PACK EXPO Las Vegas / Healthcare Packaging EXPO Show Daily 2019 – Monday

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Show Daily SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

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Welcome to Las Vegas!

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Film offers higher barrier


n behalf of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), I welcome you to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO—this year’s most comprehensive packaging event on the continent—where you will see the latest packaging and pharmaceutical technologies from 2,000 exhibitors representing 40+ vertical industries and nearly 130 countries. New to this year’s show is the Jim Pittas Robotics Zone (Booth N-850) in the North Hall, featuring local robotics teams showcasing their latest innovations, robots packing 6,000 bags of food in collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack,

New ultra-high barrier Pentapharm® alfoil® ET SG film from Klöckner Pentaplast, Pharma & Medical Device (Booth N-422) expands its portfolio of pharmaceutical blister films. The triplex structure relies on polyvinylidene chloride for barrier properties. A Super Glide finish imparts a smooth surface, minimizes friction on high-speed lines and improves product feeding. Specially formulated colors guarantee a consistent visual appearance and support brand identity. SD

Astro Nova marks 50 AstroNova® (Booth C-3906, N-413) celebrates 50 years with advancements in labeling technology, an expanded media business and several new products, including printers for flexible packaging, durable, safer-for-food Natura™ ink and overprinters. SD

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Barrier board recycles A plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard from Metsä Board, parent company of Metsa Board Americas (Booth LS-6638), poses a more sustainable alternative to plastic-coated boards and contains no optical brighteners, wax or fluorinated chemicals. The barrier is provided by a dispersion applied online in the board machine on the reverse side of the paperboard. SD

Cartoner forms and loads

Tournament raises funds for students


The Kartnr™ automatic vertical carton-forming machine and container inserter from Paxiom Group (Booth C-4429) handles cosmetics, medicinal, pharmaceuticals and many consumer products. Engineered to form “auto-lock” or “pop-open” cartons, the machine automatically inserts containers and closes the lid. Options include glue, fold and tuck as well as tape. SD

everal dozen golfers supported packaging education yesterday with a round of golf at the Bali Hai Golf Course as participants in the 2019 Fundraising Golf Tournament. Organized by the PMMI Foundation (Central Lobby), the PACK EXPO Las Vegas tradition raises funds for students studying in fields related to packaging and provides grants to the schools they attend. More than 30 sponsors joined the golfers in supporting the tournament. Top-tier sponsors include Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth C-2241), Marchesini Group (Booth N-107), Schneider Electric (Booth C-1560) and SMC Corp. of America (Booth LS-6169). The sponsor roster also lists Alliant, Anritsu Infivis (Booth LS-6253), Beckhoff Automation (Booth (Continued on page 4)



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examples of new technologies in action, as well as a robotic pianist, a bowling robot and of course, an interactive dice playing cobot . . . because it’s Vegas after all. Additionally, we have kicked our on-floor education up a notch with the addition of The Forum – An Industry Knowledge Exchange (Booth C-1053) to the Las Vegas lineup. Located in the Central Hall, these free, 45-min. learning sessions focus on the latest industry trends and include activities, small group discussions and Q&A. Of course, our Innovation Stages (Booth C-1041, C-1045, C-1049, N-501) with 30-min. free educational sessions are in full force at both PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Central and South Halls) and

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Steve Miller Band rocks PACK gives BACK™ stage

Rockwell Automation returns as the title-level sponsor.


ockwell Automation (Booth C-1462) returns as the title-level sponsor of this year’s PACK gives BACK™ event at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Headliner for this year’s fundraiser and networking event, the legendary Steve Miller Band, is known for hits such as “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Liner,” “Jungle Love” and “Abracadabra.”

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Complimentary Wi-Fi FREE Wi-Fi the Las Vegas throughout Complimentary Wi-Fi Convention Center will be available throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Motor fits in tight spaces The TSM14POE StepSERVO™ integrated motor with Power over Ethernet technology combines a motor, encoder, drive and controller in a single integrated package. The integrated motor from Applied Motion Products (Booth C-3614) receives power and Ethernet communications over a single cable. Eliminating the need to connect motor power and feedback cables to an external motor controller offers greater design modularity and simplifies installation particularly in space-constrained and remote locations. SD

Metal detector sets frequency Loma Systems (Booth C-4103) extends IQ4 variable frequency technology to its Pipeline, Waferthin and Vertical Fall metal detectors for greater stability and sensitivity. With variable frequency capability, the IQ4 metal detectors automatically select the correct operating frequency so changes in products or packaging no longer require operator intervention to set frequency. As a result, changeover time shrinks. SD

Pouch recycles Peel Plastic Products (Booth LS6466) debuts a portfolio of fully recyclable pouches in response to those who criticize flexible packaging because its multi-material nature makes it difficult to recycle. Think Green family of pouches offers recyclability plus the same features, formats, durability and quality as the company’s multi-material structures. SD

Vial labeler debuts A trunnion star wheel on the compact Courser™ 230 vial/syringe labeler from NJM Packaging, a ProMach product brand (Booth N-307), positively handles vials, syringes and other small or unstable packages. Compatible with virtually any label material, the labeler can be configured with a manual infeed and discharge or integrated on an automated line. Output reaches 250 vials/min, 200 syringes/min. SD

Free training during show Manufacturers wanting to kickstart cobot-assisted packaging applications can sign up for free 1-hr. training sessions hosted by certified product trainers in a dedicated classroom at Universal Robots (Booth US-7279). Training sessions cover pick-and-place, moving conveyors or palletizing and enable attendees to leave with a complete and functional program for their own setting. SD

Digital twins reduce risk Digital twin software from Emulate3D (US-7406), now part of Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462), reduces risk because it allows machine and system designs to be tested and optimized before investments are made. The virtual commissioning, throughput simulation and industrial demonstration capabilities can improve time to market and productivity in face of rapidly changing consumer demands. SD

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LS-6149), Cablevey Conveyors (Booth C-4706), Canadian Packaging, Choose Chicago, CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers & Manufacturers (Booth C-1359), the Cold Pressure Council (Booth C-1360), Convention Data Services, ExpoVision, Festo (Booth LS-6349), Finn Partners, Fixation, Freeman, Hamrick Manufacturing & Service (Booth C-3210), Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1361), Kondracki Group, Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Booth LS-6164), Packaging World (Central Lobby), Pineberry Manufacturing (Booth C-1632), PMI Kyoto Packaging Systems (Booth C-4436), PMMI Media Group (Central Lobby), Pobco (Booth US-7612), Septimatech Group (Booth C-3936), The Expo Group, Valco Melton (Booth

Golfers had fun with the Pro Launcher at Sunday’s PMMI Foundation Fundraising Golf Tournament.

C-4809) and Wittenstein (Booth LS-6355). For more information, visit PMMIfoundation, SD

15 make cut in 2019 competition Vote today to choose 2019 Technology Excellence Award winners.


inners of the 2019 Technology Excellence Awards will be announced shortly after voting closes at noon tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24). Winners will be selected by show-goers from among 15 finalists in five categories. The awards program, organized by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), recognizes exhibitors for innovative technologies never previously shown at a PACK EXPO show. “Through these awards, PMMI continues to drive the industry to keep innovating to meet the ever-growing needs of consumer packaged goods companies,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, Trade Shows at PMMI. She adds, “We are excited

to see the awards continue to grow after a wonderful premiere at PACK EXPO International [2018].” Attendees are encouraged to view these new and exciting materials and technologies first hand and then vote! Voting is open to all PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019 attendees and is accessible through noon tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24) via onsite My Show Planner kiosks, the show website or mobile App. Finalists were chosen by a panel of industry thought leaders, who reviewed more than 100 submissions to narrow the field to the most innovative. For more information visit,, SD

TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALISTS BAKING & SNACK BVC-145 twin-tube vertical/form/fill/seal machine ROVEMA North America (Booth C-2944) Dave’s Killer Bread English muffin package Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US-8033) Entour™ front-of-store recycle-capable Bear Naked Granola package Berry Global (Booth US-7233) PHARMACEUTICALS/MEDICAL DEVICES BM 2030 PC Belco Packaging Systems (Booth C-4603) FFS-30-2019 ORICS (Booth C-2305) Insura™ seal verification Amcor Healthcare Packaging (Booth N-325) BEVERAGE & DAIRY iFill 7000XP iFill Systems (Booth N-607)

Applicator for E6PR™ rings TECMA ARIES (Booth LS-6078) GENERAL PACKAGING HD contouring for molded fiber packaging Golden Arrow Technology America (Booth US-7771) Integrated machine vision B&R Industrial Automation (Booth C-2058) LDPET Sleever International (Booth LS-6079) MEAT/POULTRY/SEAFOOD Vericooler® III Vericool (Booth N-111) SaniForce 2.0 large-particle, electric diaphragm pump Graco (Booth US-7785) Matrix Ultra labeler UltraSource (Booth LS-6338)

BluStream® dry-cap/non-chemical sterilization module Serac (Booth C-4600)

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NEWS BRIEF NEWS BRIEF Aseptic filler fills spouted pouches The pilot-scale SureFill 50P - Aseptic semiautomatic spouted pouch filler from Scholle IPN (Booth LS-6808) helps test and commercialize products, particularly low-acid products that would otherwise be retorted. The system incorporates the latest aseptic filling technologies including the CleanPouch Aseptic spouted pouch system. SD

Detector increases sensitivity Intuity coil technology heightens sensitivity and simplifies the operation of metal detectors from Sesotec (Booth LS-5911). Operating on several different frequencies in parallel boosts scanning sensitivity up to 50% to detect smaller metal contaminants. The user interface simplifies operation. SD

View equipment virtually An immersive, interactive experience in a multi-sensory environment awaits visitors to tna North America (Booth US-7304) and enables exploration of the company’s full product portfolio. Jonathan Rankin, tna CEO, and his team of experts from the U.S. and Latin America serve as guides to the virtual processing and packaging equipment. SD

Yamato turns 100 Yamato (Booth LS-5950), a supplier of combination weighers, checkweighers and depositors, celebrates its 100th birthday. Founded as Kawanishi Machine Works in 1920 in Akashi, Japan, the business became Yamato Scale in 1945. Today, the company has subsidiaries and business partners in more than 80 countries including a U.S. office in Mequon, Wisconsin, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. SD

PDC partners with Marburg An economical shrink sleeving system evolves from a bi-coastal partnership between Connecticut-based PDC International (Booth C-4614) and California-based Marburg Industries (Booth C-3827). Designed for entry-level needs or medium speed lines, the system combines a Marburg 625 FB shrink sleeve applicator with a PDC KSA-70 steam shrink tunnel to label food and beverage bottles as well as cans for beer and other beverages at up to 100 containers/min. SD

Container protects dispenser Three-piece Side Step pallet and top cap container protects high-end vending equipment in transit and during installation and return for maintenance or disposal. Made of 100% recyclable plastic, the easy-to-assemble, reusable unit from Polymer Solutions International (Booth LS-6804) provides a stable platform for the high center-of-gravity machines and a safer environment for shippers, installers and bystanders. SD

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Vision 2025

7:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

Room N-243

Show Floor Open

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Vote for Technical Excellence Awards

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

My Show Planner Kiosks, or the mobile App

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Booth N-850

The Robotics Zone (see p. 23 and p. 116)

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Booth N-850

Innovation Stage Seminars (see p. 26)

10:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Booth C-1041, C-1045, C-1049, N-501

The Forum Presentations (see p. 50)

10:30 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Booth C-1053

PACK gives BACK Reception/Concert

4:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

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A portion of the proceeds will support NS2 Serves®, a nonprofit dedicated to helping recent U.S. military veterans transition to civilian careers. This charitable group provides IT training and employment assistance at no cost to veterans. “As a PMMI member and PACK EXPO exhibitor, it is an honor for Rockwell Automation to be part of this worthwhile event. We are proud to be a continuing sponsor of PACK gives BACK this year as part of our ongoing commitment to support U.S. military veterans and their families with training and upskilling programs,” says Lee Tschanz, vice president Consumer Products Industry, Rockwell Automation. The benefit, organized by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, kicks off with a networking reception at 4:00 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by the performance.

“At PMMI we recognize the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made and are proud to bring the packaging industry together in support of such a worthy cause,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome back Rockwell Automation as the title sponsor of PACK gives BACK and thank them for their continued support of this important event.” Other sponsors include the Contract Packaging Association (Booth C-1359), the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth C-1361), MASSMAN Automation Designs (Booth C-2414) and Presto Products (Booth C-1444) at the bronze level. Tickets are $95 and include drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit SD

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Healthcare Packaging EXPO (North Hall). While you are walking the floor, be sure to vote for the Technology Excellence Awards. New at this year’s show, these awards recognize exhibitors’ innovative technology. Seeking inspiration? Don’t miss the Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, featuring Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space. Take a break from the busy show floor at 4 p.m. today and connect with fellow industry professionals at this year’s PACK gives BACK™, featuring the legendary Steve Miller Band. Tickets are $95 each and include a networking reception before the per-

formance. A portion of the proceeds will support NS2 Serves®, a nonprofit dedicated to helping recent U.S. military veterans transition from combat boots to business suits. To maximize your time, be sure to use the Show Guide, the mobile app (available in the App Store or Google Play) or visit one of our Attendee Resource Centers. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for, visit the Ask the Experts desk in the Central Lobby to point you in the right direction. Thank you for being part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019. Enjoy the show! Jim Pittas President and CEO, PMMI

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Ellen Ochoa headlines PPWLN breakfast

First Hispanic woman in space shares experiences in driving change and team building.


llen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space and second female director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, keynotes the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24) in Room N-247 on Level 2 of the North Building. During her keynote address, Exploring New Territory, Ochoa will share her experiences as a history-making astronaut, including thoughts on driving change and building diverse, effective teams. Sponsored by show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth C-2241), Plexpack (Booth C-2708, N-202), ID Technology, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3225), and Septimatech Group (Booth C-3936), the complimentary breakfast is part of PPWLN’s effort to spotlight women’s contributions to STEM fields and support women in packaging and processing industries.

Monday – Wednesday 8:30 am – 10:00 am Lower South Lobby and Central Lobby Compliments of:

Booth LS-6567

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2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas Publisher PMMI Produced by PMMI Sponsorship Marketing Editorial Director Hallie Forcinio Associate Editor Kari Moosmann Production Manager Mary Thorne Art Director Stacy Claywell, Debi Friedmann IT/Production Support Terry Wenslow, Manny Dominguez Photographer Miles Boone and Tori Soper Advertising Sales Management Mike Bradley, Patrick Bradley, Tom Burke, Steve Osborne

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Ellen Ochoa

“Ellen Ochoa’s historic career with NASA is full of experiences that will interest and enlighten everyone—women and men—at PACK EXPO,” says Tracy Stout, vice president, Marketing and Communications, PMMI. “She is a trailblazer like no other, and her passion for getting more women and minorities into STEM fields will inspire all who attend this special event.” An active astronaut since 1991, Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space on April 8, 1993, when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery. In total, she has flown in space four times, logging nearly 1,000 hr., leading onboard scientific activities and serving as flight engineer during the launch, rendezvous and entry phases of the mission. Ochoa is the recipient of many honors, including NASA’s highest awards, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Presidential Distinguished Rank of the Senior Executive Service. In 2013, she was named the 11th director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, becoming the first Hispanic and the second female to hold this prestigious position. She retired in 2018. In the corporate world, Ochoa has provided executive guidance to a variety of organizations. “A key factor to women’s advancement in male-dominated industries is creating effective networks and learning how to leverage them,” says Stout. “This event is an opportunity for women to hear from an innovative, accomplished leader as well as connect with their peers.” For more information, visit SD

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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 comes 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

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

Phone: (757) 898 -1530 • Fax: (757) 898 -1580 VERTICAL CONVEYING SOLUTIONS

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Students connect with employers

C Interactive Demos Pick, place, bowl, roll and more in this interactive space. Check out the coolest and most sophisticated robots and cobots.

PACK for a Purpose Robots Fighting Hunger Check out the philanthrobots! A variety of robots in various applications pack nearly 6,000 weekend meals for elementary students in supplemental nutrition programs. In collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack

areerLink LIVE @ PACK EXPO gives students, veterans and employers a chance to network in one-on-one interviews and explore possibilities for entry-level and internship positions. After a successful launch last year at PACK EXPO International, the live version of the CareerLink job platform provides an opportunity for members of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers (Booth C-1359), the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1361) and consumer packaged goods companies to meet with students and veterans pursuing careers in packaging and processing. Interviews for pre-registered participants take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room N-237. For more information, visit SD

Learn about reusable packaging


he Reusable Packaging Pavilion in the Upper South Hall returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas with 35 exhibitors presenting reusable transport packaging products and related services. Hosted by the Reusable Packaging Association (Booth US-7900), the Pavilion includes the Reusable Packaging Learning Center, which offers free 20-min. educational presentations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24). At the conclusion of the presentation schedule, Kroger and Polymer Logistics (Booth US-8100), recipients of the 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award, will be recognized and present their award-winning case study. For more information, visit SD MONDAY

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase Come see students from Las Vegas area high schools showcase their innovations and “bot skills”.

11:00 a.m.

Today’s Automotive Supply Chain Disruptors and How They Impact Packaging

11:30 a.m.

Best Practices in Managing Returnable Container Fleets in the Global Automotive Industry

1:30 p.m.

Reusable Packaging Containers Role in the Blockchain Era

2:00 p.m.

The Delivery System that Delivers ROI

2:30 p.m.

Industry Panel: Reusable Packaging in a Circular Economy

TUESDAY 11:00 a.m.

PRESENTATIONS EVERY HALF HOUR Located in booth N-850, North Hall

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Why Reusable Packaging Systems Are Today’s Way to Transport Products

11:30 a.m. Industry Panel: Asset Technologies for Reusable Packaging 12:30 p.m. How to Win with an Open System 1:00 p.m.

Global Leader in Pallets Made from Recycled Plastics

1:30 p.m.

Driving Down Costs & Eliminating Paper Dust with Reusable Packaging

2:30 p.m.

New Products, New Solutions: Innovative Ways to Transport Cargo, Handle Materials & Safely Store Products

3:00 p.m.

Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award Program

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Less Effort, More Control

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No expensive middleware or servers No 3rd party integrators No changes to your existing equipment or process Data security without the IT headache


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Young leaders gather this evening

A Networking Event that Rocks!


ore than 200 young leaders in packaging and processing will gather this evening for a networking reception, hosted by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, at the Chateau Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. The reception provides an opportunity for newcomers to the industry to meet and learn from each other. PMMI’s Emerging Leaders Committee also has inaugurated the On the Rise Awards program. The annual awards, given for the first time in 2018, recognize 10 young professionals (30 or younger) who have demonstrated leadership potential in packaging and processing. On the Rise nominees must be employed by a PMMI member company for at least one year, display leadership potential at the company and a desire to advance his/her career in packaging and processing and have never attended a PMMI Annual Meeting. “PMMI and the Emerging Leaders Committee are excited to recognize these rising stars, who in a short time have already made an impact in packaging and processing,” says Greg Berguig, vice president of Sales & Marketing, PAC Machinery (Booth C-2428) and chair of the PMMI Emerging Leaders Committee. “In addition, the awards program gives the winners an opportunity to further their professional development in packaging and processing, meet others in the industry and learn more about PMMI.” Award winners in the inaugural group were honored at PMMI’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Tampa, Florida, received free meeting registration and hotel stay and were profiled in the winter 2019 issue of OEM magazine, the official publication of PMMI. Nominations for 2019 have closed and winners will be announced before PMMI’s next Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-6, 2020, in Cincinnati, OH. For more information, visit SD

Steve Miller Band

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 NORTH BUILDING Reception at 4:00 pm Performance at 5:00 pm Tickets: $95 (purchase at door) This is PACK gives BACKTM, Vegas style! Rock out to the legendary Steve Miller Band after our biggest networking reception. Tickets include drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Proceeds benefit NS2 Serves, which trains and employs veterans in high-tech careers.

Gina Barrieau Account Rep SMC Corp. of America (Booth LS-6169) Lisa Barrieau Banding Sales Mgr – Food Felins USA (Booth US-7248)

Jenelle Gaskins Account Coordinator QC CONVEYORS, a Duravant Company (Booth C-4014)

Booth C-1462

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Kristian Andersen-Lentine Lead Technician & Trainer BPI Equipment (Booth US-7254)

Aurelio Delgado Account Mgr Omron (Booth LS-5970)

Title Sponsor:

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2018 ON THE RISE AWARD WINNERS Tim Graham Controls Engineer Schneider Packaging Equipment (Booth C-2207) Daniel Harmann Project Mgr Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Booth C-3436) Stephen Huvane Mktg Coordinator & Quality Mgr Precision Automation (Booth C-1518) Connor Koplien Mechanical Drafter/Laser Operator CLE Can Lines Engineering (Booth C-5246) Jackie Irvine Mktg Mgr Plexpack (Booth C-2708, N-202)

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Overpackaging increasing your total cost?

Yes, we can solve that too. Introducing BoxSizerTM – the only machine on the market that can dynamically right-size multiple pre-loaded box footprints arriving at random to the infeed without the need for changeovers. This innovative technology streamlines your operation and lowers your total cost. Average savings:


80% Less void fill


Less labor required Volume reduction

See it in action – Booth #C-2223.

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Thanks to these industry leaders for their support helping to make 2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas better for everyone.

Ready for a cup of steaming hot brew? Thank Siemens (Booth LS-6567) for the morning coffee service in the Central and South lobbies.

Phone running low on power? Stop by a charging station provided for you by Allied Electronics & Automation (Booth LS-6094).

Festo (Booth LS-6349), an aisle banner sponsor, brings its intelligent automation solutions to manufacturers. Stop by to find the solution you need!

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Attendee bag sponsor, Hitachi America (Booth C-5217), shows how to Inspire the Next with (l-r) Jon Kann, Tina Aida, Jason Kotheimer and Alex Montes.

