polymers
• Polymer raw material sources
• Polymer terminology, spelling and abbreviations
• Thermoset, and thermoplastic polymers
• Monomers, homopolymers and copolymers

Polymer Chemistry for Non-Chemists
• Factors influencing a polymer's properties
• Properties related to molecular weight and polarity
• Polymers related to polymer crystallinity
• Tg Tm and properties imparted by thermal history
• Properties imparted by mechanical history
• Viscoelastic properties

Common Packaging Polymers
• Application properties and common applications of the polyethylene family
• Application properties and common applications of:
- polypropylene, polystyrene, poly(vinyl chloride)
- poly (ethylene terephthalate) and polyamide
• Application properties of polymers used as coatings
• Comments on sustainable and selected lesser used polymers

Property Comparisons
• Values provided are for establishing relative orders
• They do not refer to any specific product
• Many resins offered as polymers are actually copolymers
• Polymers may be heavily modified with additives
• No two polymer producers manufacture identical resins
• Therefore values for commercially available resins can vary significantly from the example values

Sheet and Film Extrusion
• Polymer extruders
• Single and multi-layer cast & blown film extrusion
• Film orientation
• Thermoforming plastic sheet
• Other profile extruded dimensional products

Flexible Packaging Laminates
• Why multi-layer construction
• Aluminum foils and aluminum vacuum metallizing
• Wet and drybond laminating techniques
• Extrusion coating and laminating
• Common heat seal materials
• Form-fill machines and pouch styles
• Specifying flexible packaging laminates

Injection Moulding Plastic
• Injection moulding: closures, dairy tubs, pails, pumps, jewel boxes, cosmetic containers and parts
• Extrusion-blow moulding: bottles, and other narrow-mouth containers, jars, box and drum liners, handleware, multi-layer containers
• Injection-blow moulding: bottle and other narrow-mouth containers, wide-mouth jars, precision finish containers

Blow Moulding Plastic
• Extrusion blow moulding process (EBM)
• Weld lines and wall thickness control
• Multilayer bottles
• Injection (IBM) and injection-stretch blow moulding (ISBM)
• EBM and IBM compared

Plastic Bottle Design Basics
• General Bottle Design Elements
• Bottle Design Elements
• Vertical and Horizontal Design Elements
• Round and other shapes
• Avoid Sharp Corners and Small Radii
• Shapes for Semi-Solid products
• Shapes for Viscous products
• Design for easy conveying
• Common dimensions
• Multi-Axis curves and labeling
• Bottle shape and fill level
• Bottle shoulders and finish
• Handle design and top loading
• Squeezable LDPE Bottles
• EBM Pumps and pour spouts
• Collapsing bottle designs
• EBM unit dose vials
• Plastic Beer Bottles
• PET Bottle with crystallized finish
• Bottle design variations
• Environmental stress cracking

Closures
• General design considerations
• Finish & closure dimensioning conventions
• Closure and finish thread profiles
• Liner constructions
• Significance of mould type on closure threads
• Overview of common metal & plastic closure designs
• Child resistance and tamper evidence

Information and Pricing:

Course Times:
8am - 4pm daily.
Continental breakfast and lunch included.


Location:
Centre for Health & Safety Innovation
5110 Creekbank Road
Mississauga, ON L4W 0A1
Free Parking

Full four course certificate program

Member:
$3,995 CAD / $3,395 USD
Non-member:
$4,935 CAD / $4,295 USD

Or take course(s) individually

Member (Course 1, 2, or 3):
$1,195 CAD / $1,015 USD

Member (Course 4):
$995 CAD / $845 USD
Non-member (Course 1, 2, or 3):
$1,375 CAD / $1,195 USD

Non-member (Course 4):
$1,195 CAD / $995 USD

Plus applicable taxes (HST).
Register three or more participants from your company and receive a 10% discount.