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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to
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Monday November 4th

concurrent sessions


9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

1.) Material and Machinery Advances:

Driving Forces Behind Consumer Goods Packaging Innovations

Speakers: Keith Barnes Director Packform Ltd. and Lynn Dornblaser Editorial Director Global New Products Database Mintel International Group

2.) Beyond the Brown Box: Understanding and Satisfying the Very Different Corrugated Case Demands of Club Stores/Mass Merchandisers and Drink Pouch Packagers

Speaker: Billy Goodman President

Goodman Packaging

3.) What’s New in Child-Resistant

Adult-Friendly Closures

Speaker: Mark Fricke VP Product Development and Research Kerr Group Inc. and an end user

co-presenter T.B.A.

4.) Distribution Center Packaging in a

Global Environment

Speaker: William Armstrong Technical Development Manager Sealed Air Corp.

concurrent sessions


9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

5.) Brace Yourself for More Packaging Industry Consolidation

Related Sponsored Content

Speakers: Darrel M. Butler and Robert D. Billow Managing Directors and Principals Billow Butler and Company L.L.C.

6.) Speeding to Market with 3-D CAD

Package Design

Speakers: Brian Dahl Machine Designer Haumiller Engineering Company and Jeff Osman Regional Technical Manager SolidWorks Corporation

7.) Tooling for Plastic Closures:

Injection vs. Compression

Speaker: Andy Edlund VP Sales & Marketing Marland Mold Inc.

Monday November 4th cont’d

8.) Wireless Control of Packaging Operations

Speaker: Keith Kersten Product Marketing Specialist Rockwell Automation

15-Minute Break

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

concurrent sessions


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

9.) Barrier Needs: At the Core of an Innovative Package Development Process

Speaker: Michelle Stevens Applications Specialist MOCON

10.) Gantry Robotics: From Stodgy to Speedy... How the Black Sheep of the Robotics Industry is Changing the Palletizing and Order Fulfillment Paradigm

Speaker: Bill Torrens Director Sales & Marketing RMT Engineering

11.) Dispensing Closures: More Choices and Better Functionality

Speakers: Raj Krishna VP Technical Director

& Business Unit Manager of Advanced Technology Systems Owens-Illinois Inc. and an end user

co-presenter T.B.A.

12.) Eliminating Production Bottlenecks and Improving Efficiency with Root Cause Video Recording

Speakers: Kari Hilden President Papertech Inc. and Darren Lanthier Sales Manager Papertech Inc.

concurrent sessions


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

13.) Rigid Packaging Technology Advances that Differentiate Products Grow Brand Sales

Speaker: Daniel A. Abramowicz Ph.D. Executive VP Corporate Technologies & Regulatory Affairs Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc.

14.) New Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Technologies and How They Benefit Packaging Operations

Speakers: Brian Keiger Manager of Systems Business Transbotics Corporation and Ken Gantt Senior Engineer Universal Manufacturing and Logistics

15.) Choosing the Right Liners and Sealing Systems for Plastic Metal and Composite Closures

Speakers: Bob Radek National Accounts manager Selig Sealing Products Inc. and an end user co-

presenter to be announced

16.) Networking Machine Vision to Improve Packaging Process Controls

Speaker: Mark Helman Industry Marketing Manager Cognex Corporation

concurrent sessions


12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

17.) Design and Its Impact on PET Beverage and Food Container Performance


Speaker: Russ Hubbard Director of Business Development Schmalbach-Lubeca Plastic Containers USA

18.) Leveraging Design/Build for Faster Better Cheaper Packaging/Processing Lines

Speakers: Mark Shambaugh CEO Shambaugh

& Son Inc.; Rick Calamari Process Engineer Frito Lay Inc. and Craig Kreikemeier former President Sverdrup Industries

19.)Tamper Evidence and Total Product Integrity in a Changing Global Marketplace

Speakers: Jack Watts Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer Portola Packaging Inc. and an end user co-presenter T.B.A.

