PACK EXPO International / Healthcare Packaging EXPO Show Daily 2018 – Wednesday

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NEWS BRIEF Unit loads 2 cases/cycle The 949 Pic-N-Place tandem case packer and continuous-motion case sealer from Standard-Knapp (Booth N-5506) gently place two packs of product at the bottom of every case, two cases at a time. Proprietary technology eliminates breakage and is capable of speeds up to 20 cycles/min. Whether close-coupled or installed as a standalone, the case sealer operates at up to 75 cases/min. and changes over in less than 2 min. SD

Massman acquires Ideal-Pak Massman Automation Designs (Booth S-4827) has acquired Ideal-Pak (Booth S-2966), a leading manufacturer of liquid filling and packaging machines. The acquisition gives Massman a stronger foothold in the liquid filling machine market while providing end users with a broader range of equipment for integrated packaging lines. Ideal-Pak is located in Madison, Wisconsin, not far from Massman’s headquarters in Villard, Wisconsin. SD

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A look ahead to 2019.


elcome to the last day of the largest PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO in our history. With more than 2,500 exhibiting companies spanning nearly 1.25 million net sq. ft. of exhibit floor, it is 2018’s largest packaging show in the world. Looking to 2019, registration is now open for ProFood Tech (March 26–28, 2019; McCormick Place, Chicago), the only event in North America focused exclusively on all food and beverage sectors, featuring 450 of the world’s top suppliers and more than 150,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit floor. Produced by three of the world’s trade show leaders, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), Anuga FoodTec (Booth N-5100) and the International Dairy Food Association (IDFA) (Booth N-5001), the three-day event showcases cutting-edge crossover technologies and innovative solutions for dairy, beverage, baking and snack, meat/poultry/seafood, confectionery,

Dual Energy XR75 DualX system from Anrtisu Infivis (Booth E-7912) finds bones and low density contaminants (e.g., rocks, stones, glass) in packaged chicken fillets, nuggets and sausages. It also excels at inspection of overlapping products like fries and frozen veggies, all with the lowest false reject rates. SD

System sorts by color The Smart Divider/Combiner from Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth N-4906) detects differences in container color, labeling, fill level and caps to reject flawed product, balance lines, color sort and enhance inspection efficiency. The system’s small footprint allows seamless integration into existing lines and is capable of running at high speeds. SD


Attendees pick winners

700 register for PPWLN breakfast

Inaugural awards program honors winners in seven categories.


even winners have been named in the inaugural Technology Excellence Awards. Winners were chosen by attendees at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Voting began at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2019 and concluded yesterday at noon. The competition, organized by show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), recognizes exhibitors’ innovative technologies


everal hundred women (and men) shared thoughts about changing attitudes about manufacturing careers and countering inappropriate behavior during a panel discussion at the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) breakfast yesterday. The panel, moderated by Jane Chase, executive director, Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth N-4523, N-5760), included Carol O’Neill, group president, Packaging, Barry-Wehmiller (Booth S-2100); Hugh Roddy, vice president, Global Engineering & Project Management, Chobani; and AJ Jorgenson, as-

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grain/mill/cereal, fruits and vegetables, pet food/ pet care and ingredients professionals. EXPO PACK Guadalajara returns to Jalisco, Mexico, June 11-13, 2019, with more than 800 exhibitors and 16,000 professionals convening on the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. Finally, be ready for any packaging or production challenge that comes along when you attend PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 (Sept. 23-25, Las Vegas Convention Center). It will be the largest packaging trade show in 2019 and a must-attend event for anyone in the packaging sector. I sincerely hope PACK EXPO International 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 SD

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Vial filler wins award

The Integra pharmaceutical vial filling system from groninger USA (Booth W-931) integrates filling machine and isolator. Developed to process toxic products, the line shortens decontamination cycles to 30 min. and fills up to 400 vials/min. The system captured the Achema 2018 Innovation Award for Filling and Packaging. SD

Concetti marks 100 Concetti (Booth N-4642) recently celebrated a century of activity in manufacturing by inaugurating a €5 million, 8,000-sq.-m expansion and modernization of its Bastia Umbra headquarters facility, a fully digital and interconnected Industry 4.0 factory, where packaging and palletizing systems for bulk products are built and exported to more than 60 countries. On Sept. 15, 2018, Teodoro and Giuseppe Concetti, owners of Concetti with their sons Riccardo, Francesco and Emanuele and 700 guests officially opened the extension. SD

Middleby buys M-TEK M-TEK (Booth S-1656), a manufacturer of modified-atmosphere packaging systems, has been acquired by Middleby, a supplier of foodservice equipment. “M-TEK is a highly respected name in the industry and the acquisition allows us to expand their offerings globally into new markets, growing our worldwide presence,” says Selim A. Bassoul, chairman and CEO of Middleby. SD

Win an ATV The lucky winner of the sweepstakes at Kawasaki Robotics (Booth N-4943) will take home an ATV Brut Force 300. Kawasaki supplies flexible robotic automation to handle product variances and changeover. SD

(l-r) PPWLN panel participants included Jane Chase, AJ Jorgenson, Hugh Roddy and Carol O’Neill.

sociate vice president, Strategic Engagement, The Manufacturing Institute. Discussion centered on the importance of reaching young people through plant tours and visits to show potential career paths and manufacturing environments. The panelists and several members of the audience also stressed the importance of mentorship. Event sponsors include Duravant (Booth S-2147), Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth N-4906), Plexpack (Booth N-5328) and Septimatech (Booth N-5742). Sponsored by show organizer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), PPWLN serves to recruit, retain and advance women’s careers in packaging and processing through online and in-person events, information-sharing and networking. The next live PPWLN event will take place at ProFood Tech (March 26-28, 2019, McCormick Place, Chicago). Meanwhile, keep in touch via the PPWLN website. For more information, visit SD

O’Neill stressed the important of understanding yourself and your passions to find the right job fit.

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never previously shown at a PACK EXPO show. “PMMI believes these awards are another way to drive the industry to keep innovating and meet the ever-growing needs of consumer packaged goods companies,” says Laura Thompson, senior director

of Expositions, PMMI. “We are amazed at the response and quality of submissions that we received for this exciting new program.” For more information, visit or SD


Inkjet prints faster VIAjet T50E, T100E and T100SE high-resolution piezo inkjet printers from Matthews Marking Systems (Booth S-2006) print messages 50% faster than previous models. The upgraded print engine permits a wider distance between printhead and box. This minimizes the chance of box-to-printhead contact and dust buildup in the ink nozzles, reduces maintenance and lengthens printhead life. SD

BAKING & SNACK — Automatic Changeover Wizard Triangle Package Machinery (Booth S-2014) BEVERAGE & DAIRY — StandCap Pouch Volpak (Booth S-2501) GENERAL PACKAGING — Evolabel QuickTamp Fast and Friendly Logistics Labeling System Evolabel (Booth E-10507) MEAT/POULTRY/SEAFOOD — Active Packaging for Vacuum-Packed Poultry Meat Bemis (Booth S-3705)

PERSONAL CARE/COSMETICS — Biopelle Trusts in 10mm Polyfoil® Single-Dose Tube Neopac The Tube (Booth W-875) PHARMACEUTICALS/MEDICAL DEVICES — CO2 Snow Jet Cleaning Process Bausch+Stroebel Machine (Booth W-651b) PREPARED FOODS — Robotic Horizontal & Vertical Pack System Pearson Packaging Systems (Booth S-3506)

EndFlex™ has developed a diverse product line that includes case erecting, tray forming, case sealing, case packing, tray loading, pick & place and robotic palletizing technology, making it the industry’s

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Leverage Big Data

Learn about implementing Big Data analytics, the Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digitization and the Cloud on the show floor. Additional guidance is provided by How to Utilize Big Data to Enhance Manufacturing Processes, a white paper published by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). SD

Like single malt? Learn how Harford Control (Booth E-10009) helped Loch Lomond Distillers collect real-time information to maximize quality, reduce production costs and improve profitability. You could be the proud winner of a bottle of Loch Lomond 1999 Vintage Edition, Single Malt from casks maturing at the distillery since 1999, signed by Colin Montgomerie (winner of 53 championships) at this year’s 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland. SD




Show Floor Open

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Innovation Stage Seminars

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Forum Presentations

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Booth N-4580

The Amazing Packaging Race

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Booths N-4560, N-4570, N-4585 and Booth W-320 Booth E-350

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Booth E-6620

Certified Trainer Workshop

Room E-256

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Booth E-6620

OMAC HMI standardization survey

Booth N-6002

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Emerson sponsors Amazing Packaging Race

Digital system Ninth annual event provides a fun, debuts

Ronchi (Booth E-8514) introduces the Ronchi Smart Connection. The digital system monitors and optimizes machines as well as interaction with operators and other stakeholders. SD

Eriez earns export award (l-r) Carol Z. Perez, U.S. ambassador to Chile, presents an Export Leadership Award to Tim Shuttleworth, president and CEO of Eriez® (Booth N-5530), during an April 2018 ceremony in Santiago. Eriez has exported products to Chile since the 1950s for applications in food processing, pulp and paper, plastics, cement, pharmaceuticals and pet food. SD

Color press for in-house printing The Trojan2 digital label mini press from AstroNova Product Identification (Booth N-5616, W-807) simplifies bringing printing in-house. In-house label production yields substantial savings and cuts lead time. Features include full-bleed printing, die-cut print capability, integrated web cleaner, automated tension control and TrojanControl touchscreen with job library. SD

learning experience for students.


merson (Booth N-4721b) returns to sponsor the Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO International and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018. The Amazing Packaging Race, from show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), brings students and exhibitors together on the final day of the show as student teams complete a series of challenges spread across the show floor. “By returning as the Amazing Packaging Race sponsor, Emerson demonstrates their continued dedication to promoting the industry to students at PACK EXPO shows in a fun and engaging way,” says Stephan Girard, director, Education and Workforce Development, PMMI. “It’s an event that students and exhibitors look forward to every year,” he notes. “We are excited to continue as the sponsor of the Amazing Packaging Race,” says Derek Thomas, vice president of marketing, Discrete & Industrial at Emerson. He adds, “This event provides a unique opportunity to connect students with the technologies, companies and innovations that drive the future of the packaging industry. It also demonstrates Emerson’s commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and encouraging the next generation digital workforce to explore career opportunities in the packaging industry.” Participating companies’ logos are featured on students’ event T-shirts. The race takes place throughout the show floor, concluding with the announcement of the winning team at the Emerson booth. For more information, visit, www., SD

Participating Exhibitors 3M AMK Automation APPMA Baumer hhs Bosch Packaging Technology BW Packaging Systems Cozzoli Machine Daubert Cromwell Dorner Mfg. Duravant FOX IV Technologies Frazier & Son Garvey Corporation Honeywell Intelligrated Industrial Repair Service Langguth America Ltd. Matrox Imaging Morrison Container Handling Solutions OMAC Plexpack Corp Polypack, Inc ProMach R.A Jones Shurtape Technologies SICK, Inc Siemens Industry, Inc. Sonics & Materials Span Tech Starview Packaging Machinery Wulftec/Maillis

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Participate in the Hefty® EnergyBag® Program


ow Chemical (Booth S-Vista Ballroom) brings the Hefty® EnergyBag® program back to PACK EXPO. The initiative collects hard-to-recycle plastics— such as chip bags, wrappers, condiment packets, foam to-go containers, straws and cups— and converts the material into valuable energy resources. Located inside and immediately outside Dow’s Customer Center in the Vista Ballroom and in the Dow-sponsored Showcase of Packaging In® ® novations (Booth N-5760), Take part in the Hefty EnergyBag program at PACK EXPO by depositing suitable plastics in the Hefty Enthe collection bins are easy to ergyBag bins located inside and immediately outside spot. Just look for the bright Dow’s Customer Center in the Vista Ballroom and at orange and yellow sign that The Showcase of Packaging Innovations (N-5760). shows some of the many items that are not typically accepted in recycling programs. After PACK EXPO, the collected plastics will be converted into new energy resources at an energy conversion facility. The Hefty EnergyBag program diverts these materials from landfills and puts them to good use. It is not recycling, but a valuable, viable resource recovery program that represents a significant step toward a more circular economy. For more information, visit SD

Rollprint announces international merger


ollprint Packaging Products (Booth N-4953) has formed a new flexible packaging company with Singapore-based Alliantz Flexible Packaging and Ireland-based EuroFoil Teo. The new company to be known as PAXXUS™, focuses on the demanding requirements of the medical device, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and life science industries. Rollprint CEO Dhuanne Dodrill says, “Our customers have clearly communicated their desire to grow with a partner specifically dedicated to flexible materials for the healthcare industry. With our technical depth, regulatory knowledge and expanded manufacturing reach, we are uniquely positioned to address the needs of multinational companies as well as local firms around the globe.” The new entity is investing $15 million across all locations, enabling it to meet growing demand for engineered solutions based on stringent industry requirements. Vertically integrated capabilities allow the new company to offer consistency and continuity of supply. For more information, visit SD

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 36” 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

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SEA Vision opens U.S. office

4 firms merge

Equipment features Industry 4.0 controls and NIR inspection.


WAY, Mauser Group, National Container Group and Industrial Container Services have merged to form Mauser Packaging Solutions (Booth E-8713). The sustainability-focused company supplies, collects and reconditions large and small metal, plastic, fiber and hybrid packaging worldwide and serves the entire packaging lifecycle. Applications include food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, agrochemicals and paints. The company’s tagline—Redefining Sustainability—reflects its dedication to packaging made from recycled content, reconditioning, reuse and recycling. “. . . we recognized that customers were looking for a global partner to deliver sustainable packaging solutions and close the loop from purchase to reuse,” says Ken Roessler, CEO of Mauser Packaging Solutions. “For the first time, businesses have a single partner who can deliver an industry-leading portfolio of products and services . . . around the world.” Mauser Packaging Solutions operates from a global headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, employs more than 11,000 team members worldwide and generates consolidated revenue of $4 billion. For more information, visit SD

The Cold Pressure Council leads, facilitates and promotes industry standardization, user education and consumer awareness of High Pressure Processing. Join the Cold Pressure Council today. Member benefits include: Networking opportunities with other businesses and professionals Support the advancement of High Pressure Processing (HPP) Food Safety

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Clean Label

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EA Vision (W-686) has opened a U.S. office in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The new U.S. headquarters will allow the company to deliver commercial and technical support to U.S. and Canadian end users. Soon it also will offer local project management and after-sales service. The New Jersey operation is part of the company’s rapidly expanding global presence and investments in new offices and personnel. SEA Vision currently has more than 170 employees worldwide and a global network of distributors. “When it comes to global market, the key to success is to have a clear understanding of the unique characteristics of each compliance system and the practical implementation of the rules as they apply to products,” says Marco Baietti, commercial director at SEA Vision. He explains, “For this reason, it is essential to have onsite, efficient mother-tongue sales and technical services experts. Businesses with these capabilities have flourished in new markets.” Ray Babbit, USA sales manager adds, “We’ve seen this in the U.S. where manufacturers, preparing for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, have relied heavily on agile vendors such as SEA Vision. The company first began operating in the U.S. some years ago, after it identified that there was a growing demand for vendors in the market able to offer local based qualified support.” SEA Vision also has broadened its product portfolio with the launch of the Industry 4.0-ready Smart SCADA and Dashboard and HarleNIR near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral vision. The SCADA system collects data from programmable logic controllers and other systems and provides a single audit trail of the packaging line. The interactive Dashboard module shows the status of all lines and quickly engages end users with a range of filters that provides an intuitive experience and easily digested insights. Through integrated imaging technology, the HarleNIR system can distinguish products directly from their active ingredients and perform a chemical analysis to identify compounds with different active principle or dosage. It also can measure the active ingredient uniformity distribution inside products. For more information, visit SD

eCommerce spurs packaging changes


commerce is not only changing the rules of the game, it’s starting a whole new game, according to 2018 ECommerce: Think Inside the Box. The research report, published by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), explores the impact and changes eCommerce is creating along the consumer supply chain, from product manufacturing to delivery. The report examines the challenges at each stage of the supply chain, identifies opportunities and defines the advantages of moving quickly. It also looks at technology and processes for eCommerce and provides a glimpse of tomorrow. PMMI members may download the report for free. Non-members may purchase it f or $1,250. For more information, visit 2018-e-commerce-think-inside-box. SD

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Dow honors award winners


ow Chemical (Booth S-Vista Ballroom) honored winners of Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation, formerly the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The highest honor, the Diamond Award, went to Procter & Gamble’s Air Assist, a breakthrough in performance and sustainability for eCommerce and brick-and-mortar packaging. The liquid packaging technology uses compressed gas to provide tailored rigidity to create structure in flexible films. A proprietary one-way valve delivers cleaner dispensing, more controlled dosing and more convenient one-handed use while still being tough enough for eCommerce shipping without extra protection. Air Assist also uses 50% less plastic than a traditional rigid bottle and has a 360-degree palette for design, making it a more resource-efficient solution. For more information, visit SD

Students PACK the EXPO


Stephen Bates from Starview Packaging Machinery (Booth N-5730) is hanging up his hat after this PACK EXPO.

Stephan Girard described the breadth of jobs available in the packaging industry and encouraged high school students to consider manufacturing as a career path.

Charles Ravalli of Romaco (Booth W-615) enjoys his last PACK EXPO before retirement.

urdue University Northwest brought 97 students from five Chicagoland area high schools to PACK EXPO International yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 16) for Students PACK the EXPO. Students toured the show floor and learned about different types of packaging equipment. Following the tour, students enjoyed a lunch provided by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). Luncheon speakers Stephan Girard, director Education & Workforce Development at PMMI, and Dr. Niaz Latif, dean, College of Technology, Purdue University Northwest (Booth E-6640), told students about the packaging industry, career opportunities and education opportunities. A lively question-and-answer session followed. The event was made possible through an IN-Mac Microgrant and partnerships with PMMI U (Booth N-4550), PMMI Foundation, Purdue University Northwest, College of Technology, and Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth N-4906). SD

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), hosted a networking event for its Emerging Leaders Group.

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Thanks to these industry leaders for their support helping to make 2018 PACK International better for everyone.

Are you using the PACK EXPO app this week? Our thanks to ProMach (Booth S-3538) for sponsoring the app to make it easier to navigate the show.

Jerry Scherzinger and Sarah Manuel show off the hotel keycards sponsored by Bimba (Booth S-2772). Thank you for the sponsorship!

Thanks to Westrock (Booth S-2122) for sponsoring the snazzy South Hall escalator banners.

Network with other confectionery industry professionals at The Candy Bar Lounge (Booth S-2583) hosted by the National Confectioners Association and sponsored by Robert Bosch Confectionery Technology (Booth S-3514).

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Running low on juice? Power up at the Print and Power Station in the Grand Concourse, brought to you by Lapp USA (Booth N-5834). (l-r) Daniel Litts, Gerald Lawrenz and Linda Bardzell from Lapp hope the extra power makes your day last longer.

View the best in packaging at the Showcase of Packaging Innovations (N-5760), sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth S-Vista Ballroom).

Visitors are enjoying snacks at The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth N-4575), sponsored by Bevcorp (Booth S-3874).

The future is now! Meet the Omron robot while visiting Omron (Booth N-4740).

Attendees took a break yesterday and had a snack at the Snack Break Lounge (Booth N-4565), hosted by SNAC International and sponsored by Dorner Manufacturing (Booth N-4936), JLS Automation (Booth N-5342) and Soft Robotics (Booth E-7207).

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CPA awards 3 scholarships More than $6,500 goes to future packaging professionals.

T The ‘Bots are taking over PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO! Come see high school robotics teams from across the country showcase their ‘bot’ skills.

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he Contract Packaging Association (CPA) (Booth N-5801) has recognized three students in its annual scholarship program. “CPA is honored to provide scholarships to these promising packaging students, which in turn helps close the manufacturing skills gap by developing a qualified emerging workforce,” says Tim Koers, CPA president. The recipient of CPA’s Technical Scholarship, Robert Gladwell, is a student at Michigan State University’s School of Packaging and a native of Novi, Michigan. The Technical Scholarship goes to juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in the packaging field from an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. The Tom Bacon Scholarship recipients are Joseph Hintz, who attends Purdue University, and Kelsey Bekermeier, a senior at the University of Missouri. This scholarship is only offered to family members of employees working at CPA member companies. Hintz is associated with Manufacturing Solutions International in Portage, Indiana. Bekermeier, a repeat winner, has connections with Pac Moore in Hammond, Indiana. Candidates for the Tom Bacon Scholarship must be pursuing a degree at an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school in a course of study relevant to a career in the packaging industry within the U.S. The scholarship was created in 2017 to pay tribute to CPA’s founding father, support packaging education and raise awareness of the packaging field as a career choice. The CPA Board of Directors worked directly with the Bacon family to create the scholarship in honor of this industry icon. For more information, visit SD

f Check out their innovations Meet these talented teens and see their creations in action in the Upper Lakeside Center, Booth E-6620.

For more information about supporting student programs, visit PMMI U, in the PMMI Booth N-4550, North Hall.

