A comprehensive and highly practical survey of the materials, hardware, processes and applications of flexible plastic films.
Aimed at a wide audience of engineers, technicians, managers, purchasing agents and users, Multilayer Flexible Packaging provides a thorough introduction to the manufacturing and applications of flexible plastic films, covering:
- Hardware and Processes
- Multilayer film designs and applications
The materials coverage includes detailed sections on polyethylene, polypropylene and additives. The dies used to produce multilayer films are explored in the hardware section, and the process engineering of film manufacture explained, with a particular focus on meeting specifications and targets. The section includes unique coverage of the problematic area of bending technology, providing a unique explanation of the issues involved in the blending of viscoelastic non-Newtonian polymeric materials.
About the author
John R. Wagner, Jr. is President of Crescent Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in plastic films and flexible packaging. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPart I: Introduction; Part II: Resins: PE Processes; Polypropylene; Additives to design and improve the performance of multilayer flexible packaging; Rheology of molten polymers; Part III: Technologies: Coextrusion equipment for multilayer flat films and sheets; Multilayer blown (tubular) film dies; Process engineering; Blown film, cast film and lamination processes; Machine direction oriented film technology; Oriented film technology; Polymer blending for packaging applications; Water- and solvent-based coating technology; Vacuum metallizing for flexible packaging; Part IV: Multilayer Films - Descriptions, Performance Characteristics, Uses, Considerations, Properties; PE based multilayer film structure; Multilayer oriented films
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