Show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced the finalists in the Technology Excellence Awards, a brand-new awards initiative that recognizes exhibitors’ innovative new technologies never previously shown at a PACK EXPO show.

Twenty-one Technology Excellence Awards finalists in seven categories will be highlighted during PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018 (Oct. 14–17; McCormick Place, Chicago) with show attendees serving as the ultimate final judge.

The finalists are:

Baking & Snack

  • Automatic Changeover Wizard – Triangle Package Machinery Co. – Booth S-2014
  • Chamber Pouches – Sun Centre USA Inc. – Booth S-10650
  • Leather Print Packaging for Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks – Bemis Co., Inc. – Booth S-3705

Beverage and Dairy

  • LEWA Triplex Homogenizer – LEWA-Nikkiso America, Inc. – Booth E-9217
  • Sealed Rotary Drive Mechanism – R.A JONES –  Booth S-2501b
  • STANDCAP Pouch – Volpak – Booth S-2501

General Packaging

  • ACOPOStrak Adaptive Track Technology – B&R Industrial Automation Corp. – Booth N-5625
  • Evolabel QuickTamp – Fast and Friendly Logistics Labeling System – Evolabel – Booth E-10507
  • OUTDOOR ZONE no-bite Mosquito Repellent Pouches – PPi Technologies Group – Booth S-3819


  • Active Packaging for Vacuum Packed Poultry Meat – Bemis Company Inc. – Booth S-3705
  • Contura S400 Leak Detector – INFICON – Booth E-8563
  • Mammoth Rollstock Packaging Machine – UltraSource LLC – Booth S-2875


  • Biopelle Trusts in 10 mm Polyfoil Single Dose Tube – Neopac The Tube – Booth W-875
  • StandOut™ Premade Inverted Pouch – Cheer Pack North America – Booth N-5885
  • Vetraco Modular Digital Printing Machines – VPack Technologies Corp. – Booth W-743

Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices

  • CO2 Snow Jet Cleaning Process – Bausch+Stroebel Machine Company, Inc. – Booth W-651b
  • LYO-CHECK – Antares Vision – Booth S-3760
  • SP Thermoformer – SP Thermoforming – Booth W-994

Prepared Foods

  • FTNON CoreTakr – FTNON – Booth E-10540
  • Robotic Horizontal & Vertical Pack System – Pearson Packaging Systems – Booth S-3506
  • Specright Cloud-Based Software Platform – Specright – Booth E-10814

“PMMI believes these awards are another way to drive the industry to keep innovating and meet the ever-growing needs of consumer packaged goods companies,” says Laura Thompson, senior director of expositions, PMMI.  “We are amazed at the response and quality of submissions that we received for this exciting new program.”

Voting opens at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 through noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16 to all PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018 attendees. Voters will pick their favorites online, on-site at the My Show Planner kiosks and via the show app, with the winner announcement taking place immediately after polls close.