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

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Show Daily SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

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Shows must go on

A sneak peek at 2020’s slate of shows.

Case packer aggregates


s we begin the last day of another record-breaking PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the 2,000plus exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees who made it the largest packaging show in the world this year. Looking ahead to 2020, reg- Laura Thompson istration is officially open for PACK EXPO East (March 3-5, 2020; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). Now in its fourth edition, the three-day event will feature 400 exhibiting companies and span 100,000 net sq. ft., providing the opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas with 7,000 peers. The location in Philadelphia presents a unique opportunity for the CPG-rich mid-Atlantic, allowing much of the east coast the chance to drive or train in and see latest in cutting edge technology and insights. Your whole team can attend, get up to speed on the most recent advances and investigate the best solutions to give your company a competitive advantage. EXPO PACK México returns to Mexico City

An aggregation-ready Model GSL10 side-load case packer from MG America (Booth N-227) loads regularly shaped products into shipping cases and seals cases with tape or hot melt. Servo motors control main machine movements; a pneumatic system handles secondary movements. No part changes are needed for different case sizes, and handwheels ensure simple, precise adjustments. SD

Integrate motion control Now available in the U.S., the EtherCAT-enabled eXtended Transport System (XTS) from Beckhoff Automation (Booth LS-6149) 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. The advanced mechatronic system can reduce machine footprint up to 50%. SD

Print in color Powered by Memjet, the FireJet 4C full-color inkjet printing system from Kirk-Rudy (Booth US-7411) delivers high-speed digital color printing at near offset quality. The FireJet 4C printer handles A3+ and A4 cut sheets and reproduces 1,600 x 1,600 dot/in. resolution at speeds to150 ft./min. The newly designed printhead has been engineered to provide a longer life. An integrated wiper system automates servicing of the printhead. SD

Hot melt handles range of temps Advantra® Warrior™ proprietary hotmelt adhesive from H.B. Fuller (Booth C-3704) suits a wide range of environments and case and carton sealing applications. Strong bonds remain unfazed by hot or freezing conditions. SD

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5 exhibitors win Technology Excellence Awards Show attendees choose the most intriguing new technologies


he votes are in. Five finalists have been chosen as winners of 2019 Technology Excellence Awards. Show-goers considered 15 finalists culled from a field of more than 100 to determine the most innovative products shown for the first time at a PACK EXPO show.

June 2-5 at Expo Santa Fe México with more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. The show will once again offer a comprehensive education program and networking activities including a Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network education session for the first time. Finally, be ready for any packaging or production challenge that comes along when you attend PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2020, Nov. 8-11 at McCormick Place, Chicago. It will be North America’s largest packaging trade show in 2020 and a must-attend event for anyone in the packaging sector. I sincerely hope PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO provided you actionable business opportunities, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our future events. For more information visit Laura Thompson Vice President, Trade Shows, PMMI

Ochoa inspires

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


record-setting, diverse audience of about 900 arrived at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO early yesterday morning to hear Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space and second female director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, speak at the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Breakfast.

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OUND EAT,NEWS MEET BRIEF NEWS BRIEF OUNDEAKING. Partners design for recyclability

RecycleReady films from Dow (Booth LS-6584, LS6585) run on horizontal/ eat’s natural appearance 2X-4X longer shelf life. form/fill/seal with (H/F/F/S) equipment from Mespack (Booth C-4118, LS-5919). The resulting high-performance pouches recycle in the Store Drop-Off program. After the show, the H/F/F/S machine will reside at Dow’s Pack Studios in Freeport, Texas, where Dow and Mespack will continue to combine maed another new wave HPP technology. terials andinpouch-making know-how to accelerate flexible packaging design for recyclability. SD

ive new process, HPP-pasteurized raw meat will have appetite appeal, with naturally preserved color and fe also increases significantly, while the chances of a

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Entour™ front-of-store recycle-capable Bear Naked Granola package Berry Global (Booth US-7233) PHARMACEUTICALS/MEDICAL DEVICES

OMAC bestows mersed in the science and technology of HPP for over grant

Ellen Ochoa

this is just further proof that there’s OMAC no limit– to the The Organizapertise.

tion for Machine Control (Booth C-1256) presents a $5,000 grant to the University of Waterloo. SD

Dehumidifier saves energy

BM 2030 PC Belco Packaging Systems (Booth C-4603) BEVERAGE & DAIRY

DD1200-HF desiccant dehumidifier from EBAC Industrial Products (Booth N-426) dries air while saving energy. The system relies on a silica gel wheel, which absorbs moisture and then moves through a regeneration segment. Reheating the regeneration airstream reater into pure profit. Talk covers energy. SDto an Avure HPP expert today

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Fill pouches aseptically

The AsepFlex™ linear pouch filler from JBT (Booth LS-6190) fills pouches commonly used for infant nutrition and sports drinks. With a capacity as high as 500 pouches/min., or 30,000 pouches/hr., the fully aseptic machine meets FDA guidelines for low-acid, aseptically filled foods and can achieve a 95% efficiency rate. SD

Applicator for E6PR™ rings TECMA ARIES (Booth LS-6078) GENERAL PACKAGING

Weigher handles salad An optimized MP-16-3800-1250-J multihead weigher from MULTIPOND, parent company of MULTIPOND America (Booth LS-6532), offers an output of up to 100 weighings/min., depending on application, product and target weight with the highest degree of accuracy. The hygienic system offers quick ROI. SD

Capmatic adds facility

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LDPET Sleever International (Booth LS-6079) MEAT/POULTRY/SEAFOOD

Capmatic (Booth C-1528) opens a 30,000-sq.-ft. facility in Cypress, California, to expand manufacturing, service and sales capabilities in the U.S. New location condenses turnaround time for service calls and parts acquisition and speeds deliveries. SD

During her keynote address, Exploring New Territory, Ochoa shared experiences about her days as an astronaut, shuttle missions, time on the space station and later as a leader of the Johnson Space Center. “Accomplishing the mission becomes broader in a leadership role,” she noted. She emphasized the importance of role models to show young women potential career paths in science and engineering. She also said, “Diversity is at the root of creativity, and creativity is what will solve the problems we face. There is a connection between inclusion and innovation.” Finally, she advised, “When people discourage you, it’s almost always because they don’t know you. . . . Listen to the people who know what you have to offer.” 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. The next PPWLN event takes place at PACK EXPO East (March 3-5, 2020; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). 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. For more information, visit SD

Matrix Ultra labeler UltraSource (Booth LS-6338)

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Show Premier, only at Polypack

Polypack features equipment and Materials designed to save the environment, while providing a financial and efficiency benefit to end users. 1) The JACKET PACK, designed to reduce materials while providing shipping strength packaging. Only on booth C1831

Rychiger buys Nuspark

2) The ALL IN ONE; why have two machines when one can both Rychiger AG, parent company of Rychiger NA (Booth shrink wrap and Case Pack, while reducing cost and footprint. US-7269), acquires Nuspark (Booth C-5433) enabling the Only on booth C1831

family-owned companies to offer fully integrated primary

3) Glue tape lesspackaging tray formers for retail distribution andand secondary lines. The or deal further strengthpurposes, now you can have it all. Only on booth C1831 ens Rychiger’s presence in the North American market. Nuspark founders Felix Elent andpacks Valeri 4) 100 % plant base films,Michael see bothElent, retail and distribution remain president viceC1831 presidents of Nuspark, wrap Bialler with sugar can film. Only onand booth respectively. Rychiger NA continues its sales and customer

service activities. SDreinventing packaging for the Polypack has been last 60 years, living in the present and future for an environmental stable world.

Polypack unveils BOOTHfilm C-1831 ‘sweet’ Plant-based Green Film DESIGNEDTruly TO ADAPT. from Polypack C-1831) is deBUILT TO(Booth ENDURE. rived 100% from sugar cane. ApplicaPOLYPACK.COM 727.578.5000 tions include retail and distribution packs. SD

Check weights The C35 VC checkweigher from Mettler-Toledo (Booth C-2023) 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. SD

Bagger runs produce The Model CSB compact sanitary bagger from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Booth C-2614) runs bags up to 13 in. wide within a 36-in. machine width. 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. SD

‘Walk’ through machines In a digital showroom Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth C-2800) presents a virtual reality demo of the new Elematic 2001, the Elematic 1001 SL and the Elematic 3001 compact case packers that allows visitors to walk right into the machines. The case packers handle a large selection of primary pack styles including flow wraps, cartons, cups and thermoforms. SD

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(Las Vegas, NV) – On Monday, September 23, 2019 through Wednesday, September 25, Polypack will be showing off their Truly Green Film at the Pack Expo 2019

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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.

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Booth N-850

The Robotics Zone (see p. 30 and p. 116)

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Booth N-850

Amazing Packaging Race (for students)

9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Room N-108

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

Students compete in The Amazing Packaging Race Annual event combines teamwork, learning and fun.


he Amazing Packaging Race is a student competition that takes place from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 25). During this event, students from across the country are divided into teams of three or four and tasked with visiting participating exhibitors to complete 10-15-min. pass/fail tasks. Progress is tracked through Twitter accounts and by using @AmazingPkgRace and #PACKRACE19. The Race concludes at Emerson (Booth LS-6107) where cash prizes are awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams. “We are very excited to once again sponsor the Amazing Packaging Race,” says Jay Gatz, vice president, marketing, Emerson Automation Solutions. He explains, “The race is a hands-on celebration and exploration of technology and innovation. Both principles are cores of Emerson’s heritage— and drivers of our continuing strong support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.” Matt Tucker, regional sales executive at Synerlink, a part of Barry-Wehmiller Companies (Booth C-1800), has a special affinity with the students in this year’s race. He participated in the Race in 2016 as a student from Clemson University. This year he plans to take pictures of students passing through the Barry-Wehmiller booth. “Over the years, Emerson has shown their commitment to provide educational opportunities for students in the packaging 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 shows. He adds, “Their consistent sponsorship has made the success of this program possible, and we are grateful for their continued support. Students and exhibitors look forward to this event every year. It’s a great way for future leaders to experience the field firsthand, and the hands-on tasks and friendly competition make it a fun way to close out [the show]. A couple dozen exhibitors are providing challenges for the students. Participating exhibitors donate $500 to the PMMI Foundation. For more information, visit, SD

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September 25, 2019

Hayes and Fee move on

Before You Innovate, Caffeinate


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

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veteran PMMI staffer, Patti Fee, is retiring at the end of 2019. Since arriving at PMMI in 1991, Patti has overseen registration, food and beverage and other services for shows and meetings as well as hiring and training of temporary staffers for the show (approximately 125 people this year). She has watched PACK EXPO International mirror the expansion of McCormick Place in Chicago, growing into each new hall as it was completed: the North Hall, the South Hall and, most recently, the West Hall. She also has seen the start of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the EXPO PACK shows in Mexico, PACK EXPO East and ProFood Tech. She is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren, playing more golf, horseback riding and traveling. She also plans to become more involved as a hospice volunteer and in a horse therapy program. “I’ll miss the industry, but I’m sure I’ll be back to help out at some of the shows. I just love to take care of everyone.” Fred Hayes, another veteran PMMI staffer, also is moving on. He is a former PMMI member company executive and owner of Hayes Machine. In 1995, after he sold his business, former PMMI President Chuck Yuska asked if he would be interested in continuing the standards work on a paid basis for PMMI. So he began providing consulting services on national and international standards and in 2004 was named PMMI’s director of Technical Services. Hayes has made strong contributions to PMMI member companies including leading risk assessment training efforts, supporting the launch of the PMMI software program called PackSafe and serving as the lead developer of the ANSI/B155.1 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard. Since first being incorporated in the standard, the risk assessment process has been so well received, it has been duplicated on a national and international basis. Hayes will continue to provide services on national and international technical standards to a variety of customers including PMMI member companies. SD

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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Certificate program closes skills gap


he new One Voice Ready Certificate Program 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. “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.” 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. 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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Pumping the brakes on climate change 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

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

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

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Packaging can reduce environmental impact


single package tells an important story about a brand’s journey towards environmental awareness. From the size and shape of the container to the type of materials used for its creation, every choice has a direct effect on environmental impact. Were the materials used responsibly sourced? Can the package be recycled? Is it constructed to avoid spoilage and waste? To help curb climate change and protect products, businesses and planet, brands must put great thought into every packaging decision, from the materials that make up the package to its potential reuse. The carton industry took a bold step in 2009 with the creation of the Carton Council, an industry group dedicated to promoting carton recycling. Tetra Pak (Booth C-3622) was a founding member. Since the group’s launch, the percentage of U.S. households with access to carton recycling programs has grown from 18% to 63%. During that time, Paper Stock Industries’ Grade #52 was created. Made of recovered aseptic and gable-top cartons, Grade #52 makes it possible for material recovery facilities to market recovered cartons to get the most value from their high-quality fibers.

A CIRCULAR ECONOMY Whereas a linear economy approach transforms raw materials into products ultimately destined for a landfill, the circular economy approach is to take, make and reuse again and again. With a circular economy approach, companies source responsibly, use renewable materials and then recycle. According to Scott Byrne, circular economy expert at Tetra Pak, U.S. and Canada, the fiber in a carton can usually be recycled up to seven times. Grade #52 provides a sustainable option and is a perfect example of the circular economy in practice. According to the Tetra Pak Index 2018, awareness of the circular economy is growing, particularly as brands focus on sustainable and renewable sourcing. As such, cartons, which are made primarily of paperboard, are a popular consumer choice.” While efficient, lightweight packaging translates into less energy use in transport for the brand, the message it sends to consumers about the company behind the product says even more. Byrne explains, “Environmentalism is top of mind for consumers, from reducing climate change and carbon emissions to the desire for recyclable products. We’ve seen growth in all of those metrics, which is encouraging.” Secondary packaging, or rather a lack of it, is important to consumers, particularly those who purchase groceries online. Many consumers think that secondary packaging is excessive and a waste of resources. The Tetra Pak Index 2018 revealed that 74% of consumers in the U.S. avoid making purchases if secondary packaging is used. Tetra Pak works with end users to help ensure processes are energy- and water-efficient and that there are recycling or recovery practices in place to help save resources. While Tetra Pak takes a value chain approach with end users, it also implements sustainable practices across its own operations. As a result of its commitments to sustainable practices and transparency, Tetra Pak has been recognized on the CDP Supplier Climate A list and the CDP Forests A list. In 2018, only the top 2% of reporting companies were named on the Supplier Climate program A-List. For more information, visit SD

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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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PMMI awards first Chuck Yuska Scholarship

Barrier board contains no plastic

MMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), names Laura Kershaw, a senior Packaging Engineering student at Rutgers University, as the recipient of the inaugural Chuck Yuska Scholarship. The scholarship honors PMMI’s former president and CEO of 28 years, who was an influential force in growing the association and its PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. To qualify for the $5,000 scholarship, students must be studying engineering, packaging, processing, mechatronics or a related field at a PMMI Education Partner school. “PMMI is proud to invest in the future of the packaging and processing industry in honor of Chuck Yuska,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. He adds, “Chuck has and continues to be a mentor for so many, and now this scholarship in his name continues to inspire others to get involved with our industry.” The PMMI Foundation awards or administers several scholarships each year, providing more than $200,000 in funds for students. Many PACK EXPO events support the scholarship program including the pre-show Foundation Golf Tournament, The Amazing Packaging Race and the CareerLink LIVE @ PACK EXPO interview and networking session. The PMMI Foundation also accepts donations (mail checks to PMMI Education & Training Foundation, P.O. Box 791042, Baltimore, MD 21279-1042). For more information, visit SD

Paperboard for food, foodservice applications recycles in paper stream.



plastic-free eco-barrier substrate, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard from Metsä Board, parent company of Metsä Board Americas (Booth LS-6638), poses a more sustainable alternative to plastic-coated boards. The barrier is provided by a dispersion applied online in the board machine on the reverse side of the paperboard. There are no optical brighteners, wax or fluorinated chemicals. The resulting structure is safe for direct food contact and offers medium grease and moisture barrier properties meaning it may be used in many food and foodservice applications to replace plastics or chemically treated boards. With the eco-barrier instead of plastic, the MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard is recyclable in the paper or paperboard streams. Eliminating the need to separate a plastic layer simplifies recycling. In the case of visible food contamination, recycling can be carried out in accordance with local recycling schemes.

Honoring leaders for more than four decades. The Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame will open nominations for the Class of 2020 on March 3rd. The Hall of Fame was established in 1971 and welcomes professionals who have distinguished themselves by advancing the science, technology and practice of packaging or processing, by expanding industry knowledge and by volunteer service and leadership.

Nominate a leader beginning March 3, 2020.

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An environmentally-friendly barrier paperboard contains no optical brighteners, wax or fluorinated chemicals.

Available in gauges from 12–22.5 points, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard is made from fibers sourced from sustainably managed northern European forests. It is available with PEFC™ or FSC® certification. In addition to being easy to recycle, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard is lightweight, thereby reducing its carbon footprint throughout the chain. Applications range from fast food to dry, fresh and frozen food and nonfood products where a medium barrier to grease and moisture is needed. Packaging for fast food, premium food and non-food products is already on the market. “We recommend our customers . . . conduct testing with this new material when looking for an alternative for plastic, wax or fluorochemical-containing packaging . . . to see if it will give enough barrier properties,” says Katja Tuomola, business development director, Metsä Board. Tuomola concludes, “Packaging is a necessity for food distribution and safety as well as avoiding food waste. Paperboard packaging made from renewable materials is a sustainable choice. With further development of the barrier properties of the paperboard, we are now able to provide a solution for a greater number of applications. Our new plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard provides many opportunities for food and foodservice packaging, as well as other end uses where barrier properties are needed.” For more information, visit SD

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Plastic bubble mailers impacting your sustainability?

Yes, we can solve that too. Introducing Pak On DemandTM Pouch System – a brand new technology that 3D scans your products to create a custom, right-sized pouch. The result is a rigid, highly protective pouch that is completely curbside recyclable. Eliminate unnecessary void fill and shipping charges and reduce labor costs through automating previous manual operations.

To learn more, visit Booth #C-2223.

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© 2019 WestRock Company. All rights reserved.

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

Hotel keycard sponsor, Bimba Manufacturing (Booth LS-6277), is ready to tell you about their new Airos Air Preparation equipment.

ORBIS (Booth US-8001) is sponsoring PACK EXPO lanyards. Stop by their booth to view a new retail-ready XpressBulk milk delivery service.

Lenze Americas (LS-6272), a specialist in motion-centric automation, sponsors the Exhibitor and Member Lounges.

Need to find your way around PACK EXPO? Download the handy PACK EXPO app, brought to you by ProMach (Booth C-3218).

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Romaco North America (Booth N-214) sponsors aisle banners this year at PACK EXPO. Stop by their booth to learn about their packing and process technology.

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

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Dow presents Packaging Innovation Awards Dai Nippon Printing takes top honors.


