PACK EXPO owner and organizer PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has released the preliminary schedule for Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28–30; Las Vegas Convention Center).

More than 40 free educational sessions will give visitors a glimpse of cutting edge technology presented by industry leaders that address topics such as flexible packaging, OEE and workforce engagement. PMMI says the sessions will provide key insights into processing and packaging trends as well as challenges in food safety regulatory compliance, workforce development and measuring line efficiency.

“One of the greatest benefits offered by our on-floor educational programming is the opportunity for a ‘cross pollination’ of ideas,” said Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI. “This enables attendees to tap the potential of practices and applications proven in one industry but unexplored in their own.”

Other session topics include:

-Impact of serialization on the pharmaceutical industry.

-Advanced simulation software for packaging lines.

-Anti-counterfeiting technologies for packaging.

-Transforming automated packaging with reusability.

-Roadmap for creating a highly engaged workforce.

-The latest snacking trends and their impact on packaging.

-The next evolution of metal detection.

According to PMMI, the OpX Leadership Network will also be among presenters, discussing the latest in one voice solutions for workforce engagement, total cost of ownership and factory acceptance testing.

The 30-minute long presentations will run hourly between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29; sessions end at noon on Sept. 30. There will be three adjacent locations of the Innovation Stage on the PACK EXPO Las Vegas show floor, in Booths C-1041, C-1045 and C-1049, and a fourth stage in Booth N-559 on the Pharma EXPO show floor.

 The preliminary schedule of Innovation Stage presentations is available at