PACK EXPO Las Vegas / Healthcare Packaging EXPO Show Daily 2017 – Wednesday

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NEWS BRIEF Green sealing Variable Resistance Controlled (VRC) bands on heat sealers from Packworld USA (Booth C-4104) consume 20 to 30 times less power than conventional constant (hot bar) sealers. VRC bands draw power only during 0.40-second sealing intervals. Constant hot bars not only have a 30-minute warm-up period at the start of a shift, but use about 450 watts per hour to maintain sealing temperatures. SD

Simplify design and startup Demo of Emulation for Machine Builders software from Emulate3D (Booth S-7527) shows how machines can be viewed, controlled and demonstrated in a virtual reality environment. Connecting the programmable logic controller to a computer-aided design model compresses development and startup time by allowing virtual observation of the running model, implementation of control logic modifications and verification of the effect of the changes. SD

Manual guides servo usage Free ASDA-A2 Series Servo Application Manual from Delta Products (Booth C-3400) can be downloaded at Manual describes applications on standalone machines including linear flying shear/fill, rotary knife/ seal, wind/unwind, electronic line shafting, orienting and placing, ABS rotary dial table and x-x’ gantry control. SD

Xerox opens door to digital Digital packaging technology from Xerox® (Booth C-2254) covers a broad spectrum of packaging segments and technologies including smart packaging, flexible packaging, corrugated packaging, printed memory, coding and marking and direct printing onto objects. The modular, scalable Xerox Automated Packaging Solution integrates an iGen digital press to a web store front, coater and custom die cutter. SD

Last day for PACK EXPO Las Vegas, but many shows to come

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A quick look ahead to 2018’s slate of shows.


ith PACK EXPO Las Vegas being my first official event as senior director of Expositions, I am happy to say that it is the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO to date. With 2,000+ exhibiting companies spanning nearly 900,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit floor, it is also the largest packaging show in the Americas in 2017. Looking ahead to 2018, registration is officially open for PACK EXPO East (April 16–18, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). PACK EXPO East is your East

Laura Thompson, senior director of Expositions, PMMI.

Coast connection to the packaging innovations of 400 top suppliers. With more than one-third of U.S. consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) located within 200 miles of Philadelphia, your whole team can attend, get up to speed on the latest advances and investigate the best solutions to give your company a competitive advantage. At least 6,000 professionals from leading packaging goods companies located on the East Coast will attend. Make sure you’re there too. (Continued on page 4)

Students learn networking, teamwork

PPWLN event draws 635

he seventh annual Amazing Packaging Race takes over the PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 show floor today, courtesy of ASCO (Booth C-5222C) Novi, Michigan, and Emerson (Booth C-5222A) St. Louis, Missouri, the event sponsors. PMMI, The Association for Processing and Packaging Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, hosts the seventh annual event. Teams consist of students from PMMI Partner Schools.



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Keynote speaker outlines seven steps for work/life balance and success.

ore than 600 women (and men) registered for Tuesday’s networking breakfast hosted by the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) (Room N-242). “The number of women in manufacturing is growing, but we have work to do,” stated Lisa Hunt of Plexpack (Booth C-4600), a member of PPWLN’s Executive Council, in her introduction of the group and keynote speaker Tana L. Utley, vice president, Caterpillar, Peoria, Illinois. (Continued on page 4)


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NEWS BRIEF tna acquires NID tna, parent company of tna North America (Booth C-5442) Coppell, Texas, expands its confectionery portfolio with the acquisition of Australia-based NID (Booth S-7219). The pioneer in the development of starch molding equipment, has supplied mogul lines for more than 60 years. The deal moves tna one step closer to its goal of being a leading single-source supplier to the confectionery industry. SD

Lidloc unifies cup and lid An extension on the patented Lidloc cup from Metsä Board (Booth S-6802) folds into a lid, eliminating the need for a separate lid. The onepiece design is spill-proof and permits integrated simultaneous printing of the cup and lid. An integrated “sip” mechanism is compatible with hot beverages and cold drinks sipped through a straw. SD

Printer exhibits for first time Family-owned Robinson Printing (Booth N-639) enjoys a specialized niche: It prints instructions for use— the tightly folded instruction sheets that accompany medical device, cosmetic, vitamin, dental and veterinary products. The company also produces boxes and trays, booklets, flyers and brochures. SD

Ingram joins MANA board Charlie Ingram, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Eriez (Booth S-5901), has been named to the Board of Directors of the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA). Ingram is the first manufacturer to serve as a director since MANA’s founding in 1947. He has been actively involved as a presenter at events and author of articles for MANA’s magazine. Eriez has been a MANA member since 1990. SD

PMMI hosts Andina Pack pavilion Andina Pack, Nov. 7–10, 2017, in Bogota, Colombia, draws more than 19,000 visitors from Columbia, the Andes region and Central America. Koelnmesse (Booth C-1259), presenter of the International Processing and Packaging Exhibition for the Food, Pharma and Cosmetic Industry, expects 500+ exhibitors (more than 50% international) including a USA-Canada-Mexico Pavilion organized by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby). Register at SD

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EXPO PACK México returns to Mexico City June 5-8 at EXPO Santa Fe México with more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. Stay ahead of your competition on the most recent industry trends with the comprehensive education program and networking activities at EXPO PACK México. Finally, be ready for any packaging or production challenge that comes along when you attend PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packag-

ing EXPO 2018, Oct. 14–17, at McCormick Place, Chicago. It will be the largest packaging trade show in 2018 and a must-attend event for anyone in the packaging sector. I sincerely hope PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO provided you actionable business opportunities, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events. Laura Thompson, Senior Director of Expositions PMMI

AMAZING RACE (Continued from page 1)

“Over the years, Emerson has shown their willingness to provide educational opportunities for students in the packaging industry,” says Jim Pittas, COO of PMMI. “Their consistent sponsorship has made the success of this program possible, and we are grateful for their continued support,” he adds. “By giving students an engaging way to gain knowledge about the packaging and processing industry, the next generation is introduced to career opportunities that are possible for them,” says Andy Duffy, vice president Sales at ASCO. “Students can also network and build teamwork skills in an exciting, hands-on approach to learning.” Participating students cover the nearly 900,000 net sq. ft. of show floor space to complete a series of tasks assigned by exhibitors. The race concludes at the Emerson booth with the announcement of the winning team. Members of the winning team receive new iPads. Participating exhibitors contribute $500 to the

PMMI Education & Training Foundation, which supports educational efforts including scholarships for students at PMMI Partner Schools. This year students will visit 19 participating companies: 3M (Booth C-2230); APPMA (Booth C-1247); Barry-Wehmiller (Booth C-1800); Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800); Cozzoli Machine (Booth C-2006); Dorner Manufacturing (Booth C-1444); Frazier & Son (Booth S-6004); Garvey (Booth C-3809); HMC Products (Booth S-6650); Intelligrated (Booth C-3906); Langguth America (Booth C-2158); Matrox Imaging (Booth S-8152); Morrison Container Handling (Booth C-3608); OMAC (Booth C-1241); Plexpack (Booth C-4600); Polypack (Booth C-4422); Shurtape Technologies (Booth S-6514); Siemens Industry (Booth S-5911); and Sonics & Materials (Booth C-3628). For more information, visit,, SD

PPWLN (Continued from page 1)

In her address, Dancing on the Glass Ceiling, Utley presented seven dance steps to dance on your own glass ceiling. 1. Remember you are always being watched and judged. Be yourself . . . but be your best self. 2. Know yourself. Know your capabilities, your aspirations, your workplace, your industry. 3. Build your T model. Anchor your career by building capabilities for the first eight to 10 years (the vertical part of the T) before broadening to cross-functional assignments. 4. Trust equals competence plus intimacy. Be the one who can be depended on to complete tasks on deadline, volunteer for projects and take time to get acquainted with fellow workers. 5. Get personal stuff right. Don’t neglect health, friendships and stress relief. “If a problem can be solved with money, it’s not a problem,” she noted. 6. Continuously evolve on a personal and professional level. 7. Be a role model and give back to others. “Don’t forget to turn around and help the next one in line.” Finally, she advised, think about your own personal mission. What is your mission personally and in business?

Dancing on the Glass Ceiling was the topic from keynote speaker Tana Utley, vice president, Caterpillar, at the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Lounge.

Event sponsors include Duravant (Booth C-3036), ID Technology (Booth C-2814), Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth C-3608), Plexpack, Septimatech Group (Booth C-4036) and SMC (Booth S-6169). Founded in 2016, PPWLN aims to expand the presence and influence of women in packaging and processing by recruiting, retaining and advancing women’s careers in the industry. To network and learn about upcoming events, drop by the PPWLN Lounge in Room N-242 and join the PPWLN group on LinkedIn. PPWLN’s next event is scheduled at PACK EXPO East (April 16-18, 2018, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). For more information, visit SD

NEWS BRIEF Cartoner debuts Kliklok ITC integrated top-load cartoner from Kliklok-Woodman (Booth C-2800) combines carton forming, product loading and carton closing on one machine. Features include a 12 x 6.5-ft. footprint, ergonomic design, swing-arm-mounted HMI 4.0 human/machine interface and changeover time of less than 15 min. Output is fast for such a compact system (up to 80 cartons/min.). The machine accommodates a variety of formats and styles. SD

Do business in Australia? The Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) (Booth C-1247) assists in identifying Australian agents or distributors and promotes machinery companies based down under. Established in 1983, the APPMA fosters participation and development at all levels of the packaging and processing machinery industry. SD

Kao forms printing business Kao Advanced Printing Solutions supplies ecofriendly inkjet and printing inks for traditional and digital printing, including food-safe, water-based inks formulated to print on nonporous films. New business consists of Kao’s inkjet ink development and manufacturing operations in Japan; Kao Collins (Booth S-7611) in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Kao Chimigraf in Barcelona, Spain. SD

Robot replaces multi-axis slides New T-Series All-in-One robot from Epson Robotics (Booth S-6372) features built-in controller to reduce space requirements and simplify integration and setup. Designed as a replacement for applications using multiaxis linear slides, the compact, lightweight robot uses the same software as the company’s high-end robots. Options include integrated vision guidance. SD

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Lenze enables remote connections Collaboration with ei3 delivers IoT services.


ontrollers from Lenze (Booth S-6033) Uxbridge, Massachusetts, now link to the Internet of Things. A collaboration with IoT specialist, ei3, Pearl River, New York, enables easy connection to remote analysis and remote maintenance services. As part of ei3’s service contract with Lenze, machine builders can collect all the data available from Lenze controllers, evaluate the information and make it available to their customers, either as an up-to-date dashboard or in the form of reports providing performance figures. This data can be used to determine how to optimize systems and processes. In addition, the solution is suitable for services such as remote diagnosis and maintenance, and it also can be used to provide predictive services. “Our customers are our top priority, and we are always looking for ways to allow them to strengthen their relationships with their customers,” says Ralph Rosa, president, Lenze Americas. He explains, “By collaborating with ei3, we can give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the

resources to start their own digital business and, then in turn, provide their customers with valuable data that will directly impact their business. Of course, it takes a certain amount of data before you can provide insights from big-data analysis. However, we are confident that the data collection and evaluations will be able to start immediately.” The data from a machine is first transferred via OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) to a security appliance within the production network. From then on, all communication takes place in encrypted form at a high level of security in ei3’s own data centers. It is a private cloud offering big-data services with easy accessibility—preconfigured and available to OEMs. To start collecting data, machine builders specify the desired data points in the required application—no prior knowledge of IT or big data necessary. It is also easy for the OEM to carry out remote diagnosis and remote maintenance once the product is up and running, and productivity can be enhanced. For more information, visit SD

System tests metal detector Automated system saves time and money.


ew generation Halo® automatic testing system from Fortress Technology (Booth C-5204) Toronto, Ontario, Canada, automates metal detector testing to reduce the downtime and potential inconsistencies associated with manual testing. The Halo system sends a signal that’s calibrated to the specified sphere size of ferrous, nonferrous and stainless steel samples to check the performance of the reject system. Test results are automatically saved and documented with Contact Reporter software. The Halo hardware can be built into any Fortress detector, is controlled independently and is more accurate and repeatable than a manual test where the placement of the test pack can vary. It also simplifies testing of metal detectors in hardto-access locations. The automated system can learn an infinite number of product specs, thereby accommodating requirements for different products. For example, one line may require detection of contaminant sized for one product as X for stainless, Y for ferrous and Z for nonferrous while another product must meet A for stainless, B for ferrous and C for nonferrous. “Testing metal detectors gets complicated and expensive,” says Steve Gidman, president of Fortress Technology, which is celebrating its 20th anniver-

sary this year and began construction of an expansion that will more than double its manufacturing and office space to more than 52,000 sq. ft. He continues, “In many plants, as soon The Halo hardware can be built into any as one check is Fortress metal detector done, it’s time to start over. The automated test doesn’t replace manual testing, but can reduce manual testing frequency.” Testing at programmed intervals saves producers and processors significant time and money, while supporting compliance with food safety requirements. Savings depends on how often testing is done. “The more you test, the more you save,” explains Gidman. “If you already test frequently, you could save a lot of money. If you’re only testing occasionally, the automated system could allow you to test more often and provide an earlier warning of a problem,” he concludes. For more information, visit SD

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Looking for skilled employees? Hire your heroes!

AZCO feeds the hungry


Veterans’ Employment and Training Service attends PACK EXPO Las Vegas


n an effort to connect veterans with employers in need of a skilled workforce, PACK EXPO Las Vegas welcomes the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) (Booth S-8000P) to its PMMI Education and Workforce Development Pavilion. VETS, a nationally recognized leader in helping veterans, service members and spouses find good jobs, actively participated in Monday’s NextGEN Networking Fair. The fair offered a one-of-a-kind matchmaking opportunity for PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 exhibitors and attendees to connect with the emerging workforce. With so many talented and skilled veterans out of work, this event was an opportunity for employers to connect with qualified veterans and guide them into careers in the packaging field.

“As the packaging industry continues to face challenges in finding skilled and qualified workers, this group will spread the message that many veterans have highly transferable skills that could be very valuable to employers in the industry,” says Stephan Girard, director of education and workforce development at PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. With a network of regional offices throughout the country, VETS assists veterans, reservists and National Guard members. VETS provides employment resources and expertise, protects employment rights and promotes employment opportunities via job boards for former military job seekers and employers. For more information, visit SD

Free Coffee to Get You Going Enjoy a complimentary cup with colleagues to start the day off right. Located in the Central and Lower South Hall Lobbies

ndy Zucaro, president of AZCO (Booth C-4336) Fairfield, New Jersey, has succeeded Richard Bahr, president of MGS Machine (Booth C-3925) Maple Grove, Minnesota, as the point of contact for a group of volunteers who organize the Corporations Feeding America campaign. To date the campaign has donated more than $133,000 and 111,500 lb. of non-perishable goods to local charities. Every March companies across the U.S. register for the Corporate Food Drive Challenge and choose a local food bank or charity to support. More than 100 companies have participated. The company that donates the most is named the year’s Corporate Food Drive Winner. He says, “It is my hope that corporations throughout the country will band together, join this nationwide movement and make a difference in the country by helping their local communities.” For more information, visit,, SD

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Dedicated to Peter R. Hayes, 1957-2016, a valued friend and colleague, who always made the Show Daily process run smoother.

Save Space and Increase Throughput.

Ryson makes a full line of spiral conveyors that can satisfy most vertical conveying needs. Ryson Spirals need less floor space than conventional conveyors and are faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift. Unit Load Spirals convey cases, totes and packaged goods smoothly on our slat style belts and come in 9 standard slat widths ranging from 6” to 30”. Available in powder coated carbon steel, stainless steel, washdown and freezer versions Mass Flow Spirals handle full and empty bottles, cans and jars in mass up to 2000 units per minute. Available in 4 different slat widths ranging from 6” to 20”. Narrow Trak Spirals are super compact and designed to handle your smaller loads. Our new 6” and 9” wide nesting slats can endtransfer small cartons and packages or side-transfer small bottles and containers in a single file or in mass at speeds in excess of 200 FPM.

High Capacity Spirals are in response to our customers need to go higher and handle more weight. They can handle double the weight capacity of our regular spirals at speeds up to 200 FPM. The new WT Model comes in a slat width of 30” and can provide an elevation change of up to 50 feet with only one drive.. Multiple Entry and Exit Spirals allow loads to enter or exit the High Capacity Spirals at intermediate elevations. New special induction and divert conveyors have individually adjustable conveying surfaces to match the spiral pitch, assuring a smooth and reliable operation. Quality and service come first at Ryson. We are the number one spiral manufacturer in the USA. For application assistance or more information, give us a call or visit

RYSON INTERNATIONAL, INC. 300 Newsome Drive • Yorktown,VA 23692

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When Leading OEMs Look for Agents, Make Sure They Find You.

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Participate in the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program

I A PMMI Directory of Agents listing brings successful partnerships to you. PMMI members are North America’s leading processing and packaging OEMs, and they’re looking for sales agents. Make sure they find you with your free listing in the PMMI Directory of Agents. It’s a key resource for members ready to expand. The Directory saves you time and increases the chance for successful partnerships by matching you with OEMs based on your areas of expertise and their target markets.

To learn more and include your free listing in the Directory of Agents, visit

t’s not too late to join in the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program at PACK EXPO, sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth: Meeting Room S-116). The groundbreaking initiative collects previously non-recycled plastics and converts the waste into valuable energy resources. It is a significant step toward achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of landfill trash. If everyone in the U.S. participates in the program, we could divert more than 4 million tons of plastic from landfills and convert it to valuable energy.* This is equivalent to more than 1 billion gallons of synthetic fuel oil or 11 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. Today you can participate too! Deposit your plastics—such as wrappers, straws, stir sticks, chip bags, condiment packets and plastic cups, plates and bowls—into one of the many Hefty EnergyBag bins located throughout the facility. After the tradeshow, your plastics will be converted into new energy resources at an energy conversion facility. Dow also sponsors The Showcase of Packaging Innovations (S-6519), a display of award-winning packages from around the world. For more information, visit SD

* Estimate based on data from Flexible Packaging Industry Segment Profile Analysis, PTIS/FPA, 2013.

Desiccant doesn’t dust or leak


he compressed, solid-form design of Multiform CSF® desiccant canisters from Multisorb Technologies (Booth S-6286) Buffalo, New York, eliminate dusting and leakage issues sometimes encountered with loose-fill canisters. At the Solid-form desiccant canisters are same time, Multiform CSF desiccant canis- made with FDA-compliant, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and ters offer equal or better capacity and adsorp- supported by a Type III Drug Master File. tion rates. In addition, implementation is seamless because the solid-form canisters run on dispensing equipment as a drop-in replacement. “Multiform CSF canisters really give us the opportunity to overcome traditional canister failure modes at a lower cost without sacrificing performance,” reports Adrian Possumato, Multisorb’s vice president, Healthcare Packaging. Available with silica gel, activated carbon or blends, Multisorb offers three standard sizes to meet varying adsorption and capacity demands. For more information, visit www. .com. SD

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ProFood Tech returns Exhibit sales open for second edition in 2019.


DIGITAL PACKAGING POWER. AGILE. SHORT RUN. ON DEMAND. The Xerox® iGen® capabilities for folding cartons can print, coat and die-cut for automation to suit any environment. Xerox provides a wide array of digital solutions perfectly packaged for your business, including flexible packaging, corrugated, direct to shape, coding and marking and smart packaging. To learn about all of our solutions and see live demonstrations, visit us in the Central Hall Booth #2254. S E T T H E PA G E F R E E ©2017 Xerox Corporation. All rights reserved. Xerox®, Xerox and Design®, iGen® and “Set The Page Free” are trademarks of Xerox Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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resh off a successful 2017 debut that brought together nearly 10,000 food and beverage professionals, ProFood Tech 2019 returns March 26-28, 2019, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Exhibit sales are open for the biennial show, which is projected to draw 450 exhibitors and occupy more than 150,000 net sq. ft. of floor space. “The inaugural ProFood Tech reaffirmed our belief that North America needed a comprehensive food and beverage processing event,” says Jim Pittas, COO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, the producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows and coorganizer of ProFoodTech. Showcasing technology from industry sectors including baking and snack, beverage, frozen/prepared foods, dairy and meat/poultry/seafood, ProFood Tech connects the industry. “The show floor is extremely diverse,” says Supriya Thote, senior technologist, J.M. Smucker, Orrville, Ohio. He reports, “I came to find feeders, sliders and dicers and have made great connections with suppliers. I attended a session on total cost of purchasing equipment that was also extremely beneficial. We are always wondering where to make our next investment, and I can’t wait to share with my team all the information I gathered here. It has helped me get a better understanding of investments we need to make.”

