Over three days, get on top of critical topics in packaging, including the latest in plastics, reusable packaging, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and more, through these sessions at PackEx Toronto 2021.

Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

October 20, 2021

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Stay current on shifts in packaging trends and technologies by attending these free presentations during the upcoming 2021 PackEx Toronto event, November 9-11, at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Centre Stage is located in the back left corner of the exhibition hall, by Booth 165.


Tuesday, November 9

Time: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Session: Keynote: Fireside Chat — Challenges & Solutions for Plastic Packaging
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Jim Downham, CEO of PAC Global, and George Rotor, Managing Director of Canada Plastics Pact, host a fireside chat on Challenges and Solutions for Plastic Packaging.


Time: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session: Panel: Scaling Reusable Packaging Models in Canada
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Join industry experts to explore the challenges and opportunities of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as they bring new reusable packaging business models, products, and technologies to market. 
Panelists: Charles Binks-Collier, Founder & CEO, Circulr; Kayli Dale, Co-Founder & CEO, A Friendlier Co.; Megan Takeda-Tully, Founder & CEO, Suppli
Moderator: Andrew Macdonald, Research Manager, PAC Next Project


Time: 12:00-12:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: R5 RA 0840 A PLUS, The Intelligent Solution for your Vacuum Process
Location: Booth 1335
Description: The new Busch fully connected R5 PLUS series vacuum pump bring the proven Busch rotary vane vacuum technology to the next level by combining proven Busch experience with cutting-edge features for Industry 4.0. Live demo.

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Time: 12:30-12:45 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: Nitrogen Generators
Location: Booth 632
Description: The NOVAIR new generation of NITROSWING modular PSA generators offers unprecedented energy efficiency, increased purity stability, instant optimal working conditions, easy instruments upgrade, and more. The generators are available from stock from CAG Technologies. Live demo.


Time: 1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: CV-420E
Location: Booth 1503
Description: CV-420MN vertical bagger with 10-head multihead weigher from CAM Packaging Systems for packaging coffee/tea, pet food, confectionary, frozen foods, snack foods, and various other dry goods has a small footprint, allowing those with a smaller facility to still be able to automate. Live demo.


Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Session: Fireside Chat: Smart Manufacturing & the Processing Industries
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Tracy Holmes, President at Jenike & Johanson — the world’s leading company in powder and bulk solids handling, processing, and storage technology — talks about today’s smart manufacturing and processing industries.


Time: 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: SCTL55 Series IO-Link Smart Configurator
Location: Booth 910
Description: The SCTL55 hand-held configurator for IO-Link sensors from Carlo Gavazzi allows the user to program a sensor for NPN/PNP/Push-pull output, NO or NC, assign timer or frequency functions and adjust the sensing distance to name just a few.


Time: 2:00-2:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: Meca500
Location: Booth 831
Description: The Meca500 industrial robotic arm from Mecademic Robotics is a plug-and-work automation component. It’s a slave component rather than a master, which makes it easy to integrate via any computer or PLC. It’s compact to minimize the footprint and is the world’s most precise six-axis robot, according to the company, with a repeatability of 5 μm. It also mounts easily in any orientation.


Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Session: Panel: Industry 5.0 — Creative People, Collaborative Robots & Smart Factories
Location: Centre Stage
Description: While Industry 4.0 focuses on networking plants and equipment for greater process control, efficiency, and profitability, Industry 5.0 places humans back into the equation to enhance the agility, sustainability, and resiliency of production systems. Industry 5.0 is just as much about people, jobs, and culture as it is plants and machines.
Panelists: Feisal Hurzook, Chief Technology Officer, Archronix Corp.; Gorve Rekhi, Digital Enterprise Lead, Siemens Canada
Moderator: Jim Beretta, President, Customer Attraction


Time: 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Session: Digital Factory
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Manufacturers and suppliers of automation solutions are working together to create the world of digital factories for tomorrow’s needs: open architecture and a higher amount of flexibility in the automation world. In this session, we will address issues of safety, security, interoperability of legacy components, skill shortages, and much more.
Speaker: Patrick Rowland, Proax Technologies Ltd.


Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Session: Welcome Reception
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Welcome to ADM Toronto! Join your colleagues and friends at the Welcome Reception. Network, mingle, and savor hors d’oeurves and a selection of beverages.


Wednesday, November 10

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session: PAC Golden Design Rules Essentials Workshop
Location: To Be Determined
Description: This workshop will introduce and explain how and why the Golden Design Rules (GDRs) were developed and unpack how the rules may affect your company.
Speakers: Dan Lantz, Director at PAC, and Andrew Macdonald, Research at PAC Next Project Manager
Cost: Free to PAC and CPP members, $400 for non-members (Canadian dollars)
Registration: https://portal.pac.ca/mpower/event/loadevent.action?e=680#home


Time: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Session: Keynote: Manufacturing Can Lead Canada’s Economic Recovery
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Dennis Darby, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, outlines the four pillars of a comprehensive industrial strategy for Canada as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next decade, Canada’s goal should be to attract at least 2% of annual OECD manufacturing investment, equal to about $43 billion per year. To meet this “2% Challenge,” the government needs to adopt a pro-jobs and pro-growth industrial strategy that makes Canada a leading destination for manufacturing investment again.


Time: 12:00-12:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: OMNIR On-Line Near Infrared Moisture Sensor
Location: Booth 512
Description: Finna Sensors’ latest on-line moisture measurement system, OMNIR, comes from OMNI, meaning “all” and NIR, meaning “near infrared.” This intelligent all-sensing solution delivers accurate and instantaneous data that connects to the Internet of Things (IoT) to help you make adjustments to your manufacturing line processes.


