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Pack Expo is here again, and this year it is back in Las Vegas. I look forward to sending you updates from the show. You can follow me live on Twitter @JKerns10 or sign up for our daily newsletters from the show. The following is just a snippet of what you can expect to see at this large Expo.


In the North Hall, Booth N-645 will feature drone-delivery demonstrations. New this year, the demonstration shows off the hardest and most time-consuming part of delivery–the last mile–presented by Workhorse.

Drones will take off every half hour from the top of electric trucks and make deliveries to mock houses populating the 15,000-sq.-ft. exhibit area in the North Hall. Cameras mounted onto the drones will show the unique drone delivery perspective as part of the interactive display.

PMMI: Women in Packaging and Processing

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you can attend PMMI’s complimentary breakfast where you will hear from Tana Utley, vice president, Caterpillar, who progressed from a working-level engineer to a vice president. In her keynote, Tana will discuss tactics for making the most of the abundant opportunities that exist for women in the manufacturing industry and how to give back. Learn more about PPWLN and connect with your peers throughout Pack Expo at the networking lounge in room N242.

Cut Reusable Packaging Losses Using Smart Logistics

On Tues., Sept. 26 at 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. at Booth S-7900, there will be a discussion of smart reverse logistics technologies that reduce or eliminate packaging asset losses. See how cloud-based tools connect all parties to a common set of data for maximum visibility, accountability, and control. If you are considering switching to reusable packaging, but are concerned about how you will manage it, here you will learn how other companies have solved this challenge. See lessons learned in controlling a managed logistics loop, optimizing routing, maximizing packaging inventory turn, and how to automate traditionally manual processes.

Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage covers a lot of hot industry topics in more than 40 30-minute sessions. Three stages will be located in the Central Hall (booth numbers C-1041, C-1045, and C-1049) and will bring together industry leaders and subject-matter experts for free educational programming addressing the most top-of-mind issues and trends. Sessions will address topics including: Clean Labeling, Coding and Serialization, Technology, Food Safety Technology, Sustainability, Snack Food Trends, High Pressure processing, Internet of Things, and much more.

There is even an additional Innovation Stage in the North Hall, Booth N-601, addressing innovations including supply chain visibility, security solutions, intellectual property strategies, labeling quality control, and packaging solutions to improve patient adherence.  

Epson Robots (Booth S-6372)

Epson will have the Flexion N2 and its label-printing solutions for the packaging market, including the SurePress digital label press and ColorWorks on-demand color label printers. Epson Robots will be launching a new all-in-one SCARA robot with an innovative technology feature, which reduces space requirements and simplifies setup. It addresses the need for a cost-effective and easy-to-use automation solution that is ideal for simple applications.

Siemens (Booth S-5911)

Siemens is showing the experience and power of the digital enterprise. Learn how digitalization can increase productivity, flexibility, and reliability. At the booth, Siemens is presenting: “Experience the Digital Twin,” “Motion Control Solutions for Individualized Mass Production,” “Applications for Packaging and Handling Solutions,” and more.

Delta Products’ Industrial Automation (Booth C-3400)

A developer of scalable architecture solutions for machines, Delta sounds like it is launching everything including the kitchen sink. At this year’s show, the company will be unveiling new technology enablers designed to help machine builders design smarter (IIoT-ready) and greener machinery, including: DIA Cloud Platform for secure, remote monitoring, maintenance, and data collection/storage, EtherNet/IP information connectivity network platform solution, EtherCAT control network platform solution, hot-swappable midrange PLCs, and much more.

Engineered Printing Solutions (Booth 8168)

EPS is launching the Roto-JET industrial inkjet printer, a cylindrical object multi-color, UV-LED, high-resolution printing technology. It is designed specifically for decorating cylindrical objects—including those that are flat walled or tapered with an average speed of 800 parts per hour. Roto-JET is built for continuous projection.

Quick Hits

  • Complete canned beer cartooning and tray packaging from Econocorp–Booth C-4414
  • Colordyne walks you through the cycle of product labeling with digital printing–Booth C-3407
  • Inkjet directly on large flat bags and corrugated cardboard with Kirk-Rudy’s KR725 bag feeder–Booth S7433
  • Wash down printers for harsh environments–Booth S-6507
  • Watch how Bosch’s new “Biscuit on Pile” system stacks cookies with unrivaled flexibility—Booth C-5206
  • Hapa’s web 4.0 for printing on web-fed materials–Booth 3800
  • Improve efficiency reduce downtime with triangle’s Flex 1 Cartoner–Booth C-2614
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