An Exhibitor Advisory Council meets regularly to guide show producers in understanding the most critical trends and issues facing the industry. ProFood Tech 2019 Council members include: •• Deville Technologies (Booth S-7406) •• Delkor Systems (Booth C-4340) •• Tetra Pak •• GEA (Booth C-5404) •• Polypack (Booth C-4422) •• Azo (Booth S-7114) •• Harpak-ULMA Packaging (Booth S-6101) •• Chr. Hansen •• Serac (Booth C-4425) •• Bizerba USA (Booth C-5110) ProFood Tech is organized by PMMI; Kölnmesse (Booth C-1259), Cologne, Germany, organizer of Anuga, Anuga FoodTec and other trade fairs; and the International Dairy Foods Association (Booth C-1358), Washington, D.C., which put together the well-received conference program for the 2017 edition. “The positive response of the industry to this new trade fair format confirms our dialog-oriented concept approach and the interest in a new leading international trade fair in the NAFTA region,” says Gerald Böse, president and CEO, Kölnmesse. The deadline for applications to participate in priority booth selection and receive early-bird space rates is Nov. 3, 2017. For more information, visit SD

Poka standardizes training WestRock streamlines training and maintenance processes and cuts downtime.


ith maintenance processes spanning three stages and non-homogeneous training content, WestRock Candiac, part of WestRock (Booth C-2023) Orlando, Florida, needed new approaches to save time and money. The need for standardization of training content and a better approach for maintenance requests led WestRock to Poka (Booth S-6390) Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and its collaboration and communication software. The multi-platform (web, mobile, tablet) application assembles all data and procedures related to an operation and provides easy access and use of this information in real time with the help of photos and videos. Since going live in May 2016, WestRock Candiac has produced more than 243 training guides, while several more await validation. “Not only have savings in terms of time, but 2 7 . we 8 7 pseen t . s i zsignificant e

our employees also feel that the training materials produced with Poka greatly simplify their work,” says Martin Rainville, plant controller. “The video support allows us to eliminate a lot of confusion, loss of time and, above all, delays. Producing a training guide with Poka takes us two times less time than the paper version,” he adds. The improved communication and quick access to information streamlines training, reduces downtime, shortens response time to maintenance requests and allows operators to use “dead time” to carry out preventive maintenance tasks. In addition, retirement no longer poses the risk of knowledge loss because the operational expertise held by the most experienced employees is now well-documented. For more information, visit, SD

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Thanks to these industry leaders for their support helping to make 2017 PACK EXPO Las Vegas better for everyone.

Are you wearing your lanyard? Cognex (Booth C-5338) is a proud sponsor of the lanyards at PACK EXPO this year.

Hygienic design standard parts are available at JW Winco (Booth S-6060), a contributing sponsor of PACK EXPO.

Our 2017 Sponsors Are Powering Innovation Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting Our Sponsors this event 2017 and helping drive innovation in the industry. Are Powering Innovation Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting Our this event2017 and helpingSponsors drive innovation in the industry. Are Powering Innovation Many thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event and helping drive innovation in the industry. Aisle banner sponsor Romaco (Booth N-326) brings to PACK EXPO its expertise in packing and process technology.

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Monina Kanderski, Jackie Lambert and Tatiana Kretlow (l-r) with Bostik (Booth C-5644) explain Kizen, the next generation hot melt adhesives for case and carton sealing. Bostik is a sponsor of the Central/South Hall walkway.

Festo (Booth C-5408), a pneumatic and electric automation technology manufacturer, is a proud sponsor of the First Timers Lounge at PACK EXPO.

View the Showcase of Packaging Innovations (Booth S-6519) sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth S-6584 to S-6585).

Phil Howell and John Eklund (l-r) at ProMach (Booth C-3218, C-3225). The mobile app sponsor is a leading provider of integrated packaging and processing products and solutions.

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Train Your Operators

Convenient. Consistent. Cost-Effective e-Learning courses include: f Introduction to Packaging Machinery f Basic Mechanical Components f Basic Electrical Components f Troubleshooting Packaging Machinery f Fundamentals of Risk Assessment For more information, visit the PMMI Booth located in the Central Hall Lobby.

PMMI’s e-Learning courses are the perfect combination of quality content delivered at the right level for our plant floor personnel in a flexible and easy to use format.

PMMI U takes courses on the road Courses join workshops and OpX Leadership Network events.


MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, presented the first two PMMI U On the Road courses in July 2017. ASCO (Booth C-5222C), an Emerson brand, hosted the event at its global headquarters in Florham Park, New Jersey. Designed to bring together consumer packaged goods (CPG) professionals and PMMI members, the morning workshop focused on Total Cost of Ownership: Understand What It Is, How to Calculate and Its Many Benefits. After discussing the acquisition, operation and maintenance costs of capital expenditures, CPG and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) personnel teamed up to work with a sample of “request for proposal” and case studies of different types of equipment purchases to determine the total cost of ownership. After a networking lunch, the afternoon workshop, Cybersecurity and Production Operations: Why You Should Care, sponsored by AH&T Insurance, Leesburg, Virginia, discussed risks and rewards associated with remotely connected machines. “Through our existing workshops, eLearning courses and mechatronics certification tests, PMMI U strives to provide timely, cost-effective and convenient workforce development opportunities for both CPG companies and OEMs in the packaging and processing industry,” says Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI. Other PMMI On the Road offerings include two-day Risk Assessment Workshops, two-day Certified Trainer (train-the-trainer) Workshops and Training on OPX Leadership Network work products. Already on the schedule, the OpX Leadership Network will host a one-day meeting on March 12, 2018, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California. For more information, visit, SD

Jerry Hiser, Training Manager, Clorox

Flexible packaging recycles For details, visit


wo flexible packaging formats from Printpack (Booth C-1844) Atlanta, Georgia, are pre-qualified to carry the How2Recycle label indicating the packaging may be recycled via store drop-off bins. Both are designed for pet food and made of polyethylene. The first is a large-format, quadseal bag for dry pet food. The second is an easyopen, stand-up pouch for treats. The How2Recycle label, created by the Sus- Polyethylene stand-up pouch tainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Charlottes- can be recycled at store dropville, Virginia, provides standardized messages to off bins. help consumers recycle accurately, thereby keeping recyclable products out of landfills and preventing contamination of recycling streams. For more information, visit SD

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Come talk to us at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, booth #C-2023. Discover how WestRock’s legacy of innovation is building a better box for our customers. Or call us at 407.843.1300 to find out more. ©2017 WestRock Company. All rights reserved. WESTROCK, the WestRock logo, and META are trademarks of WestRock Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

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September 27, 2017

Partner Program returns More than 40 industry associations support PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO.


s part of the Partner Program, more than 40 packaging and pharma production associations have come together to support PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Many of these partner associations bring a specific vertical market focus and host pavilions, sponsor networking lounges and present educational sessions. As participants in the program, trade associations serve as an onsite resource for the more than 30,000 attendees making the trip to Vegas. “The Association Partner Pavilions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO bring together leading industry associations with decision makers from the world’s top consumer packaged goods companies, retailers and pharmaceutical, medical device and nutraceutical manufacturers,” says Charles D. Yuska, presi-

dent and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, producer of the PACK EXPO family of shows. “The expertise and industry knowledge provided by partner associations onsite offer an invaluable resource to attendees,” he adds. “IoPP is thrilled to partner once again with PMMI in support of PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, which have provided so much value to our members who have attended over the years,” says Jim George, director of Education at the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth C-1347) Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, a returning partner. He explains, “We share the same important goal of educating packaging professionals and helping them advance their careers. IoPP also is pleased to have the opportunity once

again to showcase the winning packages in the 2017 AmeriStar Awards contest and put some superb design work from the industry on display this year in Las Vegas [in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth S-6519), sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth S-6584, S-6585, Central Hall, Meeting Room S-116), Midland, Michigan].” “The APPMA is proud to exhibit once again at PACK EXPO as this event offers global exposure for our member capabilities and access for companies looking for innovative Australian manufactured packaging and processing machinery and agency opportunities,” says Mark Dingley, chairman of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) (Booth C-1247) Oxley, Australia. For more information, visit SD

2017 PARTNER PROGRAM (as of September 1, 2017) PACK EXPO Las Vegas Partners ABIEF (Brazilian Flexible Packaging Assn)



AIMCAL (Assn of Int’l Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) amec envasgraf American Forest & Paper Assn (AF&PA) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Assn (APPMA) Cold Pressure Council (CPC) Contract Packaging Assn (CPA) Flexible Packaging Assn (FPA) Flexographic Technical Assn (FTA) Foil & Specialty Effects Assn (FSEA) Independent Bakers Assn (IBA) In-Mold Decorating Assn (IMDA) Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE) Int’l Dairy Foods Assn (IDFA) Japan Packaging Institute (JPI) Midwest Food Products Assn (MWFPA) OMAC (The Organization for Machine Automation and Control OPC Foundation PLCopen SNAC Int’l The Mexican Packaging Assn (AMEE) World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

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The Baking-Snack Break Lounge American Bakers Assn (ABA) S-7631

The Beverage Cooler Lounge Int’l Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT)


The Candy Bar Lounge National Confectioners Assn (NCA)


PACK EXPO Las Vegas International Partners and Pavilion Organizers



Adepta (France) Argentina – Fundacion Exportar Asia Media Company S-5826 — S-8261

China Council for the Promotion of Int’l Trade (CCPIT)

China Food and Packaging Machinery Assn

INP – Brazilian Plastic Institute/Think Plastic Brazil S-6830

Italian Trade Agency-ICE Koelnmesse

The Mexican Chamber of Processed Food Industry (CANAINCA)

UCIMA – Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Assn


Healthcare Packaging EXPO Partners Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC)




Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE)

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Dow Chemical sponsors See the display of award-winning packages in The Containers and Materials Pavilion in the Lower South Hall.


EXACTA 18-Head Freestanding Filler built in Hiram, Georgia


ow Chemical (Booth S-6584, S-6585, Central Hall, Meeting Room S-116), Midland, Michigan, returns as the exclusive sponsor of The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth S-6519). The display highlights the latest innovations and award-winning packaging designs from across the globe. Organizations that are exhibiting winning entries from their awards competitions include: •• Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth C-1343) •• Brazilian Packaging Association •• DuPont Packaging •• Flexible Packaging Association •• Foil & Specialty Effects Association (Booth C-1344) •• Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council •• In-Mold Decorating Association (Booth C-1348) •• Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1347) •• Instituto Argentino del Envase (Booth C-1346) •• OpX Leadership Network •• Paperboard Packaging Council •• The Mexican Packaging Association (Booth C-1345) •• Tube Council North America •• World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1246). “We are proud to be the sole sponsor of the Showcase of Packaging Innovations since the exhibit’s inception at PACK EXPO in 2003,” says Karen S. Carter, commercial vice president for Dow’s North America Packaging and Specialty Plastic business. “The Showcase displays the best that the industry has to offer in packaging innovation, and we are eager to bring this display to Las Vegas again to inspire new ideas about packaging design.” “The Showcase of Packaging Innovations has come to be a show floor favorite at PACK EXPO,” says Jim Pittas, COO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, the producer of the PACK EXPO family of shows. “Dow has no doubt inspired many package designers to go above and beyond in creating packaging that is both functional and innovative,” he concludes. For more information, visit,, SD

Features: • No limitations in the fill volume or weight capacity. • Mass or Electromagnetic Flow Meter technology for precise fill of +/- 0.2% accuracy or better. • Ronchi quality built filler with Stainless Steel frame and clean design construction. • Tool-less changeover in 10 minutes or less. • Speed: Capable of running up to 300 bpm depending on container size. • User friendly operator interface with recipe driven format. • Fast and efficient CIP with Automatic insertion tray. • P.I.D controls product delivery system. • Safety interlocked guards to meet CE and OSHA regulations, UL compliant. • Allen-Bradley control package with all electrical components UL labeled. • Service support and spare parts are provided from our U.S. headquarter in the Atlanta area. • 12 weeks lead time. • Special introductory price.

Retorted, PermaSafe® in-mold-labeled cup from Sonoco (Booth C-1535) Hartsville, South Carolina, provides year-long unrefrigerated shelf life for vegetarian paté from Allos Hof-Manufaktur, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Resealable alternative to metal cans won Best of Show award in competition sponsored by the In-Mold Decorating Association. It also took Gold in the competition’s Best Injection Molded Package category.

In AIMCAL’s 2017 Web Coated Product Competition, a setup box for Cashmere Mist for Donna Karan, New York, New York, captured the Marketing Award in the Packaging: Healthcare, Cosmetics and Toiletries category. It features silver 48-gauge metallized polyester/80-lb. coated-one-side litho paper box wrap with crackle embossing, matte ink and two-tone colors to produce the soft faceted texture.

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September 27, 2017

Learn about new technology Innovation Stage sessions address hot topics in packaging and processing.


he Innovation Stages at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO present more than 50 free sessions. The 30-minute presentations focus on trends that are driving industry growth and often draw overflow crowds. At the PACK EXPO Las Vegas Innovation Stages (Booth C-1041, C-1045 and C-1049), topics include clean labeling, coding and serialization, food safety technology, sustainability, snack food trends, flexible manufacturing systems, automation advances and high pressure processing. At the Healthcare Packaging EXPO Innovation Stage (Booth N-601),

sessions address pharmaceutical industry subjects such as brand protection, Internet of Things, remote monitoring, machine vision technology, smart packaging, supply chain visibility, security technology, intellectual property strategies, labeling quality control and packaging designs that improve patient adherence. Check out the full session schedule on the following pages (as of August, 29, 2017). Updates may be found on the show website or via the PACK EXPO Las Vegas/Healthcare Packaging EXPO mobile app. For more information, visit, SD


10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage | C-1041

Driven by consumer preference, the demand for flexible packaging is increasing in the medical, consumer product and food and beverage industries. Learn how ultrasonic sealing is helping machine builders and end users transition from rigid to flexible packaging so they can effectively respond to market demands. Mike Mediana Packaging Mkt Segment Mgr, Branson Ultrasonics Emerson


What do Big Data, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 really mean? During this interactive session, we invite attendees to join in the discussion and describe their experiences with these technologies and their impact. As businesses strive to be more efficient, everyone needs to understand what is buzz, and what is reality. Bradley Weber Application Engineering Leader Datalogic


Metal detection has been limited to one or two frequencies due to technical constraints, resulting in small, real-world contaminants escaping detection. Learn an all-new approach to this problem utilizing a true spectrum of frequencies and new signal processing to reduce the probability of an escape to near zero. Bob Ries Lead Product Mgr, Product Inspection
 Thermo Fisher Scientific


Discover the OpX Leadership Network’s latest best practices and protocols to help harmonize the industry on critical sanitation procedures. Walk away with practical tools for establishing and designing clean-in-place (CIP) systems and tools for managing and sustaining CIP best practices. Greg Flickinger VP, Manufacturing Operations H-E-B


Using true paperless performance metrics as well as paperless quality compliance, the Aptean team demonstrates how companies can increase key performance metrics in as little as four weeks while ensuring quality compliance and alignment to SQF/BRC and FSMA. Roy Thomas Sr Solutions Consultant Aptean


Plexpack delivers flexible packaging machinery solutions and certain results for customers worldwide. Emplex bag and pouch sealing and Damark shrinkwrap and bundling systems are customizable, made-to-order with your unique needs, reputation and budget in mind. Modular and innovative designs are easy to install, maintain and expand. Richard Coates Dir of Sales VacPack David McGurk Dir of Sales, USA Plexpack


Wherever you are and whatever your industry, there's a PACK EXPO event to provide solutions you need today and the inspiration for tomorrow.

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Find out how the Halo automatic metal detector system saves time and money while complying with HACCP, FSMA, GFSI and other food safety schemes. Steve Gidman President Fortress Technology


PACKAGE DECORATION THAT SELLS ITSELF 12:00–12:30 PM Innovation Stage | C-1045

Package design and decoration are critical factors in attracting consumer attention and encouraging the all-important impulse buy. This session provides an in-depth discussion of five emerging consumer goods packaging trends designed to help brands grab attention and drive sales. Daryl Northcott Dir, Films, Americas UPM Raflatac


This presentation is ideal for anyone who transports wet and iced products and is seeking a high-performance, recyclable solution. It also will appeal to anyone who wants to be inspired by the story of two innovative companies that worked together to revolutionize an industry and help save the planet. Bruce Mooney VP, Retail Sales Mountaire Farms Pete Bugas VP Greencoat® & Coated Container Group/ Interstate Container SD

ProFood World adds staff PMMI Media Group names Norris managing editor.

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MMI Media Group (Booth: Central Lobby) Chicago, Illinois, welcomes Maya Norris to the staff of ProFood World (PFW). As managing editor she oversees the day-to-day editorial operations of the media brand. Through its print and digital products, PFW covers news, innovations, products and technologies for the global food and beverage processing industry. Indicative of its growing leadership in the food and beverage processing marketplace, the print publication, which debuted in March 2017, will increase frequency to six issues in 2018. An experienced editor and writer with a background in multimedia reporting, Norris has managed various editorial operations and content strategies in previous positions. Her food and beverage publishing experience includes serving as managing editor of Chain Leader, an award-winning national trade magazine that covered the best practices and business strategies of chain restaurants. She also has extensive experience

working with nonprofit associations, including managing their communications channels and content marketing, developing communications campaigns and building brand awareness. Maya Norris, managing editor, Norris earned a ProFood World. master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. “The ProFood World staff and the entire PMMI Media Group is very pleased to welcome Maya to our publishing team,” states Joyce Fassl, editor-in-chief of ProFood World. “Maya’s breadth of experience will propel ProFood World’s success even further.” For more information, SD

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September 27, 2017

What can real-time connectivity do for you? Predict Failures.

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s sponsor of Exhibitor and PMMI Member Lounges, Lenze Americas (Booth S-6033) Uxbridge, Massachusetts, provides a relaxing break during the show day for exhibiting personnel and members of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia. Located in both the North and South Halls, the Lounges provide seating, coffee and a chance to recharge away from the busy show floor. The Exhibitor Lounges are located in rooms N-114 and S-111; PMMI Member Lounges may be found in rooms N-101 and S-221. All four Lounges open daily at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. “Lenze is proud to sponsor the lounges again to provide refuge to exhibitors and members who spend hours on their feet on the show floor,” says Susan Duval, marketing manager at Lenze Americas. “We recognize how important it is for them to be able to come to the Lounges to relax in a quiet place away from the bustling exhibit hall,” she explains. According to Chuck Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, the Lounges provide a much appreciated respite from the hustle and bustle of the show. “We’re grateful to Lenze for providing this resource again in 2017,” he concludes. For more information, visit www.PackExpoLasVegas. com,, SD

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September 27, 2017

Digital printing levels the playing field Digital label printing shifts to mainstream, provides competitive advantages especially for smaller players.

Desktop digital label printers from Afinia Label reproduce full-color labels and allow any size brand owner to cost-effectively manage small inventories, react quickly to market trends and personalize products.

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igital label printing has been on the rise the last few years, which has not come as a surprise to industry insiders. What has taken many people by surprise is the speed at which this change has taken hold of the market. We’re all familiar with the Share a Coke® campaign, where each soda label has a different name printed on it. This is viewed as the breakthrough success story for digital printing. What’s incredible is that this campaign only went mainstream three years ago. In the digital age, business moves fast. Since then, we’ve seen other brands like Nutella®, Marmite® and Heinz® follow suit. Large companies are utilizing digital technology to strengthen the connection between their brands and their customers. But what about smaller and mid-size companies, startups and one-man bands? What can they do to compete? Well, an awful lot, actually. “This is where the power of digital printing really lies,” explains Nathan Daniel, EMEA sales manager at Afinia Label (Booth S-7836) Chanhassen, Minnesota, a supplier of full-color digital label printers, presses and finishing equipment for in-house applications.

DIGITAL FOR EVERYONE During a recent meeting with a large multinational company, it was difficult to convince management why they should invest in digital label printing. Learning about the pros of digital printing—smaller label inventory, the ability to react to market trends and personalization—raised little enthusiasm. “I decided to try an alternative approach: a fictional case study,” recalls Daniel, who is based at Afinia’s operation in Warwick, U.K. “I asked them to imagine that a small startup company in their industry had invested in a desktop digital label printer. Instantly, they were able to create their own labels whenever and however they wanted. They could play with branding and marketing

ideas and perfect packaging in ways they wouldn’t have otherwise considered or been able to afford. “Eventually, this resulted in a major national contract, usurping the position of the market leader (whose management I was now sitting in front of). They were now slightly more interested, but still not sold on the idea of digital. They had lost out to rivals many times before, but had always remained on top. “I explained that these ‘rivals’ happened to be two undergraduates who had purchased digital printing equipment and used it to make their products resonate in the particular region where they were being sold. This wasn’t another large corporation or an established brand that had been in the market for years. “Was their product better? Probably not, but that’s not why they won the contract. It was through the power and flexibility of digital printing. If two undergraduates could use these tools to upset the might of a large multinational company, how many others could do the same? This finally got their attention. “What really convinced them to switch to digital was when I revealed my case study was not fictional. They had indeed lost out to two undergraduates who began with their own desktop digital label printers.” Digital printing and its benefits are accessible to all, not just big-budget corporations, trade print houses or expensive design agencies. Now, any company, regardless of size, can print what it needs on-demand, personalize packaging, reduce overhead and react quickly to market trends. In addition, operating Afinia Label’s digital label printers requires no specialized training. “In fact,” Daniel reports, “the majority of those leaving school today are already equipped with the technical knowledge to run a digital workflow.” For more information, visit SD

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September 27, 2017

Flexible filling line wins award


ook Pharmica, Bloomington, Indiana, earned recognition for its flexible filling line (FFL) in the 2017 Facility of the Year competition, organized by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, Bethesda, Maryland. The line won in the Equipment Innovation Category. Optima Packaging Group, parent company of Optima Machinery (Booth C-4736) Green Bay, Wisconsin, supplied the integrated filling, closing and isolator technologies. Centerpiece of the line, the Optima MultiUse filler, is designed especially for contract manufacturers.

What can ultrasonic packaging technology do for you? Reduce Seal Failures. Avoid Contamination. Minimize Waste.

The flexible filling line at Cook Pharmica process vials, cartridges and syringes on one machine.

