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September 15, 2011
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Presenting CPGs include Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Bush Brothers & Co.


Taking its customer-centric approach from the exhibit halls to the conference rooms, PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI listed the line up for the 2011 Conference at PACK EXPO. The Conference at PACK EXPO runs concurrently with PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 26–28, Las Vegas Convention Center).

 

Conference partners come from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints within processing and packaging:

  • The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE)
  • Converting & Package Printing (CPP) EXPO
  • The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)
  • The International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) and
  • The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)

Food and beverage processors include the following:

  • Bush Brothers & Co.
  • Coca-Cola
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Del Monte Foods
  • General Mills
  • Kellogg Company
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
  • Pfizer Global Manufacturing
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Smithfield Foods

Conference registration is available online at Packexpo.com. Conference registrants must also register for admission to the PACK EXPO show floor.

The complete conference program (subject to change) follows:

Monday, Sept. 26

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

M01 - IOPP: Innovate for Positive Results on Costs and Profits

Speakers: Craig Sawicki, Chief Creative Officer, TricorBraun; Ernie Groeb, CEO/President, Groeb Farms

Session Description: Value relates to both the cost of something and its importance. In this presentation, explore a real-life example of the benefits of innovative packaging. Key takeaways will answer the following points: Why is good design an important basis for a value-added package? How can there be a resolution of the tension between innovation and cost savings? How should collaboration take place?

M06 – AIOE: Real World Project Management: A Cross Industry Perspective on Best Practices in Managing Complex Projects – Part 1

Speakers: Keith Gibbs, Corporate Manager of Technical Services, Commissioning, Qualification and Construction Quality Programming, Yonkers Industries; Dave Konak, Director of Engineering, Engineering & Facility Planning, Pfizer Global Manufacturing; John Honey, Associate Director, Facilities Engineering, Genentech, Inc.

Session Description: Whether you are managing capital projects in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, food & beverage, personal care or confection industries, the drivers and issues that make projects complex are consistently represented. This session will look at case study examples and Project Management best practices on how to plan and execute successful projects through highly interactive exercises that focus on managing scope, schedule, budget, quality and safety. Topics will explore effective work breakdown structure (WBS) development, managing communication, documentation and Project Execution Planning (PEP) activities, as well as the individuals and teams tasked with executing that project. The session will focus on Risk Management, Schedule Management, Quality Risk Management and Cost Management from concept thru commissioning and qualification.

M11 – CPP: Considerations to Further Lean and Sustainability Initiatives in the Converting Environment

Speaker: Bill Denizen, General Manager, Smyth Companies, LLC

Session Description: Packaging and label converters are continuously looking for ways to make their businesses more profitable, efficient and green. Lean manufacturing techniques have become more widely accepted and are a critical part of achieving these goals. This session will provide personal accounts from packaging and label converters who have implemented Lean and Sustainability initiatives in their facilities to enhance their production environment. Equipment and consumable providers will also discuss technology advancements available today which make attaining these Lean goals even more achievable.

M17 – ISBT: Introduction to Beverage Packaging

Speaker: Michelle Parikh, Senior Engineer, Materials Engineering and Packaging, LLC

Session Description: The mission of the Packaging Technology Technical Committee of the ISBT is to provide guidance on voluntary standards, specifications and technologies for the packaging and closure manufacturers and end users of the beverage industry. The Packaging Technical Committee will present an introduction to the world of beverage packaging. The course will review the domestic and international package mix. Participants will learn for each package category the terminology, key performance criteria and recommendations for handling and distribution from best practices and standards in use around the world.

Monday, Sept. 26

10:15-11:15 a.m.

M02 – IOPP: Total Cost of Ownership: A Brand Owner’s Key for Managing Vendors

Speaker: Robby Martin, Senior Engineering Project Manager, Bush Brothers & Co.

