Polymer Processing Institute

Plastic Packaging

Plastic Packaging: 7 layer co-extrusion setup






PPI offers industry the opportunity to improve plastics processing and products for packaging applications through factory automation and advanced engineering and manufacturing techniques. Research and development capabilities are as follows:

  • Develop and build a knowledge base of processing and performance/cost characteristics for semicrystalline, heat set, and amorphous thermoplastic polymeric materials, such as polyesters, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene resins
  • Develop and design advanced process and product technology for commercial scale-up of plastic packaging
  • Selection of optimum plastic materials based on end-user cost and performance requirements
  • Prototype part design/development of monolayer and multi-layer packaging
  • Design and produce innovative packaging products through formulation and compounding technology
  • Develop sheet and thermoformed packages using both plant scrap and post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins as major components of multi-layered structures for applications requiring environmentally friendly packaging
  • Rapid Prototyping Laboratory provides Finite Element Analysis and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The latter can be directly coupled to stereolithography which can produce a packaging model within a day.


For more information, please contact

Dr. Linjie Zhu
(973) 596-3214
lzhu@polymers-ppi.org