Experience VR at Clemson exhibit


ttendees experience virtual reality and eye-tracking demonstrations at Clemson University - Data-Driven Packaging Design (Booth N-4543). Sponsored by Festo (Booth N-5147) and staffed by students and faculty from the Packaging Science program at Clemson University (Booth E-6644), the interactive exhibit explores emotional analytics studies and provides tips for leveraging data to develop award-winning packaging. This year’s edition builds on several years of Clemson research on packaging and its effects on people. “Festo is proud to sponsor this exciting exhibit,” says Richard J. Huss, president, Festo US. He adds, “The virtual reality and eye-tracking demonstrations offer an immersive look at how packaging allows consumers to interact with brands using cutting-edge technology. We’re glad to be involved in connecting show attendees to the latest technological innovations and give Clemson students a platform like PACK EXPO International.” The exhibit is a popular destination for show-goers. “Every year this exhibit really shows the talent and promise of the next-generation workforce. . . . we’re looking forward to what’s in store at their exhibit this year,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), the organizer of the PACK EXPO family of shows. For more information, visit, industry_services/eyetracking-lab/, SD

Bimba’s industryleading line of Compact Cylinders

Designed with space savings in mind, Bimba’s extensive line of Compact Cylinder options are ideal for applications tight on space. >

Round body, square body and slide options available


Variety of mounting options, some of which provide direct interchangability with competitive models


Durable and precise across an industry-leading breadth of compact cylinder designs

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Partner Program welcomes 50 associations Association partners endorse PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO as industry’s main event.


ifty industry associations are supporting PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018 as part of the Partner Program, according to show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). Many of these partner associations bring a specific vertical market focus and host pavilions, sponsor networking lounges and produce educational sessions. A number of groups also are participating in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth N-5760), sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth: Vista Ballroom). “The Association Partner Pavilions at PACK EXPO International, and 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 Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “The expertise and industry knowledge provided by partner associations onsite offer an invaluable resource to attendees,” he adds. “We enjoy participating at events like PACK EXPO because it gives our members a chance to connect with one another and helps foster collaboration and new business,” says Mary Lou Bosco, COO, AIM. “We look forward to our continued association with PMMI and PACK EXPO as we explore other ways we might help each other to better serve the packaging community,” adds Jane Chase, executive director, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth N-4523, N-5760). The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) (Booth N-5000, N-5760) is also pleased to return as part of the PACK EXPO Partner Program for 2018. “As a small, nonprofit trade association, the Partner Program makes it possible for IMDA to participate in this most important trade show,” says IMDA Executive Director Ron Schultz. “For the past 10 years, we have exhibited at both PACK EXPO International in Chicago as well as PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Our continuing presence at both shows has enhanced our industry profile and our brand identity. PACK EXPO is probably the best organized and executed trade show we have ever worked with.” For more information, visit, SD

PACK EXPO INTERNATIONAL AND HEALTHCARE PACKAGING EXPO PARTNERS ABRE–Brazilian Packaging Association (Booth N-4533, N-5760*) AIM AIMCAL–Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth N-5902, N-5760*) AMEC envasgraf (Booth N-4537) AMEE–Mexican Packaging Association (Booth N-5760*) American National Standards Institute Australian Institute of Packaging Australian Packaging and Processing Manufacturers Association (Booth N-4510) CANAINCA–National Mexican Chamber for Processed Food Composite Can and Tube Institute (Booth N-4536) Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center (Booth N-5801) Flexible Packaging Association(FPA) (Booth N-5901, N-5760*) Flexographic Technical Association (Booth N-4539) Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) (Booth N-5903, N-5760*) Global Cold Chain Alliance Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) (Booth N-5760*) Independent Bakers Association (Booth N-4902) Industrial Internet Consortium (Booth N-6001) In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) (Booth N-5000, N-5760*) Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth N-4523, N-5760*)

As of September 6, 2018

Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE) (Booth E-10232, N-5760*) International Dairy Foods Association (Booth N-5001) International Molded Fiber Association (Booth N-4520) International Safe Transit Association (Booth N-4535) Koelnmesse GmbH–Global Competence in Food and FoodTec (Booth N-5100) PAC, Packaging Consortium Paperboard Packaging Alliance (Booth N-5760*) PLCopen (Booth N-6201) OMAC–The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (Booth N-6002) OPC Foundation (Booth N-6102) Reusable Packaging Association (Booth E-6860, E-6866) Sustainable Packaging Coalition/GreenBlue Tube Council North America (Booth N-5760*) United Fresh Produce Association (Booth N-4901) United Packaging Associates World Packaging Organisation (WPO) (Booth N-4527, N-5760*) *Display in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, sponsored by Dow Chemical.

PAVILION ORGANIZERS Adepta (Booth S-4384, E-8824) Argentina–Fundacion Exportar (Booth E-10232) Asia Media Company (Booth E-11105) China Council for the Promotion of Int’l Trade China Food and Packaging Machinery Association Confederation of Danish Industry (Booth E-10530) Danish Export Association INP –Brazilian Plastic Institute / Think Plastic Brazil (Booth N-5374)

Italian Trade Agency (Booth E-7820) Korea Packaging Machinery Association Senexpo International Fairs (Booth E-9613) Switzerland Global Enterprise (Booth E-7338, W-881) UCIMA–Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (Booth N-4518, E-7820) VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (Booth E-8625)

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Superior line optimization. Especially for the laugh lines around your mouth. Are you looking for a production line from A to Z as made from one piece? A solution that can grow with your business? And ideally from a single partner? We will provide the right solution. From process technology to primary and secondary packaging machines, as well as handling and inspection equipment for solid and liquid food and pharmaceuticals. Sophisticated lines and scalable system concepts, including data management, offer clear advantages: coordinated interfaces, faster time to market, and efficient, connected production. Processing. Packaging. Excitement.

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Networking opportunities abound Industry lounges on the show floor cater to attendees from the candy, beverage and snack markets.


he Candy Bar Lounge (Booth S-2583), The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth N-4575) and The Snack Break Lounge (Booth N-4565) return to PACK EXPO International 2018 and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO.

Hosted by The National Confectioners Association and sponsored by Robert Bosch Confectionery Technology (Booth S-3514), The Candy Bar Lounge serves as a networking destination for confectionery industry experts and brand owners. The Beverage Cooler Lounge, hosted by The

Pharmaceutical Packaging Solutions Versatile Print & Apply Labeler achieves vertical and horizontal labeling of bundles and cases at speeds up to 60 products per minute. This Print & Apply Labeler, when equipped with optional application tools, can apply side labels, top labels, corner wrap labels and two-panel labels, as well as support serialization using the Zebra ZE-500 print engine.

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) and sponsored by Bevcorp (Booth S-3874), serves as a networking hub for beverage industry professionals and ISBT subject matter experts. PACK EXPO attendees also may stop by The Snack Break Lounge, hosted for the first time by SNAC International and co-sponsored by Dorner Mfg. (Booth N-4936), JLS Automation (Booth N-5342) and Soft Robotics (Booth E-7207). This networking lounge serves as the central meeting place and information center for snack industry professionals at the show. “One of the added benefits of attending the show is the opportunity to network and meet like-minded industry professionals,” explains Laura Thompson, senior director of expositions, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), the organizer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. She continues, “Through these lounges, we are able to add value by connecting original equipment manufacturers and consumer packaged goods companies with those specifically in their markets. We look forward to maintaining our established alliances with these premier industry associations in order to continue bringing the industry together and ultimately effecting growth in the packaging sector as a whole.” For more information, visit, SD

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old Jet® (Booth N-6319 ) demos its i³ MicroClean dry ice blasting technology. Non-abrasive, non-conductive process cleans food processing and packaging equipment without scrubbing, water cleanup or chemicals. It also reduces bacterial contamination on surfaces and cross-contamination (due allergens). During cleaning, solid dry ice pellets made from recycled carbon dioxide are accelerated by compressed air through high-velocity nozzles onto the surface being cleaned. The combination of kinetic and thermal effects breaks the bond between the contaminant and the surface, cleaning the substrate. The pellets sublimate (return to their gaseous state) upon contact and expand 800 times to flush contaminants away. No secondary waste is generated, and most equipment can be cleaned-inplace without time-consuming disassembly. For more information, visit SD

Develop Your Training Skills.

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Plastic laminate recycles


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

Benefits: • Successful training techniques for adult learners • Effective training documentation • Increased machinery efficiency • Lower operating costs and reduce waste

arrierPack Recyclable all-polyethylene laminate from Mondi (Booth E-7730) reduces plastic packaging waste because it is recyclable. Designed for pre-formed pouch and form/fill/seal rollstock applications, the material won the 2018 Plastics Recycling Europe Award for Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling. “At Mondi, we work toward a circular economy, and these recyclable packaging solutions are good examples of how we will change the conversation about plastic packaging through continued R&D and partnership,” says Sara Sizer, communication and marketing director, Mondi Group. “Our new laminate, BarrierPack Recyclable, is a leap forward for sustainable packaging,” adds Carl Stonley, technical account manager at Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging. He says, “In addition to being fully recyclable, it offers exceptional mechanical properties and is ideal for a range The moisture barrier provided by BarrierPack Recyclable film suits of packaging style for- applications such as dry food, food ingredients and personal care mats. Constructed us- and pet care products. ing two layers of PE film, BarrierPack Recyclable [film] is a highly functional flexible packaging material that’s easy to open and reclose for consumer convenience. It’s functional in that the material is stiffer, stronger and lighter than a conventional polyethylene terephthalate/PE laminate of the same thickness, and it can be formed directly on F/F/S machines, as well as used for pre-made packaging.” For more information, visit SD

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eCommerce spurs packaging changes


he advent of eCommerce is not only changing the rules of the game, it’s starting a whole new game, according to 2018 eCommerce: Think Inside the Box. The research report, published by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), explores the impact and changes eCommerce is creating along the consumer supply chain, from product manufacturing to delivery. The report examines the challenges at each stage of the supply chain, identifies opportunities and defines the advantages of moving quickly. It also looks at technology and processes for eCommerce and provides a glimpse of tomorrow. PMMI members may download the report for free. Non-members may purchase it for $1,250. For more information, visit SD

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PMMI membership climbs 23 companies exhibit for the first time as PMMI members.


MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), welcomed 28 members, bringing total membership to 841. The PMMI Board of Directors approved the applicants at its Executive Leadership Conference (April 28-May 1, 2018, Orlando, Florida). Newcomers include five general members, nine associate members, nine affiliated members, two component supplier members and three materials supplier members (see table). “Updating our membership bylaws 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. “Our increasing numbers and diversity continue to strengthen PMMI as an organization.” Composed of North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and ma-

terials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry, PMMI works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the worldclass PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year. For more information, visit SD

GENERAL MEMBERS Charles Beseler Clear Automation

Booth E-10106 —

Quest Industrial

Booth E-10310

Rice Lake Weighing Systems* Vac-U-Max*

Booth E-8439 Booth E-8414

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Baumer KOCH Packaging Systems

Booth E-9121 Booth S-1769

Packline USA

Booth S-3986

Pack Leader USA

Booth S-3589

Pharmapack Technologies

Booth W-793

Romaco Group

Booth W-615


Booth N-4736

Sarong North America SIG Combibloc

Booth E-7905 Booth N-5676


Booth E-10812 —

Dubak Electrical Group


Booth E-7140

Handle It

Booth E-9122

Harford Control

Booth E-10009

Kaeser Compressors

Booth E-8160

Meritech Silverson Machines

Booth W-606, E-7309 Booth E-10727


Booth E-10300 —

Ronchi booth E-8514 DTM booth N-6032


— Booth N-4654


Booth E-8429 * indicates general processing

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Decoration goes digital Digital and hybrid machines expand container decorating options.


ix years ago. Koenig & Bauer Kammann (US) (Booth S-4049), a container decorating specialist, added digital printing to its portfolio of fully automatic, universal screen-printing machines, hot-stamping and labeling systems. Digital capabilities now extend across its line of container decorating machines, including the high-end K15 CNC series. The combination of standard screen printing with drop-on-demand inkjet technology takes advantage of the best features of both processes, offering flexible, high-quality decorating on glass and plastic containers. Round, oval, square, cylindrical or conical shapes can be handled by the direct-to-shape process, producing eye-catching images on hollow containers. The flexibility of the cyan/magenta/yellow/black digital printing module enables it to be used by itself or in combination with screen-printing stations. More than 14 hybrid systems have been sold

worldwide. In the U.S., three digital machines will be installed by year-end including its first inkjet-only K15 decorator. In this Q&A, Paul Bolduc, president of the U.S. operation, discusses how digital technology expands decorating options for end users.

Q: WHAT FACTORS ARE DRIVING GROWTH IN CONTAINER DECORATING? The ever-growing demand for product differentiation and personalization increases the need for more segmented and personalized packaging. The integration of cost-effective, on-demand digital printing makes it possible to economically deliver low-volume print runs.

Q: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRINTERS? Printers and decorators should prepare to meet


the demand for personalization and finer segmentation by organizing their systems to handle the more complex workflow and by ensuring that their equipment can cost-effectively meet these requirements.

Q: WHAT TECHNOLOGIES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN IMPLEMENTING CONTAINER DECORATING? Hybrid machines provide the best of both worlds by combining the advantages of on-demand digital technology with screen printing. The technologies complement each other. Hybrid digital printers offer personalization and just-in-time delivery and reduce waste. The technology reproduces brand colors and cuts the costs and inefficiencies associated with setup and color screen/plate charges that can make low-volume screen printing uneconomical. For more information, visit SD




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BOOTH E-7918


Trust Bostik’s smart adhesives for your flexible and rigid packaging applications. LEARN MORE IN BOOTH E-8959 Heat Seal Lamination Corrugate Packaging Anti-fog Clear Coating

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Innovation Stage presents free sessions Speakers focus on breakthrough technologies and techniques.


he heart of educational opportunities at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the Innovation Stage, actually beats in four locations, three in the North Building (Booth N-4560, N-4570 and N-4585) and one in the West Building (Booth W-320). The multi-track schedule of free 30-minute sessions draws crowds to learn about the latest technologies and practices for meeting the demands of eCommerce, adopting smart machines and smart manufacturing and boosting overall equipment effectiveness. Other topics include advances in cobots and robots, Big Data, simulation and virtual reality, inspection, automation, laser coding, controls, flexible packaging, communication stan-

dards, adaptive machines, digitalization, sustainability, machine analytics and bottle form/fill/seal technology. Presenters rank as subject matter experts and represent a cross-section of exhibitors, including H.B. Fuller (Booth S-2372), Bimba Manufacturing (Booth S-2772), Siemens Industry (Booth N-5747), Deville Technologies (Booth E-8113), Metsa Board Americas (Booth N-4861), Bostik (Booth E-8959), B+R Industrial Automation (Booth N-5625), ProMach Performance Services (Booth S-3538), AptarGroup (Booth N-6261), Lapp USA (Booth N-5834), Lenze Americas (Booth N-5740), Presto Products (Booth S-2130), Amcor (Booth N-6161), Dow

Chemical (Booth S-Vista Ballroom) Rockwell Automation (Booth N-5701) and Septimatech Group (Booth N-5742). The show floor offers many other educational opportunities including the new Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4580) (see program, p. 52) and presentations at the Snack Break Lounge (Booth N-4565) and the Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth N-4575). Check out the Innovation Stage schedule on the following pages. Updates may be found on the show website or via the PACK EXPO International/Healthcare Packaging EXPO app. For more information, visit, SD


10:00–11:00 AM Innovation Stage | N-4560

This panel discussion describes the ways Wegmans Food Markets, American Packaging and Rochester Institute of Technology have formed a partnership to drive developments in sustainable packaging. Together these partners have formed the Center for Sustainable Packaging to address the challenge of exploiting emerging technologies to optimize supply chain performance by extending shelf life, reducing damage, improving food quality and reducing the impacts of packaging materials. Dan Johnson Chair of Packaging School Rochester Institute of Technology Seth Holman Dir of Technology American Packaging Heather Pawlowski VP of Indirect Procurement Wegmans


Learn how you can achieve digitally secured, real-time wireless communication across multiple pneumatic control valve manifolds. This session focuses on Ethernet/IP and Profinet wireless field bus IP67 pneumatic valve and I/O manifold technology. This session is applicable to processing, packaging and robotic end-of-arm tooling. Nathan Eisel Product Specialist SMC Corp. of America


Learn the importance of data provided by sensors within your manufacturing process and how to apply that data to trending, predictive analysis and overall operational reporting. Ron Stuver Mgr, Customer Advocacy and Business Consulting SICK


The future of packaging looks completely different. It’s leaner. It’s more agile. It’s more cost-effective. It requires far less space. Amcor’s revolutionary service cuts the clutter out of package manufacturing. It’s now possible to go from preform to packed, nearly instantaneously—powered by LiquiForm. Ashish Saxena VP & GM, LiquiForm Group Amcor


One foodborne illness can ruin your brand’s reputation and become a PR nightmare for your organization. This presentation reveals how equipment design trends and smart detection technology work together to mitigate product contamination. Ken Lento Gen Mgr - Unique Products FlexLink Systems



Van der Graaf Drum Motors Setting New Standards

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Prepared food containers achieve ultra clarity, microwaveability, freezability and sustainability. Zach Adams Millad Global Product Line Mgr Milliken


ProBlue melters retrofitted with an ATS. From the analysis, H.B. Fuller experts create a report with key metrics. The complete FullVision Service includes unlimited consultations with analysts and engineers who work to find improvement opportunities based on your data and make recommendations on implementation. Erin L’Hotta Marketing Mgr, Packaging Div Aaron Plumley Continuous Improvement Engineer, Packaging Div H.B. Fuller

12:00–1:00 PM Innovation Stage | N-4560


Understand end-of-line packaging data with Fullvision Data-Analytics Consulting Service to improve quality, productivity and bottom line. Proprietary software analyzes data collected from Nordson® ProBlue Liberty ATS systems or

Learn about a battery made of paper to power smart packaging. Also, anti-litter cement bags that can be tossed into mixing equipment. Plus, paper

12:00–1:00 PM Innovation Stage | N-4570

bottles for carbonated drinks. And extra-strong cartonboard that allows impressive lightweighting to improve sustainability scores. Inger Heinke Business Development Dir BillerudKorsnas Cartonboard

ROBOTIC LIFT TRUCKS: WHERE DO THEY MAKE SENSE IN YOUR DC? 12:00–1:00 PM Innovation Stage | N-4585 Without tape, wire or magnets for navigation, robotic lift trucks can adapt just as fast as your operation. See how this technology executes critical applications and improves overall efficiency. Jeff Huerta VP Sales America Balyo Lou Mitcheletto Mgr of Integrated Solutions Yale SD


groninger PHARMA groninger CONSUMER HEALTHCARE groninger COSMETICS

Filling and Closing Machine Technology We revolutionize the world of filling every day to help you reach your loftiest goals. INTEGRA, the first pharma processing line in the market that integrates filling machine and isolator from conception, taking pharmaceutical processing excellence to the next level. lite-F and lite-C, the groninger compact and flexible filling and closing solutions for companies in the cosmetic and consumer healthcare industries made in the USA.

October 14-17 2018, Chicago, Illinois USA West Building, Booth W-931 More about the groninger-Visions:


That’s the new standard.

Sappi Packaging is raising the bar. We’re excited to announce our latest entrée into paperboard packaging, offering converters advantaged performance and service—all supported by state-of-the-art machinery. With innovation leading the way, our extensive global offering will take your business to the next level. Visit us at booth S-4233.

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Interview with a Balyo robot See the robot in action daily and in a 10 a.m. demo of route reprogramming.


efore the show, the PACK EXPO Show Daily (SD) sat down with a Yale Driven by Balyo (Booth E-7856) robot. The interview provides a behind-the-scenes look at the design engineering and manufacturing for Balyo’s self-sufficient driving forklifts, which are created in cooperation with the Hyster-Yale Group (HYG).

SD: HELLO, PLEASE GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY ON YOU, THE ROBOT DRIVEN BY BALYO TECHNOLOGY. Balyo Robot: Bonjour, so nice to meet you. Thank you for this opportunity—I have never been interviewed before. I quite like working with people, but I am usually the strong silent type. I guess I will start with where I am from. You see a few years ago, Hyster-Yale Material Handling partnered with Balyo, a French robotics company. Combining the strength of a reliable material-handling truck and breakthrough navigation software resulted in me, a robot quite different from the rest. I am unlike other robots and have these two companies to thank for that. Hyster-Yale Group has been around for more than 100 years, so the truck component of my framework is quite well-known throughout the lift-truck industry. Combining this with Balyo’s navigation software, I know I can offer a unique approach to automation.

SD: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY UNIQUE? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO? Balyo Robot: I move pallets both vertically and horizontally, day after day, week after week. Operators may get bored doing the same tasks over and over again, but I never do! You see I am a rule follower, I do exactly what my end user wants me to do because the Balyo team programs me this way. At the same time, I am extremely adaptable. It’s easy to change routes or add another robot.

SD: MANY PEOPLE FEAR YOU WILL TAKE THEIR JOB. HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS? Balyo Robot: Oh, quite the contrary. I do the repetitive, heavy and dirty jobs that people really don’t care for. In this capacity, I am making life better for people (or so they tell me). I am quite happy working in autonomous mode, but I am also capable of working in manual mode and giving the control to the workers.

SD: YOU SEEM VERY POSITIVE, DO YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU DO? Balyo Robot: I am always happy. The HYG Network takes great care of my truck through Full Service Maintenance, which is handled by local

dealers. Due to my Warehouse Manager Software controlling functions on the back end, I am connected to all the systems in the warehouse. This includes conveyors, doors, sending updates to the team and running the logistics flows through desktop or mobile communication. The ability to be controlled remotely gives my owners complete flexibility. This flexibility includes sending reports to the warehouse detailing where I am and what I am doing. I also enjoy interacting with and reading pallet location, otherwise known as “intelligent pallet detection.”




Balyo Robot: My safety systems operate in up to a 360-degree range, and I rely on sensors to tell me if things are not as they should be. As I move in various directions dropping pallets, my sensors keep track of what is going on around, behind and in front of me. The software safety, detection and hardware work together to provide a comprehensive safety system that stop me if someone or something is in my way. I don’t get distracted, show up late or need breaks. I am happy to say, I have never had an accident worldwide.