Robby's discussion will focus on the procurement and implementation of new processes and packaging equipment - as seen from the perspective from the company that holds a 33 percent share of the U.S. canned beans market and markets the #1 baked bean brand in the U.S.

M07 – AIOE: Real World Project Management: A Cross Industry Perspective on Best Practices in Managing Complex Projects – Part 2

Speakers: Keith Gibbs, Corporate Manager of Technical Services, Commissioning, Qualification and Construction Quality Programming, Yonkers Industries; Dave Konak, Director of Engineering, Engineering & Facility Planning, Pfizer Global Manufacturing; John Honey, Associate Director, Facilities Engineering, Genentech, Inc.

Session Description: Whether you are managing capital projects in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, food & beverage, personal care or confection industries, the drivers and issues that make projects complex are consistently represented. This session will look at case study examples and Project Management best practices on how to plan and execute successful projects through highly interactive exercises that focus on managing scope, schedule, budget, quality and safety. Topics will explore effective work breakdown structure (WBS) development, managing communication, documentation and Project Execution Planning (PEP) activities, as well as the individuals and teams tasked with executing that project. The session will focus on Risk Management, Schedule Management, Quality Risk Management and Cost Management from concept thru commissioning and qualification.

M12 – RPA: Reusables 101 – Phase Two Concept Acceptance – Part 1

Speaker: TBD

Session Description: Part two of a four-part curriculum being developed by the Reusable Packaging Association to help end users make more informed decisions about moving to reusable packaging solutions in the supply chains. Part one was presented during PACK EXPO International 2010 and this next session will build off that.

M18 – ISBT: Stress Crack Prevention

Speaker: Sally Potter, Manager, Package Governance, Coca-Cola

Session Description: The NR PET bottle was first launched in 1977. Today, PET represents more than 50 percent of global soft drink volume packaging mix. Stress crack failures were quite common in the early days of PET use especially in the transition from the two-piece base cup bottle, to the now familiar one-piece footed bottle. In the 34 years since PET bottles have been used, a lot has been learned about bottle performance-how to design, manufacture, fill and store-to maximize bottle performance. However, stress cracks still occasionally occur in some markets. The ISBT has worked hard over the past several years, to make further gains in the understanding and reduction of stress crack issues. This course will review the environmental stress crack process, outline the risk factors for stress cracking and provide recommendations for actions bottlers can take to minimize risk.

Monday, Sept. 26

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

M03 – IOPP: Packaging Line Layout – Answering the Pertinent Questions

Speaker: John Henry, President, Changeover.com

Session Description: Success or failure of a packaging line design depends on the designer having the right information, which is attainable only by asking the right questions. John Henry’s presentation will discuss some of the questions that must be asked and answered early in the design process. Some of these questions are fairly obvious such as facility space. Others, such as those pertaining to work force issues, may not be so obvious. Still other questions, such as required line capacity, might be obvious but difficult to answer even if total sales demand is known. Other areas of discussion: 1. Why all departments, including package design, materials/purchasing, quality, engineering, manufacturing and others, need to be involved from the very beginning. 2. The impact of package design on line design and some simple questions to ask to avoid expensive and unnecessary complications. 3. The need-to-know capabilities of existing packaging line equipment before locking in package design.

M08 – AIOE: Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMP) in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Speaker: Andy Ferrell, President, Pharmaceutical Calibration & Instrumentation

Session Description: Whether developing the calibration program for the initial startup of a new facility, or redesigning an existing calibration program to minimize risk and increase efficiency, this seminar will provide an outline of the critical aspects that must be addressed. This material is based on the ISPE (International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering) GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to Calibration Management. “Real World” examples of startup facilities that have implemented successful Calibration programs will be presented and analyzed. Attendees will learn how to redesign their current calibration programs to implement a paperless system that reduces compliance risk. Additionally, attendees will learn strategies on how to evaluate their instrumentation classification methodologies and other instrument specification strategies in order to reduce non-valued deviations.

