2022 PACK EXPO Chicago SHOW DAILY—Sunday, Oct 23rd

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ProMach Pharma runs integrated line at show

ProMach Pharma Solutions (Booth W-17002) showcases its integration capabilities with a turnkey packaging line—from vial and syringe lling to case packing. e line, located in the Healthcare Packaging Pavilion, integrates equipment from ProMach Pharma brands—NJM, Pharmaworks, Serpa and WLS—plus systems from partners and third-party OEMs. A schedule of demonstration times is posted daily. SD

Welcome to PACK EXPO International 2022!

Industry connections abound at rst-time and familiar events. Emerging Brands Summit and Industry Speaks Stage debut.

Iwould like to be the rst to welcome you to Chicago . . . to McCormick Place . . . and to PACK EXPO International, the most comprehensive packaging and processing show in the world in 2022.

Styx plays at PACK gives BACK fundraiser

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 24) for a networking reception prior to the PACK gives BACK concert by Styx, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the West Ballroom, Level 3. Tickets can be purchased by logging into your PACK EXPO registration record. Tickets cost $95 each. Purchase nine tickets, and the 10th is free. All proceeds support the PMMI Foundation and its scholarship programs. SD

Print color labels on-demand

ColorWorks® printers from Epson America (Booth EB-71, N-5265, N-5363) deliver full-color labels at an a ordable price and help reduce label costs with lower inventories, less waste and increased operational e ciencies. Epson technologies connect people, things and information. SD

groninger expands

groninger (Booth W-18001) expands its Crailsheim, Germany, facilities with a new storage and logistics center, including a fully automated small parts and high-bay warehouse. e expandable high-bay warehouse provides 3,100 storage spaces, while the small-parts area was designed for 13,000 containers. SD

With it being four years since the last in-person PACK EXPO International, there is a lot of pent-up energy for this year’s event. As a result, the schedule is packed with new features as well as attendee favorites to help you forge the essential connections needed to advance your business and move the industry forward.

Emerging Brands Summit opens

The brand-new Emerging Brands Summit (Room S-100), produced by PMMI Media Group (Booth N-4550), takes place today.

e one-day event, sponsored by Frain Industries (Booth EB-35, S-1639), WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130, ),Domino Amjet (Booth EB-51, S-3506), Atlantic Packaging (Booth EB-37) and Syntegon Packaging Technology (Booth EB-15, S-3514), is designed for founders and leaders of startup manufacturing companies.

e schedule opens with breakfast and concludes with a reception. Event content is specifically designed for:

• Companies evaluating in-house and outsourced manufacturing and packaging solutions

As the show oor opens, the rst Emerging Brands Summit (Room S-100) brings together new brands with experts in manufacturing and packaging.

Aimed at founders and leaders of startups looking to scale production through in-house buildout or outsourced relationships with contract manufacturers and packagers, this new one-day event is happening today (see story below)

Other rsts for this edition of PACK EXPO International include the Healthcare Packaging Pavilion in the West Hall, the PACK to the Future Exhibit (Booth

PACK to the Future

Exhibit looks back and forward.

After a well-received introduction last year at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the interactive PACK to the Future Exhibit (Booth W-20001) retains the curated historical display showing the evolution of packaging and packaging machines and explores key trends shaping the future in presentations on the PACK to the Future Stage (Booth W-20025) (see story, p. 22).

Topics include accelerating product development, advanced recycling, achieving net zero and a Circular Economy, increasing reusability and reducing waste.

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Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI.
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PPWLN hosts breakfast

Dawn Hudson, former chief marketing o cer at the National Football League and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America, keynotes the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) breakfast, 7:30–9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room S-100. e event is free to show attendees, but you must pre-register. SD ITP celebrates 50 years

Building on 50 years in the food sector, ITP (Booth W-21027) is focusing on experimentation, applied research and sustainability. A new production plant for fully recyclable packaging is slated for 2025. SD

Closing the gap

SpiralConnect unit, an option on most SpiralVeyors from AmbaFlex (Booth N-4941), can extend both infeed and outfeed tracks to the next machine in the line. is eliminates the need for transfers when a line upgrade causes a gap between conveyors. e exible nature of the slat technology allows belt length to be stretched in any three-dimensional direction for many meters. SD

Multi-lane augers adjust

Multiple spindle auger systems from All-Fill (Booth S-1706) dispense product across three to 12+ lanes on ll/seal, form/ ll/seal and strip/pouch machines. Servo drives enable independent adjustment of each auger. Mounting con gurations include baseplate, cantilever or overhead gantry. SD

Choose TEA winners

Vote now for your favorite nalists in the 2022 Technology Excellence Award (TEA) competition (see story, p. 54). Winners will be announced Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 25). Vote onsite at the Attendee Solutions Center in the North Hall Concourse or Lakeside Upper Hall Lobby; via the PACK EXPO International mobile App, sponsored by ProMach (Booth N-5534, N-5540); or online. SD

Protect from cyberattack

Automation hardware and software needs protection from cyberattack. A white paper from Siemens Digital Industries US (Booth N-5148), Cybersecurity for Automation Systems, describes the integration of protective techniques in new and aging automation infrastructures. SD

Hall of Fame welcomes 4

e late Jean-Jacques Gra n, Rebecca Oesterle, Pierre Pienaar and E. Je rey Rhodehamel, PhD, will be inducted into the Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 24) in a ceremony at the Industry Speaks Stage (Booth N-4565) SD

( Welcome Continued from page 1) W-20001) and its PACK to the Future Stage (Booth W-20025) (see story, p. 1, p. 22), and the Industry Speaks Stage (Booth N-4565),where experts from PMMI Partner Associations present educational sessions on hot-button topics (see schedule, p. 14) e popular Innovation Stage (Booth N-4560, N-4580, N-4585) (see schedule, p. 28) returns and is joined by the Processing Innovation Stage (Booth LU-7130) on the upper level of Lakeside Center. is year, PACK EXPO’s annual bene t concert, PACK gives BACK, features the multi-mega million-selling rock band, Styx. A pre-show reception with refreshments and appetizers starts at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 24), followed by the performance at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds bene t the PMMI Foundation, which provides funds for scholarships and other educational programs.

PMMI is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities for students. It also nurtures young packaging professionals via its Emerging Leaders Network. Student events include

the new PACK Challenge (Booth W-17000), a machine-building competition sponsored by PepsiCo, as well as past favorites such as the Amazing Packaging Race, Future Innovators - Robotics Showcase (Booth W-21028) and CareerLink LIVE.

At 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network will host its annual breakfast with keynote speaker Dawn Hudson, former chief marketing o cer at the National Football League, and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America.

As you visit the 2,000+ exhibitors spread across 1.2 million net sq. ft. of oor space, don’t miss the awarding-winning packages in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth W-20052), sponsored by WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130), and make sure to cast your votes in the Technology Excellence Awards competition (see story, p. 54)

Enjoy the show!

Jim Pittas President and CEO, PMMI SD

Highlights of the PACK to the Future Exhibit include machines dating from the 1890s to the 1990s.

New this year is an interactive display of past, present and future sustainability e orts. Its centerpiece is a Corrugated Car of the Future Virtual Reality (VR) Experience, sponsored by e Paper and Packaging Board. To participate in the time-traveling sportscar experience, attendees sit in the futuristic replica and use a VR headset to learn about sustainable packaging and the industry’s Box to Nature program, an initiative to educate consumers about the importance of recycling corrugated materials and boxes.

Other highlights include an area dedicated to women in packaging and processing, an interactive audio tour revealing interesting facts and historical details and fun quizzes that test attendees’ knowledge of the industry.

is area of the show oor also features the Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth W-20052), sponsored by WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130) (see story, p. 26), and the Future Innovators - Robotics Showcase (Booth W-21028), where teams from local high schools demonstrate their robots and answer questions about their work.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD

Students show o robots

Robotic teams represent area high schools.

Students from several Chicago-area high schools are visiting PACK EXPO International this week.

e high-school robotics teams are displaying their creations along with their design, engineering, assembly and troubleshooting skills at e Future Innovators - Robotics Showcase (Booth W-21028)

Demos are scheduled throughout the day, each

day of the show. Stop by to see what these teams have built, watch their robot in action, ask questions and tell them about career opportunities in manufacturing and engineering.

e event is designed to encourage participation in STEM studies and activities and open doors for a new generation of packaging professionals.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD

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(PACK to the Future Continued from page 1) The Model 86MLX Pony Label Rite® labeler (shown in a 33% scale model) from NJM Packaging (Booth W-17002, N-5650) applied a microfine coating
of adhesive
and precisely applied it. The thin coating prevented glue from oozing around the sides of the label and eliminated the need to manually inspect the finished product. The full-size machine featured a one-piece, cast-iron frame, measured 41 in. long by 30 in. deep and weighed 975 lb. The original selling price was $500. Source: NJM Packaging
New Solutions VF 1200 Continuous Motion Bagger Up to 180 / minute Hygienic model on display Accurate to 0.01g WeightCheQ 0-250 High Precision Check Weigher PKR Delta Robot Case & Tray Packer BI 600 + BU 600 Bag Inserter & Bag Uncuffer System 1g 1.833.4PAXIOM  PaxiomGroup PaxiomXperience Learn more at paxiom.com WeighingPre-roll Filling BaggingWrappingCappingSealingLabelingCartoningFormingPackingPalletizing NEW NEW NEW NEW I Booth S-2153

Stand-up pouch system cuts changeover time

e high-e ciency 760-SUP stand-up pouch system from CMD (Booth LU-8118) cuts setup and changeover time, while simplifying operation and process stability for consistent, veriable product quality. e system boasts 25% less material waste and addresses changing needs for speed, exibility and new sustainable materials. SD

Emerging Brands Alliance forms

Online community o ers many resources.

The Emerging Brands Alliance, a new online community organized by PMMI Media Group (Booth N-4550) for founders and leaders of start-up consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, provides year-round education, resources and growth opportunities for brands looking to scale their manufacturing operations. Membership is free.

e community provides a forum where member brand owners can ask questions, network with each other, nd educational content and news and access an array of resources that can help build their brand.

A total of three $20,000 grants are being awarded today, one each in the following categories:

• Certi ed minority or women-owned company

• Self-manufacturing company

Cartoner handles multiple formats

Using manual or automatic feeding, the Cariba C221 intermittent-motion horizontal cartoner from MG America (Booth W-15003) accommodates most primary pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetics packaging formats, including blister packs, round/shaped glass and plastic bottles, jars, soft tubes and ow packs at up to 120 cartons/min. SD

Sullair marks 5 years as part of Hitachi

Sullair (Booth S-3752) recently commemorated its ve-year anniversary as part of Hitachi Group with a company picnic and tree planting. Hitachi acquired Sullair to complement its existing compressed-air capabilities and gain a larger footprint in North and South America. Since the acquisition, Hitachi has invested more than $45 million in Sullair, including a large manufacturing process expansion that created more than two dozen full-time jobs. SD

Inspect cased product

e PRO Series Case system from Teledyne TapTone (Booth S-4126) is designed for noncontact, nondestructive, 100% automatic container inspection through a sealed corrugated and/ or shrink-wrapped case. Acoustic or proximity technology inspects glass jars with metal closures or metal cans for pressure or vacuum. In many applications, the system will detect other aws such as missing or damaged containers or lids. SD

Need project advice?

Industry veterans at the “Ask the Experts” Station in the Attendee Solutions Center (Booth N-4552, LU-7000) stand ready to answer packaging and processing questions. Attendees can stop by for guidance on narrowing their search for suppliers and navigating the show. SD

Featured resources include:

• Emerging Brands Summit (see story, p. 1)

• Educational video series custom-made for brand owners, including the rst release “Package is”

• Ask an Expert Forum—a free service for members!

• Contract manufacturing and packaging quote requests

• Online supplier directory

• Emerging Brands Alliance page on LinkedIn

• Emerging Brands Grants.

e Emerging Brands Grants program is designed to help growing CPG companies scale their operations by providing funds for operational expenses.

• Any eligible company. e rst three grant recipients, chosen from a eld of more than 460 requests, will be announced today at the Emerging Brands Summit.

“Now more than ever, brands need support and adequate resources to keep up with the rapidly growing demands they are facing,” says Kim Overstreet, director, Emerging Brands Alliance.

Grants can be used to enable a variety of projects and resources, such as prototype creation, market research, legal and consultant services, creation of pitch materials for investors, exhibiting fees and custom packaging for eCommerce.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational. com, www.emergingbrandssummit.com, www.emergingbrandsalliance.org. SD


PACK EXPO International 2022

Publisher PMMI Media Group Editorial Director Hallie Forcinio

Associate Editors Kari Moosmann and Barbara Rook

Production Manager Mary orne

Art Director

Debi Friedmann

IT/Production Support

Manny Dominguez


Miles Boone and George Burns

Advertising Sales Management

Dave Newcorn, President, PMMI Media Group

Wendy Sawtell, Vice President, Sales, PMMI Media Group

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1.833.4PAXIOM  PaxiomGroup PaxiomXperience WeighingPre-roll Filling BaggingWrappingCappingSealingLabelingCartoningFormingPackingPalletizing Swifty Bagger 3600 Premade Pouch Bagger Sleek F40 Compact Flow Wrapper Sleek i65 Inverted Flow Wrapper Sleek F65 High-speed Flow Wrapper Learn more at paxiom.com VerTek Vertical Form, Fill & Seal Bagger NEW VF 1200 Continuous Motion Bagger Booth S-2153


(Booth S-2442)57



(Booth N-4511)


(Booth S-1656)47

(Booth S-3500)

(Booth S-2153)

(Booth S-3374)


(Booth S-2422)

(Booth LU-8205)

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(Booth N-5725)

Specialty Materials (Booth LU-6704)44

(Booth S-1630)

Epson America (Booth N-5265, N-5363)71

Finance Institute

Frain Industries (Booth S-1639)

Packaging (Booth S-3448, S-3449)

Tek USA (Booth LU-7258)

Ilapak - Delta Systems & Automation (Booth S-2514)

Inland Packaging (Booth


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• Founders of high-growth emerging brands looking to scale operations

• Leaders of product development, operations, or finance.

The agenda combines educational sessions and an Emerging Brands Marketplace with 50 tabletop exhibitors, including suppliers of processing equipment, packaging machinery, packaging materials and containers and contract manufacturing and packaging services, as well as Expert Advisors, who bring decades of consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience working for major brands, and are available for one-on-one consultations to provide personalized advice.

“With so much change in the industry over the last few years and the increase in eCommerce and consumer demand in every industry vertical, we felt that it was important to launch a program that can serve as a roadmap to help companies take their operations to the next level,” says Kim Overstreet, director, Emerging Brands Alliance, a new online resouce for the emerging brands community. “Now more than ever, brands need support and adequate resources to keep up with the rapidly growing demands they are facing.”

“The Emerging Brands Summit could not have come at a better time for our industry, and PACK EXPO International offers the perfect platform to launch this critical program,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), the producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows.

Registrants to the Emerging Brands Summit have free access to Braindate, a web-based meeting platform that facilitates knowledge sharing between attendees and/or solution providers by enabling scheduling of in-person conversations.

Emerging Brands Summit attendees may display a sample or prototype of their product on the Product + Solution Showcase on Braindate. The Showcase is a destination for sharing product details with peers, solution providers and experts, who can help solve processing and packaging challenges.

“Frain Industries is honored to be a Platinum Sponsor of the new Emerging Brands Summit!” says Clair Frain, marketing manager at Frain Industries. It “promises exceptional educational and networking opportunities for professionals who are ready to take their operations to the next level.”

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com, www.emergingbrandssummit.com, www.emergingbrandsalliance.org. SD

SHOW DAILY OCTOBER 23, 2022 8 PACK EXPO International 2022 New to the Show? If your badge says “ First-Time Attendee ” stop by and you can: ¤ Ask questions of show staff ¤ Access product locators ¤ Participate in sessions Sponsored by: Booth N-5534 You’re invited to the FIRST-TIMERS LOUNGE! South Building, Level 1, Room S-102 Near the South shuttle bus area Sunday –
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Happy hour: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Wednesday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Open DailyOpen Daily Lakeside Center, Level 2 back of the show floor Sponsored by: Booth LU-8758 Delicious lunch options for under $10 a meal . Enjoy fun backyard style games and happy hours. Kick back and dine for leSS!Kick back and dine for leSS!
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Table ADCO Manufacturing
Atlantic Packaging 37 BMSI Packaging 33 Brandjectory 80 Breedlove Center For Entrepreneurship77 Cavanna Packaging USA
Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network
76 Contract Packaging Association (Booth
75 CSI - Central States International 41 Della Toffola USA
31 Domino Amjet
51 Dorner
67 Duraco
17 ePac 29
35 Harpak-ULMA
13 High
65 IMA
S-4040) 16 Jones Nonwovens 36 Klöckner Pentaplast GroupKlöckner Pentaplast of America (Booth W-16018, W-24022) 59 KUKA Robotics
N-6236) 52
Table Medical Packaging (Booth W-14004)63 Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth N-4906) 55 Nutra-Pack Systems 39 Pacteon Group
69 Paxiom
53 Plan IT Packaging Systems
49 Plexpack
21 PMI KYOTO Packaging Systems (Booth
45 Power Central
LL-9910) 12 QC Conveyors
23 Septimatech Group
N-5934)27 Specialty Food Process Technology 28 Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Booth
11 Syntegon Packaging Technology (Booth
15 The Austin Company
LU-7633)56 The
Contracting Company 61 Triangle Package Machinery
United Flex 20 WestRock
S-2130) 43 Expert Advisors Table Butler, Scott - LeanFoodBiz 3 Green, Mark - Mark Green & Associates (MGA) 2 Greenburg, Eric - Eric F. Greenburg, P.C.6 Valenti-Jordan, Jamie - Catapult Commercialization Services 1 Vandenoever, Tony 4 Wolf, Diane 5

Ryson Vertical Conveying Solutions

Spiral Conveyors & Bucket Elevators

Ryson Spiral Conveyors need less floor space than conventional conveyors and are faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift.

Unit Load Spirals convey cases, totes and packaged goods smoothly on our slat style belts and come in 9 standard slat widths ranging from 6” to 30”. Available in powder coated carbon steel, stainless steel, wet environment 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 6” and 9” wide nesting slats can end-transfer 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.

Ryson’s Bucket Elevators combine vertical and horizontal transportation of bulk materials in one integral unit.

Ryson Bucket Elevators are designed for gentle handling and well-suited to transport a broad range of bulk products. Our signature feature is that they are completely enclosed with overlapping pivoting buckets, that prevent spillage and helps mitigate foreign debris.

Their modular design enables us to customize with ease. They can be configured with multiple inlets or outlets that can be controlled individually. The design makes them easy to install and modify. Available in three standard bucket sizes, yielding capacities up to 300, 700 or 1,800 cubic feet per hour. They can also be delivered in powder-coated carbon-steel, stainless-steel or wet environment versions.


Watch our detailed Bucket Elevator Video
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Syntegon wins packaging

For the third year in a row, the German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut) has honored Syntegon (Booth EB-15, S-3514) with the German Packaging Award. This year’s judging panel recognized the development of the Versynta microBatch cell in the Packaging Machines category.

The highly flexible and fully automated production cell with gloveless isolator fills and closes the

smallest batches of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals safely and with virtually no product loss.

“We are very happy that such an important innovation for the pharmaceutical industry has received the award,” says Dr. Alexander Giehl, head of the Pharma Liquid & Inspection business cluster at Syntegon.

He notes, “Pharmaceutical and biotech companies require more flexible equipment for new and highly effective drugs for ever smaller patient groups.

Maximum product yield and fast batch changeovers are crucial for the smallest batches. We not only answer this trend with Versynta microBatch—we are actively shaping the future of pharmaceutical fill/ finish operations, in line with our mission ‘processing and packaging for a better life.’

“Our Versynta portfolio combines 40 years of isolator know-how and 70 years of expertise in pharmaceutical fill/finish processes. Our production isolators feature the fastest cycle times on the market. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, development labs and biotech startups alike can benefit from this achievement.”


The fully automated and highly flexible production cell is designed to fill and close a variety of containers with pharmaceutical liquids and enables a complete batch-to-batch changeover in less than 2 hr. Syringes, cartridges and vials, made of glass or plastic, can be filled with virtually no product loss. The gloveless isolator with integrated air treatment significantly reduces the risk of contamination since it eliminates manual intervention. Fully automated filling and 100% in-process control ensure continuously high quality. The GMP-compliant system sets new standards in small batch filling with an output of 120 to 500 containers/hr.


Recognition of the Versynta microBatch cell follows awards for the TPU1000 paper-forming machine for sustainable food portion packs in 2020 and the paper alternative “Blister Meets Paper” for tablet packaging in 2021.

The Versynta microBatch cell has received other honors: In October 2021, the Parental Drug Association (PDA) presented Syntegon and its development partner Vetter, an international pharmaceutical service provider for injectable drugs, with the PDA Drug Delivery Innovation Award in the “Partnership Innovation” category.

For more info, visit www.syntegon.com. SD

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Title Sponsor: Bronze Sponors: Proceeds benefit the Booth S-1660 A NETWORKING EVENT THAT ROCKS! MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 WEST BALLROOM, LEVEL 3 Reception: 4:30 pm Performance: 5:30 pm Tickets: $95 (Purchase in Registration)
award German Packaging Institute honors Versynta microBatch cell.
The Versynta microBatch cell is a highly flexible, fully automated pro duction cell for filling and closing liquid biopharmaceuticals. Syntegon has been awarded the German Packaging Award in the Packaging Machines category for its Versynta microBatch cell.

Hear about ‘Must See’ Technology & Trends

PMG editors ferret out most intriguing exhibits.


scouring the show oor all day, the editors of PMMI Media Group (PMG) (Booth N-4550, W-20052) share the buzzworthy technologies they’ve discovered.

Meet at Innovation Stage 3 (Booth N-4585) at 3:30 each day for a 30-min. brie ng moderated by Sean Riley, senior news director, PMG. Hear about the latest innovations in automation, packaging, healthcare packaging, processing and machinery from these leading editors:



• Michael Costa

Senior Editor, ProFood World

• Matt Reynolds Editor, Packaging World


• David Green eld

Director of Content, Automation World

• Anne Marie Mohan Senior Editor, Packaging World


• Keren Sookne Director of Editorial Content Healthcare Packaging

• Lilian Robayo Paez

PMMI Media Director for Latin America



• Aaron Hand

Editor-in-Chief, ProFood World

• Stephanie Neil Editor-in-Chief, OEM Magazine e editors also eld questions from the audience. Each session is recorded for presentation the next day on PE Express.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com.

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David Greenfield Director of Content Automation World Anne Marie Mohan Senior Editor Packaging World Michael Costa Senior Editor ProFood World Matt Reynolds Editor Packaging World Lilian Robayo Paez PMMI Media Director for Latin America MUNDO PMMI Keren Sookne Director of Editorial Content Healthcare Packaging Aaron Hand Editor-in-Chief ProFood World Stephanie Neil Editor-in-Chief OEM Magazine Sean Riley, senior news director, PMG, moderates the
See’ Technology & Trends session
3:30 each day
Innovation Stage
N-4585). J Y P CK P C SS An Interactive Show Floor Must-See! Take a tour through this curated exhibit spanning 250 years of historical equipment, materials and photographs. Get a glimpse into the future and attend over 20 free sessions presented on the PACK to the Future Stage exploring: 〉 The circular economy 〉 Smart packaging & Innovative sustainability initiatives 〉 The evolution of pharmaceutical packaging ALSO FEATURED: A corrugated car of the future VR Experience produced by Paper + Packaging Board. Join us in the West Building, Booth W-20001
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1:30-2:00 PM


High-pressure pasteurization (HPP) is cold pasteurization in pure water; it uses ultra-high pressure purified water to keep packaged food pathogen-free to stay fresh longer. Very high pressures inactivate bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella. Foods using HPP include ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook meats, ready-meals, fruits and vegetables, juices and smoothies, soups and sauces, wet salads and dips, dairy products, pet food, baby food, seafood and shellfish. HPP helps producers increase food safety and extend shelf-life while providing consumers with nutritious, natural, flavorful food.

Ryan Pereira President, HPP & Fresh JBT

2:30-3:00 PM


This overview shares the latest updates on changes to the Machinery Directive in the EU, the ISO and ANSI machinery safety standards, and how PMMI is assisting member companies to keep abreast of the changes and impacts to machinery and processes.