SD: HOW CAN YOU FIT IN WITH THE HUMANS WORKING AROUND YOU? Balyo Robot: As I said, I love working alongside people. I see this newly integrated environment as a picture of things to come, or cobotics. Warehouse workers can interrupt and change what I am doing on my human interface screen. If they put me in manual mode, I can be driven as a standard forklift or truck.

Combining HYG lift trucks with Balyo navigation software results in material-handling units that can travel autonomously.

Balyo Robot: Because I rely on software to move around, my routes are easily changed via programming. This is economical in comparison to the systems that require reflectors or wires in the ground to navigate. Also, I am quite happy to have more robots join in the fun. The Balyo software approach is conducive to expansion as warehouse needs change.

Balyo Robot: I think my greatest attribute is being able to provide both linear and vertical pallet

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movement through my family of robots. The MC10-15 counter-balanced stacker Driven by Balyo provides second- or third-level capability, while horizontal movement and pallet transport is handled by the MO70T tugger and MPE080-VG end rider. Next year we will reach new levels with a very narrow aisle robot, which expands our vertical lift capacity.


What can reducing waste and scrappage do for your packaging operations? Drive profitability. Reduce material usage. Foster sustainability.

Balyo Robot: Not so much. Did you know that 65% of material handling costs are attributed to operators? With labor shortages impacting businesses around the country, I offer a sustainable labor source that typically pays back in 12-18 months for a daily two/three shift operation. Better yet, I am not afraid of the dark, and I can work around the clock.

SD: IT’S BEEN GREAT TALKING TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. Balyo Robot: My pleasure! Au revoir. For more information, visit SD

Learn more at Pack Expo, Booth N-4721 and

The counter-balanced stacker (MC10-15) Driven by Balyo provides second- or third-level capability.

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TTO printing comes of age Standalone or integrated systems print variable information on flexible packaging and eliminate the need for labels.


hermal-transfer overprinting (TTO), the somewhat more advanced offshoot of traditional thermal-transfer printing, currently ranks as the most common way to print clear, durable, press-quality codes, text and graphics on flexible packaging (e.g., the “Best By” dates on bags of potato chips). Generally integrated directly on packaging machines, the units print everything from simple alphanumeric codes to advanced 2D barcodes and graphics. “Near-edge” thermal printheads achieve higher resolution at much greater speeds than thermal-transfer label printers. Printing directly on packaging film eliminates the need for preprinting variable information or labeling.

APPLICATION SPECIFIC At FlexPackPRO (Booth S-2467), a printer company focused exclusively on TTO technology, there is a push to develop a greater variety of inline systems, as well as offline units, which print codes and variable information directly on pre-formed bags, pouches, product sleeves and other materials previously requiring labels. With nearly 75% of the world’s flexible packaging consumption and its inherent date and lot coding requirements, food products dominate the TTO space. And as more brands of everything from salty snacks and confectionery to frozen chicken and sliced cheese move into consumer-facing flex-

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The TableTop overprinter prints high-quality barcodes, text or graphics on bags, pouches, sleeves, cards or folding carton blanks.

ible packaging, the need for application-specific TTO models has never been greater. Matching the printer to coding, packaging and line requirements eliminates waste. For example, many end users buy an industry-standard 53mmwide (2.09-in.) TTO unit, but may be printing an expiration date that’s only 25.4mm (1-in.). Therefore, they’re using a printhead (and thermal-transfer ribbons) twice as wide as needed and significantly overpaying for equipment, parts and ribbons. Three TTO options from FlexPackPRO offer a narrower (and less expensive) 32mm (1.26-in.) printhead. One all-electric model serves areas where factory air is not available. Each model lists for less than half of the cost of the average 53mmwide TTO unit on the market.


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This 201c overprinter is one of more than a dozen FlexPackPRO models for on-demand printing on flexible packaging. Printhead width options include 32mm (1.26 in.), 53mm (2.09 in.) and 107mm (4.2 in.).

There has been a strong move toward preformed flexible packaging with stand-up pouches leading the way. The pre-formed designs traditionally require a label containing preprinted date codes, barcodes, ingredient panels, logos or other variable information. Not only do labels add cost, but loading blank labels into a tabletop printer, finding and modifying the label design on a computer, printing and rewinding the labels, transporting rolls to the production area and applying labels to each pouch add a significant amount of time to the process. And in the end, the label itself is often an eyesore. Recognizing the growing need for small-

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and mid-size brand owners to eliminate labels and print variable information directly on preformed pouches and bags, FlexPackPRO developed standalone printing systems. The TableTop TTO model manually prints digital-quality, high-resolution barcodes, text and graphics directly onto bags and pouches of virtually any size. The required images are loaded via a user-friendly touchscreen, allowing the operator to select among as many as 5,000 saved designs within seconds. A variety of models serves needs from the smallest code to a 4 x 5-in. panel. For higher volume applications, TTO-mounted feeder-conveyor systems print flat sheets, cards, bags and pouches (including zippered and gusseted stand-up pouches). The compact FCS-1 friction-feeder/conveyor prints an area up to 4 x 3 in. at 30 packs/min. The FCS-2 vacuum pick-andplace system handles a greater variety of bag sizes and configurations with a maximum print area of 4 x 10 in. at 60 packs/min. Custom FCS systems accommodate higher volumes and print speeds.

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TTOs are widely used to print variable information on flexible packaging.

THE FUTURE OF TTO With the bullish outlook for flexible packaging, the future for TTO looks rosy. Its high-quality print and good economics make it likely that it will remain a go-to technology for printing date codes, lot codes, barcodes, text and graphics on packaging film. For more information, visit SD

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Italian Pavilion hosts technology showcase Exhibitors meet the needs of the packaging supply chain.


ompanies headquartered in Italy serve far more than their home market. Italian equipment is installed on converting, processing and packaging lines worldwide and has a reputation for innovation and worldclass engineering. That strong worldwide presence continues to grow and is well-represented at PACK EXPO International by several dozen exhibitors including 18 companies in the Italian Pavilion, which is co-hosted by the Italian Trade Agency (Booth E-7820) and UCIMA, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (Booth N-4518, E-7820).

THE MARKET In 2017 the Italian packaging machinery market registered an 8.9% increase over 2016 to €7.19 billion ($8.4 billion), according to data collected by UCIMA.

Export sales, valued at €5.7 billion ($6.7 billion), accounted for 79% of the total and rose 7.5%. As a result, one machine out of every five sold worldwide is made in Italy. The U.S., France and Germany remain the top three recipients, followed by Mexico, China, Spain, U.K., Russia, Turkey and Poland. The domestic Italian market also turned in a strong performance, up 14.4% to more than €1.5 billion ($1.76 billion), benefiting from the tax incentives offered by the Industry 4.0 program. Projections call for the growth trend to continue in 2018.

THE ITALIAN PAVILION The Italian Pavilion at the 2018 edition of PACK EXPO International features 18 companies, a substantial increase from the 13 firms that participated in 2016. Pavilion participants are located on the Upper Lakeside Center show floor (midway along aisles E-7700, E-7800, E-8400 and E-8500).

Emmeti’s Pack Mixer palletizer assembles rainbow pallets.

A shuttle machine from Unitech straps and wraps pallets.

Expert technicians from Pasta Technologies Group oversee installation, startup, operator training and service.

PROCESSING For more than 40 years, Agriflex (Booth E-8433) has designed, manufactured and installed automated systems for handling raw materials (macro, micro, solid, liquid and granules) for the food industry with special emphasis on baked goods, such as bread, pizza and pasta, plus fermented products, confections, frozen products and pre-mix beverages. Other specialties include a flour cooling system. The patented system helps control dough temperature, a key factor in consistent quality. It replaces methods that rely on ice, liquid nitrogen, cold air flow and screw heat exchangers, which tend to be inefficient and expensive and pose challenges to cleaning and maintenance. The direct exchange of the automated process reduces temperatures considerably and compensates for temperature variations of the other components as well as the ambient temperature. The system also offers energy efficiency, lower operating costs and easy cleaning.

Ricciarelli’s flexible packaging equipment portfolio includes vertical/form/fill/seal machines and brick pack systems.

Another supplier of processing equipment, Pasta Technologies Group (Booth E-8526), builds machines and lines for pasta (traditional or gluten-free) and gnocchi. Processes include cooking, pasteurization, drying, cooling and sterilization of the packages to extend product shelf life. State-of-the-art production relies on the latest automation technology. Designs also guarantee a safe working environment and the highest level of compliance with sanitary laws.

PRIMARY PACKAGING A number of Pavilion participants focus on primary packaging. A second generation manufacturer, Besser Vacuum (Booth E-8529), produces vacuum packaging machines and vacuum bags. Bags are free of polyvinyl chloride and bisphenol A and can be customized in size and thickness. Bag options include embossed, barrier, shrink and cook-in.

Servo-motor-controlled heads on TorQ’s Trigger Evo rotary capper control the number of turns and closing torque.

Equipment destined for the U.S. carries ETL and ETL Sanitation marks, verifying it meets applicable ANSI/NSF standards related to production of food intended for human consumption. These professional vacuum chambers streamline packing and food marinating. With high-performing pumps, it is possible to pack solid and liquid food at a vacuum level up to 99.9%. Founded in 1843 in Pistoia, Tuscany, Ricciarelli (Booth E-8431) celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, boasting a portfolio of customers that spans the five continents. The company has evolved from manufacturing dies to the design and manufacture of complex machines for flexible packaging and palletizing. Automated operations save time and physical energy, increase production efficiency and enhance safety and working conditions. Compact machine footprints accommodate floor space limitations and reduce the need for expensive expansions.

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Across the aisle, Gruppo Bertolaso (Booth E-8531) is a leading manufacturer of standalone machines, turnkey lines and custom systems for still and sparkling wine, spirits, beer, other alcoholic beverages, water and juices. Its portfolio includes bottle rinsers, fillers (gravity, low-vacuum, counter-pressure), corkers/cappers, capsulers, wirehooders, cap feeders and line automation. Its latest innovation, winner of a SIMEI New Technology Award, prevents overfilling. Embedded automation dynamically measures bottle and product, adjusts the fill level, verifies the actual liquid volume delivered and compensates, if necessary.

How can you gain the flexibility needed to meet market demands? Fill more variety with accuracy. Control and inspect at every step. Remove limitations from machine and product design.

Empty bottle conveyors are just one of the many conveying options available from VetroMeccanica.

SIAD air compressors for blowing PET bottles feature a compact and ergonomic design

Another filling specialist, Gai, the parent company of Gai America/Prospero Equipment (Booth E-7726), builds filling monoblocs, rinsers and labelers. Target sectors include wine, oil, distillates and, increasingly, beer. A new machine for filling beer in cans, the MLE-4441-CAN filler, mechanically places ends. Gas flushing and a foaming jet minimize oxidation and preserve product quality. An Industry 4.0-ready capper, the Trigger Evo rotary from TorQ Packaging (Booth E-8527), tightens press-on and screw closures at 120 bottles/min. and features a trigger feeding system and dip tube stretching device. Servo-motor-controlled capping heads control the number of turns and closing torque. The human/ machine interface (HMI) holds different recipes and simplifies operation. It also saves production information.

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On the labeling side, Gai’s Series 7000 labelers apply labels to cylindrical, conical and shaped bottles. Four turret diameters—432, 540, 720 and 1,080mm—accommodate different speeds and numbers of labeling stations. Mechanical or electronic cams control the movement of the labeling plates. With the electronic cam, it is possible to pre-set the movement of the motor, as well as its direction, time and speed. This allows several bottle labeling combinations and maximizes flexibility. Electronic plates are required if label orientation depends on an optical sensor. The electronic cam also is a good choice for transparent or long labels.


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For the end-of-the-line, Alimac, parent company of Alimac North America (Booth E-8530), simplifies the handling of multipacks with standard and custom self-adhesive carry handles. Alimac delivers an all-in one solution, manufacturing tape carry handles, as well as supplying application equipment. The Mactec brand handle applicators are well-known internationally. For case packing, TL Series case packers from Apsol (Booth E-8527) load virtually any product at 10–60 cases/min. Based on a two-axis gantry pick-andplace system, the machines offer maximum flexibility in terms of case dimensions, ranges and configurations, even with multilayer collections. Gantry axis technology permits easy accessibility and operability, as well as simple, low-cost maintenance and long-term reliability. Automated changeover, guided by the human/machine interface, automatic guide adjustment for product and case pitch and trolleys for gripping head removal, significantly reduces downtime and human errors. An optional camera or 3D scanner detects missing bottles. A full range of stock and custom end-of-line equipment is available from Emmeti (Booth E-7720). It serves the glass, food and beverage industries with semiautomatic and automatic bulk depalletizers, upper and lower level palletizing systems, robotic rainbow palletizers/depalletizers, case packers (from one to 10 heads), decasers/uncasers, case and bottle conveyors, elevators/lowerators, accumulation tables, carton formers, partition inserters and pallet labelers. Its newest technology, the Emmeti 3D MaintenEasy Industry 4.0 program, consists of an easy-to-use interactive 3D manual, onsite access to technical documentation, real-time monitoring and error reporting, advanced troubleshooting and training procedures and QRcode reading for immediate recognition of spare parts to be ordered. For pallet packaging, Officina Bocedi (Booth E-7822) supplies stretch hooders such as its new starstretch fb4.0 model. However, its portfolio also includes shrink hooders, horizontal and vertical strapping machines, automatic carton corner applicators, liner inserters and conveyors. Unitech (Booth E-10208, E-7724), a pallet unitizing specialist, offers automatic stretch wrapping, strapping and pre-stretch rewinding machines. Customized units accommodate the delicate and sensitive (empty bottles, dairy products), the hard-to-handle (nonwoven rolls, construction materials) and special requirements such as watertight or anti-condensation. A double rotary arm model wraps up to 150 pallets/hr. Integrated pallet conveyors, labelers, weighing systems, pallet dispensers and other peripherals result in fully automated lines. An experienced technical group provides field service during installation, commissioning, inspections and system updates and upgrades.

CONVERTING Further up the supply chain, Ghezzi & Annoni (Booth E-7824) serves the tape and label manufacturing and converting industry. The company’s products fall into six product lines: 1) slitter-rewinders for self-adhesive tapes; 2) packaging machines for rolls and

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logs; 3) slitter-rewinders for medical tape; 4) slitter-rewinders for paper and laminated materials; 5) log winders; and 6) coating lines for adhesive tape. For stretch film, coreless rewinding and coreless pre-stretch technology from NO.EL. (Booth E-8430) eliminates cores and cuts costs, waste and waste taxes. It also maximizes film per pallet, which lowers shipping and storage expenses. Coreless pre-stretch film offers pre-stretch percentages up to 400%, uses 65% less film than standard hand-stretch films (in weight), is three times longer and produces half the waste of conventional stretch film. Maximizing the amount of film per roll means fewer reel changes and film deliveries.

COMPONENTS For original equipment manufacturers, Bett Sistemi (Booth E-7826) designs and develops components and industrial automation systems such as safety guards and systems, conveyors, machine frames, size changeover units and lean production solutions. Extensive know-how and in-house design and manufacturing allow the company to deliver individual components and kits. These come assembled as customized solutions by Bett Service. Founded in 1994, Bett Sistemi steers and controls the B-Group network, a group of small companies with specific skills, which collaborate to create the well-known “Original Components.” Another component supplier, SIAD Macchine Impianti (Booth E-8432), specializes in reciprocating air compressors, including the Vito range of oil-free units designed for blowing polyethylene terephthalate bottles. Installed worldwide, the air compressors combine reliability and energy efficiency to reduce the cost and environmental impact of compressed air. The lineup recently added smaller capacity compressors with the same features as the larger units.

MATERIAL HANDLING Material handling, an essential component of processing and packaging lines, takes many forms including conveyors and automated guided vehicles (AGVs). A conveying expert, VetroMeccanica (Booth E-8528), specializes in systems for primary and secondary packaging for food and beverage, chemicals, personal and home care and dairy. Turnkey systems and single modular components are customized to maximize quality, flexibility and efficiency. All equipment incorporates Energy Saving Logic to minimize operative costs. In-house manufacturing maximizes quality, enables raw materials traceability and ensures timely delivery and fair prices. Technical assistance is guaranteed worldwide. AGVs from Gruppo Tecnoferrari (Booth E-7722) navigate via magnet or laser guidance and feature the latest safety and logic control systems. Industry 4.0 technology allows interconnection with other machines and enterprise resource planning systems. AGVs are easy to use, cost less than manual vehicles carrying out the same activity, boost productivity and reduce damage to transported product due to a smoother work flow. The safety of the work environment improves and so does product traceability since products and information travel together. For more information, visit,,,,,, www.,,,,,,,, www.,,,, www.,, SD

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Big Data Analytics improve processes Show floor features technology that improves processes, meets consumer demands and achieves business goals.

T Looking for ways to grow your business? PMMI is your answer. PMMI’s PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows is a powerful lineup of events that showcases innovation in action and unites the industy. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations yearround via its print and digital media offerings. PMMI Business Drivers equip the industry with tools like market research, technical training and operational solutions, to succeed in a global marketplace.

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he automotive, electronics and aerospace industries have been quick to adopt Big Data Analytics (BDA), while the food and beverage processing sector has been more cautious, according to a white paper, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). Yet there are a myriad of opportunities for implementing BDA in food and beverage processing to improve food safety, support product customization and improve product sorting. Many challenges are motivating brand owners to introduce or expand BDA, including the need for increased efficiency, reduced downtime, quality management, flexibility and cost savings. To address these challenges, manufacturers are leveraging smart technologies such as networking/connectivity, the Cloud/edge data storage and remote monitoring. While the use of data in manufacturing is not new, the potential shift in scale, volume and frequency of data collection are. For example, data collection is now possible every five seconds when once it was every three months. To learn more about BDA and ways to effectively implement these technologies in manufacturing operations, download PMMI’s 2018 white paper, How to Utilize Big Data to Enhance Manufacturing Processes. For more information, visit, SD

Sealant layer broadens use of closure


ith a built-in sealant layer, Velcro® brand Press-Lok® Advanced 952 closures from Velcro Companies (Booth N-5775) are easier to integrate into flexible packaging, compatible with a wider range of machinery and recycle-ready. The first commercial applications of the PressLok Advanced 952 closure includes food, pet food and lawn and garden products in packaging converted by PEEL Plastic Products (Booth S-4230). Sealing at lower temperatures boosts efficiency for converters and improves package appearance by minimizing film impression marks. “Since we launched it in 2012, the Press-Lok closure has been widely adopted . . . ,” reports Andrew Ellis, vice president, Strategic Execution at Velcro. “Continuing to enhance this solution is a priority for us and we’re committed to developing inventive offerings to meet our customers’ needs, including aligning to the global movement into fully recyclable packaging. We’re Consumers benefit from the sealant-inthrilled to lead the market with the first tegrated, recycle-ready Press-Lok Advanced 952 closure, particularly on large closure of this kind,” he concludes. pouches with wide openings, which can For more information, visit be challenging to align properly to reseal packaging, SD securely.

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Tight seals protect quality and aroma Coffee bags and capsules rely on ultrasonic sealing.


hether packaged in capsules or bags, ultrasonic sealing protects whole bean or ground coffee. The tools do not heat up, making this technology gentle on both packaging material and product.

CAPSULE LINERS, LIDS One of the main indicators of a quality coffee is the crema. When using a coffee capsule, filter material ultrasonically welded onto the bottom of the capsule produces the crema. This process is called embedding. The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) filter liner has a higher melting point than the polypropylene (PP) material of the capsules. As a result, the PP reacts more quickly to the ultrasonic vibrations, becomes viscous and flows into the PET. The resulting strong connection keeps the filter in position and ensures a high-quality crema even at high brewing pressure. In a recent project by a major packaging machine manufacturer, ultrasonic technology was DoubleTeam_Ad_PMMI.qxp_Layout 1 8/24/18 2:07 PM Page 1

used to embed filter liners into coffee capsule bottoms. The 48-station machine consists of 24 ultrasonic generators, each producing power for two stacks. The ultrasonic generators monitor and independently regulate welding parameters. Fieldbus interfaces make it possible to exchange data with the machine controller and evaluate the process in real time. The covering foil is cut and ultrasonically sealed on coffee capsules in a single step at one workstation with an integrated ultrasonic sealing and cutting unit, which is being demonstrated by Herrmann Ultrasonics (Booth S-2769). The one-step process reduces the footprint of the machine, and vacuum transfer precisely positions the lid.

DEGASSING VALVES Valves control degassing of the package, safeguarding the aroma of the coffee. Valve application requires a reliable and stable sealing process. Ultrasonic technology delivers fast, secure sealing at rates up to 120 valves/min. Materials are melted

and bonded in a controlled way by ultrasonic vibrations. Because tools do not heat up, the optical appearance is good and machine downtime (for cleaning) is reduced. Integrated film cutting eliminates a separate cutting step.

INCREASED OUTPUT, QUALITY Even with residual coffee in the seal area, ultrasonic sealing produces a tight seal. Before sealing occurs, mechanical ultrasonic vibrations drive residue out of the seal area. The whole sealing process is accomplished in an average of 200 milliseconds, enabling an output of up to 1,500 capsules/min. The digital generator is ready for operation as soon as the machine is turned on. No need for the lengthy warm-up process heat sealers require. Errors in the weld process are communicated to the packaging machine control so the flawed part can be discharged, providing 100% reliable quality assurance and boosting overall equipment effectiveness. For more information, visit SD

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TH Clements feeds growth with digital sorter Installation improves production efficiency while maintaining the highest product quality.