M13 – RPA: Reusables 102 - Implementing a Sustainable Reusable Transport Packaging System

Speaker: TBD

Session Description: Part two of a four-part curriculum being developed by the Reusable Packaging Association to help end users make more informed decisions about moving to reusable packaging solutions in the supply chain. Part one was presented during PACK EXPO International 2010 and this next session will build off that.

M19 – IOPP: The Importance of Nondestructive Package Testing

Speaker: Oliver Stauffer, International Business Development Manager, PTI Inspection Systems

Session description: This session will explore package-inspection technologies and options that are available for nondestructive testing. Subject matter will address the advantages and benefits of implementing a non-destructive inspection method, focusing on the issues of cost, test method (subjectivity versus hard data), sampling and market trends in the pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries.

Monday, Sept. 26

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

M04 – AIOE: Update On The Food Safety Modernization Act And What Some CPG Companies Are Doing To Comply With It

Speaker: Leon Bruner, Sr. VP, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Session Description: It's safe to say that the new Food Safety Modernization Act is a work in progress. In this session, you'll hear the latest on requirements, guidance, regulations, foreign supplier verification and more. You'll, also, hear from some CPG manufacturers on how they are trying to stay ahead of the curve as the FSMA continues to take shape.

M14 – CPP: The Cost of Sustainability

Speaker: Giancarlo Caimmi, Commercial Director, Nordmeccanica; Guido Kollbach, Technical Director, Henkel
Session Description: Sustainability may involve investments on new equipments and new technologies but is not only an aggravation in costs for the converter. In almost every case sustainability can be regarded as a significant saving in production costs. Energy saving in machinery is, at the same time, a sustainable approach and a cost savings: energy efficient equipment will pay back for the extra cost very quickly and will generate savings for its entire life. On the other end, adhesive formulation can help in many different ways to reduce pollution, waste and energy consumption. A variety of alternative solutions for sustainability in machinery, process and adhesives, will be discussed with real life examples.

M20 – IOPP: The Five Faces of Innovation: Integrating from Concept to Customer

Speaker: Dan Balan, President, Intraqq Inc.

Session Description: The challenge for companies is integrating their multiple perspectives of innovation. This is why we need a framework, one that clearly integrates concept to customer. The 5 faces of innovation is a new platform and framework for innovation created by Dan Balan, President, Intraqq Inc.

Monday, Sept. 26

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

M05 – AIOE: Food Safety Guidelines: Process Validation In Low-Moisture Foods

Speaker: David Anderson, Food Safety Manager, Del Monte Foods; Lisa Lucore, Manager, Food Safety, W.K. Kellogg Institute

Session Description: The AIOE Product Safety Solutions Group is developing guidelines for process validation in the manufacture of low-moisture foods in order to ensure the continued production of safe, quality food. In this session, PSSG team members – manufacturers, suppliers and food safety experts – will present the latest results of their project.

M09 – AIOE: Packaging Start Up and Qualification: A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on the Project Management Considerations Related to Product Packaging

Speaker: Brett Yates, Validation Association, United Therapeutics
Session Description: Like any portion of a capital project in the pharmaceutical Industry, packaging operations offer unique challenges in their design, fabrication, automation, start-up, commissioning and qualification. This is especially true in a brand new facility with new requirements and specifications for a new product. This case study looks at the project life cycle for packaging operations at a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of unique products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions. Through this presentation, attendees will be able to identify key commonalities across all packaging projects and baseline their own past or planned projects against identified lessons learned.

M15 – IOPP: Sustainable Packaging: What's Next?

Speaker: Scott Vitters, Sustainable Packaging Director, The Coca-Cola Co.

Session Description: Scott is a highly engaging speaker, and Coca-Cola is at the leading edge of sustainability and packaging. Scott will discuss where Coca-Cola and the packaging industry are heading on the sustainability front, and offer ideas on how to leverage sustainable packaging to drive future business success.