16th Annual

ow (LS-6584, LS-6585) presented the winners of the 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards yesterday in a ceremony at the Showcase of Packaging Innovations (Booth LS-6519). The highest honor, the Diamond Award, went to Dai Nippon Printing, Packaging Division for its DNP Functional Film Complex polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, an environmentally conscious and brand-friendly bottle alternative that offers a distinct glass-like appearance due to a peelable outer layer, which can act as an oxygen barrier when combined with PET. The PET bottle retains all the qualities consumers love about glass bottles—the feel and sense of luxury—while creating a recyclable, lightweight and virtually unbreakable product. “This year we received a record-breaking number of submissions for innovative, forward-thinking packaging designs from around the world,” says Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “Congratulations to all of the 2019 winners. I’m continually impressed by the world-class innovations that we see year after year.” The 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards program, hosted by Dow, previously known as the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, is now in its 31st year and is the industry’s longest-running independently judged packaging awards program. The judges evaluated nearly 250 entries from companies in more than 30 countries. In addition to the Diamond Award, the judges also selected eight Diamond Finalists, 10 Gold Award Winners, 12 Silver Award Winners and two Honorable Mention categories. For more information visit SD

Sponsored by:

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

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

Diamond Winner

ALICO, ReciPack

Dai Nippon Printing, DNP Functional Film Complex PET Plastic Bottle

C.I. TAKIRON, SANZIP Sensory Zipper Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US-8033), Molson Coors 12-Pack Cooler Bag

>> ABRE—Brazilian Packaging Association

Diamond Finalists

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

Embrapa Food Technology, Development of Innovative Packaging for Fruits Procter & Gamble, Tide Eco-Box

DuPont Teijin Films, LuxCR™ Depolymerization Process

>> DOW—The Dow Chemical Company

Henkel, EPIX™ Technology for Sustainable Packaging

Huhtamaki PPL Ltd., Bag-in-Bag for Extreme Drop Resistance

Danone Nutricia Research, OpTri, a Collapsible Bottle for Tube Feeding Nutrition

Silver Award Winners

>> FPA—Flexible Packaging Association >> FSEA—Foil and Specialty Effects Association >> IMDA—In-Mold Decorating Association >> IAE—Instituto Argentino del Envase >> IoPP—Institute of Packaging Professionals >> PPC—Paperboard Packaging Council

Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US8033), Paperly™ Thermoformable PaperBased Packaging Werner & Mertz and Mondi Group (Booth LS-6516), Sustainable, 100% Recyclable Frosch Pouch Made of Polyethylene ProAmpac (Booth LS-6156) and L’Oréal, REDKEN® Flash Lift Bonder Inside

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Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US8033), Full Moon Perdue Natural Look Pet Treat Pouch Hangzhou Holmes Food, Baicaowei “Fresh Lock” Packaging Weener Plastics, 100% PCR Dish Soap Cap Hangzhou Qunle Packaging, The “Fortune Stick” Pet Snack Packaging

>> ProFood World’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Truman’s, Truman’s Starter Kit

KW Container, TruSnap™ with TwistCap Paint Container

Gold Award Winners

Incom Packing, SPOT

>> The Tube Council

Kawakami Sangyo, UKIYO-E PUTIPUTI

Blue Apron, Sustainable Gel Packs

>> WPO—World Packaging Organisation

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Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging (Booth LS6807), Barrier and Drop Resistant Bulk Bag

Duallok, An Elegant Child-Resistant Packaging Solution

ITC, Packaging Business, Breathable Wheat Flour Pack with Air Release Control

Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth US-8033), 46 oz. Coffeemate® natural bliss® Cold Brew with Amcor Geo-Strap™ Base

Procter & Gamble / Gillette, Joy Razor Schur Star Systems, Schur®Star Zip-Pop Packing Unilever, Love Beauty and Planet

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September 25, 2019

Association Partners support show Associations bring specialized expertise to visitors.


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

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September 25, 2019

VDG opens plant in Michigan

Move coincides with name change to VDG from Van der Graaf.


DG (Van der Graaf, Booth LS-5984), a leading designer and manufacturer of drum motors to drive belt conveyors for packaging and processing applications, has opened an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Shelby Township, Michigan. Manufacturing in North America since 1985 and in Shelby Township since 2012, the company’s innovatively designed drum motors have experienced rising demand in recent years. With this exponential growth, VDG recognized the need to move from its first Michigan location to a new, state-of-the-art facility with higher capacity to manufacture its product line. VDG increases capacity to manufacture its drum motor product line in a new 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Shelby Township, Michigan.


“As the demand for drum motor solutions grows in the United States, we recognize the importance of investing in our Michigan facility to ensure we’re providing the high-quality products, fast delivery and tailored client service that our customers have come to expect from us,” says Alex Kanaris, president of VDG. He adds, “This expansion is also a significant investment in the community VDG calls home. We look forward to bringing even more employment and business opportunities to the people of Shelby Township and the state of Michigan.” With the opening of the new facility and several service centers across the U.S., the company transitions from the name Van der Graaf to the shortened moniker VDG. “Our customers and the industries we serve have come to know the high level of service and quality we’ve provided under the Van der Graaf name for the last 70 years, which will only continue as we usher in this new era of our company formally known as VDG,” concludes Kanaris. For more information, visit SD

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Speakers focus on hot topics

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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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Booth N-307

High-Speed In-line Capper Featuring high quality and precise cap tightening, with the use of synchronized belts, this versatile and innovative machine applies cap torque without cap scuffing. • Integrated indexing cap elevator • Available with torque read-out • Quick and repeatable format change-over • Speeds up to 300 upm

Apps control digital valves


demo of the VTEM motion terminal from Festo (Booth LS-6349) shows how the world’s first cyber-physical pneumatic-motion-control system can replace up to 50 components. Instead, functionality is provided by digital valves and downloadable Apps that change how the valves perform. In the demo, a three-axis gantry moves to five stations. At each station, Apps are changed and the VTEM terminal performs a different pneumatic actuator function: l Pressure control with a fluidic muscle DMSP l Presetting travel time with a DGC linear drive l Flow control with flow sensors SFAH l Caudal regulator with the DGC linear drive l Pick-and-place with a DGSL mini slide The VTEM platform is designed for environments that manufacture short-lifecycle products, need to efficiently produce many stock keeping units or run small lots. For more information, visit SD

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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). 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

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September 25, 2019

Emerson announces scholarship recipients

ASCO Engineering Scholarships support careers in science and engineering professions.


merson (Booth LS-6107) awards two 2019 ASCO Engineering Scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership and contributions to the engineering profession—Shiloh Serenity Sigrid Curtis, a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tristan M. Ott, a junior at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

Shiloh Curtis

Curtis and Ott each received a $5,000 scholarship at an awards ceremony at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). Emerson also awarded two grants of $1,000 to benefit the engineering departments of MIT and Missouri S&T. “Ensuring the success of the next generation of manufacturing leaders is critical to bridging the talent gap facing our industry,” says Jay Gatz, vice president of Marketing for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. He adds, “We are committed to meeting the needs of the industrial sector through scholarships, partnerships with academia and innovative competitions, such as our Amazing Packaging Race. This commitment reflects our own heritage of driving innovation and investing in the future workforce.” Emerson hosted Curtis and Ott at PACK EXPO where, in addition to receiving the $5,000 Emerson scholarship, they attended The Amazing Packaging Race, a competition sponsored by Emerson involving college students from across the country. The race concluded at the Emerson booth with prizes for the top teams. Curtis of Sunnyvale, California, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and

Computer Science. She turned a visit at age eight to the HomeBrew Robotics Club with her dad into her life’s work, so that today her top interest is robotics. She says, “Robots have immense potential to benefit humans, from helping mobility-challenged individuals with the tasks of daily life to eliminating the boring—so that people can focus on what really matters.” She sees her greatest challenge as enabling robots to function with people in the human world. She also is continuing to develop her patent-pending haptic navigational aid (H-NAV) for the visually impaired. Curtis said that the Emerson scholarship is helping her continue her education at MIT. Ott of Platte City, Missouri, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has combined a strong work ethic with his personal beliefs to target a career in engineering dedicated to serving others—by “changing and aiding the lives of people across generations, cultures and continents. Engineering is in a unique position to change lives for better,” he says, adding, “I am incredibly thankful to Emerson for their support.”

Tristan Ott

Over the past 12 years, $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 24 U.S. students to bolster their success and future contributions as engineering professionals. In addition, the engineering departments of the colleges where the recipients are enrolled have received a cumulative $24,000 in grants for education research. The ASCO Engineering Scholarship program is a critical element of Emerson’s mission to support and inspire the next generation of innovators. The initiative is named for the Emerson brand that pioneered the solenoid valve in 1910, creating a heritage of innovation in engineering. For more information, visit SD

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SHOW DAILY September 25, 2019

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)

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP, Booth C-1361)

Brazilian Packaging Assn (ABRE)

Instituto Argentino del Envase

Dow (Booth LS-6584, LS-6585)

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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The Sustainable Packaging Award in IoPP’s AmeriStar competition honors the Krylon® Industrial Quik-Tap™ aerosol from Sherwin Williams, the first aerosol paint package to separate the valve and actuator from the can. After use, the reusable device creates an empty, non-pressurized can that recycles easily.

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September 25, 2019

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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



Bimba’s Air Preparation Product Line Beyond actuation, Bimba now offers a complete family of high quality air preparation equipment that meets the needs of every pneumatic circuit.


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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


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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

Increase profitability by reducing the chance of a mislabeling recall.

Retort operates in multiple modes Multifunctional system streamlines development of shelf-stable foods and scale-up to production.


he 2402 multimode retort from Allpax, a ProMach product brand (Booth C-3416) offers a range of process and agitation capabilities in a compact unit. Machines may be ordered with all or any combination of modes. The large number of process combinations and profiles available from the 2402 multimode retort delivers the capability to develop entirely new product categories or refresh existing products with improved quality and taste. Process capabilities include saturated steam, water immersion, steam/air, water spray and water cascade. Agitation capabilities include static, endover-end agitation, rocking, gentle motion (horizontal/reciprocating agitation), Shaka process® (high-speed horizontal/reciprocating agitation), axial rotation (rotary sterilizer simulation) and hydrostatic sterilizer simulation. The model on display features rotary and hori-

zontal agitation and saturated steam and water immersion modes and has been sold to the North Carolina (NC) Food Innovation Lab, a current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) pilot plant. It also is equipped with Allpax’s new pressure profiler. The pressure profiler delineates cook and cooling process parameters that ensure package integrity by minimizing package deformation and stress during the sterilization process. “The 2402 is one tool that allows this facility to offer a variety of capabilities and flexibility,” says Dr. William Aimutis, executive director of the NC Food Innovation Lab. Changeover between modes is accomplished via software and/or hardware. Each 2402 machine is equipped with the production version of Allpax control software, which is FDA 21 CFR Part 11-compliant for recipe editing, batch logs and security functions. Using the same control for lab

The 2402 multimode report from Allpax processes all types of packaging including metal or plastic cans; glass or plastic bottles; glass jars; plastic cups, trays or bowls; fiberboard containers; and plastic or foil-laminate pouches.

and production units ensures internal production operations and co-packers can accurately replicate process parameters. The 2402 multimode retort can be purchased or leased. For more information, visit SD

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September 25, 2019

The Future of Connected Manufacturing

UnPACKed with PMMI podcast launches


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-thego. 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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September 25, 2019

Don’t miss the Robotics Zone

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

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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


Omron Automation

Allied Technology Bosch Packaging Technology

ProMach Performance Services with ABB, Cognex, Soft Robotics

Chicago Electric with Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Div.

Ready Robotics Septimatech


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Soft Robotics

FANUC America

Universal Robots USA with Allied Technology

Future Innovators Robotics Showcase

University of Waterloo


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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The Future of Connected Manufacturing

Coating imparts barrier with no emissions


oatings can economically improve the barrier properties and recyclability of bottles and containers. A new range of coating machines from Delta Engineering (Booth LS-6394) rely on plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), overcome issues related to emissions and can serve as an alternative to direct fluorination, which is under pressure due to the dangers of escaping gas.

A PECVD coater deposits thin films from a gas state to a solid state on a substrate such as the inside of bottles with no gas escaping into the atmosphere

The coating process starts with an argon plasma to clean and etch the surface, preparing it to be chemically modified. Then a carbon layer is added. This is accomplished by a gas mixture that contains acetylene (C2 H2). With microwaves, the acetylene molecules split into highly reactive methylidyne radicals (CH*) and immediately bond with the surface, creating a carbon coating. Coating properties are tailored by altering the gas mixture. In a third step, the company uses R134a, a wellknown non-ozone-depleting HFC. Microwaves cause the HFC-molecules to break down and create a protecting carbon-fluorine layer inside the bottle. For more information, visit SD

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Ready to grow

Automated workcell helps greenhouse operation achieve end-of-line packaging perfection to keep up with growing demand for its premium tomatoes.


NatureFresh Farms Operations Manager Cornelius Neufeld strikes a happy pose with a freshly filled pack of TOMZ brand specialty tomatoes harvested at the company’s state-ofthe-art greenhouse operation in Delta, Ohio, which recently installed a fully automatic EndFlex Top Load Modular Cell system (background) to enable smooth and swift packaging of the company’s premium tomatoes inside top-sealed plastic trays for extended shelf-life and maximum shelf impact.

rowing healthy, tasty natural products consumers can’t seem to get enough of is every farmer’s dream. And for leading Canadian greenhouse operator NatureFresh Farms, living the proverbial American dream has been an exciting and exhilarating ride ever since the Leamington, Ontario-based company made a momentous decision to expand its operations into the nearby U.S. state of Ohio in 2015. “I just love doing what I do here,” says Cornelius Neufeld, operations manager of the company’s Ohio business who originally joined NatureFresh at its Leamington home base about eight years ago. “I oversee the production, maintenance and all the critical functions with the help of four managers,” says Neufeld, who leads a close-knit team of 175 dedicated full-time staff at the state-of-the-art, 45-acre greenhouse complex in the village of Delta, located in Fulton County in northwest Ohio. While Neufeld may not be able to spend as much time with family and friends as he used to while working in Leamington, “I was very eager to make the most of this unique opportunity to grow myself professionally within the company and within the industry-at-large.” “We don’t just grow produce here—we also grow people,” Neufeld said in a recent interview from his Delta location, where NatureFresh produces premium quality TOMZ brand bite-size snacking tomatoes, medium TOV (tomatoes-on-the-vine) and large beefsteak tomatoes on a year-round basis using high­-pressure sodium lighting to harvest premium product with outstanding flavor and taste profile. Operating on a one-shift, six-day-a-week schedule running between 45 to 55 hr./week, the Delta greenhouse was originally conceived as a base to ad-

dress the trend toward locally sourced foodstuffs. “We selected Ohio as a strategic location that would enable us to serve a large consumer base with the reduced number ‘food miles’ required to ship the product to the points-of-sale,” says Neufeld, noting the Delta greenhouse serves retail customers in major centers from Chicago and Cleveland all the way to the U.S. East Coast. According to NatureFresh, tomatoes grown at the Delta greenhouse can reach more than 55 million consumers within a 5-hr. trucking radius. As Neufeld relates, the sheer size of the U.S. market prompted NatureFresh to quickly expand the original 15-acre Delta greenhouse to its current 45acre size within a space of a year, while equipping it with the most advanced greenhouse technologies. “Everything here is state-of-the-art,” extols Neufeld, saying the Delta operation currently has the capacity to ship two million cases of fresh tomatoes/year. As Neufeld explains, greenhouse-grown tomatoes offer numerous advantages over the fieldgrown varieties especially in terms of product consistency. “We can offer unbeatable consistency because we only harvest ripe tomatoes on a daily basis so that consumers get the same flavor every time. “We control the nutrients and the temperature to not only attain optimal flavor but also to provide much longer shelf-life,” he says, citing minimal three-week shelf-life for Delta-grown tomatoes under optimal storage conditions. As for getting the products out to market in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, Neufeld credits NatureFresh Farms management for pursuing a proactive capital investment strategy that has made the Delta facility’s warehousing and packaging area “a highly automated” operation. “The actual harvesting itself is very much a manual process,” says Neufeld, estimating that about 100 people do the daily pruning and cropping on Also supplied by the Paxiom Group, the fully automatic, 14-bucket PrimoCombo multihead weigh scale provides exceptionally accurate and consistent filling of plastic packages conveyed directly below its exit chute.

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The Future of Connected Manufacturing

The Top Load Modular Cell system employs two soft-grip suction grippers on the end of the robotic arms to ensure swift and gentle handling and packaging of top-sealed plastic tomato pints. Modular design permits the addition of up to eight more robotic arms to increase throughput rates.

the plants, with harvesting done twice a week. “We use [building] automation to control the lighting, temperature and humidity levels,” he says, “but we are constantly looking for ways to automate further. We are currently considering installing a robotic harvester for picking our cherry tomatoes,” he confides, “which would definitely improve our throughput.” According to Neufeld, a recent installation of a fully automated workcell manufactured by End­ Flex has played a key role in automating the Delta location’s packaging operations. Formerly operating under the moniker Eagle Packaging Machinery, EndFlex is one of several sister companies under the corporate umbrella of Montreal-headquartered Paxiom Group (Booth C-4429), whose other well­ known manufacturing brands include WeighPack Systems (horizontal bagging machinery); CombiScale (multihead weigh scales); VH Vertical Packaging (vertical/form/fill/seal machinery); and ValTara (flow-wrapping equipment). With the benefit of vast experience across several packaging machine categories, Paxiom was able to supply NatureFresh with a turnkey system comprising a towering 14-bucket PrimoCombi multihead weigher, product transfer conveyors and the Top Load Modular Cell incorporating a high-performance pick-and-place robot to pack tomatoes inside 1-lb. pint clamshells and 2-lb. plastic bowls, which are top-sealed with a layer of vent-holed film and placed inside a corrugated shipping box or an RPC (reusable plastic container) tray. Neufeld credits Paxiom Group’s territory manager Marc McGlogan for convincing NatureFresh Farms’ management about the viability of the Top Load Modular Cell technology. “Mark made a very effective presentation at our Leamington facility, and we also got some really good feedback from

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The fully automatic Top Load Modular Cell from EndFlex packs fresh premium tomatoes in plastic trays or bowls at robust throughput rates of about 60 packs/min. with exceptional weighing accuracy.

people already using such a system,” Neufeld recalls, “so we felt fairly confident about the benefits it could provide for us. “Prior to purchasing the Top Load Modular Cell systems, our team handpacked each clamshell individually into the box, which was a pretty labor­and time-intensive process. This system has proved far more efficient and productive for our operation.” “We actually ended up buying two [Top Load Modular Cell] systems . . . one for the Leamington operation and one for the Delta plant,” he relates. Installed at the Delta greenhouse in October 2018, the robotic system is a fully enclosed, high-speed pick-and-place station, which integrates with synchronized conveying systems and existing end-of-line packing processes. Using servo drives, the modular and highly flexible cell ensures gentle product handling, along with the ability to orient logos and to pack multiple layers of product into the erected case or tray. Says Neufeld, “With this system, we have been able to utilize the employees who were previously doing the hand-packing work on a different line, thereby using their skillsets more efficiently. A closeup of the food-grade plastic bucket elevator used to transport pre-measured quantities of fresh tomatoes upward to provide a continuous product flow for the fully automatic PrimoCombo multihead weigh scale that dispenses the tomatoes in final packages.

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A closeup of the high-speed label applicator just outside of the Top Load Modular Cell system primed to label ˜finished packs.

