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FPA/PMMI Publish Best Practice Transitioning Flexible Materials Report

The report is intended to be used by brand manufacturers as a guide to ensure the process of transitioning flexible materials in packaging operations is efficient and successful.

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced its new “FPA/PMMI Best Practice: Transitioning Flexible Materials Report” is now available. The sponsors of the best practices document include FPA, The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), and the OpX Leadership Network, a community of manufacturing, engineering, and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence facilitated by PMMI.

As the focus on sustainability continues, many flexible packaging manufacturers and consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) are looking to incorporate more sustainable options into their packaging. These options may include incorporating post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, using biodegradable or compostable materials, transitioning to a mono-material structure vs. a multi-layer structure, and switching from a plastic structure to a paper structure. Incorporating these changes often requires a transition between flexible materials which may result in operational challenges.


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To help identify the key challenges experienced by CPGs when transitioning between different flexible materials, FPA partnered with PMMI Media Group Custom Research to develop best practices to address these challenges. The main objectives of the project were to uncover the key operational challenges and barriers to switching between flexible materials in CPG production lines, and to create a best practices document as an industry guide for CPGs, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and materials suppliers/converters on the most effective way to transition between flexible materials.

The best practices document can be used as a tool to educate customers on how to use OEMs’ products or services, and provides guidelines and tips on best practices for installation, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. By using the document, OEMs can ensure customers are using their products or services in a standardized, consistent manner that can help reduce errors and improve overall quality and performance.

To download the report, click here.


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