Manufacturing Flexible Packaging book cover

Manufacturing Flexible Packaging

Materials, Machinery, and Techniques

Efficiently and profitably delivering quality flexible packaging to the marketplace requires designing and manufacturing products that are both "fit-to-use" and "fit-to-make". The engineering function in a flexible packaging enterprise must attend to these dual design challenges.

Flexible Packaging discusses the basic processes used to manufacture flexible packaging products, including rotogravure printing, flexographic printing, adhesive lamination, extrusion lamination/coating; and finishing/slitting. These processes are then related to the machines used to practice them, emphasising the basics of machines’ control systems , and options to minimize wasted time and materials between production jobs.

Raw materials are also considered, including the three basic forms: Rollstock (paper, foil, plastic films); Resin; and Wets (inks, varnishes, primers). Guidance is provided on both material selection, and on adding value through enhancement or modification of the materials’ physical features.

A ‘measures’ section covers both primary material features - such as tensile, elongation, modulus and elastic and plastic regions - and secondary quality characteristics such as seal and bond strengths, coefficient of friction, oxygen barrier and moisture vapour barrier.

Flexible Packaging presents the breadth and scope of manufacturing flexible packaging. The subjects are essential for process and development engineers in the industry and helpful for individuals who specify and purchase its products.

Engineers, product designers and materials scientists in the packaging industry, particularly key end use sectors such as food and medical.

Hardbound, 304 Pages

Published: September 2014

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-0-323-26436-5


  • Section 1 – Methods

    1. Web Processes
    2. Finishing/Slitting
    3. Rotogravure
    4. In-Line Processes
    5. Extrusion Lamination/Coating
    6. Flexographic
    7. Section 2- Machines

    8. Capacity Utilization
    9. Slitters
    10. Control Systems
    11. Rotogravure Presses
    12. Flexographic Presses
    13. Extrusion Lamination/Lines
    14. Section 3 – Materials

    15. Rollstock 1° and 2° properties
    16. Resin Properties
    17. Paper
    18. Foil
    19. OPP
    20. OPET
    21. OPA
    22. PE film
    23. Copolymer Film
    24. Ionomer Film
    25. Sealant/Adhesive Resins
    26. PE Resins
    27. Inks
    28. Speciality Resins
    29. Varnishes/Coatings
    30. Barrier Resins
    31. Section 4 – Measures

    32. Conditioning
    33. Primary (Material-based)
    34. Secondary (Use-based)


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