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BOOTH #LS-6748 or PLACON.COM to learn more

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Certificate program closes skills gap


he new One Voice Ready Certificate Program from the OpX Leadership Network (Central Lobby) transforms organizations and relationships between suppliers and end users. Part of an initiative to address the skills gap, the Program recognizes individuals and companies that embrace the group’s operational excellence solutions. Individuals earn certificates after passing a series of tests based on knowledge of OpX Leadership Network solutions and best practices. One Voice Ready Certificates belong to the individual, so earned certifications remain in force regardless of job changes. Companies that endorse OpX Leadership Network solutions and support employees’ efforts to earn One Voice Ready Certificates can receive the One Voice Ready seal. “The One Voice Ready Certificate Program improves alignment, communication and connections between consumer packaged goods companies and original equipment manufacturers,” says Bryan Griffen, director, Industry Services, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the convener of the OpX Leadership Network. “As a result,” he notes, “the packaging and processing industry can speak with one voice, using a common set of solutions.” To learn about the One Voice Ready Certificate Program, attend the Innovation Stage (Booth C-1049) session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. For more information, visit SD

Sponsored by:

Lower South Hall Booth LS-6519 In the Containers and Materials Pavilion

Glimpse Into the Future of Our Industry…

Be sure to stop by this special area to check out award-winning packaging from:

>> ABRE—Brazilian Packaging Association

Start the day at Vision 2025

>> AIMCAL—Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators

Where packaging professionals come together to collaborate, gain perspectives and develop solutions to operational challenges, such as:

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>> PPC—Paperboard Packaging Council >> ProFood World’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards >> The Tube Council

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he Association Partner Program returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO with many familiar faces and some new key organizations. The program connects leading associations dedicated to advancing the packaging industry with PACK EXPO attendees and exhibitors, bringing significant resources, insights and expertise to the most comprehensive packaging event in North America in 2019. “The Partner Pavilion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is a genuine endorsement from some of the leading associations in our industry,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. “Attendees and exhibitors value this feature of our shows because it’s the one time and place where they can expect to connect with and learn from the industry’s leading associations.” PMMI’s Vice President of Trade Shows Laura Thompson, echoes his statement. She says, “Year-in and year-out, the Partner Programs at the PACK EXPO Portfolio of trade shows provide access to leading industry associations from all segments of the packaging industry. The Partner Pavilion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is no exception as the amount of industry knowledge and expertise is unmatched at other industry events. It serves as one of the many important resources available to attendees and exhibitors participating in the show.” “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 North America (Booth C-1247). “PACK EXPO has been an outstanding event for many years for engineers to learn about the latest technology, standards and best practices,” adds Eelco van der Wal, MD, PLCopen (Booth C-1254). “Our Sourcing Center experiences tremendous success at industry trade shows, . . . and our members always look forward to the opportunity to represent CPA at these events,” says Ron Puvak, MD, CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers (Booth C-1359). “For the past five years the contract packaging and manufacturing industry has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 12.2%. We are pleased to be able to offer our members and those needing their services an opportunity to collaborate at a top-notch industry event such as PACK EXPO Las Vegas.” To help foster that networking CPA along with the Cold Pressure Council (Booth C-1360) and Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1361) will host a meet-and-greet reception from 2–4 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019). Many association partners also display awarding-winning packaging in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth S-6519), sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth LS-6584, LS-6585). In addition, several partners organize Pavilions at the show to support exhibitors that specialize in certain technologies or hail from particular regions. For more information, visit and SD

2019 ASSOCIATION PARTNERS AIM North America (Booth C-1247) Assn of Int’l Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth C-1347)* Australian Institute of Packaging Australian Packaging and Processing Manufacturers Assn Mexican Chamber for the Food Processing Industry (CANAINCA) Cold Pressure Council (Booth C-1360) Composite Can and Tube Institute (Booth C-1248) CPA, The Assn for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers (Booth C-1359) Flexible Packaging Assn (Booth C-1341)* Foil & Specialty Effects Assn (Booth C-1346)* Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council Industrial Internet Consortium In-Mold Decorating Assn (Booth C-1348)* Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1361)* Instituto Argentino del Envase* Int’l Dairy Foods Association (Booth C-1354) Int’l Society of Beverage Technologists (Booth US-7629) Koelnmesse (Booth C-1344) OMAC - The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (Booth C-1256) OPC Foundation (Booth C-1255) Paperboard Packaging Alliance PLCopen (Booth C-1254) SNAC Int’l (Booth US-7628) United Fresh Produce Assn (Booth C-1058) United Packaging Associates (Booth C-1059) World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1241)* * Display in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth LS-6584, LS-6585)

PAVILION ORGANIZERS Adepta (Booth C-1352, LS-5849, LS-5862) Argentina – Fundacion Exportar (Booth US-7570) Asia Eastern Media (Booth LS-6967) China Council for the Promotion of Int’l Trade (CCPIT) China Food and Packaging Machinery Industry Assn Confederation of Danish Industry (Booth US-8265) INP – Brazilian Plastic Institute/Think Plastic Brazil (Booth LS-6814) Italian Trade Agency (Booth US-7734) UCIMA - Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Assn (Booth C-1356, US-7734)

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September 23, 2019

Emerson earns cybersecurity certification


merson (Booth LS-6107) received the industry’s first ISASecure® System Security Assurance (SSA™) Level 1 certification for cybersecurity in March 2019. The certification, issued by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), independently certifies that Emerson’s newest DeltaV™ distributed control and safety systems are robust against network and system attacks. The DeltaV automation system simplifies operational complexity, lowers


project risk and provides smart control capabilities. “The world’s leading industrial manufacturers are leveraging transformative digital technologies and methods to improve production reliability, safety and overall performance while focusing intensely on cybersecurity,” says Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “We are committed to helping our customers securely optimize their operations across the globe in an environment of increasing

cyber threats.” The certification covers the most critical automation industry standards, ANSI/ISA 62443 (IEC 62443). “ISA developed the ISASecure cybersecurity certification to give asset owners confidence in their industrial control systems and to promote supplier best practices that protect automation systems and the operations they control,” explains Andre Ristaino, managing director of ISCI. “Emerson is taking a leading role that we hope other vendors will follow in further protecting personnel and processes alike from today’s increasing security threats.” For more information, visit industries/automation/food-beverage. SD

SEA Vision breaks ground for HQ

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EA Vision Group, which is partly owned by Marchesini Group (Booth N-107), laid the first stone of its new headquarters in Pavia, Italy, in May 2019. Scheduled to open in 2020, the three-story, 4,000-sq.-m building represents an investment of about £8 million and reflects the strong growth experienced by the 25-year-old company, which began as a university spin-off. The zero-emissions building includes an inner courtyard and is designed to be easy to reorganize as needs change for office, software development, R&D and production space. Greenspace and recreational areas provide a pleasant working environment for a workforce of more than 175 with an average age of 27.

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he Candy Bar Lounge (Booth US-7201), The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth US-7629) and The Snack Break Lounge (Booth US-7628) provide a comfortable, convenient place to network with industry peers. The lounges also are an ideal spot for casual meetings and educational presentations by industry experts. The Candy Bar Lounge is sponsored by Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800) and hosted by the National Confectioners Association (Booth US-7201). It will be the site of the Confectionery Industry Reception from 3:30-5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019). The Beverage Cooler Lounge is sponsored by Tetra Pak (Booth C-3622) and hosted by the International Society of Beverage Technologists (Booth US-7629). The Snack Break Lounge is hosted by SNAC International (Booth US-7628). For more information, visit SD

FREE EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth US-7629) Monday 11:00-12:00 p.m. Trends in Beverage Packaging

Tuesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. Fundamentals of Beverage Packaging and Beverage Institute by ISBT

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September 23, 2019

Don’t miss the Robotics Zone

Visitors interact with robots performing various tasks at new show floor destination in the North Hall.


he PACK EXPO Greeter Robot, sponsored by Omron Automation, welcomes visitors to the Robotics Zone (Booth N-850). The new destination reflects the growth in robotic usage in packaging—nearly 48% among consumer packaged goods companies and 30% in the life sciences/pharma sector. As PMMI’s Industrial Robots—Growth and Opportunity infographic points out, the number of robot and cobot installations has grown. Since 2014, robot use in primary packaging has increased from 44% to 53%, in secondary packaging from 48% to 70% and in transport packaging from 66% to 73%. Additionally, sales of collaborative robots (cobots) is expected to soar from 3% in 2017 to 34% in 2025. “Robots are addressing significant industry challenges by providing increased flexibility and addressing labor shortages,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. “With the many advances in robotics, this is a perfect time to bring the Robotics Zone to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO,” she explains. Visitors exploring the interactive Robotics Zone may experience: lL ocal robotics teams displaying their robots in action in the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase l Robots packing food for children, as a part of PACK for a Purpose: Robots Fighting Hunger in collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack lO bject Detection and Flexible Grasping with Artificial Intelligence Demo, sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries US l Comau’s Interactive Wearable Exoskeleton, which allows attendees to try on a wearable suit and perform assisted task and product handling lA n End-Of-Arm Tool Exhibit from Soft Robotics, which demonstrates an end-of-arm tool that mimics how the human hand grasps and manipulates items that vary in size, shape and weight lA live concert by the Robotic Pianist from KUKA l The Ready Robotics Bowling Robot l Pick-and-Place/Relocation activities by an autonomous robot, compliments of the University of Waterloo and Septimatech Group l1 0-min. educational sessions about the future of robotics on the factory floor lA nd, of course, an Omron Automation interactive dice-playing cobot


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Universal Robots USA with Allied Technology

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Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Div.

PACK for a Purpose: Robots Fighting Hunger demonstrates various automated capabilities with the goal of filling 6,000 bags of food for Blessings in a Backpack. The charity provides weekend meals for elementary students in supplemental nutrition programs and benefits children in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the U.S. Robots working in the demo are supplied by Bosch Packaging Technology, Chicago Electric with Yaskawa, FANUC America, ProMach Performance Services with ABB, Soft Robotics and Cognex and Universal Robots USA in partnership with Allied Technology. “We are honored to work with many PACK EXPO exhibitors and Blessings in a Backpack to make a difference in children’s lives,” concludes Thompson. For more information, visit, SD

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See award-winning packaging at Dow continues sponsorship of visitor favorite.


he Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth S-6519), sponsored by Dow Chemical (Booth LS-6584, LS-6585), returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO. The display in the Lower South Hall highlights top packaging designs from around the globe, including winners in Dow’s Packaging Innovation Awards competition. “Through our sponsorship of The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, we’re able to inspire innovation and solutions that keep businesses competitive and move the industry forward,” explains Karen S. Carter, commercial vice president for Dow’s North America Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. “Dow prides itself on providing products and solutions that create both value and a competitive advantage, and it’s an honor to be able to share that with the industry,” she adds. “Dow’s partnership along with these leading global industry organizations add tremendous value to the attendee and exhibitor experience by supplying a diverse and inspirational showcase,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. “We look forward to seeing the innovations on display this year.” For more information, visit,, SD A counterfeiting-discouraging closure won Best Technical Achievement in IMDA’s competition. United Caps injection molds the closures using steel molds nano-engraved by Morphotonix to create custom, holographic 130,000 dot/in. images with no additional consummables.

2019 PARTICIPANTS IN THE SHOWCASE OF PACKAGING INNOVATIONS Assn of Int’l Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth C-1347)

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Brazilian Packaging Assn (ABRE)

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Paperboard Packaging Council

Flexible Packaging Assn (Booth C-1341)

ProFood World (Central Lobby)

Foil and Specialty Effects Assn (Booth C-1346)

The Tube Council

In-Mold Decorating Assn (IMDA, Booth C-1348)

World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1241)

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Innovation Stage returns

Free educational sessions present breakthrough technologies and best practices.


he Innovation Stage (Booth C-1041, C-1045, C-1049, N-501) returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. The multi-track schedule of free, 30-min. educational sessions draws crowds to learn about the latest technologies and best practices related to topics such as automation, robotics (including cobots), sustainability, eCommerce, smart machines, smart packaging, hygienic design, high-pressure pasteurization, quality control, serialization, cannabis packaging, ultrasonic sealing and Industry 4.0. Presenters include subject-matter experts from a cross-section of exhibitors, including Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US-8033), Antares Vision North America (Booth N-224), AS-Interface Organization (Booth US-7463), Balluff (Booth LS-6461), Baswood (Booth US-8367), Beckhoff Automation (Booth LS-6149), Belden (Booth LS-6750), Berry Global (Booth US-7233), Big Ass Fans (Booth US-7675), Bizerba USA (Booth C-1452), Bostik (Booth LS-5846), Dassault Systèmes (Booth LS-5909), Delta Systems & Automation (Booth C-3510), Deville Technologies (Booth US-8043), Emerson (Booth LS-6107), Epson America (Booth C-5204), ExxonMobil (Booth US-8382, US-S-215/216), FANUC America (Booth C-1651), INFICON (Booth US-7777), JBT/Avure (Booth LS-6190), Klöckner Pentaplast (Booth LS-6606, N-422), Labthink International (Booth US-7717), Mettler Toledo (Booth C-2023), Oden Technologies (Booth LS-6981), Presto Products (Booth C-1444), Redzone Production Systems (Booth US-7635), Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462), Sarong (North America) (Booth US-7704), SICK (Booth LS-6419), Siemens Industry (Booth LS-6567), Signode (Booth C-2400), Specright (Booth LS-6284), Systech (Booth N-230), Toppan USA (Booth LS-6838), UPM Raflatac (Booth LS-6453), watttron in association with LAUDA-Brinkmann (Booth US-7781) and WestRock (Booth C-2223). The show floor offers many other educational opportunities including the new Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth C-1053) (see program, p. 50) and presentations in the Reusable Packaging Learning Center (Booth US-7900), hosted by the Reusable Packaging Association (Booth US-7900). In addition, The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth S-7629), sponsored by Tetra Pak (Booth C-3622) and hosted by the International Society of Beverage Technologists (Booth US-7629), and The Snack Break Lounge (Booth US-7628), hosted by SNAC International (Booth US-7628), have scheduled sessions on the Snack Break/ Beverage Cooler Stage (Booth US-7832). Updates to the following Innovation Stage schedule and other educational offerings may be found on the show website or via the PACK EXPO Las Vegas/Healthcare Packaging EXPO App. For more information, visit, SD



Belden’s Industrial REVConnect RJ45 is an easy field-termination connector solution, designed to withstand harsh Industrial environments. Its unique design allows users to terminate Ethernet cables without separating the twisted pairs and saves time. The insulation piercing contact mechanism increases connection reliability over time and withstands vibrations in Industrial applications. Sylvia Feng Product Line Mgr Belden

This presentation serves as a starting point for those new to automation. Attendees gain a good understanding about how to get started with robotics and the key aspects to consider. Rick Brookshire Dir of Product Development Epson America


Behind the scenes look at serialization implementation. Deadlines have come and gone. The FDA is not always consistent with guidance, leaving some questions. How is pharma really coming along with pilot tests, information sharing? Dirk Rogers Founder Rx Trace

10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045

Discussion centers on leading trends and breakthroughs in the development of packaging from the development of new sustainable materials to using AI and Machine Learning to optimize the package of the future. Practical use cases and customer references will show how new technology is advancing this changing domain from design to manufacturing. Raymond Wodar Global Dir, Business Consulting Dassault Systèmes

10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage 3 | C-1041


10:00–10:30 AM Healthcare Packaging EXPO | N-501

APPLYING COBOTS IN PACKAGING APPLICATIONS 11:00–11:30 AM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049


Shipment of robotics into the food and consumer goods markets grew 48% in 2018. This session discusses how cobots have impacted that growth rate and factors to consider when applying collaborative robot technology. James Cooper Exec Dir Global Accounts FANUC America



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How is IO-Link being implemented for both the machine builder and end user? Join us to see how machine builders are enabling intelligent devices to assist with changeover and predictive maintenance to improve OEE and provide flexible Smart Machines. This is the industrial Internet of Things. Greg Molinaro Packaging, Food & Beverage Industry Mgr Americas Balluff

Current flexible packaging, typically a multi-material lamination, is non-recyclable. Mono-material packaging, however, often doesn’t provide sufficient oxygen and moisture barrier performance. The world’s first aluminum foil-equivalent, polyethylene (PE)-based silica oxide (SiOx) barrier film, could be recyclable through the Store Drop-Off program subject to the contents. It offers the potential to revolutionize sustainable flexible packaging. Shukiko Tanaka Sales Eng Toppan USA

11:00–11:30 AM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045


AS-Interface technology addresses the main cost drivers related to control systems. Learn how AS-Interface safety technology allows control engineers to reduce complexity, why machine owners will benefit from enhanced diagnostics and why even accountants appreciate the installation speed and reduced hardware complexity. Helge Hornis Technology Dir AS-Interface Organization


Cannabis and Hemp. From recreational marijuana to medicinal cannabis and therapeutic CBD oil. Trends in packaging including edibles, flower, sustainability, automation and regulatory restrictions. And the future... Jim Chrzan VP of Content PMMI Media Group Keren Sookne Editor Healthcare Packaging magazine

HOW TO BEAT YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM 12:00–12:30 PM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

This blueprint provides the path to overcoming the biggest obstacles companies face in today’s labor market. Kevin Young Business Mgr - Manufacturing Big Ass Fans


12:00–12:30 PM Innovation Stage 3 | C-1041

TRENDS IN SMART, FLEXIBLE MACHINES 1:00–1:30 PM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

Technology innovations address demand for smart, flexible machines. Steve Mulder OEM Packaging Segment Leader Rockwell Automation Jason Norlien VP Technical Sales Aagard

FOOD COMPANIES MAKE A LEAP IN PRODUCTIVITY 1:00–1:30 PM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045

The Redzone Customer community has seen a “leap” in productivity by applying next-generation, social-mobile technology and coaching to deploy its own production system. An interactive panel of food and beverage processors, who participated in the study, share their challenges and success stories. Ken Fisher Sr Solutions Consultant Redzone Production Systems


Is your sustainable packaging ready for the real world? CPG firms must get serious about sustainable packaging for eCommerce, where products bypass the store and go directly to your consumer’s front porch. Learn about how you can ship your product sustainably and other opportunities to help you meet consumers’ demands while addressing in-house sustainability goals. J ohn Wilson Sr Mktg Mgr for Consumer Products Amcor Flexibles North America

12:00–12:30 PM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045


Plastic packaging is a sustainable and essential part of the food supply chain but has by association been seen to pollute our marine environment. Hear about the journey experienced by Klöckner Pentaplast and how global megatrends and market insight are driving business decisions for a sustainable circular future. Lubna Edwards Global Sustainability Dir Klöckner Pentaplast

Over the last decade, OEMs have attempted to commercialize ultrasonic sealing equipment for known benefits such as leak-tight seals, defect reduction, material savings, and environmental sustainability. However, none have delivered satisfactory solutions that offer a viable price, deliver a robust design for mass production yet are simple to operate and maintain and address all four quadrants of bagmakers; new build and retrofit, reciprocal and rotary.

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The Future of Connected Manufacturing

UltraThinSeal™ (UTS) has patented multiple breakthrough technologies that enable sealing with a single sonotrode up to 13-in. long powered by a single transducer. The dramatic reduction in components makes ultrasonic package sealing less expensive, simpler and more robust. Two breakthroughs include a true rotary sonotrode that utilizes the Poisson effect to deliver an ultrasonic stack mounted on the axis of rotation and a reciprocal sonotrode with an amplitude distribution engineered for wide packages. Mitch Matheny E ngineering Mgr UltraThinSeal™


This session looks at how to consider recyclability in the early stages of design across various packaging and infrastructure segments. Holly Dunnill Mktg Dir Ashley Leidolf End-Use Mktg Mgr Dow, Packaging & Specialty Plastics


With the introduction of IoT into machine safety, there is talk of edge devices, field gateways, cloud analytics and local optimization. How does this improve efficiency? A new Outcome Optimizing Controller combines real-time deterministic control with the flexibility of an open system for advanced optimization and secure connectivity bringing information to the control system to make more informed decisions aligned to business objectives. Alec Grainger Motion and Safety Product Lines Emerson - Machine Automation Solutions

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Major global brands are rapidly adopting innovative technologies to fight the growing issue of product counterfeiting and diversion—but which ones work, and don’t work? Companies today are spending more than $150 billion in additive anticounterfeiting packaging. Everything from holograms to special seals and inks, watermarks and RFID tags—all at a very high cost with questionable results. Why are we fighting these problems with old weapons? What’s next? Joe Belenardo Sr VP Systech


As packaging complexity increases so does the challenge of eliminating coding errors. A partnership betwen SICK and AutoCoding Systems provides error proofing of primary and secondary packaging lines and prevents product recalls, rework and waste. It also improves line availability, efficiency and quality. The off-the-shelf software generates best-by dates and batch codes and downloads settings for printers, checkweighers, metal detectors, PLCs and other devices. The system can then provide 100% validation of barcodes, packaging and OCR print inspection. Steve Winski Consumer Goods Nat’l Sales Mgr SICK


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Booth C-3218

The patented cera2heat and cera2seal heating technology improves sealing performance on bag converting, form/fill/seal and cup membrane lines. It also enhances cutting and certain thermoforming operations. Marcus Stein C EO, Co-Founder watttron


3:00–3:30 PM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045

With energy ranking as the second or third largest variable cost in a plastics processing operation, manufacturers typically rely on popular cost-saving tactics such as investing in newer equipment or retrofitting lighting. However, one of the most overlooked low-hanging opportunities is lubrication. New lubrication strategies can improve efficiency as much as 5%. Aggregated over many machines, this energy savings can significantly impact a plant’s sustainability footprint and cost profile. Adam McMurtrey Mobil Serv, Energy Efficiency Eng Bowman Mitchell Mobil Serv Eng ExxonMobil Dale Evans P resident EVCO Plastics


Wexler Packaging Products offers innovative packaging alternatives and green solutions to companies looking to increase productivity while reducing their carbon footprint. Since our president, Pattie Wexler, took over the family business, she has been able to take our company from selling packaging supplies to selling niche packaging equipment—everything from hand-applied self-seal paper bands to fully automated banding systems and materials. Our solutions streamline packaging processes for companies by reducing labor and material costs in addition to waste disposal fees and replacing their current process with more sustainable and environmentally friendly resources. For years, Pattie has worked tirelessly to change the packaging world and educate others about the benefits of our solutions. She played a part in paving the way for women to accelerate in this industry. In 2007, Wexler Packaging Products became a “Certified” Women-Owned Business. We proudly hold this WBENC Certification, which has allowed us to offer and receive great business opportunities to companies that find the importance in Supplier Diversity partners. Tara Utain VP of Sales & Marketing Wexler Packaging Products

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September 23, 2019

The Future of Connected Manufacturing

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2019 BRANDING THROUGH PACKAGING INNOVATION 10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

Modern technology has enabled a new generation of shoppers, who comment on, share and review their experiences in real-time. To accommodate this open communication, today’s brand marketing needs to be more agile. Sarong’s innovative and customizable single-serve packaging offers a standout design while still meeting technical requirements. Mike Radlo Sales Sarong (North America)

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY 10:00–10:30 AM Innovation Stage 2 | C-1045

The circular economy demands a different mindset vs. the make, use and dispose economy of the past. So, many organizations embrace one simple idea: Sustainability is good for business. Robert Flores Dir of Sustainability Berry Global Scott Fisher Design Director, Consumer Packaging Div Berry Global, Blue Clover Studios


Learn the differences between coulometric and manometric methods for gas transmission testing. Cooper Bryer Regional Sales Mgr Labthink International


Visit Booth LS-6107 to discover your solution and learn more about:

10:00–10:30 AM Healthcare Packaging EXPO | N-501

Cannabis and Hemp. From recreational marijuana to medicinal cannabis and therapeutic CBD oil. Trends in packaging including edibles, flower, sustainability, automation and regulatory restrictions. And the future Jim Chrzan VP of Content PMMI Media Group Keren Sookne Editor Healthcare Packaging magazine

Precision Machine Automation

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September 23, 2019


Explore how controls engineers and plant managers can use mechatronic motor and drive technologies such as the eXtended Transport System to reduce maintenance effort and increase overall efficiency in motion control and mechanical engineering. Jeff Johnson Mechatronics Product Mgr Beckhoff Automation


Recent concerns over food safety recalls and the imminent enforcement of FSMA requirements on processing equipment are putting pressure on manufacturers to revisit equipment selections and operating procedures. This session examines from an OEM perspective the fundamental experience-based learnings on the design and implementation of sanitary processing equipment, as it pertains to overall plant sanitation and food safety. An overview of essential design principles addresses challenges related to equipment such as food-cutting machines and food-contact conveyors and helps plants comply with FSMA requirements more easily. Gregory See Hoye Key Account Mgr Deville Technologies