H Clements, a top vegetable processor in the U.K., embodies its motto, “growing with confidence.” Now a third-generation family company, it’s earned double-digit growth in recent years and expanded production with cutting-edge technology. In 2017, it turned to Key Technology (Booth S-2147, E-7118) for a digital sorting system on a new Brussels sprouts grading line and selected one high-volume Veryx® sorter to replace three older units. “Brussels sprouts are difficult for most sorters—they cast shadows with their deep shape and open leaves when illuminated. Veryx, with its all-sided surface inspection, gives us a 360-degree view of each Brussels sprout,” says Graham Neal, factory manager at TH Clements. “Our new sorter has doubled our throughput without increasing our labor; at the same time we’re exceeding our high expectations for defect removal accuracy.” Customized for the challenging product and production goals, the beltfed Veryx B175 sorter inspects up to 12.5 MT (27,500 lb.) of Brussels sprouts/ hr. To eliminate blind spots, Brussels sprouts are launched off the end of the belt, illuminated by LED lights and inspected entirely in-air with top- and bottom-mounted cameras positioned in a “tilted-X” configuration. Next-generation, four-channel cameras detect extremely subtle color differences and sub-millimeter characteristics to identify a wide range of product defects, foreign material (FM) and extraneous vegetative matter (EVM). Mechanical graders at TH Clements remove Brussels sprouts that are smaller than 20mm and larger than 40mm as well as some FM and EVM prior to digital sorting. At the sorter’s infeed, a Key Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyor with a customized bar screen removes more FM and EVM, as well as loose leaves and small pieces. It also singulates and spreads product for optimal presentation to the sorter’s inspection zone. Neal explains, “About 90% of all FM and EVM is removed before the digital sorting system, and then the vibratory infeed shaker that’s integrated with our Veryx removes even more. That means about 98% of the product going (Continued on page 44)

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into the sorter is sprouts, which helps maximize its capacity and yield. Since most FM and EVM is removed with mechanical processes upstream, we’ve programmed our Veryx to focus on rejecting sprouts with disease and rot as well as pest damage, yellow leaf and other defects, although it’s capable of finding and ejecting much more.” Designed from the ground up to maximize automation and ease use, the sorter features auto-learning, self-adjusting algorithms, predictive system diagnostics and smart alarms. This enables it to adapt to normal fluctuations in the product and environment without manual intervention. Neal reports, “Veryx is so simple to use, one operator is able to run the entire processing line. The intuitive user interface presents different views to users of various levels, depending on their needs, and it’s password protected. The engineering manager, the main operator and I are the only ones who have a deep level of access, which prevents inadvertent changes by unqualified personnel. If we need any support, Key’s engineers can access the sorter remotely to take control and make changes to resolve an issue very quickly. Every point of contact we’ve had with Key has been excellent, starting with our trials in Belgium through to installation, startup and beyond.” TH Clements currently runs 20 varieties of whole Brussels sprouts, which are cleaned, sorted, size-graded and bulk-packed in cold storage during their August-to-March harvest. To fill orders, Brussels sprouts are pulled from cold storage and loose-packed into 14kg bulk trays for foodservice and wholesale customers or sent to vertical/form/fill/seal machines to produce retail packs, which weigh 200, 300, 400 or 500 grams. Richard Mowbray, commercial director at TH Clements, notes, “We manufacture mostly private-label products, so customer satisfaction is incredibly important to us. We invest in innovative technology from leading suppliers to achieve consistently high product quality and ensure speed-to-shelf. Veryx has helped us achieve our objectives and grow our business, even with the tightening labor market. This sorter makes a strong impression on everyone who sees it.” For more information, visit SD

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QMS automation generates benefits Software captures real-time information from anywhere, anytime.


ive demos at QT9 Software (Booth W-966) show how quality management system (QMS) software reduces delays and prevents errors. It can be difficult to quantify the amount of time and money involved in running an effective QMS. There are hard labor costs for managing quality, corrective action, nonconforming product, customer complaint, training and calibration records, cost of poor quality, cost of business interruption for audits and audit follow-up, cost of consulting and even the cost of registrations with regulatory bodies. How a QMS is managed can significantly impact the bottom line. There are three types of QMSs. Type I at the bottom of the hierarchy relies on a paper system with spreadsheets and documents. Type 2 is a hybrid system containing multiple “island” software packages. Type 3 utilizes fully integrated eQMS software.

PROS AND CONS Each quality systems has pros and cons (see list below). The point of an effective QMS is to be as efficient as possible and minimize poor quality (with the realization that not all poor quality is measured in nonconforming product).


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PROS •• Maintains ISO certification CONS •• One person usually runs the system •• Adds too much work to an existing position •• If that person moves on, it can be difficult to replace that person and keep the QMS working •• Too many opportunities for issues/items to “fall through the cracks” (human error) •• Difficult to extract measurable data in a reasonable time •• Difficult to know status of issues at any given time •• Hard to keep everyone on task when paper can be buried on a desk

TYPE 2 (HYBRID SYSTEM) PROS •• Maintains ISO certification •• Can cut down on paper logs and forms •• Brings a level of automation to certain tasks essential to QMS such as document control or calibration CONS •• Software islands do not talk to each other which leads to double work at times and opens the door to human error

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That being said, document control, a solid customer feedback or complaint system and an effective training process help ensure ultimate quality in product and service. Without this synergy, the system is bound to break down, raise costs and potentially damage customer relationships. So even if a manual or hybrid system seems to be chugging along, it’s probably costing too much money and/or labor to run/maintain it. In addition, opportunities for improvement are being overlooked. With more than 23 built-in modules, the QT9 QMS provides new ways to modernize manual processes and capture real-time information from anywhere, anytime. Quality management software and enterprise resource planning job management software from QT9 Software automate workflow and synchronize company information, so end users can easily connect and collaborate with colleagues, customers and suppliers. Easily scalable and quick to implement, the user-friendly platform helps optimize efficiencies and ensure regulatory compliance. Purchase includes software validation and annual upgrades. Attendees at Healthcare Packaging EXPO may arrange a free 30-day trial of QT9’s QMS. For more information visit SD

•• Difficult to know status of issues at any given time since the software is most likely installed only on certain personal computers •• Separate software packages can add expense if bought individually •• Difficult to extract measurable data in a reasonable time •• Difficult to know status of issues at any given time •• Hard to keep everyone on task when paper can be buried on a desk

TYPE 3 (FULLY INTEGRATED EQMS SOFTWARE) PROS •• Maintains ISO certification •• Eliminates 95% of all paper used in QMS •• Automates all necessary components of ISO certification and quality in general •• Spreads out the responsibility of an organization’s QMS keeping everyone accountable for quality •• Interconnectivity of software modules makes QMS functions efficient and cuts out human error •• Easy to extract measurable data for all aspects of QMS •• Streamlines internal and third-party audits CONS •• Can be cost-prohibitive depending on the software •• Implementation can be lengthy if done in-house, an added cost if done through the supplier

Spiral conveying. Straight up! As the market leader in spiral conveyors in the packaging industry we think of solutions for elevating and accumulating packed items. It’s what we do. At AmbaFlex it’s not just about building the right equipment, it’s about developing a special solution for you. Here’s to spiral conveying. Spiral Elevators & Accumulators for primary and secondary packaging handling.

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October 17, 2018

Combi customizes case packing System increases speeds, lowers costs and improves quality.


hen an old drop packer couldn’t keep up with production at a chafing fuel manufacturer, it was time to find a new machine. The plant manager knew Combi Packaging Systems (Booth N-5332b) has a reputation for

quality. This was quickly reinforced when the teams met at an industry trade show. He recalls, “I’ve been in the business a long time, 35 years to be exact. So, it’s fair to say I’ve seen just about every solution out there. However, once we witnessed

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Combi’s build-quality and production speeds firsthand, we knew they could really help us improve our packaging processes. They exceeded our expectations from day one. When we visited their facilities, we witnessed a truly all-hands-on-deck approach to getting our equipment customized” A customized system was needed because the force of a traditional vacuum pick-up would remove the lid of the chafing can, ruin the product and contaminate the production environment with the flammable material.

New case erecting, loading and sealing equipment has increased output 66% and reduced labor requirements from nine people to two.


Industrial automation is changing at an extremely rapid pace. As an innovation leader, SICK offers solutions today that are ready for the challenges of the future. With intelligent sensors that collect data, adapt to their environment and communicate through the network, SICK offers a new unprecedented level of flexibility that must be experienced to believe. Networked intelligence for efficient processes and reliable cooperation of humans and machines. We think that’s intelligent.

The customized system runs at 750 cans/min. and consists of a Model SPP dual-head servo place packer (customized with magnetic pickups), a Model 2-EZ HS case erector, a Model TBS-100 FC case sealer and a 2LD lane diverter and case conveyor. After installation, the system was running at full production rates in less than 10 days. “Anyone who has purchased packaging equipment . . . knows that type of turnaround is truly exceptional,” comments the plant manager. He reports the impact of the equipment has been three-fold: “We’re able to run our packaging line with two people now. This same process took nine people before. Not only have we drastically reduced input costs, we’ve increased our efficiency. Basically, we can package 66% more product while using less than a quarter of the labor.” Quality has improved too. Instead of traditional photoelectronic sensors, the Combi system weighs each case. An incorrectly packed case shuts down the line, guaranteeing that all cartons leaving the facility contain the correct piece count. For more information, visit SD

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October 17, 2018

Recyclable packaging protects perishables Paper liner insulates meal kits from temperature abuse.


un Basket, a national meal kit delivery service, now ships its product in 100% recyclable packaging. Known for its commitment to organic produce and sustainable ingredients as well as recyclable packaging, Sun Basket chose TempGuard™ paper-based liner from Sealed Air (Booth S-2939). TempGuard thermal insulation protects the contents from temperature abuse and also serves as a protective cushion. Made from recycled paper, it is certified to ISTA Standard 20 to ensure it maintains proper temperatures for one- and two-day ground shipping. Measuring 1-in. thinner than the insulating material used previously, the TempGuard liner represents a source reduction for Sun Basket because its outer box is now 25% smaller. This reduction also shrinks Sun Basket’s carbon footprint. Michael Golub, head of Strategic Initiatives for Sun Basket, reports, “At Sun Basket, sustainability is one of our core values, and one of the ways we approach that is by ensuring that all of our packaging is recyclable or compostable. We proactively work with suppliers as products are being developed. We learned about Sealed Air’s 100% recyclable paper insulation before it came to market, and because of that, we are now the first in the meal kit business to use it. We are excited about this insulation because, among other things, it made the recycling process even easier for our customers while at the same time reducing the size of our box, for both a sustainability and customer experience win.”

is a key business driver for our clients and online shoppers are requesting environmentally friendly packaging from retailers, Sealed Air is expending R&D efforts not only on improving the recyclabil-

ity of its existing packaging materials but also creating . . . bio-based packaging products derived from natural sources,” she concludes. For more information, visit SD

Less means more Less means more!

Less means more!

Focused on the essentials: the new i500 Slim design, scalable functionality, and extremely user-friendly. The groundbreaking i500 is size-optimized and allows for zeroclearance mounting, saving valuable cabinet space. And thanks to the innovative interface options, it’s easy to commission in minimal time. The best thing of all is that the modular structure adapts to different production configurations in no time at all. Less does mean more! To learn more, visit or come see us at: PACK EXPO International 2018 • Booth #N5740 • October 14-17

Sun Basket meal kits arrive in 100% recyclable and compostable packaging.

As easy as that.

Focused on the essentials: the new i500

Slim design, scalable functionality, and extremely user-friendly. “We are pleased to have a fully curbside-recyclaThe groundbreaking i500 is size-optimized and allows for zeroclearance mounting, saving valuable cabinet space. And thanks ble solution in our portfolio that meets Sun Basto the innovative interface options, it’s easy to commission in ket’s temperature assurance requirements,” says minimal best thing of all is that the modular structure Focused on the essentials: thetime. newThei500 adapts to different production configurations in no time at all. Susan Bell, vice president of Strategy and Business Less does mean more! Development at Sealed Air. “Because sustainability Slim design, scalable functionality, and extremely user-friendly. To learn more, visit or come see us at:

The groundbreaking i500 isEXPO size-optimized allows zero-14-17 PACK International 2018and • Booth #N5740for • October clearance mounting, saving valuable cabinet space. And thanks to the innovative interface options, it’s easy to commission in minimal time. The best thing of all is that the modular structure adapts to different production configurations in no time at all.

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October 17, 2018

The Forum at PACK EXPO makes Chicago debut


Trusted, actionable, expert, relevant. The PMMI Business Intelligence library offers complimentary access to Executive Summaries of PMMI’s latest economic, benchmarking and industry reports that can transform your business. Download studies, reports and white papers such as: • State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report • Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing Operations • Evolution of Automation and more

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new daily educational offering, The Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4580), combines presentations about the latest industry trends with small group discussions and question-and-answer time. The free, 45-minute sessions permit attendees to benefit from presentations by experts on overall equipment effectiveness, standardization of factory acceptance tests, request for proposal template, cobots, active packaging, food waste, food safety, contract packaging trends and workforce and career development. Speakers represent the OpX Leadership Network (Booth N-4550), Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth N-4523, N-5760), Contract Packagers Association (Booth N-5801), PMMI Business Intelligence (Booth N-4550), PMMI U (Booth N-4550), Robotic Industries Association and World Packaging Organisation (Booth N-4527, N-5760). The Chicago edition of The Forum at PACK EXPO builds on the success of the inaugural Forum, which took place at PACK EXPO East (April 16-18, 2018, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). For more information, visit SD

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 Packaging Food Safety—Are You in the Know? 10:30–11:15 AM An overview and discussion with the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging. Stephen Klump Global Head of Packaging Quality & Safety Nestlé Ron Osborn Principal Scientist, Packaging Compliance Mars Wrigley Confectionery Weldon Williams Sr Dir, Packaging Quality Assurance HAVI

Attracting the Next Generation Workforce to the Packaging Industry 11:30–12:15 PM Who will be the next packaging professionals? How will we recruit them? Stephan Girard Dir, Education & Workforce Development PMMI SD

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October 17, 2018

Handled with care: packaging Nairn’s gluten-free products New gluten-free factory relies on Bosch Packaging Technology’s extra gentle handling system.


ore and more consumers opt for “Free From” products. Gluten-free products in particular are no longer geared toward allergy sufferers alone, but have become a staple for many of today’s health-conscious consumers. A transparent supply chain is of utmost importance for product credibility. The concept “From Farm to Fork” is especially relevant since it provides consumers with the quality assurance they seek, and, in the case of allergy sufferers, even rely upon. Nairn’s Oatcakes, a well-known bakery manufacturer in Scotland, understands this demand for transparency and safety and invested in a new factory that is completely gluten-free. John and Sarah Nairn first discovered the versatility of oats in Lanarkshire, Scotland, more than 120 years ago. To this day, the independent company, Nairn’s Oatcakes, continues to use locally cultivated oats as much as possible and attaches great importance to food safety.

Two-in-One packaging system from Bosch Packaging Technology produces single-serve packs of three, four or six stacked biscuits.

(l-r) Hector Laing, Brian Douglas and Tony Roe.

In order to guarantee 100% gluten-free production, transparent processes are needed throughout the entire supply chain, from locally cultivated fields, special mills and production facilities to the packaging process. Their efforts have certainly paid off: In 2017 the market for “Free From” products grew by approximately 12% in western Europe alone. Within this segment, gluten-free products are among the clear winners with a market share of 13%. In the U.K., being an early adopter helped position Nairn’s Oatcakes as one of the top three manufacturers of gluten-free products. The British “Free From” market volume currently totals around £500 million ($650.3 million).


Nairn’s Oatcakes products date to the 1896 founding of a small village bakery in Scotland.

A flat position is key to the gentle handling needed by the relatively fragile gluten-free products.

Due to the rising demand, the company decided to invest in a gluten-free factory. Nairn’s Oatcakes has been running a two-shift operation, five days a week since November 2017. A variety of gluten-free oat products are processed on a Two-in-One biscuit packaging system from Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth S-3514, W-603). Oatcakes, crackers and biscuits are packaged as convenient, single-serve packs of three, four or six stacked biscuits. Processing speeds range from 210–304 packs/min. The Bosch Two-in-One biscuit packaging system stands out for its particularly gentle product handling and its unrivaled pack style flexibility. Brian Douglas, project leader for the gluten-free factory, explains: “Gluten-free products are very sensitive compared to conventional products containing gluten. The dough has a different consistency, which means the biscuits are very fragile once they are baked. Our goal is to provide consumers with a perfect product and minimize waste throughout the production process.”

Flat handling is optimal for limited product abrasion and fewer breaks. Hector Laing, manager of the gluten-free factory, adds: “The Bosch Two-in-One biscuit packaging system was our first choice. Its gentle, flat handling and format flexibility are ideally suited for our production requirements. Waste is minimal, and the system offers us long-term flexibility in terms of packaging size and package style.” According to Tony Roe, sales manager at Bosch, “The shingling and stacking process to produce pile and slug packs is efficient and gentle thanks to linear motor technology. Preliminary tests at Bosch in Beringen, Switzerland, showed that the sensitive, gluten-free products could be packaged reliably—even at high speeds,” Flat handling ensures gentle distribution and feeding. The system’s electrical direct drive facilitates profile changes at the push of a button. The motion-control system calculates each product’s customized traversing profile, which boosts flexibility. Roe adds, “We understand the challenges of gluten-free production. Hygienic design, a clear machine layout and optimal cleaning processes were integral to the development of this efficient packaging system, along with flexibility and performance.”

ONSITE SERVICE The Bosch Service team provides comprehensive onsite service. “We highly appreciate that Bosch is represented locally by a team of specialists. For us, this is definitely a major advantage,” concludes Laing. Production is now in the safe hands of Bosch service technicians and two experts, who have been trained on this specific system and its technologies. For more information, visit SD

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October 17, 2018

Your machine experts for forming, filling, sealing, and much more.

Dow Chemical sponsors See award-winning packages from around the world in the Containers and Materials Pavilion.


ow Chemical (Booth S-Vista Ballroom) returns as the exclusive sponsor of The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth N-5760). Housed in the Containers and Materials Pavilion, The Showcase of Packaging Innovations features winning entries from worldwide packaging competitions. “Dow stands on the foundation of providing products and solutions that create both value and a competitive advantage,” says Mark Saurin, commercial vice president for Dow’s North America Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. He adds, “Through our sponsorship of the Showcase of Packaging Innovations, we are displaying how innovation can keep businesses This press-to-close stand- competitive and move the inup pouch (SUP) from Produstry forward. We are proud Ampac (Booth S-3386) earned a Silver Medal to be the sole sponsor of the for Expanding the Use of Showcase of Packaging InFlexible Packaging from novations since the exhibit’s FPA. The SUP offers an eye-catching billboard vs. inception at PACK EXPO in lay-flat pillow pouches and 2003. The Showcase displays is cheaper to ship than the best that the industry has glass jars. to offer in packaging innovation, and we are eager to bring this display to Chicago again to inspire the next generation of packaging design.”

PACK EXPO producer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), is pleased to partner with Dow for the 15th consecutive year. “The Showcase of Packaging Innovations has come to be a show floor favorite at PACK EXPO over the years,” reports Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. He says, “We are thankful for Dow’s partnership on this exciting show floor destination that continues to inspire package designers with packaging that is functional, innovative and sustainable.” For more information, visit ,, SD

KOCH: Your one-stop partner for blister packaging machinery: ultra-efficient packaging of medical and consumer products, custom technology and blister design. Plus Support + Service and K 4.0 Digitalization Solutions. Chicago October 14–17, 2018 South Hall, Booth S-1769 Member of the Uhlmann Group

In-mold labeling of cup and lid with shelf-life-protecting oxygen-barrier labels earned Verstraete In-Mold Labels the Gold Award in the Best Injection Molded Package category in the 2018 IMDA Awards competition sponsored by IMDA (Booth N-5000, N-5760).

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The 15 organizations involved in the 2018 PACK EXPO International Showcase of Packaging Innovations include: ABRE–Brazilian Packaging Association (Booth N-4533) AIMCAL–Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth N-5902) AMEE–Mexican Packaging Association Dow (Booth S-Vista Ballroom) 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation (formerly the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation) Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) (Booth N-5901) Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) (Booth N-5903) Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) (Booth N-5000) Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth N-4523) Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE) (E-10232) ProFood World (Booth N-4550) Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPC) Sustainable Packaging Coalition/GreenBlue Tube Council North America World Packaging Organisation (WPO) (Booth N-4527)

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SSV Series Combination Checkweigher & Metal Detector

Your customers will tell you they have more on the line than dinner. It’s why we built the checkweigher and metal detector combination system. This integrated solution protects consumers by detecting the smallest contaminants and with high accuracy weighing cuts waste while improving safety compliance. Learn more about the industry’s most reliable, precise and smallest footprint in the industry at

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October 17, 2018

Consumers prefer induction seals


roduct freshness, tamper evidence and leak protection rank top-ofmind with U.S. consumers. In a focus group study conducted by NSM Research, safety, leak prevention and maintaining freshness were classified as “extremely important,” closely followed by ease of opening, which was rated “important.” Participants were asked detailed questions to gauge their experiences with milk, peanut butter, mayonnaise and protein powder packaging. The focus groups were shown three sealing methods: closure only; induction seal; and the half-moon tabbed Lift ‘n’ Peel™ induction seal from Selig Group (Booth N-4961).


Product Prefer Induction Seal Peanut Butter 100% Protein Powder 100% Mayonnaise 86% Milk 77%*

Prefer Lift ‘N’ Peel Seal 77% 100% 83% 44%

*33% of this group want a tamper band as well as a liner

Consumers like induction seals, particularly when the design comes with an easy-open feature.

