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PACK EXPO International 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

It takes a proactive team to ensure that a brand is continuously evolving, meeting consumer demands and staying ahead of the competition. This fall, PACK EXPO International 2016 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 6–9), North America’s largest processing and packaging event, will serve as a hub innovation across a wide range of industries. Owned and produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, PACK EXPO International – and the co-located Pharma EXPO – will feature more than 2,500 suppliers exhibiting the latest equipment and materials for an expected 50,000 attendees.

To help brand owners, processors, and manufacturers more easily navigate the 1.15 million net square feet of exhibit space and locate the solutions and suppliers they need, PACK EXPO International includes industry-specific pavilions and features such as The Containers and Materials Pavilion (Upper North Hall).

Regardless of the market segments you serve, you’ll find plenty to help you reach your business goals:

• The Reusable Packaging Pavilion (Upper Lakeside Center), sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association, will help manufacturers find ways to cut costs, reduce environmental impact and gain supply-chain efficiencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from organizations that switched to reusables and talk to exhibitors about ways to reduce waste, protect products, boos bottom line and more. Whether you are looking to newly invest in reusable packaging or get more out of assets you already own, this pavilion is an excellent place to start.

• The Containers and Materials Pavilion (Upper North Building) will feature a wide range of materials, containers and cutting-edge printing and labeling to create a strong brand position, enhance shelf presence or extend shelf life with new types of glass, plastic, metal and paperboard materials and containers, state-of-the-art labeling and decorating technologies, and re-sealing technologies. Attendees can also gain inspiration from award-winning designs in the 13th Annual Showcase of Packaging Innovations®.

• The Processing Zone (Upper Lakeside) is a hub for processing innovation in mixing, vibrating, conveying, filtering, washing and much more. However, attendees won’t just find technologies to enhance processing efficiency, product quality and food safety in the Processing Zone. Many solutions will be on display throughout the entire show floor.

• There will be an abundance of free educational opportunities at PACK EXPO International. Seminars on breakthrough technologies and techniques with applications in a wide variety of industries will be featured at three Innovation Stage locations (Upper North Building) throughout PACK EXPO alone.

• PMMI U Education and Workforce Development will also provide high quality, professional development and training for manufacturing professionals at all levels to complement in-house technical training. PMMI U aims to educate operators on equipment basics and develop internal trainers and service technicians to deliver professional, organized, repeatable training to reduce downtime and improve productivity. For more details, visit www.pmmi.org/education.

Here is a sneak peek of just some of the innovations you can expect to see at the show:

Top Seal Module Operates at High Cycle Rates and Offers Greater Flexibility

Slim design and standardized interfaces make ultrasonic technology easier for OEMs to quickly integrate into packaging machines. That is why Hermann Ultrasonic’s (Booth #S-2573) will showcase its Top Seal Module. The module is designed with freely programmable widths between the sealing bars, which are suitable for both rotary tables and longitudinal processing packaging machines, including in the form of multi-track lines. The Top Seal Module has a transfer of movement and force build-up already integrated into the system, and its robust and precise guiding rails ensure the required parallel travel of weld tools. The build-up of force causes separation of the drive movement which allows for operation of the module at high cycle rates, normally exceeding the speed capability of the current packaging machine.

This device also provides a high level of flexibility for setting the weld force for different package materials and dimensions, and can start welding directly upon contact of the sealing bars.

The Mega 3 (Inch) Chain-Vey® Reduces Energy Usage by 80 Percent

Modern Process Equipment (Booth #E-7708) will introduce the Mega 3 (inch) Chain-Vey® mass flow tubular drag conveyor at this fall’s PACK EXPO International. As the little sibling of MPE's Chain-Vey, this new arrival is made of high-strength polymer discs to move products swiftly and gently with minimal degradation. With a 3-inch diameter and capacity of 300 cubic feet per hour (or approximately 6,000 lbs/2,700 kg per hour), the Mega 3 can transport product in a flexible layout design that combines horizontal and vertical configurations. The Mega 3 is also an economical investment, using 80 percent less energy than traditional pneumatic systems.

Hybrid Pallet and Dolly Eliminates Product Torches to Reduce Costs

ORBIS Corporation (Booth #E-6801) will introduce Pally, a combination of a dolly and pallet, at PACK EXPO International. This device combines the mobility of a dolly and the functionality of a static pallet to provide enhanced material handling capabilities. The Pally, which has full field repairable components, will allow users to easily move goods from the truck to the aisle without unnecessary product touches. As a result, users will reduce costs on product touches and trip costs. In addition, the Pally is designed for long service life in many rugged distribution environments, which can be beneficial to small format retailers that have to navigate through tight spaces. For the delivery and merchandising of high-velocity goods, the Pally eliminates extra platforms and labor for faster unloading at retail.

Register for PACK EXPO International today at www.packexpointernational.com. Registration is $30 until October 14, 2016 and will increase to $100 thereafter.

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