Time: 12:30-12:45 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: Handtmann VF 828 S Vacuum Filler
Location: Booth 1421
Description: The long service life and robust design ensures long-term stable portioning accuracy thanks to reduced wear. The VF 828 S vacuum filler from Handtmann Inc. delivers accurate-to-the-gram portioning precision in various applications, including fluid, pasty, and firmer products or products of medium chunk size. It offers optimum hygienic and ergonomic design, and high-performing, versatile and energy-efficient operation.


Time: 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: IV8 Flameless Vent
Location: Booth 514
Description: IEP Technologies introduces the IV8 Flameless Vent, an explosion protection solution for process vessels located inside a building or other areas where standard explosion venting cannot be safely employed. The IV8 uses a stainless-steel explosion relief vent and flame arresting mesh enclosed in a durable carbon steel coated frame. The integrated vent burst detection sensor allows plant personnel to respond accordingly in the event of an explosion within the protected application.


Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Session: A Circular Economy for Plastics and its Pivotal Role in a Net-Zero Future
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Beyond their obvious physical benefits, plastics, when managed properly, will play a key role in helping other sectors and industries reach their own emissions goals. In this panel, stakeholders from across the plastics value chain will discuss plastics’ unique role in a low-carbon future.
Panelists: To come
Moderator: Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, Plastics Division at Chemical Industry Association of Canada


Time: 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: IVR-L 100/18-2 Tc Dp
Location: Booth 1031
Description: For the collection of oil and coolant mixed with metal chips, the IVR-L 100/18-2 Tc Dp industrial vacuum cleaner from Kärcher offers superior collection and separation of metal chips from the liquid (oil or coolant). The operator can pump the collected oil and coolant back out to be disposed or recycled.


Time: 2:00-2:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: M30 R-Series GC
Location: Booth 1521
Description: The entry-level M30 R-Series GC metal detection systems from Mettler Toledo deliver a fresh dimension to the food inspection market: smart, digital inspection designed specifically for small and medium-size manufacturers and/or co-packers. The modular design of the fully integrated system can be adapted over time in line with evolving compliance and productivity needs.


Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Session: PAC Golden Design Rules Essentials Workshop
Location: To Be Determined
Description: This workshop will introduce and explain how and why the Golden Design Rules (GDRs) were developed and unpack how the rules may affect your company.
Speakers: Dan Lantz, Director at PAC, and Andrew Macdonald, Research at PAC Next Project Manager
Cost: Free to PAC and CPP members, $400 for non-members (Canadian dollars)
Registration: https://portal.pac.ca/mpower/event/loadevent.action?e=680#home


Time: 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Session: Ask the Experts: Understanding & Managing Dust Hazards in Your Facility
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Completing a Dust Hazard Analysis, which is a good idea for the reliability of your process and the safety of your team, is also now a requirement for insurers. How can you complete a DHA and carry out the recommended mitigations in a cost-effective way? Can a DHA help your process become more profitable? Join our panel of dust collection and combustible dust hazard experts as they conduct a digital DHA on a dust collection system in a fictional powder-handling plant.
Panelists: Diane Cave, P. Eng., Eastern Lead at Element6; David Grandaw, Vice President, Sales at IEP Technologies; and Jeremy Slaunwhite, P. Eng., Explosion Safety Consultant at REMBE Inc.
Moderator: Chris Cloney, Managing Director at Dust Safety Science


Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Session: Booth Crawl
Location: Expo Floor
Description: The Booth Crawl takes place at participating booths. Meet like-minded engineers, designers, and decision makers over beer and wine, provided by our sponsors, directly on the show floor.


Time: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Session: Processing Manufacturers Happy Hour
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Join IEP Technologies and REMBE for a Processing Manufacturers Happy Hour after their 3:00 p.m. Centre Stage session “A Digital DHA Tour & Pricing Analysis.”


Thursday, November 11

Time: 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Session: Keynote: State of Advanced Manufacturing in Canada
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Jayson Myers, CEO of NGen Canada, will share insights about the transformation underway in manufacturing across Canada, and around the world. Specifically, learn how the business of manufacturing is changing; how advanced digital, production, and materials technologies are impacting and enabling critical manufacturing issues; and about strategic opportunities that exist for Canadian manufacturers.


Time: 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Session: Panel: The Impact of AI on Canadian Manufacturing
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Ontario-based businesses, AI Materia and Canvass Analytics will discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) has affected the results of their clients, followed by a panel discussion on the impact of AI across the Canadian manufacturing industry. Hear more about why generic AI platforms will fail in industrial operations, along with stories that address the application of AI in the real world of manufacturing.
Panelists: Maryam Emami, Founder at AI Material, and Humera Malik, Founder at Canvass Analytics
Moderator: Jansen Sullivan, Data Director at Inovex


Time: 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Session: Closing Ceremony and Champaign Toast
Location: Centre Stage
Description: Enjoy another opportunity for one-on-one networking to connect with attendees and exhibitors you may have otherwise missed during the show. Then sip some bubbly to celebrate a successful event.


Time: 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: R-Series Rollstock Thermoformer
Location: Booth 1221
Description: The new R-Series Rollstock Thermoformer from VC999 performs vacuum, shrink  and skin packaging — all on one machine. It features fast speeds, easy serviceability, hygienic design, and CE/UL/CSA safety certifications.


Time: 2:00-2:15 p.m.
Session: Product Showcase: VEGAPULS C 23 Radar sensor
Location: Booth 533
Description: The Vegapuls C 23 sensor from VEGA for non-contact level measurement performs in simple applications where a high degree of protection is required. In bulk solids, the sensors are used in medium-sized bulk solids silos, segmented vessels, or open heaps. With good signal focusing, the C 23 sensor offers maintenance-free operation due to non-contact 80 GHz radar technology.

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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