WestPack Then and Now

Healthcare packagers can't afford to miss WestPack.

“Anaheim’s WestPack show and conference gets bigger all the time. Once considered a regional machinery show, it’s now a don’t-miss event with nationwide participation. Best of all, we found that many suppliers of machinery and materials are targeting the healthcare packaging industry with new products specifically designed with your needs in mind.”

PMP News

, November/December 1993

These words couldn’t be truer today. WestPack, part of the packaging family of shows now managed by PMP News’s publisher, Canon Communications llc, continues to offer healthcare packagers the West Coast venue for materials, machinery, and services. 

In 2004, on January 6–8, the show will again be co-located with Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2004, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, and Pacific Design & Manufacturing. After healthcare packaging professionals have visited WestPack, they can visit MD&M West’s MedPak pavilion, which features a number of converters and material and machinery providers targeting the medical packaging industry.

According to Diane O’Connor, Canon’s director of trade shows, “Co-locating WestPack with design, manufacturing, and plastics-processing shows creates an all-encompassing event with opportunities for both exhibitors and attendees. In many manufacturing companies, the same person is responsible for sourcing equipment and materials across a wide range of front- to back-end activities. Our co-located event is tailor-made for this key decision maker.”

One exhibitor mentioned in PMP News’s debut issue is Klöckner Pentaplast of America. The material provider is returning again in 2004, just as it has for all the WestPack events in the last 10 years, at booth #4139. “WestPack has always been a very strong show for Klöckner Pentaplast. The show has successfully delivered the West Coast packaging industry time and time again,” says Nancy Ryan, manager, communications and media. 

Others mentioned in PMP News’s first issue are returning, too, even though they are now part of other companies. H. G. Kalish Inc. and Willett America Inc., for instance, will be back in 2004, now part of DT Packaging Systems and Videojet Technologies, respectively. DT will be demonstrating its new low-cost electronic counter for tablets and capsules, the Swiftpack Quantum, at booth #4711, as well as its semiautomatic Fillit liquid filler and A300 low-cost high-speed bottle unscrambler. Videojet will be showing off its laser, thermal-transfer, and ink-jet printing systems, at booth #4311.

Other long-time exhibitors are also looking forward to the show. Labeltronix will be announcing its newest product, Digital Labels, at booth #4129. This new digital process allows users to produce labels in short-to-medium runs with variable data. Zebra Technologies will be showing its bar code–printing technologies and RFID capabilities at booth #4621. 

Zebra’s Bob Benedict, who will be on hand at the show, says that he is gearing up to help WestPack attendees with some of the most pressing challenges facing the industry, such as complying with Wal-Mart’s and the Department of Defense’s initiatives requiring RFID smart labeling and bar coding. “At each show, we see more-sophisticated buyers, companies moving from compliance labeling to true business improvement and productivity solutions. They are interested in 4th- and 5th-generation machines.”

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