Course 1 - Primary Types of Packaging (Overview)

In this course, the principle packaging mediums will be introduced including paper (corrugated, paperboard, folding cartons and labels), glass, metal and plastics (extrusion blow, injection, injection blow moulding and flexible packaging). The basic manufacturing processes, common terminology used and typical applications for each process will be discussed. This is designed to be an overview of the most common mediums used in packaging.

Estimated length: 55 minutes

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Course 2 - Sustainable Packaging & Optimization

The Sustainable Packaging & Optimization course addresses elements of sustainable packaging design including circular economy concepts, life cycle thinking and design for recycling. The optimization component provides a more holistic approach and encompasses the entire packaging value chain. This course consists for four sessions that highlights case studies and provides a 12-step approach to setting up an effective packaging optimization program.

Estimated length: 40 minutes

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Course 3 - Branding & Graphic Design

The elements of a graphic and structural design will be identified and how market research can evaluate the effect of these elements on the success of a new product introduction. Concepts to be discussed include areas such as i) structural and graphic design components, ii) demographics, psychographics and consumer appeal, iii) motivational messages and the point of difference, iv) brand names and trade dress and v) colour, material, shape, graphic art and typography. Finally market research techniques used in the evaluation of these concepts will be discussed.

Estimated length: 60 minutes

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Course 4 - Printing Processes & Value Added Enhancements

The three principle printing processes used in package printing (flexography, lithography and gravure) will be detailed. Concepts such as printing plates or image carriers, offset vs. direct printing and plate material for each process will be discussed. The new technology of digital printing, and less common processes such as screen, hot stamp and pad printing methods will also be discussed. Finally the advantages and disadvantages of the flexographic, lithographic and gravure processes will be summarized.

Estimated length: 45 minutes

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Course 5 - Corrugated: Printing, Box Design, Properties & Regulations

Key box design categories (RSC, die-cut and Bliss) and some of the more common specific designs within each categories will be discussed. The box production process will be identified including the role scoring allowances and nominal dimensioning conventions play in the process. Finally the three principle printing processes (direct or post print, preprint and litho lamination) will be described as well as their typical applications.
Corrugated properties including liner types, caliper and grammage (or basis weight) will be discussed. Corrugated board flute sizes, board construction and Edge Crush Test (ECT) will be introduced as well as the typical applications for each situation. In addition, carrier rules, regulations and class stamps will be explained as well as the role ECT now plays in shipping regulations. Finally corrugated board manufacture will be described.

Estimated length: 70 minutes

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Course 6 - Folding Cartons, Paper & Paperboard

Folding Cartons:
Carton production sequence including the timing and importance of sign-offs will be described. Common paperboard package classifications and basic design considerations including selection of the correct paperboard will be discussed. Finally typical folding carton designs such as the many variations of tube styles, set-up, fifth panel designs, tray-style designs (i.e. Beers, Brightwood) and internal supports and their applications will be reviewed.

Paper & Paperboard:
Cellulose fiber sources and the significance of fiber length in the selection and performance of board will be discussed. The manufacturing options to make of paper and paperboard and the impact on directionality and other key physical properties will be reviewed. Additional paper treatments and the reasons for their use such as sizing, bleaching, calendaring, and clay-coating will be identified. Finally the common paperboard grades manufactured in North America, paper mill manufacturing practices and measuring and testing paperboard will be reviewed.

Estimated length: 90 minutes

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Course Terms
and Fees

Individual Courses

PAC member - $99
Non-member - $129
Student* - $10

Bundle (All 6 Courses)

PAC member - $499
Non-member - $649
Student* - $40


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