Introduction to Polymers in Packaging

Course Description

Polymers play a big role in packaging. To be a proficient and well-rounded packaging professional, you need to be comfortable with polymers. When you are working on a project involving plastics, it's important that you are able to speak this language and bring value to the table concerning polymer selection, polymer processing, and plastic applications in packaging. In this course, you are going to learn about the different types of polymers, their roles, functions, pros and cons of each, and real-world applications. With this knowledge, you can ascertain which polymers are suitable for the applications you are working on.

Student Testimonial

“This was a great course! Very comprehensive and very interactive. Despite being in the industry for over 20 years, I learned a lot of new things about polymers and a lot of facts that I've been mistaken about in the past. I also like the fact that I have access to the course for 12 months.”

Noel Caelian

Course Curriculum

    1. Course Disclaimer

    2. Navigation Tutorial

    3. Polymers in Packaging Workbook

    4. Welcome to Polymers

    5. History of Polymers

    6. Market / Industry Overview

    7. Top Polymer Terms and Acronyms

    1. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry 101

    2. Polymer Basics

    3. Classifying Polymers

    4. Polymer Structure and Chemistry

    5. Thermal Properties

    6. Other Properties

    7. Sustainability and Biopolymers

    8. Interactions with Packaging

    9. Knowledge Check: Polymer Chemistry 101

    1. Introduction to Production

    2. Molding Processes - Blow Molding, Injection Molding

    3. Thermoforming

    4. Converting, Laminating and Coating

    5. Flexible Packaging Systems

    6. Thermal Analysis

    7. Knowledge Check: Production

    1. Introduction to Plastic in Packaging

    2. Packaging Types

    3. Polymer Cheat Sheet

    4. Polymer Cheat Sheet: Specific to Food Packaging

    5. Regulations

    6. Adhesives

    7. Closure Systems

    8. Child-Resistant Closures

    9. Distribution Packaging

    10. Plastic Design Innovation

    11. Knowledge Check: Plastic in Packaging

    1. Introduction

    2. The Ins and Outs of Additives

    3. Knowledge Check

    4. Processing Aids

    5. Knowledge Check

    6. Product Modifiers

    7. Knowledge Check

    8. Breakout Lesson: Clarifiers Vs. Nucleators

    9. Knowledge Check

    10. Concentrates & Masterbatches

    11. Knowledge Check

    12. Ferrero Rocher Case Study

    1. Polymer Table—Test Your Skills!

About this course

  • $399.00
  • 52 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrew Hurley

Founder and Associate Professor

Packaging and entrepreneurship came together at an early age for Dr. Andrew Hurley. As a young boy, he molded and sold pewter figurines, but inadequate shipping materials led to breakage. Frustrated, he set to researching better packaging alternatives … and he hasn’t ever stopped. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. He leads the packaging design emphasis area, where he researches how to leverage packaging to solve even the toughest supply chain challenges.

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