The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging

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Multilayer Films from Resin and Process to End Use


  • Barry Morris
  • The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging

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    The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging: Multilayer Films from Resin and Process to End Use provides a comprehensive guide to the use of plastic films in flexible packaging, covering scientific principles, properties, processes, and end use considerations. The book brings the science of multilayer films to the practitioner in a concise and impactful way, presenting the fundamental understanding required to improve product design, material selection, and processes, and includes information on why one material is favored over another for a particular application, or how the film or coating affects material properties.

    Detailed descriptions and analysis of the key properties of packaging films are provided from both an engineering and scientific perspective. End-use effects are also covered in detail, providing key insights into the way the products being packaged influence film properties and design.

    The book bridges the gap between key scientific literature and the practical challenges faced by the flexible packaging industry, providing essential scientific insights, best practice techniques, environmental sustainability information, and key principles of structure design 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
    • Aids in material selection and processing, shortening development times and delivering stronger products
    • Bridges the gap between scientific principles and key challenges in the packaging industry, with practical explanations to assist practitioners in overcoming those challenges


    Engineers and Scientists responsible for designing polymers, making film, specifying packaging, running or operating film lines and packing lines, industrial designers, and consultants. Industry Sector – Packaging, especially flexible packaging, including food and non-food packaging (e.g., medical)

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Why Multilayer Films?

    2. Basic Processes

    3. Material Basics

    4. Film Properties

    5. Effect of the Converting Process on Properties

    6. End Use Considerations

    7. Structure Design and Modeling

    Appendix A: Writing Multilayer Film Structures

    Appendix B: Examples of Flexible Packaging Film Structures


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    William Andrew
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    About the editor

    Barry 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.