Bruce Main President Design Safety Engineering


10:30-11:00 AM



A team from the OMAC Packaging Workgroup has won approval from ISA on several updates to ANSI/ ISA-TR88.00.02-2015 that improve the PackML State Model and expand/clarify the associated PackTags and data types for greater accessibility and supervisory control across a variety of vendor platforms.

Doug Meyer Sr Mgr, Motion Yaskawa America

11:30-12:00 PM



This is your opportunity to have access to the latest report on trends and digital technologies that are transforming supply chains. MHI’s Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group will present the report findings, how this will affect the packaging industry as a whole and how specific packaging automation technologies will aid in the future of the industry. CSS is a 50-year-old industry group under the MHI umbrella with a collective deep understanding of the market. Come for the presentation and stay for the Q&A. Bring your own challenges and application curiosities for this energized group to address. Key takeaways: a review of the digital technologies transforming the supply chain; the latest data around material handling market growth; potential threats and opportunities within the packaging industry.

Mike Drolet Development Mgr


Allison Meyers Marketing & Communications Mgr Fives Intralogistics

12:30-1:00 PM


MHI’s SLAM Industry Group is made up of the companies that provide the software, hardware and integrated solutions that go into the last 100 ft. Together, these companies collaborate to provide thought leadership and education on best practices in this critical area of your operation. Key takeaways: What is a SLAM system? (It stands for scan, label, apply and manifest, but it is so much more); core components of SLAM (what you see and what you don’t); and how to mitigate risk in your fulfillment operation.

Gina Barrieau

Banding Sales Mgr, eCommerce Felins

Greg Berguig

VP, Sales and Marketing PAC Machinery

Justin Garski

Packaging OEM Mgr Rockwell Automation

1:30-2:00 PM


As consumers turned to snacking as a source of fun and comfort during the pandemic, they became increasingly focused on holistic health and wellness goals. With the return to more active lifestyles, shoppers continue to look for value-added benefits beyond nutrition in the snacks they choose. During the next year, innovation is set to explode in a snack category that continues to grow by providing healthful and tasty options, while reaching consumers faster through eCommerce. Learn which snack categories are growing, why they are growing, and how snack makers are capturing opportunities in one of the fastest-growing CPG categories.

David Walsh

VP, Membership and Communications SNAC International

2:30-3:00 PM



As new technologies became available, beverages evolved to the point where more than 20,000 foods and beverages are introduced each year. Technology advances and consumer preference can change the beverage world rapidly. Trends in total market, beverage groups and emerging markets can be identified. Changing markets, industry challenges and world events can create issues for the beverage industry. COVID-19, The Great Disruption (supply chain problems), sustainability, green, legalized cannabis and other issues have impacted the industry.

Tom Reimer Dir of Education

International Society of Beverage Technologists


10:30-11:00 AM


Learn about digital-twin technologies and pilot projects in the packaging field. Learn how using digital-twin technologies, both in real time and offline, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the traditional process, in terms of cost, quality, time, OEE and improving ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors.

Dan Isaacs

Chief Technology Officer Giuseppe Padula

Regional Branch Organizer Digital Twin Consortium ∆

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The Industry Speaks Stage (Booth N-4565) offers educational sessions led by experts from PACK EXPO Partner Associations and focused on hot-button topics and industry trends across multiple industry verticals.

OxyStar barrier material utilizes a multilayer PET with an oxygen scavenging agent. PET has a naturally low oxygen transmission rate (OTR) and this construction slows down the flow of oxygen molecules through the package from the outside. Once the scavenger agent finds an oxygen molecule, it attaches to it and binds the oxygen within the sidewall of the package to keep your product fresh and lasting longer.


11:30-12:00 PM



New product innovation (NPI) is creating, producing, selling and delivering a product to the consumer. The three-phase process includes ideation (concept or creation), design (development) and execution (commercialization). Each phase has a series of gates to complete before moving to the next phase. Learn about the NPI process and the roles of different departmental functions. Understand where your function fits and what is needed to ensure a successful product launch.

Brian Stegman Exec Dir

International Society of Beverage Technologists

2:30-3:00 PM



The U.S. is standing at a critical precipice on packaging and environment policy proposals and implementation, with new laws coming at us on packaging producer responsibility, labeling and recycled-content mandates. Discuss what’s happening and how it will impact the entire packaging value chain now and in the future.

Dan Felton Exec Dir

AMERIPEN - American Institute for Packaging and the Environment

3:30-4:15 PM



The last two years have transformed our lives and businesses. How has it changed what is needed in a food manufacturing facility? How are supply-chain disruptions, labor challenges, including the Great Resignation, and evolving customer and consumer expectations changing how we manufacture food and beverage? How have food and beverage industry expectations changed? And how will we adjust our manufacturing processes, strategies, tactics and teams to best meet these evolving expectations? Learn how our panel of experts is adjusting to deal with today’s business realities and what they see as the implications for imagining and creating the food manufacturing facility of the future.

Alan Reed - Moderator Exec Dir

Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network


10:30-11:00 AM



Using data from our State of the Industry Report, member feedback and our RFQ platform, we look at the changing demands of this dynamically growing industry. Often a confusing and frustrating segment, these essential service providers address the needs of emerging and legacy brands launching retail food and CPG products. Explore how CoMans and CoPacks are adding value as consumer and market-driven needs shift. Learn how the newest innovative products have become key opportunities for CoMans. Understand how brands are adapting to meet challenges with strategic CoMan and CoPack partnerships and accelerate time to market.

Carl Melville President Melville group on behalf of CPA Ron Puvak Exec Dir

Contract Packaging Association (CPA) SD

SHOW DAILY OCTOBER 23, 2022 16 PACK EXPO International 2022 WEST HALL | Booth W-20052 Next to the Containers and Materials Pavilion Get inspired by award-winning packaging from around the world—the next great idea for your brand might be on display! Sponsored by: FEATURING ENTRIES FROM: ■ ABRE —Brazilian Packaging Association ■ AIMCAL —Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators ■ DOW —Packaging Innovation Awards ■ FPA —Flexible Packaging Association ■ FSEA —Foil and Specialty Effects Association ■ IAE —Instituto Argentino del Envase ■ IMDA —In-Mold Decorating Association ■ IoPP —Institute of Packaging Professionals ■ ProFood World’s Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards ■ RPA —Reusable Packaging Association ■ The Tube Council ■ WPO —World Packaging Organisation

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

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Sept. 11-13, 2023 Las Vegas, USA

March 18-20, 2024 Philadelphia, USA

June 11-14, 2024 Mexico City, Mex.

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OpX updates FAT guidance

The revised “One Voice Factory Acceptance Tests – Protocols for Capital Equipment in the CPG Industry” work product improves the factory acceptance test (FAT) process. Developed by the OpX Leadership Network (Booth N-4550), the Factory Acceptance Tests work

product is designed to resolve FAT criteria, expectations and miscommunications that often result in unbudgeted travel and material costs, increased timelines and overall confusion for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

is update includes new leadership guidance, additional review of responsibilities for OEMs and end users, and the integration of the Virtual FAT work product as an appendix rather than a standalone product.

“When conducting an e ective FAT, clear communication between all parties is critical,” says Bryan Gri en, senior director, industry services at PMMI, e Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), convener of the OpX Leadership Network. “ is latest update helps streamline that communication and facilitate a more productive FAT, regardless of whether it is virtual or in-person.”

e OpX Leadership Network was founded in 2011 by PMMI to ensure CPG companies and OEMs are connected and well-prepared to solve common operational challenges, make smarter decisions and achieve operational excellence.

e revised FAT work product and other operational resources are available for free by downloading at opxleadershipnetwork.org/projects/download.

For more info, visit www.opxleadershipnetwork.org. SD

Reinventing the Rules of the Game

breakfast at PACK EXPO will feature Dawn Hudson, former President and CEO of

Cola North America and former Chief Marketing Officer of the National Football League. Drawing on her diverse

will share winning business strategies, and


your professional game.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 25; 7:30-9:00 am

Room S-100

Anritsu ranks as best workplace

Anritsu - Product Inspection & Detection (Booth N-4730) was named one of the “Best Places to Work in Illinois” for 2022 by e Daily Herald newspaper. Honored for the third consecutive year, Anritsu improved its ranking, moving up to 22 among 46 honorees in the small business category.

Company President Erik Brainard praised its employees, saying, “Our team at Anritsu is unique in so many ways. We are made up of people from very di erent walks of life, and we value the diverse perspective that everyone has to o er. What is impressive is how well this team comes together and works as a unit. We share the same goals and visions for this company, and every one of you is the reason why we are one of the Best Places to Work.”

e awards program identi es, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Illinois, bene ting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. Companies from across the state participate. Approximately 25% of the score is based on an evaluation of each workplace’s policies, practices and demographics. An employee survey measures the employee experience and provides the remaining 75% of the score.

e combined total determines the nal ranking.

For more info, visit www.anritsu.com/in vis. SD

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The Packaging & Processing
Women’s Leadership
Network (PPWLN) serves to recruit, retain and advance women’s careers by bringing established leaders and young professionals together to expand the presence and influence of women in the industry. Vist pmmi.org/ppwln and join the PPWLN LinkedIn group to stay connected. Thank You to Our Event Sponsors
experiences, Hudson


BOOTH: S-3634
Automation Solutions Filling & Sealing Automation End-of-Line Packaging Automation

Association Partner Program grows

Learn, network at Industry Meets and Industry Speaks.

The PACK EXPO Association Partner Program connects attendees to leading associations from all segments of packaging and processing. This year’s program, the largest in PACK EXPO history, offers an unparalleled breadth and depth of industry knowledge to attendees.

The Association Partner Pavilion, in the North Hall, provides a central location for attendees to access these resources. Participants in the 2022 PACK EXPO International Association Partner Program are listed at the bottom of this page.

New this year is the Association Partner Plus designation and Industry Meets schedule of ancillary events and meetings hosted by groups listed in the far right column. Events include a hygienic equipment design seminar, design for recycling training, a fluid power forum and Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging course. Check the PACK EXPO International App or show website for the latest schedule and pre-registration requirements.

“We are thrilled with the positive response to the Association Partner Program and newly launched Industry Meets Program,” says Laura Thompson, vice president of Trade Shows at show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550). “PACK EXPO International is making a triumphant return to Chicago after four years away, and it is only possible with the strong support of these prestigious associations.”

Another new feature, the Industry Speaks Stage (Booth N-4565), offers educational sessions led by experts from PACK EXPO Partner Associations and focused on hot-button topics and industry

trends across multiple industry verticals. A schedule of sessions may be found on p. 14 or on the PACK EXPO International App or show website.

In addition to the Association Partner Program, PMMI has partnered with industry associations from


CCPIT - China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

CFPMA - China Food and Packaging Machinery Industry Association

Confederation of the Danish Industry (LU-7560)

Fundacion Argentina para la Promocion de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional (Booth LU-8755)

INP – Brazilian Plastic Institute/Think Plastic Brazil (Booth W-25011)

Italian Trade Agency (Booth LU-8541)

Korean Packaging Machinery Association

Mouvement Des Enterprises De France International (Booth N-5564)

Switzerland Global Enterprise

UCIMA – Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (Booth N-6002)

VDMA – Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association

across the globe to host pavilions on the show floor. International Pavilion Organizer Partners include the 11 organizations listed under Pavilion Hosts. For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD


3-A Sanitary Standards (Booth N-5901)

Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (Booth N-5802)

Cold Pressure Council (Booth N-4525)

Contract Packaging Association (Booth EB-75, N-4518)

Flexible Packaging Association (Booth N-4533)

Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth N-4523)

International Bottled Water Association

MHI Automation Industry Groups (Booth N-5701)

National Fluid Power Association

OMAC – The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (Booth N-5100)

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (Booth N-5902)


AIM (Booth N-5000)

AIMCAL - The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth N-4527)

Asociacion Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje

ASD Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (Booth N-4900)

Australian Institute of Packaging

ABRE – Brazilian Packaging Association (Booth N-6003)


Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network (N-4511)

Composite Can and Tube Institute (Booth N-4512)

Digital Twin Consortium (Booth N-6102)

Foil & Specialty Effects Association (Booth N-4536)

F4SS – Foundation for Supply Solutions

Flexographic Technical Association (Booth N-4510)

In-Mold Decorating Association (Booth N-4534)

IAE - Instituto Argentino del Envase (Booth N-6101)

International Society of Beverage Technologists (Booth N-5702)

ISTA - International Safe Transit Association (Booth N-4537)

Midwest Food Products Association National Confectioners Association (Candy Bar Lounge, Booth S-2583)

OPC Foundation (Booth N-5001)

PLCopen (Booth N-5002)

Reusable Packaging Association (Booth LU-6737)

SNAC International (Booth N-5801)

The Anuga FoodTec Family

The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association

The Paper and Packaging Board

The Tube Council of North America (Booth W-20052)

UCIMA – Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association (Booth N-6002)

U.S. Department of Commerce (Booth N-4901)

World Packaging Organisation (Booth N-4902)

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PACK to the Future arrives

Historical exhibit serves as foundation for advancements.

The interactive PACK to the Future Exhibit (Booth W-20001) celebrates the role of packaging and processing throughout history and the impact it is poised to have on the future. The exhibit follows the evolution of modern packaging and processing over 250 years to the present and shifts to explore key trends shaping the future in daily live sessions on the PACK to the Future Stage (Booth W-20025)

Launched in 2021 at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the curated, interactive PACK to the Future exhibit tells the story of packaging and people who saw a better way, solved challenges and provided the foundation for today’s—and tomorrow’s—innovations.

The exhibit includes:

• 30 historial packaging machines and replicas dating back to the 1800s

• Timeline walls displaying 250 years of history



12:30-1:00 PM

Flexible packaging has many needed sustainability benefits, but full circularity is a challenge: Opportunities for collection and reprocessing are limited, and requirements for food- and medical-grade packaging— the predominate market for flexibles—are complex. This session speaks to how the Flexible Packaging Association is advocating for the industry and solutions to close the loop on this important packaging type.

Alison Keane

President & CEO

Flexible Packaging Association GUIDING TRENDS IN MANUFACTURING

1:30-2:00 PM

This session highlights the top industry and machine trends steering the course of the manufacturing industry. Learn how labor challenges, sustainability and the rise of eCommerce are influencing the manufacturing decisions of tomorrow. The presentation also explores how machine integration, robots and artificial intelligence are transforming operations and propelling manufacturing to new heights of efficiency. Learn how the manufacturing industry is preparing for the challenges of the future by addressing the trends of today.

Donna Ritson President DDR Communications

• An area dedicated to women in packaging and processing

• An interactive display of past, present and future sustainability efforts, including a Corrugated Car of the Future Virtual Reality (VR) Experience. Sponsored by The Paper and Packaging Board, the experience allows attendees to sit in a replica of a futuristic car and use a VR headset to learn about sustainable packaging and the industry’s Box to Nature program, an initiative to educate consumers about the importance of recycling corrugated materials and boxes

• An interactive audio tour revealing interesting facts and historical details

• Fun quizzes that test attendees’ knowledge of the industry.

Each day on the PACK to the Future Stage, in-


2:30-3:00 PM

Learn how Yanfeng Automotive Interiors successfully employed P2 Packaging as a semi-returnable option for shipping automotive parts.

David Colclough

Sr Buyer - North America Packaging Yanfeng Automotive Interiors


3:30-4:00 PM

This session highlights some of the packaging innovations launched by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and what it took to get there.

William A. Singleton III Global Packaging Dir Mars



9:30-10:00 AM

By leveraging advanced capabilities, such as Virtual Analysis and Advanced Rapid Prototyping, PepsiCo is aiming to dramatically accelerate the time required to go from concept to final product, within five days.

Max Rodriguez

Sr Mgr, Global Beverages R&D

Thangthip Tekanil

R&D Packaging Engineer


dustry experts provide 30-minute presentations on cutting-edge advancements in sustainability, circularity, net-zero goals, returnables and manufacturing trends.

The session schedule is outlined below. PACK EXPO International offers many other free educational opportunities, including the long-running Innovation Stage (N-4560, N-4580, N-4585) plus the new Processing Innovation Stage (Booth LU-7130) (see schedule, p. 28), The Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4543) (see schedule, p. 44) the new Industry Speaks (Booth N-4565) (see schedule, p. 14). The Reusable Packaging Learning Center (Booth LU6737) also will present educational sessions.

Updated schedules may be found on the PACK EXPO International App or the show website.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD


10:30-11:00 AM

An examination of the future of pharmaceutical packaging as it becomes more sustainable and meets the needs for greater convenience, self-administered drugs, reduced hospital stays and serving patients at home. The session also looks at how past and present innovations, focused on meeting patient and product needs, offer a path for the future.

Ron Yakubison Exec Dir, Global Technology Packaging Merck


11:30-12:00 PM

No material is inherently sustainable. To achieve true Circular Economy sustainability for plastic packaging, we must capture all plastic packaging without having to sort. Regenerative Robust Gasification is uniquely capable of accepting all plastic packaging, including metallized, multilayer, chlorine, foils, fitments, filth, etc. New plastic resins can be made via the syngas-methanol-plastics route, which already exists commercially. By co-locating at landfills, using renewable process power and simplifying collection and sorting, GWP is favorable relative to traditional virgin plastics. The Consortium for Waste Circularity is organizing Robust Advanced Recycling projects in which packaging industry stakeholders can participate.

Bruce Welt Professor University of Florida - Packaging Engineering

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12:30-1:00 PM

Brands are making ambitious sustainable packaging goals that are driving demand for material innovations to reduce the use of virgin plastic, improve environmental impact and increase recyclability to enable package circularity. Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Eastman are innovation leaders in sustainable packaging, which brings challenges beyond materials and packaging design. The infrastructure needs to increase collection, improve sortation and recycle a wider range of plastic waste, presenting opportunities for innovation and collaboration around the circular value chain.

In this session, P&G and Eastman representatives share experiences bringing sustainable materials to the market. Both are founding members of the newly launched PET Recycling Coalition, an initiative of The Recycling Partnership, which is working to create scalable solutions to improve the circularity of PET packaging through a more robust recycling system. Learn about the PET Coalition’s goals and approach and how to get involved.

Matt Storey Segment Mgr, Circular Packaging Eastman John M. Layman, Ph.D. Sr Dir, Corporate R&D Proctor & Gamble


1:30-2:00 PM

How to drive ESG in a fragile world. Michael Okoroafor, Ph.D. Chief Sustainability Officer McCormick


2:30-3:00 PM

PMMI, producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has partnered with AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, to create the 10-Year Packaging Materials and Sustainability Compass, a collaboration report on the future of materials usage and replacement for CPG companies, OEMs, materials suppliers and recovery professionals. Research behind this report seeks to uncover what materials are projected to be replaced or remain unchanged, what new packaging materials are on the horizon and how the legislative landscape will be shaped in the next decade. Findings will provide comprehensive guidance to packaging value-chain professionals on the direction of: materials usage for the next three, five and 10 years; expected changes to sustainability legislation, including extended producer responsibility, and key drivers of those changes. The project scope includes

quantitative data captured from producer and recovery groups in the packaging value chain and qualitative interviews from senior key players in each segment. The informative, actionable session presents highlights from the 10-Year Packaging Materials and Sustainability Compass.

Rebecca Marquez

Mgr, PMMI Business Intelligence

Dan Felton Exec Dir



3:30-4:00 PM

This session touches on P&G’s sustainability goals and how it brings those to life in designing new-to-theworld packaging for its products.

Ken McGuire Research Fellow

Procter & Gamble



9:30-10:00 AM

To achieve climate goals, we need a systems-level view and solutions that can draw on multiple sources of waste carbon. Advances in technology and a global momentum to avert the deepening climate crisis have brought us to the cusp of a new industrial era. Recycled CO₂ will be the feedstock, and clean electricity the energy source, to produce the climate-safe materials and fuels that are today made from oil. Hear about examples of carbon recycling and the opportunities to establish a new carbon economy and create materials for consumer goods, from packaging to textiles.

Dr. Sean Simpson

Chief Science Officer & Founder



10:30-11:00 AM

There are many parameters to be taken into consideration when choosing the right packaging for the job, including product needs and legislative, investment and consumer considerations. This session touches on some of the elements that make this such a topical, challenging and interesting field, including where focus could be spent in the future.

Graeme Smith

Global Sustainable Packaging Dir Mars Petcare


11:30-12:00 PM

According to McKinsey, more than 75% of millennials say they think about sustainability when they make their purchases. The packaging industry has long accepted ubiquitous plastic use; however, changing consumer preferences no longer make unsustainable materials a viable option for long-term business strategy. Zume CEO Alex Garden discusses how plastic alternatives like molded fiber can be an economically viable solution to help brands and packaging manufacturers reach their sustainability commitments.

Alex Garden Chairman & CEO Zume


12:30-1:00 PM

With 100 billion global parcel deliveries a year, and over 200 billion by 2026, the environmental impact is undeniable. U.S. packaging alone can pave a milewide cardboard road from New York City to Los Angeles and back—three times over. Returnity replaces single-use shipping and delivery packaging by designing, manufacturing and implementing cost-effective reusable packaging and circular logistics systems for companies like Walmart, Estée Lauder, New Balance and Rent the Runway. Its packaging is now used for more than 2 million shipments and deliveries a month. Returnity identifies high-return-rate opportunities for clients and is especially passionate about educating businesses and consumers on the value of the package return rate. Rates below 75% are actually worse for the planet. The average Returnity bag or box can be used for 20 customer shipment cycles (40 total) with a 95.5% return rate.

Mike Newman CEO Returnity


1:30-2:00 PM

Learn about innovating package portfolios through a post-pandemic demand via holistic packaging design and engineering approach.

Kory Nook VP, Packaging R&I DANONE


2:30-3:00 PM

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the perfect material for numerous applications and achieves legislative and brand commitments. This session on all things PET covers trends, debunks myths and describes a new comparative life cycle analysis (LCA) that evaluates environmental impacts for several widely used types and sizes of containers.

Laura Stewart Dir, Operations

National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)

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3:30-4:00 PM

This session focuses on the evolution of the Loop platform and how Loop works with CPG brands, retailers and quick-serve restaurants to build a network of reusability. We will discuss: approaches to reusable packaging including design, material type, labeling and dispensers/closures; Loop as a “pre-fill” platform; and Loop’s growth from mid-2019 to present

Tony Rossi

EVP, Business Development TerraCycle



9:30-10:00 AM

Urgent focus is being directed at climate change, greener transportation, fresh food, personal care, clean water, Circular Economy, plastic waste and renewable feedstocks. This presentation addresses these challenges, relays them through the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and outlines a portfolio of solutions to support downstream customers as they set their sustainability and Circular Economy goals.

Matthew Marks Leader, Circular Economy, Americas



10:30-11:00 AM

PET recycling is at a crossroads as the industry drives towards 2025 goals. Brands, consumers, regulatory agencies and NGOs support systemic improvements, while known limitations restrain success. We will consider what is reasonably possible for increased PET recycling, what changes are needed, and what the rPET industry might look like in 2025.

Steve Lyons Dir of Strategic Environmental Analysis SBAcci Consulting Group


11:30-12:00 PM

An examination of the future of pharmaceutical packaging as it becomes more sustainable and meets the needs for greater convenience, self-administered drugs, reduced hospital stays and serving patients at home. We also will look at how past and present innovations, focused on meeting patient and product needs, offer a path for the future.

Ron Yakubison

Exec Dir, Global Technology Packaging Merck


12:30-1:00 PM

The paper industry, partnering with the Paper and Packaging Board, is introducing a residential recycling shipping box messaging initiative called Box to Nature. The partnership is working with customers and large brands to educate consumers about the box with easy instructions on recycling right, every time. Learn about how you can become part of this important initiative.

Mary Anne Hansan


Paper and Packaging Board SD

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WestRock sponsors Showcase

Exhibit displays award-winning packages from around globe.

WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130) presents winning entries from worldwide packaging competitions as the exclusive sponsor of this year’s Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth W-20052).

“At WestRock, we are focused on delivering bold innovation to solve our customers’ biggest challenges,” says Margaret Herndon, the company’s chief marketing o cer. “ e Showcase displays the best the industry has to o er in packaging innovation, and we are excited to be part of a program that engages customers and generates new thinking and new solutions.”

Show producer, PMMI, e Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), is pleased to partner with WestRock on this initiative.

