Label Academy Master Class: Flexible Packaging

ROOM 1102, HALL 11

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 Mike Fairley, along with other leading 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.
The price includes the master class, refreshments, lunch and a copy of the text book (€89 if bought separately).
For everyone's benefit, seating is strictly limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

09:00Flexible 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

09:25Paper 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

09:55Creation of artwork and pre-press

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

10:25Printing 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
10:55Break with tea and coffee

11:05Flexible packaging and the label printer

  • What are the implications? 
  • Developing the right ecosystem
  • The potential of digital 

11:35Inks, coatings, curing and laminating

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

12:05Converting flexible packaging

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

12:35From 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
13:15Networking lunch
14:00End of master class

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