“We have also been able to reduce cost,” says Neufeld, citing the machine’s reliable continuous operation. He explains, “We have to make adjustments to suit different types of packages or different size boxes for the different retailers, so we typically have to shut it down for 5 min. or so to adjust the guide-rails to fit the box size and to make the corresponding programming changes. “But all in all,” he says, “it’s an absolutely excellent machine for running a consistent product stream for long periods of time.” One with day for setup and three days of hands-on training, “It was a very smooth installation,” says Neufeld, praising the EndFlex staff for their exceptionally professional service and follow-up support. “They made an outstanding effort to make all the controls on the machine as user-friendly as possible,” Neufeld remarks. “It arrived completely pre-assembled for the most part, so it was largely a matter of plugging it in and letting it roll. I have worked with many different packaging machines . . . and I have rarely come across one as user-friendly and as reliable as this EndFlex system. “I am very happy with this purchase,” says Neufeld, noting that the Delta operation will be adding more automated packaging equipment. “We are already working on plans to build an onsite distribution center,” he confides, “as well as doubling the size of the facility to about 90 acres, so further automation is very much in the cards. “For example, we are looking at adding an automated palletizing system for our beefsteak and specialty tomato lines, among other things.” This is all sweet music to the ears of Paxiom Group’s Vice-President Nicholas Taraborelli. He says, “We really appreciate our relationship with NatureFresh Farms. We are very proud that they chose Paxiom and have entrusted two of our manufacturing companies, WeighPack Systems (tomato container filling system) and EndFlex (end-of line-automation) to package their products.” For more information, visit SD

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Canadian Packaging.

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September 25, 2019

Romaco looks ‘Beyond Technology’

Six major equipment brands deliver standalone or integrated systems.


omaco Group (Booth N-214) is reinventing itself to go “Beyond Technology.” This effort involves maintaining the best economics for the life cycle of the machine, drawing on its brands to deliver integrated systems and exploiting technologies via high-level engineering. “Our actions and our range of solutions are aimed at achieving the best price/performance ra-

tio for our customers,” says Paulo Alexandre, CEO, Romaco Group. Romaco adds value for end users through professional project handling, fast delivery and reliable service. An expansive brand portfolio and the knowledge gained with thousands of installations helps it match technology to application and allows it to serve as a single-source provider for integrated

lines. Four European technology centers and a full range of services support end users throughout the life cycle of the product and related equipment. Romaco brands are well-established names— Innojet, Kilian, Noack, Siebler, Promatic and Macofar—dating back decades. In fact, Kilian was founded more than a century ago. For more information, visit SD

Romaco offers an array of solids processing and packaging equipment.

A leader in granulation, coating and drying, Romaco Innojet’s range of high-efficiency processing machines serve the pharmaceutical, food and chemical industries. Based on airflow bed technology, the machines can be supplied as laboratory, pilot or production scale equipment. Founded in Steinen, Germany, in 1997 as Innojet Herbert Hütt-lin, the company has been a member of the Romaco Group since 2015. Caster-mounted Ventilus® V5 laboratory scale handles small batches from 1,500 to 5,000ml and provides a seamless transition to pilot-scale systems.

Romaco Kilian designs tablet presses for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries as well as various industrial applications. For 144 years, users in more than 100 countries have relied on its machines. To date well over 3,000 machines have been delivered. Equipment produces standard tablets and multilayer tablets with up to five layers as well as core coating and micro-tablets. It has been part of Romaco Group ince 2013. Cool, fast and hygienic sum up the major attributes of the Kilian KTP 420X rotary tablet press, which maintains process area temperatures below 30 C and outputs up to 360,000 tablets/hr.

A specialist in blister packaging, Romaco Noack has delivered more than 2,000 machines to pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers. Equipped with rotary or platen sealing, the systems handle a variety of products and structures including child-resistant formats. A modular design is compatible with standalone operation or line integration. Noack was founded in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1934 and has been part of Romaco Group since 1989. The monobloc design of the Noack Unity 500 blister packaging line reduces space requirements for the turnkey system, which speeds along at up to 500 blisters/150 cartons/min.


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Dosing and filling pharmaceutical liquids, powders and granules are the forté of Romaco Macofar. Its product line-up includes aseptic and non-aseptic fillers; capsule fillers; washing equipment for bottles, ampules and vials; depyrogenation tunnels; capping machines; and laminar-flow systems. Founded in 1972 in Bologna, Italy, Macofar has installed more than 1,900 machines and has been part of Romaco Group since 1991. The MicroMaxX Aseptic injectable powder filling machine from Romaco Macofar doses one or two sterile powders into glass vials in a sterile environment and applies stoppers.







THE SNACK BREAK Lounge Romaco Promatic is best known for conventional cartoning and product feeding equipment, but also supplies vertical cartoners, stretch banders and case packers. In addition to handling the primary container, the systems load instruction leaflets, spoons and other items. Its machine population numbers more than 1,700. Founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1985, the company has been part of Romaco Group since 1992.










The compact Promatic PCI 915 cartoner measures only 3,500mm (11.5 ft.) in length, meets the latest GMP requirements and outputs 150 cartons/min.

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A leading manufacturer of strip packaging equipment, Romaco Siebler has delivered more than 1,500 machines to more than 80 countries. Models meet the needs for standalone machines as well as integrated systems. A robotic transfer mechanism enhances flexibility for handling different four-side-sealed foil strips. Part of Romaco Group since 1998, Siebler was founded in Remchingen, Germany, in 1948. Quick-release format and sealing modules speed cleaning and changeover on Siebler HM 1 Series strip packaging machines.

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Romaco experts are instantly available via telephone hotline, remote access technology or virtually (with Smart glasses). Service personnel provide training; maintenance, installation and startup support; retrofits and upgrades; spare parts, formats and tools; and audits for overall equipment effectiveness. Laboratories and technical centers support end user research and development efforts in various aspects of processing and packaging. SD


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Ferguson gains more than a mezzanine Centralized storage area saves steps and time and reduces losses and damage.


or Charlotte, North Carolina-based Ferguson Supply and Box, “Innovation Beyond the Box” is not just a company slogan, it is a way of doing business. Located on Quality Drive, Ferguson has spent more than 50 years polishing its reputation as a leading manufacturer and distributor of custom and stock corrugated boxes, containers, displays, bags, packaging supplies and foam products. Additionally, Ferguson’s unique in-house structure and graphic design team allow the company to take a packaging concept from an idea to the retail shelf. Originally, Ferguson’s operations were divided between two locations totaling 212,000 sq. ft. However, after rethinking its processes, organizational methods and material flow, management elected to consolidate into one 185,000-sq.-ft. facility. With increasing business and a 27,000-sq.-ft. reduction in space, it was evident that Ferguson would need to implement materialhandling solutions that maximized efficiency and organization.


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PDC - the leading name in Shrink Sleeve Labeling and Tamper Evident Banding equipment. A Wildeck mezzanine at Ferguson Supply and Box provides space near the manufacturing floor to store inventory, tools and equipment.

After carefully investigating options, it became evident that the most economically advantageous route was to utilize overhead space. A mezzanine from Wildeck (Booth US-8420) strategically located near the manufacturing area, would provide the additional square footage necessary for operations. However, the company did not foresee all the additional benefits the new work platform would provide. Ultimately used for tool and material storage, the mezzanine functions as a centralized location for accessing the equipment necessary for production. This heightened level of organization drastically cuts down on the amount of time that employees spend looking for tools and equipment. Having all the tools in a central location also makes it easier for production to quickly switch between orders. Additionally, it did not take long for management to notice a drastic reduction in the number of missing and damaged tools. The mezzanine also proved to be a safe storage space for some of the company’s more delicate equipment. Repair costs and time spent waiting for replacement parts to arrive began to dramatically decline following the integration of the Wildeck mezzanine. In the end, overall operational efficiency increased as a direct result of the mezzanine investment. In reviewing the benefits, Ferguson’s Plant Superintendent states, “The mezzanine has provided our new facility with the space and efficiency we need to accomplish our goals. We are able to have our dies and materials readily available for use on our equipment. As a result, we are able to maximize our efficiency in an organized fashion and that greatly adds to our bottom line.” For more information, visit SD




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Multi-aperture inspection boosts TCO Dutch bakery upgrades bread inspection


witching from a single conveyor metal detector boosts efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO) at Bakkerij Borgesuis, one of the first companies to install the space-saving Stealth multilane, multi-aperture metal detector. Founded in 1895 and family-owned for seven generations, the Dutch bakery opted for a twin-lane conveyor, which feeds product in single file through two smaller apertures encased within a single Stealth metal detector, allowing different product batches to run side-by-side and accurately inspecting 3,600 loaves/hr.

MULTI-APERTURE DETECTORS SPREAD GLOBALLY In addition to the Borgesuis bakery, Fortress has successfully installed two-, four- and five-lane configurations of its multi-aperture metal detector internationally to inspect burgers, chilled salads, personal-care products and spices. The end users report: saving on initial outlay, compared to buying a metal detector for each product line

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M ore than 65% reduction in TCO, considering long-term maintenance and parts requirements


5 0% smaller footprint compared to installing a metal detector on each line


A t least 50% reduction in false reject waste


D ouble inspection throughput, if one lane stops working, the others continue to run, plus different products can be inspected side-by-side


S ingle control panel, enabling production teams to view comparative performance and reject data for each lane.

To reduce product effect, bread loaves travel around an expansive cooling tower before inspection.

Before the installation, loaves were manually loaded onto a conveyor for inspection by a single metal detector. The slow, labor-intensive process caused packing bottlenecks. Rather than commission one large metal detector to span two lanes, the company wanted to identify metal contaminants in the individual line and separate rejects. However, installing two metal detectors would have prohibited the bakery from running two conveyors so closely together. Sensitivity was also key—Borgesuis requested a minimum threshold of 1.8mm ferrous, 2.8mm nonferrous and 4.0mm stainless steel.

Fortress Technology (Booth C-1951) proposed installing a multi-aperture Stealth metal detector mounted across two conveyor lines. Each aperture measures just 200mm by 450mm, and the loaves pass right through the center point, allowing the system to better cope with orientation and product

effect. The dedicated aperture for each lane is also more sensitive to smaller metal particles, easily outperforming the required specifications. To reduce product effect, the bread loaves move through an expansive cooling tower before inspection. Until now, bakeries and food manufacturers wanting a multilane system had limited options. Factories could either install a much larger single-aperture unit spanning all lanes or insert standalone metal detectors between the conveyors. Neither option suited this application as it would have meant a bulkier machine, multiple systems to maintain, a wider footprint or compromise on sensitivity. To maintain a small footprint, the metal detector was integrated with a new section of conveyor (measuring 1.7m by 5m) that slots alongside the bakery’s existing cooling tower. This custom conveyor splits into two infeed lanes. If the metal detector identifies contamination, the conveyor dips, dropping the affected loaf into a lockable, British Retail Consortium-approved reject bin for each lane. Now, the bakery can inspect different products side-by-side, boosting efficiency and TCO. Within 12 hr. of installation by Dutch manufacturer Jansen Control Systems, the bakery was running at full capacity, accurately inspecting 14,000 loaves/shift. The plant manager at Borgesius comments: “To keep pace with the growing number of supermarket and convenience store orders and continue meeting the stringent retailer Codes of Practice, we needed an efficient, automated inspection process. Our multi-aperture metal detector from Fortress is integral to this effort and has proven reliable and easy to operate.” For more information, visit SD

Package and product changeovers on the fly: XTS

Mechanical flexibility The XTS advantage


infinitely flexible dramatically reduces machine size faster time to market

embed XTS directly into machines configure for any track geometry install flat, vertical or at angles repeat or stack XTS tracks 30 –50% reduction in machine footprint 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

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Package the smart way Sustainable packaging – sustainable savings

Packaging automation overcomes labor shortages Automation allows the best use of talent.


Eco-friendly Mono-material packaging

ith unemployment continuing to fall, every company is fighting a constant battle to attract and retain qualified, talented people. And that’s especially true in manufacturing and production. There are hundreds of factors that play a role in finding and keeping the best employees. And while packaging automation doesn’t play the same role as workplace culture or employee benefits, it still helps companies to best leverage the talents of everyone.

Economical Reduced investment costs Pioneering The packaging of the future

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DETERMINING ACTUAL COSTS At the core of every manufacturer is the packaging and delivery of quality products—whether those products are chocolate chip cookies or high-end medical devices. Companies need to devote whatever resources they need to in order to get those products out the door— whether that is a small army of people devoted to hand-packing, an automated production line or a group effort from the various departments who all pitch in. “We’re not going to delve into a full-fledged ROI calculation here,” says Tim Griffin, marketing manager at Ohlson Packaging (Booth C-4018). “But,” he says, “at a basic level, a person hand-packaging product with a reasonable degree of accuracy might be able to sustain a pace of three packages/min. When you look at a standard wage, start factoring in benefit costs, vacation time and everything else, you are probably spending about $0.10-$0.12 in labor costs for each package—not counting the cost of actually making your product and all of the overhead that goes into it.” It’s the type of job that may have a high turnover rate, which snowballs into other areas of the business. “How much time is your team spending vetting, hiring and replacing temporary employees?” asks Griffin. With automated packaging, a company can likely increase its production capacity with just a fraction of the labor expense—dropping costs to less than $0.01/pack. Ohlson’s ROI Calculator can help run those numbers. Reducing costs by more than $0.10/pack can make a major difference to the bottom line. And that’s before factoring in the cost of all the extra product that goes out the door Automation can help improve the work environment and employee retention. with overweight packages. LOOK BEYOND THE NUMBERS However, that black and white ROI calculation isn’t truly reflective of the value these systems can create. This discussion began talking about talent. Despite the simplistic cost-per-package example above, the goal of packaging automation is not necessarily to slash labor costs. The goal is to allow that company to make the best use of those costs. If a packaging system allows a company to cut the hours spent packaging its product from 160 hr./week to 80, it doesn’t mean that two people are instantly expendable. It means that people who had been focused on hand-packing are now able to leverage their skills to benefit the company in other ways—focusing on another production task or retraining for another department. And those people who are still focused on managing the production line continue to grow and learn new skills, which they can develop and continue to expand as the company grows. “It also doesn’t need to happen all at once,” says Griffin. He explains, “Ohlson continually works with companies transitioning from manual to semiautomated systems and then on to full automation as their business grows. That flexibility is important.” Packaging automation isn’t about having the fewest employees possible—it’s about finding the highest and best use of each person who believes in the company’s mission. And that is the best way to unlock any company’s potential. For more information, visit


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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.

Today is your last chance to talk to our experts at Pack Expo! Come to Booth 6101 and ask about how we can meet your packaging needs.

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September 25, 2019

Robot moves stacks of pallets Mobile unit reduces fork truck traffic and improves worker safety on the manufacturing floor.


ermany-based CABKA Group recycles post-industrial plastics into pallets and other material-handling products. Its plant near St. Louis, Missouri, CABKA North America (Booth US-7908), runs 24/7 to manufacture about 5,000 pallets/day but is challenged by labor shortages. A MiR500 robot from Mobile Industrial Robots (Booth US-8071) is a key component of a new, fully automated production line, which will be replicated throughout the facility to minimize dependency on temporary workers while improving product quality, worker safety and plant cleanliness and efficiency. At CABKA North America’s 400,000-sq.-ft. facility, workers at 11 injection molding machines unload plastic pallets and manually trim and stack them for material handlers to transport to the warehouse using fork trucks or pallet jacks. The work is repetitive and physical, making it hard to retain workers, and the presence of fork trucks on the production floor leads to safety concerns. A MiR500 robot is part of a new automated line that includes a sixaxis robot to autonomously unload pallets from the injection moldA six-axis robot at the injection molding machine unloads, ing machine, trim the trims and stacks pallets for transport on the mobile robot. pallets and stack the finished products directly onto the MiR500 unit, which is equipped with a MiR pallet lift. The MiR robot transports the stack off the manufacturing floor to a separate staging area as soon as the job is complete. In the staging area, the pallets can be checked for quality and wrapped. Then fork trucks transport the wrapped pallets The MiR500 robot moves stacks of pallets to a staging to the warehouse and area for inspection and wrapping. loading docks without having manufacturing workers present. This allows CABKA to eliminate fork truck traffic in the production area and replace them with safe, collaborative mobile robots. PILOT PROJECT SUCCESS The new line is intended to be the model for the eventual automation of all 11 production lines, with a fleet of MiR robots supporting them on a dynamic, highly efficient manufacturing floor in which each mobile robot can go where it’s needed when it’s needed to keep production flowing. CABKA estimates that the first MiR500 robot travels about three miles each day supporting one production line. With 11 lines planned for autonomous material transport with multiple MiR robots, workers and fork truck drivers will be relieved from many miles of manual material handling, allowing CABKA to redeploy those workers to higher value tasks. The MiR robot’s user-friendliness is a key element of the project’s success,

The MiR500 robot approaches the injection molding machine and its attendant robot.

along with its cost-effectiveness, small footprint and safety features. And the MiR robots have proven to be the easiest part of the new automation project, even in an older facility with uneven floors, cracks and bumps. “With the MiR500, we are very happy with the payload,” says CABKA Project Technician Craig Bossler. “It’s handled everything that we can stack on top of it. We haven’t found out how high we can go yet. It’s very stable—it can make turns, go straight, and it can hit bumps, and it’s always very stable. The MiR [robot] definitely can handle all the imperfections in the floor.” FUTURE EXPANSION CABKA North America is looking at other ways to use the MiR robots such as prepping orders overnight in the warehouse so they will be ready at the dock for loading in the morning. Patrick Garin, president of CABKA North America, anticipates that other CABKA locations will be following the North American facility’s lead. He says, “We always have our corporate people come here. . . . they will definitely be very interested in seeing our progress.” For more information, visit, SD

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Dry-offset printing grows up In-house prepress provides control to reproduce photo-quality graphics.


hrough years of research and development, Polytainers (Booth LS6514), a molder and printer of round containers, has developed a proprietary color separation process for dry-offset printing. Known as PolyToneTMHigh Definition (PT-HD), it produces TruToneTM high-resolution photographic images. Digitally exposing images directly onto plates and applying a range of dot color technology results in decorating quality equal to in-mold labeling and shrink sleeve. The result is bolder, truer colors than traditional CMYK [cyan, magenta, yellow, black] separations that use only four fixed colors. The company has won 52 awards for its PT-HD printed packages in the past five years. “Our proprietary digital workflow prepress process (PT-HD) ensures the greatest internal efficiencies for printing operations and enables us to create sharp, high-quality images enhanced by a craftsman approach,” reports Bob Barrett, founder, president and CEO. Before 1998, Polytainers relied on external sources for prepress separations. The back-and-forth with third-party vendors who had little knowledge or appreciation for printing on round plastic containers encouraged the company to bring prepress color separations in-house. The move increased the effectiveness and efficiency of the company’s prepress process and provided the flexibility to make changes on the fly.