“ e Showcase of Packaging Innovations has come to be a show oor favorite at PACK EXPO,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “We are thankful for companies like WestRock who seek to inspire the future of our industry and motivate package designers by showcasing packaging that is functional, innovative and sustainable.”

is year’s Showcase participants include 13 organizations from around the world. A sampling of the award winners on display is pictured here.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com, www.westrock. com, www.abre.org.br, www.aimcal.org, www.dow.com, www. expack.org, www.fsea.com, www.imdassociation. com, www.packaging.com.ar, www.iopp.org, www.profoodworld.com, https://paperbox.org/, www.reusables.org, www.tube.org, www.worldpackaging.org. SD

The Best in Show package in IoPP’s AmeriStar competition, Blue Buffalo Tastefuls Spoonless Singles from General Mills and Product Ventures, provides a perfectly portioned split cup with a built-in chopper. The recyclable polypropylene split cup separates easily, reducing the need to store opened containers in the refrigerator.


ABRE - Brazilian Packaging Association (Booth N-6003)

AIMCAL - Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (Booth N-4527)

Dow (Booth W-22017) Dow Packaging Innovation Awards

Flexible Packaging Association (Booth N-4533)

Foil & Specialty Effects Association (Booth N-4536)

In-Mold Decorating Association (Booth N-4534)

IAE - Instituto Argentino del Envase (Booth N-6101)

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) (Booth N-4523)

PMMI Media Group (Booth N-4550) ProFood World’s 2021 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

Paperboard Packaging Council (Booth W-20052)

Reusable Packaging Association (Booth LU-6737)

Tube Council of North America (Booth W-20052)

World Packaging Organisation (WPO) (Booth N-4902)

Last year, ABRE honored this canister for ease-of-use and ergonomics. Package features waisted silhouette and onepiece, flip-top closure with an induction seal. A pull ring ensures complete removal of the seal.

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The Package of the Year Award winner in the 2021 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition, the 2020 edition of Kiehl’s Advent Calendar produced by Johnsbyrne, features a storybook display design to deliver a premium unboxing experience while eliminating the use of plastic. A 100% paper-based rigid outer box houses 24 snuggly packed straight-tuck folding cartons containing product. A capsule dispenser from Germany’s PACKSYS earned a President’s Award in the WPO’s WorldStar competition. Designed for people with limited motor function, the dispenser releases
at a
time via an easy-topress, lockable actuator. The Diamond Award, the top prize in the Dow Packaging Innovation Awards, considers three criteria: sustainability, technological innovation and enhanced user experience. The Brookfarm Roll ‘n’ Recycle curbside-recyclable, high-barrier stand-up pouch from Australia’s OF Packaging earns top honors on each point.

The lightline machines from Schubert can be delivered quickly and are exceptionally attractive in terms of price . With the preconfi gured machines, customers can adapt more fl exibly to market trends and signifi cantly shorten their time-to-market.

The LIGH LI C CK consists of a single compact machine frame, and packs boxes, cans, bags or bottles into cartons and trays with or without a lid, wrap-around cartons and RSC cartons. It offers an affordable and space-saving possibility to automate packaging processes with the most effi cient technology on the market while ensuring the highest availability and packaging quality.

The world’s leading FMCG and private label manufacturers rely on Schubert. www.schubert.group

G OCTOBER 23 – 26, 2022 BOOTH # 8730

Innovation Stage hosts 60+ sessions

Processing Innovation Stage makes Chicago debut.

Anattendee favorite, the Innovation Stage, returns to PACK EXPO International with more than 50 informative sessions. e free, 30-minute presentations occur throughout each day on three stages (Booths N-4560, N-4580 and N-4585) in the concourse of the North Building near Starbucks.

Topics include sustainability and eCommerce, building a resilient supply chain, automating minimal material operations, cyber resilience, robotics, upgrading from heat sealing to ultrasonic sealing, brand protection and smart sensors.

New this year, after a successful launch at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the Processing Innovation Stage(Booth LU-7130) in the Lakeside Center concourse will feature sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday focused on high-pressure pasteurization, product handling, batching and blending, clean-out-of-place parts washers and sanitary drainage system design.

Innovation Stage presenters rank as subject matter experts and represent a cross-section of exhibitors, including Syntegon Packaging Technology (EB-15, S-3514), Amcor Rigid Packaging (S-3705, S-3814), Placon

(W-24033), SMAC Moving Coil Actuators (N-5774), Michigan State University (W-20044), Siemens Digital Industries (N-5148), WestRock (EB-43, S-2130), Amcor Flexibles North America (S-3705, S-3814), Brenton, a ProMach product brand (N-5546), Emerson (N-4736), Soft Robotics (N-5230) and JBT-Avure (LU-7118)

e full Innovation Stage schedule is listed on the following pages. Check the PACK EXPO International App or the show website for the latest updates.

PACK EXPO International o ers many other educational opportunities, including PACK to the Future (Booth W-20025) (see program on p. 22), e Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4543) (see program on p. 44), and the new Industry Speaks (Booth N-4565) (see schedule, p. 14). e Reusable Packaging Learning Center (Booth LU-6737) also is hosting daily educational sessions.

Updated schedules may be found on the PACK EXPO International App or the show website.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD



12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Creating a closed loop for food packaging has never been more critical. is session will cover the factors driving this need and discuss what it will take to get to a closed loop for a more sustainable future in food packaging.

Yui Kamikawa VP, Sustainability

Klöckner Pentaplast


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

During this session, you’ll gain tips and best practices from our experience working with real customers and how you can take the rst crucial steps on your own sustainability journey.

Tam Osentowski

Principal Sustainability Consultant

Schneider Electric


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Most of us are living a digital double life. We use smart devices for everyday tasks in our personal lives and legacy systems and processes at work to tackle today’s biggest challenges. In this session, learn the secret to easily connecting your supply chain without uprooting your current tech stack.

Matthew Wright

Founder & CEO Specright


12:00-12:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

A new low-cost servo linear motor is rapidly replacing air cylinders on high-cycle/fast-move applications. A dramatic increase in cycle life is key, along with higher speeds, programmable change in pro les and internal sensors that track cycle count, current and heat, thus meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0.

Edward Ne Founder & CEO


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Every machine on your plant oor could be doing more. And with today’s shrinking margins and workforce, machine data is an untapped resource. is session walks through how to squeeze the most productivity out of your machine eet by unlocking the full capabilities of your machine controls, leveraging computing power at the edge to optimize performance, and creating data uniformity across your eet for actionable, pro table insights.

Justin Garski

Packaging OEM Mgr

Rockwell Automation


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580 e growth in eCommerce over the past few years has

been staggering. Gina Barrieau, an expert in eCommerce packaging, will share current trends and innovations and discuss how eCommerce and sustainability can go hand in hand.

Gina Barrieau

Banding Sales Mgr – eCommerce



1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Frank Reda and Kyle Rhodes, MPI sta , will demonstrate the newly patented Intell-I-Mag® exclusively available on MPI magnetic separators. Intell-I-Mag is the revolutionary next step in magnetic separation innovation and factory automation. It’s the rst Smart Magnet to self-monitor ferrous metal saturation in real time and log system data.

Frank Reda Sales Mgr - Americas MPI | Magnetic Products


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Amcor CEO Ron Delia and MSU School of Packaging Director Matt Daum explain how they forged a unique industry/academic partnership to broaden the pipeline of people going into packaging, why those diverse perspectives are vital for the industry to tackle the challenges ahead, and ways others can get involved.

Matthew Daum Dir, School of Packaging Michigan State University

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2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

What automation decisions should end users consider that make it easier to change, update and reconfigure packaging lines to meet consumer market demands? This session covers key areas where new technology and product developments improve overall line flexibility and productivity, from machine control and material handling to service and support.

Sean Spees

Business Development Mgr - North America Bosch Rexroth


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Overcome the complexities of automating distribution and fulfillment (D&F) operations with integrated solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. Learn about the latest software, hardware and overall system enhancements in articulated robotics, next-generation shuttles, micro-fulfillment applications and storage solutions.

Thomas Evans Robotics Chief Technology Officer Honeywell Intelligrated


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

What does sustainable packaging mean to you? If you ask 10 friends, you might end up with 20 different definitions. TekniPlex understands sustainability means different things to different people and there is more than one right answer. We are committed to continue thinking and rethinking the ways we design, create and deliver responsible packaging solutions to protect customers’ brands, consumers’ experience and the environment.

Oscar Martin

Sr VP, Global Innovation Greg Ambrogi VP, Sales TekniPlex


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

The Decade to Deliver: An Actionable Packaging Roadmap for the Circular Economy.

Raymond Wodar

Global Dir, Business Consulting Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail Industry Dassault Systemes ∆

Go sustainability.

Emerson’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions and analytics software provide the actionable insights needed to identify compressed air waste and optimize energy efficiency.

Learn more at Emerson.com/Sustainable-Automation

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3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

With a limited amount of labor resources on any given day, robotic automation is the key to maintaining and increasing production. A new breed of quick deploying, cost-e cient robotic workcells are available to automate dexterous and labor-intensive tasks such as end-of-line packaging, order ful llment, food handling, assembly, machine tending or inspection in a “pay as you go’’ Robotics as a Service (RaaS) pricing model. With no upfront costs and deployment in less than three months, RaaS is a good t for every budget and timeline.

Bernard Casse CEO & Founder RIOS Intelligent Machines


4:00-5:00 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Speakers from Conagra Brands, Smith eld Foods, and Bob’s Red Mill Natural Products describe how their facilities achieve sustainability success with award-winning projects in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, electricity and water as well as improvements in food waste and materials management.

Joyce Fassl - Moderator Editor at Large, ProFood World



10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

While much as been said about augmented reality/ virtual reality in recent years, it is just a piece of the multi-faceted workforce puzzle. Explore six ways to augment today’s workforce, from simulation and predictive control to automated changeovers and attracting the next generation.

Steve Mulder

Americas OEM Mgr

Rockwell Automation


10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Plant operators today are tasked with driving greater operational e ciency through digitalization while achieving ambitious corporate sustainability targets. ankfully, these outcomes are not mutually exclusive. Learn from a smart factory journey and step-by-step

approach to convert a 60-year-old brown eld site in Lexington, KY, into the world’s rst Sustainability Lighthouse Smart Factory as designated by the World Economic Forum.

Kenneth Labhart

Smart Factory Leader Schneider Electric


10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Discussion centers on how to signi cantly impact the sustainability of plastic. Topics include leveraging life cycle analyses and carbon credits; improving packaging design and the use of homogeneous materials; enhancing recycling and waste management systems; transitioning to bio-based plastics; and tackling food/ plastic waste by using end-of-life and shelf-life-extension technologies.


10:00-10:30 AM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Clean-out-of-place (COP) parts washers can improve cleaning parts out of place, but newer, automated cabinet washer technology provides numerous bene ts over traditional COP tanks. In addition, available 3-A symbol authorizations of these systems provide peace of mind knowing top sanitary design standards are being met.


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

e CanCollar Fortuna® Combo system from WestRock is an innovative, end-to-end automation platform for packaging beverage cans at high speeds and e ciencies with recyclable, ber-based secondary and tertiary packaging. Learn how CanCollar Fortuna can help you scale sustainable packaging while delivering high package integrity, line speeds and operational e ciencies. See related story on p. 60

John Perkins

VP, Global Packaging Systems



11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Transform your business and fend o competitors by leveraging modern technology to optimize your sup-

ply chain to avoid disruptions caused by pandemics and global unrest. Material planning, scheduling and other digital strategies reduce late inventory receipts, improve time-to-market, streamline ful llment and automate operational and nancial business processes facilitating sustainable growth.

Debbie Baldwin

Dir, Product Management (Manufacturing) Acumatica


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Learn how to create recycle-friendly, washable inks for packaging. is session highlights key areas of development, how choices can impact recyclability and how to reduce carbon footprint. ese recycle-friendly inks were designed to be removed and separated from recoverable plastic substrates. is improves recyclability of packaging, enables industry certi cations, increases quality and quantity of recycled plastic ake and reduces wastewater contamination to lower the environmental footprint. is session identi es key considerations that can impact sustainability goals.

Nikola Juhasz

Dir, Global Sustainability

Sun Chemical


11:00-11:30 AM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

is session will cover the history and basics of sanitary drainage system design in food facilities.

Viking Kristjansson

Sales Exec/Product Development Lead FoodSafe Drains


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Liveo Research will show its vision and roadmap for sustainable pharmaceutical packaging and operations for 2023 and beyond. e session will provide a unique glimpse into the technologies and manufacturing methods helping customers achieve sustainability goals in an evolving sustainability landscape.

Michael Larson

National Technical Services Mgr

Liveo Research


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

is session will explore details of the project and gain inspiration on how to take advantage of outcome-based, long-term energy service agreements with no upfront capital investment.

Martin Hanna

Head of Communications GreenStruxure

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12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Belden showcases a 100% vendor-, protocol- and architecture-agnostic approach to remote connectivity, protocol conversion, device orchestration and Edge computing. e approach and principles outlined allow industrial automation data to be accessible in a secure and sustainable manner.

Scott Kornblue

Global Solutions Architect Mgr Belden


12:00-12:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

e Tablet Coater Optima is a perforated coating pan designed for lm coating tablets or pellets, suitable in aqueous and organic coatings, for the pharmaceutical industry. Its high technology allows an automatic adjustment control of the ow, avoiding the damp, saving coating and optimizing processing time. Innovative high-quality equipment, certi ed by accredited entities, is designed and built in Europe following regulatory requirements and GMP´s normative.

David Mateo Managing Dir Romaco


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

e Fresh-Lock team focuses on collaboration, the key to answering consumer packaging demands and the resulting manufacturing bene ts. Collaboration case studies of exible packaging innovations in sustainability drive e ciency and enhance the consumer experience.

Todd Meussling Sr Mgr Market Development

Fresh-Lock by Presto


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Exceed your plastic-free packaging goals and consumers’ rising expectations with a breakthrough innovation, Open Sesame® ber-based tear tapes for eCommerce packaging. e global, patent-pending, sustainable product eliminates unnecessary plastic and adds useful, high-quality ber to the recycling stream.

Tania Montesi

Global eCommerce Mgr

H.B. Fuller


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Automation and robotics technology is booming, but there are still almost 1 million open jobs in U.S. manufacturing. Why not leverage automation more? It is not a technology problem. Adoption is sti ed by high upfront costs and the uncertainty and risk that come with nding the right solution. Partnering with a brand-agnostic automation company can circumvent these problems. Formic identi es the right solution and charges one low hourly rate without any upfront cost. Lifetime maintenance is included and hourly fees are contingent upon performance. Learn why customer adoption of this model is growing exponentially and how this poineering a service unlocks unlimited labor.

Misa Ilkhechi

VP of Sales, Co-Founder



1:00-1:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Masterbio is a line of compostable products produced to promote sustainability in a world that is more environmentally friendly and keen to protect the Earth. From bakery, pasta, fresh produce and frozen food, we have the right solution to boost your sales.

Massimiliano Binda Board



2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Consumers and legislation are pushing brands to drive change for a more Circular Economy as brands and retailers race to meet their respective sustainability goals by 2025 and beyond. Sustainability packaging experts discuss successful circular solutions and innovations brought to market with a shared focus: progressing circularity together.

Robert Flores

VP of Sustainability

Diane Marret

Sustainability Dir Berry Global


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Universal grasping of a diverse range of objects is a major challenge in eCommerce order ful llment and manufacturing. is session presents an automation-centric solution for robotic universal grasping based on Arti cial Intelligence (AI). e system is made for automation professionals and is deeply embedded in the automation landscape.

Dr. Eugen Solowjow

Head of Research Group (Robotics, Autonomy, AI)

Siemens Industry Software

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The Processing Zone

Find front-of-the-line solutions for food and beverage processing and discover ways to increase safety, improve efficiency and achieve total system integration.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion

Learn how to increase sustainability in your supply chain through reusable packaging assets and services.

Sponsored by:


The Logistics Pavilion

See supply chain solutions, including warehousing, fulfillments, distribution logistics services and transportation providers.


The Confectionery Pavilion

Uncover specialized equipment and integrated systems for your candy, confectionery and gum production lines.

Sponsored by:

PACKage Printing Pavilion

Explore technology that makes customization, promotions, small runs, on-demand production and smart packaging cost effective.


The Containers and Materials Pavilion

Find new recyclables, bio-based materials, flexible packaging printable films and much more –and see creative packaging and trends at: Healthcare Packaging Pavilion

A one-stop shop for solutions targeted to pharmaceuticals, biologics, nutraceuticals, medical devices and more.



2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Inject some color, exibility and automation into the package labeling process. A novel solution combines a print-on-demand color industrial label printer along with a six-axis all-in-one industrial robot, creating the ultimate in exibility and customization.

Aaron Donlon Robotics Product Mgr Epson America


2:00-2:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

High-pressure pasteurization (HPP) is cold pasteurization in pure water; it uses ultra-high-pressure puri ed water to keep packaged food pathogen-free to stay fresh longer. At very high pressures, bacteria such as Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella are inactivated. Foods using HPP include ready-to-eat and ready-tocook meats, ready-meals, fruits and vegetables, juices and smoothies, soups and sauces, wet salads and dips, dairy products, pet food, baby food, seafood and shellsh. HPP helps producers increase food safety and extend shelf life, while providing consumers with nutritious, natural, avorful food.

Dr. Austin Lowder Dir, Food Science JBT - Avure HPP


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

In this session, learn how haptics a ect our relationship with packaging and printed materials. Multisensory packaging is the most likely to attract customers. Discover how the power of touch changes the way we think, feel and behave and, ultimately, in uences how we spend our money. Since print can be a physical manifestation of a brand—and our perception of it—gain information to help rethink how the physical quality of packaging drives brands.

Vicki Strull Principal Vicki Strull Design


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Digital Transformation and I4.0 is disrupting manufacturing across the globe. Manufacturing companies can generate enormous amounts of data, but use only a small fraction of it. Matrix Technologies is helping manufacturers with every step of their Digital Transformation Journey via abstracts/case studies, with Q&A to follow.

John Lee Dept. Mgr, Manufacturing Intelligence, Industrial Systems Div.

James Mans eld Sr Mgr, Manufacturing Intelligence Matrix Technologies


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Sustainability pressure is real. You’re feeling the pinch from all directions: legislative changes, retailer sentiment and consumer demands. With increasing complexities, how can brands meet these challenges? is session cuts through the noise and provides packaging solutions that meet environmental demands in the most challenging applications.

Al Madonna VP, Marketing

Cheer Pack North America

John Wilson Dir of Sustainability

Amcor Flexibles North America


3:00-3:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Hiperbaric Automation Systems o ers personalized solutions for automating all types of food operations that work with high-pressure processing (HPP) technology. Recognizing the need for e ciency, Evolution Fresh, a premier cold-pressed juice company, which owns ve H420 HPP units, has partnered with Hiperbaric to provide a state-of-the-art HPP automated operation line.

Michael Durbin Plant Dir

Evolution Fresh Roberto Peregrina USA Dir





10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Explore how food, food service and personal care manufacturers can increase exibility and throughput while reducing machine and plant footprint with mechatronics-enabled case packing machinery. A case study with best practices and lessons learned demonstrates how to capitalize on intelligent linear transport technology in case packing.

Rick Forsgren

Packaging Industry Business Development Mgr Beckho Automation

Mike Grinager

VP, Technology

Brenton, a ProMach product brand

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10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

e word sustainability has never been as important as it is now. Globally, consumers increasingly demand that brands “walk the talk” when it comes to supporting sustainable practices, with packaging at the forefront of that conversation. While standing out at the shelf remains a big priority for brands, how they do so will a ect consumers’ perception and loyalty. Learn how our scalable and exible packaging automation technology can support your brand’s plastic replacement journey.

Douglas Hicks

VP, Machinery, Beverage Design

Graphic Packaging International


10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Demystifying common manufacturing technologies.

Jason Petri Solutions Consultant Mgr - Private Markets

Brightly Software


10:00-10:30 AM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

EnteraLoc Flow is a complete enteral feeding system featuring a spouted pouch and ENFit connector that directly ts into a feeding tube. is provides enteral patients with an optimal feeding experience that promotes superior nutritional intake and improved patient outcomes.

Keith Smith Pres Vonco


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Learn about recycling plastics into innovative reusable pallets, plus large container solutions enhancing sustainability.

Jean-Marc Van Maren

Chief Product O cer Cabka North America


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Recycle-ready packaging innovations are hitting the Healthcare market at an increasing pace. Is the endof-life the only story? Join Amcor as we explore the full impact of recycle-ready innovations using Amcor’s certi ed life cycle assessment tool, ASSET™ and

demonstrate recycle-ready innovations are the right technologies to drive sustainable packaging solutions.

Brian Ingraham Sr R&D Dir, Healthcare Amcor


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

mGripAI™ is a one-of-a-kind automation solution combining 3D vision, soft grasping and arti cial intelligence, o ering a single automation solution for food and consumer packaged goods at high speeds.

Harley Green Dir, Business Development Soft Robotics


11:00-11:30 AM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

e past two years have forced companies to provide solutions to the market in record time. is session will focus on the need for integral testing partnerships between food manufacturers and equipment manufacturers. Such partnerships have led to quick changes and new manufacturing innovations.

Paul Krechel Dir, Sales Deville Technologies


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Food and beverage and life science manufacturers must maintain strict hygienic standards to ensure compliance with local/national regulations and product quality. To do this, tanks and piping systems go through a clean-in-place (CIP) process between batches. CIP processes are vital to hygienic practices but can be a source of ine ciencies, leading to high utility costs and wasted product. e correct instrumentation can help optimize the CIP process and reduce overall operating costs. is sesssion addresses seven common CIP e ciency challenges, along with seven solutions using proper measurement instrumentation.

Vince Massey Mgr, Business Development Emerson


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Learn about cutting-edge packaging industry innovations to help improve your logistics capability, reduce labor needs and accelerate your ability to deliver.

Hanko Kiessner

Founder, Executive Chairman Packsize ∆

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provide you with the widest range of hot melt adhesive application products, with the best specialist team who will find the solution to boost your business.



12:00-12:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

e beverage industry is highly complex, but new, innovative solutions can simplify complicated processes without sacri cing quality. is session explores how a new horizontal injector and radial jet mixer can transform your process and bottom line.

Richard Chapman

Business Development Mgr, USA & Canada -

Liquid Food Solutions Beverage

Tetra Pak


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

e importance of cyber resilience continues to grow as manufacturers face mounting challenges, including unplanned downtime, supply chain shortages and ransomware attacks. is session discusses best practices for building a cyber-resilience program, from physical infrastructure to network management to industrial security, using a holistic strategy to improve overall cyber posture.

Brian Deken

Connected Services Business Development Mgr

Rockwell Automation


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Session discusses international research ndings that identify challenges faced by manufacturers looking to transition to more sustainable packaging materials.

Sean Kohl Dir, Global Product Line Industrial Physics


1:00-1:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Labor challenges in today’s manufacturing and packaging environments require real solutions for reducing the need for engineering sta without giving up production exibility. Contract manufacturers need to support multiple customers with fast changeovers to keep productivity and performance high. Learn about real-world success leveraging durable, high-speed robots in an interactive environment, leveraging simple robot programming through gestures and voice commands. Gain insights into how to increase speed to market and throughput without increasing labor costs.

Patrick Varley

Product Marketing Mgr, Mechatronics

Mitsubishi Electric Automation


1:00-1:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Buyers of new vibratory separator machines learn what to look for when selecting one for a new product or application to help avoid costly mistakes.

Larry Koehn

Technical Application Mgr – Separation Products

Gerard Daniel Worldwide


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560 ∆

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No matter if it is stand-alone machines, complete systems or services: Syntegon’s innovative process and packaging technology is backed by over 80 years of trusted solutions focused on a sustainable future. For our customers, this means tailor-made and reliable production processes for perfect results. From a spare part to complete production systems – with us you get everything from one source. That’s what we’re doing, how about you? Please visit us in the South Hall. Many players, one team. www.syntegon.com Come and see us! South Hall Booth 3514

TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2022 (CONT’D)

How food items are packaged has a signi cant impact on their attractiveness to consumers. Finding a solution that looks good on the retail shelf and minimizes labor during processing/packaging has never been more critical. is session reviews the pros and cons of various packaging technologies from the perspective of on-the-shelf appearance and labor requirements.

Lisa Barrieau

Banding Sales Mgr, Food Felins


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Learn how to automatically inspect inside sealed boxes and totes moving on conveyors to automate quality control and improve operational e ciencies, using human-safe 3D mmWave imaging.

