Preview: Pack Expo 2009, Oct. 5-7 in Las Vegas

At PACK EXPO 2009 (Oct. 5-7; Las Vegas Convention Center), beverage manufacturers will discover the innovation they need to build stronger brands, enhance production efficiencies, meet sustainability requirements and reduce total systems costs. In a single trip, attendees can examine the latest packaging technologies at more than 1,600 exhibits, making the show a cost-effective, convenient solution to find the innovation they need.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect at the show.

The Latest Packaging Technologies

With so many resources under one roof, discovering innovation is easy. Here’s a preview of some of the many technologies beverage manufacturers can’t afford to miss at PACK EXPO. Be sure to register for the show at to see them for yourself.

• Print Registered Shrink Wrapper Creates Brand Billboard

ARPAC’s (Booth # C-1000) versatile BPMP-5000 shrink wrapping machine uses single roll print registered polyethylene film to ensure accurate placement of graphics on shrink wrapped trays and unsupported multipacks for the beverage and bottled water industries. Print registered film provides an attractive forum to billboard brands on store shelves. Multipacks and tray packs also reduce material disposal, offer shelf-ready shipping capabilities and are easy to handle by consumers.

• Inspection Station Protects Package Integrity, Brand Image

Delkor’s (Booth # C-4045) new Systems Foresight™ Vision Inspection Station helps protect package integrity and brand image by visually scanning containers for physical defects such as absent, misaligned or damaged closures and tipped, double-stacked or wrong-sized containers. Operating at speeds of up to 500 packages per minute, Foresight Station ensures greater production line reliability by reducing the downtime often caused by defective packages, and provides more effective results than manual inspectors.

• Thermal Transfer Overprinter Increases Profitability

The COM II from ID Technology (Booth # C-411) is a versatile thermal transfer overprinting solution designed for seamless integration into a wide range of flexible packaging machines including vertical and horizontal form/fill/sealers. Simple technology provides consistency with low maintenance requirements, increasing profitability and equipment effectiveness.

• Easy to Operate Thermal Ink Jet Printer

The compact MicroJet HRP printing system from Loveshaw (Booth # C-1419) is designed for one and two-line marking/coding applications where ease of operation and quality of print is crucial. The HP cartridge-based printer is constructed of a sealed, industrial-grade housing with stainless steel faceplate and built-in photo sensors to detect product speed and direction. Changing ink is simple: users simply lift the cover of the printhead to find a disposable Loveshaw ink cartridge that is simple to snap in and snap out. The system prints characters up to .45″ tall and reaches print speeds up to 200 feet per minute

• Unscrambler for Lightweighted Bottles

Nalbach Engineering’s (Booth # C-1023) NECOSORT-III unscrambler has been designed to support the beverage industry’s push towards lightweighted bottles. Rather than relying solely on gravity, the NECOSORT-III unscrambler ensures that bottles are positively held, moved and controlled throughout the unscrambling process. Capable of sorting a wide range of bottle types and sizes, the machine is tolerant of damaged bottles and has a small footprint. With no reciprocating motions, complicated mechanisms, or hard to adjust container handling parts the NECOSORT-III is low maintenance and highly reliable.

• New In-Line Capper Eliminates Damage, Maximizes Efficiency

The new beltorque™ Automatic In-Line Capper from NJM/CLI (Booth # C-532) relies on belts to tighten caps rather than discs or spindles, improving product quality by eliminating cap damage and achieving more consistent torque values. The beltorque Capper handles round, oval, square and rectangular containers from 2 to 12 inches (50 to 305 mm) in height and from 0.5 to 7 inches (12 to 175 mm) in diameter with caps up to 3 inches (75 mm) in diameter at speeds up to 200 cpm. The easy-to-operate beltorque Capper can be changed over in only five minutes, no tools and no container parts required.

• Multi-Lane, Multi-Row Printer Maximizes Throughput, Flexibility

Featureing up to 14 thermal transfer print heads integrated on one common platform, the new ThermalPak™ Traversing System from Norwood Marking Systems / Allen Coding Systems (Booth # C-1211) maximizes speed and flexibility. The system prints multiple lanes simultaneously and quickly traverses to print multiple rows before starting the next machine cycle. The ThermalPak Traversing System is ideal for use on a wide variety of horizontal-form-fill-seal (HFFS) and IV bag forming machines that produce multiple lanes and multiple rows of packages per cycle.

New Ways to Shape Winning Brands

Making its debut at PACK EXPO is The Brand Zone, a pavilion featuring exhibitors displaying the containers and materials necessary to help brands meet consumer demands for convenience, portability, recyclability and portion control, among others.

Exhibit space in the area is completely sold out, with 160 companies occupying more than 45,000 net square feet of space.

“Demand to exhibit in The Brand Zone exceeded our expectations – clearly the market is strongly focused on brand management and how packaging can help grow sales and meet consumer demands,” notes Charles D. Yuska, President and CEO of PMMI. “It’s also proof that packaging innovation does not wait for recessions to end. The economic recovery plan for any CPG company or private label manufacturer begins at PACK EXPO, where they can find ways to improve productivity, address efficiency issues, and find new package formats to maximize success on the retail shelf.”

Visitors to The Brand Zone can view award-winning package designs in The Showcase of Packaging Innovation™, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. Also, finalists in the annual PACK EXPO Selects™ competition will be housed in The Brand Zone, providing ample inspiration for attendees looking for innovation.

An Education in Private Label Success & Other Critical Issues

The Conference at PACK EXPO, a three-day education program held in conjunction with the show, offers attendees an opportunity to gain insight into some of the industry’s most pressing issues.

Running each day of the show, the comprehensive program is organized concurrent tracks including Branding, Digital Package Printing, Economics, Intelligent Coding, Reusable Packaging, Legal Landscape, Materials, Sustainability, Sustainable Operations, Processing, Vision Systems and Converting.

Each day’s programming will also include a keynote address from retail executives leading successful private label programs. The keynote schedule is as follows:

• Monday, October 5: Doug Palmer, Vice President, Own Brands, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

• Tuesday, October 6: Andrew Abraham, Vice President, Our Own Brands, SUPERVALU

• Wednesday, October 7: Steve Ryder, Store Design and Planning Director, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, and Kevin O’Donnell, Founder, thread collaborative.

Attendees can register for conference sessions for rates up to $75 per session onsite or in advance of the show at The full conference schedule and session abstracts are available online.

Attendees must register for PACK EXPO before they can sign up for conference sessions. Show registration rates are will be $60, whether you register online or on site

Value-Added Programming

Industry events coinciding and co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas add even more value to your trip. These include:

Events include:

• Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) 2009 Annual Meeting (MGM Grand Hotel) and 14th International Package Design Competition (inside The Brand Zone)

• International Bottled Water Association’s (IBWA) 2009 Convention and Tabletop Trade Show (MGM Grand Hotel)

• Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) Annual Meeting (Las Vegas Convention Center)

• DistriPak Pavilion, sponsored by the NPTA Alliance (Las Vegas Convention Center)

• Converting & Package Printing (CPP) EXPO (Las Vegas Convention Center)

• PROCESS EXPO (Las Vegas Convention Center)

Attendees have access to PACK EXPO, the DistriPak Pavilion, CPP EXPO and PROCESS EXPO with a single badge. Other events may require separate registration.

“PACK EXPO is focused on giving attendees access to the entire packaging and processing supply chain,” explains Yuska. “Holding all of these events concurrently capitalizes on their natural synergies, adds a great deal of value and gives attendees several important business reasons to make the trip to Las Vegas in October.”

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