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“If we aren’t satisfied with the results on the press, we are able to work directly with the customer and give input to resolve issues in-house with no loss of time or extra cost,” says Mirjana Suric, senior manager, Graphics Technology at Polytainers. “If necessary, we can produce new laser-engraved plates within 20 min. These efficiencies provide a level of comfort to customers knowing that their delivery dates will not be negatively affected by our prepress process.” Design does not transfer the same across different platforms. What prints well on paper, cartons or flexible packaging may not With in-house prepress capability, the Polytainers team recreated a third-party design with precise color combi- print well on round plasnations, hues and saturations to impart depth, detail and tic containers. With more dimension to reproduce a true representation of a vanilla than 50 years of experience bean flower. in handling files for dry-offset printing, the Polytainers team has the expertise to accurately interpret and match a color target by separating each color of the artwork to create realistic imagery that is vibrant and visually appealing, while taking into consideration the complexity of dry-offset printing on tapered plastic packaging. They even developed technology called “Flexo” to leverage design on pigmented lids. “Artwork is designed for the centerline of the package—anything above might look stretched or below might look condensed,” says Suric. She adds, “There is a huge amount of skill applied to ensure finished artwork looks as it should on the package, despite its shape.” Good packaging requires clean and concise artwork. “When we work directly with brand owners, we can advise them on form, font and colors,” says Suric, who, with her team, has developed a graphics orientation kit to help brand owners create a quality design for dry-offset printing. “The end result is packaging that not only captures the consumers’ attention but also reduces the number of times we have to go back and forth with edits to ensure a project meets customer expectations and is delivered on time.” Exceptional printing on round plastic containers starts with an exceptional molded product. A multitude of factors needs to be considered such as consistent wall thickness, taper, the wet-on-wet process, dot gain and the number of colors available. Having a thorough knowledge of the equipment, including how ink is applied, how containers are cured and printing speed creates an inhouse competitive advantage to achieving the desired look. “We understand how colors are printed wet-on-wet on a common blanket and how our machines behave to avoid dot gain,” says Suric. “We know how to use spot color technology to the best of its ability to create vibrant, realistic images. That’s why it’s so important that we have access to prepress artwork so that we can separate the colors to achieve the best packaging results and meet customer satisfaction.” Equipped with Swiss-made high-speed PT-HD dry-offset printers with a built-in cooling system that stabilizes the blanket from overheating and prevents ink from running into each other, Polytainers can process eight colors on both cups and lids and print up to 650 units/min. Suric concludes, “We use only the best ink and blankets in the industry. And keep quality, speed and accuracy top-of-mind.” For more information, visit SD

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September 25, 2019

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

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

Spiral immersion chills product faster Why use air when heat transfers 25 times faster in water?


he Spiral Immersion System™ (SIS) from FPS Food Process Solutions (Booth US-8175) expedites chilling to lower the cost and enhance food quality and safety. The patented design saves time, space and energy.

The SIS’s robust fully welded SS316 stainless steel enclosure contains close to 1,000 ft. of self-stacking modular plastic belt from Intralox (Booth C-5038). Arranged in two spiral stacks, 95% of the belting is submerged in sterile saline or water

in temperatures ranging from -50° to +100° C. The concept is based on the fact that water transfers heat transfers 25 times faster than air and is easier to move. A 2- or 3-horsepower water pump can move the same amount of heat as a 100+-horsepower fan moving air. So, in the SIS, the surface of food freezes 25 times faster and the core freezes 20%-70% faster. At the same time, the equipment footprint is 50% smaller, and it uses 80% less energy for the same throughput. Refrigeration tonnage can be reduced by 30%. Faster freezing means smaller ice crystals, less cell damage and food with better color, texture, flavor and nutrition. Faster freezing also creates safer food due to shorter dwell time in the danger zone of 4°-60° C where bacteria grows exponentially. Less bacteria equals longer shelf life. For more information, visit, SD

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September 25, 2019

Demand for gummies grows

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ummy candies are truly unique. Typically, a mixture of gelatin, corn syrup, sweeteners, flavorings and colorings, the candies can be molded into thousands of shapes, sizes and formats, making it one of the most versatile confections on the market. Popular worldwide, the global market for gummies is predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 4% between 2016 and 2022.(1) But as demand grows, manufacturers must find ways to stand out from competitors. They need smarter and more versatile gummy processing technology. Such equipment needs to accommodate different recipes to meet consumer demand for halal, kosher, vegetarian, vegan and clean-label products. It also requires strict compliance with hygiene, safety and maintenance standards. MEETING DEMAND From novel texture claims to allergy-friendly options and active health claims, product innovation is rife in the confectionery market. In line with growing consumer concern toward health and wellness, confectionery with “no added sugar,” “natural colors and flavors” and “clean-label” positioning is coming to the fore. Similarly, vegetarian, vegan and functional gummy products are growing in popularity as manufacturers tap into recent trends such as flexitarianism. As such, jellies made from fruit pulp or juices, gluten- and gelatin-free candies and organic options are emerging. Chewable, nutraceutical gummies are on the rise too, as nutrition-conscious individuals look for convenient ways to consume vitamins. GREATER VARIETY Starch molding technology offers the flexibility to create jellies and gummies in many formats, sizes and shapes, as well as the ability to process other confectionery masses such as licorice, fondant cream and marshmallow foam. The depositing process delivers multiple opportunities to accommodate various product types and colors. Available in a range of piston diameters and configurations, pumps suit different recipe types from light, aerated mass to heavy, liquid-based syrups. Meanwhile, other pump variations are designed to deposit single color or side-by-side color, in addition to center-fill, layered and striped confections. HEALTHIER PRODUCTS A similar approach is being taken toward oil polishing. Currently, oil application often is measured by the operator eye, which can easily result in gummies being over- or under-coated. Accurate oil application and controlled spray allow manufacturers to ensure reliable and

repeatable gummy polishing while maintaining overall product quality and appearance. In addition, amid growing consumer demand for healthier confectionery products, manufacturers can easily control the quantity of oil used for a better nutritional profile. SUGAR COATING Another step that offers greater flexibility is sugar coating. Conventional techniques involve passing a molded jelly through a steam bath and then running it through a curtain of sugar in a tumble drum. This can degrade the gummy shape since its outer coating melts when it is heated. Early experiments with a more automated, recipe-driven approach are demonstrating that tacking agents, applied at a specific rate via specialized coating equipment, coat the gummy without drenching it. Then controlled delivery can be used to bring the sugar or citric acid powder into a small tumble drum. The result is shorter retention time and improved product quality. The process also provides greater flexibility in flavor application since dry ingredients or even flavored tacking agents can be added at a specific rate to cater to different consumer preferences. In America, for example, chili powder often flavors confectionery products, while in Europe, acid blend coatings meet growing demand for extreme sour taste experiences. Such innovations could potentially lead to the development of new confectionery products. FLEXIBILITY Flexibility is not purely limited to the product. Today’s manufacturers need flexibility to scale production up or down to meet changing market trends. Starch molding equipment has evolved to allow manufacturers to reach high throughput levels and stay competitive in an increasingly crowded market. For instance, early starch molding lines required manual tray stacking using hand jacks and track systems. Modern machines stack their own trays, in some cases robotically. A key advantage of starch molding is its ability to simultaneously produce a large quantity and variety of gummies in a short time. The ultimate combination of productivity and versatility fully integrates the feeder, starch buck, depositor, stacker and pallet transport to efficiently and seamlessly move product through the mogul line. Furthermore, systems that incorporate a rotary dumping station allow for the highest de-molding speeds across a wider range of starch moisture content. This permits production speeds of up to 35 trays/min., 24 hr./day, seven days a week. With such high productivity in one area, it is important to ensure both up- and downstream equipment performs at the same level for optimum throughput across the line. Continuous on-machine seasoning systems, for example, provide a perfect match for modern moguls since product continually moves from the infeed conveyor into the drum and onto the outfeed conveyor, while achieving precise, even coatings. HEALTH & SAFETY COMPLIANCE Hygiene and safety must be a top priority to prevent potential product buildup and contamination, which could result in potential risk to the product or consumer.

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Regular operating procedures, such as cleaning and system inspections, are critical to ensuring food safety. Hygienically designed confectionery processing equipment is one of the best ways to optimize food safety and quality. Equipment providers are increasingly offering options to enhance the hygienic design of gummy processing machinery. In a mogul line, easy access for cleaning and maintenance is vital. Beyond hygiene requirements, there are hazards associated with the combustible nature of dry, uncontained starch. As a result during the last decade, users of starch molding plants, particularly larger companies, have demanded more stringent explosion safety features. In some parts of the world, standards are mandated by government bodies and form part of any permit to operate such equipment. New moguls supplied within European Union, for example, must comply with ATEX zones for explosive dust. In fact, the CE label can be applied to a mogul (the starch molding machine) only if it is certified as compliant with the ATEX directive for dedicated equipment operating in the defined dust explosive zones 20, 21 and 22. In other parts of the world adherence to IECEx or HAZLOC (North America) standards is required.

SUMMARY As the confectionery market grows, there is a greater need for manufacturers to create products that deliver a memorable sensory experience and stand out among competitors. Experimenting with textures, ingredient combinations and flavors is showing great market return for leading manufacturers. This, however, is having an impact on the processing plant. Manufacturers increasingly require smart, innovative and versatile gummy processing technology that adjust easily to constantly evolving consumer demands. Confectionery specialists such as NID from tna North America (Booth US-7304) have extensive knowledge of the market and offer complete mogul lines. Current innovations focus on flexible system designs for better productivity, maximum uptime and reliability across the entire confectionery line to offer end users turnkey systems from a single source. For more information, visit SD 1 Market Research Future, Global Jellies and It’s likely sugar coating will transition to a Gummies Market Research Report- Forecast to 2022. more automated, recipe-driven process.


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September 25, 2019

Position indicator cuts downtime Monitored size adjustments expedite setup, changeover.

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BUS-COMPATIBLE INDICATOR Compared to the brush machine, the distinctive feature in the Z.PACK machine is a result of the linear movement for which a monitored size changeover was to be implemented. The individual stations on the packaging line are moved in a straight line on two guide rails and must be repositioned precisely for each changeover. The ERCO concept already plays a part in this: Thanks to the quick-changeover system, the individual stations can be moved with minimum effort using one finger. To further ensure process reliability, Zahoransky chose AP10S electronic position indicators with an integrated linear magnetic sensor, which facilitates precise linear measurement of the manual slide adjustment on the guide rails. The bus interface sets the electronic AP10S indicator apart from mechanical variants. Thanks to bus integration in the position display, the required process reliability is achieved centrally via the machine’s programmable logic controller (PLC). The PLC sends target values to the position indicator and reads the actual values measured. The target values are set up in a recipe management system within the controller. The machine controller does The guide-rail-mounted stations on the Z.PACK not enable the system unmachine adjust easily and quickly thanks to SIKO til feedback is received to position indicators. confirm that all the manually set positions are correct, effectively preventing waste and damaged format parts due to incorrect adjustment of axes. Position status is displayed by LEDs: green for “position correct” and red for “position not correct.” This provides the operator with immediate and clear information about whether the station has been positioned correctly. The external magnetic sensor for determining the

correct position measures extremely precisely with an absolute accuracy of up to +/- 35 µm. Following adjustment, the machine can be restarted only if all LEDs are green. ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS The standard Z.PACK machine with a chain length of 4m includes the following stations, each of which can be equipped with an AP10S position indicator beginnng with the material infeed into which the blister film is fed, preheated and deep-drawn with a blister mold that matches the mold stamp—as a positive or negative mold. Photo credit: © Zahoransky


ncrease system availability. Reduce setup times. Minimize waste. Ensure product safety. These are the requirements for optimizing size changeover in production systems. Intelligent systems that expedite product changes and enhance ergonomics are in demand. As a result, Zahoransky, a supplier of (tooth)brush production, packaging machines, mold construction and automation, now integrates a monitored size changeover system, known as ERCO (Ergonomic Rapid Changeover), into its Z.PACK blister packaging machines. Electronic position indicators from SIKO Products (Booth C-5633) serve as the foundation for the ERCO system. As Jörg Philip Zimmermann, head of Product Sales Packaging at Zahoransky, explains “Our aim was to design the Z.PACK in such a way that the process would be reliable enough to eliminate operating errors and therefore waste and damage to the machines. We also wanted to reduce the refitting times significantly and thus save money for our customers.” The packaging division was able to see how this could be possible through comparison with their colleagues in the brush machine business unit, where monitored size changeover . . . with an electronic position indicator from SIKO has already been implemented successfully.

The green LEDs of the SIKO AP10S position indicator clearly indicate that the stations on the Z.PACK blister machine are set up correctly and the packaging process can continue.

Product is inserted by hand or automatically by a pick-and-place unit. Then the cover material, such as paperboard, Tyvek, aluminum, polyethylene terephthalate or polyvinyl chloride film is fed in, and the blister is sealed by heat or, optionally, ultrasound. Finally, partial or complete cutting is carried out. Additional stations can be integrated on Z.PACK machines with chain lengths ranging from 5 to 11m and can be equipped with position indicators for size changeover, insertion of leaflets, laser or inkjet printing, blind imprinting on the package edge, perforation of paperboard and film, folding of filled blisters, camera-aided monitoring and scanning of barcodes. All stations must be adjusted to the new film width on every product change—and this must be done precisely. Cutting contours and sealing also must be exact. The SIKO position indicators help achieve this precision. FASTER CHANGEOVER Inclusion of AP10S position indicators is optional but always recommended. Monitored size changeover pays off especially for lines that experience frequent size changeovers like those found at contract packagers. The cost-efficiency argument is particularly important for Zahoransky, as Jörg Philip Zimmermann explains: “The benefits are immediately perceptible. Setup work is cut to a minimum; conversion to a new product takes place . . . more quickly, precisely, safely and ergonomically for the operator. In fact, we are able to halve refitting times with the SIKO position indicators.” This positively impacts the availability of the system, which is ready for production much more quickly and eliminates waste. Moritz Müller, position line product manager at SIKO, is delighted by the extension of cooperation between the companies. Noting SIKO’s mechanical position indicators have long aided changeover on Zahoransky machines, he says, “In recent years, the company has taken a number of steps in the direction of monitored size changeover—the keyword being ERCO—and in doing so has put its trust in SIKO’s technical competence. In view of the high level of process reliability and the significant reduction in setup times, the demand for intelligent, monitored size changeover is increasing . . . . This has now led to an extension of our cooperation in the packaging division.” For more information, visit SD


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September 25, 2019

Blowmolder firm marks 20 years


ince its founding in 1999, PET Technologies (Booth US-7268) has grown into an international company with a sales and service network in 15 countries. Headquartered in Austria with a plant in Ukraine, the company supplies automatic and semiautomatic reheat stretch blowmolding equipment, molds and complete filling lines. The company also provides bottle design, prototyping and test lab services. Working under the principles of simplicity, inno-

vation and quality, PET Technologies has marked several milestones including the development of the APF-Max Series of linear blowmolders, which output up to 14,000 bottles/ hr. and rely on energy-saving near-infrared heating. A modular design makes it easy to add cavities to address growing demand.

Intense heating controlled by zones and an air-cooling system on the APF-6004 stretch blowmolder ensure bottles for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water meet strength and material distribution requirements.

At Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, an APF-6004 stretch blowmolder produces five bottle formats (volumes from 330 to 1,500ml) from recycled polyethylene terephthalate. Waiakea chose the machine for its output (6,000 bottles/hr.), reliability and simple maintenance requirements. Overall, PET Technologies has equipment working in 45 countries including 500 blowmolder installations for international and local brands and 10,000 blowmold cavities. For more information, visit SD


Sappi joins forest program


appi, parent company of Sappi North America (Booth LS-6822) has become an International Stakeholder member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC). “Credible, internationally recognized, robust forest certification systems like PEFC are fundamental to Sappi’s commitment to sustainability,” says Steve Binnie, Sappi CEO. “These systems give assurance to our value chain of the origin of our wood fiber and responsible forest management practices,” he explains. Graeme Wild, Sappi’s group head of Sustainability and Investor Relations, adds “Through voting in PEFC’s General Assembly and joining Working Groups and Committees, we look forward to sharing our expertise and contributing to the mission of PEFC. The collaboration reinforces our contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 15 - Life on Land; given our common priorities to promote sustainable forest management and support smallholder forestry around the world.” In South Africa, where Sappi is headquartered, demands for PEFC-labeled products are growing. In recent years, Sappi has collaborated with national stakeholders to develop the South African Forest Assurance Scheme, which has recently been endorsed by PEFC. For more information, visit SD

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Robots move onto food/beverage lines


ndustrial robot sales in the food and beverage processing market continue to grow and now represent the second-largest sector behind automotive, according to Rapid Growth Ahead for Industrial Robots in Food and Beverage Processing, an infographic released by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). Industrial robot sales in the Americas are estimated at $3.5 billion, with the market for units sold into the food, beverage and personal care industry

projected at $456.1 million, or 13% of sales. View robots in action at the interactive Robotics Zone (Booth N-850), a new show destination, which reflects the growth in robot usage in packaging—nearly 48% among consumer packaged goods companies and 30% in the life sciences/pharma sector. Industrial robots are finding homes in meat processing, fruit and vegetable handling and pickand-place for processed foods. This expansion is due to technology advances in artificial intelligence;

end-of arm-tooling (grippers); washdown-compatible, hygienic designs; flexibility; simplified programming and setup; and the introduction of collaborative robots. Robot selection depends on the application. Purchasing criteria include payload, working envelope, footprint, speed, accuracy and repeatability. For more information, visit SD





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ACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO: The Main Event for Packaging in 2020 returns to McCormick Place in Chicago (Nov. 8-11, 2020). Coming on the heels of the record-setting 2018 edition, the co-located shows will be the largest packaging event in North America in 2020. Owned and produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby), the event draws 45,000 professionals from consumer packaged goods and pharma companies, serves nearly every vertical industry and presents the latest advances to address processing and packaging challenges. For more information, visit, SD

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Metal detectors safeguard tortillas Installation of three systems supports double-digit growth.


revalo Foods offers one of the largest selections of tortillas in the world. This family-owned processor produces more than 3.5 million tortillas/day at its state-of-the-art facility in Montebello, California. To support double-digit growth during the past few years, Arevalo installed three Safeline Profile Advantage metal detectors from Mettler-Toledo (Booth C-2023). “We started researching new metal detectors when we won a nationwide account that required detection levels far beyond regulatory requirements,” recalls Alex Arevalo, president of Arevalo Foods. “Tortillas are especially challenging products for most metal detectors since they often have high temperatures and a moisture content above 30%. Another challenge is the wide range of retail and bulk package sizes that we need to inspect on each line.” “We wanted to work with Mettler-Toledo because we have other metal detectors from them and they’re fantastic,” says Daniel Arevalo, vice president of Arevalo Foods. “The Profile Advantage systems have everything we need— reliability, sanitary design, ease of use and, of course, sensitivity and accuracy. Initially, we purchased two of these systems and were so impressed that we ordered a third. Now we’re planning to replace all our older metal detectors.” The Profile Advantage excels at difficult applications, discerning changes due to the presence of metal by using multi-simultaneous frequencies to create a reference point. This advanced feature maximizes sensitivity, while virtually eliminating false rejects. The Mettler-Toledo’s Profile Advantage metal detector identifies and rejects every type of metal in difficult applications like tortillas.

Arevalo Foods operates a state-of-the-art tortilla plant under the leadership of (l-r) Alex Arevalo, president; Jose Luis Arevalo Sr., CEO; Daniel Arevalo, vice president; and Jose Luis Arevalo Jr., CFO.

Each of Arevalo’s three Profile Advantage systems inspects a different type of tortilla: heat-pressed, die-cut and hand-stretched. Between 6 and 14 in. in size, the tortillas are packed in four- to 30-count bags as well as bulk packages. Metal detection is the final step before case packing. “Production flexibility is especially important to us. In addition to producing the three main types of corn and flour tortillas, we have organic, gluten-free, non-genetically modified and flavored options. We also make pre-cut chips and strips, gluten-free pizza crusts and fully topped pizzas,” reports Alex Arevalo. “Given all of our products, it’s not unusual for us to change over our lines as often as four or five times in a single shift.”