M21 – IOPP: The Perfect Ingredients for Packaging Innovation

Speaker: Ronald deVlam, CEO & Global Managing Partner, Webb deVlam

Session Description: Ron’s approach will be design/branding oriented, including areas such as where to draw inspiration from, using the brand, and business and consumer as a platform for innovation.

Monday, Sept. 26

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

M10 – IOPP: The A to Z Cookbook of Implementing an Effective Serialization Program

Speaker: Kimberly Riley, Global Manager, P&L, Shire Pharmaceuticals

Session Description: Many serialization/track and trace programs focus on certain specifics within the process of bringing a successful implementation to fruition. What often is not found is a “recipe,” from start to finish, and all of the key areas that must be considered to prepare, define, develop, quote, assess, resource, validate and implement a very involved process. Kimberly Riley’s presentation will provide these functional and process considerations in a viable and succinct format, with strong takeaways for attendees. 

M16 – AIOE: Going “Green”: From Should to Good

Speaker: Bill Statelman, Manager, Corporate Packaging Engineering, Interbake Foods; Shankar Rama, Director, Business Consulting, Consumer Products & Retail, Siemens PLM Software; Bill Gill, Assistant, Vice President, Smithfield Foods

Session Description: CPG companies vary considerably in where they currently are on their sustainability journey. Whether you’re just beginning or looking to improve your journey, there are some key lessons learned to help you avoid potholes along the way. In this session, you’ll hear from a panel of manufacturers how to build a top-notch sustainability program with few resources, but perhaps more than you thought you had.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

T01 – AIOE: Workforce Development: Are Competency Models The Way To Go?

Speaker: TBD

Session Description: More and more, leading consumer products companies are expanding their view of manufacturing competency well beyond just technical training to include business acumen, culture building and leadership. These competency models allow workers to develop multiple skill sets necessary for fueling the industry’s future competitiveness. In this session, team members from the AIOE Workforce Development Solutions Group will share just how their companies are leveraging competency models to create a more robust workforce and improve their operations.

T06 – IOPP: Packaging HACCP: What to Expect from a Supplier, and How Suppliers Can Initiate a Sustaining Program

Speakers: Suzanne Matuszewski, Mgr. Global Sustainability & Regulatory Compliance, Graham Packaging; Barry Novak, Packaging Manager, Quality & Regulatory Compliance

Session Description: Learn the basics of HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points), and who should use it and why. This presentation will include a discussion of HACCP models and approaches, and the presenters will walk attendees through an HACCP model overview developed by IoPP’s Food Safety Alliance for Packaging Technical Committee.

T11 – RPA: Managing and Protecting your Reusable Packaging Assets - Part 1

Speaker:  TBD

Session Description: This session is designed to help end users of reusable packaging to understand the issue of product loss and to develop and better manage their valuable reusable resources. From a simple paper and pencil accounting system to complex RFID solutions managing your reusable assets is an important part of your supply chain system. This session will feature end user panel and additional “best practices” to help users deal with the theft or loss of assets.

T16 – CPP: Choosing UV/EB – What Printers Say

Speaker: Don Duncan, Director of Research, Wikoff Color Corporation

Session Description: We will review the reasons different printers chose to implement UV or EB technology, based on their comments made during interviews. The basis for the choices include waste management, response time, pressroom flexibility and issues concerning food packaging. Advantages and disadvantages of different ink chemistries for both lithographic and flexographic printing will be reviewed.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

T02 – IOPP: Compensation – Providing the Value that Justifies the Money

Speaker: Dennis Gros, President, Gros Executive Recruiters

Session description: This lively and engaging session will bring to life the statistics revealed by the annual IoPP salary survey of packaging professionals. Where and how are they providing the value that employers want, and how are they justifying their salaries?