Andreas Pedross-Engel

Founder, VP, Technology & Engineering ruWave


2:00-2:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Counterfeit products cost the cosmetics industry more than $5 billion annually. Learn how supply chain traceability can protect manufacturers, brand owners and consumers using unique digital identities that trace the product from raw materials to end users, protecting reputations and lives.

Monica Co ano Development Mgr

Antares Vision Group - Cosmetics


2:00-2:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Squeezing more capacity out of your existing plant can be a real challenge. From crowded spaces to awkward rooms, it can take real gymnastics to move product from receiving to nal packaging. is session explores ve creative solutions to help ip, twist and spin your goods from point A to point B.

Jim Stahlman Sr Packaging Mgr

POWER Engineer


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Streamline artwork and labeling content processes with digital tools that enable collation, reuse and quality in packaging.

Jackie Leslie Category Specialist - Life Sciences Esko Brand Solutions


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

e pandemic has greatly a ected consumers’ eating habits. As day-to-day life continues to be increasingl ly fast-paced, consumers seek to prepare food quicker and eat on-the-go, without sacri cing quality and freshness. As a result, global demand is increasing for ready-to-eat and shelf-stable food items. For safety, convenience, freshness and a long shelf life, many of these products rely on retort packaging. Retort pouches owe their growing popularity to excellent thermal processing during the sterilization process, room temperature storage conditions and no need for refrigeration unless opened. Flextra™ SBA5250/XA2250 solvent-based exible packaging adhesive cures at room temperature in seven days or less. It is PAA-, cyclic ester-, epoxy silane- and organotin-free.

Chip Reisman

Sr Scientist

H.B. Fuller


3:00-3:30 PM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

is overview of best practices for determining when to use deep learning vision systems describes practical applications. It covers rules-based and deep learning vision tools integration, considerations for regulated vertical markets and validation, con guration options, stakeholder roles and impact of engineering biases.

Chris Gilmet Equipment Engineering Mgr Verista


3:00-3:30 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

MVR concentration and ohmic heating technologies are revolutionizing food processing by signi cantly reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions with remarkable advantages on product quality too.

Mario Gozzi

Regional Sales Mgr

CFT Group


4:15-5:00 PM

Processing Innovation Stage|LU-7130

Speakers from Sugarlands Distilling and United Airlines Catering Kitchen Operations present technology innovations from their recent green eld facility projects and discuss how increased automation improves product quality and yield.



10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Explore what software as a service means for manufacturing or machine-building businesses of any size. Sesssion addresses the “IT won’t let us” challenge and breaks down six real-world ways to incorporate the Cloud for productivity improvement, cost containment and workforce support.

Jim Taylor

CPG Industry Consultant Rockwell Automation


10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Being and staying cyber secure in an increasingly digital, connected industrial world requires an aggressive, proactive approach. e risks to your operations and brand reputation are palpable. is session provides best practices to establish a strong cybersecurity foundation and address your organization’s most burning questions: What should you do to proactively defend your operation and ensure ongoing vigilance? What standards and best practices apply to your business? Who is responsible for ensuring cybersecurity at your organization?

Cybersecurity Business Consultant Schneider Electric


10:00-10:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

Fungus feeders are extremely common pests in warehouses and can become problematic when moisture levels rise, allowing molds and fungus to grow. ese conditions o er pests such as psocids and a few types of beetles the food they need to survive in storage environments. Managing moisture, humidity and air movement is critical to keeping these pests out.

Fungus feeders can be found in pallets, on and inside packaging, in supplies and many other places. Learn what fungus feeders are, the risks they pose, proactive measures you can take to avoid them and how an Integrated Pest Management plan can help proactively manage them in your facility.

Ph.D., B.C.E, Mgr, Technical Services Orkin

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11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

Innovative sensor technologies facilitate non-destructive container-closure integrity and package leak tests to below the scale that allows microbial ingress to your packages. In this workshop, learn how helium leak testing aids in simple, fast, repeatable, quantitative and non-destructive leak test cycles, providing potential escape from the archaic dye-penetration tests.

Bill Burnard

General Industrial & Package Integrity Sales & Business Development Mgr - NA INFICON


11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

A void exists in the dairy alternatives, nutritional drinks and ready-to-drink co ee markets for packaging made from recycled material and recyclable in most markets. ClearCor technology o ers signi cant sustainability bene ts compared to aseptic carton packaging, which experiences high damage

rates and poses a challenge for convenience stores, where traditional refrigerated shelf space is designed for round, rigid, plastic bottles. e ClearCor bottle contains post-consumer recycled resin and provides a recyclable packaging solution, as well as easy access to eCommerce and convenience store distribution channels. It also delivers a positive drinking experience. A recyclable PET bottle, utilizing the ClearCor technology, o ers the same taste and feel as other packaging, delivers a positive drinking experience and extends shelf life.

Terry Patcheak

VP, R&D, Sustainability & PM Excellence Amcor Rigid Packaging OXYSTAR—THE FIRST RECYCLABLE BARRIER MATERIAL

11:00-11:30 AM

Innovation Stage 3|N-4585

is session explores more sustainable alternatives to barrier materials that achieve the same barrier protection. In an economy with limited resources, longer shelf life is a desirable objective for food processors. How do we further promote a Circular Economy where reusing materials reduces reliance on new materials?

Ron Haub VP, Sales Placon

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From foil sealed cups to glass beverage bottles and gallon chemical jugs, TapTone has inspection and rejection systems to handle your inspection challenges.

• Glass, plastic, metal

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Innovations in Container Inspection


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 1|N-4560

is session, including a short case study, takes attendees through existing fresh food to-go packaging in the market, including how exible packaging and material changes can better support sustainability goals and the Circular Economy.

Nathan Klettinger Dir, Global Marketing ProAmpac


12:00-12:30 PM

Innovation Stage 2|N-4580

Discuss Industry 4.0 as it relates to smart sensing technology. Modern manufacturing is saturated with data, even from the most basic sensors. Learn how this data “overload” can be leveraged to make manufacturing smarter and can continue driving the current digital transformation. Learn about trends in using this data and clear, actionable steps to join this new industrial revolution.

Divya Prakash Dir, Business Consulting SICK SD

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tna turns 40

Celebrates four decades of processing, packaging innovations.

Global food processing and packaging specialist, Australia-based tna solutions, parent company of tna North America (Booth N-5312), celebrates 40 years of innovations by reaffirming its commitment to people, the planet and the prosperity of the local communities and regions in which it operates.

As the company enters a new era, its global team of experts is looking ahead to build a fresh, innovative and digitally forward future.


Established in 1982 by two ambitious entrepreneurs, Nadia and Alf Taylor, tna—with 500+ em-

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ployees—has installed more than 14,000 advanced processing and packaging systems worldwide. The company changed the face of food packaging in 1985 with the launch of its flagship solution—the tna robag® vertical form/fill/seal (V/F/F/S) packaging system.

Alf Taylor, CEO & managing director at tna solutions comments, “A lot has changed over the last four decades. We’ve expanded our family of brands with the acquisition of leading processing names like FOODesign, Florigo and NID and added a fully integrated snack and confectionery processing line to our list of industry firsts. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is our positive outlook and dedication to serving the needs of our customers.”

The organization’s latest innovation—the tna robag FX 3e high-performance V/F/V/S machine— was launched in late 2021, and more exciting developments in food processing, conveying and packaging systems are planned for the anniversary year.


As part of its commitment to customer-focused progress, tna has launched “tna rethinks,” a new series of blogs and web articles giving tna’s experts a platform to share their unique perspective on today’s top industry trends and help food brands navigate the shifting food-processing and packaging landscape. “With the wealth of 40 years’ industry-leading experience behind us, we’re forging ahead into a new chapter,” adds Alf Taylor. “We will continue to embrace a digitally forward future, while breaking down the complexities of smart systems, consumer trends and regulatory changes with straightforward, tailored advice. It’s this approach that has made tna the number one choice for thousands of operators and engineers worldwide.”


In parallel to its technical breakthroughs, tna’s sustained success can be attributed to a people-first approach. “Giving back to the larger international community has always been non-negotiable for us,” comments Nadia Taylor, co-founder and director at tna solutions. “This dedication ultimately led to the creation of our humanitarian organization, the Nadia and Alf Taylor Foundation. Over the last 20 years,

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Nadia and Alf Taylor, co-founders of tna solutions.

the Foundation has helped transform the lives of more than 20,000 people across 39 countries through 150+ grassroots organizations. We actively work toward bettering the lives of the most vulnerable population in society, supporting children through initiatives around education, social enterprise, healthcare, human rights and social welfare.”

In its 40th year, tna is celebrating its own achievements and showcasing the philanthropic achievements of the Foundation through a series of events across the globe. “ ese are events with a purpose,” continues Nadia. “ e core aim here aligns with our three main motivations as a business—People, Planet and Prosperity. By encouraging the development of healthy, ful lling and sustainable livelihoods across di erent regions, we’re ensuring that our largest industry events bene t more than just those who attend them. We invite our valued customers and partners to join us in putting people rst this trade show season!”

For more info, visit www.tnasolutions.com. SD

a two-year period. From customers who need routine maintenance to service wear components to those who need more complex training services, each plan is crafted with the customer in mind and o ers discounts on the service rate since the visits are planned.

Maintaining uptime is key. Wilson says Morrison’s plans allow customers to invest in this without having to perform the maintenance themselves.

“Our service team has been discussing the importance of stocking wear components and performing preventative maintenance before a machine goes

down with our customers for years, and these plans are just a better way for us to be a partner in that efciency with our customers,” says Seth Licke, aftermarket customer service manager at Morrison CHS. “Support Built In® lives and breathes in our service department and now we are excited to provide this product extension to our customers.”

For more info, visit www.morrison-chs.com. SD

Editor’s Note: e original version of this article was published in April 2022 in Packaging World

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Maintenance prevents downtime

Preventative agreements ll gaps in service e orts.


maintenance tends to fall through the cracks on many packaging and processing lines. Only 23.5% of manufacturers have implemented preventative maintenance methods at their plants. is means more than 75% are not protecting their capital investments from downtime, according to a report from PMMI Business Intelligence, a division of PMMI, e Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550)

“Understanding the numbers of who is and who is not implementing preventative maintenance on their equipment is startling,” says Chris Wilson, vice president of Operations at Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Morrison CHS) (Booth EB55, N-4906). It’s “likely many of our customers are in that 75%, and with workforce shortages increasing every day, they likely do not have the people needed to prevent downtime by routinely servicing our equipment. With this, we challenged our aftermarket services team to come up with a solution to better serve our customers through this unique time.”

Out of this data, the team put together a new product line for Preventative Maintenance Agreements, launching three plans to meet the needs of different customers. Each plan brings a Morrison container-handling expert onsite multiple times during

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Turnkey line handles ampules, vials

Flexible system runs 17 formats, changes over in 30 min.

To modernize the packaging of its medications for neurological diseases, Lundbeck sought a new packaging system for ampules and vials. The Danish pharmaceutical company specializes in diseases of the brain and has been active in neuroscientific research for more than 70 years.

The manufacturer markets products worldwide and requires high-performance and high-quality production. A new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical packaging machine that packs ampules and vials into cartons was needed to replace an existing system.

As these medications were already established on the market, there was no need to develop machine-compatible packaging with all the partitions and compartments from scratch. This accelerated the tendering process to just four months before the contract was awarded to Schubert-Pharma, the pharmaceutical division of Schubert Packaging Systems, parent company of Schubert North America (Booth LU-8730, W-19008)

Lundbeck emphasized its need to be able to work without large accumulation in front of the packaging area. To achieve this, only a few products were permitted to be in transit between the upstream processes and the actual packaging process. Therefore, conventional feeding technology was not suitable.

system, the pillars at the installation no longer posed an obstacle. Schubert also developed a universal forming process for the various inner frames, which is format-independent and therefore takes no additional time during format changeovers.

with the process-safe feed. Thirty so-called “movers,” small independent transport modules, move on the rail-based system. They are equipped with corresponding format parts for transporting the ampules and pipettes.

Following automatic separation, five products each are loaded into a mover. Then eight movers are grouped together at the Schubert cartoner’s loading robot. The robot’s tool can pick up 40 ampules or pipettes at once and pre-group them into units of 10. From these pre-groupings, another robot takes the required number for the cartons waiting in parallel on the Transmodul.


To set up the packaging process as efficiently, reliably and securely as possible, Schubert-Pharma developed and delivered a fully integrated, turnkey line with all system components procured by Schubert. The line consists of a Schubert cartoner, a B+S labeler, a bundler from Pester (Booth S-2989, W-18013), case packer and palletizer. Schubert-Pharma solved the special, piece-precise feeding of ampules and pipettes through to cartoning by means of a small accumulation and the XTS transport system from Beckhoff Automation (Booth S-3882).

To implement the entire process—labeling the product, packing into cartons, bundling the cartons, case packing and palletizing in the production hall—a U-shape was chosen for the packaging machine. Thanks to the flexible design of the transport


The packaging machine is designed to pack two sizes of ampules into one-, two-, five- or 10-count cartons. Furthermore, vials, some with pipettes, are packed individually into four different carton sizes. Partitions are used with all formats to protect the glass containers from damage. Each carton also is supplied with a patient insert or booklet and is then labeled. The entire line process, from carton and partition forming, to loading the pharmaceutical products and package inserts, to closing and labeling, is handled with the aid of the Transmodul transport robot. This creates a safe, secure and closed packaging process. Schubert’s experience in the pharmaceutical sector and advanced robot technology ensures that all specified product and packaging tolerances are met.


A special feature of the packaging machine is feeding the ampules from the labeler and the pipettes from the sorter. Beckhoff’s XTS feed system delivers the products quickly and accurately to the cartoner’s loading area. Short buffering is possible

The vials, already labeled, are then placed individually into the cartons. Once the package inserts have been added, the cartons are closed and labeled and move on to the bundling machine, the case packer and finally to the palletizer.

In total, the flexible pharmaceutical packaging line processes 17 formats and delivers an output of up to 420 products/min. Thanks to the line’s modular design and optimized carton-forming process, a format changeover takes only 30 minutes. “Thanks to the extremely high flexibility of the packaging line, the pharmaceutical manufacturer can now benefit from a significant competitive advantage in the market,” concludes Karin Kleinbach, sales director at Schubert-Pharma.

For more info, visit www.schubertgroup.com; www.beckhoff.com. SD

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Five pipettes are loaded onto one of the Beckhoff transport system’s movers. A robot picks up one pipette for each carton of vials. Schubert developed a format-part-independent forming process for the partitions. Labeled vials are loaded into cartons.
Turnkey system from Schubert-Pharma 17 formats with ampules and vials Format changeover in 30 min. Output of up to 420 products/min. Transmodul in use FACTS & FIGURES


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Lenze welcomes two executives

Mathias, Harper join specialist in motion-centric automation.

Lenze Americas (Booth N-5239) welcomes Tom Mathias as president and CEO and Michael Harper as vice president, Sales and Marketing.

“We are delighted to have Tom join our North American team,” says Christian Wendler, chairman of the Lenze executive board. “With his addition, we have gained an executive manager with in-depth industry knowledge and many years of relevant expe-

rience. Tom was very successful in his management positions at various industrial companies. We look forward to having him lead our Lenze Americas team into the future and drive our company growth in this very important market. Lenze’s automation expertise can make a real difference for machine builders looking for higher productivity, better energy efficiency and lower system cost.”

Mathias has expertise in global general management, sales leadership and merger/integration. His 25 years of experience in the industrial automation industry include roles of increasing responsibility with GE, FANUC America (Booth N-6116), Parker Hannifin and Omron (Booth S-3832) in Europe, Japan and the Americas. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Omron Robotics & Safety Technologies.


“Lenze is a world-class automation company, and I join the team with both a deep respect for the company’s history and genuine appreciation for our future potential in the Americas,” says Mathias. “I’m thrilled to join the Lenze organization and look forward to working together with our customers, partners and employees to continue delivering best-inclass automation solutions.”

Mathias holds a B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Harper is an experienced sales professional, with extensive expertise in strategic growth leadership and sales management. His industry background includes many years in sales leadership positions at Festo (Booth N-6213), Soft Robotics (Booth N-5230) and AutoGuide Mobile Robots.

“We are excited to welcome Mike to the Lenze Americas team and look forward to supporting his plans to strategically develop sales and significantly expand our market share in North America,” says Wendler. “His in-depth knowledge of robotics, motion control and industrial automation will be a real asset to our sales channel and our customers.”

Harper holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from East Carolina University.

He says, “I look forward to contributing to Lenze Americas continuous path of growth in North America and reinforcing its strong reputation as a responsive and technology-forward automation company.”

For more info, visit www.lenze.com. SD

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Tom Mathias, president and CEO of Lenze Americas. Michael Harper vice president, Sales and Marketing, Lenze Americas.

Massman adds NEM

Massman Companies (Booth S-2158) has expanded its capabilities in bottling systems and container/component handling with its March 2022 acquisition of New England Machinery (NEM) (S-2530, W-15001)

NEM remains in its Bradenton, FL, location and retains its current sta . e 48-year-old company builds unscramblers, orienters, cappers, retorquers and lidders. It also o ers specialty equipment includ-

ing pluggers, pump sorters and placers, scoop feeders and spout inserters.

Massman provides a full line of automated packaging equipment, including pouch lling, case packaging, shrink wrapping, palletizing and liquid lling machines. rough its acquisitions of Ideal Pak (Booth S-2158), PASE Group (Booth S-2158), and DTM Packaging (Booth S-2158), Massman provides customized bottling and packaging equipment

from bottle to tote containers across a wide variety of industries and product applications.

With the acquisition of NEM, Massman’s fourth in bottling systems and container/component handling, the company increases its capacity to market, sell, deliver and service packaging equipment and integrated lines.

For more info, visit www.massmanllc.com, www.neminc.com. SD

Placon expands

Placon (Booth W-24033) is celebrating its newly expanded plant in Elkhart, IN. e $15 million addition doubles thermoforming and cleanroom capacity, houses thermoforming, inline exographic lid printing and die-cutting operations and manufactures BargerGard® protective products, lift labels and custom plastic packaging for the medical device and healthcare industries.

e Elkhart facility is ISO 13485 certi ed and contains Class 100,000 clean rooms. e expansion also increased warehousing and o ce space and includes an innovation center to accelerate speed to market and enhance project collaboration.

“We have built the most knowledgeable sales force in North America and have increased sales year after year in this market,” reports Dan Mohs, chairman and CEO at Placon. “We wanted to lean into the growth, and this investment will allow us to provide our customers best-in-class service and quality with twice the capacity,” he explains.

Mike Nielsen, general manager at the Elkhart plant, concludes, “Medical packaging customers demand precise, custom sterile packaging. With the additional manufacturing capacity and our years of medical expertise, we help our customers navigate the complex validation process and get products to market faster.”

For more info, visit www.placon.com. SD

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The Forum program returns Learn best practices for automation, cybersecurity and sustainability.

Another attendee favorite, The Forum at PACK EXPO (Booth N-4543), presents a daily schedule of sessions about the latest industry trends. Each 45-minute session includes small group dicussions and a question-and-answer period.

Topics include cybersecurity, digital transformation, sustainability, deployment of robots/cobots, collaborating with copackers, automation, improving packaging line performance and post-COVID packaging design trends.

Speakers include a range of experts from various organizations, including: PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550); OMAC - The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (Booth N-5100); the World Packaging Organisation (Booth N-4902,



1:30-2:15 PM

Time and time again, companies’ employees prove to be a weak point in cybersecurity prevention plans. Are you prepared? Are your colleagues prepared? Find out as we dive into the keys for success for end-user security awareness.


2:30-3:15 PM

As part of the revision of the OpX Leadership Network’s Journey to Sustainability work product, this session employs the ESG (environmental, social, governance) framework in looking at the most significant roadblocks to sustainability success in each category, along with recommendations for overcoming them.

Forum participants will be asked to share their own roadblocks to help inform the final version of the OpX document.

Stephen M. Perry, Ph.D. Partner + Coach

FSO Institute - The Manufacturing Health People



3:30-4:15 PM

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic created renewed interest in remotely controlling industrial machinery.

In response, the workgroup developed “The Practical Guide for Remote Access to Plan Floor,” with input from 37 industry leaders representing machine builders, system integrators, technology providers and industrial manufacturers across the globe. At present, the group focuses on establishing a framework and guidelines to protect precious proprietary information

W-20052); and the Contract Packaging Association (Booth EB-75, N-4518)

The Forum schedule is listed below. Updates may be found on the PACK EXPO Internationl App or the show website.

Attendees also may participate in several other free educational offerings, including: the Innovation Stage (Booth N-4560, N-4580, N-4585) with the new Processing Innovation Stage (Booth LU-7130) (see schedule, p. 28); the PACK to the Future Stage (Booth W-20025) (see schedule, p. 22); and the new Industry Speaks (Booth N-4565) (see schedule, p. 14). The Reusable Packaging Learning Center (Booth LU-6737) also will present educational sessions.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD

while enabling secure data sharing to allow participants to efficiently solve problems, create insights and capture the highest value from these data sets. In this presentation, we will dive deeper into the topics of Secure Remote Access and Data Governance to help the audience better understand the value of secure connectivity and how to collect and manage data responsibly. In addition, we will share a roadmap for creating a data-driven organization to boost production, improve quality and reduce equipment downtime.

Spencer Cramer

Founder & CEO of ei3, OMAC Board Member




10:30-11:15 AM

Driving environmental sustainability throughout the packaging development and supply chain process can conflict with customer experience, cost to market and established brand standards. In this session, we’ll share our experience in addressing multiple aspects of brand and pack challenges as well as examples of innovation from concept through production that drove sustainability forward while enhancing brand desirability and consumer desirability.

Courtney Lorenz

Sr Dir, Global Environmental Sustainability

Hope Massey Dir, Consulting Americas



11:30-12:15 PM

According to Forbes, overall unplanned downtime costs industrial manufacturers as much as $50 billion a year. Discover an engineering solution that is fully integrated into your EAM platform, which is key to reducing downtime and its costs.

Michael Warren

Founder & COO



1:30-2:15 PM

Review recent claims trends impacting the manufacturing/industrial industry and address ways your business can improve their cyber hygiene. A cyber risk assessment will be generated for a lucky volunteer in the audience to demonstrate the value of this report and resources it can provide for your organization and IT.

Michael Carr

Head of Risk Engineering North America & Canada Coalition

George Forrester Partner


2:30-3:15 PM

The 2022 PMMI report “Robots and Cobots: An Automated Future,” explores the growth in the robotics industry that has occurred since the 2019 robotics report. The report delves into the industries expanding their use of robots, where robot-based solutions are being deployed in operations and how industry trends and advancing technology are shaping the use of robots at manufacturers. Included in the analysis is an examination of the capabilities, features and services that manufacturers expect from robotic solutions. The robot revolution has arrived in manufacturing and PMMI is here to support members navigating the growing market of robot-based solutions.

Donna Ritson President


3:30-4:15 PM

An overview of 2022 WorldStar winners showcases the latest packaging trends, including sustainability and convenience.

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10:30-11:15 AM

Using data from our State of the Industry Report and our RFQ platform, we will look at the changing demands of emerging brands as well as legacy brands seeking to launch new food and CPG retail products. We will explore how CoMan and CoPacks are adding value as consumer and market-driven needs are moving the packaged goods supply chain. Learn how the newest innovative products have become the key opportunites for CoMans. Data presented will identify these new products, explain how are they being packaged and the challenges these fledging brands are facing getting product to market. See how these emerging brands are adapting to meet new challenges with strategic CoMan and CoPack partnerships.


11:30-12:15 PM

The packaging sector is growing at an astonishing rate, making it all the more important that materials used are suitably sustainable. Packaging materials are very visible to the consumer. There are growing pressures from consumers, retailers, packaging suppliers, regulators and environmental groups to develop environmentally friendly packaging. In addition, end-of-life processes need to improve packaging sustainability by reducing its societal and environmental impacts. The hugely significant and growing trend toward sustainability is an important influence on the packaging industry. Consumers are demanding more sustainable systems, which are formalized and publicized in the media. The result is that sustainability has become a necessity for attracting consumers and protecting market share. It is now an expectation, not simply an identifier. Packaging, and more so plastic packaging, is receiving intense focus and scrutiny, resulting in significant advances in sustainability. However, this has been a challenging process. Pierre Pienaar will share his thoughts on what can solve the global packaging issue and make our planet more sustainable.

