Label Academy master class: flexible packaging

Gain the necessary knowledge and expert guidance that label, and other, converters looking to enter or expand their production into flexible packaging are likely to require – substrates, design and origination, press printing and converting. Learn how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies, and with packaging line demands. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed.

This 4.5 hour master class will be presented by leading flexible packaging experts from the fields of materials, pre-press, printing technology, inks and coatings, and flexible pack formation and filling. It is organized by the Label Academy, the global training program for the label and package printing industry.  

Price: €595

09:45 Welcome address

09:50 - 10:15 Flexible packaging: an introduction

  • What is flexible packaging and how big is the market?
  • The main types of flexible packaging
  • Benefits and advantages of flexible packaging including digital


10:15 - 10:40 Paper and board, metallic foil, films and multi-layer constructions

  • Performance demands on flexible packaging materials
  • Commonly used substrates, their properties and applications
  • Laminates, barrier properties and heat sealing



10:40 - 11:05 Creation of artwork and pre-press

  • Selection of required pack shape/image from a shape story
  • Adding physical dimensions and incorporating text, graphics, and 3D structure
  • Artwork, step-and-repeat, color management and proofing



11:05 - 11:30 Printing processes and techniques

  • Considerations of web widths, tension and edge control 
  • Web treatment: cleaning, heat management, chill rolls and inspection 
  • Quality control, compliance and testing
11:30 - 11:50 Break with tea and coffee

11:50 - 12:15 Food safe UV

  • Managing UV in flexible packaging production
  • Findings from the UV Food Safe Group
  • Recommendations for future guidelines


12:15 - 12:40 Inks, coatings, curing and laminating

  • Inks and ink requirements
  • Performance and usage – food contact, migration, deep freeze, etc.
  • Laminating inks, and barrier coatings


12:40 - 13:05 Converting flexible packaging

  • Slitting and slitting requirements
  • In-line lamination – solventless, wax, wet and dry
  • Understanding coefficient of friction/slip 

13:05 - 13:30 From labels to flexibles – a converter perspective

  • What does a label converter need to understand?
  • What are the potential pitfalls?
  • Challenges of managing a multi-stream business


13:30 - 14:15 Networking lunch

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