The selection committee was impressed by the FFL’s ability to process vials, cartridges and syringes on one machine. Maximum flexibility also is found in the dosing systems (peristaltic pumps and time pressure) and range of container sizes that can be processed. The implementation of robotics and automation to achieve the highest level of flexibility makes the line a “first of its kind.” Cook Pharmica relies on the FFL for production as well as clinical manufacturing. All product-saving features are integrated within the various dosing systems and other aspects of the machine. Several product paths are available to make the best use out of the filling, closing and freeze-drying functions. Additionally, the line is designed to process oxygen- and light-sensitive products. For more information, visit SD

Learn more at our Innovation Stage Presentation Wednesday, 10:00 am at C-1041 or visit us in booth C-5222.

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September 27, 2017

Packaging line doubles output Automating cartoning delivers return on investment in less than five months.


t Howell Munitions and Technology, Lewiston, Idaho, a commitment to product quality and customer service has established successful brands, such as Freedom Munitions and X-Treme Bullets. As a result, the company has grown from producing 400,000 rounds a day to more than 2 million. To support this rising volume, Howell installed an integrated rifle ammunition packaging line from MGS Machine (Booth C-3925) Maple Grove, Minnesota. It has doubled throughput and reduced labor costs. “When I started . . . [here], all packaging was done by hand,” recalls Jeff Hammrich, maintenance supervisor and process engineer at Howell Munitions and Technology. He continues, “It was a very labor intensive process with 45 people working each shift. I knew we could do better. I had experience with MGS at my last job. They are the best, not just for ammo but for food, pharma and other products. Although it’s unusual for a munitions company our size to automate packaging, this line paid for itself in just four and a half months by allowing us to redirect 34 people while doubling our output.” Built to handle a variety of products, the line integrates a VersaSort™ bulk feeder, vision inspection system, Adept Cobra robot, RCS™ cartoner and laser printer. Howell’s system packages up to 350 parts/min. and produces both 20- and 50-count cartons. “The MGS team really saw our vision and designed the perfect packaging line for us,” reports Hammrich. “We love that they take ownership of the entire system, including third-party components. They’ve been fantastic to work with before, during and after installation.”

MGS integrated a rifle ammunition packaging line that doubled output at Howell Munitions and Technology and paid for itself in less than five months.

First, the MGS VersaSort bulk feeder orients ammunition onto a scalloped conveyor. Unlike vibratory or circular bowl feed systems, which can cause scuffing, the VersaSort feeder gently handles product with opposing belts. This feeder also controls product surges to achieve a continuous,

The intermittent-motion, servo-driven RCS cartoner boasts an 8 x 4-ft. footprint, one of the smallest in the industry.

steady flow and accurately organizes products for presentation to the downstream vision inspection system, which looks for missing projectiles or primers. “Previously, we were manually inspecting, but human abilities drop way off after three hours. A machine never gets bored or distracted,” says Hammrich. Next, the Adept Cobra robot picks up the ammunition and positions it for insertion into the cartons. Programmed by MGS, this four-axis robot was selected for its speed, accuracy and repeatability. The vacuum sensing feature confirms no products are dropped during the transfer. The cartons are erected and filled on an RCS cartoner. This intermittent-motion machine is servo-driven, accommodates a variety of carton sizes and styles with fast and simple changeover and is capable of producing up to 60 cartons/min. Howell’s system features an optional bar stock frame so gunpowder doesn’t build up in the tubing. The open design provides easy access for cleaning and maintenance. “We selected the RCS for our integrated line based on my past experience with this equipment” says Hammrich. “I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years, and I know this is one of the most dependable cartoners out there. “One of the great things about this packaging line is its flexibility to handle all five of our rifle ammunition casing sizes. The entire line takes just half an hour to changeover. Everything is modular—just remove a part, drop a new one in, lock it down and away you go. The first carton out is always perfect.

“Overall, this equipment is very easy to operate. Everything is controlled from the 10-in., color touchscreen human/machine interface located on the cartoner. All the moving parts are well-guarded for safety when the line is running, yet we have great access for cleaning and maintenance. Its ease-of-use simplified training, too. We sent two of our operators to train with MGS, and then they came back and taught the rest of our team. “Before we automated cartoning, we had some issues that we wanted to address. Hand packing demanded repetitive motion, which put workers at risk and increased our workers comp costs. Also, there’s a labor shortage in our small town that makes it difficult to hire and retain good employees. Automating was the best option. These days, we have just four people operating this equipment during each shift, with no stress on their bodies at all. “MGS has really helped us get to the next level and grow in the market. With this equipment, we’ve improved our bottom line thanks to doubling our rifle ammo output while reducing labor. Our higher throughput enables us to get products out the door faster, which our customers appreciate. We love this automated packaging line.” For more information, visit SD

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Packaging World under the headline, “Integrated Line Makes Howell’s Ammo Packaging Bulletproof.”

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September 27, 2017

Additive extends shelf life FDA clears technology for direct food and beverage contact.


irShield™ oxygen scavenging additive extends shelf life by removing oxygen from rigid and flexible packages such as pouches and packages containing fitments or solid closures. The additive, which is blended with the packaging resin, removes the oxygen that is trapped during the filling process and then acts as an enhanced-oxygen barrier to keep the oxygen out of the container. It also continuously scavenges oxygen so products that release oxygen don’t degrade prematurely. The technology, developed by Las Vegas-based Performance Packaging of Nevada (Booth S-6812), is less expensive than most of the polymers it replaces and self-triggers when the filling process begins. “AirShield provides oxygen scavenging (the removal of oxygen) and an oxygen barrier all in one product,” explains Rob Reinders, president of Performance Packaging. “One big benefit is that AirShield remains dormant until the package is filled with product. This is a HUGE advantage particularly with blowmolded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Current scavengers in the PET market activate once the bottle is made, limiting the time processors have to fill the bottles,” he says.

In development for three years, AirShield technology will be available to food and beverage processors and packagers during the first quarter of 2018. Early licensing, now in effect, will grant certain exclusivities for use of the patent-pending technology. The FDA affirmed that the additives in the oxygen scavenger mix are “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, and has issued Letters of No Objection regarding the use of the AirShield additive for any food-contact packaging containers as well as food packaging for products targeted to infants under the age of six months. AirShield technology is already in use in flexible pouches for foods for infants via Performance Packaging’s patented SipP™ spouts and caps for pouches. While highly proprietary, it can be acknowledged that AirShield’s active components are constructed to ensure they don’t start working until food is placed into the package. Any oxygen permeating through the pouch encounters tortuosity (a mazelike path for oxygen permeation created by the addition of mineral compounds to the polymer). The introduction of the AirShield additive follows Performance Packaging’s 2015 announce-

The AirShield oxygen scavenging additive facilitates oxidation in the presence of moisture, so it only begins to work after the package is filled.

ment regarding its patented Pixie Dust liquid-to-gas sterilization process that economically sterilizes flexible packaging and its contents. Another technology Performance Packaging is working on is magnetic induction heating, a more energy-efficient and economical replacement for tube-in-tube heat exchangers used in food processing. Magnetic induction occupies a vastly smaller footprint, is modular, less expensive and safer and provides a milder heat treatment compared to steam and tube-in-tube. The technology, under development with a partner, is a step toward what is expected to be an all-electric future for food processing. “Magnetic induction will cut food waste in processing tenfold,” predicts Reinders. “This is the primary concern of the major multinationals and governments around the world. It also reduces the environmental footprint of water, power and steam currently used in the pasteurization process.” For more information, visit SD

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Third edition of show triples in size. he largest-ever EXPO PACK Guadalajara, June 13–15, 2017, in Jalisco, Mexico, set records for attendance, exhibitors and exhibit space. Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, the biennial event drew 700 exhibitors from 16 countries and occupied 140,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space. This third edition of the regional show for the western Mexico market has tripled in size since its inaugural event in 2013. The growth of the show tracks with the development of the packaging machinery market in Mexico. PMMI members had a strong presence with 160 exhibiting and a PMMI Pavilion featuring 82 PMMI member companies. Show floor highlights included a food processing pavilion plus international pavilions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Spain and the United States, as well as a plethora of educational opportunities from free on-floor Innovation Stage presentations to a full conference program,

Packaging Congress and the Envases Estelares Award from the Mexican Packaging Association (AMEE) (Booth C-1345, S-6519) Mexico City. An EXPO PACK Verde icon pointed visitors to exhibitors with sustainable packaging and processing technologies. EXPO PACK Guadalajara is proud to have a history of support from some of Mexico’s leading industry associations, including AMEE, Cámara de Comercio de Guadalajara, Cámara de la Industria Alimenticia de Jalisco (CIAJ), Cámara Nacional de Fabricantes de Envases Metálicos (CANAFEM), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Artes Gráficas de Jalisco (CANAGRAF Jalisco), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Conservas Alimenticias (CANAINCA), Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Productos Cosméticos y Asociación Nacional de la Industria de Productos del Cuidado Personal y del Hogar A.C. (CANIPEC), Cámara Nacional de la Industria Farmacéutica (CANIFARMA) and Cámara Regional de la Industria de la Transformación del Estado de Jalisco (CAREINTRA).



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A record number of new jobs

Mexican companies exporting to other, non-US markets Free trade agreements with 46 countries that represent almost 80 percent of global GDP

Buy-Mexican Campaigns Increased demand for Mexican-made products

Internal demand remains strong In 2016 nominal retail store chains increased 6.6%

Increasing Efficiency Mexican companies invest in technologies to increase efficiency.

23% Germany

Others 26% United States

Ready-to-eat meals and healthier, functional foods

Internationally Competitive Mexican exports increased 9% in Feb. 2017. The increase of exports to the United States was 3.9% while exports to the rest of the world increased 13.5%.

The U.S. is the leading packaging machinery provider to Mexico at 26% value share, they are followed closely by Germany (with 23% value share) and Italy (with 22% value share).

The next edition ofMEMBERS the biennial EXPO PACK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PMMI ON APPROACHING THE MEXICAN MARKET Guadalajara is scheduled June 11-13, 2019, at Expo Guadalajara. The Guadalajara show alternates with EXPO PACK México, which is scheduled June 5-8, 2018, at the Expo Santa Fe México in Mexico City. For more information, visit SD PRIORITIZE FLEXIBILITY, CUSTOMIZATION AND LOCAL SERVICE OFFERED AT FAIR PRICE. ESTABLISH A LOCAL PRESENCE. STRUCTURE SOLID AND RELIABLE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE CAPABILITIES IN MEXICO.


EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2017 (June 13-15; Expo Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) will be the largest packaging and processing show in Mexico in 2017, showcasing the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. EXPO PACK Guadalajara offers direct access to the packaging and processing industries in Mexico.

Powering Ideas for Packaging Innovation EXPO GUADALAJARA GUADALAJARA, JALISCO

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Lower South Hall | Booth S-6519 Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, the 14th Annual Showcase of Packaging Innovations® returns to the Containers and Materials Pavilion with an inspiring display of innovative packaging from around the world.

See award-winning packaging entries from: • ABRE—Brazilian Packaging Association

• HCPC—Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council

• AIMCAL—Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators

• IMDA—In-Mold Decorating Association

• AMEE—Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje

• IoPP—Institute of Packaging Professionals

• DuPont—E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company • FPA—Flexible Packaging Association • FSEA—Foil and Specialty Effects Association

22% Italy

Mexico is following international packaging trends


• IAE—Instituto Argentino del Envase • OpX Leadership Network • PPC—Paperboard Packaging Council • The Tube Council • WPO—World Packaging Organisation


3.3 million jobs have been created during the last 5 years; 1 million jobs per year forecast to be created by 2020

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Packaging machinery imports had an average annual Uncertainty surrounding NAFTA and 2016 U.S. election growth rate of 5.4%. results will slow packaging machinery demand in the short term.

Working age people will outpace dependents – sufficient job creation will translate into a faster-growing economy


• DOW—The Dow Chemical Company


Mexico’s Demographics



EXPORT 80 to 85% of Mexico’s machinery market is fulfilled by imported machinery.


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2017 PACK EXPO Las Vegas

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aisy brand sour cream revolutionized the dairy case with the patented Standcap inverted pouch from Volpak (Booth C-3800), Barcelona, Spain. Easy-to-handle with controlled dosing down to the last drop, the Standcap pouch provides an avenue to disrupt mature markets and enter new ones. Volpak’s patented system includes the first and only horizontal/form/fill/seal (H/F/F/S) packaging machine capable of forming and filling the pouch while placing and securing the flip-top cap. Now Volpak, part of Coesia Group, Bologna, Italy, is augmenting its Standcap pouch portfolio with a pre-made pouch option. A strategic collaboration with Coesia sister company, R.A Jones (Booth C-3800) Covington, Kentucky; Glenroy, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; AptarGroup, Crystal Lake, Illinois; and Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies (Booth C-5422) Oostburg, Wisconsin, provides a complete supply chain for both the H/F/F/S and pre-made Standcap pouches. “Volpak has a long and proven history of engineering quality and innovative packaging machinery, making it a true global leader in H/F/F/S pouching technologies,” says Marty Bechtel, sales director at R.A Jones. “By utilizing R.A Jones’ sales channels and experienced onsite aftersales technicians and support team, U.S.-based customers will quickly realize the benefits associated with this collaboration,” he adds. Jones sells, supports and services Volpak machines in the U.S. and generally has at least one Volpak machine in its show room for demonstrations or immediate delivery. Glenroy produces the pre-made Standcap pouches, and Aptar provides the customized flip-lid closure and tamper-evident pull ring. Aptar’s proprietary SimpliSqueeze® valve technology delivers drip-free, controlled dispensing. Viking Masek supplies the fill/seal equipment for the pre-made Standcap pouches. The Standcap pouch suits a wide range of products such as toppings, creams, jellies, cake decorating paste, honey, mayonnaise, ketchup, tomato paste, salad dressings, sauces, conditioner, shampoo, gel and soap. Samples are available at both the Jones and Viking Masek booths. For more information, visit,, SD

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Hormel honors suppliers


ormel Foods recently awarded 89 suppliers with a 2016 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the year. “The suppliers that have earned our Spirit of Excellence Award truly go above and beyond in helping us produce high-quality products for consumers around the world,” says Curtis Southard, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We are proud to partner with these outstanding suppliers and congratulate them on this achievement.” Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. A number of honorees are exhibiting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. For more information, visit SD •• Airlite Plastics (Booth S-6635) •• Avure Technologies (Booth S-7244) •• Bemis North America (Booth S-8033, N-526) •• CHEP USA (Booth S-8201) •• Coveris (Booth S-6719) •• International Paper (Booth S-6501) •• Multisorb Technologies (Booth S-6286)

•• Multivac (Booth S-6314, N-220) •• ProAmpac (Booth S-6332) •• Rockwell Automation (Booth: Central Hall, Meeting Room N-116) •• Sealed Air – Food Care Div. (Booth C-2041) •• Silgan Containers (Booth S-6221) •• Silgan Plastic Food Containers (Booth S-6221)

System transfers long products


ligning long products such as pretzels or dowels in a package requires a highly complex mechanism or manual intervention. In a world first, Multipond America (Booth S-6356) Green Bay, Wisconsin, offers an integrated robotic transfer. The camera-equipped, six-axis, articulated-arm robot picks up two lots of two portions from the multihead weigher. Based on information the 3D camera sends, the robot’s four-point end effector neatly places product in trays. The transfer system operates at A robotic transfer system simplifies handling of long products like pretzels. up to 60 packings/min., a record for handling this type of product. A huge benefit of the transfer system is its flexibility: Each of its numerous motion sequences is freely programmable. In addition, the transfer system control is integrated into the weigher control, and no compressed air is required. The integrated robot carries an IP67 rating and is easy to clean. A self-cleaning option also is available. For more information, visit SD

Dynamic accumulation

UNTOUCHED As the market leader in spiral conveyors in the primary packing industry we think of solutions for elevating and accumulating packed items. “The Untouchable” AccuVeyor AVh is the only dynamic accumulator on the market that features a patented one-belt system resulting in contact free product handling. A solution for accumulating products with varying widths or shapes, or for those that cannot withstand being placed under pressure or being clamped. At AmbaFlex it’s not just about building the right equipment, it’s about developing a special solution for you.



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Find Your Way to Innovations Pavilions make it easy for you to locate specific solutions and suppliers with special expertise.

Lower South Hall Explore new frontiers in branding, including digital printing and labeling innovations. For inspiration, visit

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Packaging grows more complex Emerson’s ultrasonic sealing and leak detection systems help limit losses.


riven by an ever-increasing consumer demand for more convenient products, packaging lines are attempting to accommodate unprecedented levels of package varieties and complexities—and it’s not easy. Outdated technologies and machinery can lead to inflexible operations that struggle with package variability. What’s more, this rise in package complexity and variety doesn’t just challenge a line to stay on spec; it can make it difficult to effectively control quality across a wide spectrum of products without disrupting production. The result? More losses on the line and on the shelf. In 2016 alone, the FDA issued a whopping 14,590 warning letters—an increase of nearly 850% from 2011. In addition, recalls continue to increase, with the average cost of a recall estimated at $10 million in direct costs to the food company in addition to damage to brand reputation and lost sales, as estimated in a study by the Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Virginia, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C. For packaging lines, losses can translate to higher operational costs, loss of market share and even increased regulation triggered by recalls of potentially dangerous products. Clearly, finding ways to mitigate, if not prevent, these losses on packaging lines will prove critical as brand owners attempt to maintain quality standards and drive profitability in the face of increasing package variety and complexity. Working with Emerson (Booth C-5222A) St. Louis, Missouri, packagers can reduce losses by implementing innovative automation solutions and technologies such as ultrasonic sealing and leak detection analysis systems. These complementary technologies help brand owners manage package variability and complexity by providing the control necessary to maintain end-product quality through more effective seals and improved, versatile quality control. Emerson’s Branson ultrasonic welding technology achieves consistent weld quality, regardless of application and package complexity. Ultrasonic welding requires no consumables and produces a contamination-free seal, resulting in fewer product losses and less overall scrappage. These customized welding solutions are designed to meet a customer’s specific sealing requirements, eliminating the need for unnecessary materials and reducing losses through enhanced automation capabilities that offer multiple weld modes and real-time feedback of key weld-quality indicators to achieve greater weld consistencies.

Ultrasonic welding displaces residual oils from the seal area to maximize seal integrity and eliminate sealing problems for YumbutterGO nut butter pouches.

The nut butter company Yumbutter, Madison, Wisconsin, overcame seal issues on its YumbutterGO pouches, by working closely with Emerson to employ Branson ultrasonic welding techniques that displaced residual oils from the seal area while quickly creating a strong bond that achieved the necessary weld integrity for its pouches. When it comes to quality control, greater package variability coupled with more complex operations can mean more errors as operators manually inspect to ensure the quality of widely different products. However, Emerson’s Cascade Leak Detection and Analysis Systems for aerosol, pharmaceutical and food products can test a variety of container sizes to ensure container integrity. In addition, the systems’ sensors upgrade easily to test products against different sensitivities so a line’s quality control measures stay in compliance with a region’s current regulations. The systems utilize Quantum Cascade Laser and Tunable Diode Laser technologies to detect and identify a range of propellants used in the aerosol industry and gas mixtures used within modified-atmosphere food packaging. Eliminating the need for manual batch inspection, Emerson’s Cascade systems test every container on the line in real time and without disruption when a failure is detected. Together, Emerson’s Branson ultrasonic welding and Cascade Leak Detection and Analysis systems help packagers limit losses and maximize throughput with solutions that effectively accommodate variability and complexity while ensuring quality standards. For more information, visit SD

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Visit the ProMach Metroplex 100 machines from ProMach product brands occupy 38,600 sq. ft. of floor space in the Central Hall.


Allpax, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3227) Covington, Louisiana, and the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Agricultural Center have joined forces to help food companies produce high-quality shelf-stable foods, which offer a culinary experience similar to refrigerated or frozen products. With Allpax retort technology and research provided by LSU, iconic Louisiana cuisine (shrimp creole, crawfish etouffee, gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice) has been introduced in shelf-stable packaging.

FOR CRAFT BREWERS To serve the growing craft brewing market, Roberts PolyPro, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3216) Charlotte, North Carolina, supplies injection-molded can handles and a semiautomatic can handle applicator designed for craft brewers and mobile canning operations. It is capable of reaching speeds up to 10 cases/min. (cpm). For

higher volume needs, a robotic bottle-handle applicator offers a throughput of 30–60 cpm. Other options for craft brewers include can shrink sleeve labelers from Axon, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-2820) Raleigh, North Carolina, and can and bottle coders from ID Technology (Booth C-2814) Fort Worth, Texas.

FOR ECOMMERCE For the burgeoning eCommerce market, the advanced automation of the high-speed Auto-Mailer 2410 machine from Texwrap, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-2825) Washington, Missouri, enables a transition from boxes to bags and lowers dimensional weight charges and other expenses. Unlike other all-in-one polybagging/labeling systems, the Auto-Mailer 2410 smart bagger creates custom bags based on the dimensions of the product (apparel, accessories, household goods and

other items). The resulting bag fits better and minimizes polyethylene film consumption. Mixed-product cases are handled on a robotic case packer at Edson, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3027) Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In the demo, an M-20iA robot from Fanuc America (Booth C-4800) Rochester Hills, Michigan, integrated with the high-speed, servo-controlled Edson SR 3600 large case and tray packer, picks different size cartons from a conveyor and sideloads shippers. The system determines the optimum pack pattern for each mixed lot based on end user parameters. IO-Link-enabled sensors, power supply and pneumatic valve terminals expedite installation, streamline the machine and capture a wealth of diagnostic and statistical information.