Induction-sealed packages were strongly preferred in all four product categories with the Lift ‘n’ Peel design proving to be the most popular. Study participants like the induction-sealed packaging because they believe it promotes safety, leak prevention and freshness. “Consumers are highly motivated by safety and want to buy products that are secure, won’t leak, are as fresh as possible and are easy to open,” concludes John Brown, vice president Global Marketing at Selig. For more information, visit SD

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October 17, 2018

Smart codes authenticate High-resolution printing and code verification protect products from counterfeiting.


he roots of Reynders date to 1956 when Emile Reynders started a humble stationery printing business from his family home. Today, the company, headquartered in Boechout, Belgium, has grown to become a leading label printing specialist with more than 70 printing presses across eight facilities in Europe and Asia. Reynders believes it must constantly reinvent itself to succeed. Embracing new ideas with a strong focus on process excellence has enabled Reynders to respond to the most challenging customer requirements. So when a prestigious consumer brand wanted a cost-effective technology to prevent its packaging from being counterfeited, Reynders rose to the challenge.






Traditional authentication technologies, such as special inks and dyes, taggants, holograms and watermarks, printed directly on the packaging substrate or on an authentication label, can substantially increase production complexity and cost. Printing a variable QRcode offers more cost-effective track-andtrace authentication. Unfortunately, a QRcode is relatively easy to duplicate. Enter ScanTrust, a Cloud-based product authentication and supply chain traceability specialist. Marc Reynders, CEO of Reynders, explains, “ScanTrust’s technology involves printing a secure QRcode, containing a unique fingerprint pattern that cannot be copied and can be easily verified using a mobile app. No special printing equipment, ink or paper was required, making this the ideal, cost-effective solution we were looking for.” However, when the Reynders project team started integrating the ScanTrust technology into its workflow, it encountered issues.

CHALLENGES The ScanTrust secure code technology requires the unique fingerprint pattern within the QRcode to be printed at 1,200 dot/in. (DPI) resolution. At the start of a print run before full production commences, the first few QRcodes with embedded fingerprint have to be verified against ScanTrust’s Cloudbased server to ensure the codes are readable, registered and authenticated. Reynders already had a color digital press with all the required capabilities, but verifying and authenticating the code proved to be a challenge. Sebastiaan Reynders, production leader for Digital Printing at Reynders, recalls, “Using a Smartphone with the ScanTrust app to scan secure codes at the start of every job worked fine for low print volumes. However for large print runs, a fully automated solution was required to . . . meet our productivity targets. Furthermore, we had no way of determining whether the print quality of the secure codes was being maintained throughout the . . . print run. This meant that we could not guarantee the readability of the codes and therefore the integrity of the whole application.” It became clear that the auA 16K line-scan camera and Discovery Multiscan software automate scanning and validation as each fingerprint-equipped QRcode is printed.

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thentication process and print quality monitoring had to be automated.

CAMERA-BASED INSPECTION Reynders and ScanTrust concluded that a custom, camera-based inspection system was needed. As Justin Picard, ScanTrust’s co-founder and CTO, recalls, “Having previously spoken with Lake Image Systems (Booth S-4153) at various trade events, I knew that they were one of the few companies that had the camera technology and software expertise to read the ScanTrust QRcode, capture a high-resolution image of the unique fingerprint and To prevent counterfeiting, ScanTrust combines a integrate with our Cloud-based auQRcode with a fingerprint pattern printed at 1,200 thentication platform.” DPI resolution. A system was quickly architected. At the exit of digital color press, Lake Image Systems installed its latest 16K line-scan camera to capture high-resolution images of the ScanTrust code. Discovery Multiscan software reads, decodes and validates the QRcode, extracts the unique fingerprint image and interrogates the ScanTrust Cloud system to authenticate the code at the start of each job. A positive response from the ScanTrust Cloud prompts the Discovery Multiscan software to signal the operator to complete the run. Throughout the run, the software continues to read and validate each QRcode. Integration with an offline ScanTrust tool assures the quality and integrity of the fingerprint. The fully automated process ensures each code is readable and valid, thereby satisfying a critical client requirement.

IMPACT The inspection system eliminated time-consuming, error-prone manual steps the operators had to perform before every job. The versatility of Discovery Multiscan software in combination with powerful camera technology has turned a challenging operational issue into a viable, secure and profitable printing service for Reynders. “Although we use camera-based inspection technology in other parts of our business, we were impressed with the full range of print quality inspection and data verification capabilities available to us at an affordable price,” says Reynders. He adds, “We were particularly pleased with their expertise to understand our specific issues and then to quickly develop and implement a working solution in collaboration with ScanTrust . . . . With the combined ScanTrust and Lake Image solution in place, we can now fully automate our workflow according to our high standards and have the reassurance that we are delivering a quality, error-free product. “The market for a highly effective, traceable and low-cost solution for producing secure packaging is expanding fast. With this solution, we are now well-positioned to benefit from this growth and are already delivering this secure packaging solution to two additional clients, with a few more in the pipeline.” For more information, visit SD

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October 17, 2018

HVLD tests pre-filled syringes System delivers a pass/fail score as well as quantitative test data for each syringe.


robotic tester for container/closure integ- cations for this automated system include lowrity testing of nested pre-filled syringes has speed production lines, 100% inspection of “on joined the line-up of quality control equipment from PTI – Packaging Technologies & Inspection (Booth S-4120, W-827a). The fully automated E-Scan 665 syringe tester is based on PTI’s MicroCurrent high-voltage leak detection (HVLD) technology already in use for locating leaks as small as 5 microns in other types of parenteral packaging. A compact, high-speed, six-axis robot picks a row of syringes from the nest and places it into the HVLD test position. Once in position, the HVLD testing probes automatically scan each syringe in continuous motion. When testing is complete, the robot returns good syringes to the nest and moves defects to a reject tray. A full nest (160 syringes) can be checked in less than 3 min. The system presents the operator with a pass/ The E-Scan 665 pre-filled syringe tester is fail scoreFIXED_W_FORTRESS along with quantitative test data. Appliand offline models. FORTRESS-PackExpoShowDaily_2018.pdf TECHNOLOGO - DAY PackExpoShowDaily_2018-3.pdf 4 8/16/2018 12:27:37 PM available in 1 online 9/30/18 11:50 AM

hold” production lots and sampling on high-speed lines for statistical process control inspection. Unlike some HVLD systems, the E-Scan 665 unit successfully inspects syringes containing water for injection and liquids with low conductivity. It also meets the guidelines of USP <1207> and Annex 1 and is compatible with smaller diameter formats such as 1mL syringes. The lower voltage of the MicroCurrent HVLD technology protects the product and container from damage and generates such a small amount of ozone no filtering is needed. The robotic E-Scan 665 unit replaces destructive test methods, which necessitate scrapping whole batches if a leak is detected. As a result, return-on-investment often is achieved with the first quality deviation identified. For more information, visit SD








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October 17, 2018

Visualize manufacturing in 3D


dvances in 3D printing, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence add complexity to the manufacturing supply chain. These advancements force companies to look at their supply chain manufacturing to locate and minimize bottlenecks, inefficiencies and communication disconnects. As a result, many companies seek a way to enable seamless data flow throughout supply chain,

plant operations and the product lifecycle management platform. How will your company adapt to the changing demands of the future? How will your company secure and future-proof its manufacturing and intellectual property? Software from Prostep (Booth E-10538) provides a way to visualize your packaging throughout the supply chain and secure your data and intellectual property between customers, suppliers and

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From food to pharmaceuticals, Heat and Control® supports you with efficient and reliable equipment for weighing, container filling, conveying, packaging, and inspection. With more technicians in more locations, we also offer the industry’s most responsive technical support. See our newest technology at: Oct. 14–17, 2018 North Hall, Booth N-5910 McCormick Place Chicago, IL USA

other domains. Imagine a future with paperless manufacturing through 3D PDFs. Automating the collection and distribution of manufacturing documentation reduces documentation time and cost. Plus, all data exists within a single container for easy comprehension of complex manufacturing and assembly workflows. For more information, visit SD

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or the sixth year, Lenze Americas (Booth N-5740) is sponsoring lounges for exhibitors and members of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). The lounges offer seating, coffee and a chance to take a break from the busy show floor. The four Exhibitor Lounges are located in Rooms S-405a, N-229, W-470a and E-251 and open to exhibitors from 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Oct. 13–17. The two PMMI Member Lounges are located in Rooms N-227b and S-402 and open to members from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Oct. 14–16, and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on Oct. 17. “Exhibitors and members spend hours on their feet during PACK EXPO, and Lenze is proud to sponsor these lounges that provide [a] much-needed refuge,” says Susan Duval, senior marketing communications manager, Lenze Americas. “With 2,500 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees exploring over 1.2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space, the member and exhibitor lounges serve as quiet counterparts to the energizing, hustle and bustle of the show floor,” says Laura Thompson, senior director, expositions, PMMI. “We’re grateful to Lenze for providing this resource for the sixth year in a row.” For more information, visit PACKEXPOinternational. com,, SD

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October 17, 2018

Big changes boost Big Pharma


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n increase patents, atypical innovation and “pharmerging” countries are helping create unprecedented growth in pharmaceutical packaging and processing. Global pharmaceutical brand spending To combat piracy, the will approach $830 billion in 2021, while generic China Food and Drug expenditures will push past $500 Administration billion, according (CFDA) plans to enable to Five Factors SpurRUSSIA Growth in Pharmaceutical Packagtraceability of all drug ing and Processing Equipment, a white paper with products throughout the acsupply chain. POLAND companying infographic published by PMMI, The KAZAKHSTAN ROMANIA Association for Packaging and Processing TechTURKEY CHINA PAKISTANN-4550). nologies (Booth ALGERIA INDIA BANGLADESH ARABIA As theSAUDIpharmaceutical marketplace continues to VIETNAM PHILIPPINES NIGERIA globalize, the expanding middle class in “pharmerging” countries—China, Brazil, INDONESIARussia, India, Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, SOUTH AFRICA Pakistan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Philippines, Turkey, Romania, Chile, Kazakhstan and Vietnam—now have access to supply chains and more importantly, money, for healthcare.

The Patent Cliff and Expanding Product Pipeline As major patents continue to expire, competition from generic manufacturers will stimulate demand for new products that require new packaging.


New medications in the drug pipeline will create demand for new packaging technologies in the coming years.





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manufacturers is stimulating demand for new products and pushed the pharmaceutical industry beyond its usual boundaries to drive demand for packaging innovation. Long an issue for other vertical markets like food and beverage, pharmaceutical companies are now experiencing the unrelenting pressure to boost speed and efficiency to navigate rising demands from new medications, expanding global markets and the doubling senior citizen population. “ . . . now is the time to invest in new solutions to improve operations and to keep up with the new

direction the industry is taking,” says Paula Feldman, director, Business Intelligence, PMMI.

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October 17, 2018

WestRock acquires Plymouth Packaging

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estRock (Booth S-2122) gains Box on Demand technology with the purchase of Plymouth Packaging. The systems now available from WestRock Box on Demand (Booth N-4947) allow brand owners to cut packaging and shipping costs by producing right-sized corrugated boxes onsite from fanfold corrugated. Applications include eCommerce, building products, furniture and industrial operations. With the acquisition, WestRock gains three strategically located corrugated fanfold manufacturing facilities as well as numerous distribution centers in North America; traditional corrugated box manufacturing capabilities; a niche, short-to-medium volume sheet plant that serves southeast Michigan; Plymouth’s ownership stake in Panotec, its Box on Demand machinery manufacturer based in Italy; and its investment in Alliance Sheets, one of the largest corrugators in the U.S. Headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan, Plymouth Packaging was founded in 1991 by Paul Magnell and owned by the Magnell family prior to the sale. Greg Magnell served as president of the company and will continue in his leadership role under WestRock’s ownership. For more information, visit, SD

Aptar acquires Reboul


ptarGroup (Booth N-6261) acquires Reboul from Vacheron Industries, a French leader in the design and production of metal components, metal-plastic sub-assemblies, next-generation lipstick mechanisms and color cosmetic packaging. The addition of Reboul brings Aptar complementary and distinctive capabilities, including deep-drawing of metal, high-speed metal stamping and lipstick mechanism design and manufacturing. The transaction positions Aptar to capitalize on growth in the color cosmetics market, while further strengthening its ability to serve customers in the skincare and fragrance markets. Reboul, which will celebrate its 100th year in 2021, creates packaging for some of the world’s most prestigious color cosmetics brands. In 2017 it became a member of Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, a recognition by the French government that rewards French firms for excellence in their field and industrial know-how. Reboul operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, located near an existing Aptar operation in Annecy, France, and built according to RT2012 standards to provide optimized energy management. For more information, visit SD


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October 17, 2018

Eriez honors long-time reps Plaques recognize partnerships ranging from 54 to 70 years.


riez (Booth N-5530) not only celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017, but also marked significant milestones with several representatives. Dominion-Carolina of High Point, North Carolina, has represented the specialist in separation technologies for the longest period. The 70year relationship was recognized in October 2017 at Eriez’ 2017 Business Conference. The foundation for this successful collaboration was laid in 1947, when Bob Merwin, son of Eriez founder O.F. Merwin, and Dean Thomas, a retired school teacher who ultimately formed Dominion-Carolina, initiated the partnership with a handshake. While Eriez and Dominion-Carolina have grown and evolved over the decades and generations, both remain family-run companies. Today Jeff Carr, Thomas’s stepson, serves as Dominion-Carolina president while Richard Merwin, grandson of O.F., is Eriez’ chairman. Dominion-Carolina consistently ranks as a top sales performer and has earned Eriez’ coveted Merwin Sales Award twice. “The knowledge and experience. . . [Dominion-Carolina] brings into the field each day offers immense benefits to our mu-

Eriez honors Dominion-Carolina for 70 years of service as its representative: (l-r) Brent Lee, Drew Harris, Dale Grimsley, Carr and Ingram.

tual customers and helps both of our companies to flourish,” says Charlie Ingram, Eriez vice president of Sales and Marketing. He adds, “We look forward to working together for another 70 years and beyond.” Eriez also recognized five other representatives to mark relationships of 50 years or more. The honorees include BLW Group of Memphis, Tennessee (68 years), Merrifield of Cincinnati, Ohio (63 years), B&H Industrial of Indianapolis, Indiana (61 Years), D&L Engineering Sales of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (55 years) and Adams Broth-

ers of Atlanta, Georgia (54 years). Ingram explains, “We’ve had the benefit of working with reps since the beginning of our 75-yearold company. Throughout the span of these relationships, our companies have worked together steadfastly and successfully to achieve our aligned objectives. These agencies have become extensions of Eriez and important parts of our corporate family.” He adds, “We are pleased to take this opportunity to acknowledge their long-running and extraordinary dedication and service.” For more information, visit SD

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Innovation and collaboration: stronger together Success depends on three characteristics.


xothermix came to Inland Packaging (Booth E-6705), a packaging converter with digital, offset, flexo and gravure print

capabilities, to launch a product disruptive to the industry, a self-heating package. To be successful the company needed a partner willing to embrace

risk in such an unconventional product. A critical component to the success of the self-heating package is a film and label construction that works cohesively with the heating element. Through numerous trials, the partnership flourished, quality parameters were established, lead times shortened and support from the supply chain improved. A recent discussion with Exothermix uncovered three shared characteristics which enabled success.

VISION AND LEADERSHIP Within any organization, there are always a handful of people who want to make things happen and embrace innovation. Inland Packaging and Exothermix share a passion for innovation at all levels. When there is synergy from the getgo more can be achieved. Innovation is harnessed not only from employees, but also from qualified suppliers and outsourced partners. Innovation in leadership means being willing to try different approaches to be successful; nimble enough to think through all possibilities and patient enough to grow together. There’s also mutual respect that acknowledges the potential need to reach outside to other experts.

STRUCTURE AND PROCESS Ideas are not just talk. Structure and processes put ideas into practice. During the development process, Inland and Exothemix gave their teams time to explore and re-review, capturing unmet needs and ideas along the way. This approach to innovation: •• Moved Exothermix from a four-month product lead time to one month •• Developed creative supply chain strategies •• Implemented new order interval strategies to meet lower quantity orders from new market segments



It’s essential to serve as both teachers and perpetual learners. Important characteristics include active listening and keeping an open dialog to develop a deeper understanding of limits and possibilities. This mutual understanding paves a road to success and minimizes risks. “Inland has stuck with us and helped us through some big obstacles,” acknowledges Darko Marquez, director of Operations at Exothermix. “Together we have come up with some really creative solutions,” he concludes. For more information, visit SD

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W&H joins CEFLEX Builder of machines for production of flexible packaging works toward circular economy.


he Germany-based parent company of Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H) (Booth E-7743) has joined CEFLEX, a European initiative working to improve the contribution of flexible packaging to the circular economy. As a supplier of machinery for the production of flexible packaging for food or paper sacks for products such as cement powder, W&H is concerned about what happens to that packaging at the end of its initial life cycle.

Transforming flexible packaging into a closed material system represents a major challenge for the flexible packaging industry, explains W&H CEO Dr. Jürgen Vutz. He says, “CEFLEX is an important step toward combining expertise in this area and working together to find circular econo-



my solutions for flexible packaging. As the world market leader for machines for manufacturing flexible packaging, we can make an important contribution to the technological advancement, in particular.” For more information, visit SD


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. CEFLEX, a European initiative, seeks to increase the role flexible packaging plays in the circular economy.

CEFLEX involves the entire flexible packaging value chain in an effort to identify better system design options by 2025. More than 70 companies and organizations participate—from raw material suppliers to packaging processers and brand owners. The initiative looks at the entire life cycle of flexible packaging from production, consumption and collection to waste management and secondary raw materials and plans to develop guidelines for flexible packaging, which are recognized throughout Europe by 2020. Other working groups deal with new technologies, infrastructure and business models as well as end markets for recycled material.

Insulated box wins award


he recyclable northbox® insulated box from Cascades (Booth N-5385) has earned the Food Innovation Award in the Packaging Category from the Food Processing Council of Quebec (Canada). Designed for shipping temperature-sensitive products by mail, the isothermal container consists of 100% recycled materials and can be recycled after use. For more information, visit http://packaging.cascades. com/northbox/. SD

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October 17, 2018

RIT wins scholarship PMMI Foundation supports future packaging leaders.


he PMMI Foundation awarded its Future Leaders in Packaging Scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Booth E-6622). The $5,000 scholarship, awarded each year to an educational institution that prepares students for careers in packaging, will be divided among two or three students selected by the school based on a combination of academic excellence and financial need. The PMMI Foundation, sponsored by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), provides more than $200,000 in scholarships each year to students majoring in packaging. These scholarships underscore PMMI’s commitment to the future of the packaging and processing industry. “RIT is an excellent school for aspiring packaging professionals,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “Scholarships like this one are crucial opportunities for young talent looking to pursue a

career in our industry. Our members are thrilled to see the potential of the emerging workforce.” RIT’s Packaging Science program prepares 200 undergraduates and 40 graduate students for employment across the packaging industry. Established in 1973, the program includes a Packaging Dynamics Lab—a certified ISTA Test Lab equipped to conduct distribution testing in accordance with ISTA - International Safe Transit Association (Booth N-4535) and ASTM procedures—and a Center for Sustainable Packaging, sponsored by the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation. The Center focuses on food waste reduction, shelf life extension and the development of packaging systems that deliver sustainability. RIT also offers packaging minors in packaging science and flexible packaging for students studying industrial design, graphic design, engineering and other majors. For more information, visit SD

Dynamic Conveyor expands


ynamic Conveyor (Booth N-5529) recently completed a renovation and expansion at its Norton Shores, Michigan, facility. The addition addresses steady growth in business and staff and includes offices, a larger conference room and a break room, which expands for company-wide gatherings. One growth driver is the company’s line of food processing conveyors. Introduced in 2011, DynaClean® conveyors offer a cost-saving alternative to traditional stainless steel conveyors. A patented design makes disassembly and cleaning quick and easy. No tools are needed, and there are no small parts to lose or nooks and crannies to clean. The open design offers no place for food or bacteria to hide and can cut cleaning times in half vs. traditional food processing conveyors.


Dynamic Conveyor was founded in 1991 when it launched the DynaCon® conveyor for the plastic molding industry. With the DynaCon conveyor, parts manufacturers can build conveyors using modules to configure layouts. Modules are built with injection-molded parts, which offer strength and durability, while remaining lightweight enough for easy reconfiguration, a plus for sustainability initiatives. The design offers a high level of flexibility for lengths, widths, inclines, declines, lateral turns, belt styles and accessories. Systems require no maintenance, lubrication or belt tracking. For more information, visit SD The DynaClean conveyor line for food processing applications joined the DynaCon conveyor line in 2011 and has spurred growth for the second-generation, women-owned business.


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October 17, 2018

Metallized films replace foil Concern about the impact of tariffs on aluminum imports prompts users of foil laminates to explore alternatives.


or decades food manufacturers have reaped benefits by switching from foil-based flexible structures to metallized (MET) filmbased packaging. After the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent decision to impose tariffs on aluminum imports, Toray Plastics (America) (Booth N-6275) began hearing from end users, who want to counter the increasing cost and limited availability of foil and are curious about foil replacement. In this Q&A, Tammy Williamson, associate product manager, Torayfan® Division, points out the benefits of MET films and talks about factors to consider when changing from a foil-based structure.

