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Food safety education a highlight of Pack Expo

At Pack Expo Las Vegas September 23-25, The Food Safety Resource Center's newest sponsor will present critical educational sessions on how advances in technology and software can contribute to food safety in manufacturing and packaging.
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PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of PACK EXPO, is pleased to announce GE Intelligent Platforms will sponsor the Food Safety Summit Resource Center (FSSRC) at Pack Expo Las Vegas (Sept. 23–25, 2013; Las Vegas Convention Center). In conjunction with this sponsorship, GE Intelligent Platforms will deliver six presentations highlighting the roles of technology and software in food safety and manufacturing.

“We’re excited to be part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013,” says Katie Moore, global industry manager for Food and Beverage, GE Intelligent Platforms. “The attendees at PACK EXPO are leaders making a difference in the food and beverage marketplace.”

The GE Intelligent Platforms presentations will be made at both the Innovation Stage and the FSSRC.  In all, there will be six presentations:

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Monday, September 23

1:00–1:30 pm

The New Age of the Industrial Internet (Innovation Stage)
Speaker: Barry Lynch
While technology has connected people and businesses globally for decades, this is just the start. Today, businesses can leverage the power of connectivity with the Industrial Internet — an open global network that connects people, data and machines. Get ready to drive new levels of business performance.

2:45–3:25 pm
Track and Trace: Improve Food Safety by Leveraging Raw Material Intelligence (FSSRC)
Speaker: Katie Moore
Manufacturers that use traceability information to improve food safety can virtually prevent recalls instead of trying to minimize the impact after a recall occurs. With advanced software, you can trace a product throughout every step of the manufacturing process so you know the origin and destination of all incoming materials and outgoing finished goods—improving food safety by leveraging raw material intelligence.

Tuesday, September 24

12:30-1:00 pm
Ensuring Operators Consistently Comply to HACCP Requirements Using Digital Work Processes (FSSRC)
Speaker: Katie Moore
Help your operators consistently adhere to recipes and comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) with standardized operating procedures (SOPs). The latest workflow software digitizes your work processes to electronically guide operators with step-by-step instructions for greater consistency and reliability. It helps automate and manage HACCP monitoring, integrating production work processes with real-time HACCP testing and enabling faster response to compliance issues.

2:00–2:30 pm
Leveraging Industrial Big Data (Innovation Stage)
Speaker: Barry Lynch
Information is at the heart of competition and growth, and companies that can leverage the vast amounts of data being generated from their operations will come out ahead. Discover how GE’s Hadoop-based software platform for high-volume machine data management enables you to leverage your industrial big data for optimized performance.

Wednesday, September 25
Ensuring Food Safety by Safeguarding Processes and Quality within Your Supply Chain (FSSRC)
Speaker: Jeff Bartoletti
Optimize product quality and minimize food-borne hazards across production and the supply chain. By establishing a holistic, integrated strategy with the right set of software capabilities, you can leverage the critical insight, consistency, and transparency needed to identify and address potential food safety issues while products are still within the factory walls.


11:00–11:30 am
Improving Food Safety (Innovation Stage)
Speaker: Katie Moore
The imperative for food and beverage manufacturers to improve food safety has never been greater. GE’s proven food safety solution offers a holistic approach that delivers mobile real-time operational data and insights to improve your efficiency, quality and productivity. Find out how you can set the course to “Do No Harm,” protecting your consumers and your brand.

“Whether you’re putting bottles in cartons or producing chocolate bars, machine connectivity is critical. You must be able to capture and transfer information between people, systems, and sites — and to do it efficiently,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “GE Intelligent Platforms will provide the insight and understanding Pack Expo attendees need to keep their machinery communications running smoothly for consistent quality and efficiency."

For a full schedule of Innovation Stage and Food Safety Summit Resource Center presentations, check

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 23, and runs 9:00 a.m.–4:00 pm daily, through Sept. 25. Half-price admission ($30) is available through Sept. 9, and increases to $60 on Sept. 10.
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