Folding Carton Boot Camp

November 17-18, 2015 • PPC Headquarters, Springfield, MA 

The Folding Carton Boot Camp is ideal for anyone new to cartons (even if not new to the industry) and non-plant personnel with limited experience outside a single plant operation. From making paper to customer delivery and all “folding carton” points and processes in between, this comprehensive program is everything you wanted to know about folding cartons, but were afraid to ask.

Attendees start by learning how paper is made and what different grades of paperboard are used to make packaging. The types of presses used to put ink and coating on paper are next, and which machines best fit the end use. Next, industry experts introduce students to the complex prepress process, including an overview of CAD (computer aided design), color theory, and carton design. Finally, participants learn how cartons are cut, creased and finished, including windowing and gluing. 



PPC Members:                    $1,195
Brand Owners:                   $1,195
Students:                            $695
Non-Member Converters:    $1,795
5% discount for 3+ registrants per company.

Each participant receives a copy of the popular Ideas and Innovation Handbook (an $80 value!), as well as a binder full of paper and carton samples, instructional information, and a comprehensive glossary of printing terms. Students will also receive a CD of presentation .pdfs as well as a certificate of completion, ready for framing.


PPC World Headquarters, 1350 Main Street, 3rd Floor Community Room, Springfield, MA 01103-1628

Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA 01103

To receive the PPC discounted rate of $125/night, call Pattie Chenevert at (413) 750-3020, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 pm EDT. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, you must give the hotel 24 hours notice.

Lunch and dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday are included.

Bradley International Airport (BDL), Hartford, CT    

The Marriott does not provide their own shuttle service but private limousine and town car service can be reserved in advance. They offer on- and off-site parking for $14 daily.

Springfield Limo and Coach (413) 732-3440 – A town car provides service for a max. of 4 people. One-way to hotel, including tax, is approx. $90. (does not include tip)

Earl's Limo (413) 739-7293 – A town car provides service for a max. of 3 people one-way to hotel. One-way to hotel, including tax, is approx. $65. (does not include tip)

Taxi Service from Bradley Int’l: Taxis depart from Southwest and Continental baggage claim areas at the ground level. See a Taxi Coordinator stationed at the taxi booth to locate the next taxi in line. Taxi fare one way to hotel is approx. $51.

Taxi Service from Springfield, MA:
Yellow Cab                        (413) 534-3333     
MYM Transportation            (413) 730-4443      

Business casual

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

9:30 am – Noon             Workshops
Noon – 1 p.m.                Lunch
1 – 5 p.m.                    Workshops
6 p.m.                         Dinner


7:15 a.m.                     Breakfast with Ben at Marriott’s Currents restaurant
8 a.m. – Noon               Workshops
Noon – 1 p.m.               Lunch
1 – 2:30 p.m.               Workshops


  • Raw Materials: Virgin and Recycled Paperboard, Inks and Coatings
  • Prepress: Structural Design, Graphics
  • Printing Processes/Formats: Web, Sheet, an Explanation of the Term “Format”
  • Sheeting
  • Printing: Rotogravure, Offset (Lithography), Flexography, Digital
  • Cutting: Tooling, Cutting, Blanking, Embossing, Stamping, Stripping
  • Finishing: Windowing, Folding and Gluing, etc.
  • Automatic Packaging Machinery
  • Rigid Box Manufacturing




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"The Boot Camp was professionally done; I would recommend this to anyone coming into the paperboard carton business.”
—Barry Fisher, Carded Graphics 

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