Prof Pierre Pienaar President World Packaging Organisation


1:30-2:15 PM

Analysts from Interact Analysis present the latest foresight into the future of automation in packaging,

processing and distribution. This recently published insight covers the challenges currently facing CPG companies and the innovative automated solutions being explored by the industry.

Adrian Lloyd Research Dir Jonathan Pipe Sr Consulting Analyst Interact Analysis CYBER ATTACKS: RESPONDING TO A BREACH

2:30-3:15 PM

Do you know what to do once you’ve discovered you’ve been hit by ransomware? What if your industrial control system has been taken over by hackers and your machinery is shut down? In this session, we’ll talk about what happens once a cybersecurity breach has occurred and cover a variety of incident response scenarios to empower you to be prepared.


3:30-4:15 PM

Why do some emergent brands successfully partner with external manufacturing and packaging firms while others struggle or completely fail? Why have some relationships flourished post-COVID, while others have struggled or flopped? We will delve into the six traits of highly successful emergent brand/ contract manufacturing relationships. With a nod to Stephen Covey, we will look at both the specifics and the fundamentals of successful relationships, as well as a few flameouts. While we can’t name names, we will dig deep into the best practices of both these emergent brands and contract manufacturing partners. We’ll look at what both emergent brands and their contract manufacturing partners can do to increase the value of these vital and evolving supply chain relationships.

Carl Melville President

Melville Group on behalf of the Contract Packaging Association



10:30-11:15 AM

Today’s packaging lines are increasingly more complex and expensive, so ensuring performance is more critical than ever. This hands-on session will give participants insight into getting the most out of their existing packaging lines by applying straightforward line-balancing techniques, in combination with the information already available from the machines.

Learn how to keep your bottleneck machine running, recognize starved and blocked conditions and how to manage your machine speeds to ensure optimum performance. Learn how the PackML standard makes this performance information readily available to use.

Ron MacDonald Chairman

OMAC - Organization for Machine Automation and Control & Sr Principal Engineer Nestlé Purina Research


11:30-12:15 PM

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly more important in day-to-day manufacturing. IT and OT have the same end goal—to keep our plants safe. However, their differing priorities sometimes clash. Learn the differences and see how you fit to help make a safer, more secure plant floor.

Daniel Maeyaert

VP, Manufacturing Operations Fallas Automation SD

Celebrating 30 Years in the Packaging Industry!

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Future Innovators

Come see Chicago-area high school students showcase their “bot skills”.

Interact with the bright minds of the future and ask questions about their innovative robot designs. Located in the West Hall in Booth W-21028

Sunday - Tuesday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Conveyor connects rotary tables

Line unscrambles product on one end, accumulates on other.

Multi-Conveyor (Booth S-3401) debuts a line consisting of two rotary tables connected by a 30-ft. basic plastic, straight-running chain conveyor. One table unscrambles, the other accumulates.

In this semiautomated conveyance application, the first mild-steel-constructed rotary accepts bulk, random, hand-loaded glass containers that sweep through two deflector arms. The flexible arms gently singulate the containers onto the mat-top conveyor chain. Unscramble-style rotaries are a simple, cost-effective way to transfer bulk product to single-file conveyance.

As the containers travel along the 30-ft. straight chain, a press-on labeler (not shown) applies labels. At the end of the conveyor, containers discharge onto the accumulation table where an attached staging shelf assists manual case packing.

Stainless-steel, rotary-top discs feed the guided, seamless transfers at both the unscrambler discharge and accumulation table entrance.

Multi-Conveyor is demonstrating rotary accumulation for the first time in Chicago so attendees can see the technology right on the show floor. Rotary accumulation tables are supplied with an enclosed cabinet and, typically, variable speed controls, using either DC or variable frequency drive controllers. Standard rotary table diameters are 36, 48 and 60 in. Custom sizes are reviewed upon request.

A video of the line in action is available at https://youtu.be/CohbYC2SPxU. Please note: Product in the video is for demonstration purposes only. For more info, visit www.multi-conveyor.com. SD

For more information about supporting student programs, visit the PMMI U booth at W-20042.

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Pavilions help narrow the search

Dedicated floor space groups interests.

Dedicating certain areas of the show floor to pavilions devoted to specific technologies, verticals or business concerns helps attendees quickly locate, compare and contrast what their organization needs.

This year’s show features several pavilions. The Processing Zone, joined for the first time at PACK EXPO International by the Processing Innovation Stage (Booth LU-7130) (see schedule, p. 28), returns to present the latest breakthroughs in processing. It’s on the upper level of Lakeside Center.

New this year, The Healthcare Packaging Pavilion in the West Hall is devoted to innovations for pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and medical devices. With 70,000 sq. ft. of exhibits, it’s a life sciences show within the show.

Another newcomer is The Logistics Pavilion in the North Building. With the boom in eCommerce, it is the place to find targeted solutions related to the supply chain, including warehousing, fulfillment, distribution logistics services and transportation providers.

Returning favorites include the Containers and Materials Pavilion, a prime destination for attendees looking for innovative containers and materials to meet sustainability goals, refresh a brand or launch new products. This pavilion in the West Building also houses award-nominated packaging solutions in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth W-20052), sponsored by WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130)

The Confectionery Pavilion in the South Hall highlights candy trends and technologies. Visit the Candy Bar Lounge (Booth S-2583) for some casual networking and idea sharing. It’s hosted by the National Confectioners Association and sponsored by Syntegon Packaging Technology (Booth EB-15, S-3514)

The PACKage Printing Pavilion features digital printing and converting, labeling, coding and marking technologies. It’s located in the South Building.

The Reusable Packaging Pavilion, sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association (Booth LU-6737), showcases reusable packaging solutions to help reduce waste, cut costs and gain supply chain efficiency. The pavilion houses nearly 50 exhibitors, as well as the Reusable Packaging Learning Center and its roster of educational sessions.

The Education and Workforce Development Pavilion (Booth N-4550) in the North Building is PACK EXPO International’s one-stop-shop for resources to strengthen and grow the workforce.

The nearby Association Partner Pavilion (see story, p. 20) houses leading associations dedicated to advancing packaging and processing and offering significant resources, insights and expertise in a central location.

For more info, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD

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HMI keeps syringe ller sharp

New equipment works with existing infrastructure.

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OEM that builds machines for the healthcare industry needed to create a syringe lling system. e requirements included using no I/O motors and the ability to work with multiple devices including a UR-3 robot from Universal Robots USA (Booth N-4925) with Lexium motors from Schneider Electric (Booth LU-7245), Allen-Bradley Stratix 2000 Ethernet switches from Rockwell Automation (Booth S-1660) and sensors from Pro-face by Schneider Electric (Booth LU-7243).

HMI keeps syringe filling machine sharp


Syringes needed to be filled in a preand consistent manner. The full application also needed to be managed Ethernet in order to compliment the customer’s current process and keep errors to a minimum.

The HMI with software acts as the “brains” of the solution bringing the UR-3 and the filler with Lexium motors together.

already part of the customer’s application, so it was imperative that the solution could communicate with them while providing a reliable assembly application. Syringes needed to be lled precisely and consistently. e full application also needed to be managed through Ethernet to complement the customer’s current process and keep errors to a minimum.

manages the entire filling operation. The finished machine has no I/O motors, and the home sensors go directly to the motor, everything else is done through Ethernet.

Managing robots through an Ethernet switch for real-time control, although not a new concept, is not extremely common in the industrial robotic industry. is method allows for a more secure system of process management, cutting concerns like data collision and out-of-order delivery.

machine has no I/O motors, and the home sensors go directly to the motor. Everything else is done through Ethernet.

An OEM that builds machines for the healthcare industry needed to create a syringe filling system. The requirements included using no I/O motors, and the ability to work with multiple devices including a Universal Robots’ UR-3 with Lexium motors, Stratix 2000 Ethernet Switches, and Schneider Electric sensors.

Working through Airline Hydraulics, an automation product distributor, the OEM was able to mount all the robot motors in place with the Proface GP4000M 22mm modular human/machine interface (HMI) programmed with GP-Pro EX HMI development software. e HMI with software acted as the “brains” of the solution, bringing together the UR-3 robot and the ller with Lexium motors. is modular HMI starts and stops the robot and manages the entire lling operation. e nished

These devices from multiple manufacturers were already part of the customer’s application, so it was imperative

that the solution could communicate with them while providing a reliable assembly application. Syringes needed to be filled in a precise and consistent manner. The full application also needed to be managed through Ethernet to compliment the customer’s current process and keep errors to a minimum.

With the Pro-face HMI’s connectivity options, it was able to communicate with multiple devices from multiple manufacturers. is allowed the robot to consistently execute the program, completing the lling station e ciently and accurately. e entire solution can be managed by Ethernet, allowing the customer to keep the lling station in a controlled LAN environment. GP-Pro EX HMI development software is simple to program and maintain, allowing the lling station process to be consistent and accurate. Meeting these requirements allows the customer to avoid inconsistent product issues. e robot lling application can be used for multiple assembly line solutions, including can, bottle or pill case lling and other intricate operations, resulting in a speci c amount of product being placed in a unique container.

With the Pro-face HMI’s connectivity options, it was able to communicate with multiple devices from multiple manufacturers. This allowed the robot to consistently execute the program, completing the filling station with efficiency and accuracy. The entire solution can be managed by Ethernet,

allowing station GP-Pro is simple allowing consistent requirements avoid used including and in placed Schneider www.schneider-electric.us

For more info, visit www.profaceamerica.com. SD

Managing robots through an Ethernet switch for real-time control, although not a new concept, is not extremely common in the industrial robotic industry. This method allows for a more secure system of process management cutting concerns like data collision and out-of-order delivery.

Editor’s Note: is article is reprinted from the April 2018 issue of Design World


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Line runs COVID-19 vaccine vials

Equipment design, delivery takes just a few months.

With time of the essence, numerous lines for packaging COVID-19 vaccines were installed or recon gured to meet public health needs. A major pharmaceutical contract manufacturing operation (CMO) in the U.S. required one such expedited line for cartoning vaccine vials.

is ideal for high-speed pharmaceutical serialization applications, providing marking speeds of up to 2,000 characters/sec.


ey sought out ESS Technologies (Booth W-16013), an OEM specializing in health sciences, and Videojet Technologies (Booth S-2042) because of their long-standing experience in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. e new line was identical to one the companies had provided approximately one year before in 2020. About the time that rst line was up and running, the CMO approached ESS and asked how soon they could procure a second line.

Having been deemed an essential business at the outset of the pandemic, ESS was “vetted by the Department of Defense, and we were told that this project takes priority over everything else we were doing,” notes Walt Langosch, global business development at ESS. ESS sent its quote in September 2020. “Usually, a line of this size and complexity would probably take around 10 to 11 months, but because it was for COVID-19 and it was a priority, we had it installed and running in February 2021,” he says.

Videojet and ESS worked together to ensure the carton arrives at the coder in the right orientation. An ESS TaskMate® system, using a FANUC LR Mate robot with ESS-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), picks up cartons and shows them to a camera for veri cation. “We manipulate the carton to code the end panel because the carton is traveling narrow-side-leading down the conveyor,” explains Langosch. “When it’s on the end panel, we must pick up the carton, code it, read it with the camera and then set it down in a di erent orientation to facilitate the case packing operation.”

e pharma CMO opted to have the code graded, needing to meet the customer’s regulatory requirements and pass a certain level of accuracy to be considered good. David Wales, Videojet OEM sales engineer, says, “With barcodes, if it’s an internal code that’s not customer-facing, usually it’s read or noread versus ABCD grading. However, if the packaging is customer-facing, the manufacturer abides by a certain regulation—usually pharmaceutical GS1 standards—and needs to be a certain grade to pass. If it doesn’t meet speci cations, it is rejected.” Native software and laser rmware help Videojet lasers like the 3340 CO2 system meet these requirements with precise, vision-ready codes marked on the packaging.

e CMO is aggregating to the case, and the code is graded at the case level, as well. e facility did not have enough room for an automated palletizer, so cases are hand-palletized. Every case is scanned before it goes out to a pallet.


A CEL5 robotic case packer erects the case and places it on a vacuum table as product arrives at the collation station. Cartons then go into the case, and lled cases are labeled with aggregation data by a labeler from Domino Amjet (Booth EB-51, S-3506) with a print engine from Zebra Technologies(Booth S-4241, S-4342). An overhead camera inspects the case to verify that the rst layer is in, then the second, and so forth. Everything is fail-safe and must be proven to be “good.” e system visually inspects to ensure there are 10 vials, a lea et and a coded carton.

Notably, the FANUC systems are the only robots that the CMO has at its facility, and ESS uses FANUC robots exclusively in their applications.

As has been reported widely, manufacturers took a number of steps to repurpose packaging lines or increase production for testing and vaccines. In general, Langosch says the biggest issue—which is often a challenge in pharmaceuticals outside of COVID-19 needs—was timing: “As the approval for the vaccine was expedited, so were the lines associated with them. In this case, I think the biggest challenge was getting the design done, getting the lines on order, getting them to the manufacturer and installed, and, most importantly for the customer, getting them validated.”


Coming o of a VR-72 labeler from WLS, a ProMach product brand (Booth N-5650, W-17002) at 150 vials/min, capped 5mL vials arrive at the VC 30 cartoner from ESS where they are placed in a twoby- ve pattern into a 10-count carton.

An SR-6iA SCARA four-axis robot from FANUC America (Booth N-6116) erects the carton. At the next station, a partition is inserted. Cartons and vials are conveyed to a FANUC LR200iD robotic loader, which places the vials in the carton, followed by an SR-3iA robot that inserts a pre-folded lea et on top of the vials.

e system closes the carton’s top aps, and cartons are laser marked with the lot, expiration date and a 2D barcode on a Videojet 3340 carbon-dioxide (CO2) laser marking machine. e laser system

ESS Technologies has been an exclusive Authorized System Integrator for FANUC America since 2000. ESS reports that, with the highest meantime between failure of any commercially available robot, FANUC robots o er years of reliable performance in addition to their exibility and ease of programming. “ e wide range of FANUC robots, o ering solutions for both light payloads and heavy ones, allows ESS to integrate them for machine loading and unloading, pick-and-place, case packing, palletizing and material handling,” says Langosch. “ESS designs the custom end-of-arm tooling using vacuum and/or gripper technologies to create an end e ector that will handle almost any product shape. AllenBradley controls and color touchscreen HMIs from Rockwell Automation (Booth S-1660) make the robotic systems easy to operate.”

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Cartons are marked with lot number, expiration date and 2D barcode on a Videojet 3 340 CO₂ laser marking machine.

On the supply side, Wales notes, “Not so much in executing equipment hardware, but the electronics supply chain procurement has posed challenges. I think the biggest obstacle for us is not only our customers’ urgent need to get product, but with COVID-19 being an interruption, customers are asking for shorter lead times as we are receiving longer lead times from our suppliers. Even while we face challenges in obtaining chips, PLCs and other electronics, we are expediting electronics where possible to support our customers’ needs and prioritizing key projects serving healthcare industries.”

Langosch says procuring raw materials was an issue at times. “It was very difficult to get things like Lexan for guarding, raw materials like steel and copper wire, and certainly electronic components as David mentioned.”

Pricing throughout the process was changing frequently, with some suppliers offering a given price for only 24 hours. “We ran into that on occasion, but all we had to do is pull out our letter from the White House that stated, ‘Give these people priority,’” Langosch adds.


Once the customer had the system in place, an ESS technician visited the site to check all the connections and test the system. Then there were weeks of testing and validation before the final PQ (performance qualification) run.

The line needed quite a bit of flexibility to produce other formats and products. “Though the line that we built was dedicated to COVID-19 at the time, they also wanted this line to be able to run the other nine or 10 products that they were running on the first line,” explains Langosch. “There were some changes that we made to this second line, because they had been running the first line for six or seven months and they could pinpoint some improvements. Then we went back to line #1 and made the same changes, so they are identical.”

With other product formats in mind, a key feature that the CMO is taking advantage of is ESS’s commitment to 15-min. changeover or less, with no tools. This is important to the customer when they’re changing over from one item to the next, which depends on market demands. “All movements of the robot are pre-programmed by ESS. The operator changes to another format via the HMI and the robot motions are changed automatically,” Langosch says. Unlike many ∆

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traditional pick-and-place systems that may require adjustments to multiple axes, the FANUC multi-axis robot only requires an EOAT changeover, which involves loosening thumbscrews, replacing the EOAT and tightening thumbscrews.

Videojet installation and support teams worked with ESS to take the necessary actions in meeting the accelerated timeline. “Our service team, the largest in the industry, exed our expertise and team to optimize the installation. We have also expanded our service and support reach into customer locations through our VideojetConnect™ Remote Service. It enables remote access capabilities for technicians to troubleshoot issues. It’s been a good bene t to have during COVID—our technicians don’t make changes, but they can view the laser and what the customer is seeing onsite,” says Wales. “ at’s something that we were adding before COVID happened. It just was a huge bene t—a lot of plants weren’t letting our technicians in. So, to be able to view that during the pandemic has been a big feature that’s helped us out. It helps to diagnose and resolve any issues, and if further functionality is impacted, we can have the right repair components de ned and on hand to support a site service call.”

ESS also o ers remote access with their robotic or PLC programs for customers who want the option.

Recycle-ready pouch holds dry mixes

Structure provides barrier without metal layer.

Foil and metallized laminates are the standard solution for packaging dry or powdered products that require a high moisture and oxygen barrier to protect shelf life.

But while multi-material structures e ectively preserve contents, the metal layer renders the packaging di cult to recycle. With growing commitments to meet packaging recyclability goals, brand owners are seeking alternatives for products that require an extended shelf life, including:

• Powdered milk and juices

• Dry mix foods

• Granolas and cereals

• Spice mixes

• Nuts and seeds

• Co ee beans and grounds

Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth S-3705, S-3814) has developed a metal-free lm that combines recyclability and performance with the possibility of a clear window. Based on Amcor’s patented AmSky™ technology, AmPrima™ PE Plus re-

Many in the pharmaceutical industry do not want outside companies going through their rewall, but on occasion, they see the bene t and they can get approval to do so. “If they give us access, we can look at their robotics and PLC and make changes. It gets them running faster, and it’s good training experience for their people because they can watch everything that’s happening and participate,” says Langosch. For other lines, ESS has a preventative maintenance program in which a series of sensors on motors look for vibration, heat transfer and other parameters. “ ey’re in the FANUC robots, as well. We deploy anywhere between 45 and 50 robots a year in similar applications, so their predictive maintenance program and our predictive maintenance program together provide insight for the customer.”

With the success of this line, the CMO is already looking to purchase another similar cartoner, case packer and coding solution from ESS and Videojet for a di erent product’s line.

For more information, visit www.domino-na.com, www.esstechnologies.com, www.fanucamerica.com, www.rockwellautomation.com www.videojet.com, www.weilerls.com, www.zebra.com. SD

Editor’s Note: e original version of this article appeared in March 2022 in Healthcare Packaging

cycle-ready material for dry mix packaging is 100% metal free, eliminates other layers that would preclude recycling and is pre-quali ed by How2Recycle®, a standardized labeling system, which is part of GreenBlue, an environmental nonpro t.

Elevated shelf-life tests show the material achieves water vapor transmission rates of 0.5 g/ sq. m/day. With an outer web with improved heat resistance, the AmPrima lms can match, and, in some cases, exceed current line speeds. Using re-

verse-printing for graphics protection, the lm can be exo-printed with high-quality graphics for enhanced shelf appeal.

Pouches can be nished gloss or matte and can mimic paper in both appearance and touch. A high-opacity sealant can provide light or ultraviolet barrier. Sti ness is comparable to incumbent paper structures, providing an easy-to-open experience for consumers.


An ASSET™ assessment shows when compared to the typical multi-material, metallized structure, the production and manufacture of AmPrima PE Plus lm vs. the AmPrima lm delivers numerous bene ts when recycled, including:

• 48% reduction in non-renewable energy use

• 34% reduction in carbon footprint

• 77% reduction in water consumption

AmPrima lms may be recycled, if clean and dry, through existing store drop-o s or curbside, where available. e portfolio is designed to meet performance requirements such as sti ness and strength, clarity, line speeds, tment requirements, graphics and print nishes.

For more info, visit www.amcor.com/afna. SD

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Videojet and ESS worked together to ensure the carton arrived at the coder in the right orientation. Source: ESS Technologies AmPrima™ PE Plus recycle-ready material for dry mix packaging is 100% metal free and eliminates other layers that would preclude recycling.

Apprentice learns about packaging

Hands-on learning points him toward career in manufacturing.

Almost everyone is familiar with the proverb, “Give a man a sh and you feed him for a day; teach a man to sh, and you feed him for a lifetime.” It simply means it’s more bene cial in the long run to teach someone how to do something. And learning a skill doesn’t just help in the present, it can shape the future.

Sam Kurten, a senior at Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, WI, is learning technical skills through a hands-on apprenticeship at Matrix Packaging Machinery, a ProMach product brand (Booth N-5334). It has helped him set goals.

Kurten has been interested in learning how things work since he was young. It started when his dad exposed him to, of all things, sh tank equipment. e aquatic array of components piqued his interest in tinkering, and his passion for hands-on skills was born.

As he’s grown, his interests have become more sophisticated. Today, he is drawn to machining and engineering and has built a small home workshop with welders, a plasma cutter, a drill press and grinders.

When Kurten heard that Matrix was participating in the Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship Program, he knew it would be the perfect match. Kurten has been a Matrix apprentice for about a year and has learned machining skills through hands-on activities and projects. He is using critical thinking to solve problems and has a helpful team to mentor him throughout the educational process.

He says, “We have some really great machinists at Matrix who are absolutely at the top of their profession. Whenever I have questions, they always know what I’m trying to gure out and are there to help me.”

Giving high school students an experiential education is something Matrix believes positively impacts lives, as well as the future of manufacturing.

Eric Walker, mechanical engineering manager at Matrix, has seen how Kurten’s exposure to di erent aspects of the business has shown him how departments work together and interact.

“Without a program like this, Sam wouldn’t truly understand what goes on in machining and engineering,” he explains. “ at’s why this is so valuable. Sam sees machining and engineering working together.”

Kurten, whose apprenticeship lasts through 2022, has proven that he’s right for the job, too.

“Sam is doing fantastic,” says Walker. “He is a very bright young man—that was evident even during his interview. It was obvious to me that he was going to be a very strong candidate. And . . . he’s been just that. He has been ideal for this apprenticeship program.”

Walker is proud of Matrix’s commitment, noting, “Matrix has a vested interest in serving the community.” rough the program, students bene t from interactive learning and on-the-job training. at exposure helps create future industrial workers and leaders, something that is important as the workforce ages. It also gives Matrix a chance to engage with and guide younger individuals into the world of manufacturing.

For Kurten, the hands-on work environment and guidance provided by his apprenticeship allow him to work in an area he sees in his future—which is leaning toward engineering. e knowledge and skills he is gaining will give him an advantage because he knows how speci c tools can be used to create packaging machine parts and how engineering can utilize those components for better system performance.

Kurten concludes, “My apprenticeship with Matrix has really opened my eyes to all the possibilities within packaging and manufacturing. . . . it’s . . . something that’s going to help me long-term.”

For more info, visit www.matrixpm.com. SD


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Vote now to pick best TEA nalists

Winners in each category will be announced on Tuesday.

Exhibitors nominated many candidates for the 2022 Technology Excellence Awards (TEAs). is group was narrowed down to three nalists in each category, and attendees at PACK EXPO International will select the winners.

Voting continues through noon on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Winners will be announced after noon on Tuesday. ere are three ways to vote: onsite at the Attendee Solutions Center in the North Hall Concourse and Lakeside Upper Hall Lobby; on the PACK EXPO International mobile App, sponsored by ProMach (Booth N-5534, N-5540); and online.