The Profile Advantage units store up to 100 different recipes for fast recall during changeovers and feature a “product clustering” capability that reduces the need for setting changes. When running a new product, the single-pass auto-setup routine quickly analyzes it, determines the ideal settings and stores the data in the system’s memory. “The recipe-driven programming is one of our favorite things about these metal detectors. It takes only a couple of minutes to add a totally new product and a minute to select a pre-programmed recipe,” says Alex Arevalo. “The recipes also reduce false rejects by ensuring the proper settings are selected every time. Because we don’t rework products, any false rejects mean lost yield and a waste of our time and money.” To reliably remove faulty packages of all shapes and sizes, MettlerToledo customized Arevalo’s reject systems with an automatic “arm” that pushes the package off the line, as well as an alert light and an alarm. To verify the removal of rejects, sensors monitor the infeed and outfeed and the path of rejected packages. Arevalo also selected optional lockable bins to hold rejected packages, so only authorized QA personnel can access them for analysis and disposal. “Our sales rep, Freddy Garcia at Pacific Packaging & Inspection, was a big help in identifying the perfect metal detectors for our needs, including the customized reject systems,” notes Daniel Arevalo. Alex Arevalo adds, “Ease of cleaning is another big reason why we chose the Profile Advantage. In particular, the flour in our facility is abrasive to electrical components, which can be tough on equipment. Our metal detectors are incredibly reliable and have stood up great in this harsh environment.” Daniel Arevalo concludes, “Since our father started Arevalo Foods 34 years ago, we’ve seen the food processing industry focus more and more on product quality. Our Profile Advantage systems go far beyond regulatory requirements. They give us peace of mind that we’re only putting out the very best products and protecting our brand, private-label customers and consumers. In a way, these metal detectors are our last line of defense—they’re a cornerstone in our food safety program. We couldn’t be happier with them.” For more information, visit SD


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September 25, 2019

Laverana automates make-up filling Firm continues to rely on Schubert for its packaging equipment.


igh demand in the natural cosmetics segment has increased production at Laverana. The family-run, medium-sized company from the Hannover region of Germany, manufactures lavera brand natural cosmetics, which are available in approximately 40 countries worldwide. The name Laverana embodies “true natural cosmetics,” consisting of “lavera” (true one) and “na” for natural cosmetics. For Laverana, nature is the only true source of skin and beauty care. The manufacturer has been using only natural and, as far as possible, organic ingredients for its certified natural cosmetics since 1987. The company maintains the highest standards of quality in development and production. For this reason, Laverana is continuously optimizing its processes and packaging by employing the latest technologies. With demand increasing, the company chose a flexible machine from Schubert-Cosmetics, part of Gerhard Schubert, the parent company of Schubert North America (Booth US-7649) to fully automate the previously semiautomated packaging process for its lavera brand of powder, rouge and eyeshadow. This is the third time the company has opted for packaging technology from Schubert. ADDRESSING HIGH DEMAND Natural cosmetics have gone from a niche product to a consistent market driver. Consumers are consciously choosing less harmful, more natural and sustainably manufactured products. To optimally meet the high demand, Laverana was on the lookout for a partner to automate its assembly and packaging process. Thomas Haase, founder and MD of Laverana, explains: “The beauty industry is fast-moving and seasonally inspired. This is why we needed a flexible machine for our natural cosmetic products, which we could use to implement different diameters, colors and shapes. With Schubert-Cosmetics, we found the right partner for the job.” The technically ambitious solution supplied by Schubert-Cosmetics currently offers 13 formats. Several F4 robots, equipped with special opening, filling and closing tools, as well as Schubert’s high-performance image processing system, place one to four cosmetics palettes into boxes in various format-dependant patterns. The output of the TLM line depends on the number of color palettes per box. For boxes with one palette, known as “monos,” the machine processes around 100 products/min. For boxes with four palettes, “quattros,” it handles around 60 products/min. FLEXIBLE PACKAGING LINE The boxes are fed through the first sub-machine via an infeed belt on the TLM line and are picked up by F4 robots and placed in the “box opener.” The opener handles various boxes with different opening mechanisms. “Because there are different closure types, developing the opening mechanism for the various box types was one of the challenges for our engineers,” says Werner Schäfauer, sales account manager at Schubert. F4 robots pick the boxes up again after opening and set them on the conveyor belt. The infeed belt in the second sub-machine delivers additional boxes or color palettes, determined by the works order. The third sub-machine is reserved for the infeed process of the color palettes, which are picked up by F4 robots. Schubert developed a tool for this purpose in order to protect the sensitive palettes of pressed and baked powder from damage or crushing.

LAVERANA FACTS AND FIGURES Fill mono, duo and quattro boxes on one machine Currently 13 formats, additional formats can be retrofitted at any time Quick format changeover within 10 min. Compact design High line efficiency Integrated quality control The TLM line’s output depends on the number of color palettes per box: Mono (1 palette/box): 100 products/min. Duo (2 palettes/box): 80 products/min. Quattro (4 palettes/box): 60 products/min.

The Schubert line uses pick-and-place robots to fill boxes of one to four color palettes with powder, rouge and eyeshadow.

The pressed or baked powder is fed along a product belt.

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INTEGRATED QUALITY CONTROL A reflected light scanner checks whether the box has been opened before the color palettes are placed

inside. The line takes into account the tolerance values of the packaging. Before the color palettes are positioned precisely in the notched locations provided in the boxes, the F4 robot passes the product over a glue station. “Finding the right glue was yet another challenge,” recalls Schäfauer. A sensor determines whether the glue spot for fastening the palettes into the box has been placed correctly. Before being closed, the filled palettes go through a further quality control process. A 3D scanner, specially developed by Schubert, checks whether all the

palettes are seated correctly in the notches and not protruding. With the 3D scanner, Schubert is the world’s first manufacturer to offer the ability to produce a 3D image of products. This means it is now possible to identify heights. An integrated manual packing station serves low-volume special formats. In this way, the new packaging line allows Laverana to respond quickly to consumer requests while fulfilling its own innovation aspirations. For more information, visit SD

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September 25, 2019

A tireless worker? The cobots are coming! here! Medical device maker achieves quick ROI.


urviving in today’s ultra-competitive, costsensitive market demands a blend of traditional craft skills and processes with stateof-the-art automation technologies. Combining traditional and automation technologies can help manufacturers address endemic industry issues such as skilled worker shortages, product quality/ cost tradeoffs and production scalability in highmix, low-volume operations. Innovations in digital technology and connectivity are rapidly meshing the digital world with machines.

Onboard sensors monitor for the risk of operator collisions and act to avoid such encounters, thus enabling positioning next to human colleagues. The ability to operate safely in the midst of Medela’s production staff sans safety gates was a key consideration, according to Kirichkow, as was maintenance and reconfiguration. He reports, “We have a two-fold plan to repurpose our existing staff. At first, they’ll transfer to newer, still-manual lines, but we believe the real upside will be to develop them into cobot machine operators. They’ll assume

ULMA reports widespread interest in cobots due to their affordability and reusability in secondary packaging operations that would otherwise be manual.

In fact, that’s one of the primary reasons Medela, a medical device manufacturer with U.S. operations based in Illinois, decided to invest in cobot technology, says Nick Kirichkow, Medela’s process engineering manager. He explains, “The small capital expense vs. the expected return and benefits made for a very low-risk investment decision for us. “Manual boxing and palletizing operations always are subject to some level of error (counts for instance) and serve to gate line speed. We are experiencing rapid growth, so getting our lines up to rated speed combined with the error-proofing automation offers made for a very attractive solution at relatively low cost. Remember, cobots don’t take breaks, get sick or eat lunch—they really are a tireless worker, and that means better throughput.” While most industrial robots remain isolated behind protective cages and operate at higher speeds, cobots are designed to work safely side-by-side with humans performing low-speed, repetitive tasks that require no such protections. This translates into tangible cost reduction as well as improved process consistency.

responsibility for the automated palletizing set-up process and oversee consumable materials flow. We believe we can even supplement our maintenance department by training them on cobot troubleshooting.” Simply put, cobots provide companies more choice when it comes to manual vs. automated tasks. Economical implementation, small size and simple programming make cobot technology applicable and reusable in a variety of applications. Vendors such as Universal Robots USA (Booth US-7279) report increasingly rapid adoption by small and medium businesses. A 2017 Markets and Markets report estimates cobot adoption growing at a compound annual growth rate of 57% through 2023. Some industry financial analysts predict cobot sales are on a path to outpace traditional robot sales by as much as five times in the next few years. The improved ease and speed of cobot reprogramming mean reconfiguration is often measured in hours—not days or weeks. The ability to

reprogram quickly and easily dramatically lifts ROI, essentially lowering how long the cobot must repeat any individual task to justify its total implementation cost. Lowering that volume threshold makes cobots cost-effective for niche tasks where annual volumes are far lower than typical production runs or in small batch environments with higher product variety. Cobots even can change line design: Traditional lines that are typically deployed in straight lines with conveyors now can operate as split lines with the potential to eliminate between-machine conveyors. For Medela, this represents a major upside. The new cobot-augmented lines allow multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) to be palletized concurrently, eliminating investment in new palletizing lines. Kirichkow explains, “We’re using a smart conveyer to move the right product to the right palletizing cobot. This creates amazing flexibility for us—it means we can run four different SKUs on two lines at rated speed—which is a lot of bang for the buck.” Cobots accelerate and smooth the packaging process, minimizing downtime and product waste while eliminating the risk of human error as well as associated staff training needs. Cobots excel in jobs that involve repetitive labor (such as manual secondary packaging), rendering them less susceptible to unskilled labor availability and reliability and the high production staff turnover that saps processor productivity. The team at Medela is already looking at other uses for cobots. Kirichkow cites an example of the issues Medela faces in meeting changing Amazon eCommerce labeling requirements: “We can see using them to depalletize, relabel and then repalletize the subsegment of products going to Amazon, which would be a significant savings in both cost and time.” While regulatory requirements are not on the horizon yet, related ISO technical specifications are available and provide useful operational safety parameters. The initial ISO safety standards for robotics were adapted to high-speed industrial robots prior to the introduction of low-speed collaborative robots. In recent years, the ISO committee launched an initiative for ISO/TS 15066 Robots and Robotic Devices - Collaborative Robots. It details allowable speed, force and pressure measurement guidelines for direct human/robot collaboration. The cobot industry has widely adopted and adheres to ISO guidelines. How does an investment in cobot technology compare to traditional staffing costs? Well, market evidence points to total costs that are competitive with the salary of a full-time equivalent employee, but with far fewer “human” downsides and a longterm payoff in both scalability and productivity. In Europe, some companies have even introduced a business model for “leasing” cobot workers to manufacturers at equivalent labor rates. The upside is

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that cobots don’t leave or call out sick or require the benefits. Cobots are even evolving—utilizing machine learning, vision and artificial intelligence to quickly learn new tasks, mimicking the intelligence of a skilled human operator. They adapt to “on-the-fly” variations such as slightly non-uniform products, variable target positions and color differences, a valuable trait for nonvalue-added tasks such as moving goods on conveyors that require accurate placement into packaging materials. Other advances include smart sensors, third-party peripherals integrations and self-monitoring, providing the ability to analyze errors and offer troubleshooting tips. (Cobot, heal thyself). Cobots offer new options to the market drumbeat of ever-better/faster/cheaper. But as capabilities improve, cobots represent new opportunities and choices. For example, as cobot automation reduces the influence of labor and wages on production facility location, executives may 1seek to locate ez_PMMIAd9_19.qxp_Layout 1 8/22/19 8:03 AM Page facilities on the basis of faster and more responsive

supply chain logistics. Rapid redeployment increases production flexibility and reduces lead times, potentially making small batch runs a cost-effective approach to mass-customization. Redeployment of scarce skilled resources away from repetitive tasks

Cobots enable Medela to palletize four stock keeping units with just two lines, rather than the single stock keeping unit per line in its current configuration.


can improve worker productivity and satisfaction and perhaps even support staff with physically demanding roles. That’s not to say that cobots, or any automation, in fact, are not without risk. Obvious technological risks include cybersecurity and privacy. Operational risks may include business continuity and workplace safety. While legal or regulatory risks are nominal, observance of industry standards is warranted. Utilizing an experienced, reliable partner to “get out of the gate” helps alleviate risk, according to Kirichkow. “We have a long relationship with Harpak-ULMA (Booth LS-6101), our packaging original equipment manufacturer, who will be deploying this technology for us initially. We’ll more than likely get to a point where this is second nature, but having a trusted partner that we can rely on to hold our hand in these initial stages means we all sleep a little better at night.” For more information, visit, SD

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Detergents handle tougher residues Biodegradable, aqueous formulas work in manual and automated cleaning scenarios.


or biopharma products such as cosmetics, supplements and botanicals, critical cleaning is imperative. “Critical cleaning is a level of cleaning that directly impacts the value of the final product,” explains Michael Moussourakis, director, Technical Marketing and Commercial Development at

Alconox (Booth N-304). This covers the expanding biopharma industry spectrum where potency, purity and quality are increasingly scrutinized. Analytical techniques have improved as well, allowing for more accurate and precise cleaning evaluation. Highly adherent, difficult-to-emulsify residues require “elbow grease,” or mechanical action to re-


move. But stronger detergents eliminate the need for extraneous mechanical energy. That which foams emulsifies best, and applied mechanical energy (scrubbing, soaking, sonication or elbow grease) supercharge high-foaming detergents. But sometimes high-foaming detergents cannot be used. For example, a 5000-L reactor/holding tank/mixing vessel often uses an automated cleanin-place system. While impingement provides some mechanical energy, when formulated properly, most of the cleaning is done via chemistry. High and low pH balances compensate for fewer usable cleaning mechanisms. Higher (or lower) pH rapid hydrolysis offsets, in part, the less-effective emulsifying capability of the low-foaming surfactants.

Detonox and Keylajet cleaners from Alconox critically clean the toughest residues.

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Stop by our booth N-306 to experience our machines: Crème 60 • Capable of processing various sizes of jars, bottles, airless pumps, and mini-rollers • Speeds up to 60 units per minute for containers ranging from 1 mL – 1000 mL • Secure capabilities for unstable and conical shaped containers • Heat and non-heat sealing capabilities available • Can be run with or without pucks lite-F • Reliable filling system requiring minimal operator training • Up to 45 units per minute, for containers up to 500 ml • 12” user friendly HMI with Exploded parts view • Small footprint (3 ft x 3ft) • Capable of filling multiple styles of containers

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Alconox has developed potent, yet biodegradable and aqueously formulated detergents for challenging manual and automated critical cleaning applications. Detonox® Ultimate Precision cleaner combines powerful wetting, chelation and mixed micelle emulsifiers to provide a drain- and operator-safe detergent for manual cleaning. Keylajet® low-foaming high-alkaline liquid, powered by chelation, alkaline hydrolysis and low-foaming emulsifiers, is formulated for automated clean-in-place, washer and other high-pressure applications where “elbow grease” and higher foaming surfactants cannot come to the rescue. Alconox formulas are not only effective, but also end-user-safe, aqueous, free-rinsing, interfering residue-free and biodegradable. The detergents also are free of dyes, fragrances, brighteners and filming corrosion inhibitors. For more information, visit SD

See us at our booth N306, North Hall Las Vegas (NV), USA September 23-25, 2019

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Guadalajara show set for 2021 Fifth edition builds on record-breaking 2019 event.


XPO PACK Guadalajara celebrates its fifth edition when it opens June 15-17, 2021, at the Expo Guadalajara. The 2021 show builds on a record-breaking 2019 edition when 17,000 attendees toured a sold-out show floor, where more than 700 exhibitors filled 15,000 net sq. m. Already the largest packaging and processing event in Latin America, EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2019 exceeded the loftiest projections for show producer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Central Lobby). “EXPO PACK Guadalajara . . . has cemented its place as the premier packaging show in the region,” says Anthony Colquitt, director of Business Development – LATAM for Barry-Wehmiller’s BW Packaging Systems (Booth C-1800). “Not only the number [of attendees], but the quality of the companies and customers who attended was beyond belief—we were able to have productive meetings and move projects forward because the right people were at the show.” Exhibitors and attendees traveled from more than 40 countries with international pavilions hosting companies from Argentina, Canada, China, France, Italy, Spain and the U.S. The diverse global representation brought 6% more international visitors than EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2017 with the largest attendee participation from Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and El Salvador. Nearly 110 exhibitors displayed for the first time, a 15% increase over EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2017, while the EXPO PACK Verde program, in its 10th year, exceeded 150 exhibitors committed to sustainable packaging and processing solutions. As a repeat exhibitor, David O’Keefe, director of Sales at LANGGUTH America (Booth C-5446), has had a front-row seat for the steady expansion of the event. He reports, “The show was noticeably bigger this year, and we received [nearly 100] leads, many with active projects in hand.” A new addition, the Daily Keynote Series, was particularly well-received. Day one featured a comprehensive look at successful packaging developments for eCommerce from Mintel’s Global Packaging Director David Luttenberger. Day two welcomed panelists from BonIce, Navarro Cheese, San Matías Tequila and Groupo Herdez discussing innovations in packaging and processing. International packaging science expert Alejandro Salgado closed the series with real-world solutions to the challenges of the circular economy. “Education offerings at EXPO PACK are really hitting their stride, giving attendees opportunity before and during the show to hear about issues affecting their everyday business,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI.

In addition to the keynotes, more than a dozen Innovation Stage sessions provided practical solutions to industry challenges. A3 Robotics training also returned, with the Association for Advancing Automation Mexico providing two days of intense training on vision systems and robotics safety.

For 2020, the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows returns to Mexico City with EXPO PACK México (June 2-5, 2020, Expo Santa Fe). For more information, visit, SD

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Washdown is not the same as sanitizing

Initial design determines hygienic characteristics of a conveyor.


uilding a true sanitary conveyor begins with its design. For starters, it’s important to understand the difference between sanitary conveyors and stainless-steel models. Just because a conveyor is stainless steel doesn’t necessarily mean it’s sanitary. Many companies have been upgrading their sanitary standards by purchasing stainless steel conveyors. But, there’s a big difference between the two. Stainless steel is the right material to use in applications that call for occasional washdowns with light chemical cleaning agents. A basic stainless-steel conveyor can be washed throughout the day as needed, depending on how it is built, but it’s not necessarily sanitized. That’s because sanitizing or cleaning a conveyor involves an entirely different process than simply washing it down. In an interview with the PACK EXPO Show Daily, Stacy Johnson, director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Dorner Mfg. (Booth C-1844), describes what’s involved with building a sanitary conveyor. Show Daily: What aspects of design and construction help facilitate sanitation? Johnson: The goal of designing a sanitary conveyor is to reduce contamination in the first place by eliminating the harbor points where food particles and bacteria can collect. AquaPruf and AquaGard platforms are designed to reduce catch points and places for contamination to occur. When it comes to cleaning, it’s critical that the entire conveyor is disassembled for sanitizing. That’s because all areas of the conveyor need to be accessed for cleaning and sanitizing. Small nooks and crevices can capture water and food particles and become perfect breeding areas for bacteria. Dorner’s sanitary platforms are certified for use in sanitary environments. In fact, Dorner’s AquaPruf Ultimate sanitary conveyors and components meet USDA requirements for the design of mechanical belt conveyors used in meat and poultry processing. Dorner’s AquaGard conveyors are certified by various industry organizations. In researching sanitary conveyors, here are some questions to consider: l Where is the conveyor going to be located in the plant? l How accessible is the conveyor to disassemble? l I s it easy to disassemble, and can one person perform disassembly with no tools? l Does the design enable effective washing and sanitizing? l Will the conveyor truly meet the sanitary expectations of the application?