Opportunities for optimization and cost reduction can be identified by considering an end-of-line packaging system as a whole but may be missed if viewed as a series of parts and pieces. Mike Stein Dir of Global Mktg Signode


11:00–11:30 AM Healthcare Packaging EXPO |N-501 Industry 4.0 is not technology in and of itself but rather a concept of how automation can help achieve operational goals that are aligned with business strategies. Companies often experience challenges to get started, and many attempt to solve the “how” before understanding the “what” and “why.” Not all improvements require an overhaul of manufacturing and logistics processes. Deployment of

intelligent sensors at the edge can kick-start Industry 4.0 initiatives. Learn about the critical role sensors play and what to consider when planning Industry 4.0 initiatives. Examples of success will be highlighted. Ron Stuver Dir of Business Consulting, Industry 4.0 SICK

IOT: ADVANCED ANALYTICS TO DRIVE VALUE 12:00–12:30 PM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

Advanced analytics deliver the value of IoT. Evan Kaiser Global OEM Business Mgr Rockwell Automation


How can the application of the latest technology and the industrial revolution to common features in manufacturing environments improve operations? Basic equipment like conveyors should no longer be thought of as commodities without intelligence, but should be energy-efficient, smart, collaborative and self-diagnosing. Brian Kyles T echnical Dir Delta Systems & Automation


Bostik developed compostable adhesives to help shift disposable packaging waste from landfills to industrial compost sites. While this compostable adhesive will divert waste from landfills today, the platform represents an opportunity to develop new sustainable packages for the future. Tyler Derus Mkt Mgr, Converted Goods Bostik

LABELS MATTER IN FOOD PACKAGING 1:00–1:30 PM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

Labels are everywhere and on nearly everything we consume. And with food being the number one end use for the packaging industry, we will teach you why your labels matter–from building your brand, to increasing food safety, to enabling you to meet your brand’s sustainability targets. Kyle Strenski Dir, Global Business Development UPM Raflatac


Sustainability is no longer a buzzword; it’s a consumer and customer demand. But, a sustainable solution only works if the end user takes the right action. To ensure success, brands need to help educate consumers on their product’s life cycle in ways that resonate. Chuck Ditter North American Sales Mgr for Fresh-Lock® Closures Thomas Morsheimer Business Development Mgr for Fresh-Lock® Closures Presto Specialty Products


The printed packaging market will be worth nearly $420 billion in 2019. Three drivers impacting the product labeling market today are: streamlining complex printing requirements to comply with industry regulations; safety (brand protection, anticounterfeiting and anti-diversion) and transparency to increase customer loyalty and engagement through flexible data applications. Andrew Pietrangelo President Antares Vision North America Ted Geiselman Business Development, Digital Printing WLS, a ProMach product brand


Your company likely has a sustainability goal, but limited visibility into material usage today. Learn how packaging departments can put together an actionable plan to benchmark, take action and report on sustainability progress to turn sustainability commitments into reality. Matthew Wright Founder & CEO Specright

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September 23, 2019

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2019 (CONT’D)

The Future of Connected Manufacturing


Learn about pending legislation across the U.S. From bag bans and straw bans to takeout containers and tethered closures, we cover hot topics in the political sphere across the U.S. and beyond. Mandy Craig Mktg Mgr Jen Ronk Mktg Mgr Dow, Packaging & Specialty Plastics


Digital technology created a dizzying array of human machine interfaces (HMIs). It’s not uncommon to have packaging lines with multiple HMIs, each with different levels of complexity and interactions. This variability even can exist across machine types or brands. Standardization is necessary to continue advancing productivity and OEE. The challenge is achieving benefits without restricting machine and controls builders’ ability to innovate and differentiate products. Learn how a set of HMI implementation standards and usability best practices can establish the consistency necessary to improve efficiency. Patrick Toohey H MI Designer Mettler Toledo


Visit Booth LS-6107 to discover your solution and learn more about:

2:00–2:30 PM Innovation Stage 3 | C-1041

An in-depth look at how Anheuser-Busch InBev is driving progress toward the United Nation’s (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals—issuing 10 challenges to scientists, technologist and entrepreneurs worldwide. Learn how Baswood answered the challenge, Every Single Drop, to make water scarcity a thing of the past with the BioViper. Edward Ferguson Dir of Sustainability Anheuser-Busch InBev Dan Simon CEO Baswood

Innovative Packaging Technologies and Process Solutions www. ©2019 Emerson Electric Co. All rights reserved.

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SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019


Zacros creates value by providing the world with functionality in films and packaging, contributing to innovations in safety, reliability and convenience in our everyday lives. Our medical and pharmaceutical packaging is safe and reliable and has reshaped the market as a flexible alternative to glass. Kaylor Roberts New Business Development Section Packaging Sales Dept. Zacros America


The PMMI Foundation provides financial support to Education Partners throughout the U.S and Canada. The PMMI Foundation has distributed more than $2.3 million to strengthen the packaging and processing workforce. The PMMI Foundation supports the future of the industry through:

Packaging and processing scholarships PACK EXPO student travel assistance Tuition reimbursement for job-related training Manufacturing summer camps in partnership with Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®

High-pressure pasteurization (HPP) is cold pasteurization in pure water. At very high pressures pathogens are inactivated. Benefits beyond enhanced food safety include greater profitability vs. conventional processing, fresher taste (unaltered by heat, chemical and irradiation treatment), clean label and longer shelf life. With HPP meat technology, fresh ground meat retains its natural appearance and texture. Meat companies, retailers and consumers benefit from enhanced food safety, a more natural appearance and a 2X–4X increase in shelf life. Additional advantages include eliminating recalls, shrink, price markdowns and out-of-stock issues. Erroll Raghubeer VP - HPP Food Science and Development Avure HPP - part of JBT


Many companies use systems to measure performance metrics like OEE. This session uncovers the top five key metrics used by leading manufacturers to drive significant returns. Roy Thomas Dir, Factory MES Brent Robertson Performance Coach Aptean Factory MES


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The Digital Twin can save machine commissioning time by building the machine “virtually” before assembling the real machine. It allows for the 3D CAD model of a machine to be animated to emulate the real behavior of the machine while being controlled by a virtual PLC. Colm Gavin Factory Automation Digitalization Specialist Siemens Industry

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September 23, 2019


Exceed™ XP performance polyethylene (PE) provides exceptional properties to meet the most challenging and demanding conditions. Hear case studies where Exceed XP PE has created new value in flexible packaging applications while reducing costs. And, because it offers a step change in performance and processability, Exceed XP PEs also have enabled the development of more sustainable packaging solutions. Mosha Zhao North America New Product Advisor Xuejia Yan A pplication Development ExxonMobil


Fiber-based packaging is the eCommerce workhorse, but challenges still exist around labor and shipping costs as companies struggle to balance over-packaging with product protection. Learn how award-winning, intelligent right-sizing automation can help reduce labor costs, void fill and package volume while improving operational productivity. David Hayward Dir of Automated Packaging Systems-U.K. WestRock


A real-world application shows how an IIoT-enabled pneumatic system improved OEE and performance for agricultural end-of-line bagging operations. Learn how to achieve true, real-time performance monitoring of machine and component functions, use built-in diagnostic analytics and set predictive maintenance alerts. Chris Noble Business Development OEM Food and Beverage Emerson

WASHDOWN IS NOT EQUAL TO HYGIENIC 11:00–11:30 AM Innovation Stage 1 | C-1049

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.

Hygienic design goes beyond washdown-compatible. John Dart, Sr. Industry Consultant Rockwell Automation

Spiral conveying. Straight up!

Spiral Elevators & Accumulators for primary and secondary packaging handling.


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September 23, 2019


A non-destructive, proprietary differential pressure method identifies leaks, both large and small, quickly, easily and, most importantly, accurately. The quantitative results provide food manufacturers with the information required to prevent costly recalls, returns and waste and protect their brand reputation. Bill Burnard Package Integrity Business Development Mgr INFICON


The widespread adoption of digital technologies in industry is resulting in both potential new offerings from machine builders and new capabilities needed by manufacturers. In this interactive presentation, learn how both can digitally collaborate to realize these new advances and bring innovation to life faster. Davide Picciotto Digital Enterprise Industry Dir Siemens Industry


Today’s manufacturers are already sitting on a wealth of data. But many organizations struggle to make sense of this information. By connecting disconnected assets and systems to an Intelligent Manufacturing platform, manufacturers now have access to a single environment where all available information—from factory floor metrics to offline quality data—is captured and turned into actionable insights in real-time. Intelligent Manufacturing brings instant value with data-driven process insights that can help increase forecasting accuracy by 85%, reduce time to market by 50%. Willem Sundblad CEO & Co-Founder Oden Technologies


Increase profitability by reducing the chance of a mislabeling recall. Jeffrey Roberts Dir of Engineering & Applications Bizerba


Multifeeder Technology provides innovative automation solutions, demonstratively shown in its partnership with Z-Medica to automate its production system. Z-Medica produces bandages used by military to quickly stop bleeding and save lives. Multifeeder’s implementation of a Unique Device Identification system allows Z-Medica to quickly and cost-effectively expand and increase efficiency. Peter Nordling E ngineering Mgr Multifeeder Technology


The OpX Leadership Network delivers industry best practices developed by industry for industry and free for all to use. Used collectively, these tools provide a means to transform organizations and relationships between suppliers and end users. The One Voice Ready Certificate Program recognizes individuals and companies that embrace the concepts and best practices developed and published by the group. Bryan Griffen Dir of Industry Services PMMI SD

Lenze sponsors lounges


enze Americas (Booth LS-6272) is once again sponsoring Exhibitor Lounges (Room N-114, S-222) and PMMI Member Lounges (Room N-101, S-221) at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Open daily from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., the four lounges provide seating, coffee and a chance to take a break from the busy show floor. “We’re grateful to Lenze for sponsoring this resource again in 2019,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows. “The show floor is exciting, and the lounges are often the quiet counterpart where exhibitors can come to unwind and have some much needed down time,” he explains. “Lenze is proud to sponsor these lounges that provide a much needed haven for exhibitors and members who spend hours on their feet on the show floor,” says Susan Duval, marketing manager, Lenze Americas. “We recognize how important it is for them to use the lounges to take some time away from the busy show floor to recharge,” she concludes. For more information, visit, www., SD

Snack food market expands


he global savory snack food market is expected to grow to $220 billion by 2025 from $94.3 billion in 2015, according to the 2018 Assessment of the Snack Foods Market report produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). North America ranks as the second-largest market for snack foods, accounting for 33% of the market value. Sweet snacks are more popular with 60% share, but savory snacks are growing at a faster rate. During the next two to three years, snack foods manufacturers are expected to invest heavily in x-ray machines and foreign object detection mostly due to Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and the need to reduce scrap and related costs. Snack food manufacturers seek improved sanitary design, ease of maintenance and operation and reduced lead times for machines and parts. For more information, visit SD


Visit us at Booth LS-6253


Your customers have more on the line than dinner...that’s why we built the XR75 X-Ray. It protects consumers by detecting the smallest contaminants in the industry, while advancing product quality and overall food safety. Learn more about the industry’s most precise and reliable inspection detection equipment with unmatched performance and low cost of ownership at

2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas



September 23, 2019

THE Beverage Cooler Lounge

System packs baked goods


Integrated line offers efficiency, productivity and flexibility.


Sponsored by: Booth C-3622










high-speed integrated system seamlessly packages bar products destined for meal and snack times. The integrated system from Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800) consists of a high-performance, indirect distribution station; a paperboard inlay feeding unit; a highspeed Sigpack HRM flow-wrapping machine; and a flexible Sigpack TTM1 top-load cartoner. The optional paperboard inlay module, the Sigpack KA machine, forms flat, u- or o-shaped cardboard inlays, which are fed into the high-speed flow-wrapper. Equipped with an HPS high-performance splicer, the Sigpack HRM flow-wrapper can output up to 1,500 product/min. One of the highlights of the system, the Sigpack TTM1 top-load cartoner, stands out for its high level of product and format flexibility. In this configuration, the machine either loads the flow-wrapped products into 24-count display cartons or fills them directly into a work-in-process tray.










In the Confectionery Pavilion UPPER SOUTH HALL | BOOTH US-7201 A SWEET SPOT FOR NETWORKING Hosted by:

An integrated system for bar packaging consists of a high-performance, indirect distribution station, a paperboard inlay feeder, a high-speed flow-wrapper and a top-load cartoner.

Sponsored by:

The integrated bar system is equipped with mobile device-friendly Operations and Maintenance Assistants. Part of the Industry 4.0-based Digital Shopfloor Solutions portfolio, these user-friendly, intuitive assistants guide operators through operation and maintenance tasks. Dedicated project consulting services assist end users with planning, technology selection, system layout and service packages. One major area of expertise is sealing technology which depends on matching product and film characteristics. Sealing test labs help quantify the best option. Two machines on display showcase the company’s asset life continuation services, a refurbished JSL hand-sealing machine and a Stratus wrapper with a new control platform as well as a standalone overall equipment effectiveness dashboard. For more information, visit SD

Booth C-2800



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THE Candy Bar Lounge

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September 23, 2019

Egg processor cuts costs

Replacing labeling with thermal inkjet coding streamlines “Best Before” coding.


o reduce packaging costs and downtime, egg processor and packer DAVA Foods Sweden sought to replace its existing label printer/applicator machines with a direct marking system for “Best Before” date codes. Matthews Marking Systems (Booth C-1841) implemented a low-maintenance thermal inkjet (TIJ) printer with cartridge-based ink supply, controlled by the MPERIA platform, for ease of message creation, system control and future expandability. OBJECTIVE DAVA Foods Sweden washes, sorts and packs 1.5 million eggs/day on 17 production lines within its fully automated processing facility in Skara. The company was using label print-and-apply technology to imprint “Best Before” codes and tamp on self-adhesive labels. However, the system experienced frequent downtime for label replenishment and removal of the waste paper backing. It also required operators to change the messaging manually for each product run, a process prone to errors and subsequent rework. To minimize packaging costs, downtime and errors, the company sought alternatives. THERMAL INKJET Matthews Marking replaced the printer/applicators on all 17 lines with 25 easy-to-use VIAjet L-Series TIJs with 0.5-in.-tall printheads. Eight of the lines are equipped with two printheads, allowing DAVA Foods to run six- or 12-packs on the same line. The system marks the variable “Best Before” code directly on top of the egg packs at a high resolution (600 x 600 dots/in.) for maximum clarity and reaches speeds up to 1,200 ft./min. It also starts up and shuts down in seconds to minimize downtime. For gentle handling and to accommodate the height variations of the different egg packs, each printhead is attached to the line with a spring-mounted stand. Because the VIAjet L-Series printer utilizes a cartridge-based ink supply, it is inherently clean and nearly maintenance-free. The operator simply replaces the cartridge to refill the ink supply, a process that takes 10 to 20 sec. The cartridge format also eliminates the potential for clogs, spills and associated downtime for cleaning. All of the VIAjet L-Series printers are managed and controlled by Matthews’ MPERIA marking and coding automation platform. This allows an operator to change the messaging for each printer from a single location via a touchscreen graphical user interface. The MPERIA platform allows marking in multiple languages. Further, it supports future expansions, easily controlling and managing the addition of printheads or production lines should At DAVA Foods Sweden, Matthews’ MPERIA-driven VIAthroughput levels increase. jet L-Series TIJ system with cartridge-based ink supply


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PDC - the leading name in Shrink Sleeve Labeling and Tamper Evident Banding equipment.




Brands worldwide rely on rugged PDC machinery for maximum productivity and efficiency, 24/7/365 operation, and unrivaled longer lasting blade technology. Top consumer food, beverage and pharmaceutical brands rely on PDC’s smart tamper evident solutions as well as PDC’s “Total Sleeving Solution” for high performance, high volume and best overall value. Depend on the company that does more… and does it better: • PDC Machines – the toughest, most reliable workhorses on the market • Advanced Blade Technology – PDC Blades last months, not days • Full Vertical Integration from engineering to metal fabrication • State-of-the-Art Control Systems • The PDC Service Team – wherever and whenever needed • 50 Years of Innovation, Service and Reliability




marks 120,000 egg packs/printhead before the cartridge

must be changed. RESULTS By replacing the label printer/applicators with Matthews’ MPERIA-driven VIAjet L-Series TIJ systems, DAVA Foods Sweden significantly reduced packaging costs by eliminating the time and expense associated with handling labels. With the L-Series printer’s cartridge-based ink supply, the company now can mark 120,000 packs/printhead before the cartridge must be changed. Additionally, with the simple-to-navigate MPERIA system, operators can easily set up and edit manufacturing date and lot codes with minimal training, significantly reducing errors. For more information, visit SD


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September 23, 2019

Gerhard Schubert earns Factory of the Year honors Innovative strength and stringent processes impress the jury.


n its first entry into the Factory of the Year competition, Gerhard Schubert, the parent company of Schubert North America (Booth US-7649), earned the top prize for 2018 for its site in Crailsheim, Germany. The jury was especially impressed with the plant’s innovative capability, outstanding quality throughout the value chain and respectful treatment of employees. The eight jurors, drawn from the business and science worlds, highlighted the fact that Schubert thinks ahead in a way that is highly innovative, has high performance indicators and is driving digitalization forward with a clear strategy. This is precisely what led to the creation of the modular TLM packaging machines by the family business, founded in

Gerhard Schubert tailors packaging machines to customer requirements.

1966. With the modular concept, highly flexible solutions are tailored to the needs of each application whether it be a confectionery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or other product. Customer benefit is always the first priority. To produce high-quality, cost-effective systems, several factors, including materials management, logistics and final assembly, are continuously analyzed and optimized. An important factor here is the GRIPS management system—an in-house development, like so much at Schubert. This is the result of working “together toward innovation, processes and standards” (“Gemeinsam in Richtung Innovation, Prozesse und Standards”) in all areas and departments, as well as a clear digitalization strategy targeted at playing a pioneering role in all key technologies. This applies to IT systems as well as production technologies. The jury also noted the close collaboration between Gerhard Schubert and its suppliers. “We produce exclusively in Germany, as a matter of conviction, and we rely on long-term partnerships,” asserts Ralf Schubert, managing partner at Gerhard Schubert. “This creates trust and an ideal platform to ensure the flexibility we need,” he explains. Employees make a significant contribution to the company’s success. Close to 850 people now work at this award-winning location. The fact that Schubert offers them an excellent working environment is also reflected in length of service. As delighted as everyone may be with the award, for Gerhard Schubert, the jury’s feedback is an incentive to continue along the chosen path and pursue ongoing improvement.

The stringent production flow at Gerhard Schubert’s main production facility in Crailsheim impressed the jury in the Factory of the Year 2018 competition.

The Factory of the Year competition was initiated in 1992 by A.T. Kearney, an international consulting firm, in collaboration with the German trade magazine, Produktion. Since then, up to 100 manufacturing companies have participated in the benchmarking test each year. According to the initiators, it is considered to be the most stringent test in this area. Headquarters in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and a staff of at least 100 are prerequisites for participation. For more information, visit SD

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A revolution in linear transport systems: XTS NEXTSTEP The XTS advantage circulatory movement flexible modular system individually movable movers

User benefits reduced machine footprint software-based changeovers improved machine flexibility increased throughput shorter time to market Manufacturers around the world need to offer increasingly customized products – with machines that deliver reduced footprint and improved productivity. Available now in the U.S., the eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff answers these machine design challenges and more. In combination with PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology, the XTS features a high level of design freedom for machine builders to develop game-changing concepts for product transport, handling and assembly. A stainless steel hygienic XTS version is ideal for use in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Take your next step in machine design with XTS: total freedom of installation position compact design integrates directly into machinery freely selectable track geometries few mechanical parts and system components

See XTS live! Lower South Hall, Booth 6149

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SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019

Package the smart way Sustainable packaging – sustainable savings Eco-friendly Mono-material packaging

Program prepares vets for manufacturing jobs

Rockwell Automation takes on the skills gap with a program to upskill military veterans.


Economical Reduced investment costs Pioneering The packaging of the future

ur collective success hinges on having a highly skilled workforce to support the advanced technologies essential to future success. But the struggle to find candidates for these technology-based roles is real. In the U.S. alone, manufacturing is estimated to produce up to 3.5 million highly skilled roles over the next decade. But, more than half of these jobs are on track to go unfilled. A recent Manufacturing Institute study found 78% of manufacturing leaders believe the skills gap could negatively impact their ability to modernize operations. Brand owners are ready to innovate, modernize, improve and expand, but the worker shortage is stifling progress.

The intensive, 12-week AAM program certifies high-potential candidates as instrumentation, automation and controls technicians. They begin the program with some technical capability gained in their military roles but often have no idea what a programmable logic controller or human/machine interface is, let alone the complexities of industrial automation. By graduation day, participants have received hands-on lab and classroom-based training—a combination of advanced technology and soft skills that make these candidates uniquely qualified for success. At the same time the program provides training and opportunity to veterans, it helps participating companies offset the cost and risk associated with sourcing, recruiting, assessing, selecting and developing future-ready workers. Leading manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers and systems integrators have embraced the concept. When it comes to placement days at the conclusion of the program, interviews are held, and offers are made. In the program’s first two years, 94% of graduates have been placed in career-advancing jobs at salaries two- to three-times higher than before joining the program. Even better, several graduates have been promoted. The groundbreaking program not only helps to fill the talent and skills void critical to the future of manufacturing but also helps return the debt owed to the service people who’ve sacrificed for our country.

Noting he arrived knowing nothing about manufacturing, one AAM graduate says, “The AAM has been one of the most impactful opportunities that I have ever been given.”

A STRONG FOUNDATION Since the program’s inception in 2017, more than 125 military veterans have been upskilled for technical manufacturing careers. A strong start that unfortunately solves only a sliver of the skilled worker shortage. But, it sets a foundation for thousands to come downstream. It will take involvement from the entire packaging community to overcome the workforce challenges it faces, but efforts can begin today. Tonight’s annual PACK gives BACK™ event, featuring the Steve Miller Band, is sponsored by Rockwell Automation and benefits NS2 Serves, a nonprofit dedicated to helping recent U.S. military veterans transition from “combat boots to business suits.” Programs like the AAM and NS2 Serves and all of the global packaging industry leaders here today can help solve this challenge and fuel the growth and prosperity of veterans and the manufacturing sector. Applications for the AAM can be made online at For more information, visit SD

Las Vegas September 23–25, 2019 Lower South Hall, Booth LS-6766 Member of the Uhlmann Group

THE INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE A few years ago, Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462) saw the need to rapidly upskill the manufacturing workforce, as well as support the 200,000 veterans entering the workforce each year. Many veterans returning from service struggle to connect their military-based technical experience to the civilian workforce. The opportunity to support both manufacturing and U.S. military veterans and their families prompted what is today known as the Advanced Academy of Manufacturing, or the AAM. Established and operated by Rockwell Automation, in partnership with global workforce solutions leader ManpowerGroup, the AAM trains military veterans for today’s most in-demand manufacturing technology roles. As one AAM graduate recalls, “I left the military, and I felt lost. I had these amazing skills that could make me employable, but I wasn’t sure how to apply them in a civilian world.”