Finalists, described below, were chosen by the TEA Panel:

• Aaron Hand, editor-in-chief, ProFood World (Booth N-4550)

• Jane Chase, executive director, Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth N-4523, W-20052)

• Keren Sookne, director of Editorial Content, Healthcare Packaging (Booth N-4550)

• Matt Reynolds, editor, Packaging World (Booth N-4550)

• Ron Puvak, executive director, Contract Packaging Association (Booth EB-75, N-4518)


Maxpack 2023 MFT 7 Ultimate Range vertical form/fill/seal machine from Maxpack Machinery (Booth S-2396)

e Maxpack MFT 7 Ultimate Range machine is both rugged and versatile. Engineered on Maxpack’s signature 360-degree open-frame design and built using a multi-format technology to work in dry, humid and frozen environments, the machine can form rollstock into a wide array of bag formats including pillow, side gusset, at-bottom, INNO-LOCK® and EZ-Stand®.

rience for cold- ll and aseptic beverages, including still water and functional drinks. When opened for drinking or pouring, the closure is placed adjacent to the neck at a wide angle, ensuring consumer convenience and easy reclosing. Because the closure remains with the bottle, caps are less likely to become litter or plastic waste.

Proxima tethered closure from Berry Global (Booth N-4727)

e tethered closure stays attached after the tamper-evident band has been broken. e design enhances the recyclability of the closure while offering a convenient and comfortable drinking expe-

Corona 20-pocket beer crate from Schoeller Allibert (Booth LU-6820)

In 2021, Anheuser-Busch InBev set the goal of developing a highly sustainable beer crate for one brand. Since this brand has a strong focus on protecting the natural world, especially the oceans, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) regrind with recycled plastic from the maritime industry, which includes shing lines, nets and ropes, was recommended. e Corona 20-pocket beer crate consists of at least 91% recycled plastic with a minimum of 20% maritime waste. AB InBev’s most sustainable packaging to date, the beer crate is the rst on the market to use maritime industry waste plastic.

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Forvara® foodservice films from Specialty Polyfilms.
Amcor high-barrier PCR pouchstock. CueSee Mix dual-chamber device. IMA Ilapak Vegatronic 6400 vertical bagging machine. Wave recyclable lock-up atmospheric dispenser from Berry Global. All-polyethylene, recycle-ready medical device pouch from Amcor Healthcare Packaging.


Amcor Clear Anti-Grease Jerky Pouch from Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth S-3705, S-3814)

With clear, anti-grease lm, beef jerky and other meat snacks can power up shelf appeal and gain a competitive advantage. e breakthrough formula prevents grease droplets and smears from appearing on the package surface and eliminates “scratched” windows caused by fatty buildups in the jerky. As a result, brands can signi cantly enlarge clear product windows, unleashing design possibilities. Because the grease is managed, jerky snacks look leaner, healthier and more delicious.

through a specially engineered combination of select food-grade polymers and process innovation, the lm is free from any taste or odor transfer and o ers exceptional strength, tackiness and see-through clarity. e lm reliably overwraps a variety of food containers without any lm entanglement and assures zero spillage.


Forvara® foodservice films from Specialty Polyfilms (India) (Booth W-27008)

A recyclable PE-based foodservice lm provides an alternative to polyvinyl chloride while emulating its characteristics and functionality. Manufactured

IMA Ilapak Vegatronic 6400 vertical bagging machine from IMA (Booth S-2514)

e continuous-motion vertical bagger delivers sanitary design, accessibility, fast changeover and overall equipment e ectiveness with full open-frame design; IP66- through IP69K-rated electrical components; AISI 304 stainless steel lm reel carriage, rollers and bearings; sloped cabinet tops and splicing table; inclined forming tube support; and European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group-compliant electric panel. E ciency has been enhanced via a more user-friendly human/machine interface, vacuum-assisted splicing table, swivel-arm-mounted forming tube and pneumatically activated lm reel shaft.

CueSee Mix dual-chamber device from Eurotrol (Booth W-13027)

e patented unit for storing liquids/powdered/ lyophilized components eliminates the need to manually combine or dilute product components for in vitro diagnostic, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. e dual-chamber device separates fractions, preventing premature reactions between components and enhancing ease of use and safety. A simple twisting motion allows the previously separated components to combine. After mixing via a “static stirrer,” the product is ready to use via the integrated dropper bottle or aspiration into a syringe.

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Maxpack 2023 MFT 7 Ultimate Range vertical form/fill/seal machine. Amcor clear anti-grease jerky pouch film. Corona 20-pocket beer crate from Schoeller Allibert. Proxima tethered closure from Berry Global. Capsule weight checker from WORK Microwave. ClipCombo multipack options from Graphic Packaging International.

tures include compatibility with high-quality graphics for excellent product recognition. e material also o ers a high degree of exibility, optimum handling and high throughput on packaging equipment.

Amcor High-Barrier PCR Pouchstock from Amcor Healthcare Packaging (Booth W-16031)

Amcor’s High-Barrier PCR Pouchstock contains up to 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, which is restricted to the exterior layer of the laminate. ere is no PCR in the product-contact sealant lm layer, and the material has FDA clearance. Fea-

Compact capsule weight checker from WORK Microwave (Booth W-20038)

A microwave-based approach to capsule checkweighing ensures correct dosing. Typically located after the capsule lling machine and/or before pack-

aging, conventional capsule checkweighers are large, require multiple, parallel mechanical weighing cells to achieve desired throughput, are sensitive to vibrations and require the capsule to be stationary for the measurement. e microwave-based unit overcomes these drawbacks with a high-speed 50,000 capsule/ hr. channel. e vibration-tolerant, compact, stackable form factor can be integrated on lling or packaging machines.

SUSTAINABILITY ClipCombo™ from Graphic Packaging International (Booth S-1730)

e high-speed ClipCombo machine quickly changes over between two paper-based multipack styles. e machine range includes:

• KeelClip™ and EnviroClip™ paper-based clips for can multipacks

• GripClip™ and EnviroClip™ paper-based clips for can multipacks

• Cap-It™ and EnviroClip™ paper-based clips for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle multipacks

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Recycle-Ready Chevron Pouches from Amcor Healthcare Packaging (Booth W-16031)

e recycle-ready medical device pouch consists of a PE-based laminate paired with uncoated Tyvek®. e laminate material combines two proprietary technologies: oriented PE lm and EZ peel® sealant lm. e all-PE structure is recycle-ready in the PE lm stream. e pouch’s physical properties are comparable to the common polyester/PE laminates currently used in healthcare applications.

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e recyclable Wave lock-up atmospheric dispenser represents a more sustainable pump for personal-care products. Made from 100% polyole n, with no metal parts, the RecyClass-A-rated dispenser is recyclable when paired with a PET bottle and where appropriate facilities exist. It will be available with up to 70% PCR content that will be independently evaluated by the FDA. e design consists of only eight components instead of 12 to 14. Robust construction earned it ISTA 6 certi cation. Compatible with highly viscous formulations, it can be adapted to di erent actuator styles and closure sizes.

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Dragos strengthens cybersecurity Partnerships with Emerson and Rockwell bolster protection.

As industrial companies of all sizes get serious about securing their enterprise and control system networks in the wake of increasing cyberattacks, automation technology suppliers are partnering with recognized cybersecurity technology companies to bolster protection of their technologies in the eld.

Recently, Emerson (Booth N-4736) and Rockwell Automation (Booth S-1660) announced partnerships with Dragos, a supplier of cybersecurity technology for industrial controls systems (ICS)/ operational technology (OT) environments. Dragos says its OT Security Platform is designed to “pro-

vide visibility into assets and their vulnerabilities, detect cyber threats to industrial systems, and enable e cient response through forensic investigation and OT-speci c playbooks.”

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An existing agreement between Emerson and Dragos involved integrating Dragos’s threat-detection technology into Emerson’s Ovation automation platform and Power and Water Cybersecurity Suite. e new agreement between the two companies validates use of the Dragos Platform within Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system (DCS).

According to Dragos and Emerson, the extended agreement helps protect industrial control systems and operational technologies for power and water utilities, as well as oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper and metals and mining.

Dragos also is incorporating DeltaV DCS platform-speci c capabilities into the Dragos platform, including protocol dissectors, asset characterizations, threat behavior analytics and investigation playbooks to expand Emerson’s cybersecurity assessment capabilities and enhance threat detection and response for process industries.


Rockwell Automation’s work with Dragos involves use of dedicated ICS incident responders from Dragos as part of Rockwell’s incident response retainer program. According to Rockwell, this program is designed to help industrial companies develop an action plan using proven methods to contain the incident and minimize damage. Rockwell notes that its back-up and recovery services, which are part of this program, keep near real-time records of production and application data, allowing businesses to recover quickly and return to production. “Following system recovery, our industrial security services team also investigates the incident to help identify root causes

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and strengthen your resilience,” Rockwell says. Matt Cowell, vice president of business development at Dragos, says, “By growing our agreement and bringing industrial cybersecurity to an even wider group of industries, we are able to reach and protect a wider array of organizations, many of whom are just embarking on the path of digital transforma-

tion and have immediate needs to reduce risk as they expand connectivity.”

Other Dragos partners in the industrial space include Amazon Web Services, Deloitte, Fortinet, GE, Juniper Networks, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Splunk, IBM Security, ServiceNow, OSISoft (now part of Aveva), ISA Global Securi-

ty Alliance, Waterfall Security Solutions, Owl Data Diode and MxD.

For more info, visit www.emerson.com, www.rockwell.com. SD

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article appeared in September 2022 in Automation World

E-PAK’s Hillman earns certification

AndrewHillman of E-PAK Machinery (Booth S-3914a) has completed the PMMI Certified Trainer Workshop and earned certification. The train-the-trainer program, established by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Booth N-4550), involves two days of in-person, hands-on training, a Safety First e-learning course and completion of four training documents.




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The certification gives Hillman the strategies and tactics to train across all employee skill levels, including service technicians, service and training managers, maintenance technicians, internal trainers and line supervisors. He also can train any employee tasked with training fellow employees or customers.

Certified Trainer Workshops are held periodically, often in conjunction with PACK EXPO shows. This year, in conjunction with PACK EXPO International, two Certified Trainer Workshops are scheduled, one on Oct. 23-24 and one on Oct. 25-26. Preregistration is required. Cost of the Workshop is $1,095 per person from PMMI member organizations and $1,295 for nonmembers. Customized onsite courses also are available.

For more info, visit www.PMMI.org, www.epakmachinery.com. SD

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article appeared in October 2021 in Packaging World

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Transition to CanCollar cuts waste

Technology eliminates plastic rings, conserves paperboard.

Grupo Modelo is investing roughly $4 million in sustainable, fiber-based CanCollar® Eco technology in partnership with WestRock (Booth EB-43, S-2130) and Grupo Gondi. The partners aim to advance the beer company’s sustainability goals by eliminating the use of 12

million plastic rings per year in Mexico.

Unlike a paperboard carton that completely covers the product, the CanCollar® Eco design consists of a recyclable paperboard clip that holds the upper part of the cans and represents a substantial source reduction.

Grupo Modelo ranks as the first company in the Americas to adopt the CanCollar® Eco technology, which will replace hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and is expected to cut plastic waste by more than 100 tons per year.

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“At Grupo Modelo, we are continuing to evaluate various alternatives for plastic rings in the packaging of beer cans,” says Soqui Calderon, regional director of Sustainability for Grupo Modelo. “This is how we discovered CanCollar Eco, a new solution developed by WestRock and produced in Mexico by Grupo Gondi. Made from recyclable paperboard, this innovative packaging uses the least amount of material required to hold and keep our beer cans secure through the supply chain.”

The two-phase transition began with replacing plastic rings on six-packs of Corona Extra, Montejo and Modelo Especial in 355mL cans sold in Quintana Roo, a state on the Yucatan Peninsula. The second phase involved installing the first high-speed CanCollar Fortuna® application machine to eliminate plastic rings across Mexico on 355 million cans of Corona Extra, Montejo, Modelo Especial, Barrilito, Negra Modelo and Victoria beer in six-packs, as well as four-packs of 473mL cans of Victoria, Modelo Especial and Corona beer.

“At WestRock, we are driving greater sustainability by working with our customers to develop and implement new, eco-friendly packaging solutions,” says Patrick Kivits, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock. “The introduction of CanCollar Eco to the Mexican market, in partnership with Grupo Gondi, is an exciting example of this work. We look forward to helping Grupo Modelo meet its sustainability goals through the implementation of this innovative, fiber-based packaging.”

For more info, visit www.westrock.com. SD

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Dow works to close the loop

Partners aim to divert plastics from land lls, incineration.

To close the loop on plastics recycling, Dow (Booth W-20052, W-22017) has established partnerships with two recycling specialists, Mura Techonology and Valoregen.

Dow and Mura Technology intend to build facilities in the U.S. and Europe to add up to 600 kilotons

of aggregate advanced recycling capacity by 2030.

Dow will serve as a key o -taker of the circular feed that Mura produces. is circular feed, derived from plastic waste currently destined for land ll or incineration, reduces reliance on fossil-based feedstocks and will enable Dow to produce a recycled plastic feed-

stock for developing new, virgin-grade plastics, which are in high demand from global brands. By working together, Dow and Mura will ensure plastic has a viable way to be recirculated into global supply chains, helping to advance a Circular Economy for plastics and increase the value of plastic waste.

ese planned capital investments by Mura, as well as Dow’s o -take agreements, represent both companies’ largest commitment to date to advance and scale global advanced recycling capabilities.

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“ e strengthening of Dow and Mura’s partnership is another example of how Dow is working to build momentum around breakthrough advanced recycling technologies,” says Marc van den Biggelaar, advanced recycling director for Dow. “By investing in new applications, Dow is working to meet the increased demand for recycled material from its customers and make a meaningful impact on the supply chain, helping to close the loop on plastic waste. Dow is committed to accelerating a Circular Economy for plastics and our expanded partnership with Mura marks a signi cant step on this journey. As a long-term partner, we are excited about the potential of this process to recycle plastics and help solve the plastic waste challenge.”

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“ is partnership continues to create momentum for Dow as we move toward feedstock exibility and diversi cation, which is essential if we wish to advance a Circular Economy for plastics,” says Diego Donoso, president of Packaging & Specialty Plastics for Dow. “And a fully circular business model for plastics will also enable decarbonization and support us on the road to net zero.”


In the partnership with Valoregen, a French recycling company, Dow will help build the largest single hybrid recycling site in France, to be owned and operated by Valoregen.

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Recycling plants in the U.S. and Europe, to be built by Mura Technology, will divert up to 600 kilotons of plastic waste from landfills and incinerators.
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e collaboration is a further example of how Dow is working with companies across Europe and around the world to invest in innovative new recycling solutions, accelerate circularity and tackle the issue of plastics waste.

Fabrice Digonnet, mechanical recycling strategy leader for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics, explains: “We are delighted to work with Valoregen on this innovative . . . project that can help give recycling in Europe a real boost. Recycling rates for plastics are still far too low and we need to help scale the technology and ensure a viable market for plastics waste. Our investment will help increase mechanical recycling rates and in doing so, help accelerate a Circular Economy for plastics and reduce carbon emissions. We are excited to o er our investment and expertise on this ground-breaking initiative, while continuing to scale up circularity solutions for our customers.”

e project, expected to be operational and delivering recycled materials at the end of Q1 2023, will mark an important step in bringing together mechanical recycling (which processes certain plastic waste into secondary products) and newer, advanced recycling processes (which break down mixed, hard-to-recycle plastics into their original naphtha-like liquid form to manufacture new, virgin-like polymers).

Valoregen’s ultimate aim is to create a unique ecosystem capable of recycling all forms of plastic waste in one place. Both mechanical and advanced recycling technologies are complementary and essential to achieving Dow’s commitment to incorporate at least 100,000 MT of recycled plastics in its product o erings sold in the European Union by 2025.

By bringing these technologies under one roof, the plant will increase energy e ciency by enabling a yield greater than 80%, well above the average conventional mechanical recycling e ciency of around 60%–70%—minimizing waste—thanks to a smart energy management system. Valoregen also will re-

duce the overall carbon emissions produced from these processes as it strives to limit transporting waste products to di erent sites.

Dow will be the main recipient of post-consumer resins, which it will use to develop new plastic products marketed under Dow’s REVOLOOP™ product range. It


also will provide signi cant expertise in recycling technology to Valoregen to support developing its capabilities.

For more info, visit www.dow.com. SD

Editor’s Note: e original version of this article appeared in July 2022 in Packaging World

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Grippers gently move food products

Soft Robotics partners with Quest and Ossid.

Soft Robotics (Booth N-5230), and two ProMach product brands—Quest Industrial (Booth N-5440) and Ossid (Booth N-5330)—join forces to offer robotic handling and packaging technology to the food industry.

Targeting perishable products and powered by Soft Robotics’ mGripAI™ technology, the robotic systems feature Quest’s primary product-handling system and Ossid’s flexible and tray packaging equipment.

The Soft Robotics’ mGripAI platform uses ultra-fast 3D vision, artificial intelligence and soft robotic grasping to pick irregular and delicate food items directly from bulk. It works in conjunction with the Quest handling system. An integrated robot from FANUC America (Booth N-6116) can load, orient, stack and group products into a wide variety of primary packaging machines.

The integrated packaging system:

• Combats workforce shortages by reducing dependency on labor

• Increases available floor space by eliminating the need for upstream singulation and sortation equipment

• Improves food safety with a complete sanitary and IP69K washdown-ready design

• Increases throughput by reducing product damage

“This new partnership with ProMach aligns well with our mission to enable automation system manufacturers to tackle some of the most difficult food processing challenges with robotic solutions,” says Mark Chiappetta, COO at Soft Robotics. “Our easy-to-integrate mGripAI platform makes possible high-speed, sanitary packaging of proteins, produce, baked goods and prepared foods, directly from bulk, without requiring upstream singulation.”

“The shared focus in high-demand sanitary protein and produce applications makes the partnership between Quest, Ossid and Soft Robotics a great fit,” notes Tucker Behrns, vice president and GM at Quest. “We have an excellent opportunity to solve some of the industry’s largest challenges through a complete, integrated offering capable of random incoming product handling with Ossid’s full range of product packaging equipment.”

“As a leading provider of packaging and labeling equipment in the food sector, we understand the daily challenges of our customers to provide the global food chain with consumer products as quickly and safely as possible,” adds Jason Angel, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Ossid. “Teaming with Quest and Soft Robotics to maximize productivity at a time when labor shortages are so impactful is one of the most important initiatives for our company.”

For more info, visit www.softroboticsinc.com, www.fanucamerica.com, www.ossid.com, www.questindustrial.com. SD

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Feeders move nuts in all sizes, shapes

Gentle handling leaves no marks on skins.

Vibratory feeders are commonly used to meter nuts into downstream processing equipment, acting as bulk metering devices to provide the nuts at a controllable, easily adjusted rate. e feeders also are used to sprinkle salt, sugar or other seasonings during nut processing.

Eriez HD (high-de ection) vibratory feeders from Eriez (Booth N-5214) combine the higher tray de ection and lower frequency advantages of mechanical feeders with the trouble-free service and adjustability of electromagnetic feeders. When screening is required to remove undersize or oversize material, the higher tray de ection of HD models is ideal. HD feeders are commonly used in nut processing applications when gentle feeding is critical.

“Softer nuts, such as walnuts, can be handled by this model with very little to no marking to the skins,” reports Rob Yandrick, vibratory/screening product manager at Eriez. Yandrick also notes that Eriez’ team of experts works closely with nut processors to ensure the ideal feeders are incorporated throughout their facilities to maximize e ciency and meet any unique application challenges.

Eriez HS (high-speed) vibratory feeders are speci cally designed for fast feed rates and o er extremely fast startup and shutdown, making these models excellent for nut packaging applications. ey provide greater economy and efciency in feeding and lling and are ideal for use in conjunction with weigh scale and packaging machines. ese compact, functional units can be installed easily in small spaces.

Eriez Model C feeders accurately feed and control material ows ranging

Designed to palletize with consistent quality and precision

The RI20 palletizing cell with an industrial robot arm simplifies all the complex processes of a traditional palletizer.

The palletizer is compact, mobile and adapts easily to production changes, whether for a new recipe or a different line location. The unit is suitable for palletizing closed boxes up to 15 kg and 12 cycles/min.

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Yandrick, “For nuts that tend to deposit residue on equipment, feeder trays can be provided with polished material contact surface to minimize any buildup. As compared to belts or screws, feeders o er a more sanitary approach.” For more info, visit www.eriez.com. SD



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packaging material delays. 53% raw material sourcing challenges. 40% equipment backlog. 20% product development delays. 13% delayed parts.

e white paper and infographic also note manufacturers must adjust to steady growth in direct-to-consumer eCommerce channels and consumer preferences for sustainable practices. To meet sustainability objectives, 67% of pharmaceutical manufacturers are lightweighting packaging, 53% are increasing post-consumer recycled content, 47% are seeking more energy-e cient equipment, and 40% are changing packaging formats.

Supply chain challenges have created shortages and delivery delays in packaging materials, raw materials, equipment and parts. ese delays and short-



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ages have postponed both product launches and operational improvements. As a result, pharmaceutical manufacturers are seeking closer collaboration and cooperation with OEMs and suppliers of packaging and raw materials. To achieve this goal, pharmaceutical manufacturers want OEMs and suppliers to o er aftermarket service/support, integrate new machines, enhance equipment accuracy and reliability, simplify changeover, maximize machine exibility, deliver parts quickly and provide support for concept models to visualize equipment, as well as for installation quali cation and operational quali cation.

PACK EXPO International provides many opportunities to see packaging and processing innovations for pharmaceuticals, biologics, nutraceuticals and medical devices, particularly in the targeted Healthcare Packaging Pavilion in the West Building. With more than 160 exhibitors, the 90,000-sq.-ft. Healthcare Packaging Pavilion provides a life sciences packaging show within the show with demos of blister packaging, powder lling, cameras/sensors, form/ ll/seal and preformed pouching, parenteral ll/ nish and robotics. In addition, cross-over solutions abound elsewhere on the show oor.

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Brewer boosts throughput, quality

Cartoner, tray packer boost speed, deliver exibility.

Mother Earth Brewing is increasing throughput and improving quality amid labor shortages with an automated cartoner and tray packer.

e company started as a hobby for Daniel and Jon Love and Kamron Khannakhjavani in 2010 in San Diego. e company operated out of a 2,200-sq.-ft.-industrial space, which allowed the business to grow quickly and begin self-distribution of 22-oz. bottles and kegs to stores, bars and restaurants. A large Tap House in Vista, CA, followed and gave the company more opportunities to expand its production spaces, adding nearly 28,000 sq. ft. e brewer entered major distribution in late 2013. After double-digit growth in 2014, Daniel Love wanted to expand operations but had a hard time doing business and nding new opportunities for growth in Southern California.

“It’s just not a business-friendly state for someone of our size, less than 100 employees,” Daniel Love says.


So, as many Californians do, Daniel Love headed up north to Boise, ID, where he found opportunities to partner with the local government and initiatives that supported small businesses like theirs. e company built a 40,000-sq.-ft. production facility 15 miles west of Boise in the neighboring city of Nampa, which provided a lot of space to sprawl. e facility houses a 40-beer-barrel-volume (bbl) multi-vessel Mueller brewhouse, and the capacity to produce more than 100,000 bbl a year, making it one of the largest breweries in Idaho, according to the company. e Nampa production facility supports most of the company’s growth and produces beer for all markets outside Southern California. e original Vista brewery continues to provide draft and specialty o erings to its home market, while also managing the creation of one-o brews for visitors at its retail operations in North County San Diego.

Eight di erent year-round beers are produced under the brand, including its claim to fame, the Cali Creamin’ vanilla cream ale.

“It sounds like it might be sweet, but it’s a dry beer,” says Daniel Love. “We use Madagascar vanilla bean. It is very special and unique. Nobody else does this type of beer.”


e start of the COVID-19 pandemic created a few obstacles for the craft company amid its record growth. Its tasting room in California shuttered, but the company kept its draft beer brewery operation in Vista to keep distribution owing in Southern California. e Nampa facility still distributes to 20

states and 11 countries, while also lling in where the Vista brewery can’t. All in all, business is good as the company puts out about 10 million cans per year.

In March 2020, the company brought one of its Wild Goose canning machines from California to Nampa— where it already had another of the same machine—allowing them to ramp up to 80 cans/min. (cpm).

“We want to look at 200 to 250 cpm next, and this machine can keep up with it,” Baker says. “At our size, that’s a tough machine to nd, because the reality was everyone else wanted to sell us something that would either work for the next six months or be so expensive and so over-the-top that it would be overkill for the next year or whatever it takes us to

e company spends 70% of its time running 24-count mix packs and the other 30% running 12-packs with its Cali Creamin’, Tierra Madre and Boo Koo beers. Until recently, the packing was handled manually, but record labor shortages and the amount of variety necessitated automation.

e company invested in a Spartan cartoner from Econocorp (Booth EB-17, S-1630), allowing it to automate the case and tray erecting and packing.