Show Daily: How do sanitation challenges differ depending on factors such as the type of product conveyed, system configuration, line speed and customer’s preferred sanitation methods? Johnson: The type of product and where that it is on the line dictates the level of sanitary requirements. If the application calls for moving raw food, such as chicken or meat, the conveyor system requires daily or more frequent high-pressure washdowns with chlorinated cleaners. On the other hand, if the application is more downstream, moving packaged food, a daily washdown or wipedown using a non-caustic cleaner would be the recommended cleaning method. Both conveyors are sanitary, but the one on the processing side needs to be more robust in sanitary attributes than the one moving packaged food. Show Daily: Do your systems generally run at one belt speed? Johnson: The speed of the conveyor is dictated by the application. In some instances, a job calls for the conveyor to run at one constant speed, while in others, belt speeds may need to be varied as product moves from one process to the next. The focus is really about product orientation. Often, applications call for product to be positioned in a specific way, in an exact location on a conveyor to be readied for the next step in the process. These are rapid-fire actions and the conveyor needs to perform as expected to meet the application’s demands. Dorner has a variety of conveyor options to orient product, including the 3200 Series with Intralox Activated Roller Belt™ technology, pallet and flexible chain. These conveyor options work well when matched with accessories to further control product movement, including diverters and gates, proximity switches, photoeyes, counters, pushers and shaft encoders. For more information, visit SD Dorner’s AquaGard conveyors meet standards set by organizations such as the Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee and 3-A Sanitary Standards.

On AquaGard sanitary conveyors, welded rounded frames with minimal fasteners in the food zones reduce catch points and places for contamination to occur.



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Viscous cannabinoids pose filling challenge With legalized usage expanding, demand is putting pressure on supply.


ith demand growing for cannabinoid products, production is ramping up. To boost output, manual operations are transitioning to semiautomatic and fully automatic. In one case, a semiautomatic dosing system from ViscoTec (Booth N-222) increased filling speed to 12 syringes/min. vs. two syringes/min. by hand. Cannabinoid products are derived from dif-

ferent strains, vary in drug concentration and are consumed as a capsule, solution or via inhalation. The substance is extracted by various methods to obtain the active ingredient. The result is a slightly yellowish-brown resin. It is very viscous at low temperatures and becomes less viscous with rising temperatures. Insoluble in water, it usually is mixed with other fats or oils. Nevertheless, viscosity poses

challenges to accurate filling. Unlike peristaltic or rotary piston pumps, ViscoTec’s progressive cavity pumps, which operate based on the endless piston principle, can handle the viscosity. Classified as a rotating positive displacement pump, it features a stainless-steel rotor that moves eccentrically in a stator made of elastomer. The interaction of rotor and stator creates chambers. The

Marijuana plants serve as one source of THC for cannabinoid products.


size of the alternately opening chambers remains constant during the rotation, so there is no compression of the conveyed product. Thanks to this dosing geometry, a constant volume is always fed proportionally to the rotation angle per revolution, regardless of the viscosity of the material and the product flows pulsation-free. This leads to a guaranteed dosing accuracy at the pump outlet of 1% (depending on the material), which in practice often falls lower. This pump technology has additional advantages. In more than 95% of all applications, filling and dosing valves are completely unnecessary because a

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ViscoTec pumps speed filling of pasty THC in syringes.

retraction (reversal of the direction of rotation of the dispenser) leads to controlled thread breakage and prevents dripping. This results in an exact dosage of stringy gels or resins. The pumps used to fill the cannabis resin are designed according to GMP and FDA guidelines

with particular attention to cleanability and documentation. After use, the dispenser can be disassembled without tools in less than a minute and can be cleaned in cleaning baths or automated dishwashers and sterilized in an autoclave. For more information, visit SD

THANK YOU AND LET’S STAY IN TOUCH Thank you for visiting Peel Plastics at Pack Expo 2019. We are delighted to have had the chance to share our Think Green portfolio of packaging solutions with you. Our suite of sustainable solutions are available to help support your environmental objectives. We look forward to following up with you soon.

Highly viscous THC resin poses challenges for dosing and filling systems.



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Increase in number of closures: Craft7,000+ spirits take cues establishments 94 in 2016; 129 in 2017 in 2018 from beer


he demand for craft spirits is growing strongly mimicking a curve ex- continues to expand (by 5% in 2017), growth is slowing. Even so, craft beer now perienced by craft brewers during the pastare decade, according to Craft accounts for 12.7% of the beer market by volume and 23% by revenue. of craft brewers reinvesting: Breweries and Distilleries Machinery and Automation Trends. The white paThe craft spirits market sits at the beginning of the growth curve, soaring Purchase new equipment — Increase employee benefits per, published by PMMI, — The Association for Packaging and Processing 30% in 2018 to exceed $3.7 billion in total sales. Learning from craft brewers, — Hirenotes new employees Increase contributions Technologies (Central Lobby), that although the—market forcharitable craft beer who are closing up shop at an accelerating rate, craft distilling is expanding in a more controlled fashion to avoid overextending capabilities and budgets. For craft brewers and distillers attending PACK EXPO, The Beverage Cooler Lounge (Booth US-7629), hosted by the International Society of CRAFT DISTILLERIES OPEN AT ACCELERATED PACE Beverage Technologists (Booth US-7629), serves as a place to network, recharge and learn from free establishments educational presentations by industry experts. in total in 2018 For more information visit sales in 2018 SD





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September 25, 2019

Blister printer supports postponement Full-color printing differentiates products in blister packs.


he first printer capable of printing sealed blisters, the BlisterJet CMYK machine from Hapa (Booth C-4400), allows printing to be postponed and opens doors to new designs and product differentiation. To date, options for implementing postponement for blister packaging have been limited. Existing technology can only print in two spot colors. The BlisterJet CMYK printer unleashes opportunities in customization for off-pack communication, personalization, codes and links that improve product tracking and patient compliance. Utilized in a postponement strategy, the BlisterJet CMYK printer improves supply chain agility and the ability to comply with regulatory changes. When combined with the pull-production model of customizing products and secondary packaging regionally, the advantages multiply.

Designed for inline or near-to-line applications, the operator-friendly BlisterJet CMYK printer is Swiss designed and manufactured.

In a pull-production setup, a high-speed blister line or central blister production factory produces semi-finished blisters for several markets and utilizes assets fully. A BlisterJet CMYK printer in a near-to-line configuration can then customize the semi-finished products. Alternatively, unprinted blisters can be shipped to distribution sites where Blister- Text and graphics can be printed in single or multicolor spot Jet CMYK units custom- or four-color process in a single pass and immediately cured. ize the text and artwork to each order’s destination market, language and regulatory specifications. The printed finished blisters are then ready for final processing and shipment. The drop-on-demand piezo inkjet system uses solvent-free, ultraviolet (UV) inks produced by Hapa Ink. All text and graphics are printed in a single pass. The print is cured immediately by an integrated UV-LED curing system, and the printed blisters can be transferred directly into a cartoning machine. Integrated pre- and post-print vision inspection is available, as well as a wide range of proven blister feeders. As supply chain and stock keeping unit complexities increase, along with market volatility and regulations, a growing number of pharma companies are turning to postponement. Integrated inline or near-to-line, benefits include improved logistics, significantly fewer stock keeping units and less waste. Operations are leaner with improved blister-line utilization regardless of batch size and are more flexible, agile and responsive. In short, product ships faster. Postponement yields genuine reductions in overall operational costs, especially in the disinvestment of resources. Other cost savings include freed warehouse space and a reduction of the labor capital tied to warehousing activities. For more information, visit SD

Late-stage customization of sealed blisters boosts usage of blister lines, increases production agility and throughput for small volumes, encourages leaner logistics and more accurate forecasting, reduces waste and finished-goods inventory, saves taxes on international shipments of semi-finished goods and delivers full color and the highest print quality for serializing, randomizing and coding.

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September 25, 2019

3PL boosts efficiency

Excessive setup and downtime prompt search for better lot coding option.


nkjet coders at JCS Global Distribution in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, were marking lot numbers and date codes on a variety of paperboard packaging including substrates with high-gloss, metallic or heavily pigmented coatings. The plant also occasionally marks plastic jars and bottles. In order to run efficiently, the company needed to mark the required information at 20 cartons/min. However, this rate was not being achieved. “We would spend up to an hour daily just trying to get the inkjet printers to work—and sometimes a lot more,” recalls Clifford Potters, operations manager at JCS. He adds, “They were very unreliable and required constant cleaning, which was not only dirty and time-consuming, but also did not result in any better or more reliable performance.” For an operation that packs thousands of products each day, Potters and other managers agreed that the lost production time justified searching for a more reliable coding technology. THE SOLUTION Potters first researched lot coder options online. He reports, “I looked on the Internet for companies that sold coders and came across a few. But most of them were out of the country or no one was able to come out and either demo the product or even let me talk with a live person.” Potters reached out to Matthews Marking Systems (Booth C-1841) by email to inquire about his options. Shortly after, he was contacted by Tom Milot, an account manager at Matthews Marking Systems. The two discussed JCS’s situation. Based on JCS’s need for high-resolution, high-speed marking, Milot arranged to personally bring a VIApack thermal inkjet printing system for an onsite demo. The system includes the

LS-6023 fast-dry ink to accommodate a variety of paperboard finishes. “Tom was there in a hurry and demonstrated a very reliable and complete system for us. [No] . . . other suppliers would . . . come out and demo the product on our own packaging boxes,” recalls Potters. “It made all the difference to be personally trained on the system in our building and to be able to use the lot coder to see if we liked it before buying.”

Thermal inkjet system and fast-dry ink overcome challenges with difficult-to-print substrates and eliminated the excessive downtime JCS Global Distribution experienced with its previous coders.

VIAjet™ L-Series thermal inkjet printhead, a photocell and mounting hardware. It also comes with the MPERIA marking and coding automation platform that controls the printer and manages message creation and editing via touchscreen. The result is an out-of-the-box turnkey system that is easy to implement on a production line. The VIApack system easily handles JCS’s print rates, as it can be configured to mark high-resolution (600 x 600 dots/in.) print at speeds up to 200 ft./min. or to mark 600 x 75 dots/in. even faster (up to 1,660 ft./min.). To address the cleanliness challenges, the L12 model utilizes a cartridge-based ink supply similar to that found in desktop printers. Milot also recommended Matthews Marking’s

THE RESULTS Since installation, JCS has cut downtime more than 99% and shrunk setup time 95%. In addition, the MPERIA multilingual touchscreen interface makes operator training much easier. Potters reports, “The system is both reliable and complete; we are now able to just power up each unit, insert the ink cartridge and that is it. Further, production throughput is vastly improved as we no longer have to stop to maintain or clean the old printers. Lastly, time is money; we are now able to fill our orders without delays caused by trying to maintain the old systems.” Original projections estimated the VIApack system would pay for itself within four months due to increased reliability and productivity, however that forecast was quickly revised to two months. Potter concludes, “Because of the new system, we have been able to gain production time and use fewer employees, which no longer adds to our overall operational costs. It far exceeds our goals. The Matthews Marking solution has enabled us to be able to stay productive at a reasonable cost.” For more information, visit SD


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SHOW DAILY September 25, 2019

CR cannabis pack wins AmeriStar Patent-pending tray and sleeve package withstands repeated opening and relocking.


clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) tray and sleeve locks and unlocks to protect kids from cannabis products. The patent-pending design combines brand-building and protective qualities and was recognized by the judging panel at the 2019 AmeriStar Packaging Awards Competition, organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP, Booth C-1361). Reportedly the first of its kind, the Klearfold® Keeper CR certified childresistant (CR) cannabis package from HLP Klearfold (Booth LS-6531) satisfies the criteria set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for CR closures. The tray and sleeve are made of box-grade PET, recycled PET with 30% post-consumer-recycled content or bio-PET, which is partially derived (30%) from plant-based sources. The PET exhibits greater tear-resistance and durability than paperboard, and the package’s glue seams, often a failure point in fiber-based CR cartons, are chemically bonded to provide an added measure of security. In addition, the PET offers the resiliency needed to withstand the repeated opening and relocking associated with multi-dose products. Following the instructions printed on the package, an adult can easily unlock the package with a thumb press on a release tab that extends from the face of the outer carton. Pressing this release tab also disengages a locking tab on the internal vacuum-formed tray from a slot die-cut in the carton’s sidewall, allowing the tray to slide out. To relock the package, the tray is pushed back into the carton until the tab re-engages the first locking slot.

The Klearfold Keeper CR pack is currently available in two sizes, and its vacuum-formed trays can be customized to accommodate the product to be packed. Since sleeves are made from a clear substrate, printed graphics determine how much of the carton is opaque (printed) and how much transparency remains. This allows brand owners to expose as much or as little of the package’s contents as desired, whether they are selling vape cartridges, concentrates, prerolls, edibles or other forms of cannabis. A completely opaque package is possible with 100% ink coverage. “We could not be more pleased by this official IoPP recognition,” states Steve Frazier, president of HLP Klearfold. “While creating this unique, transparent CR package and testing to the CPSC protocol, it became apparent that test-subject children (42–51 months old) were more motivated to try to get inside of a Klearfold Keeper CR package because they could see its contents. In order to stand up to this extra attention, the Keeper CR had to provide security commensurate with this increased attention level of highly motivated children.” For more information, visit SD

Delivered pre-assembled, Klearfold Keeper CR cartons are customizable, available in a variety of sizes and require no machinery to set up or fill.

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September 25, 2019

Error-proof your packaging process Sensors and software manage the process, catch mistakes.


ave you ever almost had product leave your factory printed with an incorrect date code or packed in the wrong packaging? Perhaps the flawed product did not hit the retail shelves, but the cost in terms of rework time and potential product and packaging waste cannot be ignored. What if the incorrectly coded or packaged goods did ship? The cost of a full product recall can be huge not only in financial terms but also in damage to brand reputation. Without proper monitoring and verification of food product packaging, labeling and coding, the risk of a recall increases. With the increasing complexity of packaging types, it has become more challenging for food and beverage manufacturers to catch coding and packaging errors. On top of this, the frequency of artwork changes and promotional offers has heightened the risk. With the chance of error so high, food and beverage companies are looking for solutions.

Benefits include faster throughput, more efficient setup and shorter changeovers. The collaboration provides: l Controlled deployment and setup of datecoding equipment l Centralized matching of product specifications with device profiles l Inline barcode scanning of 1D and/or 2D barcodes with Lector image-based readers l Validation of all packaging-related attributes like barcode verification and placement l End-to-end control of the packaging process with existing equipment l Costs based on a simple licensing model according to the number of devices on the line l Remote access to all lines via a personal computer, industrial human/machine interface, tablet or Smartphone l Centralized control of multiple devices across many lines

TAKING CONTROL A partnership between AutoCoding Systems and SICK (Booth LS-6419) brings together software and sensors to help eliminate the risk of coding and packaging errors that can lead to recalls due to mislabeling. More than 1,200 packaging lines worldwide use a combination of SICK sensors, barcode readers and vision products with AutoCoding software. The combination provides reliability and accuracy from the sensor and flexibility from the software platform.

With coding management and packaging verification in place, job setup and changeover time shrink. When manually setting up a packaging line, it can take up to 15 min. with quality paperwork adding another 5 min. AutoCoding software can reduce this 20-min. timeframe to 1 min. or less. Many end users install AutoCoding software to meet retailer codes of practice relating to coding and packaging verification. But once they realize its capabilities, it is rolled out further for process improvement.

A combination of sensors and software prevents coding errors and mislabeling.

Correct coding is especially important for refrigerated products.

The software works with all the equipment typically found on a packaging line and provides a single system to control devices from different vendors. It also manages the entire packaging workflow. From making artwork changes in the system database to setup of equipment to retrieving product information from the database, the software provides better access to all the data on the packaging line so better decisions can be made. Information relating to a product (i.e, date coding rules, packaging artwork, barcodes and coding

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profiles) is entered into a secure database, thereby allowing validation prior to use. The stored data is used to set up and control the relevant devices on the packaging line. This removes the need for operators to program the devices and human error. EASY TO USE AutoCoding’s software can automatically generate the correct codes based on the product. SICK sensors can then verify the correct code was used and that it actually printed to validate codes and prevent recalls. Packaging verification functions can be implemented in a range of configurations. SICK’s Lector image-based code readers are used for 1D or 2D barcode scanning to check retail barcodes, back web label barcodes and packaging artwork barcodes. AutoCoding also has a number of vision installations that incorporate SICK’s ICR inspectors and IVC-3D cameras and currently is integrating the new Inspector P Series cameras. In addition to integrating with SICK scanners,

SICK sensors verify the correct code printed.

inspectors, and cameras, AutoCoding’s advanced coding management software is designed to control and manage a wide range of devices. The AutoCoding system can be used to set up and control equipment, including printers, labelers, checkweighers, metal detectors and x-ray inspectors. The result is dynamic control of the packaging line that ensures it stops if too many misreads or no-reads are detected or a device malfunctions. Any automated system should be scalable and future-proof with the potential to add functionality. On top of the basic level of automation AutoCoding software offers additional features. Extensive reporting is available from inspection devices like checkweighers or metal detectors to provide access to more data. Line performance reporting captures real-time manufacturing data and provides reports describing line, device and product performance.

Additionally, a pallet labeling system provides auditable and controlled labeling of pallets from different lines with information like batch code, order ID, line ID, stock keeping unit, and SSCC18 information. Finally, the quality control process can be paperless. Online and offline quality control processes can be incorporated into a workflow control. Data is then recorded in the audit trail to utilize

electronic reporting. This hardware/software integration provides the consumer goods industry with a method to greatly reduce date-coding errors and downtime related to product changeovers. With this system, you can be one step closer to error-proofing your packaging process. For more information, visit SD


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September 25, 2019

NIR camera analyses product


n a first for the American market, Marchesini Group (Booth N-107) presents the HarleNIR vision system integrated with a counter for solid dosage forms. Featured on the Compact 12 monobloc filler/capper, the system analyzes the nearinfrared spectrum of the product and compares it with that of the reference active ingredient. This analysis can identify if the product contains the correct dosage or a different active ingredient, there-

by preventing product mix-ups and recalls. The monobloc counts pills, tablets or capsules and caps bottles with screw-on, press-on or crimped caps. An electronic counter guarantees total product control. Multiple cameras and Valida multivision control check product size, shape, color and height. Non-compliant pills can be rejected singly without having to reject the whole bottle. For more information, visit SD


Multiple cameras and Valida multivision control check product size, shape, color and height.

Morrison moves beyond timing screws


ith 48 years of container-handling experience, Morrison Container Handling Systems (Morrison CHS, Booth C-2241) extends its timing screw know-how to an array of container-handling solutions. Combining an experienced and knowledgeable workforce and enthusiastic young talent with a technologyfostering environment, Morrison is charging forward to boost container-handling efficiency, adaptability and cost savings.