Lower TCO • Lower System Risk • Complete System FAT • Increased Labor Productivity

Allen Bradley Controls At Harpak-ULMA our aim is to deliver smart, connected packaging solutions across multiple packaging platforms. Our partnership with Rockwell Automation puts our customers in the lead of industrial transformation. Standardizing on Allen Bradley components, controls & software, drastically reduces training and labor costs. Monitor, alert and report on both the equipment itself and the production process. Go one step further and incorporate augmented reality to drastically reduce training and trouble shooting. More intelligent, more efficient, more connected!.

Medical Packaging The medical industry requires reliable, reproducible and traceable packaging solutions. Harpak-ULMA offers packaging solutions that meet all these standards, helping to provide maximum product protection, hermetic sealing, customizable package shapes, hygienic individual and multipacks, and easy-open options. With the industry trending towards fully-automated manufacturing facilities, Harpak-ULMA's vast knowledge has delivered successful installations by providing integrated solutions that are invaluable to our customers in the development of superior packaging systems that will drive down TCO and increase ROI.

Food Packaging Meat, cheese, poultry, produce, seafood, prepared meals, bakery items and snacks. No matter the product, you need packaging solutions that meet the most stringent requirements of quality, reliability and safety. Harpak-ULMA offers a full range of ULMA thermoformers, flow wrappers, vertical baggers, stretch overwrap, FLOW-VAC equipment, G. Mondini tray sealers and fillers. Our RAMA secondary packaging solutions and world acclaimed fully integrated production lines separate us from the pack.

Automation Harpak-ULMA offers fully integrated, automated packaging lines to help increase throughput, avoid lengthy changeovers, reduce defects, lower labor costs, avoid labor shortages, and create a safer work environment. Recently adding our new collaborative robots (Cobots) to our already robust automation platform is ideal for endof-line solutions. From simple single line applications to engineering complete factory integration, Harpak-ULMA can offer turnkey production lines. Proven, reliable, and efficient global solutions.

Come to Booth 6101 and ask our experts about how we can meet your packaging needs.

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September 23, 2019

Catalent builds track-and-trace records

Turnkey lines for vial and syringe filling suites deliver serialization compliance.


atalent Biologics, a leading provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for biologics, works closely with customers from early development through commercial supply. To comply with serialization regulations, Catalent’s team in Bloomington, Indiana, turned to Mettler-Toledo PCE, part of Mettler Toledo (Booth C-2023) for affordable track-andtrace solutions, which could be easily added to their vial and syringe packaging suites. Rebecca Book, senior process engineer at Catalent Biologics, recalls, “When we started researching serialization and aggregation solutions, our top considerations were compliance, cost, turnkey implementation, ease of use and customer service. We spoke with six . . . equipment suppliers, and Mettler-Toledo impressed us the most.” “One of the biggest reasons we went with Mettler-Toledo PCE is they offer turnkey lines— they provide everything, from the equipment and software to integration and support,” explains Edward Krause, principal manufacturing specialist at Catalent Biologics. “Since all our track-and-trace solutions come from one supplier and have similar user interfaces, it’s easy to train operators and troubleshoot,” he adds. The PCE-equipped line produces biologic products in vials from 2mL to 20mL and pre-filled syringes from 0.5mL long to 5mL standard. The vials and syringes are packed into cartons, and serialized data is printed directly on the side of each carton. Cartons can be aggregated directly into cases or first into bundles and then cases. Then cases are aggregated into pallets for shipping. “We chose a mixture of manual and automated track-and-trace systems to maximize our production flexibility and enable us to easily scale as we further automate parts of the line,” says Krause. To manage track-and-trace data, Catalent Bloomington installed PCE’s Site Manager Level 3 software, a central repository for serial numbers and other product, order and line information. The software interfaces with TraceLink, a multi-tenant cloud solution, for two-way communication between Catalent Bloomington and its customers. The Site Manager is connected to the vial and syringe packaging suites via PCE’s Line Manager Level 1-2 software, which sends order information to intelligent devices, including cameras, scanners and printers. In terms of equipment, the first track-and-trace step happens immediately after vials and syringes are packed into cartons. Here, the fully automated PCE T2620 DataMatrix station marks serialization information directly on each carton with an inkjet printer, and a PCE smart camera confirms the data is correct. If there are any errors, a PCE pneumatic reject device removes the carton from the line. “This system is great. It’s user-friendly and has fantastic

Catalent Biologics chose a mixture of manual and automated track-and-trace systems to maximize production flexibility and provide easy scalability as more of the line is automated.

accuracy . . . ,” says Abbi Coleman, equipment lead at Catalent Biologics. If needed, a PCE T2660 manual aggregation station aggregates cartons to bundles. The operator scans the 2D codes on the cartons to create parent-child relationships and record the serial information. A printer generates a serialized bundle label, and after the cartons are bundled, the label is manually applied. To aggregate cartons and bundles to cases, Catalent Bloomington selected the multiplecode-reading PCE T2650 shipping case station. Instead of manually scanning each carton or bundle, an entire layer is manually packed into the case, and a PCE high-resolution camera scans the 2D codes on all the cartons or bundles in the layer at once. After the case is filled and all the parent-child relationships are created, the printer generates a serialized case label. Cases then move to a second T2660 manual aggregation station, where they are aggregated to pallets for shipping. A third T2660 system, found offline, handles rework. “These incredibly versatile systems can handle our customers’ many products and package formats,” says Book. “We could actually aggregate at every step using a single manual aggregation station, but we chose to purchase three to increase our throughput.” Just upstream of its PCE track-and-trace systems, Catalent Bloomington relies on an XS3 checkweigher with a pneumatic push-arm reject device, both from

A Mettler-Toledo PCE T2660 manual aggregation station aggregates cartons to bundles. Other manual aggregation stations aggregate cases to pallets or handle rework.

Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed. By detecting any over- or under-filled cartons, it automatically removes any packages that may have missing or extra products or inserts. Approved cartons are conveyed to the DataMatrix station for serialization. “At the end of the day, the most important thing is that we’re fulfilling our commitments,” says Laine Mello, marketing specialist at Catalent Biologics. “We have a responsibility to be the very best partner . . . these track-and-trace systems from MettlerToledo PCE are essential for our success.” For more information, visit SD

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SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019

Machines locate contaminants

X-ray inspection and metal detection ensure only good product ships.


t becomes a bad day when a consumer detects a metal fragment or other contaminant in a product. Depending on the level and scope of the contamination, foreign material can cause illness, injury or even death, spawn a costly recall and damage brand reputation, perhaps irreparably. To minimize the risks, many firms install metal detectors and/or x-ray inspection systems. Current generation systems are more sensitive and efficient than ever and provide confidence that no flawed product goes out the door. The Ishida IX-EN-4093 x-ray detector from Heat and Control (Booth C-1623) balances sensitivity with minimal operating costs. This versatile machine handles a wider range of applications and easily adapts to any inspection scenario. Proven sensing technology provides one of the industry’s best ROIs. Product on the conveyor is irradiated with x-rays and images are received by the line sensor. Multi-level image processing software detects small nonmetallic contaminants (e.g., bone, glass, shell, plastic) and verifies weight and missing or defective product. Ishida’s patented Genetic Algorithm (GA) image-processing technology further enhances detection sensitivity. Many typical GA settings reside on the machine, but settings also can be customized. Up to two GA settings can exist at the same time. For metallic contamination, the CEIA THS/MS21 metal detector achieves the highest sensitivity by applying a broad spectrum of frequencies simultaneously and continuously. Unlike other multi-frequency detectors, which apply frequencies one-at-a-time, CEIA’s continuous inspection process accurately differentiates between metal contaminants and product effects without reducing sensitivity. By recognizing the different frequency response of conductive products and metals, this technology cancels product effect and maintains high-performance levels for all types of metal contaminants, both magnetic and non-magnetic. An autolearn function equates to the repetition of hundreds of conventional transits. It explores the whole spectrum of available frequency bands in order to determine the best operating conditions for optimum performance. For more information, visit SD

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September 23, 2019

KOCH celebrates 50 years

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he story of KOCH Maschinenbau began in 1969, when the company was founded by Dieter Koch in the Black Forest of Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany. In 1973, KOCH developed and presented its first form/fill/ seal machine paving the way to the diverse portfolio of individual sealing machines, high-performance blister machines and fully integrated packaging lines it offers today. The brand grew and established a location in the U.S. in 1996, now known as KOCH Packaging Systems (Booth LS-6766). Operations in countries such as France, India, Singapore and China followed. The KOCH team currently consists of more than 400 highly skilled staff members across the globe. In 2006, KOCH became a member of the Uhlmann Group and changed its name to KOCH Pac-Systeme. The company outgrew its original facility and relocated its headquarters to a larger building in Pfalzgrafenweiler in 2009. As business and staff continued to increase so did the headquarters with expansion projects in 2012, KOCH Pac-Systeme celebrates 50 years and is 2015 and 2019. expanding its headquarters for the third time in For more information, visit seven years. The latest project includes a new administration building. SD

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utomation technologies from Honeywell Intelligrated (Booth C-3136) monitor assets in real-time, maximize labor productivity and minimize downtime. Increasing productivity demands and diverse packaging requirements spur development of systems that are more robust, adaptable and flexible. Advanced diagnostics and predictive failure capabilities improve throughput rates and uptime. Palletizing and depalletizing robots, equipped with advanced diagnostics and predictive failure capabilities, work in tandem with the company’s Palmat conveyor. In a demo of voice-guided technology in collaboration with Fetch Robotics, mobile robots receive and transport cases to predetermined locations within the booth. Voice software also can be used to perform guided preventive maintenance inspections to prevent downtime. A Connected Assets demo highlights how enterprise-wide general asset management software integrates equipment and systems to increase overall productivity, throughput and reliability. An interactive demo of TechSight augmented-reality (AR) maintenance software helps decrease unplanned downtime and reduce service costs. Visitors may use smart glasses to interact with the company’s Tech Support team to solve a maintenance problem. For more information, visit SD

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The Forum debuts in Vegas Interactive discussions expand the free educational offerings presented on the show floor.


ACK EXPO Las Vegas adds more than a dozen educational opportunities with the debut of The Forum – An Industry Knowledge Exchange (Booth C-1053). Augmenting the schedule of presentations on the Innovation Stages (Booth C-1041, C-1045, C-1049, N-501), the free, 45-min. learning sessions focus on the latest industry trends and include activities, small group discussions and Q&A. More than a dozen sessions are scheduled. Speakers represent the Contract Packaging Association (CPA, Booth C-1359), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP, Booth C-1361), OMAC The Organization for Automation and Control (Booth C-1256), OpX Leadership Network (Booth C-Central Lobby), PMMI Business Intelligence and PMMI U (Central Lobby), the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1241). The Las Vegas launch of The Forum follows well-received introductions last year at PACK EXPO International (October 14-17, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago) and PACK EXPO East (April 16-18, 2018, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). For more information, visit SD

Not Invented Here? Contract Packagers Are a New Frontier for Leading Brands Seeking Innovation 10:30-11:15 AM Leading brands are turning to contract packaging partners as a source of product, process and packaging innovation. We will look at how, why and best practices from both sides. Leading CPG companies have never been more in need of innovation, fresh ideas and new products. A perfect storm of unrelenting cost costing, upstart brands siphoning off new high-margin markets, eCommerce pressures, private-label growth and morphing consumer trends is putting incredible pressure on brands. Carl Melville President The Melville Group on behalf of CPA

A Roadmap for Implementing Asset Reliability 11:30-12:15 PM Learn about the work product being developed by the OpX Leadership Network’s Asset Reliability Solutions Group. Discuss where you are on your asset reliability journey and learn how you can accelerate progress through a clearly defined business case for asset reliability, a robust roadmap and implementation plan for the most critical performance indicators of your asset reliability program. Stephen Schlegel Co-Managing Dir OpX Leadership Network

The Need for Education: Help Develop a Course for Medical Device Packaging Professionals 1:30-2:15 PM In this interactive session, members of IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee describe the need for experienced packaging engineers in the medical community and lead a discus-

sion designed to generate ideas for the outline of a packaging fundamentals curriculum for the medical device industry. Join us and pay it forward! Jennifer Benolken, CCPL MDM/Pharma Packaging Specialist Tyvek® DuPont Karen Greene, CPP President Life Pack Labs David DiVaccaro President DiVaccaro Consulting Group Jeff Schwartz Sr Packaging Engineer Boston Scientific

Using Multiple Modes of Safeguarding to Create a Safe Collaborative Application 2:30-3:15 PM Collaborative robots (cobots) often are marketed as being “safe” without any guarding or other safety devices. However, power- and force-limited cobots may not create a safe application. Multiple modes of safeguarding usually are required to provide acceptable levels of hazard reduction. We discuss how and when to use different strategies to implement a safe collaborative robot application. We will then work as a group to review an application and develop a safety design concept for it. Mark Lewandowski Robotics Innovation Leader Procter & Gamble on behalf of RIA

Identifying Applications and Justifying the Investment Cost of Robotics 3:30-4:00 PM Attendees will identify where the addition of robotics would most benefit their operation. They will then be guided to explore potential variables that could compose an ROI formula, emphasizing that criteria for each application and each company will be different. This will assist participants in evaluating ROI from angles they may not have considered.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 Addressing Transportation Questions in Today’s Ever-Changing Marketplace 10:30-11:15 AM Experts in transportation methods will provide advice on how to select and test packaging. In addition to eCommerce, packaging designs must meet requirements for other types of transportation on a global platform; it must be cost-efficient to optimize ever-increasing transportation costs. We discuss key considerations to determine the type of packaging and testing you should perform to ensure your package is delivered intact to your customer. Brian Stepowany Sr Mgr, Packaging R&D B&G Foods

Global Packaging Challenges to Achieve Sustainability 11:30-12:15 PM When it comes to the environmental impacts of our products, a focus on packaging sometimes makes it hard to see the forest for the trees. The trend toward sustainability is an important influence on the packaging industry. Pierre Pienaar, president of the World Packaging Organisation, shares his ideas and convictions as to what can, quite simply, solve the global plastic issue and thus make our planet more sustainable. Pierre Pienaar President World Packaging Organisation


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 Hiring and Retaining Your Workforce in Today’s Economy 1:30-2:15 PM In this interactive presentation, discuss industry best practice for hiring, and retaining talent. We will look at how the skills gap has forced companies to consider previously overlooked demographics as well as how competition for limited available talent has affected hiring practices. Additionally, we will discuss best practices for retaining employees as well as how to prepare for impending retirements. The session features survey results from PMMI’s 2019 Education and Workforce Development Best Practices report. Stephan Girard Sr Dir, Education & Workforce Development PMMI

Driving Innovation from Your Seat on the Bus 2:30-3:15 PM In this session we will break into three groups —marketing, package engineering and procurement—to work through a case example of digital print implementation. The exercise will help us learn to collaborate in creative ways to meet multiple functional objectives. Session leaders are packaging pros who are working together to complete a similar project. You will hear about their successes and challenges and learn tips for high-level collaboration and execution. Nikki Johnson Exec VP Revenue Kala on behalf of CPA

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Beginning with the End in Mind: Avoiding Later-Stage Problems Through Better Upfront Thinking in RFP 3:30-4:00 PM Getting input from all stakeholders involved in a capital equipment purchase earlier and more often is critical to a successful outcome. Discuss the most significant challenges faced in generating effective Requests for Proposal (RFP) and learn about the seven key components of an effective RFP from the OpX Leadership Network’s RFP Guidelines for CPG Industry—from invitation to participate to performance criteria—as potential solutions to these challenges. Stephan Perry Co-Managing Dir OpX Leadership Network

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 Line Speed Center-Lining: Getting the Most Out of the Packaging Assets You Already Have 10:30-11:15 AM An interactive discussion of the concept and application of Line Speed Center-Lining to enable production facilities to get the most out of the equipment they have and make the most of upcoming purchases. Session covers the interaction of the various machines and components on a packaging-

line and the holistic technical strategies necessary to ensure optimal overall line performance. Ronald Mac Donald Expert Engineer, Global Transversal Technology Unit Nestlé Research

Calculating TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) to Better Understand the “Big Picture” 11:30-12:15 PM There’s more than the tip of the iceberg when calculating the true cost of capital assets. Utilizing the OpX Leadership Network’s Total Cost of Ownership Playbook learn about the critical components of acquisition costs and operating costs while applying them in a case example. Bryan Griffen Dir of Industry Services PMMI

Packaging as a Marketing Tool 1:30-2:15 PM Beyond its important functional role, packaging is an important marketing tool because it reflects the brand’s identity, image, message and qualities. Good packaging design differentiates. Package color, structural design, ergonomic shape, size, physical materials, feasibility, sustainability, label information and typography must be considered. However, before the design process starts, it is imperative the company’s marketing strategy and message for the consumer is understood. Soha Atallah VP World Packaging Organisation SD

Standard-Knapp celebrates 125 years Veteran provider of end-of-line packaging equipment partners with EoL Packaging to extend its global reach.


tandard-Knapp (Booth C-3800) recently announced an agreement to partner with EoL Packaging Experts, an international market leader in end-of-line packaging systems for the food and beverage industries. The EoL portfolio includes A+F Automation + Fördertechnik, a German manufacturer of secondary packaging equipment, founded in 1974. The merger creates a globally active leader for end-of-line packaging machinery and systems and marks the latest milestone in Standard-Knapp’s long history. Standard-Knapp’s roots stretch back 125 years to 1894 and can be traced to the founding of the Fred H. Knapp Company. In 1895, the Knapp Boxer, a hand-operated machine designed to pack cans, was perfected. It did its job so well that, as late as 1901, the Knapp Boxer was the only machine of its

kind in the world. In 1931, Fred H. Knapp Compa- dedicated to finding faster, easier and more econy merged with Standard Sealing, a manufacturer nomical ways to meet the needs of the packaging of paper-cutting and case-sealing equipment, to be- industry. come known as the now-familiar Standard-Knapp. For more information, visit Increased demand for its products forced the SD company to expand its facilities. In 1940, Standard-Knapp relocated to its present location in Portland, Connecticut. The company has since become a major presence in Portland with substantial local employment. Standard-Knapp remains a leading provider of case packers, tray packers, shrink wrappers and bundlers. Innovation is still a pri- Standard-Knapp ranks as one of the oldest packaging machinery ority with development programs companies exhibiting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

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September 23, 2019

Advanced drum motor technology saves space and energy Drum motor overcomes shortcomings of traditional motor and gear drive technology for conveyors.


n packaging and food processing, the traditional motor and gear drive that power belt conveyors pose the biggest challenge of successful deployment because the bulky systems occupy valuable space outside the conveyor frame, require regular monitoring and maintenance, consume high levels of energy and are unsanitary and hazardous. Drum motors from VDG (Van der Graaf, Booth LS-5984) remove these drawbacks, increase operator safety and reduce energy. Its compact, streamlined design encloses all moving parts inside the drum, including the motor and gear drive, eliminating all externally mounted components. The drum motor is maintenance-free, has 96% mechanical efficiency and a substantially longer life cycle when compared with traditional drives. Designed specifically for the packaging industry, the recently launched IntelliDrive™ drum motor features permanent magnet motor technology

and a variable frequency drive integrated inside the motor junction box or i-Controller. The IntelliDrive™ provides conveyor drive data feedback and easily controls belt speed either remotely or directly at the drum motor. For food processing plants where sanitation is paramount, the VDG SSV Sanitary all 316-stainless steel drum motor features an IP69K sealing system that withstands washdown pressure up to 3,000 psi. The continuous profiled SSV design has the belt profile machined directly onto the drum to drive modular, wire belt and monolithic thermoplastic conveyor belts without the use of sprockets, reducing washdown time, elimi-

nating foreign material contamination and increasing the overall level of sanitation and efficiency. VDG’s in-house research, development, manufacturing and engineering, coupled with a global footprint of manufacturing facilities and service centers across the U.S., Canada and Europe, ensures quality control and fast delivery. For more information, visit SD VDG’s SSV Sanitary Series all 316-stainless steel drum motor withstands washdown pressure up to 3,000 psi.

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September 23, 2019

AstroNova marks golden anniversary

Expanded product line helps celebrate 50 years in business.


stroNova® (Booth C-3906, N-413) unveils several additions to its QuickLabel®, TrojanLabel® and GetLabels® lineup to help celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The QL-300 printer reportedly ranks as the world’s first five-color toner-based tabletop label printer with the capability of printing in white plus the four process colors. Adding white enables printing on a variety of transparent, colored and metallic paper and synthetic label materials in a single pass. Another tabletop, the newly released QL-120X digital label printer, reproduces vibrant, durable color labels. A highly efficient ink laydown process and economical ink cartridges deliver superb print quality while printing labels at a savings of up to 35% over pigment-based color labeling technologies, resulting in significant cost savings over the life of the printer. Rounding out the QuickLabel additions, the QL-850 wide-format desktop printer fits small workspaces. A new, durable, moisture-resistant dye-based ink coupled with various media-handling enhancements provide a higher level of reliability and continuous production printing of low- or high-volume runs. TrojanLabel introduces two products, the world’s first narrow-format, water-based inkjet press, the T2-L model, and the T3-OPX overprinter. Designed for flexible packaging, the T2-L press represents AstroNova’s first system for this packaging format. It accommodates short-run flexible packaging needs and prints variable data. Inline heat-sealable cold lamination enables the production of

food-safe flexible packaging, prevents ink migration when the material is rewound and allows for seamless print and pack. Environmentally friendly Natura™ inks, which are formulated with nearly 70% water and free of reactive and prohibited chemicals, represent a safe choice for food labeling. The T3-OPX overprinter, the next-generation of the T3 model, offers longer printhead life, integrated material cleaner, aerosol filters and an extended direct print area (11.95 in.). Automatic print height calibration detects the thickness of the paper bag, paperboard carton or other material being printed. Resulting print exhibits higher resistance to both water and sunlight. A onebox system, the T3-OPX overprinter readily mounts above conveyers. GetLabels, AstroNova’s supplies business, offers label materials, substrates and adhesives for all major printer brands. An onsite Materials Research Laboratory tests and qualifies each material and adhesive to ensure optimum performance for the application and on the designated printer. With a growing catalog of materials, GetLabels provides options for harsh environments, durable goods, frozen products and virtually any other application and seamlessly provides customization and die cutting. For more information, visit SD The QL-120X label printer offers longer printhead life and the industry’s best extended two-year warranty.

The QL-300 label printer prints in five colors, cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white.

AstroNova enters the flexible packaging arena with the launch of its T2-L press.


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September 23, 2019

Prepare for the next step . . .

When a change of direction is needed, turning systems reorient product.


roduct turners rotate, turn or orient objects, boxes, cases, shrink-wrapped bulk product and other items to a specified degree to meet requirements for the next function on a production line. Most common is the 90-degree turn, but other angles are possible. Most turning devices can be adjusted or removed when a turn is not required.

Product turning systems from Multi-Conveyor (Booth C-1715) include: l Bump turns l Dual-lane conveyor product tuners l Product pushers l Angled roller belts Bump turns are a cost-effective turning option.


A simplistic roller arm (bump turn) can be fixed or adjustable—even removable—as needed. Bump turns are most commonly used in low-rate applications that do not handle a wide range of product sizes. This is an extremely economical box- and case-turning device. Dual-lane product turners rely on two belts that simply adjust the speeds of the side-by-side opposing conveyor belts to cause the individual product, box or case to rotate. The dual-belt product turner requires belts running at two different speeds that are set by trial-and-error, depending on product size and weight. One belt runs faster than the other to rotate the product, with adjustments for an adequate gap between products to ensure turning without product collision.

