The best way to gauge engineering talent’s worth is to see its work up close. PACK EXPO will help more than 50,000 industry professionals make that acquaintance as 2,500 exhibitors display the work of the people who make packaging innovations possible. Pneumatics will be represented in a wide variety of these displays, from how these technologies accomplish rapid item-level pick-and-place functions to the way they lift dozens of multi-packs at once via vacuum power.
Such productivity explains why the global market value for packaging machinery will reach $42.2 billion by 2021, according to PMMI’s Global Trends Impacting the Market for Packaging Machinery 2018 report. PACK EXPO International, co-located with Healthcare Packaging EXPO, will show attendees what’s driving packaging’s key market segments, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and medical devices. In addition to experiencing technology in action, attendees will also participate in educational opportunities available on the show floor. Examples include:
Improving OEE and Machinery Reliability with Real-Time Performance Monitoring, Diagnostics, and Control of Pneumatic Systems. Monday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Booth N-4585—IIoT/Industry 4.0 is creating practical opportunities to improve machine performance by incorporating intelligent devices and edge gateways. Machine manufacturers and suppliers will learn how to incorporate analytical fieldbus electronics into their pneumatics systems for real-time performance monitoring of machine and component functions.
How IO-Link is Revolutionizing Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Monday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Booth N-4560—Both machine builders and end users will appreciate learning how intelligent devices assist with change-over and predictive maintenance. This is key to the effectiveness of the Industrial Internet of Things.
The Starting Point for Robot Automation: A Beginner’s Tour. Monday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Booth N-4570—Attendees will come away with a good understanding of how to get started with robotics in automation and the key aspects to consider—including fluid power.
The Digital Twin and its Effect on Automation Efficiencies. Monday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Booth N-4570—The Digital Twin is a virtual representation of the machine which helps evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project. Learn how to reduce commissioning time and accidents on site while managing the advanced training required for machine operators. Virtual models of the machine offer more than just 3D representations, but can be animated to simulate the real behavior of the machine. See how a physics engine can be configured to allow for the effects of gravity, torque, and friction on the machine and parts moving through the machine.
Breaking through New Dimensions with Augmented Reality—Planning Tool for Space Saving Palletizing Solutions. Monday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Booth N-4570—Using 3D simulation, take a virtual tour of a new plant at its proposed site and view its workings from all sides. See how proposed technology is evaluated for this environment—in complete safety. Augmented reality glasses will let you analyze the workings of a complete palletizing system featuring an articulated arm robot combined with a layer handling system.
Robotic Rotary Case Palletization—Revolving around your challenges. Monday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Booth N-4585—Review the advantages of robotic rotary case palletization, handling up to eight different SKUs fed from multiple lines.
Building the Future Using Wireless Distributed Remote Solenoid Valve and I/O Technology. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Booth N-4570—Learn how to achieve digitally secured, real-time wireless communication across multiple pneumatic control valve manifolds. This session’s focus will be on Ethernet/IP and Profinet wireless field bus IP67 pneumatic valve and I/O manifold solutions.
Swimming the Talent Pool
If the engineering talent pool is a core focus for you, several events will help you either network for your own opportunities or recruit from the talent represented at Pack Expo. Events that may be of interest include:
Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN). PPWLN serves to recruit, retain, and advance women’s careers in engineering. A PPWLN breakfast is on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30-9:00 a.m. and will include networking and a panel discussion and Q&A from industry leaders.
The Technology Excellence Awards: These will recognize innovative technologies never before been seen at a Pack Expo. Vote on your favorites among the finalists selected in specific market segments.
Industry-specific Lounges: Network with peers and gain specialized insights on applications in the Snack, Confectionery, and Beverage Industries on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Several training workshops will coincide with Pack Expo, including:
Risk Assessment Workshop—Oct. 12-13, 2018. Learn new ways to reduce downtime, improve productivity, and ensure worker safety while getting tips and techniques to perform and document risk assessment.
Certified Trainer Workshop—Oct. 14-15, 2018. Learn strategies and tactics to train across all employee skill levels including service technicians, service and training managers, maintenance technicians, internal trainers, line supervisors, and any employee responsible for training fellow employees or customers.
Introduction to Field Service—Oct. 15-16, 2018. This 2-day workshop explores non-technical knowledge and skills needed to be a great technician. Topics include: customer service, troubleshooting, environmental issues, safety, training, and service call follow-up.
All of the above is a good start for planning a trip to Pack Expo, but to make time for the complete experience and help target your booth visits, we’ve included a list of exhibitors of particular interest to readers of Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
For more information on Pack Expo, including registration and accommodations, visit www.packexpointernational.com.
Fluid Power Exhibitors and Booth Numbers
ACE Controls Inc.: E7152
Adsens Technology Inc.: 9919
Advanced Mfg.Technology: 2573
Alfa Laval: 8327
Alkon Corp.: 9819
Alro Steel & Plastics: 8937
Altech Corp.: 10102
Applied Motion Products Inc.: 10316
Atlas Copco Compressors LLC: 9835
AVENTICS Corp. (Emerson): N4721b
Automation & Control Inc.: 8745
Balluff Inc.: 7633
Bimba Mfg. Co.: 2772
Bonfiglioli USA: 9426
Bosch Rexroth Corp.: S1654
Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems: 7952
Canada Pneumatics Inc.: 10647
Control Concepts Inc.: 9145
Convum USA Inc.: E10821
Cortec Corp.: 11108
Elesa U.S.A. Corp.: 8135
Festo Corp.: 5147
Gardner Denver Industrials Group: 8119
Goodway Technologies Corp.: 11117
Greenco Corp.: 8938
Hennepin Technical College: 6642
igus Inc.: 8320
Interroll USA LLC: 10300
J.W. Winco Inc.: 7341
Kaeser Compressors Inc.: 8160
KB Electronics Inc.: 4650
Kluber Lubrication NA LP: 7837
Koganei International America Inc.: 8966
Lockedair - HANGZHOU BINGJIA TECH: 7463
Lubriplate Lubricants: 7254
Magnuson Corp.: 7518
Motion Industries: E83474
Murrelektronik Inc.: 6139
Nimco Corp.: 1514
Parker Hannifin Corp.: 5941
PHD Inc.: 10303
Piab Inc.: 6233
Pneu-Con Inc.: 4607
Quincy Compressor: 7232
Regal Beloit Corp.: 8303
Ross Controls: 7403
Schmalz Inc.: 6149
SICK, Inc.: 6026
Sigma Technologies International: 5971
Smalley Mfg. Co.: 4904
SMC Corp. of America: 2990
Sullair, a Hitachi Group Co.:7759
Sun Chemical: 8856
Tolomatic Inc.: 4627
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas: 5285
Turck Inc.: 5753
WAGO Corp.: 4804
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