Get Ready for Pack Expo International

Pack Expo International 2010 will focus on total manufacturing solutions that are expected to enhance operational excellence across the production line, speed new product commercialization, and grow brands. The show, which will take place at McCormick Place (Chicago, IL) on Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 2010, will provide attendees with direct access to more than 2000 packaging and processing equipment suppliers, containers and materials companies, and components manufacturers.

Pack Expo International will debut new features to the event, including the Processing Zone and the Brand Zone. The new Processing Zone will highlight the latest processing technologies for diverse market sectors including beverage, baked goods, snack food, meat, dairy, produce, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Exhibits will include technologies to enhance food safety, reduce waste, ensure product freshness, and improve sustainability. The Brand Zone will provide inspiration and innovation to brand managers at consumer goods companies who understand that packaging plays a critical role in successful products.

To clearly communicate the expanded focus of the Pack Expo shows, PMMI has unveiled a new logo and tagline: Packaging. Processing. One Powerful Show. In addition to Pack Expo International, PMMI organizes the Pack Expo trade shows Pack Expo Las Vegas and EXPO PACK Mexico, connecting packaging and processing equipment and materials suppliers with their customers around the world

The Reusable Packaging Association also announced that 13 companies will join the organization in its pavilion at Pack Expo International 2010 to provide a comprehensive, one-stop source for packaging professionals interested in economic sustainable packaging solutions. Within the Reusable Packaging Pavilion, Pack Expo attendees will have access to all the types of suppliers required to integrate reusable packaging into their business-to-business supply chains, including manufacturers, service providers, and technology suppliers of reusable transport packaging.

Member companies exhibiting in the RPA Reusable Packaging Pavilion include The Kennedy Group, iGPS, IFCO SYSTEMS, ORBIS Corp., Container and Pooling Solutions, Polymer Logistics, CHEP, Schoeller Arca Systems Inc., IPL Products Ltd., Green Line Armor, Trienda, Rehrig Pacific, and Buckhorn. In addition to its Pavilion at Pack Expo, located in rows 5000, 5100, and 5200 on the main level of Lakeside East Hall in Chicago’s McCormick Place, the RPA will host a workshop on Reusable Packaging followed by a networking reception on Nov. 2.

Exhibitor Product Previews

A new generation checkweigher, EC-Essential, is designed for standard market level requirements at a throughput of up to 150 ppm. Many of the company’s high-quality standard components as servo drives and patented conveyor technology are included in the EC-Essential. The new industrial PC perfectly controls the connected drives and guarantees an optimized product handling. EC-Essential comes with an easy to use 8-in. color touch screen and line synchronization is standard. The system is available in three different weighing ranges to support flexibility for different conveyor size requirements. OCS Checkweighers Inc., Snellville, GA; 678/344-8300;
Booth #N-4606

Parenteral Production
This year one company is presenting its bottelpack  LVP production technology at Pack Expo. Large-volume parenterals (LVP) are in daily use around the world for IV solutions and other applications. The move from glass to flexible plastic containers has been in progress for the past forty years. Plastic bottles formed in the Advanced Aseptic Blow-Fill-Seal process have been used in LVP applications from the early 1970s. Combining high machine automation level, lower material and operations costs, and robust performance without venting has made blow-fill-seal IV containers a standard around the world. Rommelag USA Inc.; Evergreen, CO; 303/674-8333;
Booth #S-350

Cartoning Systems
The TLC is an innovation in cartoning systems, which will be exhibited at Pack Expo. It will be packaging overwrapped syringes from bulk at 100+ parts per minute using vision-guided high-speed robot. An adaptable piece of a complete top load cartoning modular solution, the TLC Top Load Cartoning System features a modular design that can be expanded as needed in order to meet future production needs. The TLC system offers a variety of carton-loading options as well as carton closing. Also showing at same company’s booth will be the TopSerter II outsert applicator, Impulse friction feeder, iSys tray denester, and Vibratory Bowl Feeder. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN; 763/425-8808;
Booth #S-2416