Bump turns are most commonly used in low-rate applications that do not handle a wide range of product sizes.

Product pushers (or 90-degree product transfers) are used when the application requires a change in orientation from the narrow-edge-leading from the upstream equipment to wide-edge-leading for the downstream equipment. Angled roller technology allows products to rest on free-spinning angled rollers rather than on the belt surface. These rollers extend above and below the belt surface and are positioned at an angle in relation to the direction the belt travels. Rollers that are activated by the carry way surface below move products across the direction of roller orientation rather than the direction of driver travel. This approach is used to slide, merge, divert, sort, turn and transfer products as required.

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PRODUCT ORIENTATION In addition to general product-turning options, Multi-Conveyor designs and engineers custom orientation systems. Conveyors can grip, rotate, invert, flip, sort, index and perform other actions. Technologies may include grippers, starwheels, box flippers and other devices. For more information, visit multi-media-center/videos/emodule/602/egallery/7. SD

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Detectors minimize false rejects Fewer false rejects mean less food waste.


n North America, food accounts for 21% of the waste stream, more than any other single material in everyday trash destined for landfills and incinerators, according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Although much of this discarded food can be attributed to consumers, surprisingly, 60% of North America’s overall waste is said to occur at the production-to-retail phase. (1) Indicative of the seriousness of these losses, reductions in food waste play a prime role in the USDA’s and EPA’s U.S. 2030 Food Waste Loss and Reduction Goal. (2) With the target to reduce food waste by 50% during the next 15 years, Fortress Technology (Booth C-1951) unveils several inspection systems designed to cut waste at the manufacturing level. Taking center stage is the space-saving multiaperture metal detector. Rather than channeling multiple lanes through a single metal detector, one Stealth metal detector is mounted across three conveyor lines. Each conveyor has its own British Retail Consortium-approved reject system, and each aperture operates like a standalone metal detector. So if a contaminated product is identified, only the faulty product is rejected, not the whole row. Each aperture is sized as closely as possible to the product. As a result, the system is more sensitive to smaller metal particles and copes better with orientation and product effect. Fortress also has collaborated with Sparc Systems to design a five-aperture metal detector combined with a fivelane checkweigher to reduce product giveaway and under-filling.

Another groundbreaking metal detector, the Interceptor DF model, introduced last year at PACK EXPO International (Oct. 14-17, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago), has been well-received internationally. Inspecting low-profile, high-value foods vertically and horizontally at the same time, the Interceptor DF metal detector increases the probability of identifying and rejecting products containing

non-spherical metals by more than 100%, including difficult-to-spot flat metal flakes. This increased sensitivity also helps to eliminate false rejects. For more information, visit SD 1 2





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September 23, 2019

Living up to the promise of mechatronics Combining rotary and linear motion shrinks footprint, revolutionizes drive technology, enhances flexibility.


ow available in the U.S., the EtherCAT-enabled eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff Automation (Booth LS-6149) combines the advantages of rotary and linear motion principles into a modular platform. With its compact, flexible design, the advanced mechatronic system can reduce machine footprint up to 50%. The XTS contains all functions necessary to support efficient integration for motion-control applications. With attached mechanical guide rails, XTS motor modules feature directly integrated power electronics, EtherCAT communication and position measurement. An unlimited number of wireless XTS movers can be controlled with high dynamics at up to 4 m/s on extremely customizable paths. By harnessing the flexibility and scalability of EtherCAT, personal computer-based control and TwinCAT 3 automation software from Beckhoff, the XTS enables flexible mass production down to Batch Size: One for the smart factories of today. “The launch of XTS in the U.S. will provide significant opportunities for customers in numerous industries to boost throughput, shrink machine footprint and increase flexibility while eliminating time-consuming mechanical changeovers,” says Kevin Barker, president of Beckhoff Automation, predicting, “This mechatronic system will be a key innovation driver for all companies that use it.”

THE COMPONENTS Simple XTS motor modules form a complete unit with the movers and guide rails. The desired geometries, lengths and radii are determined by the number and type of components selected with various options for 22.5-, 45and 180-degree modules to enable circle, clothoid and S-curve configurations as well as open straight segments. Motor modules contain electromagnetic coils and all other active functions necessary for operation. The only further requirements are a power supply and EtherCAT connection. Motor modules contain no moving parts and, thus, are not susceptible to wear. The XTS movers contain magnetic plates that, together with the coils in the motor modules, generate propulsive forces. Movers absorb and compensate for the attractive forces of the magnets on both sides. As a result, the rollers, composed of low-wear plastic, can move at high speeds with acceleration greater than 100 m/s2. A mechanically robust encoder flag communicates mover position to the motor modules. INTELLIGENT MATERIAL The XTS presents unlimited possibilities for diverse applications, but is particularly well-suited to high-speed material handling: l Optimize irregular product flows to constant intervals and speeds l Clamp and move products l Pick up, transport and discharge products l Manipulate products: lift, close, rotate, tighten caps l Process products one at a time or in parallel in groups l Integrate with robotics in real-time via EtherCAT For more information, visit SD

A modular mechatronic XTS features customizable movers, guide rails and motor modules with flexible, dynamic control via EtherCAT and TwinCAT 3 automation software.

NEW LINEAR MOTION PRINCIPLE The application possibilities of the XTS are virtually limitless: Movers can accelerate, brake, position and synchronize themselves on the fly with automatic collision avoidance provided by TwinCAT 3 software. They can take up absolute positions and positions relative to each other; they can group themselves and accumulate; they can create clamping forces in motion, drive through curves and along straights, recover energy through regenerative braking and use both the return and outward paths for transport purposes. This revolutionary linear motor principle unlocks possibilities in drive technology: lL inear motor characteristics with unlimited movers on an endless path l Low machine footprint and power requirements lS imple implementation of complex handling and transport tasks l Low project engineering and assembly expenditure

Beckhoff’s XTS suits applications with continuous product flow and offers significant competitive advantages in terms of energy efficiency and reduction in machine footprint.



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September 23, 2019

Tool supports remote access

Software helps ensure safe remote diagnostics and support.


he new Remote Equipment Access: Options Analysis tool from the OpX Leadership Network (Central Lobby) provides a common understanding of industry methodologies for remotely accessing equipment installed in manufacturing facilities. Based on the collective experience of the OpX Leadership Network’s Remote Equipment Access

Solutions Group, this discussion tool is available for free download. It was created to help production teams consider approaches for enabling access to equipment for diagnosis, potential repair and performance improvements from remote suppliers. Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies as well as their suppliers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and service providers can benefit

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from understanding how to evaluate the skills required, costs, reliability and security needed to enable safe and secure remote equipment diagnostics and assistance. “While the technologies enabling remote equipment access have been present for some time, adoption has been slow,” says Christopher Hough, GM, Zarpac (Booth C-3418), now ZPI, part of ProMach Performance Services. “The OpX Leadership Network’s new solution can help bridge the gap and provide guidance on remote equipment access options,” he explains. Convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the OpX Leadership Network was founded in 2011 to ensure CPG companies and OEMs are well-connected and well-prepared to solve common operational challenges, make smarter decisions and achieve operational excellence. For more information, visit SD

PMMI sets dates for 2020 show


ACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO return to McCormick Place in Chicago (Nov. 8–11, 2020) and are forecast to be bigger than ever. The biennial trade shows focus on the latest developments in packaging and converting machinery, materials, packages and containers and components and count the most prominent companies in the industry as exhibitors. The October 2018 edition of PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO set a record for floor space, 1,249,751 net sq. ft., to rank fifth in the 2018 Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows, beating its sixth-place finish in 2016. “The TSNN Top Trade Shows list is an all-star collection of the biggest and best exhibitions of the previous year, and we are proud to again be recognized among North America’s trade show giants,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of shows. “This honor is a testament to PACK EXPO’s status as the premier resource for the latest innovations in packaging, an industry that is growing at a rapid pace,” he concludes. For more information, visit, SD

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Italian firms travel to Vegas


ollowing last year’s success in Chicago, the Italian packaging machinery industry returns to PACK EXPO. Coordinated by UCIMA - Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (C-1356) and the Italian Trade Agency (US-7734), top Italian companies are showcasing advanced, intelligent and interconnected energy-saving equipment, which combines

practicality, sustainability and low cost. The technological mix also includes automation and robotics. At its institutional lounge, UCIMA (Booth C-1356) is distributing the English edition of Packmedia Selection magazine. Tailored to the U.S. and Mexican markets, content includes sections on design, engineering, statistics and technology. The Italian packaging machinery industry ranks

Services boost uptime

among the world’s leading suppliers with turnover of $8.63 billion in 2018 (up 9.4% from 2017) including $6.8 billion from exports (up 9%). Its biggest market is the U.S. with a market share of 21.9% and sales of $743.4 million in 2018 (up 31% from the previous year). For more information, visit, SD



multifaceted aftermarket program from Brenton, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3025), reduces downtime and increases the flexibility of end-of-line machines via tailored spare parts kits, equipment audits, video-based training and retrofits. Addressing two of the most common replacement areas on a machine, Brenton offers the Pneumatic Repair Kit and the Electric Cable Repair Kit. The custom-designed parts kits reduce downtime from days or hours to minutes. Following a request for an audit, a Brenton aftermarket representative visits the facility to evaluate equipment without causing downtime. Within two weeks of the audit, the end user receives a service report covering the equipment’s operational status and opportunities for improving overall equipment effectiveness.

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Addressing two of the most common replacement areas on a machine, Brenton offers the Pneumatic Repair Kit and the Electric Cable Repair Kit.

A new series of training videos serve as a proactive response to today’s tight labor market and high rates of staff turnover. Prepared by PMMI-certified trainers, the videos give end users greater flexibility in staff assignments on end-of-line Brenton machines. The videos quickly familiarize novices with the basics of the machine’s operation and can serve as a refresher for more experienced personnel. Retrofitting new components is another way to improve machine performance and boost production without investing in new machines or lines. For more information, visit SD



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September 23, 2019

Growing strong at 20

Packaging assumes greater share of the business.


ounded in 1999 by a close-knit three-person team comprising Michael Elent, his younger brother Felix and long-time family friend and colleague Valeri Bialler, Nuspark (Booth C-5433) has grown impressively during its relatively brief time in the Canadian packaging machinery marketplace with a 20% annual growth rate until the onset of the Great Recession in 2008. With the economic recovery, Nuspark returned to its fast-growing ways and has been expanding at a rate of 15%/year since 2011, while boosting its packaging industry portfolio—now accounting for about 70% of total revenue. The company serves a global market with machine installations in 14 countries with the U.S. market generating about half of Nuspark’s annual revenue. Now working from a new 46,000-sq.-ft. headquarters and manufacturing facility in northern Toronto, the company employs about 70 full-time people—including several fully accredited professional engineers—to produce a steadily expanding range of automatic, high-performance case- and tray-packers, vertical and horizontal cartoners, case erectors and trayformers and turnkey lines for high-throughput applications in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal-care industries “All the electrical assembly and wiring is done right here at the factory, and all the machine frames are also fabricated in-house,” says Nuspark GM Boris Motskin, who joined Nuspark a few years after graduating in 2008 from Ryerson University in Toronto with a degree in aerospace engineering. “Doing a lot of business in the food industry, we often get asked by clients about how . . . [frames] are welded, if they are fully welded, if they’re washdown-ready and so on,” Motskin relates. To give end users peace-of-mind, Nuspark welds, cleans and polishes all frames in-house. Most are constructed of high-grade stainless steel to ensure optimal hygienic standards. A network of nearby manufacturing vendors and service providers produce 80% to 90% of the custom-designed parts and subassemblies that go into each machine, using CNC machining, 3D printing, laser- and waterjet-cutting and other advanced manufacturing technologies. Best-of-breed automation components and systems are supplied by global manufacturers including programmable logic controllers and drives from Bosch Rexroth, robotics from FANUC America (Booth C-1651), electrical components and relays from Schneider Electric (Booth C-1560), human/machine interface (HMI) terminals and distributed inputs/outputs from B&R Industrial Automation (Booth C-2058), pneumatic components and controls from SMC Corp. of America (Booth LS-6169) and Festo (Booth LS-6349) and safety curtains from Omron (Booth LS-5970). Motskin notes that virtually every machine shipped these days comes standard with all the required DNP circuitry and wiring to enable remote machine troubleshooting and diagnostics from virtually any place with an Internet connection. As Motskin relates, the company’s familiarity and comfort levels with new generation automation technologies is rooted in the extensive combined engineering knowledge shared by the company’s founding partners—acquired at leading technical institutes and academies of the former Soviet Union—who all moved abroad soon after the country’s 1991 breakup and the outset of a chaotic transition to a market economy. Adds Michael Elent: “We are rather blessed in having so much engineering know-how at our disposal. Whereas the industry norm is having about 10% of the workforce as engineers, our 16 engineers account for 25% of our staff.” Motskin continues, “Having such a strong engineering team gives us a competitive advantage in respect to speedy product development and further refinement of the high-quality case packers, cartoners, tray packers and many types of custom products we produce here.” Regardless of the machine, Nuspark stresses a streamlined appearance and hygienics. “The simplicity of use is another key selling point,” says Motskin. He adds, “The way we conceptualize and configure all the automation components in the machine is all geared toward optimal operator-friendliness and elimination of manual steps from the process to achieve greater productivity. Our equipment is fundamentally very simple because it has to be. For about 90% of the machines we build, the operator will use only one screen to monitor the full process, so it’s not even a full-time job for them.” An example Motskin cites is a U.S.-based national cream cheese processor that installed a turnkey two-line case-packing system that is capably overseen by a single operator each shift, compared to the four operators required previously.

Downstream, a high-payload palletizing robot from FANUC America rapidly stacks trays of bagged almonds retailed by a leading club store chain.

A high-speed cartoning machine custom-designed by Nuspark for packaging single-serve coffee pods incorporates a Bosch Rexroth servo motor/drive control system and aluminum structural framing and linear guides to ensure consistently high performance with superior precision and repeatability.

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A custom-designed robotic workcell forms corrugated trays which are automatically loaded with large bags of almonds by two high-speed FANUC America pick-and-place robots.

Always keen to stay on top of industry trends, Nuspark is enhancing its machines with the requisite data sourcing and mining capabilities needed for successful Industry 4.0 methodology implementation. “This is one of the reasons we decided to standardize all our machines with the B&R industrial personal-computer (PC)-based HMIs,” Motskin explains. He says, “It gives users the flexibility to install any auxiliary software they need to upgrade their systems management, be it to implement a new diagnostics software, to hook up to a database or to process and analyze incoming machine information. The thing about Industry 4.0 is that it all comes down to the user—whether . . . they see value in having access to all that information.” He continues, “Manufacturers in many industries can achieve good results from obtaining useful real-time machinery data that will maximize their equipment uptime, and what we do is facilitate the effective machine interconnectivity they will need to make it happen.” This machine interconnectivity becomes an even more important consideration as the company moves to provide more customized turnkey systems incorporating machines and subsystems from other manufacturers and vendors. Motskin concludes, “Our company is built on a tradition of continuous improvement and product innovation and with the motivated, highly talented workforce at our disposal, there is really no limit to what we can achieve in coming years. We have already achieved a lot in a fairly brief time, but for all intents and purposes we’re really just getting started.” For more information, visit,,, Eriez_PMMIAd9_19.qxp_Layout 1 8/22/19 8:03 AM Page 1,,, SD


Founding partners (l-r) Valeri Bialler, Michael Elent and Flex Elent stand before a fully automated packaging workcell custom-designed for a U.S.-based nut processor.

Editor’s note: The original version of this article appeared in the July/August 2018 edition of Canadian Packaging.

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September 23, 2019

CCC student receives scholarship Dorner awards $2,000 in memory of Richard C. Ryan.


he Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, sponsored by Dorner Mfg. (Booth C-1844), has been awarded to Jacob Gaspari, a mechatronics student at Columbus Community College (CCC). Gaspari is the latest winner of this scholarship, meeting rigorous criteria including a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a demon-

strated commitment to excellence in the packaging industry and a history of extracurricular involvement at CCC. Applicants also are required to write an essay describing their career goals in the packaging field. This $2,000 scholarship, established in honor of Richard C. Ryan, the former president and CEO of


Dorner, who passed away suddenly in September 2012, is awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any school partnered with PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). Ryan was a member of the PMMI Board of Directors and was an advocate of lifelong learning. This commitment to education and PMMI inspired the creation of a scholarship in his name. “Year after year we are impressed with the quality of applicants for the Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship,” says Matt Jones, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Dorner. He adds, “Their personal commitment to education and self-improvement embodies the characteristics we seek in the candidates for this scholarship. It makes the job of selecting only one [recipient] even more difficult.” The Richard C. Ryan Scholarship is one of several scholarships awarded or administered each year by the PMMI Foundation, which provides more than $200,000 in funds for students of PMMI Education Partners. Funds come from several sources including proceeds from events like The Amazing Packaging Race and the CareerLink LIVE @ PACK EXPO interview and networking session. For more information, visit SD

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Prototyping service relies on 3D printing


3D-printed tool prototyping service from Maruho Hatsujyo Innovations (MHI, Booth N-544) dramatically reduces the cost of metal tooling. The quick turnaround service produces usable tooling from a 3D image in days rather than weeks. Perfect for use in test situations, 3D-printed prototypes can eliminate long turnaround times and significantly cut costs. The new service expedites production of sample blister cavities that are nearly identical to final production. For more information, visit SD

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Weigher sets standards for salad

Optimized multihead weigher handles sensitive, adherent product.


eighing salad mechanically presents great challenges. The highly sensitive product adheres to numerous surfaces and must meet the toughest hygiene requirements. To address these needs, MULTIPOND, parent company of MULTIPOND North America (Booth LS-6532) has optimized its MP-16-3800-1250-J multihead weigher. It offers an output of up to 100 weighings/min., with the highest degree of accuracy. The salad weigher combines the hygiene and leak-tightness qualities of the J-Generation system with optimizations for the salad sector. The proven system quickly pays for itself. The distribution cone and feed trays have the tried and proven stepped profile. This patented innovation enormously improves product conveying characteristics. Even adherent products can be conveyed in a controlled manner. The surface profile combined with a refined, significantly stronger feed tray drive and a special inclination angle of the feed trays are the basis for trouble-free, gentle conveying, which in turn results in the highest accuracy and speed.

The MULTIPOND salad weigher satisfies the most demanding hygiene requirements worldwide. Designed in accordance with USDA and European Hygienic Engineering Design Group directives, machine cleaning is simple, fast and reliable. An IP69 rating ensures compatibility with high-pres-

sure cleaners. MULTIPOND reportedly is the only manufacturer of multihead weighers that achieves this protection category without generating overpressure in the machine. Compressed air is not required. For more information, visit SD

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To further improve product flow, the weigher is equipped with two 3D cameras. These cameras tell the software how the products are arranged on the distribution cone and feed trays. Using this information, the multihead weigher automatically implements measures to ensure uniform product distribution and to resolve any problems, such as pieces of salad that have become stuck. Fragmented product distributions on the distribution cone and feed trays are diagnosed and resolved accordingly.

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September 23, 2019

X-ray inspection checks snacks

Quality control efforts reflect firm’s triple bottom line philosophy


utradried Creations, Blaine, Washington, uses state-of-the-art technology to create shelf-stable, healthy snacks derived from natural, whole foods. Focused on more than turning a profit, its mission is to create a triple bottom line—people, planet, profit—by selling environmentally and socially responsible products that deliver the best nutrition possible to consumers. Purchasing focuses on ethical ingredients that are fairly traded, and the company partners with organizations like Agros International, a Seattle-based nonprofit that helps poor, rural farmers purchase their own land through low-interest or interest-free loans. With Agros, Nutradried Creations helped develop 42 villages, aiding 24,000 farmers and fostering generational change. To help achieve its triple bottom line goals, the company needs vendors it can trust. THE HACCP CHALLENGE In addition to new customer expectations, Nutradried Creations must comply with a higher compliance bar set by the FDA in recent years. Perhaps the most significant are the much tougher Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) requirements. When inspectors come calling, they expect to

X-ray inspection meets regulatory requirements and gives customers confidence.

our customers to have confidence in doing business with us,” he explains.

Nutradried Creations produces shelf-stable, healthy snacks from natural, whole foods.

find strong evidence that a hazard analysis has been completed and critical control points have been identified and are monitored and that corrective action protocols are in place to ensure the HACCP system functions as intended. “We need to provide our customers with the absolute security that the products we make for them are safe with no foreign contaminants,” says Nutradried Creations Plant Manager Phil Fraley. To ensure product quality, his team evaluated nine x-ray suppliers. “We spent about 12 hr. going through the capabilities for each,” he reports. Another four hours was spent putting together spreadsheets and a recommendation in favor of the Sesotec equipment for a presentation to Nutradried Creations’ owners. Ultimately, many things set Sesotec (Booth LS-5911) apart from the pack, but Fraley cites one example: A commitment to quality training. “Sesotec included quality training in their fees and provided us with a great machine,” he reports, noting competitors wanted to charge up to $5,000 to provide training. Sesotec’s inspection equipment complies with HACCP and other requirements. This gives Nutradried Creations more confidence when preparing for an inspection or customer audit. “We want to be ready,” says Fraley. “We want

X-RAY INSPECTION In addition to detecting metal contamination, the Raycon x-ray inspection systems can complete more advanced product analysis to identify foreign materials like glass, ceramic, stone and bone that other systems might miss. The Raycon unit detects high-density plastics such as polyvinyl chloride and natural rubber and can locate product defects including cracks, missing components and underweight packs. Packaging components such as aluminum clips on sausage chubs or aluminum pie plates can be masked as needed. Edge filter technology analyzes and compensates for dense packaging edges in metal cans or carton walls, yet still finds foreign material at these edges. So 100% package inspection is always taking place. Software delivers a number of advantages. Real-time, solid-state flash memory means no longer having to account for error-prone spinning hard drives. A Linux operating system—known the world over as an extremely robust industrial platform—allows for the full processing horsepower of a dedicated image analysis computer to find the smallest foreign material in a food product. Finally, the electronic design is modular and rugged; no uninterruptable power supply is required for system protection and access is easy for lower cost of ownership. THE FUTURE Because of its partnership with Sesotec, the company is pursuing larger partners, including private labels. Fraley predicts, “This represents a potentially big growth opportunity for Nutradried Creations. We benefit from working with partners who share our commitment to doing things well and doing them right.” Fraley and the team at Nutradried Creations remain committed to providing high-quality products that benefit people all over the globe. Working with a partner like Sesotec, they are confident they’ll achieve their goals. For more information, visit SD



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September 23, 2019

Shrink sleeve labeling 101

Successful applications depend on matching equipment and label materials to the product.


hrink sleeve labeling has become one of the fastest-growing trends in packaging over the last few decades. Shrink sleeves decorate a multitude of products across many industries, including food, beverages and pharmaceuticals, as well as personal and household items. Much has

been written about the benefits of shrink sleeve labeling, such as the ease of adding tamper evidence, as well as the boost it can give to brand awareness and shelf appeal for consumers via great graphic possibilities. Here’s how shrink sleeve labeling works.

