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Month: January 2013

Surface Treatment: Dyne Testing in 6 Easy Steps

Surface Treatment: Dyne Testing in 6 Easy Steps

I was asked by a colleague last week on how to use dyne pens. He said he went through a number of online tutorials, and they were all just waaaay too long. He suggested writing a simple guide on how to use dyne pens, and why they behave the way they do. Here you go Gary! Bookmark it! They come in handy when you’re looking at applications that require printing, laminating or coating. A quick test can tell you which…

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How Plastic Film is Made

How Plastic Film is Made

Have you ever wondered how plastic film is made? Layfield Group has just commissioned the largest film extrusion line I’ve ever seen, in North America. This thing is enormous. Here’s a photo of film coming out of the die BEFORE IT IS BLOWN. This line will be used for large scale industrial products. However, similar blown film lines are used to produce thinner and smaller films for use in shopping bags, packaging laminates and construction-standard vapour barriers. So how is…

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TAPPI 2010 PLACE Conference Presentation on Sustainable Packaging

TAPPI 2010 PLACE Conference Presentation on Sustainable Packaging

The PLACE (Polymers Laminations Adhesives Coatings Extrusions) division of TAPPI is their home for flexible packaging and its converting needs. In 2010, I made a presentation at the conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the importance of sustainability to consumers, brand owners and to converters alike. The presentation talks of several methods to assist brand owners in achieving their sustainability metrics, including material reduction, layer elimination, improved metallization and operational changes to reduce carbon foot print. Celplast’s efforts in adapting…

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