Demos and products will be organized in print, by e-mail and online using the following major category structure:
Filling, Capping & Sealing Rigid Containers or Trays
Any machine related to filling, capping or sealing of bottles, jars, containers, or loading and sealing of trays. Can also include any kind of rinsing or sterilizing equipment, as well as blister packaging, skin packaging, vacuum packaging or thermoform/fill/seal. Also covers any kind equipment related to rigid package manufacturing such as blow-molding, injection molding or thermoforming equipment.
Coding, Marking, Labeling & Printing
Includes all kinds of equipment specific to package and product identification (primary or secondary), as well as any kind of labeling equipment, including sleeve and stretch labeling equipment. Also covers any kind of label printing equipment. The category is also meant to include labels or label materials.
Everything from case packing (including erecting and/or sealing) all the way through palletizing and stretch wrapping or pallet unitizing.
X-ray, Vision, Inspection, Testing & Weighing
Covers a wide range of weighing, testing and inspection equipment (including metal detectors) that is designed to improve quality control on the packaging line.
Bagging, Pouching & Wrapping
Anything related to flexible packaging is covered here, whether it’s machinery or materials. This not only covers form/fill/seal equipment (horizontal and vertical), it also includes flow wrappers and any kind of bagging or sealing machine for pre-made bags or pouches. It covers the materials, too: premade bags, films, or converters. We chose "Bagging, Pouching & Wrapping" so that it will be more meaningful to more people, especially those less experienced in industry nomenclature. Converting equipment related to flexible packaging falls in this category as well, including printing presses for flexible packaging, as well as bag-making machines. "Wrapping" here refers to any kind of wrapping of the primary product, including shrink wrapping or overwrapping of a single item. Wrapping or bundling of multiple items is covered in "Cartoning & Multipacking". Wrapping of pallets is covered in "End-of-Line Equipment".
Feeding, Conveying, Accumulating & Product Handling
Feeding and product handling refer to any machine that feeds a product (that's to be packaged) or package component such as a container or closure. Covers unscrambling equipment, pick-and-place equipment, de-nesting equipment, inserting equipment for desiccants/leaflets/outserts, etc. And, of course, this covers anything to do with any type of conveying or packaging line accumulation. Also covers material handling equipment such as lifters.
Controls, Software & Machine Components
This covers machine controllers, motors and drives and any sort of motion control, any kind of software solution related to packaging or manufacturing, as well as a wide range of machine components or parts that go onto or into a packaging, converting or processing machine.
Plant Facilities & Infrastructure
Covers building infrastructure (doors, floors, ceilings, etc.), any kind of solution that streamlines day-to-day plant operations, and any type of utility or ventilation solutions, as well as firms that specialize in design/build/engineering services.
Cartoning & Multipacking
This category covers all kinds of cartoning machinery. It also covers any kind of machine that loads multiple products into an outer package or multipack through any means, such as shrink bundling, carrier applicators, etc. Also covered are related packaging materials such as folding cartons and carriers.
Containers, Materials & Transport Packaging
This covers any kind of packaging container or material as well as cartons, boxes, retail display packaging. It also covers protective packaging and industrial or transport packaging solutions.
Food Processing Equipment
Any equipment that can be used as part of the food product manufacturing process, ranging from size/shape modification, mixing, separating, filtration, blending, coating, enrobing, seasoning, cooking/heating, chilling, and so forth. Also includes key processing components such as pumps, valves, piping, and more.
This category covers both machinery and materials specifically geared toward pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical devices, as well as related markets such as nutraceuticals.