TYPES OF APPLICATIONS The first thing to understand is the different types of shrink sleeve applications—full body, partial body or full body with tamper evidence. Fullbody shrink sleeves provide 360-degree coverage from tip to toe of the product. This is especially useful over complex curves or when there are large differences in container diameter. A tamper-evident feature can be added to full-body sleeves at minimal additional cost by extending the sleeve over the cap and adding a horizontal perforation. Including tamper evidence prevents “grazing” on food or beverage products, assuring the consumer that the package has not been opened. Tamper evidence adds a layer of security, especially important with pharmaceutical or medical products, increasing consumer confidence in your product.

Shrink sleeve labels conform to complex geometries and present 360 degrees of brand identity.


SHRINK LABELING FILMS Successful shrink labeling starts with the film you select for the shrink sleeve. There is a range of available shrink materials that vary in grade, cost and shrink characteristics. The type of film chosen depends on a number of factors, the most important being the shrink curves. Shrink curves measure the percentage of shrinking that occurs at specific temperatures over specific time periods in a controlled environment. Each type of film has its own performance fingerprint or shrink curve. In turn, each sleeve has unique properties that are determined by the resin and other components that make up the film, as well as pigment and the type and amount of ink coverage. Labels printed on the incorrect film will not do the job and may result in excessive downtime. It is best to prototype your product, testing various film types, running them through the actual shrink tunnels you are considering.

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Shrink sleeve labeling can be a boost to your product, producing bright, eye-catching packaging with great branding potential. If you’re considering shrink sleeving, it’s important to work closely with the company providing your labeling machinery and shrink tunnels to ensure a final product that has the consumer appeal you are looking for. At PDC International (Booth C-4614), we have more than 50 years of packaging experience providing high-quality machinery and shrink tunnels for even the most challenging sleeving projects. For more information, visit SD Editor’s note: This article originally appeared as a blog post on July 12, 2019, on The R-300 beer can labeling system eliminates the need for a micro-brewer to meet the minimum order quantities required for preprinted containers.

SLEEVE APPLICATORS The first step of the sleeving process involves products running through a sleeve applicator. These machines apply the sleeves with printed graphics onto the product, including orienting the graphics on non-round containers. There are many models of machines that apply shrink labels at line speeds from 50 to 800 containers/min. Depending on the application, full or empty bottles of almost any shape enter the machine on a continuous-motion conveyor. A labeler precisely positions the sleeve before the containers continue downstream through a shrink tunnel.


SHRINK TUNNELS Shrink tunnels are key to a successful shrink sleeve label application. These are the devices that conform the label to the package surface using some type of heat source. Just like the film, selecting the correct tunnel is critical to producing the best possible final appearance of the product. There are three main types of tunnels: convection hot air, infrared radiant and steam. Steam tunnels require a steam source such as a compact steam boiler. To achieve the optimal shrink results, a combination of tunnels may be necessary. Using multiple zones allows you to focus heat of differing temperatures at specific points on the package to get the desired effect.

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Testing container, label, applicator and tunnel combinations ensure optimum results.



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September 23, 2019


Flexible packaging market grows

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, examined the different dimensions of flexible packaging in its latest industry report.

Rising demand for convenient packages, coupled with an industry-wide push for Market Share sustainable, shelf-ready designs drive a projected growth ratebyofIndustry 3.9%.


he global flexible packaging market is poised to eclipse the $290 billion mark by 2023, according to Flexible Packaging Market Assessment, a report from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). Current trends in flexible packaging reflect widespread consumer demand for packaging that is convenient, safe and sustainable. Meanwhile, manufacturers are looking for flexible packaging to provide efficient and effective barriers for shelf-ready products. Innovations in flexible packaging also are driving changes in how consumers and retailers respond and accept products that use this packaging method. In addition to convenience and sustainability, the report cites high-performance films and materials, retail-ready packaging, eCommerce and advances in flexible packaging technology as the most impactful drivers. As has traditionally been the case due to its early adoption of flexible packaging, the food industry remains the largest user, accounting for nearly 50%. With convenience as a noted driver, food is likely to remain the dominant segment due to the overall rise in ready-to-eat foods, snacks and frozen meals. Two segments, processed fruits and vegetables and baby food in flexible pouches, are expected to become the largest segments. Globally, pouches account for the biggest piece of the flexible packaging pie and are the fastest-growing category, with the pillow pouch dominating (39%). However, retailers such as Walmart are pushing manufacturers toward standup pouches (SUP), which are viewed as shelf-ready and offer a better retail presence. These demands are leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to shift products traditionally associated with cans, into pouches (e.g., sauces, soups and processed meat).

Certain products lend themselves to flexible packaging – based on product characteristics, Innovative dispensing functions andtherefore easy-open features likepercentage snap-seal consumer expectations and brand identity – and will indicate a higher of tops use compared to rigid packaging. Food products, considered a good fit for flexible packaging, and press-to-close zippers are helping ease the initial pain CPG firms experihave the highest percentage of use.

ence when moving products into flexible pouches. Award-winning flexible packaging will be among the winners on display at The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth LS-6519), sponsored by Dow® (Booth LS-6584, LS-6585). It’s located in the Containers and Materials Pavilion in the Lower South Hall. Flexible packaging also will be one of the topics covered in sessions on the Innovation Stages (Booth C-1041, C-1045, C-1049, N-501) and by The Forum – An Industry Knowledge Exchange (Booth C-1053). For more information, visit, SD





Formats by Frequency and Future Growth

The pillow pouch and stand up pouch are the two most frequently used flexible packaging types, as well as the two fastest growing types.


Using Now

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Moving Towards

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Overall Product Mix Remains Consistent



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The majority of companies indicated their packaging mix will remain the same over the next five years. 40% of the companies among that majority are reaching the upper limit of saturation, utilizing flexible for 90‐100% of their products.







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The total ratio of flexible to rigid packaging is 41% to 59% respectively, the same as PMMIʼs 2010 report.





The pillow pouch continues to dominate, but the stand-up pouch is gaining ground.

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Capacitive Sensors with IO-Link

Popular M18 and M30 diameter sensors provide the ideal solution for applications where flexibility or sensing performance needs to be constantly and accurately monitored and logged. IO-Link mode provides added functions such as: QoR (Quality of Run), QoT (Quality of Teach) and Diagnostic Parameters.

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September 23, 2019

Counter the costs of preprinted cases Ordering generic cases puts control in the buyer’s hands.


verything about the traditional model for purchasing preprinted corrugated cases is wrong because the trigger to order usually comes from an inaccurate production schedule or sales forecast and is related to a stock keeping unit (SKU). By contrast, ordering generic cases puts the control in the buyer’s hands. With a generic case program, the trigger to order is based on usage for a common case size, not on an SKU, and this generates multiple benefits. Ordering a greater number of a generic size rather than a lesser number for a specific SKU drives down unit costs dramatically and reduces inventory. For preprint, fear and speculation drive ordering. So, over-purchasing prevails. It’s viewed as a lesser evil than the consequences of shutting down a line because there aren’t enough preprinted boxes to finish the run. However, excess inventory multiplies quickly and is subject to becoming lost, forgotten, damaged or obsolete. Ultimately, it becomes scrap. Let’s take a typical example of a 4,000-case batch run for a specific SKU. To get a better price and provide a cushion against running short, 5,000 cases are ordered. The run ends at 4,212 leaving an overage of 788 SKU-specific cases to be moved back to the warehouse. The boxes sit until the production schedule shows a 3,000-piece run coming up in a week. The inventory says there are 788 in-house. Are the books right? And where are the 788? Someone has to locate them. Meanwhile, the order is late, so 4,000 are ordered to play it safe. The shipment of 4,000 arrives just in time for the run. It’s easier to leave the 788 in inventory than bring them to the line. The run falls short and only 2,537 cases are used so now there’s an additional 1,463 to log in and put away. However, between the need to start the next run and shift changes, the cases may be put away or may end up sitting in an aisle. Now there are, potentially, 2,251 cases for the same SKU stored in two places. This condition mushrooms with each production run, day-after-day, month-after-month, year-after-year. Compound it by 500 different SKUs and pretty soon additional warehouse space is needed for inventory.

What seemed like such a great idea with 10 SKUs turns into an absolute nightmare with 500 SKUs. Now, the operation is drowning in a sea of inventory, scrap and obsolescence, and it is costly, very costly, especially when the price premium paid for the inevitable small orders of preprint and the possibility for injuries in the potentially unsafe working environment are considered. With generic cases, hazardous aisles, jumbled inventory, overloaded warehouses and leased storage all go away. Space once taken by obsolete inventory can be returned to productive activities. Case inventories can be verified easily if stocks are getting low. An inventory cushion is still needed, but the safety net for 10 generic sizes pales in comparison to that of 500 SKUs. And if one supplier cannot make a delivery, the absence of all those printing plates makes it easy to purchase from another supplier and provides real purchasing leverage. System prints verifiable barcodes, in-house, as needed. Switching to a generic case printing program, can save companies anywhere from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and make substantial progress into the conservation of resources and the elimination of printing plates, scrap and obsolescence. A case printing system powered by OptiFlexTM technology from Iconotech (Booth C-5114) replicates preprint quality and provides the same large print area. Compared to other technologies, Iconotech’s printers are fast, flexible, extremely durable and virtually maintenance-free. Graphics, product information and bar codes are quickly created in the BarTender program or imported directly from Adobe Illustrator for reproduction in a print field up to 11 x 32 in. The key to the Iconotech process is the stencil material; a Mylar film mounted to a nonwoven fiber backer. Print layouts are output to a thermal imager that burns through the Mylar and exposes the backer. The stencil is placed on the print cylinder and the nontoxic oil/water emulsion ink passes through the stencil and prints on-demand in direct contact with the box. A comparison with current costs quickly shows how much can be saved by converting from preprinted to generic cases. For more information, visit SD

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September 23, 2019

Connecting PLCs for high-speed packaging quality Stone Technologies creates an effective automated defect rejection process requiring deterministic communication between controllers on separate parts of a high-speed packaging line.


ackaging lines are well-known examples of multi-programmable logic controller (PLC) operations. There are PLCs on the conveyor lines, which may or may not be provided by the conveyor supplier, and there are packaging machine PLCs typically provided by the OEM. This mix of controllers can produce some challenging control issues if you’re looking to connect controller communications in overlapping zones of control on a packaging line. And that’s exactly what a Fortune 500 international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits faced when it added a multipacker to an existing can line used for new package types. At the Siemens Automation Summit 2019, the users conference associated with Siemens Digital Industries US (Booth LS-6567), Fred Husman, senior project manager at system integration firm Stone Technologies, described how they handled this issue to facilitate an automated rejection of packages with defects. The multipacker in this application was added to an existing packaging line to handle a new type of sleek can, creating a system with five PLCs—one for the multipacker, two for the conveyors, one for the turner/diverter/rejector (TDR) table and one for the tray packer. “In this line, there were older Siemens S7 300 series PLCs, newer S7 1200 PLCs and a Siemens Simotion controller,” says Husman. The multipacker performs quality checks with its PLC, but the actual rejection of defective packages takes place at the TDR table managed by a different controller. To handle this kind of high-speed processing that takes place at fractions of a second at steps along the line just a few feet apart, “we thought we would have to hardwire the PLCs,” says Husman. “But how do you hardwire this when another PLC on the conveyor sits in between the two controllers in question?” Husman notes that the beverage producer and Stone Technologies were “open to a deterministic network solution to address the difficulty of hardwiring” these separate controllers. He explains Profinet became the networking option of choice because it is deterministic (i.e., it guarantees delivery of control packets for the system to perform as required). He says, “But it also had to be fast for this application. We needed communications to be in the

Bird’s-eye view of the packaging line shows the infeed of the turner/diverter/rejector table from Intralox (Booth C-5038), the discharge of the multipacker from R.A Jones (Booth C-4400), a full pack conveyor from Nercon (Booth C-2218) and a new access platform.

100-millisecond range, and Profinet IO has cycle times in the 100-microsecond range, so it could handle our requirements.” Because the line’s S7 300 series controllers do not have Profinet integrated, Husman says they added a CP 343 Profinet IO controller to the S7 300s. “This allows us to pass any info between those controllers on a fast, dedicated, deterministic network,” he explains. With Profinet IO added to the line to connect controller communications, cartons flagged for rejection were successfully rejected 100% of the time, according to Husman. He concludes, “Using a dedicated Profinet IO level 1 network worked better than S7 communications over Ethernet level 2 because Profinet IO level 1 communications are deterministic. Also, using Profinet, the conveyor and machine speeds can be synchronized across PLCs and additional signals can be added quickly without additional cost. You don’t have to front-end engineer all interlocks or synchronizations between PLCs.” For more information, visit,,, SD Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the July 9, 2019, Packaging World®. Packaging World ( is a registered trademark of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies ( ).


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September 23, 2019

Denester handles multiple clamshell designs

Dessert maker needs compact, flexible, low-cost machine.


n international manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retailers and foodservice outlets required a system to denest trays onto its existing FDA-approved conveyor line. Due to budget and machine footprint constraints, the denester needed to be compact enough to be installed online with the existing conveyor and have the ability to accommodate multiple sizes and shapes of clamshell trays. The dessert manufacturer contacted Pineberry Manufacturing (Booth C-1632) to find automation to fit its requirements. Pineberry proposed installation of its Automated Tray Denester. It can handle trays of various materials, sizes and shapes— including the plastic dome-lid clamshells that the dessert maker uses for storage of frozen products. A few weeks after the initial proposal, Pineberry manufactured and delivered the machine. Designed with accuracy, reliability and improved effectiveness, the denester combines FDA design features with rugged durability. It is also compact enough to roll

The Automated Tray Denester drops one to six trays at a time at a speed of 60 cycles/min.

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into place and is integrated with easy-to-use, configurable mechanical components. “The Pineberry Automated Tray Denester is capable of receiving stacks of trays of various shapes and sizes, increasing operational efficiency and placement accuracy on food packaging lines,” says David McCharles, president of Pineberry Manufacturing. “Each stack is separated with side pneumatics, and the stack or Side pneumatics on Pineberry’s Automated Tray Denester separate one tray from the stack. desired denomination is dropped onto the customers’ existing conveyor line with precision. “The Automated Tray Denester is capable of dropping one to six items at a time at a speed of 60 cycles/min. To increase productivity and profitability, investing in a robust, automated denesting machine is the best solution,” he concludes. Denesting equipment provides many facilities with positive, accurate tray placement, smooth separation that eliminates jams and ease of use with low maintenance. It also decreases waste and reduces the risk of slowed production. For more information, visit SD

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2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas



September 23, 2019

Big Data spurs improvement Collecting and analyzing machine data helps identify, problems, set goals and measure achievements.


ig Data consists of two small words with enormous potential. By connecting machines to the Internet of Things, consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands gain access to large quantities of machine data and can extract key packaging line insights, patterns and trends to inform business decisions. For example, as consumers and shareholders ask CPG brands to work leaner and greener, their manufacturing facilities must utilize data to set goals and measure energy and efficiency achievements. As a result, Big Data is becoming the driving force behind company decision-making, and it’s critical that CPG brand owners pay attention to this trend. Many manufacturers have Big Data top-of-mind. According to a Forrester study, 80% of business leaders say data analytics will be extremely important in the next two years. However, CPG manufacturers are lagging in adoption. Out of the 50 automotive companies surveyed, 53% reported that their supply chain is digitally managed or optimized. The retail industry follows the automotive industry, 39% of retailers surveyed stated that their systems are digitally managed or optimized. Of the 50 CPG manufacturers in the study, 34 said that their digital systems and processes are in the “opportunity” or “ad hoc” phase, and only 32% of their supply chain is digitally optimized. The digital manufacturing movement requires CPG brands to jump on the Big Data bandwagon. The big- The FullVision® Data-Analytics Service from H.B. Fuller analyzes the data from case and carton sealing packaging lines gest challenge CPG brands face is not how to profitably and turns it into consumable, actionable bites of information. secure shelf space or penetrate eCommerce, it is figuring out how to leverage Big Data across their value chain to gain a competitive TURN BIG DATA INTO ACTION advantage. It’s critical that CPG brands harness Big Data to uncover intelligence that informs better business decisions. But Big Data is a big challenge. Most manDIGITAL MANUFACTURING ufacturers find that there’s often not enough time and resources to collect, anBig Data provides ability: visibility, traceability and accountability. Sudalyze and make sense of large quantities of data. In order to break down Big denly, with thousands of production data points visible, CPG brands can obData, CPG brands must understand that they need to invest in uncovering, tain a picture of their business and identify packaging line variability—whethpreparing and analyzing it. er that variability occurs day-to-day, shift-to-shift or even site-to-site. Sifting through thousands of pieces of packaging line data can be timeBig Data supports traceability by serving as a “forensic feature” that can consuming and overwhelming, that’s why FullVision® Data-Analytics Service inform the root cause of poorly manufactured goods. For example, let’s say from H.B. Fuller (Booth C-3704) analyzes the data from case and carton sealthat a CPG brand received returns because boxes opened during transit. The ing lines and turns it into consumable, actionable bites of information. H.B. CPG brand can turn to its packaging line data to decipher that the return was Fuller expert engineers use proprietary software to analyze data collected from a direct result of the maintenance manager changing the adhesive equipment ProBlue Liberty ATS or adhesive-tracking-system-equipped ProBlue melters nozzle size on one packaging line. Because the nozzle was changed to a smallfrom Nordson (Booth C-3000). From the analysis, H.B. Fuller experts create er size, less adhesive was applied, and there was not enough glue to keep the a detailed, viewer-friendly report that helps CPG brands develop target adheboxes closed. The CPG brand can proactively revert to the nozzle size used sive specifications and track line performance against industry benchmarks to prior to the pop-open occurrence to ensure the profit lost due to returned mitigate operating costs and improve product quality and manufacturing site product does not happen again. productivity. Lastly, Big Data supports accountability—creating transparency in daily In addition, H.B. Fuller engineers can help decipher the information in the operations to ensure employees are following standard specifications and proFullVision data reports and provide actionable, value-added suggestions for cesses. There is a direct relationship between manufacturing efficiency and implementing improvement opportunities. autonomous maintenance cultures. A company culture that empowers line operators to take ownership and follow highly prescribed specifications set by Big Data insights reduces rework and increases productivity. The outputs of Big Data—visibility, traceability and accountability—all help realize material, time and energy savings; reduce waste of finished product; and provide improved quality controls and operational efficiencies that result in minimal downtime and proactive repairs.

CONCLUSION It is imperative that manufacturers of CPG brands listen to what consumers and shareholders want: responsible companies that have figured out how to leverage Big Data to help achieve increasingly competitive energy-saving, productivity and efficiency goals. For more information, visit, SD

2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas

SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019

Retailers insist on quality control

X-ray inspection addresses requirements for contaminant-free product.


ood manufacturers and retailers shoulder an enormous responsibility for food safety. Contaminated products can cause sickness, injury or even death, cause irreparable damage to a brand and put a company out of business with the cost of a recall. “As food production plants become faster and more automated, the risk for foreign-body contaminants in final products rises,” according to a white paper from Anritsu Infivis (Booth LS6253), Meeting Food Retailers’ Requirements Through X-ray Inspection. High-speed automation can cause more machinery wear and failures that drop machine fragments into product. Other contaminants include unwanted product pieces, such as bones, and objects like stones that got mixed into the harvest. As a result, retailers are establishing increasingly stringent requirements, which typically are product specific. Meeting these requirements depends on choosing the right inspection technology. According to the report, the right inspection system fulfills the requirements of retailers and their audits and meets the end user’s needs and parameters and its internal audits, as well as any third-party audits it might undergo. The next consideration is equipment performance including detection parameters (contaminant type and size), operating speed, test sample consistency, rate of false rejects and capabilities beyond contaminant detection such as virtual weighing, defect detection and component counts. Total cost of ownership should be calculated, considering factors such as parts, durability, labor and energy consumption. The white paper stresses the need to consider the effect x-ray inspection will have on overall equipment effectiveness including availability, performance and quality factors. It’s also essential to balance detection sensitivity with false reject rates. In addition, the paper notes, “The ability of inspection machines to provide comprehensive data is critical to track-and-trace requirements, troubleshooting and production optimization. The data should be accessible on-screen, via USB export and via industrial networking protocols like EtherNet/ IP or OPC UA.” Finally, consider x-ray vendor service and support. Phone and web support should be available 24/7/365, and “Tech support over the phone should be able to guide end users through most errors, problems and malfunctions. End user training should be included in the initial purchase.” Should an issue arise, a service technician should arrive within 24 hr. of reporting the problem. The white paper also recommends, “A comprehensive kit of spare parts—photoeyes, x-ray shield curtains, belts and rollers—should be considered in the initial equipment investment.” The white paper concludes, “The primary

consideration for purchasing x-ray equipment may be to repeatedly detect and remove the smallest possible contaminants, but as you can see, the decision process involves far more. You’ll also consider its ability to exceed performance requirements, estimate the equipment’s lifetime cost, evaluate service and support offerings and consider the supplier’s character. . . . Although x-ray inspection equipment

is a substantial expense, it can rapidly pay for itself if you purchase the right solution for your environment and application.” For more information, visit SD Editor’s note: This article is excerpted from a white paper by Michael Ahern and Rob Tiernay of Anritsu Infivis, Meeting Food Retailers’ Requirements through X-ray Inspection.


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September 23, 2019

Campers learn about manufacturing Summer experience encourages students to prepare for manufacturing careers.


$100,000 grant from the PMMI Foundation to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), will support a total of 20 summer manufacturing

camps in 2020 and 2021 to educate and inspire the future manufacturing workforce. The camps will introduce approximately 300 students, ages 12 to 16, to the manufacturing process from design through production. “One of the


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most widespread challenges cited by our members is how to address the growing skills gap,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). “The partnership between the PMMI Foundation and Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs is an exciting opportunity to reach and inspire young people to pursue careers in manufacturing.” One- or two-week summer camps have been a successful way of introducing middle and high school students to career choices available in today’s advanced manufacturing industry. Camps allow students to make something with their own hands, sparking their imagination and encouraging them to consider a career in manufacturing. In 2019, NBT supported 133 camps across the U.S., a new record. To be eligible for funding, schools must be able to accommodate at least 12 students, offer handson experiences to build a take-home project and provide opportunities to tour local plants. “For most of the kids . . . , it is their first introduction to how things are made and what skills are required for entry into the world of manufacturing,” explains Edward Youdell, president and CEO of FMA and NBT. “The associated tours of manufacturing businesses . . . help to connect the skills they learn during camp to career opportunities available in their community. We can’t start too early in our effort to attract the best and brightest into manufacturing,” he adds. For more information, visit SD

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September 23, 2019

High-speed system decontaminates surfaces

Pulsed Light technology provides microbial sterilization in seconds to inactivate pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms.


on-contact SteriPulse® process decontaminates surfaces up to 12 in. (30.48cm) wide. Low-temperature, non-toxic, non-chemical, mercury-free technology from XENON (Booth

N-617) produces high peak power ultraviolet (UV) pulses at irradiance magnitudes and dose flux rates that deactivate microorganisms in seconds. Inactivating pathogenic and spoilage microor-


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NEW! H.B. Fuller Advantra® Warrior™ champions the need for a high-performance, all-purpose case and carton hot melt that drives economic advantage. Advantra Warrior’s proprietary polymer technology delivers strong bonds on cases and cartons across a multitude of environments–allowing you to consolidate SKUs and streamline your supply chain. Third-party independent testing proves that Advantra Warrior has superior white color over competitor products and excellent thermal stability–creating line efficiencies and no char. This break-through multipurpose Advantra hot melt, with a fighter brand price, spurs productivity and a winning bottom line.

ganisms on food products can significantly extend shelf life. The Pulsed Light process also can be used as a post-processing treatment of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as ready-to-eat products such as meats.