FOR CASE PACKING In a demo of collaborative robotics, Brenton, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3025) Alexandria, Minnesota, a vision-guided Fanuc CR-7iA/L robot picks, orients and feeds trays to a Brenton-

Pro Mach-2 side-load case packer. An integrated human/machine interface (HMI) enables the case packer and robot to operate as a unified system and supports dual robotic picking for maximum throughput (35 cpm). The vision system plugs into the robot controller, eliminating the need for a separate vision controller. With proven sensor technology, the robot is designed to work with humans in a shared workspace without safety fences.

FOR SHRINK SLEEVING Axon presents a shrink sleeve applicator for every production environment and rates ranging from 70–800 containers/min. (cpm). At the high-speed end of the spectrum, the 800-cpm SLX platform automatically calibrates application speed to line rate. SLX machines meet the PackML programming standard and deliver seamless communication and integration with up- and downstream equipment. This results in faster startup, closer integration with other machines and expedient troubleshooting. A patent-pending thin-film delivery systemoption allows use of film as thin as 25 microns for lower materials costs and enhanced sustainability.

FOR TRAY FORMING Efficient air and power consumption lowers the operating cost of the IPak TF-330GH automatic tray former from Wexxar Bel, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-2827) Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Designed for produce,


n an expansive cityscape exhibit, ProMach (Booth C-3218, C-3225) Covington, Kentucky, the largest exhibitor at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, presents more than 100 machines. Directional signs and navigation stations help visitors locate the machines they’d like to see in action. A new tag line, ProMach is Performance, Packaged, reflects the breadth of world-class offerings available from 26 product brands working together to deliver packaging solutions from line design to end-of-the-line equipment. Virtually every industry is served including rapidly growing markets like craft brewing and eCommerce. A few exhibit highlights are described below.

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baked goods and other products, the tray former gives tray-packing operations maximum return on investment, high throughput and the flexibility to handle trays small and large in an array of formats including Euro-style, multi-use box, four-corner and four-corner with snap-lock lid. Compact system outputs up to 40 units/min. Quick-change, color-coded components, an intuitive HMI and machine-mounted labels make it easy to switch to a different tray style.

FOR STRETCH WRAPPING The battery-powered AG360 portable, self-driving stretch wrapper from Orion, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3029) Alexandria, Minnesota, works a bit like a pallet jack. Shipping personnel simply roll it to the load, and the compact robot drives itself around the perimeter, stretch wrapping as it goes. Applications include pick-to-order distribution centers and difficult-to-wrap oversized loads. For fruit, produce and other products that require ventilation, the Split & Rope system (on display) accommodates lower volume needs; the Dual Rope machine handles higher volumes.

FOR TRAY OVERWRAPPING Tray sealers on display at Ossid, a ProMach product brand (Booth 3231) Battleboro, North Carolina, demonstrate modified atmosphere packaging and vacuum skin pack capabilities, which extend shelf life for case-ready pork, chicken, beef and other fresh foods. Designed for small to medium processors, the 17-tray/min. OTS-10 tray sealer also serves test marketing and sample production needs. The high-speed 500Si stretch overwrapper accommodates rigid and foam trays. Rated at 120 trays/min, the compact unit seamlessly integrates with top and bottom label application.

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FOR VERTICAL/FORM/FILL/SEAL Matrix, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3425, N-307) Saukville, Wisconsin, launches the Morpheus XL vertical/form/fill/seal (V/F/F/S) machine. Capable of running in intermittent or continuous mode, it produces pillow or gusseted bags up to 15 in. wide at rates in excess of 120 bags/min., double the output of typical V/F/F/S units. A redesigned stainless-steel drip pan expedites forming tube changeover and keeps the interior of the machine cleaner. Another new Morpheus model features technology from Rockwell Automation (Booth: Central Hall, Meeting Room N-116) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, giving end users a choice between control architecture from Rockwell or Beckhoff Automation (Booth S-6302) Savage, Minnesota. For more information, visit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, SD


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Columbia Machine, Inc.


NJM Packaging


ADCO Manufacturing Company


Combi Packaging Systems, LLC


OPTIMA Machinery Corporation


AFA Packaging Systems Ltd.


CT Pack S.r.l.


Pearson Packaging Systems


ARPAC Corporation


Delkor Systems Co.


Premier Tech Chronos


Bradman Lake, Inc.


Douglas Machine, Inc.


R.A. Jones





Schneider Packaging Equipment


Catbridge Machinery Company


Fargo Automation, Division of Korber Medipak




Triangle Package Machinery Co.

Cavanna Packaging USA, Inc.

Focke & Co.




Wulftec International, Inc.

Central States Industrial (CSI)

Intelligrated, Inc.

Cloud Packaging Solutions


Massman Automation Design, Inc.


Nercon Engineering & MFG, Inc.


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Smart positioning—custom positioning Minimizing changeover time becomes imperative.


he demands on the flexibility of modern production facilities are continually increasing. The large variety of products and ever smaller batch sizes are focusing attention on optimum system availability. For example, short setup times for size changes are a standard requirement for production and packaging machines. As a manufacturer of positioning systems, the philosophy of Germany’s SIKO, parent company of SIKO Products (Booth C-5633) Dexter, Michigan, is to consider each machine axis separately and to deploy the size changeover option most useful technically and economically for the user.

Flexible production processes require only the turn of a wheel or the press of a button. Whether inexpensively with a hand wheel, process-reliably with bus-capable position display or fully automatically with an actuator, the reliability and handling of the positioning systems are crucial for flexible production processes. As the inventor of the mechanical and digital position display, the so-called SIKO counter, by its own account SIKO is today the world leader in digital position indicators. From the inexpensive, purely mechanical devices to Industrial 4.0-capable “smart” positioning systems that communicate and are networked with each other, the company offers a range of options.

On the line, green LEDs on the AP10 position indicator clearly show the axis to be positioned is correctly set.

Manual, electronically monitored or fully automatic size changeover—when does each option make sense? Manual size changeover. For setting positions in a machine that rarely needs to be adjusted, a classic mechanical and digital position indicator is provided. Units are inexpensive, and the accurate display of the actual value makes setting the spindles

Positioning systems for size changeover can be manual, electronically monitored or fully automatic.

WHEN IT COMES TO POSITIONING TECHNOLOGY, SIKO OFFERS A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE. reproducible. The setup times—i.e., the machine’s downtime during a product change—are the highest with this option, however, as each position has to be set manually. The settings also must be checked manually and possibly verified in a test run of the system before series production can be resumed. The benefits are obvious: Mechanical position indicators are inexpensive and allow reproducibility of machine settings. Monitored size changeover with bus capability and electronic position display. Bus-capable position indicators, such as the SIKO AP05, with setpoint/actual value comparison and status display of the manual adjustment, offer certain technical advantages over purely mechanical position indicators, making them “smart.” The machine operator can thus see from far away the brightly lit LEDs, indicating whether the machine axis is already set correctly or must still be converted. Red indicates that the machine axis is not set correctly, and green indicates that it is. This leads to high process reliability and reproducibility. Integrated LEDs also display the direction in which an axis has to be adjusted. The position indicators obtain their basic parameters and the desired setpoint position from the machine control system via a fieldbus. Clever users set the machine such that it can operate only when the axes are set correctly, i.e., when all axes “are indicated green.” So when is it advisable to use electronic, bus-capable position indicators? When several size changeovers per day are required, the integrated setpoint/actual value comparison leads to improved process reliability, and use is more intuitive than purely mechanical devices.

Automatic size changeover with compact positioning drives. With their short clock and setup times, compact actuators offer impressive performance and guarantee the exact and fully automatic positioning of machine axes. This leads to higher productivity, continuity of production and enhanced profitability. Integrated fieldbus and industrial Ethernet communication interfaces make the drives flexible in integration.

The higher the demands for quality and the more frequently an axis has to be positioned, the more productive and more profitable the use of monitored or automatic positioning technology.

Jürgen Schuh, DriveLine product manager at SIKO world headquarters in Buchenbach, Germany, knows from the experience of his customers that standby times for machines and installations can be drastically shortened using automatically driven actuators. The actuators quickly pay for themselves for the machine engineer as well for the user, since the improved efficiency results in a gain in competitive advantage for the machine operator and therefore for the engineer too. Are actuators a lot more expensive than mechanical positioning devices? A cost comparison of fully automatic size changeover and manual changeover for machines often shows that the differences are insignificant. In practice, these were found to be less than 1% of the machine price for fully automatic size changeover with SIKO drives. One reason for this is that poorly accessible positions no longer have to be made accessible by


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removing mechanical components such as bevel gears to enable manual changeover.

INTELLIGENT NETWORKING The connection of actuators or electronic position indicators to different fieldbus systems allows multiple devices with a single communication interface to exchange data with the control system. The range of available interfaces extends from a simple and inexpensive RS485 protocol, the SIKONET5, to the tried and tested bus systems, Profibus and CANbus. Standard technologies in the field of in-

dustrial Ethernet also are provided with Profinet, EtherNet/IP, Powerlink and EtherCAT. To facilitate system integration, Siko offers users numerous software tools such as function modules, add-on instructions and different libraries as well as technical support. Despite highly compact dimensions, the forward-looking compact-positioning drives are available up to a torque of 14Nm (type AG24). The drives have a hollow shaft with a clamping ring for easy and quick installation. Depending on the version, the standard AG


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series comes equipped with an integrated two-line LCD display and a built-in keypad. Not only can the individual IP addresses be assigned; the current actual value and the respective setpoint also can be directly monitored in order to maintain an overview in the case of diagnostics. Furthermore, each stored parameter can be checked and adjusted if necessary via the display and the keyboard. Possible operating data can be read out and errors can be diagnosed without an analysis via the fieldbus.

THE DEMANDS ON THE FLEXIBILITY OF MODERN PRODUCTION FACILITIES ARE CONTINUALLY INCREASING. Intelligent and compact actuators are therefore the first choice for all users whenever frequent size changeovers with high quality demands are made. They are essential Industry 4.0 components for current and future machine designs.

ATTACHMENT COMPATIBILITY For common hollow shaft dimensions of 14mm or 20mm, SIKO offers a range of position indicators and actuators that can be combined and mechanically interchanged, making them mechanically compatible. This results in a not-to-be-underestimated advantage for the machine manufacturer. The machine builder can flexibly and individually offer the degree of automation of machine to be manufactured, according to the customer’s requirements. Each machine axis can, depending on requirements and changeover frequency, be equipped with a position indicator or a positioning drive, even retrospectively (retrofit). Retrofit. For integration in existing machines and equipment, SIKO has a new business sector

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Healthcare Hub debuts specializing in machine optimization and retrofitting. It offers not only consulting and service for component integration, but also ready-touse, plug-and-play products. Thus, for example, the SIKO HMI ETC5000 can quickly and simply optimize electronic position indicators and actuators with existing machine designs. ETC stands for “Easy Touch Control” and can be operated independently without any knowledge of programming and without connection to a programmable logic controller. When it comes to positioning technology, SIKO thus offers a comprehensive package, starting with engineering, moving on through integration and commissioning of in-house products and continuing to after-sales service. For more information, visit SD


MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, launches its Healthcare Blog: the PACK EXPO Healthcare Hub. The platform, which debuted in mid-August 2017, shares perspectives and observations from industry experts on the latest trends and challenges affecting the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, medical device and biotech sectors. In the first Blog entry, Jerry Martin, pharmaceutical and life sciences consultant, PMMI, discusses Batch vs. Continuous Drug Production. New content posts weekly. For more information, visit SD

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lmarai, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy, embarks on a Smart Manufacturing initiative. One of first moves is deployment of the Line Performance Suite from Schneider Electric (Booth S-6092, S-6167) Knightdale, North Carolina. As an existing Wonderware user, Almarai is adding Line Performance Suite, workflow, MES Operations and Quality Management to its Schneider Electric Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The installation will streamline data gathering, increase agility and improve operational efficiency on more than 100 filling and packaging lines. Food and beverage manufacturers are embracing new strategies to digitize operations, simplify production processes and be “smarter” about manufacturing process execution. This transformation is global, driving significant investment in Industrie 4.0 initiatives to better capture and analyze operational data. Increasing access to information and applying predictive analytics strategies can yield actionable intelligence that improves performance. “Our Schneider Electric solution has provided a platform to best manage production requirements and initiate process improvement,” reports Sjur Fitje, GM Manufacturing at Almarai. “The model-driven Line Performance Suite from Schneider Electric streamlines approach included in Line Per- data gathering, increases agility, improves operational efficiency and supports a Smart Manufacturing initiative underformance Suite helps to accel- way at Almarai, the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy. erate deployment by standardizing operational processes with reusable templates and integrated workflow. Our next step is to gain better visibility to this data to empower our team to make smarter, more informed decisions,” he explains. Nayef Bou Chaaya, director, Software Business Middle East at Schneider Electric, notes, “By leveraging our Line Performance Suite as part of their manufacturing operations management solution, Almarai can create an intelligence hub . . . that offers a 360-degree view of operations. Almarai’s addition of new capabilities can be readily added to our platform-based solutions to achieve greater efficiency, planning and profitability.” Fitje adds, “We expect the added visibility and intelligence, including the ability to run reports consolidating near- and long-term data, will positively impact how we perform process improvements and ultimately drive even greater customer satisfaction.” For more information, visit SD

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September 27, 2017

Feeder handles pile packs Advanced system enhances flexibility, productivity and quality.


he introduction of a Smart Pile Loader (SPL) Biscuit on Pile system brings a new level of flexibility to lines packaging plain, sweet and savory crackers and cookies. The system from Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800) New Richmond, Wisconsin, consists of a vibratory infeed, an innovative magazine feeder, a horizontal flow wrapper and integrated topload cartoner. “Bosch’s new Biscuit On Pile packaging system offers innovative features to ensure gentle handling throughout the packaging line that is second to none—from the moment the product is extracted from the magazine, through stacking, collating and up to the sealing of the package,” says Kelly Meer, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

GENTLE HANDLING The SPL is a game-changing magazine feeder developed for gentle product handling, full product control and continuous product flow. Significantly reducing the pusher’s speed at the point of extraction and continuously guiding the product accelerates production speeds. Handling biscuits on conventional magazine feeders limits the number of products per stack to the number of extraction magazines or a multiple of it. The new SPL feeder allows manufacturers to select the desired stack count via the human/machine interface (HMI) regardless of the number of incoming lanes and allows for easy changes to package configurations. “The ability to change the size, shape or number of biscuits in the pack is an important factor for manufacturers,” says Meer. “To support this need, the Bosch SPL feeder is designed for stacking two to seven products and grouping one to four stacks to create multiple package configurations ranging from one to 28 biscuits per package.”

Bosch Packaging Technology celebrates the North American launch of its flexible Biscuit on Pile packaging system. The integrated line consists of a vibratory infeed, new magazine feeder and horizontal flow wrapper. The system displayed on the show floor also includes the new Kliklok ITC topload cartoner.

Additionally, due to its ability to automatically and dynamically extract a variable number of cookies from each magazine, the SPL feeder compensates when the product supply from the oven varies. By extracting missing cookies from other lanes to complete the stack, this feature also supports automatic lane balancing. As a result, manufacturers can specify fewer lanes and automatically balance those lanes for increased uptime. In order to accommodate inconsistencies in product thickness, the stacking mechanism can be adjusted via the HMI. This can be accom-

plished without stopping the system, resulting in higher overall equipment effectiveness.

EASIER OPERATION In the next step, collated stacks transfer to the Pack 403 horizontal flow wrapper, the next generation of the Pack 401, which has been significantly upgraded. To simplify daily operation, all film rollers are numbered sequentially to make film threading more intuitive. Clear instructions for preparing splices are shown on the splicing table. The Pack 403 wrapper also precisely measures and controls film tension, resulting in fewer jams and consistent package appearance regardless of speed changes and machine starts and stops. For clearing jams and cleaning the crimpers, a manual hand wheel rotates the cutting head, allowing easy access for service and maintenance while

Biscuit on Pile packaging system gently handles product from the moment it is extracted from the magazine, through stacking, collating and package sealing.

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On the SPL feeder, the desired stack count can be selected on the HMI. To maximize flexibility, the feeder is designed to stack two to seven products and group one to four stacks to create multiple package configurations ranging from one to 28 biscuits per package.

cost of ownership. As a gateway to Industry 4.0, the new HMI supports connectivity to Bosch’s Industry 4.0 products. For more information, visit SD avoiding contact with the hot sealing surfaces. Other usability features include a significantly smaller and lighter film former.

EASIER FORMAT CHANGES To enhance seal integrity and package appearance, the crimper setup on the Pack 403 horizontal flow wrapper has been refined to simplify adjustment of alignment and pressure and greater repeatability and accuracy. This was achieved by implementing repeatable locking mechanisms for the finer pitch gap adjustment on the cross-sealing

BISCUIT ON PILE PACKAGING SYSTEM OFFERS INNOVATIVE FEATURES TO ENSURE GENTLE HANDLING THROUGHOUT THE PACKAGING LINE station and easy-to-read pressure gauges on the finseal units. Thanks to the wrapper’s improved sealing technology, the packs of cookies are reliably sealed and protected from moisture, increasing shelf life. Both the SPL and the Pack 403 wrapper offer toolless changeovers for most tasks or HMI-based adjustments for different products and package configurations. Each adjustment point is clearly numbered, has an easy-to-read scale and is documented in the HMI. This results in simple, repeatable product changeovers, which make the machine and the HMI perfectly aligned for a user-centered experience.

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HMI 4.0 The cookie and cracker packaging system is equipped with Bosch’s HMI 4.0 touchscreen, which guides the operator through each step of the production process. With clearly structured menus, operators are immediately aware of the machine status and receive step-by-step instructions for everyday operations using pictures and videos. These instructions help minimize training for both new and experienced employees and ensure effective operations. The ability to optimize production schedules for greater efficiency leads to a faster return on investment and lowers total

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PMMI shares latest packaging trends Interest in wellness and the environment plus global growth of the middle class impact packaging.


onsumer focus on wellness and environmental impact and macroeconomic factors such as the growth in disposable income worldwide are shaping the global packaging market, according to the 2017 Global Packaging Trends Report produced by Euromonitor, Chicago, Illinois. The study, sponsored by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia; the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) (Booth C-1247) Oxley, Australia; Italian Manufacturers of Automatic Packing and Packaging Machinery (UCIMA) (Booth C-1351), Baggiovara, Italy; and the Processing & Packaging Machinery Trade Association, Wallington, U.K.; shows how the trends are impacting the types of machinery sourced by consumer packaged goods companies. For example, rising global interest in healthier foods is driving demand for fresher food, clean labeling and organic products. PMMI’s recently released Trends in Food Processing Operations report outlines similar findings. “Thirty-seven percent of U.S. consumers find it important to understand ingredients on food labels while 91% believe that products with recognizable ingredients are healthier,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI. Furthermore, he adds, “. . . the rise in demand for organic food has fueled a more than 10% growth in this sector.”