T07 – AIOE: Product Security in Today’s Challenging Global Manufacturing Environment

Speaker: Rana Saoud, Special Agent/Program Manager, Outreach & training Unit National IPR Coordination Center, Department of Homeland Security; Matthew Rhodes, Procter & Gamble

Session description: There are numerous challenges facing CPG manufacturers today, especially sustainable sourcing, counterfeiting, and economic adulteration. In this session, a panel of manufacturers, suppliers and regulatory experts will address these and other similar challenges and share some of their best practices in assessing and managing the risk associated with each.

T12 – RPA: Managing and Protecting your Reusable Packaging Assets - Part 2

Speaker: TBD

Session description: This session is designed to help end users of reusable packaging to understand the issue of product loss and to develop and better manage their valuable reusable resources. From a simple paper and pencil accounting system to complex RFID solutions managing your reusable assets is an important part of your supply chain system. This session will feature end user panel and additional “best practices” to help users deal with the theft or loss of assets.

T17 – CPP: Using Off Line Finishing to Enhance the Converting Workflow

Speaker: Michael D’Angelo, Vice President, Business Unit Web Feed, Bobst Group, North America, Inc.; Natalie Menzies-Spradlin, Vice President, Ample Industries; Pallavi Joyappa, Director of Operations, Emerals Packaging, Inc.

Session description: Offline finishing has become more and more important to converters, with high-quality, finished rolls critical to profits and securing future business. Technologies in finishing systems have undergone significant advancements in control systems and web management capabilities, making them an even more critical piece in the converting environment. This session will provide insights from narrow- and mid-web label and packaging converters into how they have utilized offline finishing to better enhance the print workflow. Finishing system suppliers will also be on-hand to provide technology updates which have benefitted converters worldwide.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

T03 – PMMI U: The Power of Blended Learning: Integrating Online and Traditional Training for Real Results

Speakers: Carrie Robb, HR manager, learning & development, Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd.; Tanja Gostic, engineering supervisor, Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ltd.

Session description: Combining the power of consistent, repeatable online courses with highly effective classroom learning engages learners and produces tangible results on the manufacturing floor. Participants will hear a case history of one company who is successfully implementing a blended learning approach using e-learning courses in conjunction with their own in-house training, and seeing results on the plant floor.               

T08 – IOPP: Understanding Third Party Auditing Certification

Speaker: Tim White, Vice President, Quality, Berry Plastics

Session description: This session will focus on Third Party Food Safety Packaging Auditors and lend meaning and value to the abbreviations they use: GFSI, SQF, BRC, FSSC, ISO. Who is behind them, and what do you need to know to comply and make the best food safety assessment?

T13 – AIOE: Sustainability: Tracking Gate-to-Gate From The Point Of Manufacture Upstream

Speaker: Jarod Cook, Director, Environmental Services, Del Monte Foods; Bill Snow, Technology Group Manager, SPX Flow Technology; Lisa Shambro, Executive Director, Foundation for Strategic Sourcing

Session description: Consumer Products Companies are frequently asked by retailers to comply with sustainability scorecards to help ensure “green” practices and satisfy consumer demand for “green” products. These CPG companies are, in turn, looking upstream to their suppliers to do the same. In this session, team members from AIOE’s Sustainability Solutions Group will share findings from their research into just what some manufacturers and suppliers are doing to meet their “green” requirements and push “green” manufacturing even further upstream.

T18 – CPP: UV/EB for Food Packaging - Can/Should/Must We?