20.) Advance X-Ray Inspection: Making Routine Work Out of Formerly Impossible Weighing and Counting Tasks

Speakers: Ken Bloomfield Tellico Harbor Consulting and Wayne Knigge General Mills/ retired

Tuesday November 5th

concurrent sessions


9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

1.) Mechatronic Packaging Equipment the PLCopen and the Rationale for a Motion Control Library

Speaker: Eelco van der Wal Managing Director PLCopen

2.) The Retortable Paperboard Carton Gets Ready to Enter the U.S. Market

Speaker: Andrew Dun VP New Business Development Tetra Pak Inc.

3.) Debunking the Packaging Line Efficiency Myth

Speaker: Mark Garvey President Garvey Corp.

4.) QCP: Faster More Accurate Changeovers

Speaker: Paul Zepf P. Eng. Zarpac Inc.

concurrent sessions


9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

5.) The Pros and Cons of Implementing the Standard

Speaker: Henry Claussnitzer Director of Marketing Parker Hannifan EMD HAUSER

6.) Packaging Machinery Empowerment in the Global Marketplace

Speakers: Christian Korte Executive VP Optima Filling and Packaging Machines and Ronald Klieverik GmbH Dipl. Ing. (FH) Elektrotechnik Sales Manager Optima USA

7.) Packaging Challenges of the Single Parcel Environment

Speaker: Chad Thompson Package Engineering Manager United Postal Service

8.) Strategies for Automating and Integrating Manufacturing and Packaging Lines

Speakers: Jeff Aspinall Automation Manager

Multivac Inc.; Collin McIvor Sr. Manufacturing Engineer Medtronic MiniMed; and Ralph Vatterott VP of Sales Rapid Development Services

9.) Shrink Wrapping as a Cost Saving Strategy

Speakers: Emmanuel Cerf VP Sales & Marketing Polypack Inc. and Ron Aylor Sales & Marketing Director Polypack Inc.

15-Minute Break

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

concurrent sessions


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

10.) Discovering the Benefits of Open Modular Architecture Controls

Speaker: Rick Lidington Executive VP of Operations

R.A. Jones

11.) Hardening the Packaging Supply Chain Against Attack

Speakers: Ralph L. Dillon Director of Quality Engineering Pharmacia Corp.; and Joseph F. Noferi Director QA Compliance/Validation Pharmacia Corp.

12.) New Developments in Aseptic Bottling of Fruit Juices Isotonics and Dairy-Based Drinks

Speakers: Luigi Baiocchi Export Sales Director Procomac; David Blair Sr. Project Engineer Tropicana Products Inc.

13.) Advances in Laser Package Marking and Scoring

Speaker: Gary W. Smith Sales Director Linx Xymark

concurrent sessions


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

14.) ‘Plug and Pack’ Packaging Machinery:

a Progress Report

Speaker: Fred Putnam Consultant Markem Corp.

15.) How P&G Plans to Profit from the OMAC Guidelines for Packaging Machinery

Speaker: Rob Aleksa Corporate Engineering Machine Control Section Manager Procter & Gamble

16.) Are Your Packages Adequately Tamper Evident?

Speakers: Ed Arling Senior Dir. of Biopharma QA Pharmacia Corp.; and Ralph L. Dillon Director of Quality Engineering Pharmacia Corp.

17.) Pasteurizable PET Bottles: The Newest Beverage Packaging Option

Speaker: Douglas K. Robinson VP Marketing Constar Inc. and a beverage bottler T.B.A.

18.) Laser Processing of Flexible Packaging for Improved Quality and Customer Convenience

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Chow VP Converting Market for Laser Machining Inc.