SUSTAINABILITY CONCERNS ALSO ENCOURAGE ADOPTION OF FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DUE TO ITS AFFORDABILITY, LIGHT WEIGHT AND GROWTH IN PACKAGED FOODS OVERALL. In order to meet evolving customer wants, many food manufacturers are looking to new technology, such as high pressure processing (HPP) to extend shelf life while delivering fresher, safer food to the consumer. To help advance this technology, the Cold Pressure Council (Booth C-1341), convened by PMMI, is focused on the progression of HPP as a critical technology in the food and beverage industry. The continued move to more sustainable packaging also is noted in PMMI’s 2016 Global Trends Impacting the Market for Packaging Machinery report. It reveals sustainability concerns impact all major regions with consumers demanding minimal packaging and less packaging waste. In addition, increasing prices for virgin materials are driving demand for recycled materials. Sustainability concerns also encourage adoption of flexible packaging due to its affordability,


light weight and growth in packaged foods overall. This increase is especially evident in regions such as Asia Pacific, Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “With the growth of flexible packaging, we are seeing additional demand for filling and closing machines able to handle this type of packaging material,” reports Yuska. In addition, he notes, “The increased focus on sustainability drives the growing demand for more energy-efficient machines.” The primary macroeconomic factor impacting packaging, growth of the middle class and a rise in disposable income, brings increased travel, busier lifestyles and growing health consciousness. The result is increased demand for indulgent yet healthy foods, convenience foods, different portion sizes, different packaging designs and completely new foods. Yuska says, “Consumer purchasing preferences are also changing. Online food sales are growing rapidly, a trend reinforced by the growing use of mobile phones and shopping applications.” Consumers welcome additional choices and are willing to pay more for products that are locally sourced, produced with quality ingredients and resonate as authentic. This trend toward more customization and increased premiumization has fueled the need for increasingly flexible equipment that can handle shorter runs and more frequent changeovers. For more information, visit SD


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Oakshire cultivates mushroom quality Metal detector maximizes food safety and final product quality.


akshire Mushroom Farm, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is an award-winning innovator and patent holder in the mushroom industry. In business for more than 31 years, the fungi producer develops, grows and packs its own Oakshire branded products as well as Dole® mushrooms, as the exclusive licensee in North America. When Oakshire needed a new metal detector in

2015 to accommodate rising demand, they turned to Mettler-Toledo Safeline (Booth C-1814, N-306) Tampa, Florida, and selected a Signature Touch unit to maximize food safety and final product quality. “Before purchasing our first metal detectors, we went to trade shows and considered four different suppliers. Mettler-Toledo Safeline stood out, so

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With the unusually large 20 x 9-in. aperture on its Signature Touch metal detector, Oakshire Mushroom Farm can inspect lugs of incoming product as well as confirm final product quality of retail-size tills and 10-lb. bulk packages for foodservice customers.

we bought three of their systems,” recalls Stephen Anania, director of Operations at Oakshire. “Last year, we needed another one and decided to stay with Mettler-Toledo because of the great equipment reliability and customer service. Our sales rep, Dick DeNenno from Reliant Packaging Systems, guided us through the purchase process and helped us identify the best system for our current and future needs.” “We love our Signature Touch for its impressive detection sensitivity and ease of use. From a maintenance perspective, I never have to think about this metal detector—it just runs and runs and runs,” reports Steven Lathe, maintenance manager at Oakshire. “Installation was so easy, we did it ourselves. Just put it in place, level it and plug it in.” “Mushrooms are grown in wooden beds held together with nails and screws, so metal detection is a crucial part of our process,” explains Lathe. “It’s extremely important that none of that metal gets mixed in with the product and goes out the door.” Safeline metal detectors find ferrous and non-ferrous tramp metal, as well as the most difficult to detect non-magnetic stainless steel fragments and non-spherical fine wire fragments. With high frequency advanced coil technology and dynamic filtering techniques, these systems maximize detection sensitivity and stability. “We check the performance of our metal detectors every hour by running test strips through,” adds Mike Morri-

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Presto Tape looking to expand sales force


resto Tape (Booth S-6728) Bensalem, Pennsylvania, continues to expand its sales force. Increasing sales of its competitively priced specialty tapes and floor protection products prompt the company to seek additional independent sales representatives for its U.S.-made products. Various territories are available, and positions offer a good commission structure. For more information, visit SD

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son, QC manager at Oakshire. “The sensitivity on the Signature Touch is the best we’ve ever seen.” “Mushrooms can challenge detection technology with their changing moisture content and density, which vary from batch to batch as well as from one mushroom type and size to another,” notes Lathe. “Our new metal detector works equally well for all our mushrooms and handles most product variations without requiring adjustments.” Oakshire processes a variety of mushroom types, with changeovers occurring as often as four times per line per shift, depending on the season. The aperture on the Signature Touch metal detector at Oakshire is unusually large, allowing it to accommodate a wide assortment of package sizes. With an opening 20 in. wide and 9 in. high, it can inspect lugs of incoming product as well as the final product quality of retail-sized tills and 10-lb. bulk packages for foodservice customers. “We pack hundreds of thousands of pounds per week and distribute throughout the U.S. Because we’ve licensed the Dole brand, we can go to our customers with a nice value proposition, offering both the Oakshire brand and a national brand,” says Quintin Schroeder, product manager at Oakshire. “We’ve been growing very aggressively year after year.” Morrison concludes, “Product safety is our most important objective. That’s why we rely so much on our metal detectors. The Signature Touch is a huge part of how we ensure we’re putting out the high quality mushrooms that Oakshire is known for.” For more information, visit SD


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Avoid becoming a toxic brand Effective sorting and quality analysis systems play a critical role in protecting food safety.


oxic metabolites produced by certain fungi in or on foods are among the biggest causes of food product recalls, according to research by Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, Indianapolis, Indiana. The researchers found that a group of toxic fungal metabolites, called aflatoxins, were behind 20% of all food product recalls in Europe in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1). Other key contributors included bacterial contamination (24%) and unauthorized ingredients (13%). The same report noted the total number of recalls and notifications for the period was almost identical to two years ago. Overall, there were 19 countries of origin that had 10 or more recalls in Q1, with Turkey responsible for the most, followed by China and India. Nuts, nut products and seeds were responsible for most recalls in the food sector, followed by fruit and vegetables and fish or fish products.

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According to Steven van Geel, sales director for China at TOMRA Sorting Food (Booth S-8027) West Sacramento, California, implementing sorting technology can significantly reduce the risk of contamination from aflatoxins and foreign material, boost food safety and offer a smart investment for processors and manufacturers. He says, “Delivering high-quality, safe food is good for business. The reputational and financial impact of a product recall can be devastating for a company. Effective food sorting and analysis equipment has a huge role to play in consumer and brand protection so implementing these processes makes good business sense—good food safety performance protects consumers, which in turn protects the corporate brand. The data from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS demonstrate the challenge faced by food processors operating within a global supply chain. The food industry is growing significantly and facing rising pressures related to productivity, economics, efficiency and the environment. Increasing demand has made the food supply complex and multifaceted. While bringing benefits, a global supply chain also presents a major food safety headache. The longer and more complicated the chain is, the higher the risk of contamination and spoilage. “In addition,” says van Geel, “increasing exports and imports mean food processors and manufacturers have to comply with numerous cross-border regulations. In some cases, imports are from countries where safety standards are lower than in areas such as the E.U. or U.S., which makes it all the more necessary to ensure food sorting and analysis systems operate in line with emerging food safety issues.” Some countries have taken steps to ensure the quality and safety of food throughout the supply chain, and now the rest of the world is beginning to follow suit. Examples include the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the U.S., which makes food safety the responsibility of all links from field to fork and encourages a coordinated domestic and international strategy. With an overriding theme of “prevention is better than the cure,” the Act covers five major areas: preventative controls; inspection and compliance; imported food safety; response; and enhanced partnerships. “We must be mindful of the opportunities to improve as what is acceptable today may not be acceptable tomorrow,” notes van Geel, adding, “. . . systems have been developed for the various steps of the processing journey to improve food safety.” The sorting process for many types of produce starts in the field by identifying larger and more obvious defects and foreign material. This means

that items such as stones, glass or metal can be identified in the field with typical pre-sort near infrared (NIR) technology used in machines such as the TOMRA Field Potato Sorter.

As safety regulations and the demand for food have increased, optical and sensor-based sorting has become a necessity rather than a luxury for many producers that previously relied on manual sorting and inspection.

Further along the process, TOMRA Sorting Food’s sensor-based optical sorters have the ability to consistently detect and remove foreign material, unwanted rot, greening defects, blemishes and damage. This ensures higher yields and a safer, higher quality final product. Additionally, the sensor-based technologies applied in the different optical platforms allow processors to specifically target their needs in each step of the process. “The benefits of sorting technologies are far-reaching,” says van Geel. “Beyond food safety and brand protection, it enables processors to deliver consistently high quality products to their customers, maximizing yield and profit whilst reducing food waste—a great concern for the supply chain as the world’s population continues to grow.” Sensor technology with higher resolution and better contrast is increasingly identifying defects in produce, and the technology will continue to improve quality and food safety. In addition, the ability to employ data management when using machines means that more real-time monitoring and controlling of production lines is possible, creating further efficiencies. In conclusion, van Geel notes, “Processors are also increasing the number and variety of sorting and analysis machines on their lines to ensure they are eliminating poor quality product and foreign material as much as possible. With millions of individual product items passing through every hour, robust systems that can detect and remove the smallest of contaminants are vital in managing food safety on the production line.” For more information, visit SD

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Ryson and Garvey collaborate


nfinity Vertical accumulation loop being demoed by Garvey (Booth C-3809) Blue Anchor, New Jersey, occupies less space due to integration of mass flow spiral conveyors on either end. The Spirals from Ryson International (Booth C-4642) Yorktown, Virginia, use vertical space to increase system capacity without expanding its footprint. The Infinity loop accumulates and single-files even the most unstable of products at speeds that

are unmatched in the industry. Patented technology handles products with no back pressure, breakage or label damage and minimal noise. The mass flow spirals move full or empty bottles, cans, jars and other types of containers vertically in a single file or continuous mass flow. Ryson’s proven, modular, high-capacity spiral technology combines reliability, low maintenance and long life.

A collaboration between Ryson and Garvey, which takes advantage of vertical space, pushes accumulation efficiency to a new level.

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uccessful laser coding depends on several factors. Domino Laser Basics: Wavelength to Substrate Matching video from Domino (Booth C-2225) Gurnee, Illinois, describes factors that may impact code quality and stresses the importance of understanding the relationship between the wavelength of the laser and the substrate being coded. Each substrate has hot spots and cold spots. A hot spot results in the perfect code and can only be achieved at the point where high absorption meets a specific wavelength. In the video, Jon Hall, senior product marketing manager for Laser at Domino North America, and Dr. Stefan Stadler, team lead at the Laser Academy for Domino, review hot spots and cold spots for polyethylene terephthalate, paperboard, polyethylene and polypropylene and offer basic analogies for newcomers to laser printing. Wavelength to Substrate Matching is the second video in the Domino Laser Basics series. The first video focused on the Power of Concentration, another critical consideration for good marking performance. In addition to providing educational information, Domino rigorously tests substrate samples to ensure laser technology will perform optimally. For more information, visit SD

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September 27, 2017

CPG firms look to OEMs Bimba and Mitsubishi join forces


elivering turnkey electric motion technology from a single source is the goal behind a new collaboration between Bimba (Booth S-6149) University Park, Illinois, and Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Vernon Hills, Illinois. The relationship combines Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators with Mitsubishi Electric’s servo motors and control products. Both companies expect to benefit from each other’s strong presence in the industrial marketplace and the ability to serve as a single source for turnkey electric motion. “Our electric actuators are perfectly suited to Mitsubishi Electric’s pioneering platforms for factory automation,” says Ed Long, product manager, Electric Motion, Bimba. “By combining our industrial automation products with Bimba’s advanced mechanical motion components, we are maximizing the functionality of our products for the benefit of our mutual customers,” adds Robert Miller, senior manager, Strategic Alliance Business Development, Mitsubishi Electric. Bimba provides pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion products. Brands include Acro, TRD, Vaccon and the Pneumatic Controls Group (Mead/MFD/Pneumadyne). Mitsubishi Electric’s product portfolio includes programmable automation controllers, programmable logic controllers, human/machine interfaces, variable frequency drives, servo amplifiers and motors, control software, computerized numerical controllers, motion controllers, robots and low-voltage power distribution products. For more information, visit SD

A collaboration between Bimba and Mitsubishi Electric provides a single source for electric motion technology.

Consumers want customized products. However, many packaging lines are not well-equipped for this challenge.


o address consumer demands, operational deficits, workforce needs and regulatory requirements, consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are looking for help from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other suppliers, according to Vision 2025, a report published by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Hall Lobby) Reston, Virginia. Based on discussions with CPG company representatives at ProFood Tech (April 4-6, 2017, Chicago), the Vision 2025 report costs $500 (free to PMMI members). For more information, visit SD



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iTRAK slashes changeover time System helps leading nonwovens machine builder increase OEE. prove business agility, optimize productivity and increase business performance. Through the use of Rockwell Automation products, technology and industry expertise, PartnerNetwork members help end users achieve sustainability and safety compliance objectives.

CHALLENGE The previous-generation machine used a long belt with fixed-pitch paddles for transportation and grouping of the product. This configuration meant that any changeovers—especially those relating to the size of the product—required significant re-engineering to adjust the belts. Although changeovers were not particularly long, when four or five occurred during a shift, the cumulative downtime added up.

SOLUTION With 95% of its machines already benefiting from the deployment of Allen-Bradley components, the move to an iTRAK system was a natural progression for Optima. The intelligent track system consists of multiple movers running on straight and curved paths. Each mover can be independently controlled, instantly removing the limitations of fixed-pitch belt systems. A combination of linear and rotary motion results in a flexible, fully integrated solution that can increase production throughput, reduce maintenance and overall machine size and, in this instance, slash changeover time. The iTRAK system is part of a Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture®, which is used to both actuate and control the majority of the machine’s functions. At the heart of the automation infrastruc-

CHANGEOVERS—ESPECIALLY THOSE RELATING TO THE SIZE OF THE PRODUCT— REQUIRED SIGNIFICANT RE-ENGINEERING TO ADJUST THE BELTS ture is an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® programmable automation controller (PAC) working in conjunction with an Allen-Bradley Panel-View™ Plus 7 human/machine interface (HMI). In addition to the iTRAK servo system, the machine deploys a number of more-traditional servo motors and Allen-Bradley Kinetix® 6000 multi-axis servo drives. These servos perform a number of functions, including pushing the diapers/nappies into the packs, driving the belts to move the products between stations, the turntables, the two product compression steps, product positioning, bag welding, bag extraction and final movement to the takeout conveyor. An EtherNet/IP™ network reduces overall wiring and offers easier integration with factory and office communication systems and access to the Connected Enterprise. In operation, individual nonwoven products are taken from the manufacturing machine by the stacker and then counted and grouped into standard sequences. The high-speed stacker provides the first compression step, before a pusher transfers the separate product stacks to the handling unit connected to the bagger. The stacks are compressed again, turned around and positioned either as layers or rows and transported onto the bagger. On the bagger, foil bags are fed in, and the product stacks are forwarded to the main compression process. A pusher loads product stacks into the iTRAK system so the movers can position each stack individually and push it into a bag. Filled bags are sealed and forwarded for further processing, such as secondary packaging.

RESULTS Oliver Rebstock, managing director at Optima explains: “Intigena could now process up to 1,600 products/min. with this new high-speed stacker design, and we have eliminated the previous bottleneck in the stacker infeed. In operation, Intigena benefits from clearly reduced format changeover


ptima Nonwovens, a member of the Optima Packaging Group, parent company of Optima Machinery (Booth C-4736) Green Bay, Wisconsin, develops leading-edge technologies for packaging paper hygiene products. The company’s systems cover the complete range of automated packaging processes from the intake of products to palletizing. Products include diapers, sanitary towels, bathroom tissue rolls and wet wipes. Equipment offers impressive format flexibility to meet the needs of different markets internationally and is able to process everything from small packages to jumbo packs on a single machine. Inspection functions and secondary packaging capabilities are integrated to achieve completely automated lines. The company actively seeks out and employs state-of-the-art engineering technologies in its development and project planning and that led it to develop a diaper bagger/stacker for Intigena Produktion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of hygiene products. The machine employs the iTRAK® intelligent track system from Rockwell Automation (Booth: Central Hall, Meeting Room N-116) Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It not only boosts flexibility for rapid changeovers, but also increases the machine’s overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Optima Packaging Group is a member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Program Participant at partner level. Members of the Rockwell Automation OEM Program demonstrate a commitment to high-quality, innovative machines and equipment that help end users im-

Integrated Architecture from Rockwell Automation helps Optima cut changeover time up to 50%; increase OEE, throughput and flexibility; reduce bottlenecks; and provide access to the Connected Enterprise. Automated adjustments minimize operator interaction with the machine.

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At the heart of the automation infrastructure is an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PAC working in conjunction with an Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 HMI.

times, with a reduction of some 15 min. (50%) per format changeover. The transport cassettes are adjusted accordingly for a change to a thicker or thinner diaper or for a different product count. The transport cassettes are adjusted solely from the HMI . . . [even] during production. What is more, during this time, the tightening function for stabilizing the products in the cassettes is maintained. “The simplified format change has a noticeable positive influence on OEE even when there is only one format change per shift. Many nonwovens companies, however, report ever more frequent format changes—even four changes per shift are no longer

rare. In this instance it is clear to see where rapid changeovers offer a huge time saving advantage.” According to Helmut Krasko, account manager at Rockwell Automation, the iTRAK system overcomes all the limitations of a belt-driven infrastructure. “And,” he says, “if you want to extend the line, you simply add more movers. Previously, changes to the product size or packaging format meant multiple mechanical adjustments . . . . Using iTRAK, this is all done automatically by the PAC via input from the HMI.” With the help of engineers and a Rockwell Automation GOTC (global OEM technical consultant), the iTRAK system was tuned to optimize operation to address the demands of the application, including acceleration and deceleration profiles and compression steps. “The previous packaging system from Optima was in use for many years and was very much acclaimed in the company,” explains Claus Ullrich, technical director at Intigena Produktion. “All of our expectations regarding this new machine were fulfilled. The machine was here in good time and was ready to operate after only a few days. And with the experience of the first installation, the

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Optima’s machines offer impressive format flexibility and are able to handle everything from small packages to jumbo packs on a single machine.

time taken to commission the second line was reduced to just one week. “We are facing market challenges where our customers require different kinds of packaging, stacking and contents,” Ullrich continues, “so we have to react quickly and deploy manufacturing solutions that deliver faster changeovers. We had to find new solutions; and as well as flexibility, we needed to increase machine throughput. The former solution from Optima was limited by speed— it simply couldn’t go any faster using chains—so this new iTRAK-based machine is making a huge difference. We are now capable of running the packaging process at higher speeds while still achieving the packaging quality our customers demand. The machines have been running for one year now, and the results are very promising. We achieved the stated performance demands within a very short time, and there are still possibilities to go even faster and run the lines at even higher volumes. “We are particularly interested in the Connected Enterprise concept, in relation to the Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0. A more connected in-

Standard Parts Tube Connection

In addition to the iTRAK servo system, the machine deploys a number of more-traditional servo motors and Allen-Bradley Kinetix® 6000 multi-axis servo drives.

frastructure means that two-way communication between us and other people in the value chain will result in even greater efficiencies. The collection of real-time manufacturing data, which can be actioned immediately, is also of huge benefit and will help us to improve our packaging operation even further.” For more information, visit SD

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Inland adds digital press

I HP 20000 digital press at Inland prints labels, flexible packaging and shrink sleeves.

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nland (Booth S-6535) La Crosse, Wisconsin, has installed an HP 20000 digital press from HP (Booth S-6507) Alpharetta, Georgia, at its facility in Neenah, Wisconsin. The first digital acquisition for Inland expands its product offerings beyond premium labels to flexible packaging, shrink sleeves and pressure-sensitive products. “Customization is becoming more and more popular with consumers and therefore desired by brand owners,” reports Jackie Kuehlmann, director of Marketing for Inland. She adds, “Having the digital capabilities that the HP 20000 [press] offers allows us to provide expanded customization, personalization and variable data options.” The new press delivers enhanced graphics, expedites speed to market and supports customization. Targeted applications include brand revivals and product launches. For more information, visit, SD

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he Technical Service Group of Wikoff Color (Booth S-6481) Fort Mill, South Carolina, assists with color management needs, including G7® certification and Graphic Measures International (GMI) qualification. The detailed G7 program involves calibrating press and proofs based on achieving accurate gray balance throughout the tonal range. Solids and trapped solids are measured to ensure accurate four-color process reproduction. G7 master calibrations require submission of detailed documentation, calibrated proofs and press sheets under guidance of a G7 expert. Many print buyers for major retailers rely on GMI to manage the quality of their printed material. GMI requires each printer to be audited and pass a print test. The initial print test involves a special test form, a scanning measurement instrument and software to score the results. After initial qualification, sample sheets from each job must be submitted to GMI. If measurements yield a passing score, the job can be shipped. A failing score means the job must be scrapped and reprinted. Wikoff Color utilizes the highest quality equipment and software, which expedites and improves the accuracy of measurement and calibrations. For more information, visit SD

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Label converter goes digital


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ith installation of its first digital press, a 2600 Series Mini from Colordyne Technologies (Booth C-3407) Brookfield, Wisconsin, American Label Technologies (ALT), Garner, North Carolina, supplies full-color, high-quality, short-run labels for foods, beverages, new products and emerging markets at a savings in time and money compared to flexographic printing. “Having digital, flexo and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in-house allows us to provide the right solutions for each customer” even as needs change, says Darrin Schmitt, president and owner, ALT. “Plus,” he adds, “by bringing digital in-house, we have the capabilities to develop new products, like a tag that combines high quality digital print with RFID technology.” ALT continues to grow its digital portfolio with hybrid RFID tags for clothing. Digital print fits the short runs involved with size tags, especially for very short-run sizes like women’s XXS. The full-color, hybrid RFID tag delivers an impactful appearance and consolidates multiple hang tags on a garment into a single tag. For more information, visit SD The affordable Colordyne 2600 Series Mini press provides the capabilities of a larger digital printing system—1600 x 1600 dots/ in., 60 ft./min., variable data—in a compact, easy-to-use package. Applications include labels, tags, tickets and documents.

