The Vital Partner and Catalyst for the Packaging Value Chain

Course 2

June 20-22, 2017

 

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

 

Course Topics:

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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

  • 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

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