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“These are exciting times for Morrison and the packaging industry as a whole,” says CEO Nancy Wilson. “Technology is taking all of us to new places and challenging us to think differently every day.” Powering innovation is taken literally with a compact combiner/divider and the washdown-friendly Model 60 can opener. On the combiner/divider, a custom drive assembly joins multiple lanes of product into one single flowing lane. The system is easy to change over, occupies minimal line space and mounts to existing conveyors. Photoeyes sort based on color, understanding the direction each container must go in order to create the correct multipack and communicating that to the servo motor. An all-in-one process, Morrison’s can-opening systems standardize the canning procedure and increase ROI. Infeed timing screws help process up to 60 cans/min., deliver positive control and reduce labor demands. For more information, visit SD

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2019 PACK EXPO Las Vegas



September 25, 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


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

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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.

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,, SD

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September 25, 2019

Alliance focuses on traceability


ood safety and traceability represent the goal behind an alliance between JBT (Booth LS6190) and SafeTraces. The agreement integrates SafeTraces’ patented DNA barcoding technologies with JBT FoodTech products to rapidly verify sanitation processes and provide item-level tracking and tracing of food materials. Instead of waiting for days or weeks to verify food safety, sustainability or purity, the integrated technologies provide actionable results in minutes for fresh produce, fresh-cut and coating operations. “Food safety and traceability is a mega-trend

that will transform the marketplace over the next generation,” predicts Carlos Fernandez, JBT’s executive vice president and president, Liquid Foods. He explains, “Consumers are increasingly rewarding food companies that provide greater transparency on how their food was produced and leaving behind those that don’t.” “On-product, item-level traceability is the holy grail of source assurance, and rapid onsite verification of sanitation process is the holy grail of safety

Gluing goes ‘green’

assurance,” says Anthony Zografos, founder and CEO of SafeTraces. “We’re the first company to develop a technology that is commercially viable, scalable and delivers clear benefits and a clear return on investment . . . . Partnering with a . . . market leader like JBT presents a tremendous opportunity to commercialize . . . our technology at a global scale.” For more information, visit SD



he AMS adhesive measuring system from Robatech (Booth LS5965) monitors the amount of adhesive applied and rapidly detects errors. Too little adhesive can cause seals to fail, damage in transit and returns. Too much adhesive increases expenses and can create housekeeping issues. With op-

AntiSlip Gluing applies a thin hot-melt adhesive spiral or bead on the top of the packaging to create a safe and stable unit during stacking on a pallet.




The AMS system measures adhesive consumption by the pump stroke on a special KPC 12 AMS piston pump or a faster, more accurate AMS-V AMS-V measuring cell attached to the adhesive distributor via the gear flow.

timized dispensing, it may be possible to narrow dispensing parameters and reduce material costs. Another Green Gluing concept replaces shrink and stretch pallet wrap and slip sheets with AntiSlip Gluing. The hot-melt adhesive applied to the boxes or other packages on the pallet stabilizes the load and eliminates the waste associated with film-based pallet-unitizing options. For more information, visit SD

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SHOW DAILY September 25, 2019

Partners study packaging for eCommerce


o evaluate packaging needs in the rapidly emerging eCommerce supply chain, UBE America (Booth US-8442) and Michigan State University’s School of Packaging (Booth N-726) are collaborating on the eCommerce Food Packaging Market Study.

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

Asset reliability

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A study by UBE and the School of Packaging at Michigan State University considers what packaging changes may be needed for foods and beverages to successfully navigate the eCommerce channel.

With the goal of improving packaging for the eCommerce channel, the study will: l Research current packaging formats and materials used in eCommerce and traditional supply chains lQ uantify/categorize the impact of eCommerce on traditional packaging formats l Identify specific deficiencies and areas of improvement l Establish opportunities for changes in materials and designs lP erform shelf-life studies on new materials to validate performance in the eCommerce channel The first phase of the study includes a survey developed for companies involved in the production and/or distribution of eCommerce packaging (retailers, converters, manufacturers and end users). The second phase targets packaging changes and will investigate nylon as a material for development of optimized packaging for the eCommerce channel. For more information, visit, SD

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September 25, 2019

System collates trading cards

Pineberry Manufacturing partners with Veritiv to create custom collation for Excell Marketing.


hen Excell Marketing, a trading card distributor, needed a more robust, efficient collation system, it called on Veritiv, a major business-to-business distributor, who immediate partnered with Pineberry Manufacturing (Booth C-1632).

“It was Excell Marketing’s goal to increase both the efficiency and the speed of their operation,” recalls Dan LaForce, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Pineberry Manufacturing. He reports, “The simple yet robust Pineberry design was able

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Pick-and-place technology dispenses sports trading cards onto a lug conveyor.

The application called for custom automation that could feed and stack sports trading cards for later packaging. It needed to dispense 50 individual sports cards, each with its own magazine, to create 50-card stacks. The proposed design consisted of five modules, each made up of 10 magazines, connected by a lug conveyor. The cards in each magazine are dispensed and placed onto the lug conveyor using pick-andplace technology. The lugs separate the cards as the conveyor moves, allowing for the cards, situated in the magazines in a specific order, to create identical stacks for later packaging. Additionally, a Pineberry SF friction feeder incorporated into the collation system allows for a “bonus card” to be dispensed onto the lug conveyor at random for inclusion into certain card stacks. Once each of the 50 magazines dispenses its card, the completed stack is removed from an exit conveyor to be packaged at a later time. After confirming the proposed system with Excell Marketing, manufacturing began. As the equipment was built, samples were tested continuously to ensure cards dispensed efficiently.

Collation system with five modules and lug conveyor prepares stacks of trading cards for packaging.

to achieve these objectives. Operators onsite understood all the parameters of the system immediately and are very pleased with the simplicity and performance of the automated solution.” Pineberry collation systems integrate easily with virtually any packaging or automation system or can be used as semiautomatic packaging systems. This equipment can accommodate a variety of feeding technologies, allowing for complete customization for each project. For more information, visit SD


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Rockwell debuts hygienic hardware Hygienic controls need no special treatment for washdown.


ygienic industrial control hardware from Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462) protects product quality and helps compliance with food safety regs. The stainless-steel version of the Allen-Bradley PanelView Plus 7 human/machine interface (HMI) can be used in a “splash” or contaminant zone without needing to be covered or isolated. It is the in-

dustry’s first general-purpose HMI terminal that is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). An ingress protection rating of IP69K supports high-pressure, high-temperature chemical washdowns. A food-grade silicone gasket with a distinct blue color helps production workers notice if it’s been damaged and needs to be replaced. The Allen-Bradley Kinetix VPH hygienic servo

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Allen-Bradley Kinetix VPH hygienic servo motors withstand washdowns and reduce the risk of contamination.

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motors can improve machine reliability while meeting stringent hygienic standards. The hygienic design—including high-grade stainless-steel housing and a smooth surface—withstands washdowns and reduces the risk of contamination. “Some servo motors can fail just weeks after they’re exposed to cleaning and sanitizing agents,” reports Wendy Du, product manager, Rockwell Automation. She notes, “Alternatively, motors can be covered and protected during the cleaning process; but that creates a lengthier cleaning process and can introduce contamination risks. Our new hygienic servo motors make cleaning and sanitization easier and more efficient to help reduce machine downtime and improve overall equipment effectiveness.” The servo motors are designed per European Hygienic Engineering Design Group and 3-A sanitary standards and are IP69K rated and NSF-certified. They seamlessly integrate with the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 and 5700 servo drive platform, using single-cable technology to help optimize machine speed and accuracy. A range of sizes and options meet a variety of application needs in food and pharmaceutical production. Attendees can learn about technologies for hygienic machines by attending “Washdown Is Not Equal to Hygienic,” an Innovation Stage 1 (Booth C-1049) session at 11 a.m. today. For more information, visit SD

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Pre-order engineering gives project a head start Advanced effort results in flexible, efficient, repeatable line for product launch.


or companies that operate across multiple sites and from different geographical locations, standardization of manufacturing assets becomes an attractive proposition, especially if the same or similar products are being manufactured on each site. Having a common machine, line, control and software format delivers economies across many

operational facets, including spares, maintenance, upgrades, development work and, of course, siteto-site exchange of knowledge to promote best practice. But standardization does not necessarily mean off-the shelf. Companies are still looking for custom technology with the flexibility and agility. In a recent project, CAMA Group, parent

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An international confectionery company wanted a packaging line that could be duplicated at multiple sites in multiple countries.

company of CAMA USA (Booth US-7313) was approached by a leading international confectionery company. It wanted a packaging line that could be repeatable across multiple sites in multiple countries. “This was a brand-new line and platform for an important upcoming product launch,” explains Alessandro Rocca, sales engineer director at CAMA. “As it was a new product launch, expectations were high . . . as were the pressures on us to deliver a packaging solution that matched the customer’s precise needs,” he recalls.

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To ensure that the machines were right the first time, CAMA agreed to flip the project timetable and undertake significant engineering development prior to the order being placed. Rocca explains, “This is quite unusual for packaging companies. Normally you would receive the order and then develop the machines to the customer’s specifications, but in this instance, we dedicated several months . . . of effort into engineering, design reviews and meetings in order to meet the very high expectations of the customer. All this was before the order had even been placed. “There is an advantage to this approach,” he continues, “as in the pre-development phase, you can address all the operational requirements, such as features, product formats, efficiency levels, and then, once all the factors have been successfully addressed, you press the metaphorical start button and commence with manufacture. I think it is fair to say that we are relatively unique in this aspect. There aren’t many companies that would be willing

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to undertake this level of development work without an order being confirmed.” CAMA was chosen for its capabilities and its status as an existing supplier. Rocca notes, “Their confidence in us was also boosted by the fact that we had more-generous-than-usual lead time in which to engineer the perfect solution. In terms of actual timeframe, the process lasted two years, with first contact . . . in 2016. For 90% of our customers this would not be viable, with around seven months being the normal timeframe.” The main features required of the line—which consists of an IF318 tray packer coupled to an IF294 case packer—were flexibility and fast changeover. “We worked a lot in reducing downtime for changeover,” Rocca explains, “using significant levels of automation; including features that were new to us. In the development phase we explored many new ways of performing changeover more rapidly, with a constant eye on future plans and upgrades, without adversely affecting flexibility. “We decided that the new platform should have five or six possibilities for changeover,” Rocca elaborates, “but in the end the customer only adopted two of the ideas. This was not perceived as a loss on our part, however, as the technology we developed is almost certainly going to be deployed on future projects. Our two development teams worked together very closely, combining our engineering knowledge toward a common goal. We looked at the automation of processes that were normally manual and found ways of shaving minutes off the procedures, which over time would add up to significant time savings. And it was during this phase that we discovered that many standard features could be improved, too.” The line developed by CAMA utilizes a control platform from Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462) with part of the engineering effort devoted to migrating from another supplier. Thanks to this platform, the candy maker now can exploit enhanced connectivity and Industry 4.0 levels of data generation and exchange. “CAMA offers an incredibly high level of customization,” Rocca explains. “Our award-winning modular monobloc architecture delivers impressive efficiency and flexibility too, coupled, in this instance, to a throughput of 100 trays/min. from an infeed of 500 products. Using advanced, in-house-developed robotic forming and loading, we can deliver 99% efficiency. The development work has also resulted in very quick automatic changeover—less than 15 min.—with all changeable parts having radio frequency identification tags.” CAMA IF Series monobloc machines are seeing an incredibly positive reaction from many markets, due to their flexibility, positive handling and high efficiency levels. Thanks to highly capable robotics and advanced automation, the machines are Industry 4.0-ready and comfortably fit into any smart-manufacturing environment. This project is

a prime example where engineering design, customer support and technology have worked in synergy, resulting in a line that will see a global rollout for a worldwide product launch. And with a standardized configuration, the end user will realize multiple benefits. For more information, visit, SD Robotic forming and loading yield 99% efficiency.


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PRODUCTS SHAPE GRIPPER A pneumatic end-of-arm robotic tool, the DHEF adaptive shape gripper, offers maximum gripping flexibility with minimal engineering. Capable of automatically gripping mixed objects with multiple shapes, unaligned objects and numerous objects at once, it gently forms around the target, making it ideal for handling fragile items. Suitable for human/machine interaction, it features a sensor slot for position sensing and a bayonet lock for easy replacement of the silicone cap. Festo Booth LS-6349

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FORMING SHOULDERS Round, rectangular and oval forming shoulders fit all types of form/fill/seal machines. Equipment includes complete forming sets, as well as components such as gas-flushing units, chutes, spreaders, filling tubes and traverses. Formers are said to be both high in quality and of functional value, and each former is engineered using state-of-the-art modeling software. Precision machining is performed on advanced CNC equipment. TOSS Machine Components Booth LS-6009


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The highly flexible track-and-shuttle configuration of the ACOPOStrak transport system makes Batch Size: One practical and cost-effective. Products move from processing station to processing station on independently controlled shuttles, which are hot-swappable and can be replaced in seconds, without tools. To switch products, the operator simply places the wheels of a new shuttle on the guides, and it is held in place by the force of permanent magnets. Diverters pass shuttles from one track circuit to another at full speed to divide, merge or create custom sets (e.g., six-packs of different beverages). Fully electronic actuation means no wear or maintenance. Adding a pit lane to the track layout cuts downtime for changeover and service to zero. B+R Industrial Automation Booth C-2058 ▼


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X-RAY, CHECKWEIGHER COMBO AUTOMATED FILLING The Multi-Point Depositor fills snacks, fruits, vegetables and fresh or frozen meals in rigid or semi-rigid containers. Automating weighing and depositing reduces labor and risk and improves productivity and food safety. The customizable depositor offers single-source integration with the company’s scales, sanitary design, tool-free assembly and teardown, compatibility with various packaging formats and configurable tray patterns. Yamato Americas Booth LS-5950

DRUM MOTORS The IntelliDrive™ drum motor features permanent magnet motor technology and a variable frequency drive integrated inside the motor junction box or i-Controller. The motor provides conveyor drive data feedback and simplifies belt speed selection without the loss of torque or beltpull, while reducing energy usage. The VDG SSV Sanitary Series all 316-stainless steel drum motor includes an IP69K sealing system that withstands washdown pressure to 3,000 psi. The SSV design has the belt profile machined directly onto the drum to drive modular, wire belt and thermoplastic polyurethane conveyor belts without the use of sprockets, reducing contamination and increasing sanitation and efficiency. VDG (Van der Graaf) Booth LS-5984

The X5C X-ray and CW3 Checkweigher Combo inspection system detects contaminants and reduces product giveaway. The combination system, which measures just 2.5m in length, is produced from 304 grade stainless steel, is lead-free and offers an IP66 washdown design. Capable of running at speeds up to 150 packs/min., it is operated using two independent control panels and has separate reject bins for out-of-weight and contaminated products. Loma Systems, an ITW Company Booth C-4103


TRAYFORMER Customizable, automatic PopLok® trayformer erects self-locking corrugated and paperboard trays with or without a lid. Capable of forming one-, two- and multi-tuck trays, the trayformer needs no glue or tape and handles a large variety of blank sizes and configurations. Delicate handling ensures tray graphics are not marred. EndFlex, part of the Paxiom Group Booth C-4429

PNEUMATIC GRIPPPER SYSTEM Cam-activated high gripping force allows the BPGS to handle large and heavy objects. Key features include gripping forces up to 450 lb. at 80 psi; rapid actuation time with a 0.05-sec. close, 0.09-sec. open at 425 cycles/min.; interchangeable pads for maximum application flexibility; and a compact size to fit into tight work envelopes. Bimba Manufacturing Booth LS-6277

The TFS Series of thermoformers, available with Allen-Bradley controls from Rockwell Automation, pack food, non-food or medical products. The TFS line speeds product loading, reduces package cost, increases productivity and improves product appearance. Versatility, easy operation and quick size change suit short-run products. Vacuum with gas flushing is available as an option. Harpak-ULMA Packaging Booth LS-6101 Rockwell Automation Booth C-1462 ▼


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Impulse Temperature Controllers

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.


TOSS Alloy-20 and Norex Heat Seal Bands ®


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 . ®


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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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SMART CONFIGURATOR The IO-Link Smart Configurator enables configuration of any IO-Link sensor with a wireless device. Portable, battery-powered device is equipped with Wi-Fi for IODD files download. The product features a dedicated display, user-friendly graphical user interface App and built-in and expandable memory. Configurator includes M12 and M8 connectors and is suitable for three-, four- or five-wire sensors. Carlo Gavazzi Booth LS-6356

SAFETY PRODUCTS Sustainable safety products protect people, vehicles, buildings and infrastructure. For fall and collision protection in demanding environments, products are manufactured with what company describes as high-quality, high-performance plastics. The modular safety systems protect many sites worldwide. BOPLAN USA Booth US-8361

TOP-LOADING CASE PACKER The Gravity 100r case packer top-loads bags of individually quick frozen chicken, beef and seafood, frozen fruits and vegetables. Now offered for high caustic washdown environments, the design minimizes static flat surfaces to drain all liquid. With high-efficiency, IP69K stainless steel permanent motors, the case packer provides easy access for cleaning and inspection. Maximum functionality is delivered by a minimum number of mechanical, electrical or pneumatic components. BluePrint Automation Booth C-4225

POUCH FILLING CR POUCHES Child-resistant (CR) reclosable, easy-open pouches meet all compliance requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency under the classification of ASTM D3475-08, Type XIA. Pouches are tested in accordance with requirements of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act and are approved by the Government of Canada as part of its CR testing. They are certified from 8.5 x 6 through 13.5 x 9 in. in multiple formats and feature clear, opaque and foil barrier. ProAmpac Booth LS-6156

The Swifty Bagger™ automatically opens, fills and seals pre-made bags and stand-up pouches at speeds up to 2,500 bags/hr. A horizontal infeed conveyor and an easy-load bag magazine ensure that pouches enter the machine consistently and square every time, and an inline design makes maintenance hassle-free. Parts are easily accessible, and operators see the entire filling process without blind spots. Sound engineering and an open design reportedly help meet food safety standards. Paxiom Group Booth C-4429

MANDREL-FORMING TECHNOLOGY Precision mandrel-forming technology of the Meta® Duo machine transitions among four-sided, eight-sided and half-slotted cases and oneand two-piece shelf-ready designs with minimal changeover. With Meta Systems technology for gluing and forming shelf- and retail-ready packaging, one small-footprint machine can streamline operations while meeting multiple channel requirements. This automation technology eliminates the need for co-packers or third-party logistics providers and the associated packaging and freight redundancy. WestRock Booth C-2223 ▼


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PRODUCTS POWER PROTECTION New personal-computer-based control hardware and accessories include uninterruptable power supply (UPS) modules and WLAN devices. The CU81xx series can be added to all Beckhoff components to provide 24 V DC uninterruptible power. Add-ons initiate data saving, transfer of processes to defined states and safe shutdown if external supply fails. CU8210 WLAN and mobile

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communication components plug into PC’s USB 2.0 port. CU8210 sticks offer a high-performance, backward-compatible wireless client with encrypted data exchange up to 433.3 Mbit/sec. and support for 20-, 40- and 80-MHz transmission bandwidths. Beckhoff Automation Booth LS-6149

