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Flexible Packaging: Breaking barriers in performance, markets 2011 Quarter 2 State of the Flexible-Packaging Industry 2011 .........20 Polyester Film: A Supply-Chain Update .......................24 How to build a total-barrier film structure ...................27 Benefits of machine direction orientation (MDO) films in flexible-packaging applications ......................32 Vacuum web coater with process flexibility for eco-friendly, transparent barriers ...........................37 The 2011 AIMCAL Awards .............................................40 Gravure print quality takes the gold .............................50 Geothermal energy cools plant operations .................52 Barrier sealant layers cut package weight, energy use in laminations .............................................56 Understanding optimum cure times for solventless film-laminating adhesives .........................60 Load-cell sensitivity: What it is, how it’s measured ........................................64 Evaporated aluminum on polyester: Optical and electrical properties as a function of thickness ......................................................66 Myths debunked: Pros and cons of ITO/flex, its applications, capabilities and performance ..........69 Web coating defects: Steps to improve coating-weight uniformity .............................................. 74 2011 Quarter 2 • www.convertingquarterly.com 1

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