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The PLACE Division of TAPPI Announces Film and Extrusion Coating Short Course

The PLACE Division of TAPPI has announced a short course entitled: 2004 PLACE Film and Extrusion Coating Short Course. It will be April 19-21, 2004, at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. The committees of the PLACE Division sponsoring the course are the Film Extrusion Committee and the Extrusion Coating Committee. According to Lou Piffer of Davis Standard, a developer of the short course, “This course will cover all extrusion disciplines in the converting and packaging markets. The topics will address all pertinent areas of film extrusion and extrusion coating.” Also assisting with the development of the short course is Nicole Dowling of Dow Chemical USA. Dowling notes, “An important part of this course is that experts in the field will discuss common process problems that occur with extrusion coating, cast film, and blown film.”

The primary types of companies targeted as an audience for the short course are those in converting operations and equipment suppliers. The typical job titles for people who will benefit from the instruction include technical directors, superintendents, extrusion engineers, technical assistants, research and development personnel, and equipment operators. The participants in the course will learn basic resin and equipment technology applicable to extruders and dies as they pertain to film and extrusion coating applications. Detailed instruction will also be available regarding equipment and process technology specific to the blown film, cast film, and extrusion coating processes.

According to Piffer, “Attendees should have a basic knowledge of extrusion coating and film extrusion technology and terminology. A technical or practical background is also helpful. The course will primarily appeal to those with approximately one to five years of experience in the field of extrusion. I would consider this as an introductory or intermediate level course.” Dowling stated that “attendees will have a better understanding of film and extrusion technology after they complete the course. They will be able to use the information provided to improve their existing film or extrusion coating process by application of the troubleshooting skills and knowledge taught by the instructors.”

Each registrant for the 2004 PLACE Film and Extrusion Coating Short Course will receive a copy of the short course notes. These will include the full texts of all the speaker presentations and hard copies of all slides and other visual aids used during the course. Everyone who successfully completes the course will also receive formal CEU credits. After successfully completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the physical properties and processing issues of a variety of film and extrusion coating resins
  • Understand the terminology and general theory used in designing extrusion screws
  • Discuss capabilities, specifications, and limitations of various extrusion coating and film equipment
  • Understand the unique equipment and resin requirements for coextrusion applications
  • Understand the various treatment options available to converters and know when to apply them
  • Understand process requirements for making cast and blow film structures
  • Identify safety concerns in extrusion processes
  • Discuss basic extrusion coating substrates.

Individuals interested in additional information can contact Piffer or Dowling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., respectively. Additional information covering registration is also available from the TAPPI Member Connection by calling 1-800-332-8686 in the United States, 1-800-446-9431 in Canada, or +1-770-446-1400 in others countries.

For information about the PLACE Division of TAPPI, access the TAPPI web page at TAPPI.org.

Telephone inquiries are welcome at the TAPPI Service Line by calling 1-800-332-8686 in the United States, 1-800-446-9431 in Canada, or +1-770-446-1400 in other countries. Send FAX to 1-770-446-6947. Address mail to TAPPI, Box 105113, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5113. Contact “the PLACE” editor by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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