From robotics to automation to accommodating the influx of e-commerce, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will showcase technologies designed to drive growth in the cold food and beverage packaging arena.
Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, Reston, Va., PACK EXPO Las Vegas and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO will take place Sept. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
These co-located events will span 900,000 net square feet of exhibit space and bring together 30,000 packaging professionals and 2,000 leading industry suppliers from more than 125 countries under one roof to discover and demonstrate the latest in packaging technologies. Here’s what’s new to this year’s show:
Robotics Zone. Innovation in automation is driving rapid developments in robotics. This year, an entire zone in the North Hall will showcase some of the latest technologies in robotics, their capabilities and more. Upon arrival to the Robotics Zone, the PACK EXPO Omron Greeter Robot, manufactured by Omron Corp., Japan, will welcome attendees.
Teams from Las Vegas high schools will showcase their robots in motion in the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase. Next, PACK for a Purpose: Robots Fighting Hunger, in collaboration with Blessings in a Backpack, a Louisville, Ky.-based non-profit, will feature exhibitor robots showcasing a variety of different applications while packing food to feed kids on the weekends.
The Robotics Zone will also include gambling as well as Omron’s Interactive Dice Playing robot, a Bowling Robot presented by Ready Robotics, Baltimore, Md., while listening to a concert from the Robotic Pianist by Kuka, Germany.
Meanwhile, Comau, Italy, will showcase its Interactive Wearable Exoskeleton, where attendees can try on a wearable suit and perform assisted tasks and product handling. And, End-Of-Arm Tool Exhibit, hosted by Soft Robotics, Cambridge, Mass., will demonstrate an end-of-arm tool designed to mimic the human hand to grasp and manipulate items that vary in size, shape and weight.
Finally, witness Pick and Place/Relocation Activities in action, compliments of University of Waterloo Autonomous Robotic Lab, Canada, and the Object Detection and Flexible Grasping with Artificial Intelligence Demo sponsored by Siemens, Washington, D.C.
The Forum. Check out these free 45-minute learning sessions on the latest industry trends, including hands-on activities, small group discussions and Q&A each day of the show.
The PACKage Printing Pavilion will focus on the advantages of digital printing, showcasing the latest in cost-effective solutions for smart, short-run, on-demand, cost-effective, variable data and personalized packaging.
The Technology Excellence Awards will recognize exhibitors’ innovative technology that has not yet been shown at previous shows.
CareerLink, PMMI’s online job board, is going live for the first time, giving companies the ability to meet with students and veterans pursuing careers in packaging and processing during one-on-one informational interviews.
For more information, go to www.packexpolasvegas.com. And, swing by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ booth LS-6665.