Simulation technologies aid packaging machine design

If you’re a packaging machinery OEM or buyer of packaging machinery and you’re seeking leading technologies for system design, noise reduction, vibration control, motion simulation, and durability, you may want to send a representative to the April 22 Virtual Packaging Engineering Forum.

Produced by MSC.Software Corp., a global provider of Virtual Product Development (VPD) technologies, the Forum takes place within interpack in Dusseldorf, Germany. Invited are engineering directors, technical directors, design managers, engineering managers, and quality managers at packaging machinery OEMs.

Among the presentations on the agenda are these:

• Modeling and simulation of a chain drive considering a side loader as an example; Stefan Wagner, Mechanical Development at KHS Kisters.

• Design technologies & innovative wrapping solutions; Olivier Pasche, Technology Manager Motions and Dynamics at Sapal SA.

• Trends & Challenges: Innovation spiral for PET packaging; Otto Appel, Managing Director at tecPET Innovation GmbH.

• VPD technologies and direction for packaging and packaging machinery; Thomas Keller, Senior Manager Strategic Development at MSC.Software.

“The pressure to innovate, reduce development costs, and accelerate the design process to reduce time to market in the packaging industry is greater today than ever,” says Lewis Lack, Senior Manager at the VPD Centre of Competence at MSC.Software. “This event will show the possibilities of VPD in the packaging industry and its possible return on investment.”

The Forum is free and it includes refreshments and lunch as well as an “Ask the Experts” roundtable and discussion. But spaces are limited. To register, visit and look for Virtual Packaging Engineering Forum; or phone Ute Stein at 011/49.6421.95130

For information about the April 21-27 interpack 2005 show, including registration and a list of exhibitors, visit; or phone 312/781-5180.

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