New Tool: ProSource
Check out our packaging and processing solutions finder, ProSource.

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

Pw 15703 Pack Expo Preview Logo

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

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

New ebook focused on cartoning equipment
Read about the various types of cartoning equipment, how to select the right one, and common pitfalls to avoid. Plus, read equipment advice from CPGs for ultimate cartoning success.
Read More
New ebook focused on cartoning equipment
Discover Our Content Hub
Access Packaging World's free educational content library!
Read More
Discover Our Content Hub