Blow-Fill-Seal Machine
The Asep-Tech Model 628 Blow-Fill-Seal machine has the flexibility to produce sterile, liquid filled, tamper-evident containers, which can range in size from 0.5 mL up to 500 mL, in full-scale production quantities. The versatile Model 628 features a two-piece stepped base design for simple maintenance and convenient product discharge. All existing Model 624 tooling, which includes molds, fill systems, parison heads, can be used on the Model 628 machine, which makes it an attractive upgrade for current users. The Model 628 comes complete with an integral product buffer tank, which is designed to meet tight fill tolerances and all digital controls. In addition, an all-electric option is available, which is specifically designed for parenteral, or injectable, product applications. Weiler Engineering Inc., Elgin, IL; 847/697-4900;
Booth #S-1276S

An automated material handling solutions provider will launch the Alvey 890 mid-speed case palletizer as the company’s showcase at Pack Expo Chicago 2010. The Alvey 890 is the most flexible Alvey 800 series palletizer to date, able to form virtually any pattern with a wide range of package types and sizes on a variety of pallet platforms. The standard pattern creation utility is enhanced to meet increasingly complex pattern requirements, including the ability to build four different layer configurations in one load. Capable of rates up to 75 cases per minute, the Alvey 890 features a compact footprint and flexible layout of front and side discharge configurations. The Alvey 890 palletizer includes enhanced diagnostics and alarm history, lower noise levels, standard Ethernet communication capabilities, an improved frame design to reduce installation time, and fully integrated and enhanced safety guarding with Category 3 controls. Intelligrated, Mason, OH; 866/936-7300;
Booth #S-2266

Metal Detection
A manufacturer of Metal Detection Inspection Equipment is showcasing the Insight PH, which offers advanced plug-and-play architecture. The design features an array of communications options—USB, Scada, Wireless, and Standard Ethernet— designed to meet the requirements of systems integrators and manufacturers to equal degree. In conformance with GMP, the Insight PH is designed and constructed in compliance with 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211 and sealed to IP66/NEMA 4X. It is compatible with all leading tablet presses and dedusters while detecting metal at throughputs up to 30,000 units per minute and rejecting contaminated material using a variety of reject options, such as Wash-In-Place and Dust-Tight. Performance enhancing benefits are the result of an Integrated Digital Head and advanced Optix detector management software. They include higher sensitivity to all metal types along with improved stability to vibration and complex product signals. Insight PH is delivered with an all new Vario-Line frame that offers a full range of line heights combining standard, lo-line and hi-line variants on one frame and offers improved manuverability from a reduced footprint. A choice of new user friendly HMIs are available incorporating Direct Digital Signal viewer, and the Insight PH is operable in a 21 CFR Part 11 environment on delivery. Lock Inspection Systems Inc.; Fitchburg, MA; 800/227-5539;
Booth #S-2530

Bag Filler/Conveyors
A bulk bag filler and line of four conveyors will be shown at Pack Expo  2010. The latest bulk bag filler increases the number of bags that can be filled per hour while reducing operator fatigue and maintaining filling accuracy. The bulk bag filler exhibit will be supported by examples of the four types of bulk materials and ingredients/additives conveyors manufactured by the company. These include flexible screw conveyors, aero-mechanical conveyors, tubular drag conveyors, and pneumatic conveying systems. Spiroflow Systems Inc., Monroe, NC; 704/291-9595;
Booth #N-4661

Sustainability Solutions
A new alliance provides sustainability and equipment solutions for liquid products processing operations in the pharmaceutical industry. A few of the benefits include reduced labor costs, enhanced product quality, increased production capacity, and decreased generation of waste and scrap. The companies’ executives have collaborated on many projects for more than two decades and will hold a press conference at Pack Expo 2010 to discuss the benefits this new partnership provides. Oden Corp., Buffalo, NY; 800/658-3622, ext. 230;; Green Frontier LLC, Cary, NC;
Booth #N-3736

Compact Erector
The Boxxer T12 automatic case erector and bottom tape sealer is an affordable and compact erector. The machine can run regular slotted and half slotted style boxes and erect and tape 12 boxes per minute. As a single operator machine, the Boxxer T12 is mobile and easy to move. The unit offers a broad range of features including an Omron PLC, color touch screen, high capacity blank hopper, and easy access panels with safety switches. The unit is solidly built with a welded steel frame construction, includes casters for easy mobility, and is available for left or right hand operation. Eagle Packaging Machinery LLC, Miami, FL; 305/622-4070;
Booth #S-2487