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Oil BIBs pass 25 million mark


cholle IPN (Booth S-6156) Northlake, Illinois, marks a production milestone for bag-in-box (BIB) packaging for automotive oil. Since the product’s inception in 2008, 25 million of the award-winning packages have been shipped, primarily to quicklube outlets and other businesses where oil changes are performed. “The market was looking for an intelligent way to better manage bulk automotive oil in situations where quart bottles had traditionally been used,” recalls Frank Rice, senior business manager at Scholle IPN. He adds, “Keeping track of inventory, nearly eliminating waste and providing faster service were key demands. . . . Since then, we’ve gone on to help integrate the package with better dispensing technology, and design high-speed filling equipment. . . specifically for this market. . .” The package has received many awards including Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award for Innovation, an AmeriStar from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1347), Walmart Sustainability Award, 3M Sustainability Award, WorldStar from the World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1246) and a DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation (Booth S-6519). For more information, visit SD

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7 reasons to reconsider ultrasonic sealing A thorough evaluation reveals benefits beyond the obvious. date, evaluation of ultrasonic technology has primarily been done on films designed for heat sealing. When film suppliers begin developing products specifically for ultrasonic technology, even greater savings will be realized. In fact, Sonics can customize ultrasonic components to film-specific requirements. 2 Less wasted product. The ability to seal through contamination means waste is no longer generated when internal product hangs up in the seal area. Not only does this enhance the process at the bagger, it reduces waste downstream. Faulty heat seals may not be discovered until dozens of other packages have been damaged during shipment. With fewer overall rejects, more product goes out the door. It is not uncommon for ultrasonic sealing to see reject rates as low as 1:100,000 seals. Of course this varies with film type and product being packaged, but once the ultrasonic process is optimized, there is no better way to guarantee high-quality hermetic seals. In fact, Sonics uses finite element analysis to design application-specific anvils and fixtures to maximize seal strength and performance. 3 Enhanced throughput. Rather than simply comparing heat-seal vs. ultrasonic seal times, CPG companies should consider total productivity. Seal time alone does not dictate output. Actual ultrasonic seal times are usually similar to heat sealing times. The increase in productivity occurs for other reasons. Also factor in the following: •• Reduced concerns over product in the seal area. Because ultrasonic tools can seal through product contamination, less time is required to wait for product to fall clear of the seal jaws. Therefore the machine can be set to run faster. •• Elimination of hot-tack concerns. When bagging heavier products, residual heat in

the seals can cause package failures unless the machine is slowed down to allow the seals to cool. Ultrasonic sealing does not have hot-tack issues because the tools remain cool, and less overall heat has been applied to the film. Ultrasonic seals exhibit full strength almost immediately (see Figure 2). •• No warmup time. The first bag of the day from an ultrasonic V/F/F/S system is perfect. Typical heat-seal jaws require up to 15 min. of warmup time. In 15 min. at 80 bags/min., 1,200 additional bags are produced using ultrasonics each time the machine starts up. Sonics’ new packaging-specific ultrasonic generator kits capitalize even further on this productivity efficiency by yielding fast cycle times along with process reliability. 4 Improved product quality. Although this should be a primary driver, strangely the product quality enhancements, are rarely fully evaluated by CPG companies. Consider the following: •• Ultrasonic seals on average are “tighter” and more hermetic than heat seals. As a result of better seal quality, the reduction in oxygen transmission rate with ultrasonic sealing is dramatic. Nitrogen flush is maintained for many months versus a few weeks with heat sealing. This results in fresher products with much longer shelf life (see Figure 3). •• Further, when ultrasonic technology is used on V/F/F/S baggers, hermetic seals are created even when the film is creased, making the entire process much more forgiving and productive. 5 Enhanced safety and maintenance. Based on an extended study done at a large CPG facility, maintenance personnel were strongly in favor of ultrasonic sealing over heat because there are


n recent years, many companies have begun to consider converting their vertical/form/fill/ seal (V/F/F/S) bagging machines from heat sealing to ultrasonic sealing. The idea of reducing film consumption by narrowing the seal width is a common driver. Another impetus is the understanding that the occasional lettuce leaf or piece of cheese that gets caught in the seal area will no longer present a problem because the ultrasonic system seals right through the product. Sonics & Materials (Booth C-3628) Newtown, Connecticut, has been manufacturing ultrasonic equipment for more than 48 years and is continuing to enhance bagging line efficiencies through the development of advanced ultrasonic components and anvil technologies. There are many good reasons to consider ultrasonic sealing, and a more thorough evaluation reveals even greater benefits. Here is a list of seven potential advantages that should be investigated when considering the switch to ultrasonic sealing. 1 Reduced film cost. With ultrasonics, seal thickness is typically reduced to 2mm or less. In one large-scale study, cross-seal thickness reduction resulted in an 11% film savings, according to a large consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the snack food market (see Figure 1). In addition to narrowing the seal, ultrasonic technology can provide additional film savings by allowing the same volume of product to be contained in a smaller package. The smaller bag is made possible because head space can be reduced without concern for product in the seal area. Bag size can be reduced by as much as 20%, depending on the product being packaged. In some cases, zero head space packaging is possible. At times, simpler, less costly film structures can be considered because ultrasonic sealing doesn’t necessarily require film with a sealant layer. To

Narrower seal, immediate bond, higher seal integrity.

Figure 1: With ultrasonics, seal thickness is typically reduced to 2mm or less for a substantial savings in materials.

Figure 2: Ultrasonic sealing does not have hottack issues, thus seals exhibit full strength almost immediately.

Figure 3: Ultrasonic seals on average are “tighter,” significantly reducing oxygen transmission and thereby extending shelf life.

All figures © EWI. Images used with permission.

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no issues with burns. Once powered down, it is completely safe to handle the ultrasonic tools. In addition, heat-sealing tools can be time consuming to clean due to product and film becoming baked on over time. Because ultrasonic tools stay cool, cleaning is much easier. 6 Reduced energy consumption. Heat sealing draws significant electrical current during the entire shift to maintain the set seal temperature within the jaws. Ultrasonic technology is an on/off process, meaning the system draws essentially no electricity except during the actual programmed seal time. With seal times as fast as 100 milliseconds, it is easy to see how ultrasonic technology can provide energy savings. 7 Ultrasonic sealing is an “intelligent” process. In today’s manufacturing world, blind processes can no longer be tolerated. With heat-sealing technology, operators have no way of knowing whether any specific bag was sealed properly or even under the same conditions as the next. Ultrasonic sealing provides intelligence to the process by allowing parameters such as seal time, peak power draw and the actual energy delivered into each cross seal to be monitored. This data can be used to track the process or even divert suspect bags for testing. Clearly, ultrasonics can offer far more to the bagging process than merely narrowing the seal thickness or cutting through an occasional lettuce leaf. Unfortunately, many benefits can be difficult to quantify until the process has been in use for a period of time. Without full knowledge of all of the advantages offered by ultrasonic sealing, many CPG companies make their decision based on only the tangible material. This fact, combined with popular misconceptions from the past about the high cost and complexity of integrating ultrasonics, explain why ultrasonic sealing isn’t being used by everyone.

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MORE BENEFITS Today improvements in ultrasonic equipment technology as well as recent advances in applications provide cost efficiency and ease of integration. The cost of ultrasonic equipment is not as high as potential users believe. Sonics manufactures complete, customized component systems, which can be delivered at a fraction of the cost of what was typical across the industry just a few years ago. In fact, even turnkey ultrasonic conversions for used bagging equipment are now a cost-effective option. Beyond being more affordable, it should be noted that the complexity of current ultrasonic sealing systems is not what it was in the past. Today’s modern single converter drive ultrasonic systems are far simpler, more user-friendly and more robust than outdated “twin-stack” designs. In fact, Sonics’ components can yield cross seals up to 12 in. wide with a single converter drive. Sonics’ patent-pending technology achieves hermetic seals on gusset bag cross seals and side seals for standup pouches produced on V/F/F/S machinery. Resulting seals offer nearly twice the hermeticity as standard heat seals as measured by vacuum test values and do not require tooling modifications for most applications. The flexible design accommodates most bag configurations. It’s now possible to produce strong, hermetic ultrasonic seals across the transition from four layers of film to two layers. With so much to be gained and the technological advancements in today’s modern ultrasonic packaging systems, there are compelling reasons to give ultrasonic sealing a second (and closer) look. For more information, visit SD

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Single source delivers turnkey lines Combined, compact system with uniform control links packaging processes.


anufacturers of confectionery, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products prefer to cover their entire packaging process—from primary to secondary packaging and to palletizing—with a completely “closed” solution. Batch sizes are becoming smaller and markets are becoming increasingly segmented. With modular design working seamlessly in combination with its Transmodul mobile transport robot, Gerhard Schubert, parent company of Schubert North America (Booth S-7665) Charlotte, North Carolina, can directly link packaging processes—from product infeed through to final packaging—within a compact integrated system. Schubert’s TLM portfolio accommodates numerous primary packaging processes. Alternatively, technologies available on the market can be efficiently integrated into the TLM systems. The machines’ modular design and flexibility offer customers more efficient, space-saving, simple and economical solutions. This is made possible, for the most part, by Schubert’s Transmodul mobile transport robot. Thanks to the robot, the product and packaging material are always under control from the infeed through to the pallet. The result is outstanding reliability of the entire packaging process—nothing is left to chance and many conventionally required mechanical interfaces are no longer needed. The Transmodul mobile transport robot bridges the interfaces between primary and secondary packaging. It also connects machines from different manufacturers. A good example of this is the collaborative effort between Schubert and KHS, Dortmund, Germany, which has U.S. production facilities in Sarasota, Florida, and Waukesha, Wisconsin. Together, the partners developed a complete, flexible packaging system for bottles.

Placed in the Transmodul’s format parts, plastic bottles, for example, are run through all processes, from filling through sealing to packaging in cartons.

The new block solution connects the Schubert and KHS machines by combining the individual modules into a single, compact, space-saving unit. Additional transport units are no longer required. The mechanical connection between the KHS packer and Schubert’s modules for erecting and closing is created via the Transmodul mobile transport robot. The result is a space-saving solution which can be extended flexibly—allowing brand owners to react quickly to changing requirements. Conventional packaging systems quickly show their limitations when a brand owner wants to produce different prod-

uct formats on one production line and if these products also need to be flexibly packaged in flow-packs. Flexible packaging systems usually incorporate image recognition and pick-andplace robots that position the products into the flow-pack chain in the respective format schemes following quality control. With debut of the Flowmodul flow-wrapping component, Schubert now offers a fully integrated solution. On packaging lines with machines from different manufacturers, operators often have several different controls and terminals in view. In addition to more complex operation, the connection of different controls can be the source of malfunctions. Schubert’s fully integrated packaging lines eliminate these problems. Uniform control, the same drive technology and a comprehensive operator guidance concept result in many advantages. Furthermore, complex packaging processes are simplified by reducing mechanical functions. The benefits are clear: more flexibility, more reliability and lower lifecycle costs. The positive side effects are that operators’ work is simplified and only one contact person needs to be called for servicing. A block solution, available via a collaboration between Schubert and KHS, seamlessly connects bottle filling and packaging in cartons.

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A Recipe for Freshness and Flavor

PRESERVING ORDER When sub-processes meet in primary and secondary packaging, the original order of the product flow is often lost and needs to be restored through technical components such as robots. This results in disadvantages such as increased space requirements due to a greater number of machine functions and losses in plant efficiency. It only makes sense to eliminate these hurdles. Schubert can carry out many tasks with its standard system components by simply eliminating mechanical interfaces. This applies, for instance, to the primary and secondary packaging of coffee capsules or to filling and packaging plastic bottles. In bottle packaging, empty polyethylene terephthalate bottles are placed on the Transmodul’s format plates by F4 robots and then run through all the steps from filling to sealing, cartoning and palletizing. For all these applications, both mechanical parts and space are saved. The processes are less noisy and run more reliably and efficiently. Moreover, only one drive technology and one control system are used. Everything is provided from a single source, thereby benefiting from centralized service and higher investment security.

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STRONG PARTNERS Of course, in each instance, it must be determined exactly which solution is best suited for the application. For certain projects, first-class technologies from other specialists are integrated into the TLM system, for example, punching technology, ultrasonic technology or gluing and labeling technology. To this end, Schubert has partners that offer the best technology for the application. Where applicable, complete, self-contained sub-machines from other machine builders can be integrated into an overall concept. In such a case, Schubert Packaging Systems (SPS) comes into play as prime contractor. The specialists in project management and line design then engineer a solution to intelligently integrate these machines into a single line. Ultimately, brand owners benefit from the advantages of integration and having an experienced partner as prime contractor. For more information, visit SD

A Flowmodul component seamlessly integrates packaging in flow-wrap bags into Schubert’s TLM systems.

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PMMI membership tops 800 34 firms exhibit as PMMI members for first time.


MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, achieves a membership milestone with a roster of more than 800 member companies. An industry leader in packaging for more than 80 years, PMMI approved 46 new member companies at its Executive Leadership Conference (March 19-21, 2017, in Aventura, Florida). The newcomers include seven general members, 14 associate members, four component supplier members, 11 materials supplier members and 10 affiliated members. “Updating our membership by-laws has positioned PMMI to properly keep pace with an ever-evolving and growing marketplace through its inclusion of more industry contributors,” says Glen Long, senior vice president, PMMI. “As the processing and packaging landscapes shift, this growth in member companies demonstrates our ability to adapt to the ways manufacturing and business structures are changing.” For more information, visit SD

NEW GENERAL MEMBERS Holland Engineering (Booth C-1636), New Britain, Connecticut LasX Industries (Booth S-7770) White Bear Lake, Minnesota PKD, Querétaro, Mexico Precision Finishing Systems, Wheeling, Illinois Right Stuff Equipment (Booth S-7570) Denver, Colorado Schenck Process (Booth S-8404) Kansas City, Missouri Shorewood Engineering, Waconia, Minnesota

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Bergami USA (Booth N-222) Roseto, Pennsylvania BestPack Packaging Systems, Rancho Cucamonga, California Cama USA (Booth S-7250) Buffalo Grove, Illinois CSi Palletizing (Booth S-7272) Richmond, Virginia EBS Ink Jet Systems USA (Booth S-7381) Libertyville, Illinois Leibinger USA (Booth S-6565) East Troy, Wisconsin Pester USA (Booth N-206) Allendale, New Jersey Schubert North America (Booth S-7665) Charlotte, North Carolina Taisei Lamick USA (Booth S-6568) Elk Grove Village, Illinois Totani America (Booth S-6549) De Pere, Wisconsin United Barcode Systems (Booth C-3825) Escondido, California Universal Robots USA (Booth S-8257) Ann Arbor, Michigan Volkmann (Booth S-8222) Bristol, Pennsylvania Volm Companies (Booth S-7264) Antigo, Wisconsin

NEW COMPONENT SUPPLIER MEMBERS Fraba (Booth S-8275) Hamilton, New Jersey ITT (Booth S-7456) Orchard Park, New York Patlite (USA) (Booth S-6389) Torrance, California Soft Robotics (Booth S-5925) Cambridge, Massachusetts

NEW MATERIALS SUPPLIER MEMBERS C&K Propack (Booth S-6538) Seoul, Korea Charter NEX Films (Booth S-6763) Milton, Wisconsin Genpak, Glens Falls, New York Hindustan Adhesives, New Delhi, India Peel Plastic Products (Booth S-7375) Brampton, Ontario, Canada PolyOne, Maryland Heights, Missouri Smith Corona Labels & Ribbons (Booth S-7852) Cleveland, Ohio Storopack (Booth S-5983) Cincinnati, Ohio Tadbik (Booth S-7376) Fairfield, New Jersey Tebplast Plastik Sanayi Ve Ticaret, Istanbul, Turkey Technimark (Booth S-7463) Asheboro, North Carolina

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Food processors take home awards Snyders-Lance and Smithfield Foods earn first place at Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.


nyders-Lance, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Smithfield Foods, Smithfield, Virginia, received first place honors in the third annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards program on April 5, 2017, during an awards presentation at ProFood Tech (April 4–6, 2017, McCormick Place, Chicago). Second and third place awards also were given in both Projects

and Programs Categories. The peer-reviewed awards, presented by the OpX Leadership Network, Reston, Virginia, and PMMI Media Group’s ProFood World (Booth: Central Lobby) Chicago, Illinois, recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food, beverage or consumer product manufacturing operations. Judges consider

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pollution prevention, compliance assurance and environmental protection. Winners in the Projects Category include: •• First: Snyder’s-Lance Peeler Water Reclamation •• Second: Pepperidge Farm Fuel Cell Power Generation •• Third: Keystone Foods Solution for First Week Mortality Increase after Going Antibiotic-Free. Winners in the Programs Category include: •• First: Smithfield Foods Aluminum Chloride Reduction Plan •• Second: Smithfield Foods Ham Formulation •• Third: Sierra Nevada Brewing Carbon Dioxide Recovery. “We are proud to honor these companies and their dedication to environmental sustainability,” says Steve Schlegel, co-managing director, OpX Leadership Network. “It’s inspiring to see the quality of these innovations and we look forward to witnessing further improvements to sustainability in food, beverage and consumer products operations next year.” The OpX Leadership Network was founded in 2011 by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth: Central Lobby) Reston, Virginia, to bring consumer packaged goods companies and original equipment manufacturers together to identify and solve the industry’s common operational challenges. Award winner case study videos and award submissions may be viewed on the OpX Leadership Network website. For more information, visit SD

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A love affair with spinach Vertically integrated produce supplier expands to meet demand for the “superfood.”


ow classified as a “superfood,” spinach has become trendy. To meet rising demand, Ippolito Fruit & Produce, part of Ippolito Group, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is expanding operations. Despite its new-found popularity due to its rich iron content and many other nutritional benefits, spinach actually has been at the heart of Ippolito’s business throughout most of the family-owned company’s 70+ years. And while the product portfolio has grown and diversified during the past couple decades, processing and packaging fresh spinach remain an around-the-clock, year-round activity driving many strategic decisions on capital investment and resource allocation at the vertically integrated grower, packer, processor and distributor of a fresh produce and salad mixes for retail, wholesale and foodservice markets across eastern Canada. Already ranking as the largest privately owned fresh produce supplier in Canada, Ippolito recently started up two state-of-the-art spinach processing and packaging lines at a newly modernized, 75,000-sq.-ft. facility certified to the demanding SQF Level 2 global food safety standards of the Safe Quality Food Institute, Arlington, Virginia, and located a few city blocks away from its headquarters. Commissioned, assembled and integrated under the watchful eye of Doug Alexander, Ippolito’s director of Engineering, a 30-year food industry veteran with extensive production and process control experience, the two side-by-side lines are already setting productivity and quality control benchmarks for other Ippolito facilities. Boasting some of the most advanced, fully automated processing and packaging equipment available, the two nearly identical lines—one for bagging and one for tub-filling—were designed to turn out more than 3,000 lb. of packaged produce, mostly spinach, per hour, with minimal human intervention. “One of the primary goals in the design of the new lines was to bring the levels of human intervention and manual labor down to a minimum,” says Alexander, “and I think it’s a mission accomplished. “Being a 24/7 operation, processing 3,000 lb. of loose-leaf product 12 hours a day, seven days a week, was always going to be a tall order . . . . This was not just your usual design-and-build project,” he points out. “The outstanding level of collaboration, commitment and professionalism our suppliers have shown from start to finish were absolutely critical to the success of this project,” he says, singling out Burlington-based packaging systems integrator Abbey Packaging Equipment for special high praise. “When they tell you how a particular piece of

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equipment is going to perform on the line, you can really take their word for it,” says Alexander, citing a significant reduction in product giveaway due to installation of high-accuracy checkweighers from Anritsu Infivis (Booth S-6421) Elk Grove Village, Illinois. “Abbey promised that they would reduce our average product giveaway down to 2%/package, and that’s exactly what we have experienced,” he extols, citing a nearly 10-fold improvement in product overfills. “Before they [Abbey] sell you a particular piece of equipment, they make it a point to understand exactly what your needs and problems are . . . so that the equipment they recommend has a direct positive impact on improving your productivity levels and line efficiencies,” Alexander relates.

MAXIMUM SHELF LIFE While Ippolito makes the most of Ontario’s growing season to source its fresh spinach locally, maintaining year-round production necessitates importing greens from the U.S. southwest during the winter months, meaning a three-day transport from the fields to Burlington. For maximum shelf life, incoming shipments must be sorted, packaged, stored and reshipped as soon as possible. So, a steady flow of filled plastic totes move from the cooler to the front end of the chilled production area. From there, the totes move through the high-efficiency washing and energy-efficient drying and chilling stations from Turatti, Cavarzere Venezia, Italy, for a thorough spray-rinse, followed by a quick trip to the mezzanine level in a custom-built elevator. Once there, the spinach is rapidly loaded onto a vibratory feeder to shake off the moisture and


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separate the loose leaves before the trip through a state-of-the-art optical sorter from Raytec Vision (Booth S-7566) Parma, Italy. “This sorter allows me to grade each individual leaf and to detect any foreign material within the product mass, as well as to detect rot and other blemishes on the leaves that need to be caught and rejected,” says Alexander. “You want to do this at this stage because you don’t want to be rejecting an entire finished tub of product because of one bad leaf later in the process,” explains Derek Wood, service manager at Abbey Packaging Service. “We had an unacceptably high percentage of food product waste in automatic product inspection systems for our previous lines,” Alexander acknowledges, “but the new Raytec sorter has reduced

that to less than 4%, depending on the quality of raw materials coming in. “The system provides individual leaf inspection at 1m/sec., enabling us to move 1,500 lb. of product an hour per each line.” The inspected spinach leaves are conveyed to fully automatic, stainless steel weigh scales from Multipond, parent company of Multipond America (Booth S-6356) Green Bay, Wisconsin. The highly sanitary design and special “sharp-tooth” mechanisms ensure optimal dispensing of the loose product to the packaging machines below. “Our Multipond automatic weighers’ automatic feeding mechanisms allow us to handle a very challenging product that does not move very well and . . . tends to gather together in clusters and clumps,” Alexander notes.

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He points out, “The energy transmitted from the vibratory feeders to the top of the scale helps us to fill the buckets very accurately, almost to the leaf. By integrating all the systems leading to this stage so tightly, the buckets can actually make decisions on how to create the ideal combinations for the selected target weight and then accurately filling it with just the right quantity of spinach leaves. What that means . . . is that a 312g package will have 7–8g of overfill, rather than 60–70g we may have had previously.” Adds Wood, “These new-generation Multipond scales put a huge emphasis on hygiene, so the entire scale was designed with an IP69 washdown rating in mind.” Arranged on each line in 10-bucket configurations, the 3.8L buckets direct the products downward to another Abbey-supplied product distribution system that splits each deposit into two equal halves per bucket—thereby simultaneously packaging four packages at a time or two per packaging machine.


