2006 Pack, Process, and Converting Expos Share McCormick Place

Pack, Process and Converting Expos share McCormick Place Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Find an exhibitor list at the end this article.

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By David Feder, Managing Editor

The slogan for the show is, “You need to be here.” This key food industry packaging and equipment show, sponsored and produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and by the Food Processing Suppliers Assn. (www.processfood.com), will be held  Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. The international expo is celebrating its half-century mark.

The sponsors promise “more than 2,000 packaging and processing exhibitors covering virtually the entire packaging supply chain.” This year for the first time, the Converting, Package and Printing Expo (www.cppexpo.com) is co-locating.

As always, the expo will feature everything processors need for the floor, including: components, containers, converting machinery, materials and packaging machinery.

“Inspiration” is the watchword of this year’s Showcase of Packaging Innovations. The centerpiece pavilion will highlight design breakthroughs in packaging material media as well as concepts, such as minimal packaging and green packaging.

Keeping up with the growth of its subject, this year’s radio frequency identification (RFID) pavilion has expanded. According to the Pack Expo web site (www.packexpo.com), the coverage will include a full crew of:

  • RFID technology providers with operations experience.
  • Systems integrators who have identified RFID solutions specifically for packaging operations.
  • Packaging technology providers who offer RFID-enabled upgrades.
  • RFID technology providers who offer “bolt-on” units for packaging equipment.
  • Solution providers who can offer practical, operational solutions for a variety of challenges, including: upgrading conventional lines into RFID-enabled packaging lines capable of printing or applying primary package, multi-pack, case and pallet tags, online; verifying the presence of pre-placed tags; writing electronic product code (EPC) on tags; validating EPC tags; solutions for “smart” packaging machines that use RFID to adjust operational settings.

Safety First

Security is the hot-button issue of the 21st century. All the more reason to visit the Brand Protection Center pavilion. On hand will be packaging-security professionals, service providers and government experts to guide you through the latest in packaging security.

With safety in mind, catch the “Safety Issues Tracks” sessions, especially the  9:25 a.m. Monday “21st Century Safety Solutions for the Packaging Industry.” Gil Guajardo, safety product marketing manager for Omron Electronics LLC,  will outline new options and uses of established technologies and associated “functional safety standards.” He’ll also discuss how safety is seen as a benefit rather than an obligatory hindrance.

In addition to the opportunity for networking with industry colleagues from all over the world, you’ll experience a line-up of other specialized education sessions covering more topics than ever.
Consumers are smarter — and greener — than ever before. One of the keynote sessions on the hot topic is the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Packaging Vision, covering “packaging innovations and how they relate to consumer and environmental trends.” The presentation stars two Sam’s Club packaging execs: Amy Zettlemoyer, director of packaging, and Matt Kistler, vice president of package and product innovations for the world’s largest packaged goods retailer.

Halloween is a good time to be thinking about ghosts and gremlins, and Miller Brewing Co. packaging equipment specialist Don Stevens is au courant with his “Miller Brewing Trains Talented Eye on Equipment Faults” session Tuesday, Oct. 31. Stevens discusses how to rapidly get to the “root cause” of those ghosts in the machine-type equipment problems via such gremlin-spotters as high-speed video monitoring to help make packaging lines run more smoothly.

And finally, on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 8:30 a.m., Food Processing’s own Heidi Parsons will co-moderate the Material/Container Advances session. The session will discuss “how label application methods and product life-cycle expectations influence label design.”

Register for all the shows at www.packexpo.com.

Pack Expo International/Process Expo Exhibitors
PACKAGING
Accumulators & conveyors
Belt Technologies 5741
Key Technology 6713
Forming machines
NuTec Manufacturing 6866
Packaging components
All-Con World Systems 7251
Belt Technologies 5741
Multivac Inc.  7428
Power Engineers  5028
Packaging machinery
All-Con World Systems 7251
Fuchs Lubricants/Lubritech Div.  6212
Multivac Inc.  7428
Saint-Gobain Performance  7336
Packaging services
Multivac Inc.  7428
Power Engineers  5028
 
PROCESSING
Air compressors
Atlas Copco  8027
Boilers
Clayton Industries  6341
Control systems
A&B Process Systems  6551
Endress+Hauser  994
Pursuit Dynamics 6551, 8503
Power Engineers  5028
Dryers & ovens
Key Technology  6713
Flow measurement & control; Pumps
Endress+Hauser  994
Pursuit Dynamics 6551, 8503
Saint-Gobain Performance  7336
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell/SPX  6613
Form/fill/seal equipment
Endress+Hauser  994
Saint-Gobain Performance  7336
Heat transfer equipment
Clayton Industries  6341
Endress+Hauser  994
Pursuit Dynamics 6551, 8503
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell/SPX  6613
Lubricants
Fuchs Lubricants/Lubritech Div.  6212
Mixing & blending
A&B Process Systems  6551
All-Con World Systems 7251
Fuchs Lubricants/Lubritech Div.  6212
Pursuit Dynamics 6551, 8503
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell/SPX  6613
Refrigeration & freezing
Goff’s Enterprises  6214
Saint-Gobain Performance  7336
The Stellar Group  6945
Size reduction
Power Engineers  5028
Urschel Laboratories  6803
Sorting & grading
Key Technology  6713
Steam generators
Clayton Industries  6341
Weighing/checkweighing
All-Con World Systems 7251
 
OTHER
Business services
Cintas  8205
Ludeca Inc.  6245
Power Engineers  5028
Sentry Insurance  6934
SlipNot Metal Flooring  8226
The Stellar Group  6945
Construction, engineering
A&B Process Systems  6551
Power Engineers  5028
The Stellar Group  6945
Depositors
NuTec Manufacturing  6866
Facilities; Flooring
SlipNot Metal Flooring  8226
Stonhard  8109
Valspar Flooring  6267
Food safety & Laboratory equipment
Cintas  8205
Fuchs Lubricants/Lubritech Div.  6212
Goff’s Enterprises  6214
Key Technology  6713
Pest control
Goff’s Enterprises  6214
Software
Ludeca Inc.  6245
Uniform services
Cintas  8205
Washing machines
Douglas Machines Corp.  6858
And of course, you must visit our booth
Food Processing magazine  8241
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