The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging

The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging

Multilayer Films from Resin and Process to End Use

2nd Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Author: Barry A. Morris
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323854351

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The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging: Multilayer Films from Resin and Process to End Use, Second Edition provides a comprehensive guide on plastic films in flexible packaging, covering scientific principles, materials properties, processes and end use considerations. Sections discuss the science of multilayer films in a concise and impactful way, presenting the fundamental understanding required to improve product design, material selection and processes. In addition, the book includes information on why one material is favored over another and how film or coating affects material properties. Descriptions and analysis of key properties of packaging films are provided from engineering and scientific perspectives. With essential scientific insights, best practice techniques, environmental sustainability information and key principles of structure design, this book provides information aids in material selection and processing, how to shorten development times and deliver stronger products, and ways to enable engineers and scientists to deliver superior products with reduced development time and cost.

Key Features

  • Provides essential information on all aspects of multilayer films in flexible packaging, including processing, properties, materials and end use
  • Bridges the gap between scientific principles and practical challenges
  • Includes explanations to assist practitioners in overcoming challenges
  • Enables the reader to address new challenges, such as design for sustainability and eCommerce


Industry: Engineers, scientists, and industrial designers responsible for designing polymers, making flexible film, and manufacturing packaging, as well as all those involved in the packaging industry or working with plastics packaging for advanced applications (e.g. food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, etc.). Academic: Researchers and advanced students in the areas of plastics packaging, polymer films, polymer processing, plastics engineering, and materials science

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Why Multilayer Films?
    1. Introduction to Flexible Packaging

    Part II: Basic Processes
    2. Converting Processes for Packaging
    3. Packaging Equipment

    Part III: Material Basics
    4. Commonly Used Resins and Substrates in Flexible Packaging
    5. Rheology of Polymer Melts
    6. Polymer Blending for Packaging Applications

    Part IV: Film Properties
    7. Heat Seal
    8. Barrier
    9. Strength, Stiffness, and Abuse Resistance
    10. Adhesion
    11. Thermoforming, Orientation, and Shrink
    12. Frictional and Optical Properties

    Part V: Effect of the Converting Process on Properties
    13. Effect of Processing on Quality
    14. Effect of Process on Properties
    15. Effect of Processing on Interlayer Adhesion

    Part VI: End Use Considerations
    16. End-use Factors Influencing the Design of Flexible Packaging

    Part VII: Structure Design and Modeling
    17. Analytical and Modeling Tools for Structure Design and Process Optimization
    18. Design for Sustainability

    A. Writing Multilayer Film Structures
    B. Examples of Flexible Packaging Film Structures

Product details

  • No. of pages: 800
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323854351

About the Author

Barry A. Morris

Barry A. Morris is a technical fellow at DuPont with over 30 years of experience in packaging innovation and technology. He has had a variety of roles supporting DuPont’s ethylene copolymer business, including technical service, application development and R&D. He holds ten U.S. patents and has written for over 100 publications. He is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, a long time board member and past chair of the SPE Extrusion Division, and a founding member and current chair of the SPE Flexible Packaging Division. A longtime member of TAPPI, he won the PLACE Division’s technology award in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of flexible packaging technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical fellow, DuPont

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