19.) Direct Laser Coding Technology: Packaging Professionals’ Choice for the Present and the Future

Speaker: Shlomo Assa President of Laserink Corporation a Markem Company

Wednesday November 6th

concurrent sessions


9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

1.) A Post 9/11 Analysis of Packaging’s Role in Product Safety and Liability

Speaker: Eric F. Greenberg Attorney at Law Ungaretti & Harris

2.) Bio-Based Materials: A Reality in the Packaging Industry

Speaker: Nicole Whiteman Applications Development Leader Cargill Dow

3.) Applying the Lean and Agile Manufacturing Process Simulation Model to Packaging Operations

Speaker: Pat Helm Senior Consultant for Consumer Products Lockwood Greene Engineering

4.) Nondestructive Inspection of Heat-Sealed Retort Pouches by Airborne Ultrasound

Speaker: Tony Stauffer President PTI-Packaging Technologies & Inspection LLC

concurrent sessions


9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

5.) Upgrading Your Food and Beverage Packaging Operations with the Application of Clean Room Technology

Speaker: Peter Consitt President Operational Innovations Inc.

6.) Evaluating Metal Can and Glass Container Alternatives for Food

Speaker: Tom Osip Packaging Development ConAgra Foods Grocery Products Co.

7.) Automating Packaging Machinery with the Use of Servo Technology

Speaker: Dan Throne Business Manager Food & Packaging Industry North America Bosch Rexroth Corp.

8.) Integrating Pouch Technology into a High- Speed Efficient Filling and Packaging System

Speaker: Bill Emden VP Strategic Accounts Sidel Packaging Systems

15-Minute Break

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

concurrent sessions


10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

9.) “Producer Pays” and Other Global Environment Mandates

Speaker: Victor Bell CPP President Environmental Packaging International

10.) Concave End Pressurized Thin Wall Steel Cans: Grace Under Pressure with 40% Less Steel

Speaker: Maggie Springer Marketing Strategist Ingenium Packaging

11.) Improving Packaging Operations Performance Through Safety Management

Speaker: Michael H. Crickenberger VP DuPont Safety Resource

12.) Making the Reclosable Spouted Pouch a Beverage Market Reality

Speaker: Bill Hare Director of Marketing Curwood Inc.

concurrent sessions


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

13.) Packaging Security and the Role of Induction Sealing in a Safety-Conscious Society

Speakers: Bill Zito VP Cap Sealing Sales for Enercon Industries; Jim Pitassi Packaging Engineer GlaxoSmithKline; and Mickey Miramonti Technical Services Coordinator GlaxoSmithKline

14.) Steel Shipping Platforms: How Harley Takes Its “Hogs” to Market While Reducing Costs and Environmental Impact

Speakers: Barbara Ledbury Packaging Engineer Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Larry Nielson Project Manager Worthington Steelpac Systems

15.) Leveraging Integrated Motion Control for Throughput Speed and Flexibility

Speakers: Doug Burns Packaging Market Director Rockwell Automation and Bob Hirschinger Product Marketing Manager Rockwell Automation

16.) Enhanced Productivity Solutions with Continuous-Motion Stand-Up Pouch Machinery

Speakers: Dennis F. Calamusa President

ALLIEDFLEX Technologies Inc. and a snack foods manufacturer T.B.A.

concurrent sessions


12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

17.) Choosing the Right Anti-Counterfeiting Technology for Your Packaging Format

Speaker: Gadi Hoenig General Manager Tadbik Advanced Technologies

18.) Assessing the Latest Advances in Shrink Sleeve Label Films

Speaker: Scott Van Winter Director Specialty Films Ivex Packaging Corp.

19.) Leveraging Coding Technology to Cut Costs While Boosting Efficiency and Improving Supply Chain Management

Speakers: Scott D. Liniger Strategic Marketing Manager Videojet Technologies Inc. and Bruno Pierannunzio PPG

20.) Innovations in Retort Pouches

Speakers: Dr. Rani Stern Chief Technical Officer CLP Industries Ltd.; David Polvino VP Stock America; and Gary Caligiuri President Sunny Dell Foods

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