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Check out the Flexible Packaging Publications:

Check out the Flexible Packaging Publications

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Below are top-rated and strongly recommended books for professionals in the flexible films and laminates industry.



The Web Handling HandbookThe Web Handling Handbook

The Web Handling Handbook is a comprehensive guide to all technical aspects of handling or processing thin flexible materials written for anyone working with webs and web processes.

This engineering handbook is the first of its kind to comprehensively describe and discuss the wide range of technical aspects related to handling webs, which include paper, plastic films, foils, nonwovens, rubber, tissue, textiles and more. The book illustrates applied engineering principles and provides easy-to-understand calculations that inform how web systems are designed, maintained and operated. The handbook is meant to help readers to troubleshoot and correct defects such as wrinkles, bagginess, curl, and misshapen wound rolls. 2020. 756 pages, soft cover.

  • Reviews and explains material properties, roller mechanics, drives, tension control, nip control, guides, spreaders, winders, and more as used in calendaring, coating, laminating, printing and other web processes
  • Addresses each topic from fundamentals through advanced concepts, including recent research findings and their practical application
  • Explains how web handling systems work and why webs behave the way they do with detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand calculations (in both SI and American units)
  • Emphasizes more profitable web processing through reducing waste from defects, downtime, and customer complaints

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Film Extrusion ManualFilm Extrusion Manual

Third Edition

James F. Macnamara Jr.

Norm Aubee, Tom Bezigian, Tom Dunn, Warren Durling, Bruce Foster, Kelly Frey, Brad Kramer, Scott B. Marks, Martine Michon, Michael Shellenbarger, Doreen Smith, Ayse Alemdar-Thomson and Rory Wolf

A stand-alone training resource for all levels of professionals and operations personnel in the plastics film industry, including plastic film manufacturing, converting, equipment suppliers and polymer suppliers. This book focuses on:

  • Technology and Science of Polymer Film Extrusion 
  • Basics of Applied Extrusion Theory
  • Troubleshooting Guidelines
  • Problem Solving in Manufacturing of Thermoplastic Films

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Extrusion Coating ManualExtrusion Coating Manual

Fifth Edition

Warren Durling

Tom Bezigian, Jim Cooper, Thomas J. Dunn, Warren Durling, Kelly Frey, Brad Kramer, Jim Macnamara, Scott B. Marks, Martine Michon, Dorene Smith

This completely revised and updated fifth edition manual is the culmination of years of work by more than 50 well known industry experts from around the world and contains 56 sections within seven chapters. This NEW, fifth edition represents a dramatic modernization in technology over the previous fourth edition, published in 1998, with an additional 17 contributors and 20 more sections. 

Since the fourth edition, advances in computer design and machining, resin technology, and coextrusion technology have all advanced to the point that extrusion coating and laminating now compete with traditional rigid materials in many packaging markets. 

The fifth edition reviews as many practical aspects of the process, materials, equipment, and products as possible in one concise manual. The goal of this hands-on, training manual is to convey sufficient knowledge to the engineer, technician, operator or manager to understand the aspects of the extrusion coating process.

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Handbook of Paper and Paperboard Packaging TechnologyHandbook of Paper and Paperboard Packaging Technology

Second Edition

Editor: Mark J. Kirwan

Now in a revised second edition, this volume discusses all the main types of packaging based on paper and paperboard. It considers the raw materials and manufacture of paper and paperboard, and the basic properties and features on which packaging made from these materials depends for its appearance and performance. The manufacture of twelve types of paper- and paperboard-based packaging is described, together with their end-use applications and the packaging machinery involved. The importance of pack design is stressed, and how these materials offer packaging designers opportunities for imaginative and innovative design solutions. Environmental and waste management issues are addressed in a separate chapter.

The book is directed at readers based in companies which manufacture packaging grades of paper and paperboard, companies involved in the design, printing and production of packaging, and companies which manufacture inks, coatings, adhesives and packaging machinery. It will be essential reading for students of packaging technology and technologists working in food manufacturing who are users of paper and paperboard packaging products.

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The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide (Bundle)The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide

Author: R. Duane Smith

The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide is an updated and expanded version of The Roll and Web Defect Terminology – 2nd Edition. This new edition has allowed updating and expanding on defects commonly found in paper and paperboard products and in the production and converting of nonwovens, films and laminations.

The Ultimate Roll and Web Defect Troubleshooting Guide includes a glossary of over 3,000 terms commonly used in the paper formation, polymer extrusion, coating and converting industries. This glossary is the most extensive list of terms that has ever been compiled for these industries.

A valuable feature of this electronic reference tool is the chapter introductions written by the chapter champions. These include troubleshooting and problem-solving information, plus flow charts for the edge defect category. Following the cause-and- effect logic can help you look for similar happenings in your own process, and uncover the reasons behind a troubling production problem.

This is a “must -have” communication tool for suppliers and their customers to assist in the identification and elimination of roll and web defects. This industry resource was written and edited by 22 industry experts with more than 500 years of web-handling and winding experience, along with 16 contributing editors.

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Heat Sealing Technology and Engineering for PackagingHeat Sealing Technology & Engineering for Packaging

Author: Kazuo Hishinuma
Translated by: Hiroaki Miyagawa

Beginning with numerous formulas and original experimental data, all the key parameters. With this information, the author presents new ways to improve the reliability of heat sealing—and the quality of heat-sealed packaging. Novel monitoring techniques are provided that enable packaging engineers to better control parameters that lead to safer, more effective seals in pouches, bags and cups, and with different materials, including laminates. Specifically, the author shows how important it is to have accurate measurement of the melting surface. The book explains techniques for carrying out such measurements and demonstrates how they lead to better heat seal process control. These techniques, along with novel ways of using the peel seal and tear seal, are explained in practical terms, to assist engineers to troubleshoot and eliminate problems encountered in heat sealing, e.g., overheating, polyball, and packaging failure. Hundreds of illustrations and numerous case studies support the practical information in this book. The technical data found in this resource is a necessary supplement to JIS and ASTM standards.

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The Mechanics of Web HandlingThe Mechanics of Web Handling

Author: David R. Roisum, Ph.D

This unique book covers many aspects of web handling for manufacturing, converting, and printing. The book is applicable to any web including paper, film, foil, nonwovens, and textiles. The Mechanics of Web Handling is designed for product, process, and maintenance engineers responsible for web machinery. Through this valuable text, readers will understand better how to design and operate machinery to avoid wrinkles, web breaks, registration, guiding, and other types of costly web problems. 1998. 222 pages, soft cover.

The Mechanics of Web Handling is the third book in Dave Roisum’s Mechanics Trilogy.  Winding Machines and Measurements and The Mechanics of Rollers are also available from TAPPI PRESS.

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