Flexible Packaging Playbook

The go-to guide for packaging professionals with a pending flexible packaging project.

Have a flexible packaging assignment and don’t know where to start? Here you’ll find best practices and helpful hints—and pitfalls to avoid—on your next flexible packaging project. Leading packaging experts have contributed their insights.

Trust in the collective wisdom of dozens of packaging professionals. In this Playbook, you’ll find everything from film attributes and polymer properties to oriented films and sustainability strategies. This Playbook will discuss your options. Download it now.


Sourced in this e-book
Remon Zakhary
Manager - Package Engineering
Bayer Healthcare, LLC
Jeffrey Loth
Senior Manager, Global Packaging
Rob Wallace
Managing Partner
Wallace Church, Inc.
Derrick Lawrence
Senior Packaging Engineer
Seventh Generation
Tim Bohrer
Pac Advantage Consulting

Topics covered (among others)

Package development

  • Latest trends in flexible package design
  • Best practices in flexible package development
  • Commonly specified film attributes
  • Detailed properties for film structures (table)
  • Flexible packaging polymer primer
  • Polymer selection guide (table)
  • Glossary of additives and modifiers
  • Film manufacturing techniques
  • Cast vs. blown film characteristics
  • Understanding oriented films
  • Waste to energy: Worth a second look
  • How flexible packaging projects fail

Flexible packaging machinery

  • Trends in form/fill/seal equipment
  • Best practices for specifying form/fill/seal machinery
  • Six tips on finding the right f/f/s supplier
  • Best practices for flow-wrapping
  • Vendor evaluation methodology for f/f/s equipment
  • Pre-made bags vs. form/fill/seal
  • Roadmap for a successful factory acceptance test
  • Determining when to rebuild or replace a form/fill/seal machine
  • Tips for a successful flexible packaging line start-up
  • Six common pitfalls to avoid on bagging machinery projects

Bonus! Flexible packaging photo gallery

  • New examples of winning flexible package designs hand-selected by our editors.

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