Speaker: Don Duncan, Director of Research, Wikoff Color Corporation

Session description: UV and EB printing technology for food packaging is a white-hot issue in 2011. With the discovery of some UV ink residues in food, which was found in Europe a few years ago, more governmental activity, in the form of regulations and more active interest, has been a great concern to printers. Large consumer product companies also have taken an active stance, sometimes in the absence of complete information, to produce lists of acceptable and unacceptable ink raw materials for food packaging. We will try to take a balanced view of all the issues and decide where the best fit is for UV/EB in food packaging.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

T04 – PMMI U: Closing the Skill Gap – Finding, Training and Retaining the Right Workers for Your Operations

Speaker: Keith Campbell, Campbell Management Services LLC

Session description: Hiring, training and retaining the right employees with the right technical skills can be a challenging and often costly investment. Learn about industry resources to designed to help develop your workforce. . This session will discuss the role PMMI’s Mechatronics Certificates have in promoting skill standards required in today’s manufacturing environment as well as a model being developed within the state of Pennsylvania with an eye to how the work being done there can apply across North America.

T09 – IOPP: Food Safety and Packaging: The Hazards, Recalls and New Strategies

Speaker: Kimberly Harvey, Sr. Director, Global Packaging Quality & Sustainability, Kellogg Company; Wynn Wiksell, Mgr., Packaging Quality/Regulatory Operations, General Mills

T14 – AIOE: Energy Saving Projects: A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Sustainability Including Case Studies and Tools for Saving Energy – Part 1

Speaker: John Postiglione, National Accounts Manager, Energy Saving Projects, Spirax Sarco

Session description: Saving energy is the most direct route to improving your company’s bottom line. Understanding where and how to approach these projects can improve the project's outcome. In this seminar, we will present an energy improvement project case study that has decreased the amount of utilities consumed resulting in lower production cost and increased energy intensity. Topics featured include water, steam, HVAC, electricity, process efficiency, funding, rebates, etc.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

·         Identify the fundamental components of a comprehensive GEP (Good Engineering Practices) and an effective maintenance program

·         Understand the importance of GEP as an essential foundation to an effective manufacturing operation

·         Analyze and understand the benefits and challenges associated with maintenance programs

·         Interpret and understand how to utilize the ISPE GEP and Maintenance Good Practice Guides to develop or improve engineering and maintenance program activities in your own organization

·         Deliberate on the current trends associated with GEP and maintenance activities

T19 – ISBT: Introduction to Beverage Processing

Speaker: Suneet Khanna, Engineering Manager, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Session description: The mission of the Beverage Processing Technical Committee is to share the basics/best practices of beverage processing industry, review new/traditional processing techniques, assemble standard guidelines and provide global specifications. In this introduction, the Beverage Processing Technical Committee will present fundamentals of beverage processing. The course will review the process: functions, options and some definitions. Handling of major raw materials for beverages such as water pre-treatment and purification, HFCS receiving and storage and super sack unloading & liquefication. Participants will also learn basics of pasteurization and ingredients blending.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

T05 – AIOE: Core Metrics That Make Operational Reliability Reliable

Speaker: Peter Hock, Senior Director of Continuous Improvement, ConAgra Foods; Mark Hanley, Asset Reliability Manager, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Session description: There is considerable quantity and variability in metrics used by CPG companies to measure operational reliability making product-to-product, company-to-company and plant-to-plant comparisons difficult. The AIOE Operational Reliability Solutions Group is working on guidelines for using a core set of metrics to enable more meaningful comparisons and improving overall efficiency. In this session, a team of ORSG members – manufacturers and suppliers – will present results of their work-to-date.

T10 – IOPP: Required Packaging GMPs (Pre-Requisite Programs): One Voice from the CPG Companies

Speakers: Suzanne Matuszewski, Mgr. Global Sustainability & Regulatory Compliance, Graham Packaging; Tim White, Vice President, Quality, Berry Plastics Co.

Session description: Good manufacturing practices are an essential component of any approach to food packaging, but many individual companies have separate learnings. This presentation aggregates those best practices into a solid prerequisite program. Areas to be covered include quality systems policies, traceability and recall, pest control, documentation and record control, allergen awareness, foreign materials and defect control, process control, line clearance, cleaning and sanitation, preventative maintenance and more.