“We do a lot of stu in 24-pack trays,” says Chris Baker, director of brewing operations. “But we were also trying to touch on that carton side of the business. We wanted something that would do both because, individually, the two machines are expensive. So, getting something that was a good bridge between them was what we were looking for, and the Spartan really covered that.”

e company was packaging 12-pack cartons and 24-pack trays for its di erent beers; however, some brands added the complexity of 12- and 16-oz. cans.

is necessitated a cartoner that allowed frequent, easy changeover. Now, they can change over the Econocorp cartoner in less than 20 min., which supports production goals.

“We’re kind of all over the place, so packaging needs to be pretty nimble so that we can get onto one brand and knock out four di erent formats and then get into another brand,” Baker says.

It also was important to nd a cartoner that could keep up with their canning line capabilities and adapt to a larger, faster operation as the company grows.

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An investment in an Econocorp Spartan cartoner allowed Mother Earth Brewing to automate case and tray erecting and packing. Cans run through two separate Wild Goose WGC 250 canning lines, where cans are rinsed and sanitized by two twist rinsers, filled and seamed.

get into a bigger line. This is something we can grow into and expand upon pretty easily.”


The Econocorp cartoner is the latest addition to Mother Earth Brewing’s filling and packaging line, but there is a lot more going on upstream keeping the company at its target of 80 cpm.

fed onto an accumulation table, which allows the company to keep fillers running if downstream equipment slows.

“We try to think the setup through so that we could add in bigger pieces without having to change everything,” Baker says.

For higher-volume beers like the Cali Creamin’, Mother Earth Brewing uses printed cans, which run straight from the accumulation table into a can carrier applicator 120/180 from PakTech (Booth S-3082). The applicator can be configured for a sixpack or four-pack.

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The company runs two separate lines, starting with a Double Eagle depalletizer from Ska Fabricating (Booth LU-7657), to which the company upgraded in 2020. The cans run through two separate Wild Goose WGC 250 canning lines, where cans are rinsed and sanitized by two twist rinsers, filled and seamed. Mother Earth Brewing has been running its Wild Goose lines for the past six years.

“There are an infinite number of adjustments and ability to adjust things,” Baker says. “If I run a milk stout, I can slow my belts down to give it time to foam out how I want. It’s more versatile. While I can’t run super high carbonation levels, I can run nitro beers. We run everything through that.”

Custom conveyance brings the two lines together to apply date-codes using A320i inkjet printers from Domino Amjet (Booth S-3506) through a Basic low fill/low pressure detector from Heuft USA (Booth LU-6712, W-15014), a nitrogen doser from Chart (Booth S-2169), an Anton Paar CBox and a Zahm piercing unit to check dissolved oxygen levels.

“Along with the Anton Paar CBox, we do have a very extensive laboratory, and a lot of breweries our size don’t have that,” Daniel Love says. “We do pull off a number of cans in line at the beginning, the middle and the end and we store them warm, cold and hot. We taste those about every other Friday with our brewers, so we have an extensive ability to react to somebody if they get a beer and they light us up on Facebook or send us an email. We know before we put something in the can that the product is going to be exactly what it needs to be and there aren’t going to be any inconsistencies in it.”

After the cans run through inspection, they are

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“Knowing what’s going on with your product as it goes through its life cycle is important.”
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For lower-volume beers that may not meet supplier minimum order quantities like Project X, a year-round rotating beer that has new labels and new artwork all the time, the brewer can side-stream cans to a PL-501 can labeler from Pack Leader USA (Booth S-4273), which applies pressure-sensitive labels from local Boise-based label maker Action Quality Printers.

From there, a long infeed conveyor brings cans to the Econocorp cartoner.

Baker says, “We set it up so that we could put some tables on it and make that feed pretty easily. We set these tables along the side, and then we just push these on with these lanes, and we now have the ability to either do six varieties, four cans of each. We could do two varieties, with 12 each, or we could do two varieties, six each, and a 12-pack. We can do

says Baker. “It’s really frustrating to buy a 12-pack of an IPA . . . and realize it’s really old,” Baker says. “So, we code the outside of [the cartons].”

A gravity-feed conveyor moves the cans to a stop point where three to four people hand-stack cases onto a pallet in preparation for wrapping.


As the company continues to scale, Daniel Love and Baker are building exibility into the operations so that when the time comes, they can ramp up to 200 to 250 cpm. But they also are keeping an eye on quality. Along with its extensive testing, the company has developed an internal shelf-life assessment called 30, 60, 90 where they test the beers 30, 60 and 90 days after packaging, as well as under di erent conditions.

“Knowing what’s going on with your product as it

and how it’s been stored. e reality of it is once the beer leaves your facility, you really don’t know what happens to it.”

Mother Earth’s lifecycle analysis, which provides valuable insights on beer quality even after it leaves the brewery, helps identify distribution issues that could negatively impact a beer that left the facility fresh and delicious. ese steps improve insight into the whole operation and inform the company on how to keep quality as high as its fans expect.

For more information, visit www.econocorp.com, www. chartdosers.com, www.domino-na.com, www.heuft.com, www.packleaderusa.com, www.paktech-opi.com, www.

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Leaning into the uncomfortable:

Five tips to excel as a young female leader in packaging.

It’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday, and I’m sitting next to my dad as he drives me into Chicago’s Southside. As a business and shop operations manager, he rarely took a day o , let alone a Saturday, and he usually needed o ce help. So, for years, on many Saturdays, that was me.

“You need to learn that it’s not where people come from that matters, it’s how they are treated and how they treat you,” he would always remind me. “Be respectful. Ask questions. And remember, everyone coming into this shop today is paying to have something done they likely do not understand, but they deserve to, and we’ll explain it.”

I hu ed, but he was right. Instances like those began to shape the professional I am today.

My story might be interesting, but it is not unique. As a woman, I never thought I would nd myself in manufacturing or packaging. But we get to build things that never existed before, and who wouldn’t want to do that for the rest of their life?


PPWLN will host its annual networking breakfast from 7:30–9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room S-100.

Keynote speaker is Dawn Hudson, former president and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America and former chief marketing o cer of the National Football League. Drawing on her own diverse experiences, she will share winning business strategies for women, including:

• How to bring new voices to the table

• How to foster qualities that strengthen existing leaders and enable new ones

• e di erence between control and motivational leadership

• Tips for elevating networking and negotiation skills to create the most bene cial outcome for everyone involved. e event is free but requires registration, which may be done onsite.

soccer team, Rebecca, is giving advice on how to command a room of all men where she owns—literally—a seat at the table. She goes into a bathroom, makes herself into a ball, then rises up to the tips of her toes, reaches for the sky and roars.

Find your roar. It starts by stopping prefacing thoughts with “I think” when you know. Follow that up with kindly reminding someone you weren’t done speaking yet. Take up space in the room, even if it is just to listen. And when you have an opinion, it’s valid. Speak up.

If you’re the person who listens, you’ll not only learn more and grow, but you’ll be a better coworker and a member of any team.


You don’t know what you don’t know. at’s perfectly okay! Lean into and embrace what you don’t know.

No matter where you are in your career, it’s valuable to nd that one person who knows more than you in another area and become allies. Find two. Find three! Ask each other things to support larger needs in your daily to-dos. Be vocal resources to one another so you can learn and grow. en, you’ll be the person who can explain something to your customers that they deserve to know. Set up one-on-one meetings every couple of weeks with these allies so you can check in and learn from each other’s areas of the business. You’ll have a go-to person who is an expert, and you’ll make a friend. Most importantly, you’ll learn so much more.


is might be one of the most important ones for anyone in the rst 10 years of their work journey. Early on in your career is the perfect time to try your hand at anything and everything. Learn di erent facets of the business, not just your area of expertise.

Packaging is such a perfect industry to do this. It’s growing rapidly as are the needs of each business. Look around your organization and you’ll likely nd a handful of roles that aren’t lled, simply because they never had to exist before. O er to take on some of those tasks—learn along the way!

We often discuss what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated industry in 2022, and how to continue to overcome challenges together. We have inherent strength in being listeners to leverage, but have conditioned notions to correct along the way. As someone rather early in my career, here’s ve simple things I try to remind myself daily, no matter who I’m interacting with, and they all come from what I learned on those Saturday mornings. I’m hopeful they can be of help to you, too.


Women often subconsciously try to take up less space, make ourselves small. We do this without even thinking. When we let someone talk over us in a meeting, cross our legs and sit with our hands in our lap or decide to not say something of value in a group setting. All of these things make us small, and we have been conditioned to do it from a young age.

e best piece of advice I can give any woman in any industry is simply do not be afraid to take up space. Men have done it for generations, and it has allowed them to get where they are today.

If there are any “Ted Lasso” fans reading this, you’ll recall a scene where the female owner of the


Do you sit in a room and doubt your abilities or feel like a fraud when stating an opinion? If you answered yes, then you, like many of us, have imposter syndrome. You wouldn’t be where you are if you didn’t have a quali er to be there. Now, this isn’t to say don’t come prepared with your research to back any thoughts you may have, but also, don’t hide behind imposter syndrome. Fight it actively. Just knowing it is there is helpful.

As women in the packaging and processing industry, we must use our voice to continue to grow and bring new solutions to the forefront. And as young women in this industry, we bring a unique value proposition, rooted in technology and a digital world. Leverage both!


People around you have things to say. Be the person they know will listen. I keep a candy bowl at my desk for one reason—it invites people throughout their day to stop by, grab a piece, and say what is on their mind. I protect these conversations ercely, but it gives me insight into how my coworkers are feeling and perhaps where I can be a partner to them.

When you do take these things on, nd others in your network that perform similar roles and ask them how they do it. Lean into this advice, bring it back to your organization, and you just might nd a new path you love.

I speak from experience. Restless, I decided to move to a di erent company. Later understanding I was just restless in marketing, Morrison o ered me a special opportunity to come back and leverage my strength in strategy. In the end, I left packaging for six months to nd out there is simply no other industry in the world that can o er as much opportunity as the packaging and processing industry does for young people. We are encouraged to make things better, and I’m convinced you won’t nd that anywhere else.

is is an industry comfortable with the talent of young people and those willing to question the status quo. We get to be impact makers and be rewarded. For women right now, packaging is the perfect place to be.

For more info, visit www.pmmi.org/ppwln, www.morrison-chs.com. SD

Editor’s Note: is blog by Allison Wagner, business strategy manager at Morrison Container Handling Solutions (Booth EB-55, N-4906), was published by the Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) on April 25, 2022.

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Allison Wagner, business strategy manager at Morrison Container Handling Solutions.

Anthony Subryan, general manager and CEO at Brampton, Ontario-based ATS Engineering (Booth S-3274), talks with the PACK EXPO Show Daily (SD) about the state of the industry and what drives his company to excel at designing and manufacturing packaging machinery.

SD: What is impacting the industry today?

Subryan: The pace of packaging and product development has increased to a level never seen before in the food and dairy industry. New filling technology is being driven by the variety of new styles of containers that our customers are bringing to market. To be more competitive and stand out on the shelf, the variation of container shapes being produced keeps changing. This drives us to continuously innovate in order to fill, seal and overcap these unique container geometries in the most efficient manner possible. ATS Engineering has a long history of innovation in building filling machines for our dairy customers.

SD: How important is flexibility?

Subryan: In addition to designing for innovative new packaging, the machinery we build needs to be flexible. When a customer runs an assortment of containers, the machinery needs to have a fast and efficient changeover system. ATS has always designed this into every machine. Uptime is critical, so

less time spent swapping parts and preparing for the next product is extremely valuable.

The speed and efficiency of our fillers is paramount. By keeping downtime to an absolute minimum, our customers get maximum throughput. Speed is not the only thing that maximizes production. Customers are always aiming for the greatest efficiencies on their plant floors, so having a machine that is adaptable to a number of container styles and/ or product variations is the best investment for them.

SD: How does ATS address the need for hygienic equipment?

Subryan: One of ATS’ key goals as a machinery manufacturer is to design fillers that have no place for bacteria to hide when the machines are properly washed down and sanitized. This is achieved with the highest-quality grades of stainless steel, as well as all electrical and electronic components, to ensure that everything mechanical and electrical on our machines can operate without failure in these kinds of harsh sanitizing conditions.

Every ATS machine exceeds USDA, FDA and 3-A Sanitary Standards.

SD: How does ATS collaborate with customers?

Subryan: Working closely with customers from the start of each machine’s design has helped ATS design the optimal systems for clients’ facilities and budgets. No matter what the next development in dairy packaging is, ATS will be there, developing high-speed, flexible machinery that delivers superb results for our customers.

For more info, visit www.atseng.ca. SD

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New ller boosts sanitizer capacity

Fifth line helps address current demand, future needs.

The global hand sanitizer market is expected to reach $3.47 billion by 2028, up from $2.98 billion in 2020. Kutol Products, a maker of hand soaps, hair and body washes, industrial hand cleaners and foam and gel hand sanitizers, plans to be a major player as this growth unfolds.

e Cincinnati-based company was founded in 1912 and now produces under its own Health Guard® and Kutol® Pro brands as well as for private-label brands. It’s no stranger to pandemics either, having operated through the 2009 swine u pandemic. With the arrival of COVID-19, says Vice President of Operations John Rhodenbaugh, “Our business exploded, just as it did during swine u. With the previous experience gained by the entire Kutol team, we were able to apply lessons learned and make some good decisions this time around. We knew we had an idea of what was coming so we could plan, but we didn’t expect the demand to last so long.”

One key decision was to dedicate all of Kutol’s lling lines to handling only hand sanitizer for a while. All of the tanks and ll lines were converted to produce sanitizer throughout the pandemic. Such products are typically manufactured in an explosion-proof room, but when production expanded to the entire facility, safeguards were put in place to keep safety as a top priority. e second decision was to install a fth lling line.

“We always planned on adding a fth line, but COVID expedited our decision-making as it became very clear what product we would be lling with that new line,” says Rhodenbaugh. “During swine u, we grew as well and we sustained that business longterm. We expected the same to happen this time with COVID. We realized if we wanted to sustain three to ve times our usual volume into the future, whether that be two or 10 years from now, we would need another line.”

All four of the lling lines already operating at Kutol were anchored by machines made and installed by DTM Packaging, A Massman Company (Booth S-2158). e newest of the four became operational in late 2018. “ at line helped us out signi cantly through the pandemic,” explains Rhodenbaugh. “We made the decision to turn to DTM again for a highspeed ll line that would ll smaller sizes than our previous line and accommodate not just the hand sanitizer, but any of the products we produce.”


Kutol ultimately purchased a DTM fully integrated bottling line with a DTM Packaging Pure l 2500 in-line walking-beam ow meter ller, a ectionately named “FillZilla” by Kutol. e simple-to-operate machine features a clean hygienic design and a sanitary product path. An onboard pressure supply tank is equipped with dual-spray ball cleaning. Other design features include top- ll, anti-foam nozzles or bottom-up ll capability for lling foamy or high-viscosity products and quick changeover for a range of products and container sizes. Kutol runs polyethylene terephthalate, high-density polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride or polyethylene terephthalate glycol containers in sizes from as small as 1 oz. to as large as a half-gallon on the new line. e ller can be used as a standalone machine or as part of a complete bottling line as was supplied to Kutol.

Another signi cant design feature is that the ller is explosion proof, making it ideal for handling the alcohol present in hand sanitizer. According to Rhodenbaugh, if product were to spill from the containers on the line near an open spark or ame, there could be a re. So at Kutol, the DTM ller is electrically closed, intrinsically safe and in a classi ed area.

e bulk of business at Kutol is hand soap, so it’s not necessary for the four other DTM lines at Kutol to be explosion proof. But Rhodenbaugh says that as the sanitizer portion of the company’s business has grown, it was important to have a safe ll line for those products.

During operation, empty bottles are poured into a bottle unscrambler from Pace Packaging (Booth N-5424), part of the ProMach Filling & Capping business line. A photoeye detects and ejects any down bottles.

Next is the eight-head ller, whose walking-beam format results in continuous-motion lling at speeds to 300 bottles/min. Immediately downstream is a capper, also from DTM. An inspection system from Cognex (Booth S-1769) kicks o any bottle with a missing or cocked cap, and then each bottle is checked by a checkweigher from Wipotec-OCS (Booth S-4172). “We purchased it through DTM, but we worked pretty closely with Wipotec to make sure the side belts, for example, would be capable of properly handling such a wide range of bottle sizes,” notes Rhodenbaugh.

Pressure-sensitive lm labels are applied on a unit from Nita Labeling Systems (Booth S-3666), which does front and back or full-wrap labels. en a vision inspection system from Cognex makes sure each bottle’s lot and date code—printed on each bottle by an inkjet system from Videojet Technologies (Booth S-2042)—is good before bottles proceed to a pack-o table for manual case packing. Cases are taped on a machine from Intertape Polymer Group (Booth S-2814)

While the DTM Pure l unit is capable of handling up to 300 bottles/min., Rhodenbaugh says Kutol is likely to average about 80 to 120 bottles/min. based on the bottle sizes and con gurations. “ ere is denitely room for expansion on the line in the future,” he says. “But already we see an increase in capacity somewhere in the range of 200% to 400% compared to

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Kutol’s fifth DTM line handles plastic bottles ranging from 1 oz. to half-gallon in size.

cess to cater to our filling needs,” he explains. In fact, DTM fully integrated and tested the Purefill machine before shipping it to Kutol.

“They offer ongoing support after installation,” adds Rhodenbaugh. “That’s why we’ve had them build filling lines for us since 2005.”

In turn, Kutol will count on the new Purefil line to offer ongoing support to its client base, which includes schools, business offices, medical facilities and courtrooms that rely on these hand-cleaning products. “We will address our customers’ needs with our

equipment throughout the pandemic and beyond,” says Rhodenbaugh. “We have a five- to 10-year vision for this new line to support our customers well into the future.”

For more info, visit www.cognex.com, www.dtmpackaging.com, www.itape.com, www.nitalabeling.com, www.pacepackaging.com, www.videojet.com, www. wipotec-oce.com/us/. SD

Editor’s Note: The original version of this story was published in February 2022 in Packaging World

where we were. This boost in capacity will allow us to meet our growing needs, while keeping Kutol’s TeamMate headcount the same.”

In addition to increased productivity, Rhodenbaugh says Kutol will benefit from using all-DTM filling lines because the software and hardware are the same, making it easier to train operators across all the lines. “All of the equipment behaves the same way,” he notes, “and all the buttons mean the same so the operators have a familiarity with the machinery and can easily move from one line to the other and keep product running throughout the plant.”

Rhodenbaugh says Kutol also benefits from a long-term relationship with DTM. “DTM offers flexibility during the machine design-and-build pro-

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Intralox embarks on plant expansion

An expansion at Intralox (Booth S-1747) is more than doubling the footprint of its Hammond, LA, operation to 400,000+ sq. ft. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022, the added molding and assembly space will create 425 direct jobs and increase belting output by 50%.

The expansion also doubles raw material inventory storage, a critical necessity for risk mitigation against material shortages.

The Hammond facility produces modular plastic conveyor belts that are used in food, industrial and eCommerce applications. Belts and components

produced at the state-of-the-art facility are shipped to Intralox assembly facilities across the world. This major U.S. expansion comes as Intralox celebrates its 50th year in operation.

“This expansion is critical to support the strong growth we’ve experienced in the last few years. With the new facility, we will rapidly increase our production and assembly capacity,” says Intralox President Edel Blanks. “We look forward to expanding our local workforce with the added benefit of meeting the increased demand of our customers around the world.”

For more info, visit www.intralox.com. SD

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article appeared in November 2021 in Packaging World

Labeler integrates with tray unloader

At this year’s PACK EXPO International, the 252M tube and syringe labeler from HERMA US (Booth W-17016) is integrated with an automatic tray unloading system from Norwalt, a New Jersey-based automation specialist.

The labeler features HERMA’s state-of-the-art H500 label applicator, which Norwalt utilizes on its high-speed assembly lines. It also includes Norwalt’s sophisticated product-handling systems, which support a broad range of HERMA’s labeling systems for the pharmaceutical sector.

The system on the show floor is similar in design to a line recently supplied to a major U.S.-based pharmaceutical contract manufacturer. The line can process and label up to 30 products/min. and handle containers from 12–30mm in diameter. Glass tubes are picked from trays, using a robotic arm, and placed onto the labeling system’s infeed. Products are then transported to the labeling station, where a wraparound label is applied to each tube.

Labels are printed with a barcode and lot/expiry information, and a vision system inspects the print, rejecting any label deemed out of specification. Finally, products are checked for label alignment and, in the full production version of the system, rejects are segregated from good products, which are then re-trayed.

For more info, visit www.herma.us. SD

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An expansion at Intralox in Hammond, LA, more than doubles the facility footprint, expands molding and assembly space, increases belting output by 50% and adds 425 employees. HERMA’s 252M tube and syringe labeler automates product handling with an integrated tray unloder from Norwalt.
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SMC earns ‘Best Managed’ rating

Excels in strategy, execution, culture, nance/governance.

SMC Corporation of America (Booth S-3982) ranks as a 2022 U.S. Best Managed Company. e program, sponsored by Deloitte Private and e Wall Street Journal, recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies with revenues of at least $250 million and the achievements of their management teams. e 2022 designees demonstrate excellence in



strategic planning and execution and a commitment to their people, while fostering a dynamic, resilient culture, as well as strong nancials. is year’s designees continued to propel their businesses forward by prioritizing purpose, investing in their workforces and demonstrating their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We are so honored and proud to be named a U.S. Best Managed Company for a second consecutive year because it validates all the hard teamwork and dedication from our SMC family during this rapid rebound in American manufacturing,” states Kelley Stacy, president and CEO of SMC Corporation of America.

“Our number one priority is to keep our customers up and running and while the current supply chain bottlenecks and material shortages can be frustrating, SMC is working tirelessly to help ease those disruptions. We are hiring talent across the board from engineering, production, warehouse associates and technical salespeople to better support and facilitate the reshoring of domestic manufacturing, while always keeping in mind our core values of safety, sustainability, eco-friendly, diversity and inclusion in our work environment.”

For more info, visit www.smcusa.com. SD

Simco-Ion adds support team

Anew Application Engineering Team at Simco-Ion (Booth N-5020) provides technical support pre- and post-sale for the company’s core industrial neutralizing and charging products. Headed by Cat Early, the team focuses on installation, con guration, commissioning, data collection and maintenance recommendations.

Early joined Simco-Ion Industrial in July 2021 as an application engineer. She brings more than 10 years of technical product support experience, specializing in industrial instrumentation with previous roles at Mars, Siemens Digital Industries (Booth N-5148) and Aerzen. She has expertise in producing customer-facing content such as technical guides, along with technical training in various formats. Additionally, she specializes in troubleshooting, eld-testing and failure analysis.

While earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Early served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

For more info, visit www.simco-ion.com/industrial. SD

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FIND YOUR SECRET ADVANTAGE TO INCREASED THROUGHPUT IN BOOTH N-4906 Conquer your production limitations. Your production is often limited by manual repetition of applications such as lane combining and dividing, orienting products, or grouping and stacking for multi-packing. Morrison automates these processes, designing machines that utilize timing screw [feed screw] technology to perform these applications that can speed up the process and ultimately increase the number of containers you can output on your line while reducing the labor needed to do so. FEEDING · TURNING · GROUPING · TWISTING · MULTI-PACKING INVERTING · COMBINING · DIVIDING · ORIENTING · STACKING
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e Processing Zone in the Lakeside Center building houses 180 exhibits, essentially presenting a processing show within the show. On display are innovations in homogenizing, mixing, forming, sizing and other front-of-the-line technologies such as coating/enrobing, cooling and heat treating. is area also is home to the Processing Innovation

Stage (Booth LU-7130) (see schedule, p. 28). A sampling of the products on display in e Processing Zone may be viewed on the following pages. For more information, visit www.PACKEXPOinternational.com. SD Editor’s Note: Product information and photos were provided by ProFood World


Engineered for durability, reliability and e ciency, DuraCirc positive displacement pumps o er a high-e ciency design, wide performance envelope and low net positive suction head requirement. With ow rates up to 150 cubic m/hr. (660 gpm), the pump handles operating pressures up to 40 bar (580 psi). Optional port con gurations make installation easy with no need to change process piping. e innovative design features a truly front-loading single seal; long-lasting bearings; a single, long-life gearbox lubricant; external shimming; and fully interchangeable components. Pumps also come standard with a condition monitor for wireless connectivity to view operational performance metrics.