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One of those two packaging machines is a fully automatic T850 tray sealer from Multivac Canada, sister company of Multivac – USA (Booth S-6314, N-220) Kansas City, Missouri, It puts loose spinach into rectangular plastic tubs sealed with a layer of two-layer, high-barrier film at speeds of 40–60 tubs/min., albeit Alexander is sure he’ll be able to raise that throughput to 80 tubs/min. after a few more process refinements. He says, “We believe that this is the most advanced tray sealer installed anywhere in Canada.” Used to fill and seal clear rigid plastic tubs from Peninsula Packaging, now part of Sonoco (Booth C-1535, S-6058) Hartsville, South Carolina, the high-speed Multivac T850 machine was customized for inline application of a second film layer. It’s coated with a specially formulated food-safe adhesive, to create a resealable pull-tab. With a bright red tab positioned near the top of the printed graphics, consumers easily peel the top layer to access the center of the package, take out what they need and simply pat the tab back into place to reattach it to the primary film layer. Alexander reports, “This easy-to-use resealing tab helped to grow the sales of our tub packages by 15% . . . . Being completely airtight, this hermetical seal allowed us to extend the product shelf life beyond 14 days, while achieving enhanced consumer convenience and reduced food waste.

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“Multivac Canada provided outstanding service and commitment to integrating the machine seamlessly into the line in order to automate our process,” Alexander states. “The remarkable collaboration between Multivac, Abbey, Multipond and other key suppliers in connecting the entire system has yielded a highly efficient, continuous process that is all electronically linked from start to finish. So if there is ever a problem anywhere along the line, it all shuts down automatically.” Alexander estimates that the Multivac system currently accounts for about 40% of the plant’s daily output, while the second line’s high-speed SmartPacker horizontal form/fill/seal machine from GEA (Booth C-5404) Columbia, Maryland, also installed by Abbey, accounts for the rest—running breathable film for pillow bags of spinach. The fully automatic SmartPacker bagger incorporates advanced ultrasonic sealing. “It’s a fairly expensive technology to buy into,” he acknowledges, “but if it helps eliminate the 5–10% of rejected bags you get with traditional heat sealing methods, the end user will eliminate a huge waste of both packaging substrates and raw product.” Wood explains, “. . . products like spinach and lettuce are hard to get into the bags at high speeds in their entirety, being both dense and prone to a lot of product movement. Traditional heat sealing methods can’t provide a perfect seal when you have a loose leaf of lettuce or spinach positioned in the sealing area. They’ll just seal around it—leaving small holes around the outline of the trapped product and resulting in a wasteful reject of the entire bag.” He points out, “Imperfect seals are a huge concern in the produce industry in terms of food safety and product quality, and ultrasonic welding is a perfect way to address it. The high frequency of the ultrasonic process actually purges the product from the sealing area while the seal is made, ensuring 100% seal integrity every time.” All the finished bags and tubs of spinach pass through the Anritsu SSV Series combination checkweigher/metal detectors for one last, thorough quality assurance test, before moving down the line for labeling on a label applicator from Accraply (Booth

C-1800) Plymouth, Minnesota. Coding follows on a SmartDate X40 thermal-transfer printer from Markem-Imaje (Booth C-2423) Kennesaw, Georgia. At the end of the line, finished packages are manually loaded inside preprinted corrugated shipping containers—supplied by Atlantic Packaging Products, Scarborough, Ontario—case-coded by another Markem-Imaje large-character printer using a special wax-jet ink formulation and stacked onto skids in five-layer pallet loads. All in all, Alexander says he is “highly satisfied” with the way the entire $4.7-million capital ex-

pansion project came together. “We are achieving higher productivity on these two lines than at our other Burlington location while using half the water and half the people and generating just a quarter of the material waste.” For more information, visit http://detectionperfection. com,,,,,,, SD Editor’s Note: The original version of this story appeared in the March 2017 issue of Canadian Packaging under the headline “Sealed and Delivered.”

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RPA honors Stihl and Goodwill Excellence in Reusable Packaging awards recognize commitment to and benefit from reusable packaging.

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he Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) (Booth S-7900) Tampa, Florida, bestowed 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging awards on Stihl and Goodwill Industries International on Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017, at the RPA Reusable Packaging Learning Center. The award presentations were followed by the two honorees describing how they use reusable packaging and the impact it’s had on their operations. For the first time two awards were given. One recognizes for-profit companies, and one recognizes nonprofit or governmental organizations. Stihl won in the for-profit category for its project to reduce waste, cost, material handling and downtime while improving movement of in-house components within and between facilities through conversion from single-use corrugated boxes to reusable storage/transport containers. Goodwill Industries International was recognized in the nonprofit organization category for its initiative to reduce product damage and cost while improving worker safety and warehouse utilization through a standard footprint reusable pallet and sleeve system for bulk storage of donated items. “This year, we received the highest number of applications since the award program was established in 2011,” reports Tim Debus, president and CEO of the RPA. “The innovation reflected in all the entries was outstanding, and the field was very competitive. However, the significant business and environmental results achieved by Stihl . . . and Goodwill made their submissions stand out. Our judges cited the impressive impact demonstrated in multiple facets of their operations, including product movement, handling and storage, worker safety, operational efficiency, waste reduction and cost savings across multiple facilities and geographies as key factors in their selection.”

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Stihl eliminated 760 tons of corrugated returned for recycling annually while improving operational efficiency. A leading manufacturer of power tools for landscape maintenance and forestry, the company needed a more efficient, sustainable way to move components from one production line to another within and between facilities. Replacing corrugated cases with standardized KTP GP3 reusable plastic containers from KTP, Bous, Germany, generated significant cost savings; a favorable payback on container purchases and required machinery modifications; reduction in material handling, forklift traffic and downtime; along with improved inter-company inventory balance and component exchange.

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the 40 x 48-in. OPTE Bulk reusable pallet and sleeve system from ORBIS (Booth S-8001) Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Goodwill realized a 50% increase in warehouse utilization, better trailer utilization, improved worker handling, efficiency and safety and reduced merchandise damage, packaging cost and environmental impact. The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging competition recognizes companies and organizations For the first time RPA honored two organizations that have developed and imple- in its Excellence in Reusable Packaging competition, one for-profit and one nonprofit. mented innovative and measurable reusable packaging solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. Submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of judges. The 2017 judging panel consisted of Justin Lehrer, senior program manager, and Michelle Fay, program manager, StopWaste; Ben Miyares, president, Packaging Management Institute; Laszlo Horvath, CPL, assistant professor and director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech University; and Rick LeBlanc, editor, For more information, visit, SD

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he PACKage Printing Pavilion debuts at PACK EXPO International 2018 (Oct. 14–17, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago). Product proliferation, micro marketing efforts, sustainability and traceability concerns are driving companies toward digital packaging. Meanwhile, more and more suppliers at PACK EXPO International are exhibiting digital products, with an emphasis on smart packaging applications. The new PACKage Printing Pavilion brings together these digitally charged end users and original equipment manufacturers. Located in the South Building at McCormick Place, the 50,000-sq.-ft. pavilion shines a spotlight on digital printing and converting technologies for short-run, on-demand, cost-effective, variable data and personalized packaging. Exhibitors can reserve space in the PACKage Printing Pavilion to showcase innovations such as digital color printing applications for folding cartons, corrugated and flexible packaging, labeling, coding and marking solutions and other smart package printing options. For more information, visit SD

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THEtrends MEAT AND POULTRY MARKETS ARE DOMINATED BY A HANDFUL Report examines in OF LEADERS CHALLENGED TO MEET CONSUMER PREFERENCES AND ADAPT TO GLOBAL GROWTH meat, poultry and seafood Firms in Meat and Poultry Generate Automation, food safety and Large demand for longer 85% to 95% of Market Revenue, While The Seafood Market Has a Greater Portion of shelf life drive packaging changes. Smaller Establishments


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ASEPTIC VIAL FILLING HIGH-SPEED V/F/F/S High-performance XPdius Elite vertical/form/ fill/seal machine runs at nearly 100 cycles/min. Finished bags can measure up to 13 in. wide and 16 in. long. Maintaining machine parts and inner workings is hassle-free as doors are easily removable, and operators have front and back access. A cantilevered air film shaft eliminates the need for film-holding side chucks for a much simpler, faster changeover routine. Another time-saving feature is toolless parts removal when loading film, replacing pull belts and performing routine maintenance. Dual servo motors and drives tightly control acceleration, deceleration and positioning. WeighPack Systems Booth C-3614

Servo-driven Dara SX-310-PP/D aseptic fill/finish machine can be equipped with stainless steel or ceramic rotary piston pumps or peristaltic pumps that utilize single-use tubing. System handles glass or plastic vials ranging in size from 0.1–250ml for liquids and 2–1,500mg for powders and can be programmed for full stopper insertion, followed by aluminum/flip-off cap application or half stopper insertion and no capping for lyophilization. Pairs of filling, stoppering and capping stations achieve throughputs of up to 120 units/min. and change over in 15 min. with no tools. For sterile or cleanroom applications, the machine can be equipped with a laminar air flow, open or closed restricted access barrier system or high containment isolator. NJM Packaging, a ProMach product brand Booth C-3418, N-307

POTATO SORTER The TOMRA 5A sorter removes foreign material such as corn cobs, wood, stems, plastics, glass and even stray golf balls from whole unpeeled and peeled potatoes. This process minimizes the risk of food contamination down the line and improves product quality. An optional peel control module can connect multiple sorters and optimizes peel removal levels for the steam peeler. The result is lower peel loss and less food waste with no operator supervision required. The TOMRA ACT operator interface generates on-screen performance feedback so users can view critical sort information and real-time sorting data at a glance. TOMRA Sorting Food Booth S-8027

LOCKING COLLAR Next generation SealMaster® Skwezloc® concentric locking collar accommodates commercial turned and polished shafting while improving lock reliability. A circumferential groove on its inner ring bore reduces stress on the inner ring when properly clamped to the shaft and improves lock reliability. A larger cap screw and collar increases clamping force and holding power to the shaft. An optimized chamfer profile reduces stress concentrations when the collar is tightened. The design maintains the

COMPACT HYGIENIC CONVEYOR Pre-engineered, washdown-compatible Slim-Fit™ conveyor simplifies product transfers, fits in tight spaces and changes without tools. Pin-pull approach allows the operator to remove the belt in seconds. Operator simply pulls two end pins, lifts the end pulley, lays the pulley on the frame or removes it completely and slides off the belt. After cleaning, maintenance or replacement, the operator slides



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on the belt, lines up the V-guide on the pulley, lines up the belt with the V-guide and reinstalls the pins. A strategically placed center drive design keeps balance in the system and uniform depth or width on each conveyor end to fit in tight spaces. A flipup end tail maintains tension and tracking—even during maintenance. Other features include adjustable height (from 30–48 in.), easy-to-remove transfer plate and mirror-like stainless steel finish. Multi-Conveyor Booth C-4416

TOMRA Sorting Solutions is a leading provider of sensor-based food sorting machines and food processing technology for the fresh and processed food industries. Developing state-of-the-art technologies, optimizing customers’ production flow and helping to deliver consistent high quality food have been TOMRA’s strengths for more than 40 years. WWW.TOMRA.COM/FOOD





"Super Soft Catch" Case Packer The industry standard for reliable operation, quick change-over and versatile product range. A two-axis servo system allows the Versatron Servo Case Packer to actually "catch" the product while it descends into the case. The lift table moves the case to the "up" position and waits for a full grid. When grid is full, the riding strips shift to the side and initiate the bottle descent. The lift table simultaneously moves the case downward on a velocity curve that ultimately achieves the same speed at the point of contact (the "soft catch").

Manufacturers with high-end motion or data requirements can simplify systems with the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller. It combines high-performance control and Windows-based computing in a single controller. Capable of supporting up to 150 axes of motion, the controller is ideal for large packaging and converting, printing and web applications. Faster scan-time execution and motion-loop updates improve machine throughput. Real-time data collection helps end users reduce latency and view critical control information at its source, while sending other information upstream to the enterprise or cloud. Rockwell Automation Central Hall: Meeting Room N-116

PopLok automatic tray forming machine erects self-locking corrugated and paperboard trays with or without a lid. Capable of forming one-, two- or multi-tuck trays, the PopLok machine gently pulls one tray blank at a time from the hopper to a forming section where precise plows erect side and end panels. At the same time, minor flaps are folded, and the tray passes through a set of side bars that fold and lock the rollover flaps into place. Using no glue or tape, the PopLok handles a variety of blank sizes. Delicate handling prevents marring of tray graphics. Eagle Packaging Machinery Booth C-3614

MAP LEAK DETECTION Cascade™ CT4215 leak detection system, reportedly the world’s first online system for 100% testing of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for seal integrity, ensures quality of shipped products. Modular, easy-toinstall unit accommodates a variety of container sizes, enables quick, flexible product changeovers and ensures container integrity for aerosol, pharmaceutical and food products. The Quantum Cascade Laser technology operates at up to 200 packs/min. and rejects packages instantaneously without disrupting the production line. Testing reduces waste and recalls. Emerson Booth C-5222A




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SMALLER SOLID-STATE RELAYS RK Series two-pole solid-state relays fit in smaller spaces without compromising performance. With two poles in one housing, each pole can be

controlled independently or simultaneously. The latter offers a cost-effective solution for switching of three-phase loads. The RK Series extends the current ratings of two-pole solid-state relays to 75 AAC/pole with a proper heat sink and provides output screw terminals for secure connectivity of cables with ferrules, ring or fork terminals. Relays conform to global standards such as UL 508, CSA C22.2 and EN 60947-4-3 and are ideal for reliable switching of resistive loads and heating elements. Carlo Gavazzi Booth S-6121

LIQUID FILLER Fully automatic FlexCare 100 filling and closing machine for syrups in glass and plastic bottles can process three types of closures at the same time, e.g., spray and crimp pumps and screw caps. Rated at 60–120 containers/min., units fills volumes up to 500ml. Streamlined machine design consistently complies with GMP requirements and enhances accessibility and ease of cleaning. groninger USA Booth N-107

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HORIZONTAL CARTONER Cariba C222 horizontal cartoner produces up to 100 boxes/min. Designed for pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetic applications, the servo-motor-driven, intermittent-motion machine offers fast, easy changeover and positive carton forming. Feeding systems accommodate a variety of packaging formats, including blisters, sachets, suppositories, tubes, bottles, trays, vials, jars and flow-packs. An ergonomic balcony design occupies a compact footprint. MG America Booth N-227

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date/lot codes, UDI codes and other variable data. The CartonTrac FC system occupies a small 59.50 x 32.56-in. footprint and can be located next to automated cartoners or a work station for hand-fill packaging. The CartonTrac EC erect carton system uses similar technology to code and verify erect cartons. A modular vacuum conveyor simplifies installation at the end of any line. Fan-based technology replaces a pump or blower to dramatically reduce the noise level of the vacuum transport. Pineberry Manufacturing Booth C-3704

locity pressure while maintaining a positive seal. The result is easy cleaning without spills or leaks. Target applications include situations where cleaning frequency needs to be increased or is already frequent due to heavy contaminant removal. The separator’s innovative design allows manual-clean units to be upgraded to automatic cleaning with a bolt-on kit. Eriez Booth S-5901


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COMPACT BARCODE READER Barcode reading algorithms and individually controlled LEDs empower the DataMan 70 series to deliver the highest read rates for 1D and 2D label-based barcodes. With advanced image formation even damaged or distorted label-based codes can be read. Flexible configuration options and compact 22.2 x 35.8 x 42.4mm size make it ideal for mounting in tight spaces on production lines and in machinery. Cognex Booth C-5338

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Network, visit DUST-TIGHT MAGNETIC SEPARATION Easy to Clean DSC (dust-tight, sanitary, convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet separator handles fine powders better and some head ve-

X-RAY INSPECTION The X38 x-ray inspection system checks pumped foods such as ground meat, soup, jam and dairy products for glass, metal, stone, calcified bone, high-density plastic and rubber contamination. Capable of handling up to 14 metric tons/hr., the system automatically adjusts scan speed and rejector timing to flow rate. Standard pipe diameters are 2.5 in. (63mm), 3 in. (75mm) and 4 in. (100 mm). The design meets the highest hygienic standards and carries an IP69 rating. Other features include an auto test option and clean-in-place (CIP) capability. A movable carriage eliminates the need to disconnect piping and allows the unit to be moved away from heat generated during a CIP cycle. Mettler-Toledo Booth C-1814, N-306

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PRODUCTS food products, even medical equipment. Castor-mounted, compact flow wrapper fits well in confined spaces. SleekWrapper Booth C-3614

CASE PACKER FOR CARTONS Ideal for bottles, pouches (with or without cap) and cartons of dairy products, individually wrapped slices of cheese and retail-ready packaging, the CPIII case packer is proven in the food and beverage industry. This versatile system automatically erects, loads and closes wraparound cases, trays, tray-lid combinations and regular slotted cases. With its hygienic design, the CPIII case packer has a fast, tool-free changeover. BluePrint Automation Booth C-4400

BOTTLES ASCEND/DESCEND SpiralVeyorÂŽ BottleLift spiral conveyor requires minimal space to elevate or store flows of liquid containers. With belt widths of 100mm or 140mm, the unit features an ultra-flat, medium-friction belt. However, a non-friction or high-friction belt may be specified, and each unit is tailored to its application. AmbaFlex Booth S-6331


THE CLEAR CHOICE INDEXING PLUNGERS SleekWrapper 45 horizontal flow wrapper provides smaller or startup operations with all the efficiency advantages of a four-axis servo-driven machine at an entry-level cost. Four non-proprietary servo motors and drives expedite changeover and adjustment and eliminate chains, gears and lubrication. A cantilevered body and smooth infeed ensure the highest levels of hygiene. Built in a heavy-duty stainless steel frame, the wrapper handles up to 150 packs/ min. A fully adjustable forming box makes it suitable for food and non-

GN 414 metric stainless steel safety indexing plungers feature the pin in a protruding, locked position to prevent inadvertent retraction. The protruding plunger may be unlocked only by exerting axial pressure on the matte red, technopolymer, safety pushbutton. Temperature-resistant to 80 C (176 F), the plunger body and pin are made of stainless steel, and the pin is chemically nickel-plated. The matte black-gray, technopolymer knob is not removable. JW Winco Booth S-6060 â–ź




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DAIRY PICKS ROLL-FED LABELERS Trusting in an established export tradition and international support network, one of Thailand’s best known dairy brands ordered multiple rollLAN oriented polypropylene roll-fed hot-melt labelers for its polyethylene terephthalate bottle production. The inline format provides an ideal platform for simple container handling even at speeds up to 700 bottles/min. Servo controls effortlessly time the container infeed with label cutting and vacuum drum speed and ensure precise label placement and dependable output with little operator intervention. Stainless steel construction with Category 3 guard package allows the rollLAN labeler to operate in beverage, food and aerosol environments. LANGGUTH America Booth C-2158

Cost-effective ZT510 direct-thermal/thermaltransfer printer debuts. Energy StarÂŽ-qualified unit targets applications that require a basic feature set plus high-quality printing and durability. All-metal design, rugged construction and sealed dome buttons prevent ingress of dust, dirt and moisture and withstand harsh environments. Print speeds reach 12 in. (305mm)/sec. Zebra Technologies Booth S-7590

MOBILE STRETCH WRAPPER An electric maneuvering system on the mobile Leonardo stretch wrapper requires only 3 ft. of clearance around all sides of the pallet. A telescopic mast accommodates pallets up to 92 in. tall. Adjustable film tension provides full stretch. AT Information Products Booth C-2734

BOOTH S-6590 MULTI-FREQUENCY METAL DETECTOR The Sentinel multi-scan metal detector rapidly scans up to five frequencies to dramatically increase the probability of finding all random sizes and shapes of embedded ferrous, nonferrous and stainless steel contaminants. The unit detects fragments that are up to 70% smaller in volume than previous technologies, including its predecessor, the APEX 500 metal detector, for which it can be a drop-in replacement. (Footprint and aperture location are the same.) Applications include dairy, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, bread and health and beauty products, which pose challenges due to product effect where the signal from a particular metal can be hidden inside the electromagnetic response of the product. Thermo Fisher Scientific Booth C-2200

MULTIPACK SHRINK WRAPPER Single or multi-stream of cans, bottles, cartons or other type of packaging enter the Contour SPS60 shrink wrapper and exit as a shrink-wrapped film-only, pad, U-board or tray multipack. Designed for the food and beverage market, the machine operates at 60 cycles/min. and features a side-mounted film stand. Douglas Machine Booth C-2014

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FILLING LINE THERMOFORMER/TRAY SEALER Brand owners no longer have to decide between thermoform-fill-seal or tray fill/seal lines. G. Mondini’s new Platformer® technology integrates with the Trave tray sealer to thermoform trays online or handle pre-made trays. This revolutionary technology shrinks the tray footprint before the forming process and reduces scrap to just 1%. It also cuts tray format changeover to less than 10 minutes with only two components needing to be changed. Harpak-ULMA Packaging Booth S-6101

Fast, flexible and reliable RPF rotary piston fillers accommodate a wide range of containers and products of most viscosities at speeds up to 540 containers/min. This series is available in different frame sizes and models from four to 36 filling nozzles. The overhead driven pistons feature fine-fill piston adjustment, achieving ±0.5% fill accuracy. With a quick-change format, cylinders and pistons remove easily for cleaning or changeover. This year, the filler is shown integrated with an unscrambler and labeler. Cozzoli Machine Booth C-2006

OPAQUE WHITE Compass Ultra White, a high-performance laminating white, exhibits high opacity levels versus competing flexographic laminating white inks. In fact it reduces white application volumes by up to 50% with equivalent opacity. Other features include excellent ink transfer, low solvent retention, superior hiding properties on challenging metallized substrates and exceptional adhesive laminating bonds. Reduced coating weights at similar application viscosities yield potential savings of 30%–50%. Wikoff Color Booth S-6481

THE BAKING & SNACK BREAK LOUNGE Upper South Hall | Booth S-7631

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Baking & Snack Industry Reception Tuesday, September 26 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Educational Presentations Basic Baking Ingredient Functionality An entry level perspective. What fundamentals all bakery employees should know. —Dave Van Laar, ABA Senior Advisor Translating Washington for Bakers Making sense of the chaos in Washington and how it impacts bakers. —Robb MacKie, ABA President & CEO Check the mobile app for additional sessions and times!