T15 – AIOE: Energy Saving Projects: A Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective on Sustainability Including Case Studies and Tools for Saving Energy – Part 2

Speaker: John Postiglione, National Accounts Manager, Energy Saving Projects, Spirax Sarco

Session description: Saving energy is the most direct route to improving your company’s bottom line. Understanding where and how to approach these projects can improve the project's outcome. In this seminar, we will present an energy improvement project case study that has decreased the amount of utilities consumed resulting in lower production cost and increased energy intensity. Topics featured include water, steam, HVAC, electricity, process efficiency, funding, rebates, etc.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

·         Identify the fundamental components of a comprehensive GEP (Good Engineering Practices) and an effective maintenance program

·         Understand the importance of GEP as an essential foundation to an effective manufacturing operation

·         Analyze and understand the benefits and challenges associated with maintenance programs

·         Interpret and understand how to utilize the ISPE GEP and Maintenance Good Practice Guides to develop or improve engineering and maintenance program activities in your own organization

·         Deliberate on the current trends associated with GEP and maintenance activities

T20 – IOPP: Responsible Packaging by Design Process Guide

Speaker: Ed Church, President, International Safe Transit Association

Session description:

T21 – IOPP: Meet the Press

Speakers: TBD

Session description: A cross-section of editors in the packaging press will discuss and invite audience participation on trends and topics of importance to packaging professionals today.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

W01 – IOPP: Case Study: Medical Device Packaging

Speaker: Karen Greene, Vice President Sales & Technology, Life Packaging Technology

Session description: Karen Greene, CPP, will explore the details of developing and validating a high-barrier flexible, form/fill/seal package for a moisture and oxygen-sensitive medical device

Wednesday, Sept. 28

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

W02 – IOPP: What’s Coming Down the Packaging Pike?

Speaker: Pat Reynolds, Vice President/Editor, Packaging World Magazine

Session description: Pat Reynolds’ session will look at a variety of trends and technologies on which packaging professionals should be keeping an eye. For starters, there’s Manufacturing 2.0, the emergence of a manufacturing scene in which real-time data lets CPG companies respond to demand signals from the marketplace rather than filling warehouses in the hope that the marketplace needs product “soonish.” What about sustainable packaging, where biopolymers have become the fair-haired boy? Personalized Packaging is an emerging concept driven by Walmart’s belief that the days of one-size-fits-all packaging are gone. How will eye-tracking technology, digital printing, and printed electronics change the packaging landscape? Reynolds will also touch on emerging technologies like in-pack microwave pasteurization, electron-beam sterilization, and pulsed-light sterilization. These technologies offer food and beverage marketers a host of shelf life, nutrition, and sustainability advantages over current best practices.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

W03 – IOPP: The Mobile Moment of Truth: Packaging, Retail & the Engaged Customer

Speaker: David Luttenberger, VP/Packaging Strategist, Global Packaging Advisory Service, Iconoculture

Session description: Armed with increasingly intuitive and apped-out mobile devices, consumers have gone from passively absorbing mobile content to actively pursuing deeper interaction at retail and beyond. As a result, packaging has emerged as a primary connection point between brands and the engaged consumer experience. Power brands of the future must rise to the mobile marketing challenge and tap these quick response technologies in tandem with packaging design and marketing to engage with the empowered, inquisitive and ever-mobile consumer. Key takeaways from this session will include a deep and clear overview of quick-response codes/tags and how brands and retailers are using them, live demonstrations and best-in-class examples of mobile tagging of packaging and originally developed Rules of Engagement for Mobile Marketing for Packaging.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

W04 – IOPP: Trends in Contract Packaging and the Drivers Behind Them

Speaker: Chris Nutley, Board Director, Contract Packaging Association

Session description: Where and how is the contract packaging industry continuing to grow? Who is using contract packagers, and what new strategies are they employing? Product manufacturers considering using contract packaging for the first time or deciding whether to increase their use of contract packaging services can learn the need-to-knows in this highly informative presentation.

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