User-defined, application-specific configurations achieve 3 to 6 log microbial inactivation for commercial and industrial processing.

“Killing dangerous pathogens on food and other products, while reducing the spread of infectious disease, is of growing importance for the global community,” reports XENON CEO Louis Panico. “In addition,” he says, “we must introduce new technologies that reduce potential hazards from using chemical sterilants. XENON’s SteriPulse technology uses high-energy Pulsed Light to optimize sterilization or decontamination applications and provide 3 to 6 log inactivation of dangerous microorganisms.” SteriPulse technology is approved by the FDA for use with food or food surfaces. Microsecond duration pulses with peak power greater than 1 kW/cm2 (more than 4,000 times the power of the sun on the earth’s surface) and intensity of 1.27 J/cm2 rapidly inactivate microorganisms, including fungal yeasts and molds, bacteria, rickettsiae and viruses. The Pulsed Light sterilization systems can be used in the lab for research and prototype development and easily scaled up and integrated on existing or new production lines. Individualized systems can be developed for a wide range of applications including continuous-motion aseptic packaging and decontamination of food surfaces and food processing environments (e.g., filling machines) across industries such as dairy, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics. XENON has more than 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing Pulsed Light components, original equipment manufacturer modules and custom systems. For more information, visit SD

2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas

SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019

Accumulation solves bottleneck Spirals boost productivity, cut waste.


eady meals, which are freshly made and packaged in plastic containers grow more popular every day. The rising demand had a U.S. producer with three production lines working at capacity and considering investment in a fourth line. Fortunately, they discovered an option that would optimize the efficiency of the existing lines and forestall the need to install a fourth line. Each production line consists of a food preparation step where the fresh ingredients are prepared and put in plastic packs. A vacuum top-seal machine closes and seals the packs within a specially conditioned atmosphere to maintain freshness. Sealed packs are then loaded into cases for easy transport.

Each AccuVeyor spiral stores up to 400 top-seal packs. When more products are coming in than going out, which is the case in a downstream breakdown of the packer or when the line is starting up, the belt increases in length and moves upward. When more products are going out than in because the case packer is running faster than the top-seal machine, the AccuVeyor spiral releases the stored

packs, and the belt moves down again. The ready meal maker realized a 30% increase in efficiency. A quick calculation reveals that a 30% increase in efficiency for each line yields an increase in output that’s basically equivalent to installing a fourth line. As a result, ROI on the AccuVeyor AVh spirals was achieved in a few short months. For more information, visit SD





Each AccuVeyor spiral can store up to 400 top-seal packs.

The issues that plagued the process flow centered around the case packer. Even though a glitch is usually quickly resolved, it forces the top-seal machine to stop. This was problematic. When the top-seal machine stops, a series of boxes have to be written off as waste because the special conditioning process works only when the line is running at full speed. Accumulation would allow the top-seal machine to continue to run if the case packer was down. But ready meals packaging often have shapes that tend to be incompatible with accumulator systems. The answer to this challenge is a set of AmbaFlex AccuVeyor AVh machines from AmbaFlex (Booth LS-6233). Said to be unique in the world of accumulation, these spirals only use a single belt. There’s no need for a product-transfer unit or, as used in lowend accumulators, systems that work on pressure. The products stay on their respective places on the belt throughout the accumulation process. No pressure is put on the product, nor is it touched in any way while keeping the process wholly dynamic and on a first-in, first-out principle.

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SHOW DAILY September 23, 2019

Move toward the Smart Factory Autonomous, self-coordinating machine modules communicate and interact to adjust to production needs.

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aily presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. describe Plug & Produce for the Smart Factory. The Plug & Produce product from Lenze (Booth LS-6272) combines an innovative software-structure with industry standards and a common communication platform. With open, flexible and manufacturer-independent communication and integration, production becomes self-managing and future-proof. Machine modules not only can be coupled automatically but coordinate themselves as part of the line and then communicate and interact in the production process. Modular, reconfigurable, adaptable production lines with very short commissioning, changeover and downtimes become a reality. The flexible production system quickly adapts to market trends and reduces the effort necessary for machine integration. The machine builder can react faster and be more flexible to the end user’s requirements, with significantly less engineering effort. Other machine builder benefits include: l Protected machine/process know-how behind a standardized interface l Faster machine delivery lF aster diagnostics because machine behavior (states and transitions) are equal lT he end user can easily integrate machines from different vendors, which permits selection of the optimal machines for the line. With Plug & Produce, machine modules not only can be coupled automatically but coordinate themselves as part of the line and then communicate and interact in the production process.

Other benefits for the end user include: lF lexibility in modular machine combinations by self-coordinating machines l No manual integration effort l Less training for operators and service people l Easy operation by standardized visualization lE asy connection to machine execution systems (MES) and supervisory control and data acquisition systems lR educed costs by reusing machines in new combinations and new production lines With the Plug & Produce product, Lenze reportedly is one of the first companies to conceptually implement the “administration shell” for machine description with the capabilities (“skills”) of a machine or a machine module. It is a concept for new machine generations—once it is implemented, it is reusable. Reusability means a longer life cycle and thereby saves resources. The modular approach with distributed control systems ensures the efficient use of material and minimizes waste due to test runs. There is also hardware savings—since each machine module controls its own production process independently, a higher-level line control can be omitted. The MES asks each module whether it can perform the required task, and the machine modules maintain, coordinate and interact with each other accordingly. For more information, visit SD

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September 23, 2019

It’s almost human Sentient labeler moves self-diagnostics to the next step.


en Hubscher, vice president Sales and Marketing at Nita Labeling Equipment (Booth C-3445), admits, “Labeling is one of the most difficult (and frustrating!) of all the packaging disciplines. From structurally challenged or skewed containers to bad labels, to finicky, difficult-to- . . . operate labeling machines, production houses from coast to coast struggle with labeling pain.” So, when Nita set out to develop its 4.0 Series of ultra-high performance labeling systems, the tales of labeling struggles were the motivation for more than a year of intense work. The result, the Nita 4.0 Sentient labeler, automates maintenance, troubleshooting and parts ordering. Hubscher recalls, “Now, I honestly got quite a few raised eyebrows and various confused looks from my team when I advised [them] we would be calling these new systems ‘Sentient’. They asked, ‘But what does that mean?’ So, I deferred . . . to the dictionary (currently known as Googling) and voilà: sen·tient (sen(t)SH( ) nt) Adjective: able to perceive or feel things. Yes . . . that pretty much sums it up.” Like all of the company’s labelers, the Sentient Series is built on open-source SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) software living within a Windows Internet of Things platform. This enables real-time monitoring and management of overall equipment effectiveness, uptime, downtime and container and label usage from the comfort of personalized dashboards on any device.

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The Sentient labeler monitors cycle count and power loads and provides an alert when attention is needed.

detailed video demonstrates how to accomplish each task, and there’s a check box to verify it has been done. Maintenance reports are available on-demand via the HMI or email. SELF-DIAGNOSIS The second part of preventative maintenance provides an alert before a problem happens. Hubscher explains, “Real-time monitoring however is where much of our self-diagnosing magic comes into play. Our 100% servo machines are constantly sensing power loads on the motors and will advise



Parts can be ordered from the HMI either directly or via an email button that sends the parts quote to the person responsible for purchasing.

A comprehensive Pro-Active Preventative Maintenance plan resides in the HMI and tells the operator what needs to be done each day.

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION . . . The first and foremost labeling pain point the Sentient labeler addresses is maintenance. Preventative maintenance can be easy. Simply follow the recommended schedule. “In reality though, limited human resources can sometimes prevent the preventative [and result in premature failures],” says Hubscher. On the Sentient labeler, a comprehensive Pro-Active Preventative Maintenance plan is built into the human/machine interface (HMI). Each day a tiled dashboard advises what daily, weekly and annual tasks are due. A high-resolution,

the operator as soon as the torque levels on any belt or drive function veer out of the happy zone. Again, with a simple alarm, the operator is instructed as to the issue and . . . guided by detailed high-res . . . videos on how to remedy the matter . . . . It’s like having a little Nita technician living inside your machine.” If a part is needed, an order can be placed directly from the HMI. FREE SERVICE NitaCare service works two ways. Each Nita HMI features a one-button connection to a live Nita video chat technician. If an IP connection isn’t available, the NitaCare mobile app accomplishes the same thing. Hubscher reports, “The app connects directly to the NitaCare team and automatically allows us to see what is going on so we can help you resolve the issue on-the-spot. All conversations are recorded and archived for future quick-referencing.” For more information, visit SD


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PMMI promotes Thompson Veteran staffer oversees trade show operations.


aura Thompson has been promoted to vice president, Trade Shows at PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), owner and producer of the PACK EXPO Portfolio of trade shows. Thompson will lead the trade show team based in PMMI’s Reston, Virginia, office. She oversees PMMI’s Show Department and all aspects of the

trade shows, serves as staff liaison for the Show Committee and manages PACK EXPO Services. “Laura has successfully executed her position at every level and earned her way up to the top job in the Show Department,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. He adds, “She has been a big part of the incredible growth of PMMI’s trade show portfolio and is respected by her co-workers, contractors

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and PMMI members for her work ethic and commitment to doing the job right.” A true “rising through the ranks” success story, Thompson began as the PMMI receptionist 20 years ago, fresh out of Baylor University. She received her first taste of the Show Depart- Laura Thompson ment as the international expositions coordinator before a brief stint in Global Marketing organizing international pavilions for PMMI members at both PMMI and non-PMMI events. When PMMI assumed sole ownership of EXPO PACK México, Thompson moved back to the Show Department managing the PMMI Pavilion and all show operations for the largest packaging and processing event in Latin America. Upon her promotion to director of Trade Show Operations, all operations in the PACK EXPO Portfolio became her responsibility. As her role expanded to the overall management of the PACK EXPO events as well as PMMI’s contracting business, PACK EXPO Services, she was promoted to senior director, Expositions. All told, Thompson has had responsibility for the operations of all PACK EXPO events in the U.S. and Mexico and helped lead the successful launch of three shows: EXPO PACK Guadalajara, PACK EXPO East and ProFood Tech. “I am so thankful for the many opportunities I have been given to grow in my career at PMMI,” says Thompson. “It’s very gratifying to see hard work pay off in opportunity after opportunity, and I am truly excited for this next chapter as vice president, Trade Shows.” For more information, visit SD

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Connected machines meet demand for Industry 4.0

Fast-growing bakery, food and medical device industries move toward smart manufacturing.


ow smart and connected, the heavy-duty Trave® line of traysealing machines from G. Mondini combines high reliability with low maintenance requirements and the industry’s

longest warranties. Machines handle pre-formed trays or integrate with the Platformer trayformer. An extremely accurate servo-screw, torquebased, electromechanical lifting and sealing design

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replaces failure-prone pneumatics and employs a patented multi-film handling system. Mondini’s Trave line reportedly ranks as the only domestic traysealer available today that handles multiple film technologies on the same machine. Options include Cryovac® Darfresh® vacuum skin packaging from Sealed Air (Booth C-2041), which achieves zero scrap loss. Other attributes include high output speeds, an open design and full washdown/sanitary capability. The Trave line now incorporates the Allen-Bradley Integrated Architecture® production control and information system from Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462). Noting a surge in demand by U.S. and Canadian producers for smart-manufacturing-enabled packaging equipment, Mondini executives adopted Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture® control and information platform for the region. Giovanni Mondini “has a knack for identifying the ‘next big thing’ that will shake up the packaging industry,” says Kevin Roach, president of Harpak-ULMA (Booth LS-6101), Mondini’s exclusive distributor for North America and an OEM Machine Builder member of Rockwell’s PartnerNetwork. “Adopting a smart, connected strategy for North American operations helps solidify our position as two thought leaders that combine to deliver real value for our joint customers,” he explains. The Integrated Architecture also integrates Internet of Things and augmented reality (AR) platforms produced by smart manufacturing software leader PTC. PTC’s AR application guides staff maintenance or production activities through 3D step-by-step work instructions using tablets, Smartphones or glasses. AR applications

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MULTIVAC expands reach in baking With the acquisition of Fritsch Group, MULTIVAC (Booth LS-6127, N-415) gains expertise in baking equipment, particularly for raw dough handling and processing. The deal opens the door to sharing engineering, technology and market strategies. MULTIVAC now sells Fritsch equipment through its worldwide network and supplies spare parts via its six U.S. and Canadian customer service centers. Operations continue at Fritsch Group’s German manufacturing facility, now known as Fritsch Bakery Technologies. The nearly 100-year-old baking specialist employs approximately 500. For more information, visit SD

Heavy-duty Trave traysealers handle pre-formed trays or integrate with the Platformer trayformer.

dramatically reduce staff learning curves while improving maintenance outcomes. The unified architecture and multi-tasking controller platform address three fundamental issues facing today’s producers—packaging cost, flexibility and reliability. It eliminates the inefficiencies and complexity associated with multiple programming languages and/or software packages. A single, scalable programming environment speeds application development, makes controls maintenance easier, utilizes fewer components and enjoys built-in integration. This design permits synchronized high performance under more conditions, as coordinated control requires integrated machine and motion control, visualization and communication to achieve greater precision and throughput. Shared development tools enable reuse of engineering resources, eliminate repeat work and retraining and minimize new design efforts while reducing software license costs. Other benefits include integrated, stored recipe control (compresses changeover times), open standards-based communications protocols (enhance data flow speed/ease and collection) and reduced wiring and commissioning costs. Finally, the Allen-Bradley controls platform enjoys widespread adoption. Systems that leverage industry-standard skillsets ease labor availability, decrease training needs and reduce downtime risks as a result of widely available service, parts and support resources. Mondini’s reputation for innovation-driven packaging machines dates to 1972 when it pioneered the use of rigid packaging food containers. For more information, visit,, SD


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Learn about new technologies, interact with exhibitors and industry professionals, and earn points for completing packaging-related challenges. Members of the winning team each receive $500, courtesy of our sponsor, Emerson.

MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), has launched the UnPACKed with PMMI podcast, a new way to obtain packaging and processing insights, research and innovations on-the-go. With the UnPACKed with PMMI podcast, listeners can stay-up-to-date on industry news and trends anywhere at any time. Host Sean Riley, PMMI’s senior director of Media and Industry Communications, facilitates discussions with industry influencers, executive Q&As and breakdowns of case studies, diving deep into pressing industry business challenges. “We know that our members are busy, so having an outlet where they can gain industry information anywhere—on-the-go, in the comfort of their home, in the office or wherever they find the time is important to us,” says Tracy Stout, vice president, Marketing and Communications, PMMI. To listen, search for UnPACKed with PMMI in the iTunes Podcast or Spotify Apps on any Smartphone. To receive alerts when a new episode is uploaded, click “Subscribe.” Available episodes include Robotics: Innovation 2 Implementation, Bridging the Skills Gap: How to Launch Your Own Manufacturing Day, Moving Operational Excellence Forward with the OpX Leadership Network and Get to Know PMMI’s CEO. For more information, visit SD

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n educational speakers series at BW Packaging Systems (Booth C-1800), the packaging machinery arm of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, features daily presentations on hot topics ranging from manufacturing flexibility to line analytics. Speakers represent a few of the group’s five divisions—Accraply, Pneumatic Scale Angelus, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems and Synerlink. Refreshments are provided. For more information, visit SD

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Built to do more. Universal Robots, the leader in collaborative robots, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to the e-Series family: the new UR16e. Built to handle higher payload applications such as packaging, palletizing and heavy machine tending, the new UR16e can handle payloads up to 16kg or 35lbs at full extension. All with the same flexibility, easy programming, ROI and safety benefits you’ve come to expect from UR.

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COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS Integrated cobots (collaborative robots), developed by Universal Robots USA, provide cost-effective automation for product handling and palletizing. The cobots can work with fragile products of virtually any size, shape, weight and form and are designed for easy setup and rapid deployment/ repurposing without reprogramming or retooling. Operating safely alongside human counterparts without guarding or special environments, integrated cobots help maintain safe and clean operations and support higher throughput. Harpak-ULMA Packaging Booth LS-6101 Universal Robots USA Booth US-7279

LABELING CONVEYOR Welded stainless-steel sanitary conveyor transports plastic-wrapped blocks of food in conjunction with a customer-supplied starwheel top and bottom labeler. The infeed conveyor splits while product is held suspended by side-grip belts to provide the gap necessary to apply a bottom label. A customer-supplied Videojet 9550 direct printand-apply labeler with Intelligent Motion™ applies the labels on top and/or bottom. Downstream, a pneumatic pusher rejects imperfectly labeled product using customer-supplied label sensors. Washdown-compatible system can be constructed to meet 3-A dairy requirements. Multi-Conveyor Booth C-1715

SLAM LATCHES GN 936 slam latches, with or without lock, allow doors and closures to close effortlessly. Slots enable the slam latch to be compatible with aluminum profile systems with different cross-sections. The latch engages automatically when the door closes and prevents it from opening unintentionally. The zinc die-cast housing is powder-coated and has a black or silver textured finish. JW Winco Booth LS-6761

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RELAYS AND CONTACTORS Solid-state switches integrate monitoring features for quick and timely failure detection. RG..M Series of one-phase relays and contactors detect mains loss, load loss, SSR open and short circuit, SSR internal fault and supply out of range without external components. An alarm LED visually indicates faults presence while an alarm transistor output supports remote signaling. Available with or without an integrated heatsink, ratings go up to 660 VAC, 65 AAC and 90 AAC. Carlo Gavazzi Booth LS-6356

PROXIMITY SENSOR The Q130WD inductive proximity sensor improves metal can detection in food and beverage applications. With a switching frequency of 250 Hz, the sensor can detect up to 900,000 cans/hr. Uprox® Factor 1 technology senses all metals at the same range, improves flexibility and reduces costs because no sensing changeover is needed when a different type of metal can is introduced. High-visibility corner LEDs show the sensor is operating correctly. Turck Booth US-7627

Easy-to-clean DSC (dust-tight, sanitary, convertible) grate-in-housing magnets with the Xtreme® RE7 magnet circuit are now included in the Quick Ship line of standard magnetic separators. Manual and automatic DSC grate-in-housing magnets are offered in three sizes. Dust-tight construction accommodates free-flowing, granular foods such as grain, coffee and popcorn. A manual cleaning unit upgrades quickly and easily to an automatic cleaning system. Eriez Booth LS-5901


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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.


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TOSS Alloy-20 and Norex Heatseal Bands are available in over 350 styles, shapes and sizes. Custom designed for any application, new or existing, TOSS Alloy-20 Heatseal Band are longer lasting and provide for effective sealing at optimum speeds. When used in conjunction with the Temperature Controllers, the TOSS Alloy-20 heatseal bands provide instant thermostatic feedback eliminating the need for STRAIGHT BANDS thermocouples. This instant feedback assures precise, repeatable results on each and every seal. ®




TOSS Heat Seal Cover Materials In the optimum sealing set up, the heatseal band must be electrically and thermally insulated from the jaw bar. TOSS offers a wide selection of PTFE cover cloths and tapes that are available in standard and custom sizes. Other insulating materials available from TOSS include Silicone Rubber, Durit and Siglaha . ®


Here’s WALDO! Booth LS-6009

Waldo Packaging Machinery is a manufacturer of fully automated vertical form-fill-seal packaging machines for packaging liquids, slurries and high viscosity products. Servicing businesses of all sizes in a range of markets that include food/beverage, cosmetics, and cleaning fluids, their complete line of machines are compact, user friendly and cost efficient.

Packworld USA Pharmaceutical 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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FILLING, COUNTING, CAPPING The Compact 12 monobloc fills and caps bottles for pills, tablets or capsules. The machine accommodates operator protection (restricted access barrier systems) or product protection (laminar flow systems) and supports screw-on, press-on and crimped capping systems. A HarleNIR vision system with a near-infrared hyperspectral camera chemically identifies pharmaceutical products by analyzing the active ingredient. Multivision Valida technology checks the shape, size and color of each pill and rejects any faulty product before it goes into the bottle, thereby eliminating the need to reject and rework filled bottles. Marchesini Group Booth N-107

CASE PACKER The Racupack 100 wraparound case packer automatically erects, loads and closes wraparound cases, trays, tray-lid combinations and regular slotted cases. With its hygienic design, the machine has a fast and tool-free changeover, making it well suited for packing multiple products on the same line. The modular case packer allows the user to choose from a variety of standard product handling systems. Applications include cartons, cans and pouches (with and without a cap). BluePrint Automation Booth C-4225

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY EtherCAT G gigabit communication technology delivers the Gbit Ethernet speeds needed to support data-intensive applications. The technology expansion is compatible with the globally established 100 Mbit/sec. EtherCAT standard and provides ease of use. The new branch controller model for EtherCAT G enables efficient operation of multiple network segments in parallel, supports standard Ethernet transmission rates of 1 Gbit/ sec., enhances a variety of supported devices and minimizes propagation delay. EtherCAT and EtherCAT G can be combined within a heterogeneous network. Beckhoff Automation Booth LS-6149

SPIRAL CONVEYOR AIR-RINSING MACHINE The modular FlexClean air-rinsing machine combines flexibility, quality and output. Oval shape lengthens the time the bottles are upended and rinsed to reduce the chance of particle retention. Base holders accept different transport carriers, and holders that carry three objects handle smaller formats. For larger formats, duplex holders permit two containers to be processed simultaneously, resulting in a maximum output up to 180 bottles/min. groninger USA Booth N-306

The Multiple Entry and Exit Spiral allows loads to enter or exit High-Capacity and Wide Trak Spirals at intermediate elevations. Belt-type conveyor design relies on multiple belts of different lengths. Roller-type conveyor utilizes powered rollers. Both designs assure safe, reliable product transfer. Divert Out conveyors have a pivoting arm that incorporates a powered face belt, assuring proper product orientation when diverting out of the spiral. Slat belt enables a low rolling friction operation without any sliding movements or wear strips. Ryson International Booth LS-6310

INKJET CODER The MSSC 10 continuous inkjet coder prints up to three lines of text, symbols and numbers. The icon-driven user interface makes setting up messages easy for more uptime and less user entry error. This date/lot coder is said to be reliable and economical, easy to use, compact and portable. MSSC Booth C-3736



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PRODUCTS TOP-LOAD CARTONER The Cariba 230 top-load cartoner produces up to 80 boxes/min. The compact, reliable unit accommodates manual or automatic product feeding and is available in configurations for two or four operators. Capabilities include positive carton forming; fast changeover based primarily on adjustments; tuck-in and/or hot-melt closure; emboss or inkjet coding; pre-folded leaflet insertion; and barcode reading capabilities. MG America Booth N-227

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PA Series actuators convert pneumatic energy into linear force and motion. Actuators feature lightweight aluminum construction, modern extruded design, flexible mounting configurations and many standard features such as auto-cushioning and magnetic pistons. The PA Series, said to reduce complexity and promote longer machine life, is designed to meet the same requirements as typical NFPA actuators but includes die-cast aluminum end-caps, extruded aluminum housing and polymer pistons. Bimba Manufacturing Booth LS-6277


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The five-color, toner-based QuickLabel QL-300 tabletop label printer also prints in white (cyan, magenta, yellow, black plus white). This enables printing on a wide variety of transparent, colored and metallic paper and synthetic label materials in a single pass. Applications include cosmetics, food and beverage, eLiquid, chemical and promotional products. AstroNova Product Identification Booth C-3906, N-413

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PRODUCTS SELF-SEALING PRINTHEAD With what’s said to be the industry’s first self-sealing printhead, the JET3se inkjet coder eliminates the need for frequent cleaning and the continuous maintenance associated with traditional inkjet coding systems because the ink doesn’t dry out inside the printhead. All of the company’s inkjet systems come with a 24-month warranty. Leibinger Coding and Marking Systems Booth C-4910

INSPECTION SENSOR The Seal Integrity Tester inspects cups inside the cup filler. A patented design mounts multiple sensors that inspect each cup by compressing the sensor head to the cup’s foil lid at full production speeds. Sensors monitor lid deflection, and the digital signal processor board calculates the values to accept or reject containers with defective seals. Teledyne TapTone Booth C-2216


The XpressBulk milk delivery system transports fluid milk from truck to retail cooler with one touch. The system includes a dolly, removable handle and four trays contoured to fit the bottles being carried. The dolly allows for easy transport off the truck and right into the cooler for quicker unload. Once the system is placed in the cooler, no unpacking or additional handling are needed. Consumers shop directly from the XpressBulk system. ORBIS Booth US-8001

Let Turck tackle whatever packaging automation challenges you are facing. Our wide range of reliable automation solutions – including sensors, industrial cordsets, distributed I/O products, and RFID stand up to the toughest packaging and processing environments. From improving high-speed cap and can detection to cost-effective machine control with a combined HMI/PLC, or more rugged washdown-rated cables, Turck has a solution. Can’t find what you are looking for? Choose from our wide range of custom options.