Thermal Printer

The Wolke m600, an advanced small character thermal ink-jet printer, will be showcased at Pack Expo. It enables high-speed coding of serialized data and many types of bar codes, including GS1 DataMatrix, to be compatible with track-and-trace applications. Uptime performance is enhanced through a range of features including quick ink cartridge replacement and Wolke Universal Black ink. Universal Black ink delivers an optimal combination of long decap time and short drying time, making it an ideal ink for varnish-free surfaces on folded chipboard boxes and other paper substrates. Available software packages increase functionality and productivity of the Wolke m600 advanced. With m600 advanced Label Designer, line operators can quickly and easily create and edit complex print labels with logos. The m600 advanced Ethernet Manager helps users manage and back up print data and perform software updates. Videojet Technologies Inc., Wood Dale, IL; 800/843-3610;
Booth #S-1512

Oriented Film
Oriented film and oriented equipment is an alternative to conventional hand wrapping, offering increased wrapping productivity, enhanced employee safety, improved load containment, and lower total pallet wrapping costs. The company exhibiting its oriented film also markets Yellow Jacket brand equipment and services. Yellow Jacket provides patented orbital lock-down stretch wrap technology for secure, safe, and superior pack-to-ship performance. The system can handle odd-shaped loads. GaleWrap, Douglasville, GA; 866/425-3727;,
Booth #S-1912

Stretch Wrap
One company will highlight its full line of semi-automatic to fully automatic stretch wrap equipment and stretch wrap film. The line of stretch wrap equipment includes the Raptor turntable series, Cobra rotary arm series, and Octopus rotary ring series. Each cast and blown stretch films with superior load retention are available. ITW Muller, Arlington Heights, IL; 800/628-6787;
Booth #S-1916

Tablet Press
The OYSTAR Manesty XSpress is a new generation of R&D bilayer rotary press and offers complete segregation between compression, mechanical, and electrical zones. A flexible turret arrangement allows rapid format change without the need to exchange turrets by simply exchanging the two-piece upper cam-track and fill cam made out of delrin. The press comes fully automated with a high-resolution touch screen allowing for data acquisition for up to seven channels for graphic representation and analysis of factors, such as pre and main compression force, ejection force, scrape-off force, punch displacement, and Heckel plots. Oystar USA Process Division, Edison, NJ; 732/343-7600; 
Booth #S-830

Blister Machine
The TF1e blister-packaging machine has an increased format range—170 mm × 90 mm versus 130 mm × 80 mm—and is an affordable, small footprint machine, which is suited for quick changeover demands. Features include multizone contact heating, servo station actuation, seal pressure monitoring, HMI control of draw depth, as well as station pressure and servo indexing. Options include scanware tablet/print vision, various printer technologies, and feeder options tailored to customer needs. Pharmaworks Inc., Odessa, FL; 727/232-8200;
Booth #N-3658

Bagging Machines
The Pronova 535 is a stainless-steel bagging machine designed for 24-hour use in automated packaging lines. Heavy products can be packed, vertically as well as horizontally, if using the optional supporting conveyor belt. The Pronova 505 is the latest addition to Pronova’s fifth generation of standard bagging machines. It is primarily designed for growing productions in the ramp-up process, seeking to replace manual bagging and need to take the first steps into automation. The company has also developed a new way to produce linked bags as part of their packaging system. It is called Blueline and it opens up many new markets for the company. Pronova AB; Halmstad, Sweden; +46-35-17-19-00;
Booth #E-5920

Slat Counter
SL39 is a new slat counter designed to meet customer demands for quick and easy cleaning. The optional innovative replacement filling head drastically reduces the changeover time of the machine. Designed to use Lakso or Merrill and King slats, this counter is also available with the TruCount 100% count verification system. All drive and mechanical components are fully enclosed for improved safety and elimination of product entrapment points. The SL39 can reach speeds of up to 400 bottles/minute, depending on product and bottle shape and size. IMA North America Inc., 978/537-8534;
Booth #S-1241

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