To meet the needs of regional manufacturers, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will bring PACK EXPO East (March 3-5, 2020; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) to the City of Brotherly Love. This represents the fourth iteration of the trade show that brings world-class packaging solutions to roughly one-third of the nation’s top CPGs located within 200 miles or less of Philadelphia.

PACK EXPO East will unite over 400 exhibitors and more than 7,000 industry professionals spanning its 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Attendees and exhibitors can expect to address challenges driving the food, beverage, cannabis, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, personal care, medical device, industrial and household chemical, and other packaged goods industries. The show will be a resource for solutions and insights to improve the sustainability, efficiency, productivity and security of the manufacturing supply chain.

PACK EXPO East’s variety of educational opportunities and targeted features will guide attendees to the suppliers and information they need:

CareerLink LIVE, PMMI’s online job board, provides an opportunity for PMMI members and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to meet with students and veterans pursuing careers in packaging and processing during one-on-one informational interviews. Interviews will take place at the show on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST in Room 120A.

Robotics teams from Philadelphia-area high schools bring in robots they have designed and built themselves and show them in action.

New at PACK EXPO East, Kirk-Rudy, Inc. (Booth #926) will debut the latest addition to its lineup of high-quality, industrial inkjet printers. The FireJet 4C is a pigment-based aqueous printing system engineered to deliver increased speed and improved image quality at a low cost. Using Memjet’s new DuraFlex technology, the FireJet 4C is an all-in-one printing system that combines heavy-duty transport, along with the printing quality, reliability and simplicity. The versatility and performance of the FireJet 4C allows end users to print in-house products such as small flat folded boxes, corrugated cardboard, gift bags, napkins, and bubble mailers as well as literature, cards, or any flat product with porous or inkjet coated surfaces in full color.

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Making its debut at PACK EXPO East, AFA Systems Ltd. (Booth #1722) will introduce a case packer that runs 75 cases per minute with an updated standard barrel cam loading technology to pack cases continuously. The cartoning technology also seamlessly integrates with depalletizing case systems. This can alleviate issues for operators who find it difficult to continually fill heavy case stacks during eight-hour shifts, thereby increasing overall efficiency. The design of the horizontal continuous motion case packer solution also requires less overall floor space compared to competing technologies.

Unique to other E-commerce packaging solutions, the 3322 E-commerce Machine by Texwrap (Booth #1408) offers a proprietary product tracking feature that helps prevent errors relating to product that is removed or misplaced from a line. Unlike technologies that rely on manual error detection, the 3322 uses a series of photo eye tracking and verifications to reduce errors. Its system of verifications helps prevent errors by alerting the operator when there is a discrepancy. After a product is detected by the initial photo eye, the system recognizes the product position is incorrect and subsequently alarms and haults the system. This prevents the wrong labels from being applied to all the subsequent packages.

Register for PACK EXPO East today at www.packexpoeast.com. Registration is $30 through Feb. 7 after which the price increases to $100. For more information and to register online, visit www.packexpoeast.com. For resources pertaining to specific vertical industries, click here.

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