Q: WHAT ARE THE ALUMINUM FOIL-REPLACEMENT APPLICATIONS FOR MET FILM? Williamson: MET films, encompass biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polyester (PET), nylon and cast OPP, and are manufactured by high-speed vapor deposition. For this Q&A, we’ll focus on MET BOPP and PET. The quality of the base film and the integrity of the metal coating process are critical for success. When those fundamentals are in place, metallization can significantly improve the oxygen and moisture barrier durability of a film, serve as an opaque barrier to light and offer a high-reflective, glossy appearance. A popular MET OPP application is a drop-in foil replacement for traditional paper/polyethylene (PE)/foil/PE packet and stand-up packaging for salty snacks, oatmeal, hot cocoa, seasonings, dried soups, rice, dried cheese, mixes and powdered beverages. It also is sought after as a replacement for foil in packaging structures for nutritional bars. MET PET film is an ideal foil replacement for coffee, nuts, dried fruits and powdered nutrition-

al or energy drink packaging. It’s also an excellent choice for replacing foil in lidding applications for dairy foods like yogurt and ice cream though challenges may arise depending on the filling equipment used. It’s well-suited for applesauce and puddings, too.

Q: WILL THE TARIFF ON ALUMINUM HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE PRICE OF ALUMINUM USED TO MANUFACTURE MET FILMS? Williamson: The thickness of the vacuum-deposited metal is only a few hundred Angstroms, so while there will an impact on the price of the films, it will be negligible compared to what we forecast for aluminum foils.

Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO BE GAINED FROM A SWITCH TO MET FILMS? Williamson: With a lower density, MET films deliver more surface area/lb. than foil and are a smart, sustainable choice, yet maintain strong package-processing characteristics. MET OPP film offers flex-crack and puncture-resistance, gas-barrier durability, yield, economic and aesthetic benefits equal to or better than those of foil and runs well on pouch lines. MET film technology, including MET PET for packaging, continues to evolve and find new applications. Among the advances, thin and ultra-thin films offer source reduction and improved barrier. Other advances include sealant coatings that improve hermetics (air tightness) and seal-strength functionality and other specialty coatings.


BETWEEN MET OPP AND MET PET? Williamson: MET PET typically has superior oxygen barrier and good moisture barrier, whereas MET OPP is the opposite: excellent moisture barrier and good oxygen protection. MET PET’s bond strength and the general robustness of a lamTammy Williamson, associate ination are superior to those product manager, Torayfan Diviassociated with MET OPP. sion, Toray Plastics (America). Higher strength of the MET PET particularly at high seal temperatures means less extensibility during laminating and pouching. MET OPP delivers excellent moisture barrier, very good oxygen barrier, barrier to light, a highly reflective gloss, better puncture resistance and excellent flex-crack resistance compared with foil, all of which can be achieved at a relatively low cost. MET OPP often is designed with a low seal initiation temperature heat-seal layer, allowing it to be used in a two-layer lamination. MET PET doesn’t always have this type of heat-seal functionality and often is utilized in a triplex laminate.

Q: IF A CONSUMER PACKAGED GOODS COMPANY SWITCHES FROM FOIL-BASED TO MET FILMS, ISN’T BARRIER DURABILITY A CONCERN? Williamson: Gelbo flex testing, the simultaneous twisting and crushing of a packaging film to represent packaging handling, is industry protocol and a standard indicator for the comprehensive robustness of a lamination. It reveals the material’s ability to withstand repetitive strain and resistance to flex-cracking, pinholing and delamination. Toray’s studies have shown that once one begins flexing a lamination made with foil, such as paper/PE/foil/PE, the laminate cracks and pinholes and gas transmission rates increase. A paper lamination made with MET OPP is more durable and shows significantly less gas-barrier loss (i.e., less increase in gas transmission) with the same number of flexes. The thin metallized layer of the MET film is more ductile than foil and enables it to withstand more flexing without exhibiting dead-fold wear.

Q: HOW IS SEALING AFFECTED BY A SWITCH TO MET FILM? (l) Typical paper/PE/foil/PE structure; (r, top) structure made with MET OPP and a sealant layer; (r, bottom) structure made with MET OPP with an integrated sealant layer.

Williamson: MET films are available with or without integrated sealant technology. Integrated sealant (Continued on page 76)

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METALLIZED FILMS (Continued from page 74)

technology means that the MET OPP or MET PET film has a heat-sealable layer or functionality, eliminating the need for the addition of a separate sealant web or coating. This not only eliminates a processing step, but also represents a source reduction. Integrated sealable MET films can be designed to work well with the product to be packaged and, if necessary, provide seal-through-contamination properties.

Q: ARE PACKAGE AESTHETICS AFFECTED BY A SWITCH TO MET FILM? Williamson: A finished package made with MET OPP or MET PET is attractive and resilient. Foil possesses dead-fold characteristics and “memory” that make wrinkles and creases permanent. Packages made with film do not exhibit a “shopworn” appearance after distribution and handling.

Q: WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ASKED BEFORE MAKING A SWITCH TO MET FILM? Williamson: When talking with a food manufacturer about a transition from a foil laminate to a MET film, the first step is usually the same as it would be for choosing any packaging material: Understand the functional performance needed

for the application. In the case of foil replacement, what was the reason for choosing foil? What gas-barrier level is required? How is the packaging going to be handled? A few tumbles during distribution may cause foil to crease and compromise gas barrier. Does the food product have sharp edges or points (think of dried pasta or dehydrated vegetable slices in a powdered soup mix)? If so, puncture resistance will be important. Is moisture barrier of greater concern than oxygen barrier or is it equally important? What about light, aroma and flavor barrier? Is FDA compliance necessary? Opening properties also are an essential consideration. Film materials require a notch. Other important characteristics include stiffness and dead-fold. Money always matters, so how do economics and yield requirements factor in? What equipment is to be used, and what are the targeted line speeds and processing temperatures and conditions? Also, what other application processing characteristics are needed, like coefficient of friction, which can contribute to more efficient processing and packaging manufacturing? The conversation with the converter will certainly overlap with the conversation with the end user, but it also will explore questions germane to

MET film is a proven replacement for foil in packaging.

the converting process. How quickly can films be delivered and resupplied? Does the film exhibit good flatness? Foil can be challenging to run, so if the film has good flatness, it should run well. A flat film also helps with the management of tension control. Good tension control is important in ensuring that line speeds are not slowed. Are different adhesives needed to create the lamination? MET film is a proven replacement for foil in packaging. Those who are considering foil replacement for the first time should know that many have gone before with great success. For more information, visit SD


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October 17, 2018

Print and verify track-and-trace codes Systems from Pineberry Manufacturing handle flat or erect cartons.


major international pharmaceutical company contacted Pineberry Mfg. (Booth S-1432). It needed to serialize its products and support traceability throughout its supply chain to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in the U.S., the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in the European Union and other international market requirements. The problem: Limited footprint and budget required a compact system to print and verify serialized codes on flat and erect cartons. A few weeks later, the CartonTrac FC flat carton and CartonTrac EC erect carton series of packaging and pharmaceutical serialization systems were delivered. Flat cartons are placed on the Pineberry HSF12 friction feeder and dispensed singly on a vacuum conveyor, which passes a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before the printed blanks move onto a shingling conveyor. Erect cartons are placed onto a vacuum con-

veyor and travel toward a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before continuing to the packing department. “Our CartonTrac series for flat and erect carton packaging and serialization systems are available as turnkey systems or as specialty feeding units integrated to existing structures,” explains David McCharles, president of Pineberry Manufacturing. He adds, “These robust units not only eliminate consumables and downtime, but also have a small footprint to fit next to automated cartoners, a work station or as a semiautomatic solution. Our ability to adapt to a large, changing industry with heavy regulations has made us a trusted manufacturer in [the] pharmaceuticals and packaging industries. The Pineberry CartonTrac packaging and serialization series marks flat and erect cartons, bags, pouches, leaflets and other packaging materials to add track-and-trace information, barcodes, date and lot codes, UDI codes, labels, logos and

Pineberry CartonTrac FC flat carton serialization system prints and verifies serialized codes on flat cartons.

Erect cartons are coded and verified on the Pineberry CartonTrac EC erect carton packaging and serialization system, which can be installed as a standalone unit or integrated with other equipment.

inserts . . . . Our serialization systems produce the cleanest codes on the market, verified with an inline reader and cannot be tampered with. Cartons are controlled with precision.” With longer supply chains and rising eCommerce sales providing more opportunities for counterfeiters, regulations to serialize and trace products are or soon will be in place in more than 40 countries. Deadlines set to comply with the DSCSA and FMD are fast approaching. Manufacturers, wholesale distributors, repackagers and pharmaceutical supply chains face significant packaging line upgrades to meet current and emerging regulations, but can reap business benefits. With serialization, wholesalers are able to identify inventory down to a specific unit and track it internally. Pharma companies, contract manufacturers and contract packagers should have already been taking steps to ensure lines are serialization-ready. For more information, visit SD


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October 17, 2018

3D printing produces parts Process significantly cuts lead time.

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3D printing lab at Fogg Filler (Booth S-1758) reduces engineering time to streamline production of parts and shrink lead times. The lab houses 10 printers and prints a variety of materials including rubber, nylon, polyethylene terephthalate glycol, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polylactic acid. The 3D printers output a variety of part sizes with the largest measuring 40 x 40 in. Before the lab was operational if Fogg was asked to make a back pocket (the part that holds bottles in place for filling) to test a particular bottle, the engineers would draw it up, the machine shop would program the machines, and the router would machine the stainless steel. The order-to-part process typically required about two weeks. If the back pocket failed testing, the cycle had to be repeated.

ABRE—Brazilian Packaging Association AIMCAL—Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators AMEE—Asociación Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje Dow—30th Awards for Packaging Innovation (formerly the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation) FPA—Flexible Packaging Association FSEA—Foil and Specialty Effects Association HCPC—Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council IMDA—In-Mold Decorating Association IAE—Instituto Argentino del Envase IoPP—Institute of Packaging Professionals

Fogg Filler streamlines parts production and cuts lead time with 3D printing.

With the 3D printing lab, the engineer draws up the part, inputs the information and prints a prototype in a lower cost material. About 11 hours later, the part is ready to test. Once the printed part is tested and finalized, it is sent to the machine shop and only must be milled once out of stainless steel. The 3D printers also save time when producing rubber grippers. A process that once took four days is now completed in six hours. For more information, visit SD

ProFood World’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards PPC—Paperboard Packaging Council Sustainable Packaging Coalition The Tube Council WPO—World Packaging Organisation

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5 ways vacuum conveyors add to bottom line Pneumatic conveying works well when material supply and filling are not in close proximity or a straight line and for feeding multi-head filling machines.


acuum conveyors move product to the packaging line, but the minutia of system design sometimes buries the benefits of why these conveyors are the method of choice to deliver product to auger fillers and other packaging equipment. Quite simply, pneumatic conveyors from Vac-UMax (Booth E-8414) boost the bottom line by contributing to more consistent fill rates, minimizing product loss, eliminating dust, reducing maintenance and providing a safer, more sanitary environment. Whether trying to solve an ergonomic issue, enhance plant cleanliness or improve fill consistency, shaving seconds from a single process can have a huge impact. In fact, cutting a nominal 3.2 sec. from a task can reduce direct labor costs by $29,000/year according to studies conducted by The American Society of Safety Engineers. With the right pneumatic conveying system, those seconds easily increase, leading to much higher savings. However, because pneumatic conveying is as much an art as it is science, cheaper off-the-shelf systems that require frequent tinkering to achieve desired performance, can quickly dissipate savings. So it is important to work with a manufacturer that offers an iron-clad guarantee that its systems work as promised. Vac-U-Max has more than 60 years of experience in pneumatic conveying and industrial vacuum cleaning, with many firsts in the industry. A fully equipped test lab at its 65,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Belleville, New Jersey, allows careful review of material flow properties, product segregation/degradation, pneumatic conveying behavior and other particle properties. “Vac-U-Max had the best understanding of what I wanted to do,” reports Ed Dodge, operations manager at Helena Industries, a chemical toll manufacturer, who is responsible for implementing an alternative to manual and mechanical loading of volumetric feeders. He continues, “I didn’t have to spend a half hour trying to explain why I was transferring and how I was transferring it—they were well-educated in that area. They supplied all the drawings. It was one of those rare instances when you spec out something . . . install it and have it work like they said it would. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

CONSISTENT FILL RATES Having equipment work as promised is essential when it’s crucial to keep the head full to maintain consistent fill rates, price points and profits and preserve product density. The movement of

of the conveyor to reduce powder adherence and make the exterior easier to clean. In addition, a device checks powder level at each of the three auger filler hoppers, and the conveying system automatically delivers pre-determined volumes to replenish the hoppers. “Vac-U-Max’s conveying equipment and expertise has been essential in helping us hit our price point and product quality goals,” says Pacon Vice President Mike Scaduto. “Vac-U-Max has simplified the [packaging] process to basically dumping a drum of powder into the stations every few hours. Because the process is continuous, we never have to stop the machines to fill them up. That maximizes production time with minimum labor and allows us to run 24/7.”


Vac-U-Max receiver and hopper are designed for quick dismantling without tools.

powder in the auger filler head can change material size, density and texture, leading to improper fills and possible product degradation. A simplistic answer to loading filling machines is to have the pneumatic conveyor deliver product to the hopper 50% faster than the filling machine; however, taking into account product characteristics is where art meets science. In one application, Pacon Manufacturing, a contract packager and product converter for the consumer, medical and industrial markets, needed a high-speed conveying system. It had to ensure accurate fill rates dispensing a blended powder into two layers of nonwoven material and preserve product density (and quality). To maintain powder density in the auger filler heads and effect accurate fills, Vac-U-Max modified the receivers to help transport the powder without degradation. Powder receivers with customized multi-filters were mounted above the auger fillers, and a high-polish finish was applied to the interior and exterior

Inconsistent fills can lead to costly production interruptions, degraded product quality and product loss due to overfilling. However, inconsistent fill rates aren’t the only way that product loss occurs when transferring product to filling machines. Product loss is common when loading auger fillers manually and with bucket elevators. Manual loading creates dust clouds, which not only become a housekeeping problem, but over time (or more quickly with expensive ingredients) affect the bottom line due to higher material costs. Enclosed housings on most bucket elevator systems minimize product escaping into the environment, but what does escape is unrecoverable. Pneumatic conveying systems are fully enclosed, eliminate product loss, provide dust-free operation and facilitate product reclamation. When Doumak, one of the world’s largest marshmallow producers, decided to replace its bucket elevator systems with pneumatic conveyors to feed six packaging machines, it not only gained 8 hr./week of production time, but also reclaimed approximately 1,000 lb. of starch/day. With the pneumatic conveying systems, vibratory pans shake loose excess starch as marshmallows exit the cooling drums. The starch goes through filter separators and is recycled for reuse. “With pneumatic conveying systems, product quality is better, production is safer and up to 15% more efficient than with traditional equipment like bucket elevators,” says Mike Morgan who was maintenance manager during the changeover at the marshmallow plant. “That’s important for those of us in the food or confection industries,” he adds. (Continued on page 86)

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Because product does not escape from fully enclosed pneumatic conveying systems, particulates that can endanger workers, jam expensive equipment or settle on equipment and surfaces and pose an explosion hazard are contained, minimizing environmental dust exposure, contributing to improved housekeeping and a healthier respiratory environment. Pneumatic conveying also can eradicate ergonomic hazards and enhance worker safety. With manual transport, workers often dump ingredients into packaging hoppers from elevated platforms with attendant lifting and fall hazards. With no moving parts (gears, rollers, belts and bearings), pneumatic conveyors eliminate pinch points and crushing and amputation hazards.

LESS DOWNTIME The absence of moving parts also eliminates costly downtime due to mechanical failures. With air-driven material movement, there’s also less downtime for maintenance. Morgan, who worked on the marshmallow project, says that the pneumatic conveyors have added about “30 hr. a year of production,” due to the ease of maintenance. He explains, “We just clean or swap out hoses and check the motor and oil twice a year, compared to monthly preventive maintenance on 20 or so moving parts on other types of conveying systems.” To further reduce downtime Vac-U-Max designs its systems with quick-release clamps for toolless disassembly and reassembly. As a result, operators can take apart and clean the equipment without assistance from a maintenance person, expediting product changeovers. Another downtime reducer, hygienic design and construction, expedites cleaning. Welds are minimized and crevices, corners and bends where material could accumulate are eliminated. Whether standard or customized, pneumatic conveying benefits just about any packaging operation. For more information, visit SD



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PACK EXPO East returns in 2020 Philadelphia show builds on 2018’s successful third edition.


ACK EXPO East returns to Philadelphia, March 3–5, 2020, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The regional biennial show is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees and feature more than 400 exhibitors arrayed across roughly 100,000 net sq. ft. of floor space. The fourth edition builds on the highly successful 2018 event. “We are very excited about the future of PACK EXPO East,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of shows. “Walking the show floor, it was obvious that attendees are talking about the challenges they are facing, and exhibitors are providing them with solutions they are looking for,” he adds. With Philadelphia located within 200 miles of one-third of U.S. consumer packaged goods companies, attendees and exhibitors alike tout the show’s accessibility as one of its many advantages.

The regional biennial show is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees

Recalling the 2018 event, “It is my third year coming to PACK EXPO East, and year after year, it has proven to be worthwhile,” says Sarah Leiterman, packaging engineer, Johnson & Johnson. “[I] connected with suppliers that could provide

significant support for current projects and help overcome challenges we are facing. PACK EXPO East is also conveniently located for our team. The regional show makes navigation a bit easier, especially as we seek specific solutions.” The show’s size also provides time for exhibitors and attendees to gain an understanding of projects and capabilities. Ed Fox, director of sales for FOX IV Technologies (Booth N-5424), notes, “Most of the visitors we encountered . . . came with projects in hand as well as time for discussion, which is exciting for an exhibitor,” says Fox. “It allows us to really dig deep with them and tailor a solution that can meet their needs.” PACK EXPO East 2018 featured several firsts, including the debut of The Forum at PACK EXPO, a new educational opportunity that featured presentations and small-group discussions about the latest industry trends with experts from the OpX Leadership Network (Booth N-4550), Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth N-4523), Contract Packagers Association (Booth N-5801) and PMMI Business Intelligence (Booth N-4550). Also for the first time in Philadelphia, attendees experienced the PACK EXPO Drone Demo – Packaging for the Last Mile. The 2,400-sq.-ft. exhibit featured camera-mounted drones taking off from the top of electric trucks and making deliveries to mock houses in an entirely unmanned delivery system. To complete the simulation, monitors outside the drone area broadcast information available from the delivery van. The displays also showed live video from the drones themselves. “With the eruption of eCommerce and industry giants like Amazon pioneering automated packaging distribution with their patented vision for drone centers, it’s only a matter of time until drones become part of daily operations,” says Pittas.

Attendees and exhibitors alike tout the show’s accessibility as one of its many advantages.

Another first for Philadelphia, a Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) meeting, featured an inspirational keynote address, How to Leverage Your Self-Power from the Inside Out by Diane Wilhelm, chief engineer, Advanced Manufacturing, Harley-Davidson Motor, followed by a professional development workshop, Pitching It Up and Selling It Sideways, led by Debra Zabloudil, president & CEO, The Learning Studio. This event is a part of the PPWLN’s ongoing efforts to fill the gender gap in the manufacturing workforce by attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in packaging and processing. Visitors also took advantage of exhibitor presentations on the Innovation Stage, a favorite feature of PACK EXPO shows, and were able to see high school robotics teams showcasing design, engineering and troubleshooting skills at the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase. For more information, visit www.PACKEXPOeast. SD

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Sika Flooring helps lēf Farms grow Produce supplier addresses need for a crack-resistant floor that would be extremely hygienic and long lasting.


iving New Englanders fresh produce within 24 hours of harvest—instead of greens that have traveled for days—is the mission of lēf (pronounced leaf) Farms. The Loudon, New Hampshire, company recently built a hydroponic greenhouse with fully automated processing and committed to using materials that were not only high quality and durable, but also exceeded food safety regulations, including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To meet these requirements, lēf Farms chose the Sikafloor® PurCem® polyurethane flooring system from Sika Industrial Flooring (Booth E-8264). FDA Food Code 2009 requires “smooth, durable and easily cleanable” flooring in food establishments. The Sikafloor PurCem ultra-heavy-duty performance flooring system easily meets this code and complies with FSMA rules. PurCem flooring also provides slip-resistant textures for wet surfac-

ant View Gardens, sister company of lēf Farms. “We also wanted a floor that had a long lifespan.” Wells Restoration of Rowley, Massachusetts, a veteran Sikafloor installer, produced a 3-by-5-ft. sample so lēf Farms personnel could walk on it and experience its durability. “This also helped us gain a better understanding of what the customer needed,” explains Scott Wells, president of Wells Restoration.

HIGH STANDARDS Wells Restoration installed 5,000 sq. ft. of flooring at lēf Farms in 2016 using Sikafloor 22NA PurCem material plus Sikafloor 510 LPL topcoat.

es, which is essential because this facility washes down equipment at the end of each shift to maintain a hygienic food-processing environment. “Our goal was to create a floor that was crack-resistant and would not allow any contaminants to exist,” explains Russ Elkins, facilities manager at Pleas-

Installation occurred in July 2016. Wells says lēf Farms “was a joy to work with. They gave us free access to the facility without another soul in our way. They did it the right way.” Polyurethane cement technology was chosen because it is less sensitive to temperature changes. “This floor was going into an area that was basically a big cooler with a temperature of 35°F,” explains Wells. Steel-shot blasting the concrete surface provided



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Sikafloor 160 epoxy mortar positioned each drain body relative to the floor to ensure water flows properly during washdown.

lēf Farms ships greens within 24 hours of harvest.

the recommended profile for a proper mechanical bond of the flooring materials. Wells then patched saw-cuts and hairline cracks using Sikafloor 265 flexible epoxy and addressed the height of each drain body with epoxy mortar (Sikafloor 160). This ensured that water would flow properly into drains. The following day, the Wells crew of eight mixed, applied and broadcasted the Sikafloor 22NA PurCem material. “The orchestration and timing of each task was key to a successful installation,” adds Wells. After applying the Sikafloor 22NA material approximately ¼-in. thick, it was ready to be sealed. The owners of lēf Farms chose Sikafloor 510 Polyaspartic urethane premium seal coat for its excellent chemical resistance and aes-

thetic finish. An Oxide Red color differentiates the packaging area from the storage area. “Wells Restoration did a wonderful job,” reports Bob LaDue, vice president and COO at lēf Farms. “They had high standards and went the extra distance and certainly earned our respect. They went beyond our expectations.”

