Packaging machinery and systems found at ProMat that are highlighted in this Slideshow include units for bagging, palletizing with and without robotics, high-speed box inspection, load handling and a Cloud-enabled labeler. Among these you’ll find a smaller Octopus, a Load Transfer System that answers food safety regulation concerns and an efficient and highly personalized bagger.
Held in Chicago’s expansive McCormick Place, last month’s ProMat/Automate 2015 tradeshow centered on the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply-chain equipment and systems. Among those in attendance were several industry “rock stars” including “The Woz,” Apple founder Steve Wozniak, and Google’s Renee Niemi, who I heard speak in a keynote presentation regarding the digital revolution in manufacturing (see Google on Industrial Revolution 4.0).
And then there were the thousands of rank-and-file industry “groupies” including yours truly.
This was not one of those packaging-centeric tradeshows like a Pack Expo, EastPack or PackEx where virtually every booth on every aisle has something package-y. This was, in keeping with the season, more like your old-fashioned Easter egg hunt that took some walking, searching and assessment. You can see what "packaging treats" I uncovered during my packaging hunt over the following pages.
First up and shown above is the new Octopus model stretch wrapper from Muller. The distinction of the 1717C Series Automatic Rotary Ring Stretch Wrapper is that it is a compact, entry-level unit that’s rated in the 30-50 loads an hour range. It is equipped with Muller’s patented Easy S Film Carriage for simple film loading that maximizes prestretch performance and minimizes wear.