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BLENDING SYSTEM The MicrO2 Advantage Series blending system for carbonated soft drinks deaerates blended product to achieve lower dissolved oxygen and nitrogen levels than traditional blending systems. The system supports higher filling speeds, improves fill weight control to increase yields, reduces operating costs and helps retain superior flavor over the shelf life of the packaged beverage. By eliminating vacuum or membrane deaeration, the unit occupies a more compact footprint and presents fewer moving parts and fewer wear parts. Bevcorp Booth LS-6302

CASE FORMER The patent-pending, modular, rapid-load magazine on the Delta 1H fully automatic hot-melt case former can be extended as needs expand. The machine demonstrates the Auto Adjust feature, which automatically performs case size changeover with the push of a button. The case former includes the patented pin-and-dome system, the ability to run different case styles and a larger case size range. Wexxar Bel, a ProMach product brand Booth C-2824

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CANDY CUP AND TRAY SYSTEMS Inline cup and tray systems accommodate liquid, powder, scale, volumetric, hand and specialty filling with up to six lanes ranging from 2–12 in. in width and speeds of up to 20 cycles/min./line. The cup and tray system allows for modified atmosphere packaging as well as automatic lid placing, shrink banding, date coding, labeling, automatic case packing and a case shrink system. Ohlson Packaging Booth C-4018





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PRODUCTS BAG-IN-BOX SYSTEM The Kliklok Interceptor product-handling system transports bags between bagmaker and cartoner. The Kliklok MEC mid-range, end-load cartoner features a future-proof, sanitary design, toolless changeover and easy operator access. The control package pocket rededication allows the cartoner to maintain optimum speed matched to processing capacity. Bosch Packaging Technology Booth C-2800


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The second generation, vision-based LSP Series robotic case packer picks and packs pouches up to 10 lb. into Cabrio CasesÂŽ, stackable club store trays and standard cases with a quick changeover. Latest model includes a scalable, modular frame design to accommodate single or multiple robots to precisely meet production requirements. Delkor Systems Booth C-4840

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DIGITAL LABEL PRINTER The Autonomy™ IV on-demand digital label printer delivers quick turnaround, production planning flexibility, real-time variable data application, inventory reduction and/or multilingual label printing. Featuring an ultraviolet-curing, drop-ondemand printer, the Autonomy IV unit can reproduce most barcode formats and human-readable codes from static or dynamic data, including serialized data. It also prints high-impact visual graphics in full-color or black-and-white at speeds up to 3,050 in./min. (77m/min.). Weiler Labeling Systems, a ProMach product brand Booth N-307b

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PRODUCTS RIGHT-SIZE BOX FOOTPRINTS The BoxSizer™ right-sizes pre-loaded box footprints without the need for changeovers, reducing labor costs, void fill, shipping and excess packaging. This technology intelligently measures the outside dimensions and the internal void space of each loaded box. Dynamically adapting to random sizes arriving at the infeed, the system adjusts itself to cut, crease, fold, close and seal the package for shipping. W estRock Booth C-2223

ULTRASONIC SEALING Ultrasonic sealing prevents leakers caused by product caught in the seal area of pre-made standup pouches. High-speed vibration under clamp force displaces or severs any contamination in the seal area. The result is a reliable, hermetic seal even if the seal area is contaminated. Other benefits include short cycle times and wider processing windows. Sonics & Materials Booth LS-5822

CONVEYOR LINES The FlexMove flexible chain conveyor now incorporates features of the company’s SmartFlex line and is available in three purchasing options: FlexMove Components, FlexMove Solutions and FlexMove Assembled Onsite. With FlexMove Components, the customer orders parts and components and builds the conveyor onsite. With FlexMove Solutions, Dorner builds and tests the conveyor in-house and then disassembles it and ships it for installation. With FlexMove Assembled Onsite, the Dorner team assembles the conveyor in place. Conveyors are designed to make tight 360-degree turns. Dorner Mfg. Booth C-1844

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The C35 VC checkweigher weighs vials, small bottles and aerosols at throughputs up to 300 parts/min. in a weighing range from 3–200g at accuracies within 4mg. This includes containers measuring up to 100mm in diameter. A positively driven side transport mechanism moves containers smoothly on and off the weigh cell conveyor, eliminating trip points and enabling packaging as small as 14mm in diameter to be weighed. Electromagnetic force restoration technology neutralizes interference. High-precision sensors and software eliminate potentially detrimental effects caused by temperature changes. Mettler-Toledo Booth C-2023


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The Model CSB compact sanitary bagger runs bag widths up to 13 in. within a 36-in.-wide machine. Designed with the fresh cut produce market in mind but suitable for a variety of applications, the machine runs a variety of film structures or rolls at speeds of 70+ bags/min. Sanitation features include a solid stainless-steel bar that is fully welded and electro-polished after welding; a pivoting control box for easy accessibility; washdown-rated electronics; and no slotted fasteners. The bagger also is designed to be washed in place. Triangle Package Machinery Booth C-2614


What do you want to weigh? Yamato can weigh it.

The Fresh-Lock® Zipper Style 8113 recycle-ready zipper supports pouch recycling initiatives. Design and material are compatible with polyethylene film-sealing systems and deliver faster packaging speeds, reliable sealing and reclosable functionality. First user of the zipper is Kellogg for Bear Naked® granola in a fully recyclable stand-up pouch. The pouch carries instructions that the pouch can be recycled in Store Drop-off programs. Presto Products Booth C-1444


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The Alterna 70N intermittent-motion capsule filler doses and fills powders and pellets into hardshell gelatin capsules. Capable of producing up to 70,000 capsules/hr., the machine features a tamping pin and can handle capsules sizes from 00–5, DB, elongated. A touchscreen operator interface simplifies control of all machine functions. MG America Booth N-227

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PRODUCTS SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING The ProActive Sustainability™ initiative offers recyclable, compostable, renewable and post-consumer-recycled (PCR) content packaging to help consumer packaged goods meet sustainability goals. ProActive Recyclable packaging is compatible with typical plastic recycling streams. ProActive Compostable packaging biodegrades in industrial composting facilities under conditions set by ASTM D6400. ProActive Renewable packaging is made from a bio-based feedstock such as corn or sugarcane. ProActive PCR packaging contains PCR plastic content. ProAmpac Booth LS-6156

FRICTION FEEDER The SF Series friction feeder for start/stop and streaming applications offers customizable options such as inkjet printing, u-board feeding/fold modules and barcode scanning. Available in widths from 4–20 in., the feeder dispenses virtually any flat media up to 1 in. thick, including booklets, zipper pouches, plastic cards and envelopes and integrates easily on conveyor lines, automated packaging systems, collation systems and bindery equipment. Pineberry Manufacturing Booth C-1632

PRINTER/APPLICATOR HERMES Q, the third generation of the printer/ applicator series, offers print speeds of 300mm/sec. and improved accuracy of print images on small paper or film labels. Optimized unwinding minimizes the influence of roll inertia. Peel-off plates enable handling of difficult-to-dispense labels. Ribbon guiding can be set on the unwinder and the rewinder. Print units integrate with Hermes+ applicators. cab Technology Booth US-7518

BAGGER FOR FULFILLMENT The Model 301 eCommerce bagger automates the packing of mixed products, eliminating the need for manual handling of bags or labels. Switching from boxes to bags for mixed-product orders lowers dimensional weight (DIM) shipping costs. Optimum bag sizing for each order saves film and reduces material costs. Fulfillment centers also save on consumables by eliminating the need to purchase pre-made bags. Rennco, a ProMach product brand Booth C-3216

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HIGH-SPEED INLINE CAPPER Two pairs of belts on the two-station beltorque® high-speed inline capper gently rotate and tighten caps at rates up to 300 bottles/min. Using patented technology, one drive synchronizes the linear displacement speed of the container with the rotating speed of the closure, even when the cap stops turning. This design eliminates damage to the cap knurling and finish. It also minimizes slippage to achieve more consistent torque values, which prevents leakers and rework associated with out-of-tolerance rejects. Servo-driven capper-torquer handles traditional caps as well as challenging flip-top screw caps, gear-shaped and rubberized arthritis screw caps and snap-caps (with an optional snap-cap applicator). NJM, a ProMach product brand Booth N-307

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K4.0 digitalization technology portfolio includes mobile-based machine communications with Smart devices, online parts ordering tailored to individual machines, predictive life cycle and self-checking of key machine components, automatic inspection and self-correction of machine operations. Digitalization and flexible processes achieve Batch Size: One for complete personalization of packages. Digitalization-based services enhance efficiency and productivity. KOCH Packaging Systems Booth LS-6766

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Integrated LED lights on the semiautomatic Model US-5500 kit netweigh scale automatically sequence to alert operators which parts to feed from an ergonomic work table with clear, adjustable Sampling Get your A&C fill at dividers. each part permits single piece weight calibration, or piece weight can simply be entered in the system. Unit changes over quickly and integrates easily with bagging systems. Advanced Poly-Packaging Booth C-3643 PACK EXPO Booth C-3643

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CARRIER INSERTER Automating loading of four- and six-pack carriers into master cases saves time and labor. The CES25 machine erects and inserts beverage carriers into the master carton. The compact machine handles 25 carriers/min. and quickly changes over between four- and six-packs. A.B. Sealer Booth LS-6306

POSITION INDICATORS Bus-capable position indicators display the setpoint and actual value on the adjusting spindle, simplifying the process of adjusting a machine for a new product. Feedback on the positioning status to the machine controller increases reliability for format changes and shortens setup time. The AP10 position indicator ensures that product changes and size changeovers are safe and ergonomic. The IO-Link interface enables fast and cost-effective integration via a point-to-point connection using the simplest I/O connection technology. SIKO Products Booth C-5633

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ROLLER CHAINS Precision roller chain product lineup includes a complete range of standard drive chain, the innovative D.I.D New Tech Chain Series and a wide selection of standard, specialty conveyor and attachment chains. Furthermore, Murtfeldt chain and belt tensioner and guides boost efficiency. Daido Corp. of America Booth US-7561

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PREMIUM PAPERBOARD ProtoÂŽ and SpectroTM paperboards offer enhanced optics with high-impact and lightweight feel. Proto C1S (coated one side) is a sturdy, single-ply solid bleached sulfate (SBS) for everyday premium packaging applications. Applications for the folding carton board include consumer packaging for cosmetics, health and beauty, confectionery and consumer electronics. Spectro C1S is a single-ply SBS for high-quality packaging and graphics applications in the consumer and lifestyle markets. Sappi North America Booth LS-6822

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REMOTE MAINTENANCE With high-quality audio, live video, file-sharing, remote programmable logic controller interface and augmented reality, the Remote Assistance service supplies faster, more effective equipment diagnosis. Remote Assistance combines technology such as smart glasses, tablets or Smartphones with an information technology platform to connect onsite personnel with company experts. Coesia Group Booth C-4400

RUGGED CASE ERECTOR The HPE NS case erector delivers perfectly formed cases 24/7 under the toughest conditions. An easy-load bundle hopper can be loaded continuously to maintain non-stop operation. An extended hopper option makes loading even easier. Optional Automatic Quick Change expedites changeover and cuts downtime. Multiple frame sizes are available as well as two-piece half-slotted case lidder and Tablock versions. MARQ Packaging Systems Booth C-2603 SD

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NEW in Las Vegas!

PACKage Printing Pavilion Central Hall Explore digital printing and labeling technologies from 60+ exhibitors with solutions for customization, including variable data, short-run and on-demand jobs. (l-r) Joseph Miller and Thomas Wright are showing Multi-Conveyor’s (Booth C-1715) slim-fit conveyor with MOD soft rollerbelt technology.

The Containers and Materials Pavilion Lower South Hall Bio-based materials, flexibles and much more— the solutions you need to answer consumer demand. And don’t miss:

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The Reusable Packaging Pavilion Upper South Hall Meet RPA member suppliers offering reusable assets and learn about long-term benefits of switching to reusables in the Reusable Packaging Learning Center.

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The Confectionery Pavilion Upper South Hall See what’s new in equipment and integrated systems for candy, confectionery and gum production. Sponsored by:

(l-r) Normand Lord and Luc Harvey from Nita Labeling Equipment (Booth C-3445) prepare a software demonstration for Nita 4.0, a self-diagnosing system.

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Makes Light Work of Hard-to-fill Products

TEA finalist Amcor Flexibles (Booth US-8033) shows Liquideflex Advance Films, which are designed for foodservice pouches.

Readying the Airos air preparation equipment at Bimba Manufacturing (Booth LS-6277). / 9620 Hawley Park Road West Jordan, Utah 84081 USA Phone +1. 801. 280.1570 Fax +1. 801. 280.4341 See us at Pack Expo / Booth C-2838 Kirk-Rudy (Booth US-7411) debuts the FireJet 4C all-in-one printing system. It combines heavy-duty transport with quality and reliability from Memjet and DuraFlex technology.

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Stop by Turck (Booth US-7627) to learn about options in rugged sensors for packaging applications.

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Industry Training Developed By Industry For Industry

ATS Engineering (Booth LS-6238) invites you to stop by and see its high-quality filling machines at PACK EXPO.

Elevate your talent through PMMI’s convenient training and development opportunities.

Certified Trainer Workshops Develop your team’s training skills.

Fundamentals of Field Service (for PMMI members only)

AmbaFlex (Booth LS-6233), brings you its solutions using spiral elevators and accumulators for primary and secondary package handling.

Give your technicians the non-technical skills they need for great customer service.

Mechatronic Certifications Identify multi-skilled workers to troubleshoot and repair automated equipment on the plant floor.

Risk Assessment Workshops Improve productivity and ensure worker safety.

TechEd 365 Cost-effective, consistent online training.

The Risk Assessment Workshop held Sunday morning brought essential information to interested attendees.

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(l-r) Stephen Dodd and Bill Aurand set up early Sunday morning at Sonics & Materials (Booth LS-5822).

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SEE IT IN ACTION: PACK EXPO BOOTH C-3800 "Super Soft Catch" Case Packer The industry standard for reliable operation, quick change-over and versatile product range.

Michael Tschoepe of Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800) shines up the booth for the TIMM Machine.

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

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Yamato (Booth LS-5950) brings its automatic, commercial and industrial weighing solutions to PACK EXPO.

Elias Deeb readies the QL-120X QuickLabel digital label printer at AstroNova Product Identification (Booth C-3906, N-413).

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Weary exhibitors take a break from Sunday setup to stretch their legs and grab a drink.

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It’s time to pick up badges at registration!

Are You a Sales Agent? When Leading OEMs Look for Agents, Make Sure They Find You.

Learn about Lenze America’s (Booth LS-6272) Plug & Produce for the Smart Factory, daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

A PMMI Directory of Agents listing brings successful partnerships to you.

PMMI members are North America’s leading packaging and processing OEMs, and they’re looking for sales agents. Make sure they find you with your free listing in the PMMI Directory of Agents.

VDG (Van der Graaf) (Booth LS-5984) is ready for PACK EXPO!

The Directory matches you with OEMs based on your areas of expertise and their target markets. To learn more and include your free listing in the Directory of Agents, visit

PEEL Plastic Products (Booth LS-6466) wants you to Think Green! Stop by and learn about recyclable flexible packaging solutions.

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PACKAGE SEALING SYSTEMS FROM THE ULTRASONIC EXPERTS Maximize process speed and control Optimize seals with patented tooling face pattern for unprecedented seal strength and hermeticity Ultrasonic systems and custom components for flexible integration into packaging machinery

(l-r) Rafa Garibay, Rick Lopez, Sam Goldberg and Wayne Goldberg are ready to show you the complete line of packaging equipment at Econocorp (Booth C-4425), including cartoning, forming and case packing machines.

Manufacturing advanced ultrasonic sealing systems in the USA since 1969 for applications such as stand-up pouch top and side seals; pillow bag cross seals; quad seal/gusset bag cross seals; zipper crushing; carton/pouch fitment welding; and clamshells. 800.745.1105 Visit Sonics at Pack Expo Las Vegas, Booth #LS-5822 or contact us for assistance with your packaging application. 19_Sonics_PackExpo_Ad_v3.indd 1

Jonas Ljunberg from Siemens Digital Industries US (Booth LS-6567) demonstrates the system’s display. Visit Siemen’s to learn how to become a digital enterprise.


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(l-r) Kyle Hermes, Jon Hermes and Rick Barbuto from TDI Packsys (Booth LS-6658) do final checks on their industry-leading product inspection systems.

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The team from Emerson (Booth LS-6107) is ready to discuss their innovative technologies with you AVENTICS, Branson, Cascade, Micro Motion, Rosemount and SolaHD brands.

Join a network of packaging and processing professionals dedicated to advancing the industry through its next generation of leaders.

At Matthews Marking Systems (Booth C-1841), Eric Lundberg readies the Mperia print-and-apply automatic labeler, which is easy to install and operate.

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Dorner Mfg. Co. (Booth C-1844) is showing its packaged and custom conveyor solutions for industrial, packaging and sanitary conveyor automation needs.

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(l-r) Markus Laanes and Sarv Bhathal from ProMach Performance Services check out the Robotics Zone (Booth N-850), a new area spotlighting fun and interactive robotic activities and cobot displays.

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Visit Fortress Technology (Booth C-1951) to learn how it custom manufactures equipment for customers’ needs, applications and specifications to ensure optimal metal detection.

Discover Poly-ToneTM HD at booth #LS-6514 Smarter Packaging Solutions | | 1-800-268-2424

Come meet the specialists at NJM Packaging, a ProMach product brand (Booth N-307), for solutions to counting/filling from 40-400/min.

Looking to update the packing and process technology you use? Talk to (l-r) Peter Heyn and Sabri Demirel at Romaco North America (Booth N-214).

Talk to (l-r) David Hayward and Gary Block to learn how BoxSizer from WestRock (Booth C-2223) can right-size multiple pre-loaded box footprints arriving at random.

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Robotics Zone presents educational sessions


Meet Your Future Workforce Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

ith innovation in automation driving rapid developments in robotics, an entire zone in the North Hall allows visitors to see the latest technologies in action. The new Robotics Zone (Booth N-850) also includes a full schedule of free educational sessions daily on the half-hour including an overview of the Blessings in a Backpack work cell, which packs food for hungry school children (see today’s schedule of sessions below). In addition to the Blessings in a Backpack work cell, robots in the Zone perform a variety of functions including greeting visitors, playing dice, bowling, playing piano, picking and placing objects and flexibly grasping objects using object detection and artificial intelligence. Visitors to the Zone also may try out an interactive, wearable exoskeleton, learn about end-of-arm tools and cheer high school teams showing off their creations in the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase (see story, p. 23). For more information, visit SD

10:00 A.M. KICKOFF – PMMI 10:30 A.M. BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK Robotic cell picks random product to load pouches of food to feed school children over the weekend.


CareerLink LIVE @ PACK EXPO is an opportunity for PMMI, the Institute of Packaging Professionals and CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers members to meet with students pursuing careers in packaging through one-on-one informational interviews.

Visit Room N-237 to participate.

AI has been around for a while and changed daily life. With the SIMATIC S71500 TM NPU module, artificial intelligence (AI) comes to the shop floor, bringing new ways to solve problems, increase flexibility and reduce engineering effort. Bernd Raithel Head of Mktg & Product Management for Factory Automation in the U.S. Siemens

11:30 A.M. INDUSTRY/EDUCATION ALIGNMENT Industry and education are working together. Industrial automation suppliers have developed educational programs and industry certifications that provide schools with real cutting-edge technology, so students can enter the workforce immediately and pursue their passions. Paul Aiello Dir of Education FANUC America


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Learn about the next generation of intelligent robotic systems, which require the power of “edge” AI to function safely and intelligently in human-centric environments. In particular, collaborative robots, or cobots, will rely on machine learning techniques for situation awareness, understanding human intent, intelligent path planning for collision avoidance and precision control in both position and admittance modes in order to be able to share the same workspace and collaborate with humans. Dr. William Melek Dir of Mechatronics Engineering and the RoboHub University of Waterloo

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12:30 P.M. BEHIND THE MUSIC OF KUKA’S AGILUS ROBOT BAND On the outside, KUKA’s AGILUS Robot Band effortlessly works its way through a variety of sets, playing each song with the same precision. Behind the scenes, however, the orchestration is much more complex. This presentation walks through the workflows and software that link the band together, as well as provides examples of other applications using this approach in the entertainment industry. Ron Bergamin Senior Sales Application Engineer KUKA

1:00 P.M. A FUTURE THAT WORKS: THE ROLE OF AUTOMATION IN THE FUTURE OF PACKAGING Automation technologies, especially robotics, will become a reality in the workplace. Explore the likely impacts on employment and productivity. Keith Kersten Mktg Group Mgr Omron Automation Americas


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Robotics can be a cost-effective way to address labor costs and reliability. Integration is the key. Tight integration keeps things simple and easy to operate. Bosch uses three different robotic models and configurations with 2D and 3D vision to solve packing challenges. Kelly Meer Product Mgr Bosch Packaging Technology

2:00 P.M. BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK Robotic cell picks random product to load pouches of food to feed school children over the weekend.

2:30 P.M. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: EXOSKELETONS Employees need ergonomic resources to improve work quality and efficiency and reduce the risk of injury. This presentation covers the benefits of incorporating exoskeletons into material-handling processes. Cayla Zielinski Wearable Robotics Specialist Comau

3:00 P.M. APPLYING COBOTS IN PACKAGING APPLICATIONS The use of robotics in food and consumer goods applications is one of the fastest growing segments of the robotics market. We will look at the ways that traditional robots have been applied up to now in the consumer packaged goods market. Jim Cooper Exec Dir Global Accounts FANUC America SD

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