Call for Presentations at Pack Expo International

Arlington, VA, - The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is issuing a call for presentations for the Conference at PACK EXPO to be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International scheduled for November 7-11, 2004 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.

Packaging professionals with engineering, production, operations titles interested in offering TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED, NON-COMMERCIAL presentations relating to the conference topics outlined below are invited to submit abstracts of their proposed presentations to Samara Wolf, program coordinator, PMMI, at [email protected] no later than April 9, 2004. Please include speaker contact information (name, title, company, address, phone/fax/email).

Conference management and an advisory panel composed of packaging professionals will evaluate the proposals in terms of the technical, scientific and production data presented or trends covered and their interest to an audience of packaging professionals. The advisory committee is acting on behalf of conference attendees who are NOT interested in "sales pitches," but are looking for informed, insightful, technical analyses and market experiences.

PLEASE NOTE: Proposals for "first-party presentations" - that is, presentations about technologies, products or services available from the presenter's company - will NOT be accepted. Proposals for presentations on specific commercial developments made by USERS of those developments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Conference management and the Conference at PACK EXPO advisory committee will consider proposals for presentations not related to the conference topics listed only if, in their view, the proposals would be of particular value/interest to conference attendees.

Topics of particular interest for the Conference at PACK EXPO include: ·

Radio frequency identification (RFID), including

Implementing RFID on the packaging line

Technical challenges/questions… and answers

RFID systems for the $1billion and under manufacturer

Evolving Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards

Security

Enhancing Operations Security

Tightening Package/Container Security

Tracking in-coming Materials/Supplies, out-going Products/Packages

Anti-counterfeiting packaging strategies

Advances in/applications of blowmolded barrier PET containers

A look to the future of stand-up pouches

Closures/dispensers for rigid and flexible packages

Faster, less labor intensive packaging line changeovers

Packaging automation

Improving packaging line performance/efficiency

Improving efficiency with robotic packaging operations

Next generation Rx packaging process validation

What management should know about machine controls

PackOps: when outsourcing makes more sense

Retail market packaging trends

Presentation proposals should be no longer than 500 words long and should:

Include an outline or overview of the proposed topic.

Identify speaker(s), title(s), organization affiliation(s) and background(s) of the individuals who will make the presentation.

Please Note: Proposals that include packaging end users as presenters/co-presenters will be given preferential consideration.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose more than 500 members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging. Its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI is the sponsor and producer of the PACK EXPO shows, the world's leading packaging shows. PACK EXPO International is held every two years and features more than 1,600 exhibitors and covers more than 1.2 million net square feet. PACK EXPO International 2004 will be held Nov. 7-11, 2004 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Il, USA. PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2005 takes place September 26-28, 2005 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA. PMMI also co-produces EXPO PACK México, the largest packaging show in Mexico. This show will be held June 22-25, 2004 at Expo Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico.

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