Get Ready for MD&M West, WestPack, ATX, and More!

The West coast event will offer packagers several learning opportunities. Medical Design & Manufacacturing West, WestPack, ATX West, and other colocated events will showcase the latest advanced manufacturing technologies February 11-13, with conferences beginning on Feb. 10. Exhibitors will demonstrate packaging, labeling, and bar coding supplies; testing, inspection, and QA/QC products and services, and more.

Conference sessions will cover design, prototyping, and usability; risk, quality, and validation; FDA and global regulations in practice, and material and supplier management. Learning Lab sessions will be on the show floor and will explore packaging and human factors, recyling, 3-D printing, automation, robotics, lean manufacturing, and more.

Exhibitor Previews

Testing Equipment
A new combination of hardware and software is designed to optically detect strain and displacement within a defined area on the surface of specimens or components exposed to loads, and visualize these in real-time on a computer screen, so that they can be traced over the entire duration of the test. Image and calibration data is supplied by an Instron Advanced Video Extensometer. The Digital Image Correlation (DIC) Software saves data at an adjustable rate of up to 50 Hz in the form of individual images for subsequent analysis in post-processing mode. DIC enables the detection of strains and displacements in cases where conventional extensometers are impractical and enables the visualization of the side profile of flat bending or compression specimens. Instron, 800/564-8378; www.instron.com.
Booth #2483

Software
A company will be unveiling Proofware, calling it the world’s first cloud-based, all-in-one brand packaging inspection toolbox. Proofware features text-based, pixel-based bar code and Braille inspection technologies, with dynamic management tools including annotation, report management, and inspection grouping, all designed to secure brand packaging. Global Vision, Montreal; 514/624-4422; www.globalvisioninc.com.
Booth #5251

Flowrappers
Automatic flow wrapping machines now feature the ability to switch between swing motion or standard rotary motion. The design of the Swing Rotary Sealer on the Alpha 7 Flow Wrap machine is intended to provide 30% more dwell time than a standard rotary sealer to yield a better seal. Model FW3400/3700 can process 10 to 450 packages per minute. The flowrapper can be easily changed over from standard sealing to rotary end sealing, and it can process a wide variety of films. Having the seal bar travel along with the material allows for a 30% increased dwell time, even at high speeds. This increased dwell time means that the sealing bar can run up to 15 degrees less than that required for a normal end seal. According to the company, data show that approximately 9% of energy can be saved. The firm has built horizontal bagging and horizontal and vertical form-fill-seal wrapping machines for 50 years. Formost Fuji Corp., Woodinville, WA; salesoffice@formostfuji.com, www.formostfuji.com.
Booth #4947 

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