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As a certified UR+ Solution, the 2200 Series conveyor simplifies robot and conveyor integration. With the Universal Robot controller. URCap software enables programming of inputs and outputs needed for starting, stopping, speed reference and status information and supports CB Series and e-Series controllers. The low-profile, high-performance fabric and modular belt conveyors feature a high-speed nose bar transfer option, a durable single-piece frame design, universal T-slots and a wide range of belting and guiding options. Dorner Manufacturing Booth C-1844 Universal Robots USA Booth US-7279

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GN 113.10 heavy-duty ball lock pins (stainless steel with stainless steel shank AISI 630) offer an extreme load capacity and are used for quick fixing, connecting and locking parts and workpieces. A typical application for the rapid-release pins is where they need to be regularly moved in and out of position when connecting two components but require a more secure hold of those two components. Pins are said to be well-suited for corrosion-free applications. JW Winco Booth LS-6761

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PRODUCTS COATING SYSTEM The two-stage Spray Dynamics coating system applies liquid and dry coatings consistently and uniformly to extruded, baked, frozen or fried product. Engineered for proper dwell time and product-appropriate flight configuration, the system consists of a Soft Flight® coating drum, a Micro-Meter ITM airless liquid applicator and a

Uni-Spense® dry ingredient distributor. The coating system features a shell-in-shell coating drum, NEMA 4 stainless steel control console and 304 stainless steel construction. Heat and Control Booth C-1623

HIGH-SPEED CODER The JET Rapid inkjet coder combines high output and reliability with a low running cost. Designed for high-speed packaging applications, the coder accommodates bottles or aluminum cans. A self-sealing printhead eliminates the need for frequent printhead cleaning. Leibinger Coding and Marking Systems Booth C-4910

BLISTER PACKAGING Sustainable, customized blister packaging designs now reside under the useKOCH brand (U – Unique and Universal, S – Smart and Safe, E – Eco and Effective). One example, mono-material, fully recyclable cyclePac packaging, runs on several of the company’s blister machines including the KDT, KS-PT, KS-PL, KBS-PT and KBS-PL models. Changeover to a cyclePac format from a conventional blister can be completed within 15 min. cyclePac options include both classic plastic formed face seal blisters and paperboard packages. KOCH Packaging Systems Booth LS-6766

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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CHECKWEIGHING The StarWeigh checkweigher accurately weighs smaller or unusual-shaped packages containing high-value products at a throughput of up to 400 packages/min. Operating in an intermittent weighing cycle with a rotary product flow, the checkweigher can be integrated into packaging lines by simply straddling an existing conveyor. The XS control human/machine interface reduces downtime, and the infeed is designed to operate “butt-to-butt” with no product spacing devices. The starwheel at the core of the system releases products individually after each feed step prior to weighing. Mettler-Toledo Booth C-2023

TAPE HEAD Improved core functions on the redesigned DEKKA SE (version three) tape head include longer wipe-down and apply arms, deeper cutting and toolless tension changeover. Traditional features remain including stainless-steel construction, simple mechanisms, small footprint and compatibility with any type of tape. Wexxar Bel, a ProMach product brand Booth C-2824


AdjustaPak bulk packaging dunnage improves pack density and part protection and presentation along the automotive supply chain. The removable, adjustable sliding system with multiple rails and sturdy hanging fabric bags accommodates bulkier parts when full and can be returned for replenishment or reconfiguration when empty. ®The frame fits within ORBIS’s standard BulkPak container. ORBIS Booth US-8001

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GN 616.1 steel and stainless steel spring plungers with sealing ring are used for locating as well as for pressure and stand-off functions. The seal prevents liquids and debris from entering the internal housing and impairing the spring’s function and shortening its life. The steel version’s housing and hardened steel nose pin have a blackened finish. Stainless steel version incorporates a spring manufactured of European Standard No. 1.4305 (AISI 303) material, and the sealing ring is rubber NBR (Perbunan). JW Winco Booth LS-6761


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PRODUCTS UPGRADED FLOW-WRAPPER A new version of the fully automated Pack 403 horizontal flow-wrapper is designed for harsh environments and offers improvements to facilitate intensive cleaning. Suited for medium- to highspeed wrapping, the machine produces up to 400 packages/min. An automatic film splicer expedites

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film changes without interrupting production. Servo-driven power feed rollers optimize film tension and tracking. Bosch Packaging Technology Booth C-2800

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT STAND Up and down arrows quickly adjust an electric adjustable-height stand for medical-grade and validatable heat sealers. The system integrates into the heat sealer’s human/machine interface and touchscreen. A selectable height supports better operator-to-operator ergonomics and promotes productive workflow. PackworldUSA Booth LS-6009

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TOWEL/TISSUE PACKER The 3600C compact case packer meets the price and size requirements of the away-from-home towel and tissue industry. The all-in-one 3600C machine packs 15 cases/min. and features an integrated case erector, product collator and case sealer. Optional touch-of-a-button servo systems implement format changes in as little as 15 min., and radio frequency identification tags on all change parts lower the risk of machine damage. Early tucking of minor case flaps accelerates product capture and delivers greater stability and control of product and case. Edson Packaging Machinery, a ProMach product brand Booth C-3027

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PRODUCTS SIDE-LOAD BUNDLER Modular design of the next-generation Tekkra 200-series side-load bundler reduces build time and simplifies customization. Rated at 15–20 multipacks/min. of supported or unsupported products, the system features toolless changeover, a recipe-driven human/machine interface and a

servo-driven main ram for fast changeover and maximum flexibility in handling a range of stock keeping units. A servo-driven seal assembly ensures fast and repeatable seals. Texwrap, a ProMach product brand Booth C-3029

FORMABLE PAPER PerFORMing is a natural, brown formable paper-based material for packaging food such as meat and cheese slices, portion packs and trays. It reportedly combines excellent barrier properties and optimal formability while reducing plastic use by up to 80%. Mondi Booth LS-6516

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING Substrates for flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive labels include digital- and flexo-printable materials, O2xBloc® oxygen-barrier films, non-glare Sofsens™ soft-touch, matte-finish films and print and sealing webs. Applications include trail mix, soup mix, stick packs, wet wipes and cannabis. The company also offers a range of overlaminates including standard and specialized structures. The Auth-N-Tech™ overlaminate discourages counterfeiting, the ultraviolet-blocking 691V and 691DIG overlaminates prevent fading from sun exposure and the Gold Glitter overlaminate boosts shelf impact. Acpo Booth US-7887

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The modular construction of the HMT-Mini case sealer helps end users meet growing production demands by replacing comp, tucking and metering modules rather than investing in a new sealer. The standard HMT-Mini machine top-seals cases using glue or tape at speeds up to 1,500 cases/hr. An optional, more advanced sealer incorporating extended compression, seals at rates to 3,000 cases/hr. The fully automatic sealer features robust construction, speedy changeover and is completely enclosed. The HMT-Mini case sealer handles standard cases up to 18 in. long by 16 in. wide by 16 in. deep. Massman Automation Designs Booth C-2414

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A trunnion starwheel on the compact Courser™ 230 vial/syringe labeler ensures positive handling for vials, syringes and other small or unstable packages. The labeler accommodates clear and opaque plastic, metallic and paper labels and can be designed with a manual infeed and discharge or integrated into a fully automated line. Output reaches 250 vials and 200 syringes/min. Options include a thermal-transfer or laser printer for variable data, a print inspection system and a label removal system. NJM Packaging, a ProMach product brand Booth N-307


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The vieVERTe portfolio consists of compostable (certified for industrial composting) and 100% recyclable (in-store drop-off) products with post-consumer resin content options. The sustainable products reportedly provide all of the benefits of conventional flexible packaging, including barrier, strength, performance, shelf stability and graphic appeal while supporting a responsible end-of-life scenario. The products are custom developed and available in rollstock form or as finished bags and pouches equipped with sustainable fitment options such as de-gassing valves. TC Transcontinental Packaging Booth LS-6701

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METAL DETECTOR The high-performance Intuity metal detector inspects packaged, unpackaged and bulk food products on conveyor systems. Multi-simultaneous frequency technology manages conductive product signals to enable detection of all types of metals, magnetic or non-magnetic, stainless steel, iron or brass down to the smallest levels. Metal size detection prediction is displayed to alert the operator. The metal detector can be integrated on conveyors complete with automatic rejection systems and containment bins. Sesotec Booth LS-9511

GetLabels supplies label materials, substrates and adhesives for all major printer brands. Choices include labels that are vibrant, freeze-resistant, durable against the harshest environments and eco-friendly. The company offers customization, die cutting and a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Each material and adhesive is tested and qualified at the company’s onsite Materials Research Laboratory. AstroNova Product Identification Booth C-3906, N-413


SINGLE DRUM FILLER Automatic bung detection and orientation on the Automatic Single Drum Filling machine speeds filling by eliminating the need to orient the bung location by hand. Empty drums feed singly into the compact machine via a powered conveyor. A motorized dual-wheel drive system rotates the drum so a small overhead laser-based vision system can quickly find the bung location. Then the dual-wheel drive mechanism releases the drum, and it is quickly tared and automatically filled by net weight. Pase Group, A Massman Company Booth C-2414

The X4 Remote access and condition monitor supports remote maintenance, allowing original equipment manufacturers to monitor machines in real time, create high-quality data reports and analyze machine data. The system integrates the X4 platform and X500 IoT gateways so end users can put their plants and machinery in the Cloud without any special knowledge. The combination allows access to the data and the condition of machines anywhere via any Internet-enabled device. Lenze Americas Booth LS-6272

ATTACHMENTS Standard and specialty attachments are stocked and ready for assembly in the expanded attachment program. Options include x-ring, stainless steel, UR-sintered bushing, large-size, double-strand and wide-contour. Daido Corp. of America Booth US-7561

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The team at BluePrint Automation (BPA) (Booth C-4225) demonstrates its Spider 300V case packer.

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COME COME SEE SEE US US AT AT BOOTH BOOTH LS LS #6532 #6532 Fortress Technology (Booth C-1951), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and sales of metal detection systems, shows off its new Interceptor DF metal detector.

Surface microbial contamination can shut down your production line.

Keep things moving (l-r) John Ingraham of Hanglory Group (Booth C-4900) explains the functionality of the High Jet 2500B to attendee William Davis.


Pulsed Light from XENON

Our proven solutions provide fast >5 log pathogen reduction to ensure surface sanitization. Over the years, we’ve helped countless end-user and integrator clients develop precise solutions for their specific needs. Let’s talk about your surface sterilization challenges at Pack Expo Las Vegas, at the XENON booth N617.

Visit VDG - Van der Graaf (Booth LS-5984) to see the latest drum motor conveyor drives.

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Stop by Packworld USA, Ltd./TOSS Machine Components (Booth LS-6009) to learn about their PW5500 series Versatile Resistance Control (VRC) heat sealer with TOSS touchscreen control. Jim Pittas visits the team at Bunting (Booth LS-5917) to present an award for 60 years in business.

Standard-Knapp (Booth C-3800) receives an award from PMMI for 125 years of excellence. (l-r) Judy Justine Hanlon greets attendees with a smile at the H.B. Fuller (Booth C-3704) exhibit. Smith, Standard-Knapp, Jim Pittas, PMMI, Mike Weaver and Mark Jehnings, Standard-Knapp.

Where did all the connectors go?

(r) Jesse Blazek of Paxiom Group (Booth C-4429) explains the Vertek 800/1200 to a group of attendees.

Visit C-3614 for a live demo

Standard Cat 5 Cable for Motor Power and Ethernet TSM14POE StepSERVOTM Integrated Motors with Power over Ethernet* provide a compact motion control solution for remote and hard-to-reach locations. *PoE+ makes use of the IEEE 802.3at spec to provide up to 25.5 Watts continuous to the motor. • 1-800-525-1609 •

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Rocky Marquis from MARQ Packaging Systems (Booth C-2603) works with Kevin Mauger from NCC on the details of the HPR SS-BB random side flange bliss case sealer with bottom alt drive.

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(l-r) Monty Yort, managing partner of GenNx360 and Bob Brotzki, CEO of Schneider Packaging Equipment celebrate their partnership with a handshake.

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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.

Visit Beckhoff Automation (Booth LS-6149) and see the new product launched at PACK EXPO - the eXtended Transport System, the XTS.

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:

Sponsored by:

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.

Acpo (Booth US-7887) brings their expertise in pressure-sensitive coated films to PACK EXPO.

Talk to (l-r) Ryan Edginton, Rick Surprise, Kris Kohn and (front) Raymond Arra at All-Fill (Booth C-1820) to learn about their unscramblers, fillers, checkweighers, labelers and form/fill/seal.

Sponsored by:

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) Wayne Shaffer, Fred Shirzadi, Torben Rochat and Victor Padilla from Carlo Gavazzi (Booth LS-6356) are here to discuss sensors, switches and controls.

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Justin Ursini from Schneider Electric (Booth C-1560) plays foosball at their booth. Stop by and try it!

(l-r) Angela Peterson, Erin Rurenstein, Patty Mattison and Arianna Pierotti are ready to answer your questions about food processing and packaging at Tetra Pak (Booth C-3622).

Makes Light Work of Hard-to-fill Products

Bring your product inspection questions to the staff at Mettler Toledo (Booth C-2023).

At Schubert North America (Booth US-7649), the staff is ready to show the features of their Lightline Flowpacker. / 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

Rockwell Automation (Booth C-1462) sponsors the PACK EXPO VIP Lounge.The team is ready to create automation solutions for the industry.

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Industry Training Developed By Industry For Industry

Talk to the team at Henkel Corp.(Booth C-5546) for adhesive, sealant and coating solutions.

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

Certified Trainer Workshops Develop your team’s training skills. Ask the team from Standard-Knapp (Booth C-3800) to help build case and shrink pack machinery.

Fundamentals of Field Service (for PMMI members only) 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

(l-r) Jeremy Bank, Zaki Hoosain, Stacey Brown and Jerry Dabek with Modern Packaging (Booth C-2936) are here to help with precision packaging systems.

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(l-r) Leo Liu from Applied Motion Products (Booth C-3614) explains their Motion Control and EtherCAT system to Daniel Chandler from Gener8.

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September 25, 2019 Visit us at PACK EXPO Las Vegas to learn about Our merger with A+F Automation and Parent Company EoL Packaging Experts!

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.

The highlight at ABB (Booth C-2051) is the IRB 360 FlexPicker with B&R ACOPOStrak for pick-and-place applications.

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").

Standard-Knapp, Inc. 63 Pickering Street, Portland, CT

Ryan Callahan from Advanced Poly-Packaging (Booth C-3643) demonstrates their US-5500 net weigh/counting scale.

Stop by Nuspark (Booth C-5433) to chat with (l-r) Macie Kaczmarek, Dan Elent, Michael Elent, Alex Bialler, Boris Motskin and Felix Elent about automated end-of-line packaging systems.

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The team from AstroNova Product Identification (Booth C-3906, N-413) is here to explain the best solutions to identify, track and market products.

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Need a conveyor? Talk to the team at Multi-Conveyor (Booth C-1715) for standard and custom conveyor designs.

Are You a Sales Agent? When Leading OEMs Look for Agents, Make Sure They Find You. Visit the team at tna North America (Booth US-7304) to learn about integrated food packaging and processing solutions.

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. The Directory matches you with OEMs based on your areas of expertise and their target markets.

(l-r) Jim Harte and Ed Lonergan from UltraSource (Booth LS-6338) bring their TEA finalist Matrix Ultra Labeler to PACK EXPO.

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

(l-r) Brett Vaughn and Dan Hanshen greet you at J.W. Winco (Booth LS-6761), a leading source for metric and inch standard parts.

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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

Learn about electromagnetic vibratory feeders with the team at Eriez (Booth LS-5901).

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


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ad size 4.75" x 6.5" Stop by KOCH Packaging Systems (Booth LS-6766) and their team will show you the KBS-PL blister packaging machine with the KRH-D delta robot handling system.



At Klockner Pentaplast (Booth LS-6606), learn about their rigid and flexible packaging, as well as specialty film solutions.



If you are looking for recyclable rigid plastic packaging for the food and dairy industry, stop by Polytainers (Booth LS-6514).

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Stop by CURTI Costruzioni Meccaniche (Booth LS-5817) to learn about their sustainable and efficient packaging solutions.

Learn about the MP-22-1000-400-J2 weigher with DSEQ timing hopper at MULTIPOND America (Booth LS-6532).

Hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and sponsored by Bosch Packging (Booth C-2800), the Candy Bar Lounge (Booth US-7201) provides confectionery industry professionals a comfortable area for casual networking.

(l-r) Tim Wilson, Matthew Piercy, Francesco Ronchi and Michele Falsini from Ronchi America (Booth LS-6660) are ready to show their EXACTA/R 18, an 18-head freestanding filler.

Visit Glen Wiechman with Scholle IPN (Booth LS-6808) to learn about flexible packaging solutions for bag-in-box, pouches, components, fitments, connectors and filling equipment.

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See robotics in action at Universal Robots (Booth US-7279). Swing by to talk to the team and experience automated packaging and palletizing solutions.

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

PMMI Floor Managers are always available to help exhibitors have a great show experience.

(center) Tug Hundley from Honeywell Intelligrated (Booth C-3136) explains options in material handling automation.

Marc Sumner-Smith details Pineberry Manufacturing’s (Booth C-1632) automation solutions for the packaging industry.

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High molecular weight polyester & High performance urethane adhesives

Robotics Zone presents educational sessions



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. 30). For more information, visit SD

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

10:30 A.M. INTELLIGENT COLLABORATIVE ROBOTIC SYSTEMS Learn about the next generation of intelligent robotic systems, which require the power of “edge” artificial intelligence to function safely and intelligently in human-centric environments. In particular, collaborative robots, or cobots, will rely on machine learning for situation awareness, understanding human intent, intelligent path planning for collision avoidance and precision control in both position and admittance modes in order to share the workspace with humans. Dr. William Melek Dir of Mechatronics Engineering and the RoboHub University of Waterloo

11:00 A.M. AI ON THE SHOP FLOOR - NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE ENGINEERING EFFICIENCY AI has been around for a while and changed daily life. With the SIMATIC S7-1500 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 US Siemens

11:30 A.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

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September 25, 2019 12.00 P.M. TAKE AN AGILE APPROACH TO ACCELERATE INDUSTRY 4.0 ADOPTION Learn the key implementation steps of the Agile Manifesto to accelerate adoption of automation and Industry 4.0 technologies. An Agile approach resulted in these companies reducing implementation time on as much as 70%. Ben Gibbs Founder and CEO Ready Robotics

12:30 P.M. WHY ADAPTABLE ROBOTICS AUTOMATION IS THE KEY TO FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR MANUFACTURING Success in the packaging industry during the next 10 years will center on building a deep understanding of and connection to the empowered consumer. One of the biggest transformations will be in robotic automation. The demand for integration-ready, flexible machines that can accommodate rapid changeovers, a variety of sizes/SKUs and customized packaging is leading to exciting technologies. Dexterous, integration-ready, flexible robotic systems are addressing this monumental shift and paving the way for the factory of the future. Carl Vause CEO Soft Robotics

1:00 P.M. ROBOTICS AND 3D VISION TECHNOLOGY The combination of robotics with 3D vision has created a new opportunity for automation. Learn how this innovative vision technology enables robots to “see” in applications for bin-picking, flexible automation and fixtureless processing. Robert E. Kaska President Chicago Electric

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1:30 P.M. BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK Robotic cell picks random product to load pouches of food to feed school children over the weekend.

2:00 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

2:30 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 Sr Sales Application Engineer KUKA

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