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

Location: Room 1101A/B

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 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



10:40 - 11:05 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



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 UV printing and food packaging

  • Managing UV in flexible packaging production
  • Progress update on the Finat UVFoodSafe initiative
  • 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 laminating: requirements and processes
  • Pouching production processes
  • Quality control and troubleshooting

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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