Alfa Laval Booth LU-7647 www.alfalaval.us


A new electromechanical actuator meets the requirements of food and beverage/packaging (F&B/P) applications. It’s part of the integrated GTX product line, known for compactness, power density, exibility and third-party drive compatibility. e new F&B/P-grade GTX actuator features a smooth, cleanable body design in white epoxy and a stainless-steel rod. It has an IP69K ingress protection rating and is recognized by 3-A Sanitary Standards.

Exlar Automation Booth N-5977 www.cw-actuation.com


e Electro-Glide electromagnetic vibratory conveyor is the rst conveyor designed by the company to operate speci cally as a ow-control device. e conveyor is suited to feeding scales and packaging machinery where the ability to instantly start and stop product ow is required. is allows the system to be used as an alternative to a metering unit in a mix-and-blend system when the elimination of pinch points is desired. e conveyor features an allstainless-steel drive.

Commercial Manufacturing Booth LU-7603 www.commercialmfg.com


Xtreme Rare Earth+ plate magnets are now available in all of the company’s deep-reach, round-pipe, and hump-style magnetic separators. Separators with these new, stronger magnets demonstrate a signi cant increase in both surface gauss value and pull test strength, compared with competitive units and the company’s separators with the previous generation of rare earth plates. Gauss and pull testing, the standard methods for testing a magnet’s strength, indicate a magnetic separator’s ability to deliver a pure, contaminant-free product.

Eriez Booth N-5214 www.eriez.com


e pneumatic two-way cuber reduces cheese blocks to optimize downstream dicer/shredders. e larger belt width and cheese chamber are optimal for processing non-standard cheese sizes. Not only does the guillotine feature (executed via the local human/ machine interface) optimize working with o -cuts and soft cheese, it eliminates the cumbersome task of manually spacing out batches of o -cuts during production, thereby allowing an operator to ll the belt and let the machine cycle without further intervention. e cuber is robust, hygienic and easy to use.

Deville Technologies Booth LU-7332 www.devilletechnologies.com


e robotic high-pressure processing (HPP) arm picks up an HPP basket containing food or beverages after processing in the HPP chamber, empties the basket contents onto a conveyor and returns the basket to be reloaded. e robotic arm can be used with any Hiperbaric machine (55 to 525 L) for any HPP application, from juices to meats. It reduces manual labor and heavy lifting—sometimes more than 16,000 lb. of lifting per day—reducing workplace injuries and labor costs.

Hiperbaric Booth LU-7341 www.hiperbaric.com ∆

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impulse heat sealing

Impulse Temperature Controllers

The PIREG ® 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 PIREG ® impulse temperature controllers are cUL Listed and universally adaptable to almost any application, and do not require the use of thermocouples or RTD’s. PIREG ® temperature controllers are designed for “in cabinet” and “panel mount” uses and also available with EtherNet/IP® communication capabilities. TOSS Technology— delivering perfect impulse heat seals every time. www.tossheatseal.com

Here’s WALDO! Booth N-5913

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. www.waldo.com.mx

PackworldUSA Medical Sealers

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 PIREG ® temperature controller. 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. www.packworldusa.com

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 PIREG ® Temperature Controllers, the TOSS Alloy-20 ® heatseal bands provide instant thermostatic feedback eliminating the need for thermocouples. This instant feedback assures precise, repeatable results on each and every seal. www.tossheatseal.com

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 ® www.tossheatseal.com

To learn more visit www.tossheatseal.com or www.packworldusa.com



DSI Series pasteurizer uses direct steam injection to reduce pasteurization time. The faster the product is heated and cooled, the less impact the heat has on the product. In the case of plant-based drinks, the impact can include discoloration, caramelization and the introduction of off-tastes.

HRS Heat Exchangers Booth LU-7535 www.hrs-heatexchangers.com


A web-based remote monitoring system tracks, analyzes and reports on freezer performance from anywhere in the world, providing critical data, such as trends, alarm history, maintenance, report journals, troubleshooting and training. A live feed feature from security cameras strategically placed in the freezer enclosure provide real-time visual updates. The system gives users quick and easy access to information to make timely business and operational decisions. All the data is private, secure and accessible only to users and FPS Support.

FPS Food Process Solutions Booth LU-7349 www.fpscorp.ca


Biometric signature identification technology is now available to frozen vegetable and fruit processors on the Tomra 5C premium sorting machine. By locating the unit between the IQF (individually quick frozen) tunnel and the packing station, final checks for food safety and product quality can be made with accuracy. As the frozen product reaches the end of the line, the sorter recognizes and removes any remaining foreign material, extraneous vegetable matter and hard-to-detect product defects. These detection capabilities greatly reduce the risks of consumer complaints or product recalls.

TOMRA Food Booth LU-7135 www.tomra.com

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Utilizing web-based architecture, the Contact 4.0 digital reporting feature captures valuable production data across an entire suite of networked inspection machines. It can remotely monitor equipment, track events and document all potential product risks, turning massive data streams into tightly monitored operational insight. With Contact 4.0, food processors can tether multiple front-end inspection machines to back-end reporting software in real time—live, streamlined and centralized. Contact 4.0 can be installed on all digital Stealth, Interceptor and Interceptor DF metal detectors, as well as the Raptor checkweigher series.

Fortress Technology Booth S-1752 www.fortresstechnology.com


The patent-pending FCM colloid mill is designed for hands-off clean-in-place (CIP) applications; nothing needs to be removed for CIP, saving maintenance time and effort. The FCM mill’s timesaving, external variable gap adjustment lever provides onthe-fly internal gap adjustment to produce more or less shear, without moving the front or top ports, or even pausing operation. The mill’s variable internal gap allows users to dial in the particle size they need for shelf-stable emulsions and provides consistent particle sizes with a tight distribution.

Fristam Pumps USA Booth LU-7303 www.fristam.com/usa


An exchangeable profiled sleeve on the hygienic SSV-XP drum motor makes it possible to use different styles of modular belts on the same drum motor. The profiled sleeve is easily removed and replaced simply by exchanging it to match the desired belt profile without having to change the entire drum motor. Constructed of 316 stainless steel, the SSVXP drum motor is USDA-approved. It comes in a range of diameter sizes, belt speeds and horsepowers, and is available with industry-specific options and features to suit various food processing and packaging belt conveyor applications.

VDG (Van der Graaf) Booth S-3566 www.vandergraaf.com


The VS Series pneumatic vacuum conveying system transfers powders, granules, pellets, small components and other bulk materials safely, gently and automatically. The conveyor can be operated in dense phase or lean phase and can be disassembled quickly without tools for easy cleaning to support frequent product changeovers. The VS Series pneumatic vacuum conveying system often is used with the RNT180 bag-discharge station, which automatically captures fine particles as material is loaded into the hopper to prevent nuisance dust from entering the workplace. The conveyor and bag dump station are ATEX-certified as explosion-proof.

Volkmann USA Booth S-2991 www.volkmannusa.com


Engage early using a progressive design-build contracting approach. Minimal capital investments provide initial scope development, drawings and schedules necessary for preliminary project approvals. Content experts provide customized Development and Execution Plans to optimize business needs and requirements. Strategic information generated through this proven methodology allows owners to evaluate risk and the funding commitments required to deliver a successful project.

Hansen-Rice Booth LU-7727 www.hansen-rice.com


Quantm electric diaphragm pumps leverage a transverse flux motor that is suited for a range of hygienic applications. A standard air motor is replaced with an electric drive that can produce high torque at low speeds. This allows Quantm pumps to operate without gearboxes, reducing footprints, weights and price points, while increasing efficiencies and generating an ROI on energy use reduction. The pumps can be used in the production of candies, fondants, bakery products, sauces and dressings, as well as in meat and poultry plants.

Graco Booth LU-8303 www.graco.com

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The Zephyr conveyor moves product with minimal bounce to protect quality and reduce noise. Equipped to flow in either direction, the reversible system maximizes production line versatility. Its unique motion profile gently slides and conveys product with no segregation or stratification and reduces product damage and the loss of coatings, such as seasoning, batter and certain types of oil. The Zephyr accommodates varying flow rates, maximizing the flexibility of the system and is suitable for handling frozen bulk foods, including potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry, as well as dry products such as potato chips, nuts and cereals.

Key Technology Booth S-3553 www.key.net


Patented side-shaped wire design of Lumsden Sidewinder balance weave belting revitalizes 100-year-old technology to extend belt life up to eight times versus comparable belts. I-beam design also triples structural support for products and provides a greater open area for breading, coating, cooling or drying applications.

Fenner Precision Polymers Booth LU-7020 www.fennerppd.com


New style aerosol for NSF H1-registered food machinery lubricants feature a dual-spray nozzle with a permanently attached straw. The cans offer a dual-position spray; when the straw is in the “up” position, it offers precise, pinpoint application. Ergonomically designed, the cans have a recessed comfort trigger to help prevent accidental discharge.

GHS-compliant labeling on the back panel ensures compliance with OSHA requirements, while a scannable QR code on the side panel provides quick access to product information and safety data sheets.

Lubriplate Lubricants

Booth LU-8814 www.lubriplate.com SD

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Customer needs to divide, stack and group macaroni and cheese cups for sleeving. e solution is a complete system that accepts a single lane of containers and divides them. Guides move the cups around a corner where the cups are accepted into a twist on one side while metered on the other, using the shape of the twist to stack the cups on top of each other. As the stacked cups exit the screw, they are grouped into four-packs (two stacks of two cups) that will enter a sleever. e design of this system accommodates the space needs of the customer and presents a compact application that handles multiple needs.

Morrison Container Handling Solutions Booth EB-55, N-4906 www.morrison-chs.com


Manufacturers and contract packagers running multiple bottle shapes/sizes can apply pressure-sensitive labels at speeds up to 250 bottles/min. with the enhanced BRONCO® 130 inline, pressure-sensitive labeler. e system can apply single, dual, wraparound and/or multi-panel labels to various-sized round, square, rectangular and/or oval bottles. To accommodate these multiple bottle shapes, the labeler o ers various bottle-handing devices, including a spacing wheel, a starwheel, a chain aligner and a single or dual feedscrew drive. is exibility makes the labeler particularly suitable for cosmetics, personal care products, food, beverages, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

NJM Packaging, a ProMach product brand Booth N-5650, W-17002 www.njmpackaging.com


Using paper-based packaging, snack and confectionery customers in Europe can use a new recyclable package that delivers a high barrier from oxygen and moisture. AmFiber o erings eventually will extend into co ee, drink powders, seasonings and soups, as well as into the Americas and Asia-Paci c regions.

Amcor Flexibles North America Booth S-3705, S-3814 www.amcor.com/afna


A lightweight, cushioned paper mailer, developed for increasing eCommerce ful llment demands, receives independent certi cation of recyclability. e EverTec™ passed Western Michigan University Old Corrugated Container Equivalency (WMU OCC-E) testing protocol. e mailer can decrease material waste, reduce reliance on corrugated boxes and improve distribution e ciency.

Pregis Booth S-3834 www.pregis.com


e X34C x-ray system o ers fast throughputs in a compact footprint. Only 700mm long, including its integrated reject device, the system boasts high accuracy at speeds up to 400 packages/min.

Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Booth S-1714 www.mt.com/pi


A new version of the Turbo-Mek 1000 vacuum turbo-emulsi er processes liquid and cream products in a more compact and eco-friendly con guration. It is designed to accommodate hygiene and cleaning guidelines with energy and water savings during wash cycles. e turbo-emulsi er features a new touchscreen control panel designed to interface with mobile devices for monitoring and control of processing parameters. A large internal database allows for storage of production recipes. e new version integrates easily into a production environment with centralized management using MES/MOM systems.

Marchesini Group USA Booth W-17005 www. marchesini.com

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An expansive touchscreen control package on the Contract Packager Series labelers features stepper- and servo-driven technologies along with AC drive motors. CP2000 and CP1000 front-and-back multipurpose labeling systems offer four-axis label applicator adjustments, built-in Z-axis adjustments and password protection. Other attributes include a multi-level menu system; synchronous electronic controls; a wide, servo-driven overhead hold-down belt; servo-driven product positioning without change parts; aextra heavy-duty welded framework; variable label dispense; and speeds up to 3,000 in./min.

Universal Labeling Systems Booth N-5512 www.universal1.com


The FireJet 4C full-color inkjet printing system, powered by Memjet, 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 to 150 ft./min. The printhead has been engineered to provide longer life, and an integrated wiper system automates servicing.

Kirk-Rudy Booth S-3278 www.kirkrudy.com


The ValTara SleekWrapper i65 flow-wraps hard-to-handle products, such as soft baked goods, tortillas, fresh produce, meats and multipack trays. It feeds the film from below so delicate and hard-to-wrap products are securely carried on top of the packaging, essentially pulling them through the wrapping function. Through this process, product integrity and aesthetics are maintained.

ValTara/Paxiom Booth EB-53, S-2153 www.paxiom.com ∆


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e lightline series consists of precon gured packaging machines that are available immediately and can be delivered at short notice. ese machines master standardized packaging tasks with great e ciency and high quality. e compact machines enable customers to react quickly to market trends, at attractive investment costs, with a long service life and easy commissioning onsite. As one of three lightline variants, the lightline Cartonpacker exibly packs products with speci c packaging formats into cartons in the smallest possible space.

Schubert North America

Booth LU-8730, W-19008 www.schubert.group


Available in single- and multi-turn resolution, the Model A58SB absolute bus encoder handles applications where an encoder needs to retain position information after power-o scenarios. With an absolute encoder, the controller has precise motion feedback about the position of the equipment, without needing to re-home during every startup, thereby reducing downtime. With absolute positioning, the controller “knows” exactly where the machine is at all times. Compatible with harsh plant oor environments, the Model A58SB Absolute Encoder o ers SSI or CANopen® communications, 53mm-diameter ange, 6 or 10mm shaft and synchro or clamping ange.

Encoder Products

Booth S-4026 www.encoder.com


Multiple food processing techniques support higher capacities and lower production costs. Ovens, fryers, dryers, roasters reliably produce quality snack and prepared foods across multiple categories.

Heat and Control

Booth N-4704, N-4706 www.heatandcontrol.com

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Manufacturers can reduce corrugated costs by pre-settling product before shipping. Product settlers utilize controlled vibration technology to reduce overpack and allow case aps to be closed without product interference. Sealing and non-sealing versions are available. A variety of industries use this company’s product settlers to minimize in-transit settling of products. Some applications include vegetables, frozen foods, nuts and bolts, powdered products, small plastic parts and almonds.

MARQ Packaging Systems Booth N-5721 www.marq.net


e new design of the compact 760-SUP system provides process reliability and e ciencies; smooth, quiet operation; quick changeovers (0.5-2 hr.); and simpli ed maintenance. Customers report reduced setup time, less material required on thread-up and less than 5% total scrap. e 760-SUP system also makes two- and three-side seal and bottom-gusseted pouches.

CMD Booth LU-8118 www.cmd-corp.com


Featuring robust stainless steel, sanitary construction with an innovative quick-release fold-out side board and belt lifter system for fast, toolless washdown, these incline conveyors are designed for high-end applications with heavy-duty sanitary construction. Designs eliminate tubing, hollows and harborage points and featire continuously welded stando s and seams and minimal use of fasteners.

e unit’s continuous carry-way support maintains control of the belt and the positive drive belting and dynamic guides ensure reliable tracking. ese incline conveyors o er a number of innovative design features to speed cleaning, washdown and belt changes.

Frazier & Son Booth N-4913 www.frazierandson.com ∆


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With a focus on operator safety, the Raptor “Handy” handheld hot-melt applicator was awarded the ADI Awards and Reddot prizes for its user-centered design, including cool-touch housings and trigger-locking system. ermal stability of the nozzle ensures high-precision spiral spraying application.

Meler USA Booth N-5376 www.melerusa.com


e new DR-3iB/6 food-grade delta robot picks and packs primary food products in a fully enclosed stainless-steel body. e food-safe construction is resistant to chemicals and high pressure/temperatures required in strict washdown environments, while the surface nish ensures microbial contaminants can be washed away cleanly. e DR-3iB/6 robot, which has a 1200mm reach, can handle 6kg payloads at high speeds.

FANUC America Booth N-6116 www.fanucamerica.com


Programmable, probe-style temperature sensors measure industrial process temperature of a media, which help identify potential issues. Monitoring temperatures and providing early warnings and real-time measurements of critical uids can reduce costly downtime. A rotating, multi-color display can be oriented for optimum viewing after installation. e stainless-steel housing is sealed against dust and high-pressure jet washing for a longer service life.

Turck Booth N-4923 www.turck.us/en/


e Kliklok ACE carton former is designed with a particular focus on ergonomic design, sustainability and increased e ciency. e newly integrated Flex Feeder ensures reliable and safe carton control through the entire process. e Kliklok ACE range runs at up to 80 cycles/min. with single, double or triple heads and is suited for a number of food applications, such as bakery, snacks, cereal bars, frozen/prepared food, tea and co ee, as well as non-food products.

Syntegon Packaging Technology

Booth EB-15, S-3514 www. syntegon.com


Betel Delta 2-EVO bottle sorter and orienter changes over in less than 5 min. and needs no change parts. Capable of speeds up to 500 bottles/min., the agile unit streamlines bottling production and reduces the time-to-market for new products.

Ronchi America Booth N-6228 www.ronchiamerica.com


Packaging-speci c libraries in the Packaging Toolbox can be integrated into existing or new machine applications as well as program blocks for the Simatic S7-1500 controller in the TIA Portal engineering framework. e Toolbox supports international standards such as OMAC, PackML and Weihenstephan Standards. By adding or modifying function blocks it can be adapted to suit individual requirements.

Siemens Digital Industries Booth N-5148 www.usa.siemens.com/packaging


An inline Automatic Diving Funnel (ADF) weighs, lls and tamps leafy greens into trays, bowls and other rigid containers. Hygienic design protects product from contamination, while ratio lling minimizes product damage.

Yamato Booth S-3783 www.yamatoamericas.com


Easy Changeover Carts provide fast, simple, orderly changeovers and unlimited versatility. ree standard sizes store more parts per square inch than competitive systems. Washdown-ready design makes convenient on-cart change parts cleaning a snap. High-quality casters provide outstanding maneuverability, even on rough surfaces and quickly change from non-swivel to swivel for in-place pivoting and access to all sides. Wheel brakes ensure safe, secure loading and unloading.

Septimatech Booth EB-27, N-5934 www.septimatech.com


Automating loading of four- and six-pack carriers into master cases saves time and labor. e CES25 machine erects and inserts beverage carriers into the master carton. e compact machine handles 25 carriers/min. and quickly changes over between four- and six-packs.

A.B. Sealer Booth N-5154 www.absealer.com

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e AROS® handheld container e ciently transfers, stores and organizes product in high-speed, automated systems and boasts the largest cubic density of any container in its standard 650 x 450 x 325mm footprint. Optional dividers accommodate multiple stock keeping units. AROS construction allows containers to be recovered, recycled and reprocessed at the end of their useful life.

ORBIS Booth LU-6800 www.orbiscorporation.com


e GTL-30 compact, top-load case packer loads up to 22 corrugated shippers/min. by robot or gantry-style pick-and-place. Cases are positively forced open by two sets of suction cups, assuring perfect component handling. Optional print-and-apply labeler, case rotation at outfeed and checkweigher extend the case packer’s capabilities.

MG America Booth W-15003 www.mgamerica.com


e FlexMove exible chain conveyor now incorporates features of the company’s SmartFlex line and is available in three options: FlexMove Components, FlexMove Solutions and FlexMove Assembled Onsite. With FlexMove Components, customers order parts and components and build the conveyor onsite. With FlexMove Solutions, Dorner builds and tests the conveyor in-house and then disassembles it and ships it for installation. With FlexMove Assembled Onsite, the Dorner team assembles the conveyor in place. Conveyors are designed to make tight 360-degree turns.

Dorner Booth EB-67, N-5725 www.dorner.com ∆

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The VRC-60 vertical rotary cartoner combines loading, printing, leaflet inserting, coding, inspecting and other functions into one 3 x 3-ft., 12-station machine. Integrated suction cups hold cartons in place throughout the entire arc path, preventing scuffing and scratching of delicate carton surfaces. The cartoner can run up to 60 packs/min., with loading options from single to double to bulk. Nuspark Booth S-3634 www.nuspark.com


Spirals for food and beverage applications can be supplied in stainless steel or hybrid wet, which often is required with food conveyor belts in food processing areas. A spiral conveyor occupies less floor space than a conventional conveyor and runs faster and is more reliable than an elevator or lift. Proprietary slat-type belts with rolling friction eliminate sliding movement and wear-strips.

Ryson International Booth N-5945 www.ryson.com


The RotoBagger premade pouch machine packages between 30-50 bags/ min., making it suitable for mid-level speeds and high production. The machine boasts high seal integrity via consistent pressure and cooling time, plus automatic checking to ensure empty pouches are not sealed. Unfilled bags can be reused, reducing materials waste. No-oil vacuum pump and sealed bearings protect the production environment from pollution.

Plan IT Packaging Systems Booth EB-49, S-2422 www.planitpackaging.com

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Precision-controlled medical heat sealers with the advanced Pireg® temperature controller seal any medical-grade polymeric material, meet FDA validation requirements and are ISO 11607, eGMP, CE and RoHS compliant. Visualization software tracks and records heat-sealing parameters, expediting the validation process. Variable resistance control (VRC) precisely monitors and adjusts temperature across the full length and width of the heat-sealing element. Systems are available with or without programmable, multi-cycling vacuum and gas-purge capabilities.

Packworld USA Booth N-5913 www.packworldusa.com


A new stepper motor driver can be used with any two-phase 1.8- or 0.9-degree stepper motor; the vephase type can be used with ve-phase PKP stepper motor products. e compact, standardized 24 VDC driver provides the lowest noise and vibration available through the fully digital full-time microstepping control circuit. e driver allows for operational and parameter setting directly to the driver via RS458 (Modbus RTU) communications. Programs can be stored and called up by the host controller.

Oriental Motor USA Booth N-4605 www.orientalmotor.com


Conveyor components and friction-reducing parts portfolio includes roller chain guides, bearings, guide rails, rollers, sprockets, wear pro les, belt guides and custom-machined parts. Materials include a variety of FDA-compliant plastics, high-temperature-resistant options, lube- lled hardwood and metals.

POBCO Booth N-6038 www.pobcoplastics.com

of the X70X 70mm conveyor, designed to handle smaller food containers and packets that are more sensitive to being unstable during production. e addition of this conveyor gives manufacturers greater possibilities to optimize their production control during manufacturing. is new size replaces the present XLX option.

FlexLink Systems Booth S-2501 www. exlink.com


e c500 cabinet controller manages high-end control applications, including printing machines, with many units or picker lines with several robots. Controller is said to be maintenance free and o ers a battery-free design, an extended ambient operating temperature to 140 F (60 C), automated standard setup, data backup via USB ash drive and connectivity for simple machine integration. A fully integrated shield connection eliminates the need for special shield terminals.

Lenze Americas Booth N-5239 www.lenze.com


Cyclos-certi ed exible single-material packaging boasts a 99% recyclability rate, in part due to plant-based raw materials and certi ed compostable inks. e compostable, biodegradable material resists perforation and has excellent mechanical, graphic rendering and sealing properties.

ITP USA Booth W-21027 www.itpusa.us


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Tamper-evident shrink bands can be precisely applied to tapered and straight-wall canisters and tubs on the FC-400 sanitary-design shrink bander. Capable of withstanding washdown food and dairy environments, the units are ideally suited for banding tubs used for spreads, ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt, toppings and dried fruit. e system applies bands 1 to 2.3 in. (25 to 60mm) high and 2.5 to 6.75 in. (63 to 172mm) in diameter and is compatible with commercial shrink sleeve lms such as polyvinyl choride and polyethylene terephthalate (including freezer-grade lms).

PDC International Booth N-4921 www.pdc-corp.com


e manually operated VHEF and the mechanically operated VMEF pneumatic valves are small, durable and versatile and guaranteed to ship within 24 hr. Manual and mechanical valves are the most direct way to control a process. ey do not require energy conversion, additional reaction time or long cables. e actuated plunger simply switches the valve and triggers the next step in the process. Each style of valve o ers multiple con gurations to satisfy a wide range of applications.

Festo Booth N-6213 www.festo.com/us SD

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