NO SLIP-UPS lēf Farms couldn’t be more pleased with the floor. lēf Farms Sales and Marketing Manager DJ Grandmaison says, “The fact that the floor is so easy to clean means we can save time, water, energy and resources. It is holding up extremely well, even

though there has been a lot of traffic.” LaDue adds, “Another nice feature is that they were able to make things flush with the drains, so everything flushes nicely and dries quickly.” LaDue also likes the anti-slip properties of the floor. “It has zero issues for slip hazards.”

FUTURE GROWTH lēf Farms plans to invest in Sikafloor PurCem floor systems when it expands. LaDue says, “The floor is an easy place . . . to skimp on, but we went the other way. It is a step above our competitors, and we are very proud of it.” Grandmaison concludes, “Every person I’ve taken through here has stated they were really impressed . . . . It is well worth the investment.” For more information, visit SD




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Maintain a bench stock of parts Having the right parts on hand prevents conveyor maintenance from shutting down the entire line.


hen it comes to manufacturing, conveyors are just as critical as the slicer or case packer. That’s because if the conveyor system goes down for maintenance, the entire line goes with it. Conveyors generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. But when conveyors do need attention, having a bench stock with the right parts on hand can go a long way toward keeping the packaging line operating smoothly. “Without a bench stock, it may take two or more days to receive a replacement part—and that delay affects production,” explains Steve Stuff, director of Parts & Service at Dorner Manufacturing (Booth N-4936). Here’s how to create a bench stock of parts for your conveyors.

GET A PARTS AUDIT Any reputable conveyor supplier knows there is no one-size-fits-all maintenance process and will

be happy to help with a parts audit, free-of-charge. Parts specialists may be able to visit your facility to evaluate your conveyor systems, then prepare a recommended parts list and report any pending maintenance concerns.

CHECK THE LIST With the audit recommendations in hand, order specified parts such as pulleys, belts, drive belts and other common replacement items. After operating your conveyors for a while, you’ll know which parts may require additional maintenance, so keep an extra stock of those items. “With belts, a general rule is to keep at least two replacement belts for each style of conveyor operating in a plant,” says Stuff. “That way, if two belts are damaged in a matter of days, the belts can be quickly replaced with minimal downtime to the overall operation it supports,” he explains. Often, conveyor suppliers help you save time by bundling parts for pulleys and other assemblies together for ordering.

To complement the parts audit, conveyor suppliers should offer preventative or predictive maintenance training.

CREATE AN INVENTORY DATABASE Driven by innovation, Asia Pulp & Paper manufactures and distributes quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper. Charta Global, strategic North American Provider of Asia Pulp & Paper products, sells an extensive portfolio of paper products which includes APP’s award-winning Business Intelligence Group (BIG) 2018 Awards - "Sustainability Product of the Year" winner and FDA, ISEGA certified Bio Natura products within the foopak line. These are 100% compostable, recyclable folding box boards (FBB) ideally suited for fast food, take-away containers and hot beverage cups.

As a way to manage conveyor equipment, consider creating an inventory database. Your database can be as simple or extensive as you want it to be, but should list key information such as: •• Conveyor make and model •• Conveyor length and belt width dimensions •• Type of motor •• Type of belt •• Serial numbers •• Date of last maintenance check •• Date of next inspection •• Type of maintenance performed •• Contact information of the conveyor manufacturer.


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While frontline workers don’t need to know the intricacies of conveyor design and operation, they should be aware of warning signs, such as a frayed belt, belt slippage or unfamiliar noises. This is another area where your conveyor supplier can help via preventative or predictive maintenance training. From an operational standpoint, belt tracking is the biggest problem that can shut down a conveyor. If a belt isn’t tracking properly, it runs along the edge of the conveyor frame and frays. Inspect the edges of the belt for fraying or signs of wear; these symptoms are a sign that the belt isn’t tracked properly. If possible, carefully touch the tail plate to check for warmth; heat is often a symptom of bearing wear/failure or a belt-tracking issue. Some conveyors today come with V-guide

A parts audit helps you develop a parts plan by streamlining the inspection, repair and maintenance process for your conveyor system.

tracking to help ensure true belt flow over the bed plate. As implied by its name, V-guide tracking has a V-shaped grove manufactured into the bed plate, with a polyurethane strip attached to the underside of the belt to provide consistent tracking.

CONCLUSION Conveyors are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance. That’s because they’ve built up a good reputation for plugging them in and forgetting about them. But by establishing a working bench stock of parts and being observant about performance, conveyors will keep product moving for years to come. For more information, visit SD

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TOSS Technology delivers perfect impulse heat seals every time. The RES heatseal temperature controllers are designed specifically for controlling the heat sealing operations performed in a wide range of applications including: vertical and horizontal form, fill, and seal; pouch filling and sealing; film wrapping, and pouch making. The RES impulse temperature controllers are universally adaptable to almost any application, and do not require the use of thermocouples or RTD’s. The RES temperature controllers are designed for “in cabinet” an “panel mount” uses and also available with EtherNet communication capabilities.

Because every heat seal matters. Today's medical device manufacturers need reliable, precise heat sealing equipment that is easy to calibrate, validate and provide trustworthy electronic records. We provide control accuracy for all sealing parameters. Security protection at multiple levels with password. To learn more about Controlled Impulse Heat Sealing of Polymeric Materials and TOSS VRC Technology visit:

What sets PackworldUSA apart from all the rest is its use of the high response, state-of-art, TOSS Technology. All PackworldUSA machines come equipped with the advanced TOSS heat sealing system. Only TOSS uses Variable Resistance Controlled (VRC) heat sealing technology to monitor and adjust temperature precisely over the full length and width of the heat sealing element, accurate, up to 500˚C.


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Level measurement makes recipes just right Radar instrumentation measures accurately even in challenging applications.

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ood manufacturers need consistency in every step of their production processes, so flavors come together in the way consumers expect. Every bite, every mouthful and every sip should be just as delicious as any other—no matter what day or time the product was made. In order to maintain that consistency, food manufacturers need accurate level measurements in their batch processes. Vega Americas (Booth E-9751) addresses this need with its 80-GHz Vegapuls 64 sensor for liquids and Vegapuls 69 sensor for solids.

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A cheese manufacturer struggled with level measurement on its cheese curd line. This process cooks a mixture of pasteurized milk, protein and other ingredients, creating humidity and heavy condensation, which posed a problem for the existing ultrasonic level transmitter. Its signal was weak at best and frequently got lost. Vega Americas offered a trial of its Vegapuls 64 model for liquid level measurement, and sensing issues disappeared. The humid environment and condensation have no effect on the sensor signal due to built-in software filters. It also receives strong microwave signals even when temperatures reach nearly 400˚F.

SOUP MADE JUST RIGHT Consumers around the world expect canned soup to always taste the same. However to keep the recipe consistent batch-to-batch requires production certainty at every step. For one soup manufacturer, difficulty maintaining levels in the brine tank threatened process certainty and quality control. Brine is a base ingredient for many soups, so the brine tank is an important step toward soup that tastes just right. At first glance, it sounds simple: The brine tank is a vessel with a constant stream of salt feeding in to maintain the desired concentration. Unfortunately, the salt pile can shift as it sinks, changing the angle of repose and shape of the pile. This shape-shifting creates a moving target, and the existing level measurement instrument couldn’t keep up. So operators had to stop the process to physically look inside the vessel to observe the salt level. An 80-GHz Vegapuls 69 radar sensor for measuring levels in bulk solids reports accurate readings despite the constantly shifting angles and shapes of the salt pile. Even crystallized salt buildup on the sensor isn’t a problem, since its internal software filters out those signals. The soup maker now enjoys consistent, accurate salt level measure-

The small 80-GHz Vegapuls 64 radar sensor focuses its beam to achieve precise level measurements despite obstructions such as heating coils and agitators.

ment, and plant personnel no longer have to stop for manual checks.

TASTY MILK FROM HAPPY COWS An animal feed producer developed a reputation by making feed designed with cow nutrition in mind. Its mindset is the healthier the cow, the more nutritious and tastier the milk. The company mixes the feed in 22-ft.-tall, 12-ft.-diameter vessels. Levels inside the tank were monitored with a traditional differential pressure measurement. Impulse lines connected the device to the mixing tank, but heavy solids and sediments gummed up lines, causing downtime and expense for maintenance and repair. When the level device did work, it wasn’t always accurate. That’s because the solids that caused sensor failure also changed the density of the liquid. This caused the pressure device to interpret a lower level, which presented the risk of an overfill and shutdown of the process. Replacing the pressure instrument with non-contact radar would be the easy choice, but this time swapping out one device for another wasn’t so simple. Heating coils obstructed radar beams from reaching the sloped bottom of the tank, and a center agitator created turbulence and a nasty 4–6 in. of foam. Plus, the only available process connection was 1.5-in., too small for any existing radar—except the Vegapuls 64 unit, which has process fittings as small as 0.75 in. The 80-GHz Vegapuls 64 radar sensor is three times more focused than any other radar on the market, so it’s able to pinpoint its beam—missing the heating coils and the agitator—for accurate level measurement all the way to the bottom. Plus, as a non-contact measurement device, there are no lines to plug. Its exceptionally high dynamic range overcomes fluctuating density and foam so false readouts no longer occur. For more information, visit SD

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PRODUCTS and ensures only products with correctly serialized labels are shipped. Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Booth S-1735


ROTARY POUCH MACHINE JR8S-1331 rotary pouch packer fills and seals premade pouches. Robustly built, 6,500-lb. machine features a sanitary gripper design and easyto-clean stainless steel chassis. Due to its captured cam design (no springs) and a patented feature in its pouch feed system, it comfortably runs at up to 50 cycles/min. Pouch size changeover lasts 5 min. and accommodates pouch widths from 5 to 12 in. and heights up to 18 in. Junapack Booth S-2001

Two additions to the Simatic S7-1500 advanced controller portfolio combine standard, safety and motion-control functionalities in one central processing unit (CPU). The 1515SP PC2 T CPU and fail-safe 1515SP PC2 TF CPU handle motion-control tasks such as gearing and camming or the control of kinematics with up to four axes, e.g., handling applications involving pick-and-place action or robots. Even challenging motion-control tasks are easily handled in combination with the Sinamics V90 PN, S210 and S120 servo drive systems. The motion of selected kinematics in space is safely monitored with the Simatic Safe Kinematics software library. Siemens Industry Booth N-5747

SEALS FOR CHANGING ALTITUDES With improved hermeticity (air tightness) and seal strength imparted by integrated sealant technology, high-barrier Over the Mountain biaxially oriented polypropylene withstands air pressure (altitude) changes during transport, which can cause packages to burst. Integrated sealant technology eliminates the need for a separate sealant film and enables downgauging from a three-ply lamination to a two-ply. This eliminates one web as well as a lamination step. Films are ideally suited for regional manufacturers with national distribution and eCommerce applications. Toray Plastics (America) Booth N-6275

PROXIMITY SENSORS Capacitive proximity sensors with integrated IO-Link communications are based on fourth generation TripleShield™ sensors. The CA18CA/ CA30CA Series represents the ideal solution for applications where sensor flexibility or sensing performance needs to be constantly and accurately monitored and logged. In addition to a full range of technical features, the IO-Link communication mode enables advanced functionalities such as quality of run, quality of teach and diagnostic parameters. Carlo Gavazzi Booth N-6325

SERIALIZING SMALLER BATCHES Space-efficient, integrated T2811 system prints and inspects labels. PCE Line Manager integrated software manages printing and inspection for a completely digital workflow, which maximizes flexibility. Labels can be produced on-demand in peel-off mode for manual application or pre-produced in rewind mode. In the latter case, labels are printed, inspected and rewound reel-to-reel for later manual application. A smart or high-resolution camera and precision vision inspection software analyze all print elements—variable data, static data, barcodes and artwork—to reliably detect common thermal-transfer printing errors such as missing text, spots and cosmetic defects. Detection of faulty labels allows removal before application

EXPEDITE CONVEYOR DESIGN Interactive 3D Preview tool in the Dorner DTools online conveyor configurator displays real-time updates during design and modification of 2200 Series Precision Move pallet systems. As a conveyor is built in the configurator, a 3D CAD model is simultaneously developed. Modifications are immediately visible along with rotatable 3D views. In coming months, the 3D Preview tool will be available for all of Dorner’s conveyor product lines. Dorner Mfg. Booth N-4936




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REAL-TIME TECH SUPPORT PackAssist™ software provides real-time remote technical support and assistance for On Demand Packaging® equipment. On the machine side, the software instantly creates, tracks and displays a troubleshooting case number, provides the technical support team with all relevant information and

prompts a return call from a technical support person. As a Packsize Care™ program enhancement, the software can be added to an On Demand Packaging system at no additional charge. Provided in English or Spanish, the software requires a Microsoft Windows 7 or higher operating system and currently is available in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Packsize International Booth E-8705

FRICTION FEEDERS Open source HSF and SF friction feeders eliminate proprietary electrical components and integrate with a Smartphone app to report real-time machine data. Feeders install easily on manual or automated packaging lines and print serialization, date/lot codes and barcodes in one pass on flat media and materials, including paper, paperboard, flat cartons and folding u-boards. A user-friendly touchscreen display simplifies operation. Open source servo control power platform relies on a touchscreen-equipped programmable logic controller from Schneider Electric. Pineberry Manufacturing Booth S-1432

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The Full Range of Automation Solutions for Packaging When your packaging and processing application demands the highest standards of reliability and cleanliness, Turck provides high IP rated automation solutions to get the job done. From monitoring changeover processes on lines to detection of bottle caps on a filling and capping machine, we offer a rugged solution that stands up to harsh processes. Turck has a wide range of reliable automation products - including sensors, industrial cordsets, distributed I/O products, and RFID to tackle whatever packaging automation challenges you are facing.

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STRIPS COOL WHILE MOVING Comas MNDA1 continuous-motion strip packaging machine combines reliable, sturdy design with the latest electronic process controls and software systems to meet a variety of speed, input/output and data management requirements. Patented technology enables sealed strips to cool while moving. The MNDA1 model handles single-dose strips from 0.3–10ml. Its compact, U-shaped layout achieves speeds up to 25 strips/min. and can utilize piston, peristaltic pump or time-pressure filling systems. MG America Booth W-669

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PRODUCTS SEMIAUTO LABEL DISPENSER The completely redesigned Evolution semiautomatic label dispenser features a built-in encoder for precise label presentation and adjustable label removal. Stop sensors automatically sense the start of a new label and detect the gap between labels. A heavy-duty motor delivers up to 100 labels/min. as a

MULTI-LANE METAL DETECTOR Multi-aperture, multi-lane metal detectors reduce factory footprint, investment and operating costs. With just one system to maintain and manage, the multi-aperture unit can cut equipment footprint by more than 50%, shrink initial capital investment by up to 40% and improve total cost of ownership more than 65%. The single metal detector mounts across multiple food packing and processing conveyor lines and is divided into individual apertures. Since each aperture is smaller, metal fragments as tiny as 0.8mm ferrous, 0.8mm nonferrous and 1.2mm stainless steel can be detected regardless of the number of lanes. In addition, the smaller apertures cope better with orientation and product effect. Fortress Technology Booth S-2169

take-up spool tightly winds the liner. Unit can be integrated with an Evolution high-resolution printer for applications that require a product name, date code, lot number or other information on the label. The color touchscreen controller automatically detects the presence of the printer and allows the operator to input messages and control other functions. Digital Design Booth N-5120

Partner With the Product Inspection Experts For ultimate brand protection, regulatory compliance, and an improved bottom line.


SAFETY LASER SCANNER The microScan3 Ethernet/IP safety laser scanners communicate directly with safety programmable logic controllers (PLCs) on an Ethernet/IP safe bus system via CIP safety. Reportedly the first scanner on the market with this capability, the direct communication with a safety PLC simplifies installation and configuration through centralized access to the scanner while reducing cabling requirements. The microScan3 Ethernet/IP scanner monitors up to eight safety fields simultaneously. Each protective field has its own safety output enabling one scanner to do the work of eight. SICK Booth N-6026

Metal Detection  X-Ray Inspection  Checkweighing  Vision Inspection Serialization Solutions  Customized Material Handling  Global Field-based Service

Our solutions prevent contamination, minimize product giveaway, and protect your brand image. Visit us at Pack Expo Booth S1735


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NID triumph® HPM 3 mogul improves operational efficiency, hygiene and safety. Feeder and stacker parts in regular contact with starch trays are now stainless steel. The new range fully complies with the EU’s latest ATEX directive on the use of equipment in explosive environments. A vibration mechanism added to the tray turntable ensures starch is fully discharged when trays are emptied. A newly designed hopper with automatic starch gate and starch level sensors provides advanced control over filling. An automatic tray insert/ eject station, offered as an upgrade on all new and some existing NID moguls, inserts and removes weight control trays without stopping the machine and also ejects inadequate trays. tna North America Booth S-3875

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Space-saving alpine-style conveyor detects, accepts and stably moves various sizes of bottled product. Single-lane system provides off-line accumulation for several minutes of production. When triggered by photoeyes, proximity switches, solenoids and filter regulators, pneumatic clamps extend and divert product directly onto the vertical accumulator. Accumulated product is staged and redirected toward downstream equipment when upstream product flow halts so the accumulator empties. An override allows the operator to shift all product to the accumulator. Non-powered corner disk assemblies perform better in radius curves and reduce chain loading, minimizing motor sizing and power requirements. Multi-Conveyor Booth S-3308

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Explore industry-focused pavilions for the latest solutions and insights.


CUT-AND-STACK LABELER PCR CONTENT SKIN PACKAGING Evolve vacuum skin packaging contains up to 97% post-consumer recycled content, increases shelf life and improves taste and texture. The trays offer a compact footprint for easy single packing and hanging tabs for vertical display options. Klöckner Pentaplast Booth N-5225, W-864

A hotLAN 330 rotary hot-melt cut-and-stack labeler features easy changeover and excellent cleanability for a Spanish producer of powdered infant formula. Stainless steel labeler accurately applies labels to cans. The Clean Design guard package protects product integrity and operator safety. Langguth America Booth S-4122

South Building Explore 50,000 square feet of cutting-edge digital printing and labeling technologies from 60+ exhibitors. You’ll find solutions for customization, including variable data, short-run and on-demand jobs.

North Building Look for exciting advances in bio-based materials, on-the-go convenience packaging and much more—including the inspiring Showcase of Packaging Innovations®.

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The castor-mounted 3322 Auto-Mailer wrapper/labeler with integrated printer enables a transition from boxes to tailored poly bags, which lowers eCommerce shipping costs and cuts labor requirements up to 50%. Compared to side-seal wrappers the 3322 Auto-Mailer wrapper/labeler measures 25% shorter and costs less. It accepts random size packages from a conveyor. As a package transfers to the infeed, its barcode is scanned, and the address information is sent to the Model 252 print-and-apply labeler from ID Technology. The package pauses on the exit conveyor where the bag is sealed, and the address label is printed and applied. Bag sizes range up to 30 x 19.5 x 8 in. Texwrap, a ProMach product brand Booth S-3550 ID Technology, a ProMach product brand Booth S-3530


The highly flexible track-and-shuttle configuration of the ACOPOStrak transport system makes Batch Size: One practical and cost-effective. Products move from processing station to processing station on independently controlled shuttles, which are hot-swappable and can be replaced in seconds, without tools. To switch products, the operator simply places the wheels of a new shuttle on the guides, and it is held in place by the force of permanent magnets. Diverters pass shuttles from one track circuit to another at full speed to divide, merge or create custom sets (e.g., six-packs of different beverages). Fully electronic actuation means no wear or maintenance. Adding a pit lane to the track layout cuts downtime for changeover and service to zero. B+R Industrial Automation Booth N-5625

Upper Lakeside Center In the pavilion and in the Reusable Packaging Learning Center, you can fully explore the long-term benefits of reusable assets. Sponsored by:

South Building Specialized equipment and integrated systems for your candy, confectionery and gum production lines. Sponsored by:

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The cutting systems on PDC’s Shrink Sleeve Labelers and Tamper Evident Banders provide: K Reduced downtime K Longer intervals between blade replacements K Ultimate productivity

PDC’s robust mechanical blade assemblies are built like tanks to save you downtime and make your package look perfect.

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Visit us at Pack Expo – Booth #N-4921 PDC’s Shrinksleeve Labelers apply heat shrinkable labels at speeds up to 600 bpm and can also be used to multi-pack products.


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Pic-N-Place Soft Placement Tandem Case Packer The industry standard for reliable operation, quick change-over and versatile product range.

A multi-track spiral for a cheese maker accepts product from multiple production lines and delivers it to a single packaging machine. The multi-track spiral keeps the packaging machine running even if one or two of the production lines stop. Each track consists of a narrow belt with side guides and its own drive. The configuration takes up less space than straight conveyor tracks and avoids steep angles of inclination, which could cause product to slide or fall. AmbaFlex Booth N-6234

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The Model 949 Pic-N-Place tandem case packer picks the product from the infeed conveyor and gently places it into the bottom of the empty case - the perfect solution for both partitioned and partitionless case packing. Designed for 24/7 production and built to last for decades.


