Short Courses

Extrusion Coating Course

This course is designed to help you learn about basic resin and equipment technology (extruders, dies, and auxiliary equipment) that have applications in the extrusion coating application process. You'll also obtain detailed instruction for equipment and process technology specific to the extrusion coating process. A team of experts in the field will discuss commonly faced process problems in extrusion coating.  

Attendees will gain a better understanding of materials and the extrusion processes that will enable you to improve your existing extrusion coating operation

After successfully completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • List various product structures and their potential uses in packaging applications.
  • Identify and discuss the physical properties and processing issues for a variety of extrusion coating resins.
  • Discuss the capabilities, specifications, and limitations of various extrusion coating equipment.
  • Discuss the extrusion process that includes web handling, polymer processing, purging, and troubleshooting using the aid of video & literature.
  • Recognize the various surface treatment options that are available and their applications.
  • Identify the unique equipment and resin requirements for coextrusion applications.
  • Explain the process requirements for making extrusion coated structures.
  • Identify safety concerns in the extrusion process.

Who benefits most from this course?

Extrusion engineers, supervisors and operators, Technical directors and superintendents, Technical assistants , and R&D personnel

For maximum benefit, participants should have some familiarity with extrusion coating technology and terminology. A technical background and/or extrusion experience will be helpful. 
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Corona & Atmospheric Plasma 101

Presented in partnership with ITW Pillar Technologies, this one-day workshop is designed to provide you with a basic and intermediate understanding of surface energy, why it is important, and how corona and plasma surface modification technologies can offer solutions to surface wettability and adhesion.

You will be trained to understand the fundamentals of corona and plasma treatment, and what treatment system adjustments can be made to improve surface treatment and adhesion outcomes. The course combines formal classroom training with the opportunity to gain practical skills with hands-on experiences within a fully-equipped on-site pilot line at ITW Pillar Technologies.

Learning Outcomes
By attending this one-day course, you will gain the skills to:

  • Understand different surface treatment system designs.
  • Make informed determinations and recommendations of proper surface treatment systems, or alterations of existing systems, to improve surface treatment outcomes.
  • Calculate and use watt density to positively influence surface treatment results.
  • Recognize how to measure surface tension, and the factors that affect wettability and adhesion.
  • Identify and apply trouble-shooting techniques and preventative  maintenance best practices to improve operating uptime.
  • Understand the capabilities, specifications, and chemical functionalization effects provided by atmospheric plasma technologies.
  • Improve substrate conditioning to optimize surface treatment results.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for:

  • Process Engineers working in Flexible Packaging Converting Operations
  • Supervisors working in Flexible Packaging Converting Operations
  • Printing/Coating/Lamination Operators working in Film Extrusion Segments
  • Maintenance Managers working in Nonwovens and Textile Finishing Segments
  • Superintendents and Technical Assistants working in Paper and Foil Converting Segments

Education prerequisites are not required to benefit from this course, although participants would find it helpful to have some exposure to surface treatment technologies and terminology.

TAPPI will award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the completion of this course content.  TAPPI is an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining accreditation, TAPPI demonstrates its compliance with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice.