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Pack Expo 2018 to Showcase Top Engineering Talent

Although our annual salary survey report (available now online) answers how you’re being compensated for your talent, let our Pack Expo preview explain the new ways talent like yours is being applied. Then, from Oct. 14-17, see that talent displayed on the McCormick Place show floor in Chicago.

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.

Training Workshops

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

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

Euchner-USA: 7809

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


Lubriplate Lubricants: 7254

Magnuson Corp.: 7518

Motion Industries: E83474

Murrelektronik Inc.: 6139

Nason: 9435

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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