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Integrated cobots shrink the footprint of a bulk box loader from Dyco. Integrated safety features enable continuous operation of the two-station box-loading cell. While one box is being exchanged by an operator, the other box is being loaded by the cobots. Designed for blowmolding applications, the system sets up easily on a self-contained plate that can be redeployed between blowmolding lines running different bottle and box sizes. The bulk box loader is a fully automated system controlled from the cobot interface and a few pushbuttons. Universal Robots USA Booth E-7941

High speed, consistent case sealing using glue or tape.

PUSH-TO-CONNECT FITTINGS Expanded selection of metal push-to-connect fittings offers 10X more fittings. New styles include union, expanders, bulkhead, fixed tee and stem adapters, metric sizes and conversion fittings that adapt between sizes and styles. Bimba Manufacturing Booth S-2772

Using a hot melt glue system or optional tape dispensing unit, the Model 199 continuous-motion sealer is ideal for sealing of primed flap and re-shipper cases at speeds of 50-75 cases per minute.

Portfolio includes cold-seal, heatseal, pressure-sensitive and peel/ reseal adhesives. Resin blends and coatings arrive extruder- or pressready. An anti-fog heat-seal coating eliminates condensation on clear packaging for a clean presentation of high-moisture products in refrigerated environments. Other heatseal coatings can be used with food packaging materials in high-heat applications such as dual-ovenable products. M-Resin reseal technology meets requirements for thermoformed or rigid tray packaging and is specifically designed for food applications that are sensitive to odor and taste. Another heat-tolerant product, Kizen HEAT 2.0 hot melt, seals cases and cartons. Bostik Booth E-8959

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PRODUCTS ing applications on packaging machines and lines. Smart packaging machines need higher bandwidth to process the real-time data that optimizes machines and lines. Standard and customizable Ethernet cables meet those needs with rugged, moisture-resistant, flexible and multi-protocol industrial design. Quick order turnaround means short lead times. Turck Booth N-5753

ETHERNET CABLES Industrial Ethernet cables stand up to challeng-


We’re here to simplify your Food Safety challenges. HF Drawer Magnet Gravity Free-Fall Magnetic Separation In Enclosed Flow Lines.

quickTRON™ 07RH Gravity Free-Fall Style Metal Separator Detects All Metal Whether Loose or Encapsulated without Process Interruption.

NUHI Cartridge Magnet Strongest InInThe “Strongest TheIndustry Industry” Economical Protection Against Ferrous Contamination.

meTRON™ 07 CI with Conveyor The combination of our Metal Detector Conveyor and MeTron™ C Metal Detection provides our customer’s peace of mind with superior metal detection.


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The Trojan T4 all-in-one digital label finishing press operates at up to 12 in./sec. (60 ft./min.) and is capable of print resolution up to 1,600 dots/in. Compact 7.5-ft.-long unit integrates a high-volume digital press with a precision laminator and semi rotary die-cutter. Print widths range from 2–8.8 in. Other attributes include quiet operation. The TrojanControl touchscreen operator interface offers a job library as well as a cost calculator making it easy to review operating costs. AstroNova Product Identification Booth N-5616, W-807

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Kilian KTP 420X rotary tablet press maintains the temperature in the process area at a constant level below 30°C, a condition necessary for processing temperature-sensitive medications such as Ibuprofen or Metformin. High-speed system delivers up to 360,000 tablets/hr. and requires minimal changeover time. Hygienic design separates compaction, retooling and service areas and prevents tablet dust from entering the machine compartment. A patented punch bellows protects tablets from lubricant contamination. Integrated human/ machine interface simplifies operation with swipe navigation inspired by Smartphones. Romaco Group Booth W-615

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PRODUCTS BEVERAGE SYTEMS On craft brewing lines, compact cartoning systems convey, collate and load cans into multipack cartons. Options include the E2000 cartoner, which is capable of outputting 15 cartons/min. For

higher speed needs, the Spartan cartoner produces up to 35 cartons/min. Lines also may integrate a Twinseal carton gluing machine and trayformers. Econocorp Booth S-1502

PRINT-AND-APPLY LABELER Modular Model 403 Final Touch™ print-andapply labeler debuts with a variety of tamp or wipeon label applicator tools to maximize versatility when labeling cases and shrink-wrapped bundles. The labeler applies side, top, corner-wrap and two-panel labels at speeds up to 60 parts/min. A new swiveling yoke option allows the labeler to flip from vertical to horizontal orientation to quickly change between top- and side-labeling. With recipe-controlled electronic adjustments, the printer/ applicator changes over in less than 5 min. with no tools required. Label sizes range from 1–4.25 in. (25–108mm) high and 2–12 in. (51–305mm) wide. An integrated ZE500 thermal-transfer printer from Zebra Technologies achieves 203-dot/in. (DPI) resolution and the machine can be configured to facilitate serialization and aggregation. NJM, a ProMach product brand Booth W-703 Zebra Technologies Booth S-4060

NAVIGATION INTERFACE New Horizon navigation interface delivers the most essential information to operators and maintenance personnel. A clear touchscreen display and intuitive interface make it easy to understand and operate the system. All relevant information is in one location so operators can obtain real-time data about the machine’s performance when making the adjustments to keep the line moving. Smart alarms give early warnings before problems become critical. Heat and Control Booth N-5904, N-5910

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TRACEABILITY TOOLS The Hawk MV-4000 smart camera, MicroHawk ID-45 reader and HS-360X handheld reader support traceability requirements for food and beverage and industrial applications. The camera’s powerful machine vision capabilities approach personal computer processing speeds. The ultra-compact MicroHawk ID-45 reader features best-inclass lighting technology for reliable, accurate and lightning-fast barcode decoding of printed labels or direct part marks. The impact-resistant, IP67-rated HS-360X handheld reader withstands tough direct part marking environments. Omron Booth N-4740

LABEL AUTHENTICATES An integrated near-field communication (NFC) chip in the NFC-Label digitally authenticates an autoinjector or pen without affecting its use. Before opening the cap for the first time, patients can use their Smartphone to verify that the product is a never-opened original. Integrated geo-tracking helps detect gray market activities. The label also can include other interactive applications such as product information, demo videos or patient-support apps. Schreiner MediPharm Booth W-894

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE LABELERS Line of pressure-sensitive labelers ranges from tabletop units to high-speed, fully automatic systems. Recent move to a larger facility supports increased production and reduced lead times. For more than two decades, labelers have helped market products worldwide. Re-Pack Labeling Machinery Booth N-4605


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PRODUCTS customizable shrinksealer can apply full sleeves or neck bands. Standard features include stainless steel frame and covers, timing screw drive, motorized unwind reel and static eliminator. PDC International Booth N-4921

FASTER, QUIETER MOTORS Three models of StepSERVO™ integrated motors provide high-speed motion control for packaging and labeling. With encoder feedback and advanced control loops, motors operate faster, cooler and quieter than competitive technology. Closed-loop feedback and advanced servo control technology create more torque for higher acceleration, faster machine cycles and greater productivity. To run cooler, motors draw just enough current to control the load and automatically reduce current to the motor when the load is not demanding torque. Less current in the motor windings reduces noise levels 10 dB. Applied Motion Products Booth E-10316

INTEGRATED PHARMA SHRINKSEALER The Model 50-E shrinksealer for tamper-evident banding of pharma and medical device packaging relies on positive control of material and containers to provide security and package integrity. Patented Tetrahedron Wedge technology mechanically feeds, cuts and applies sleeving material. Rated to run up to 130 containers/min., the


REPLACE PRE-MADE POUCHES A cut-to-length knife assembly with a heat-sealing bar produces bags from poly tubing. An idler roll guides rollstock from an unwind into the heat-seal station where an impulse sealer creates a permanent seal.

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Packsize® will showcase a system for today’s production packaging needs, while meeting global trends for smart manufacturing. This system combines intelligent automation with robust machine speed, driven by PackNet® software technology, to reliably produce right-sized boxes on a mass scale. Learn why leading manufacturers get Packsized by visiting booth E-8705. 801-944-4814


After sealing, the material is cut to length. Two sensors ensure material enters the rollers and exits the knife assembly. Pouch width is governed by material width. A color touchscreen simplifies setup and operation. AZCO Booth N-5805

THERMOFORM/FILL/SEAL Seamless digitalization, a comprehensive sensor system and networking connection allow the X-Line thermoform/fill/seal machine to deliver maximum reliability, consistent pack quality, higher speeds and easier operation. A connection to the Multivac Cloud accesses Pack Pilot and Smart Services, which provide up-to-date information on software, film availability, machine settings and other pertinent data and helps novice operators run the machine. Package configurations can be changed in less than 10 min. X-MAP system precisely controls gas flushing for modified-atmosphere packaging. The intuitive HMI 3 multi-touch interface can be set for different access rights and operating languages. Multivac Booth S-2514, W-907






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Servo-controlled Racupack 100 wraparound cartoner erects, loads and closes wraparound cases, trays, tray-lid combinations and regular slotted cases. Highly flexible, horizontal case packer features catamaran-style construction and a large size range. Options include automated changeover and modular infeed systems customized with lane dividers, stacking units, stacking belts, racetracks, elevators, aligners, turning stations, tilting units and other material-handling technology. BluePrint Automation Booth N-5513

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PRODUCTS NetJet Inkjet System

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ENTRY-LEVEL X-RAY Easy-to-use, low-cost Raycon EX1 model installs at the end of the line to inspect products measuring up to 200 x 120mm. With a length of only 800mm and Ethernet connection, the entry-level unit integrates easily on packaging lines. Low-energy technology minimizes power consumption while accurately detecting contaminant such as stainless steel, glass or stones as small as 0.6mm. Sesotec Booth N-4912

MasoSine Certa™ pumps for food, beverage and cosmetic applications set a benchmark in clean pumping. One of only two positive displacement pumps to have achieved EHEDG Type EL Aseptic Class I certification, the easy-to-clean pump self-drains and reduces clean-in-place cycle time, cleaning agent consumption and wastewater. High suction capability handles viscous products, while a sinusoidal rotor dramatically reduces shear and cuts power consumption by up to 50% with high-viscosity fluids. Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group Booth E-7753

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DIGITALLY PRINTED BLISTERS VIBRATORY FILLERS 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-1714

Installation of its first digital printer allows flexible packaging converter to achieve 720 x 1,260 dot/in. resolution (high definition) on aluminum blister foil, coated and uncoated paper, polyethylene terephthalate and paper laminates. A web inspection system examines print quality and cross-checks it against approved artwork. Constantia Flexibles Booth E-10325, W-863

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HYGIENIC VIBRATORY FEEDER With a 25% heavier counterweight, the BE-2000 vibratory feeder transports larger product masses, runs quieter, generates a more stable weighing signal and meets the highest hygiene standards. Hygienic

features include custom screws on sloping, drainable surfaces and stainless steel terminal box. Construction meets USDA and EHEDG guidelines. An overshoot of up to 9mm helps handle sticky products, particularly those found in the meat and salad sector. MULTIPOND America Booth S-2882


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Drop-on-demand LP-100R label printer combines balcony-style construction and digital flexibility with high resolution and excellent print wear resistance due to ultraviolet curing. Standalone, high-speed unit prints the entire label or variable data on pre-printed labels. Linear and serialized 2D DataMatrix barcodes, human-readable codes and high-impact graphics are reproduced in full color or black-and-white at speeds up to 4,700 in./min. When combined with a vision inspection system and optional reconciler (pictured), the printer automatically removes out-of-tolerance labels from the roll. Making its global debut on the LP-100R printer, the Total Layout Control vision system from Antares Vision consists of a line-scan camera, computer, human/machine interface and software. Designed specifically for the LP-100R printer, the narrow-web inspection system performs whole-label reviews, including image matching, code reading and color verification. For online needs, the LP-100L printer feeds printed labels to virtually any labeler. Weiler Labeling Systems, a ProMach product brand Booth W-703

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PAPERBOARD Algro Design solid bleached boards exhibit an ultra-bright white finish, silky touch and ultraviolet-light resistance. Outstanding optical results increase shelf impact, while product consistency ensures ultimate precision in printing, converting and finishing. Sappi Booth S-4233 SD

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Schneider Packaging Equipment (Booth S-3500) provides conventional and robotic case erecting, packing and sealing, robotic palletizing and complete end-of-line integrated turnkey solutions. Tim Graham talks options with an attendee.

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The team from Bostik (Booth E-8959) can lead you through your options in adhesive solutions. Bostik’s anti-fog, heat-seal coating simplifies film structure.

Friction Feeders | Shuttle Feeders | Serialization | Pick & Place | Denesters Printing & Labeling | Verification | Order Fulfillment | Integration | Custom Automation • • 1-844-746-3634 Jim Zeigler with TNA North America (Booth S-3875) explains their integrated food packaging and processing solutions.

Mark Bussard from Teledyne TapTone (Booth S-4126) explains an interactive display of container inspection systems for detecting leaks, fill level, internal pressure/vacuum and visual defects.

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See Us in Booth #E-7110 Lake Side Hall!

Filamatic (Booth S-3114) provides the widest range of liquid filling capabilities and can guide you to the best solutions. To find out more, look for the staff in purple shirts.

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Semi-Automatic Weighers Digital Scales Mechanical Scales (262) 236-0000

Brianna DeWulff from PMMI is hanging out at CareerLink@PACK EXPO (Booth N-4550). This is an opportunity for PMMI members and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to meet with students and veterans pursuing careers in packaging and processing during one-on-one informational interviews.

INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS 100% PE Stand Up pouches and top for trays. For a totally recyclable packaging. PROJECT IN COOPERATION WITH DOWÂŽ AND ELBA GROUP.

The staff at AZO (Booth E-8130) ensures that raw materials are handled accurately and consistently in fully automated processes regardless of whether they are bulk materials, small ingredients or liquid components.


VISIT US CT Pack (Booth E-7352) specializes in food packaging with a focus on bakery, chocolate and frozen foods, providing full turnkey packaging lines starting from the individual unwrapped product and continuing all the way to case packing.

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Marchant Schmidt (Booth E-7103) provides the food and dairy industries with high-quality cheese cutting and processing equipment.

Network with other professionals about best practices on high pressure processing at the Cold Pressure Council (Booth N-4512).

At the Resuable Packaging Learning Center (Booths E-6860, E-6866), a panel discusses Asset Technologies for Reusable Transport Packaging. Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Booth E-9437) provides machinable, high-performance engineering polymer materials for use in food processing and packaging. Check us out!



For metal detection and x-ray inspection needs, Sesotec (Booth N-4912) develops practical and cost-effective solutions.


• Easy operation via simple operator interface • Increased uptime • Quick, repeatable size changeovers • Customized integration for your production environment • Flexible design accommodates various package sizes • Turnkey packaging solutions from one supplier


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Bryan Griffen, director, Industry Services for PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), opens The Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4580) with a discussion of the Request for Proposal Template.

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Carlo Gavazzi (Booth N-6325) provides a range of automation components including sensors, switches, controls, relays, motor controllers and more. Talk to their friendy staff for all your needs!

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At Berry Global (Booth N-4712), the staff will provide value-added customized protection solutions, such as engineered materials, nonwoven specialty materials and consumer packaging.

1959. Cans become self-opening, changing the world of packaging. 2018. Cans become re-sealable, changing the world of packaging forever.

Introducing ® CanReseal.

Come to Concetti North America (Booth N-4642) for weighing, bagging, closing and palletizing machinery for bulk products.

With CanReseal,® consumers can expect added value, longer use, and more out of their cans with CanReseal ® ’s patented re-sealing technology.

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(l-r) Daniel Litts, Gerald Lawrenz and Linda Bardzell from Lapp USA (Booth N-5834) invite you to stop by for a little golf. At the same time, learn about Lapp’s innovative and durable electrical connectivity solutions.


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At Standard-Knapp (Booth N-5506), the staff is showcasing their case and shrink packaging machinery. Learn how they can design, build and support a system for you.

COME VISIT US AT BOOTH N-6106 Join All-Fill (Booth S-1714) at their booth to discuss all your packaging needs with a single source solution. View auger fillers, cup fillers, vibratory fillers and piston fillers. All-Fill can handle virtually any application.

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KRONES (Booth S-2138) supplies complete solutions ranging from planning and installing fully integrated processing, packaging and bottling line systems, to replacing or upgrading individual single machines. Say “hi� to Alexandra Skroblin when you stop by.

Marchant Schmidt, Inc. can help provide ... Consistent length Decreased fines Accurate powder dosing Learn more at our booth... Pack Expo International 2018

Booth #7103 Most Hygienic - Maximum Production - Best Cut Quality

Signode Tools and Equipment (Booth S-3100) manufactures and distributes protective packaging systems that apply plastic and steel strapping. Talk to Mitch Snyder and Alex Georgevich at the booth.

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(l-r) Quentin Burley from Bosch (Booth S-3514) and Juan Pablo discuss the latest packaging technologies in the food industry. Visit Bosch to explore the opportunities and possibilities available.

MULTIPOND Weighing Technology and multihead weighing systems stand for maximum accuracy, performance and reliability.


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NEW PRODUCT RELEASE! Stop by the Confectionery Pavilion, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, to learn what’s new in the “sweets” world.

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Priority Plastics (Booth E-9050) provides plastic packaging solutions for startup companies to multinational firms. Over 35 extrusion blow-molding machines deliver fast lead times and quality products.

TapTone Heavy Duty (HD) pneumatic ram rejectors provide reliable rejection of up to 2000 containers per Duty minute are available TapTone Heavy (HD)and pneumatic ram rejectors provide reliable rejection of up with a fixed stroke length of 0.5 in, 1.0 in toor 3 2000 containers per minute and are available in (1.2 cm, 2.5 cm or 7.6 cm). The HD Ram Rejector is the with of a fixed strokefeaturing length of an 0.5 oil in, 1.0 or 3 first in a new line rejectors freeincylinder in (1.2 cm, 2.5 cm or 7.6 cm). The HD Ram Rejector is the design with a NEMA 4X IP65 environmental rating. Designed first in a new line of rejectors featuring an oil free cylinder for tight production spaces, the HD Ram Rejector conveniently design with a NEMA 4X IP65 environmental rating. Designed adapts to reject cans, spaces, glass and large jugs. for tight production the HD Ram Rejector conveniently adapts to reject cans, glass and large jugs.

See Us at Pack Expo 2018 See Us at Pack Expo 2018 Booth S-4126 Booth S-4126 +1 508.563.1000

While in the South Hall, stop by the PACKage Printing Pavilion for the latest in packaging solutions.

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The team at Mondi (Booth E-7730) is excited to show visitors their industrial bags, flexible packaging, bags and pouches and barrier coatings.

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{l-r) David Hughes, Riley Schroeder, Chris Fritz and Dan Breitbarth greet you at Nord Drivesystems (Booth E-9413), one of the country’s leading power transmission equipment providers.





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It’s never too early to start planning for your next PACK EXPO. Stop by the Future Show Sales booth (Lobby of East Hall) for information.

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Helping world-class customers move their product faster, easier, safer and more cost-effectively, ORBIS (Booth E-6700) provides reusable totes, bulk packaging, racks, pallets and protective dunnage.

Add us to your PACK EXPO show planner! Can’t wait? Get a demo!

High mix? Seasonal variations? No problem! Cost-effective, redeployable and user-friendly cobots from Universal Robots can easily adapt to new products, seasonal variations and high mix/low-volume production. Programming is fast and easy - even with no prior automation experience.

The staff at Propack Processing & Packaging Systems (Booth N-4732) knows all about turnkey, customized robotic loaders.

Talk to Dean Czajka at Allied Electronics & Automation (Booth E-10653) for same day shipping of your industrial automotion needs.

New at PACK EXPO! CMD’s (Booth E-7918) 760-SUP stand up pouch machine, offers operational simplicity, process control and quick changeover. Stop by for a user demo.

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October 17, 2018

Online Training

Convenient. Consistent. Cost-Effective.

The Kawasaki Robotics (Booth N-4943) RS007N/L robots offer the fastest operating speed in its class and the smallest control in the industry.

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

Kevin McRae from Fres-co System USA (Booth S-4182) is available to explain their many products, including the one-way degassing valve, modified-atmosphere technologies and reclosure systems.

“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.”

— Jerry Hiser, Training Manager, Clorox

For more information, visit the PMMI Booth N-4550, North Hall. When you stop by Massman Automation Designs (Booth S-2847), Brad Hanke is ready to greet you and discuss your automation needs.

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PACK EXPO was busy as the crowds looked for their destinations.

2018 PACK EXPO International



October 17, 2018

At the Innovation Station (Booth W-320), John Bratton, CCL Healthcare Label (Booth W-917) speaks on Electronic Clinical Label with Flexible Display.

The World Packaging Organisation (Booth N-4527, N-5760) has published a position paper Packaging in Circular Economy.

Representing Australia's leading packaging and processing machinery and allied components companies (l-r)Tom Wright from Multi-Conveyor (Booth S-3308) explains their conveyor solutions to Noopur Chokshi and Udayan Chokshi.


With speciality packaging papers and carton boards, Sappi (Booth S-4233) offers innovative solutions to meet the requirements of packaging converters, brand owners, designers and print finishers.


From processing to packaging, trust in our team of experts The fastest path to reliable, highly-efficient equipment begins with choosing the right team. For decades, MG America has been that trusted partner for leading companies across the globe. Our commitment to long-term customer satisfaction is the foundation of our past success and your guarantee of future performance. MG America‌a trusted partner, right at your side.

Capsule Filling


Secondary Packaging

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Vision Inspection

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Liquid & Powder Filling

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