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PRODUCTS NESTABLE DISTRIBUTION PALLET New Nestable Distribution Pallet with innovative one-piece design is ideal for reuse in the grocery, retail and 3PL distribution supply chains. Also on display, the industry-leading, NSF-certified, one-piece Progenic Pallet Series is ideal for food and pharmaceutical plants and supply chains. Progenic Series pallets exceed strict food safety and pharmaceutical packaging and shipping regula-

tions. Several options address different needs. Polymer Solutions International Booth S-8019

ACCURATE COLOR MATCHING A custom SoftRIP NeuraLabel 300x driver for SoftRIP Label Edition RIP software from Wasatch Computer Technology imparts superior color-matching technology and print management to NeuraLabel’s high-speed, variable-width label printer. Designed for on-demand, high-speed label production, the software achieves superior color reproduction with smooth gradients, natural skin tones and ultra-sharp text. A Spot Color Replacement tool and color databases simplify matching of spot colors. An interactive interface swiftly adjusts image size and orientation. An add-on, Variable Data Printing, supports generation of sequential numbers, text, barcodes or images. NeuraLabel Booth S-7768



Vibratory fillers handle solid non-uniform products such as snack foods, candy, meats, poultry, seafood, nuts and grains. With customized elements, including the hopper, feeder pan and control system, machines deliver accuracy, speed and versatility. Model range serves fill sizes from single-serving to bulk. All-Fill Booth S-1806

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PRODUCTS CHILD-RESISTANT DEBUT Resealable Tab-Lok™ child-resistant zipper recently received Conformity of Packaging accreditation from IVM-childsafe, Braunschweig, Germany. Designation confirms closure meets U.S. 16 CFR 1700.20 and ISO 8317 standards for use throughout the U.S. and Europe. Press-to-close design streamlines the opening process. A small tab helps

COMPACT SPIRAL Compact Narrow Trak vertical conveyor spiral requires less space to handle small loads. New 6- and 9-in.-wide nesting slats provide an efficient, flat conveying surface without gaps and reliably end-transfer small cartons and packages or side-transfer small bottles or containers in a single file or continuous mass flow. Capable of speeds in excess of 200 ft./min., spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change than what is currently available for small packages. Spirals replace side-gripper conveyors, run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes. Ryson International Booth C-4642

SAFETY LIGHT CURTAIN Four M12 system plugs enable configuration of the deTec4 Prime safety light curtain without a computer. A protective field width of up to 30m can be measured automatically. Equipped with four LEDs, the alignment displays ensure quick and safe commissioning. Cascading up to three light curtains minimizes wiring complexity and means that fewer safety-capable inputs are required in the control cabinet. With IP65 and IP67 enclosure ratings and an ambient operating temperature of –30 C to +55 C, the deTec4 Prime safety light curtain withstands harsh environments. SICK Booth S-6019




E V E RY TH I N G W E A R E G O E S I NTO E V E RY TH I N G W E D O. We are the premier designer and builder of pressuresensitive labeling equipment. No other labeling machinery manufacturer can lay claim to as many standard and uniquely designed systems as ULS. 26,000 plus labeling machines and systems have been produced by Universal over our 33 successful years in the industry. All machines are designed and built in the USA at our St. Petersburg Florida facility. Your ULS machine is sold and supported through a worldwide network of Authorized Distributors, and backed by our expert technical staff. And at ULS, we do more than talk as our Performance Guarantee states: “All equipment manufactured by Universal Labeling Systems carries a 30-day performance guarantee. If your labeling machinery does not perform as stated, we will take your machine back and reimburse you in full.” 33 years and 26,000 plus machines later, we still honor this pledge.

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PRODUCTS open the zipper during first and subsequent uses. Although a deterrent for younger children, the tab gives seniors easy access. Cost-effective design integrates easily on packaging lines without significant changes to equipment or capital investment. Show visitors can see a prototype of a CR slider closure, which is expected to launch commercially before the end of 2017. Zip-Pak Booth C-4014

to amber, red or another color depending on the action needed. As a result, operators can pinpoint and fix problems without even consulting the human/machine interface. When the operator opens the guard door nearest the problem, the lighting inside the machine turns to white task lighting to provide visibility for the operator. Schneider Packaging Equipment Booth C-2420

Networking opportunities with other businesses and professionals Support the advancement of High Pressure Processing (HPP) Cold Pressure Council members have exclusive use of the High Pressure Certified logo for consumer products using HPP

HOT-MELT SEALING ETHERNET/IP CONNECTIVITY Onboard EtherNet/IP (E/IP) networking protocol allows both client and server devices to interconnect a wider range of third-party systems. As Delta adopts E/IP as a standard feature, it has been added to its AS300 series compact modular midrange programmable logic controller (PLC), the DVP-ES2-E series PLC, the AH500 advanced central processing unit (CPU) and the new AH10EMC integrated EtherCAT motion and PLC CPU for the AH500 series midrange rack PLC. Delta Industrial Automation Products Booth C-3400 DIACloud

Kizen hot-melt adhesives for case and carton sealing offer enhanced performance over existing technology and streamline manufacturing processes. The next generation of hot melts set quickly, adhere to difficult substrates and address robust application needs. Ideal for auto-feed systems, this product line also features ultra-precise drop, minimal charring and low viscosity. Bostik Booth C-5644


For more information, visit booth C-1341 LIGHTING AS A TROUBLESHOOTER Patent-pending Intelligent Illumination™ technology turns light into a maintenance tool. The concept is simple: Blue light is good; red is bad. If the machine is running smoothly, the LED lighting glows with a soothing blue. When a problem is detected, LEDs at the trouble spot change

Foopak food-contact packaging from strategic partner Asia Pulp & Paper Group features the sustainable, water-based Bio Natura coating to provide a recyclable alternative to less eco-friendly barrier substrates. The portfolio includes 100% biodegradable Foopak Bio Natura cup stock. Designed to hold hot products, it can be used for heat-and-eat cereal and takeout coffee or soup. Charta Global Booth S-7950

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PRINTING CORRUGATED Glory1604 digital corrugated press with up to 56 Kyocera printheads achieves a breakthrough print speed of 150m/min (492 ft./min) and reproduces four-color graphics with high-quality, resolution up to 600*1800 dots/in. for fine details. One-sheet-up printing makes the press ideal for small orders. An intelligent management system oversees functions such as order management and ink cost calculation. Press features automatic height detection, printhead protection and emergency stop if warpage is detected. Capabilities include variable data printing including QR code and barcode for logistics tracking. Hanglory USA Booth S-6188

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DIGITAL PRINTING Equipment and materials for digital printing, packaging and finishing serve a variety of segments including label printing and finishing, labeling certified to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, automated packaging and security seals. Packaging-related brands include Colordyne, Anytron and Bepop digital printing equipment and Innova end-of-line packaging systems. Arrow Systems Booth S-8282

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NO CONSTRAINTS LABELING MACHINE. Partnering with thousands of companies for more than half a century has inspired revolutionary box innovations. Precision mandrel-forming technology forms cases around a fixed mandrel, minimizing case skew and maximizing structural integrity. The result is cases that outperform comparable regular slotted cases in production efficiency and stacking strength. Automated one- and two-piece, shelfready and retail-ready designs make it easier to replenish products and shop, increase product availability and improve shopper satisfaction. WestRock Booth C-2023

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Quick Compliance Program draws upon a large lineup of pre-configured modules to achieve serialization compliance within 10 weeks from the project start. Pre-configured modules in concert with a standardized package of software, documentation and services minimize the need for Project Management Office efforts. All ready-to-ship units, which also offer post-implementation flexibility and scalability, are preconfigured at a spacious new warehouse in Moorestown, New Jersey. Antares Vision Booth N-236 ▼



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SERIALIZATION SOFTWARE AFTERMARKET SUPPORT SupportPro™ service offers aftermarket support to U.S. customers. Certified technicians provide preventive maintenance, emergency service, machine audits and end user training to maximize performance, longevity and total cost of ownership. In addition to onsite support, the program includes technical assistance and emergency parts 24/7. Technicians are trained to service machines from the Duravant family of companies: Arpac, HamerFischbein, Mespack, FMH Conveyors and Marlen. SupportPro™ – A Duravant Service Booth C-1451

Adents Prodigi software, a new Cloud serialization and traceability solution developed in collaboration with Microsoft, enters the market as a Level 4 traceability solution that can centrally manage regulatory requirements mandated in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to enabling compliance with incrementally complex regulations, the software is capable of analyzing the massive amounts of data generated during the serialization and trackand-trace process. Data analysis is supported by Microsoft Power BI, machine learning tools and third-party solutions such as OEE Tracker and Supplier Portal developed by Supply Chain Wizard. Adents Booth N-219

RISE TO GREATER HEIGHTS At PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the SmartFlex Helix conveyor debuts in an operating loop with a 3200 Series modular belt conveyor and a SmartFlex Wedge elevator—a system where products wedge securely between opposing conveyors to move vertically or horizontally between floors or different elevations. The SmartFlex® Helix conveyor moves product up or down on one of three belt widths—85mm, 180mm and 260mm—and occupies only 100 sq. ft. Compact design allows 5 ft. of elevation change in 10 ft. (incline angle up to 12 degrees), providing flexibility to configure different layouts. The no-lube system results in a cleaner environment and reduced risk of contamination. Dorner Mfg. Booth C-1444



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Jesse Zimmerman with Advanced Poly-Packaging (Booth C-1631) explains how to bring versatility, simplicity and reliability to bagging technology.

Visit The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth S-7632), hosted by the International Society of Beverage Technologists.

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Michael Leo of Xerox (Booth C-2254) discusses samples of digital printing.

Dorner (Booth C-1444) sponsors The Candy Bar Lounge (Booth S-7202), hosted by the National Confectioners Association, Manufacturing Confectioner and Candy and Snack Today.

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MG America (Booth N-227) brought a full team to meet visitors at the Healthcare Packaging EXPO.

Digital Design (Booth C-2430) brings Evolution IV to PACK EXPO.

The team from PDC (Booth C-4225) is here to discuss shrink sleeve labelers, multi-packers, shrink tunnels and more.

Dave Wineman and Ole Rygh Ryson (l-r) are ready to answer questions about vertical conveying solutions from Ryson International (Booth C-4642).

Frank Lopes of P.E. USA, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-1627), explains their beverage labeling machinery.

Andre Blake from Pineberry (Booth C-3704) demonstrates their friction feeder.

Mike Orcutt of Matthews Marking Systems (Booth C-3632) discusses the VIAjet™ T-series inkjet printer.

Jim Paulsen (r) at Multi-Conveyor (Booth C-4416) is showing the Slim-Fit™ conveyor, which simplifies product transfers, fits in tight spaces and changes without tools.

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Gregory See Hoye with Deville Technologies (Booth S-7406) present the FS-40 shredder/ grater to PACK EXPO attendees.

Stop by HP (Booth S-6507) to view the innovative HP packaging solutions.

Wylie Royce and Phil Murphy (l-r) from Royce Colors (Booth S-7740) eagerly await visitors to discuss their color and specialty chemicals.

Kevin Wu from Siemens (Booth S-5911) demonstrates the latest workflow for their automation solutions.

THE BEVERAGE COOLER LOUNGE Upper South Hall | Booth S-7632

Calling All Beverage Industry Professionals

Meet up with industry peers and enjoy comfortable seating in The Beverage Cooler Lounge.

Beverage Industry Reception Tuesday, September 26 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Educational Presentations Trends in Beverage Packaging —Ron Puvak, Plastic Technologies Inc. Latest Updates on FSMA —Cloeann Durham, Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated —Brian Stegmann, Ingredion Fundamentals of Beverage Packaging —ISBT Beverage Institute

The Future of Oxygen Measurement and Control Systems for Flexible Beverage Packaging —Patrick Vuchot, Smurfit Cold Press Council Overview Check the mobile app for additional sessions and times!

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Adam Grieco, Rich Thomas, Paige Weis and Kristine Fazio (l-r) from Multisorb Technologies (Booth S-6286), manufacturers of oxygen and moisture absorbers.

At Arrow Systems (Booth S-8282), Carl Fantauzzo works with the any-002 four-color digital label press.

See the Omega Series from Yamato (Booth S-6309) which uses innovative technology and delivers higher speed and precision.


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Amanda Wease, Kelly Stacy and Julie Deehr (l-r) are from SMC Group (Booth S-6169). SMC was a sponsor of the Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast.

KR555 Labeling System

BOOTH S-7433

KR725 Bag Feeder

Reduce waste, improve productivity and protect assets with Apex Supply Chain Technologies (Booth S-7292). Mike McGuriman from Apex shows how the Capex system works.

PackJet Industrial Inkjet System



Marchant Schmidt (Booth S-6119) are “The Authority on Cheese Cutting Equipment.”

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Blower Package Tom O’Brien from Urschel Laboratories (Booth S-7422) shows off the Affinity Integra dicer.

Open and closed packages featuring Tuthill’s best blowers.

Tuthill vacuum pumps and blowers are made to deliver performance that meets your needs. Learn more about Tuthill today! 1-800-825-6937 • ©2017 Tuthill.

VISIT US Michael Sarvo from Emulate3D (Booth S-7527) shows how to use a 3D CAD add-in to simplify and automate virtual controls testing.

BOOTH S8457 SEPT 25 - SEPT 27

Greg Rasmussen, Doug Olszewski, Kurt Schwei and Duane Sundin (l-r) from Foth Production Solutions (Booth S-7404) are here to talk to you about packaging and material handling systems integration.

WHEN IT COMES TO SAFETY, WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK From the perimeter of your building, to the interior of your plant, Rite-Hite has you covered — offering layers of protection that your facility and personnel need. Visit our booth to see, touch and interact with our products including Dock Levelers, Vehicle Restraints, High Speed Doors and more!

Paul Bolduc with KBA-Kammann (Booth S-7882) is showing both digital and screen printing options.

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Develop Your Training Skills



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At Orbis (Booth S-8001), eliminate waste and reduce your impact on the environment with reusable plastic pallets, bins and containers.

Become an effective and successful trainer with PMMI’s Certified Trainer Workshop This two-day workshop provides your company with the strategies and tactics to train employees across all skill levels.

Jessie Caldwell discusses multihead weighing and product distribution systems at Multipond (Booth S-6356).

Benefits: • Successful training techniques for adult learners • Effective training documentation • Increased machinery efficiency • Lower operating costs and reduce waste For more information, visit the PMMI Booth, located in the Central Hall Lobby. Check out the Vemag Minced Meat Portioner at Reiser (Booth S-6125).

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At STA (Booth S-8276), David Cacciatore and Ron Wolf (l-r) show a display of tapes available.

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LOOKING FOR AN AGENT/DISTRIBUTOR IN AUSTRALIA? Nelson Alor explains how Ecolean (Booth S-6551) provides a lighter approach to packaging.


Epson Robots (Booth S-6372) is introducing the slider alternative, the Epson T3 all-in-one.

Proven Cheese Shredding Systems

At a presentation by the Reusable Packaging Association (Booth S-7900), different levels of cost, involvement and technoloty were explained.

Typical Shred


MSI Shred

By focusing on providing a consistent flow of cheese to the shredder, we are able to maximize throughput, reduce labor and minimize the amount of product loss with our shredding systems. A wide variety of capacities are available from 2,000 lbs/hr up to 18,000 lbs/hr depending on your production needs.

Marchant Schmidt, Inc. can help provide ... • • •

Consistent Length Decreased fines Accurate powder dosing

Learn more at our booth... Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017 Kevin King and Tim Kubly (l-r) from Rite-Hite (Booth S-8457) stand by the company’s loading dock products and solutions.

Booth #6119 - Lower South / (920) 921-4760

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Explore PMMI



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Impact Through Innovation

Hanglory (Booth S-6188) is demonstrating the Glory 1604 industrial-level corrugated digital printing machine at regular intervals.

PMMI connects the makers of goods with the packaging and processing suppliers they rely on. Together we help provide people around the world with innovative, safe, convenient and costeffective products that touch lives every day.

Find pneumatic, hydraulic and electric solutions for the packaging industry at Bimba (Booth S-6149).

Look for the PMMI logo in exhibitors’ booths and ask them about PMMI’s resources. Stop by the PMMI booth located in the Central Hall Lobby for additional information. Pedro Garza from Bizerba (Booth C-5110) explains the BVS-L Bizerba vision system.

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Plexpack (Booth C-4600) is the manufacturer of Emplex bag sealing solutions and Damark shrink packing systems.

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Chad Dienes from BluePrint Automation (Booth C-4400) demonstrates the pick-and-place equipment to Kevin Kukuk at Better Made Snack Foods.

Justin Kirkpatrick and John Dumas (l-r) at Econocorp (Booth C-4414) converse with customers about packing, cartoning, cartoners and tray-forming equipment.

Noss Mercado, Steve Gidman and Steve Mason (l-r) with Fortress Technology (Booth C-5204) mark the company’s 20th anniversary.

Derrick Alig with GEA (Booth C-5404) explains Hilge SIPLA single-stage self-priming side channel pumps for advanced applications.

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Stop by the Customer Welcome Center (Booth N-116) sponsored by Rockwell Automation and visit with Ambreen Punjwani and Ramon Roche Maldonado.

Learn about packaging system options from our continuing PACK EXPO sponsor, Uhlmann Packaging Systems (Booth N-317A).

THE CANDY BAR LOUNGE Upper South Hall | Booth S-7202

Home Sweet Home for Confectionery Industry Professionals Expand your network and learn from peers while relaxing in your industry’s lounge, featuring tables and comfortable seating. Confectionery Industry Reception Tuesday, September 26 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Located in the Confectionery Pavilion, Upper South Hall.

Sponsored by:

Central Hall, Booth C-1444

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September 27, 2017 See Us in Booth #S-6309!

With the Barry-Wehmiller (Booth C-1800) RF 150 easy changeovers are possible in just 10-15 minutes and setup is simple to sleeve all container shapes.



The interactive PACK EXPO Drone Demo — Packaging for the Last Mile (Booth N-645) occurs daily on the half hour. Jeff Bennett at Workhorse directs the drone.

Need Answers? Talk to Patty Clifton in the PMMI Information Booth (Central Hall Lobby).

Stop by the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase (Central Lobby) and see what the Vegas Vortechs Team 6519 has been doing.

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Pavel Bouska converses with fellow exhibitors at AlliedFlex Technologies (Booth C-4640),K a distributor for Velteko S.R.O. (Booth C-4540), about the HSV 210 Slim vertical/form/fill/ seal machine.

Daniele Tozza and Enzo Lofaro (l-r) show off the WX labeling equipment at AT Information Products (Booth C-2734).

Find your solution at PackExpo Booth N-511 800-466-5383 or 203-488-4477

All-Fill (Booth C-1806) brings its Model B-SV-600 auger filler to PACK EXPO this year. This model provides accurate, repeatable filling of powders, granular materials and liquid products.

Sensing Solutions since 1959

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Typical Packaging Equipment Setup A Complete Weighing & Bagging System

Ohlson Packaging offers Complete Turnkey Solutions for Weighing, Counting and Filling Dry FooDs • Bakery Items • Snack Foods • Candy • Cereal • Pasta • Spices • Coffee and Tea • Pet Foods Fresh anD Frozen FooDs • Fruits and Vegetables • Salads • Cheese • Meats, Poultry, Seafood • Nuggets, Patties, Fillets

Floor Hopper, Bucket Elevator, Platform, Multihead Weigher, Vertical Form Fill Seal, Takeaway Conveyor

Many Filling Options: Pillow Bags, Premade Pouches, Bottles, Boxes, Cups and Tray Filling. Speeds from 10 to 300 Containers per/min.

10-24 Heads, Accuracy to 1/10 of a gram with many options available

Rotary Bagger for Pre-made Pouches

For more information on our extensive line of weighers, counters and fillers, please contact us: Tel: 508-977-0004 | Fax: 508-977-0007 |

non-FooD Items • Automotive products • Electrical Components • Fasteners, Nails and Screws • Wooden and plastic parts

BOOTH C-1717

Bulk Weigher and Counting Systems


From processing to packaging, we’ve got your back MG America is 100% committed to providing a customer-driven and customer-focused technical service team. Their mission is simple: Keep your lines running at peak efficiency with our quick response time and technical expertise that’s second to none. From project management, training and parts to service, upgrades and overhauls, the team at MG America will keep you positioned for success.

Capsule Filling


Secondary Packaging

Pharma EXPO Booth #N-227

Vision Inspection

Capsule Check Weighing

Liquid & Powder Filling

Primary Packaging

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