Julie Ackerman MontrossNearly one-third of the nation’s top consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) are located within 200 miles of Philadelphia. This makes the Northeastern United States a critical center for manufacturing and an ideal – yet, according to recent surveys of East Coast customers, underserved – market for presenting innovation and educational opportunities in manufacturing. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will fill the void with the introduction of PACK EXPO East (Feb. 16-18; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia).

PACK EXPO East will be a resource for processors and packagers across a range of industries looking to improve the sustainability, efficiency, productivity and security of the manufacturing supply chain. The show will offer several features to guide attendees to the suppliers and information they need. These include the following:

• The Innovation Stage (Booth #696) will offer free 30-minute educational sessions.
• The Education Pavilion (Booth #697) will provide information on industry-related training, certificate and degree programs.
• The Packaging Design Studio (Booth #1067) will display packaging prototypes designed by students from the elite Packaging Engineering Program at Rutgers University.
• The Manufacturing Solutions Conference Program organized by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) (Booth #997) will present best practices in manufacturing operations, new tools for regulating compliance and advances in pharma-centric packaging.

Of course, the aisles full of processing and packaging solutions will serve as the centerpiece of PACK EXPO East. Attendees will find next-generation technologies such as Sharp Packaging Systems’ (Booth #906) SX™, MAX12™ and MAX20™ bagging equipment. These updated technologies improve efficiency for mail-order fulfillment and parts packaging with the SX™ continuous roll bagging system, which is 10% smaller and 30% lighter than previous models.

ADCO Manufacturing (Booth #1227) will also display a new top load cartoning system that maximizes efficiency, speed and flexibility. The system, featuring ADCO’s RTL-2x two-axis robotic carton loader and InterACT intuitive machine interface, runs up to 400 packages per minute for a wide range food of and personal care applications and package formats.


To register for PACK EXPO East 2015, visit Packexpoeast.com


Julie Ackerman Montross, Senior Director, PR and Communications, PMMI


PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as packexpo.com, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows that include PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28-30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015. PMMI owns the PMMI Media Group, a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end-users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands — Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM— are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. PMMI Media Group also produces The Automation Conference, an annual education and networking forum, taking place in Chicago each spring.

Learn more at pmmi.org, packexpo.com and pmmimediagroup.com.