t first glance, a virtual event the size of PACK EXPO Connects can seem overwhelming, given the sheer magnitude of products and services on display. But on closer view, you’ll find all content is conveniently organized by interest area.
Instead of a large number of granular selects, PACK EXPO Connects makes use of a manageable group of categories to make navigation easy.These categories are used consistently to filter by your interest area, whether you’re searching exhibitors, viewing live demo times or previewing products. (Tip: Already know the name of an exhibitor or product you want to see? Then simply enter these keywords in the nearby search bar anywhere category options are displayed.)
If you’re not sure which category(ies) will best reflect your interests, then no worries! Use the handy guide below that contains detailed descriptions.
Your Category Guide to PACK EXPO Connects
Filling, Capping & Sealing Rigid Containers or Trays
This category includes any machine related to filling, capping or sealing of bottles, jars, containers, or the loading and sealing of trays. Can also include any types of rinsing or sterilizing equipment, as well as blister packaging, skin packaging, vacuum packaging or thermoform/fill/seal. The category also covers any type of machinery related to rigid package manufacturing, such as blow-molding, injection molding or thermoforming equipment.
Bagging, Pouching & Wrapping
Here, you’ll find any sort of products related to flexible packaging, whether machinery or materials. This category not only covers form/fill/seal equipment (horizontal and vertical), it also includes flow wrappers and any type of bagging or sealing machine for pre-made bags or pouches. In terms of materials, you’ll find pre-made bags, films, or converters. Note: "Bagging, Pouching & Wrapping" was chosen to encompass all of these areas as a whole to be the most recognizable to attendees, especially those who are new to the field and may be unfamiliar with terms commonly used within the packaging profession. In addition, this category includes converting equipment related to flexible packaging, including printing presses for flexible packaging, as well as bag-making machines. "Wrapping" here refers to any kind of wrapping of the primary product, including shrink wrapping or overwrapping of a single item. Wrapping or bundling of multiple items is covered in "Cartoning & Multipacking". Wrapping of pallets is covered in "End-of-Line Equipment."
Cartoning & Multipacking
This category covers all types of cartoning machinery. It also includes any type of machine that loads multiple products into an outer package or multipack through any means, such as shrink bundling, carrier applicators, etc.
Coding, Marking, Labeling & Printing
This category features all types of equipment that are specific to package and product identification (primary or secondary), as well as any type of labeling equipment, including sleeve and stretch labeling equipment. Under this category, you’ll also find any type of label printing equipment. The category also includes labels or label materials.
This category comprises every function on packaging lines from case packing (including erecting and/or sealing) all the way through palletizing and stretch wrapping (or any type of pallet unitizing).
Feeding, Conveying, Accumulating & Product Handling
Feeding and product handling refers to any machine that feeds a product (that's to be packaged) or package component, such as a container or closure. This category also includes unscrambling equipment, pick-and-place equipment, de-nesting equipment and inserting equipment for desiccants/leaflets/outserts, etc. And, of course, this category features anything to do with any type of conveying or packaging line accumulation. You’ll also find all material handling equipment here, such as lifters.
X-ray, Vision, Inspection, Testing & Weighing
This category covers a wide range of weighing, testing and inspection equipment (including metal detectors) that is designed to improve quality control on the packaging line.
Containers, Materials & Transport Packaging
Here is where you’ll find any type of packaging container or material as well as cartons, boxes and retail display packaging. The category also encompasses protective packaging and industrial or transport packaging solutions.
Controls, Software & Machine Components
This category covers machine controllers, motors and drives and any sort of motion control, any type of software solution related to packaging or manufacturing, as well as a wide range of machine components or parts that go onto or into a packaging, converting or processing machine. (OEMs, you’ll find a plethora of products of interest here!)
Plant Facilities & Infrastructure
This category focuses on building infrastructure (doors, floors, ceilings, etc.), any type of solution that streamlines day-to-day plant operations, and any type of utility or ventilation solutions, as well as firms that specialize in design/build/engineering services.
Food Processing Equipment
This category features any equipment that can be used as part of the food product manufacturing process, ranging from size/shape modification, mixing, separating, filtration, blending, coating, enrobing, seasoning, cooking/heating, chilling and so forth. The category also includes key processing components, such as pumps, valves, piping and more.
This category covers both machinery and materials specifically geared toward use by pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as related markets such as nutraceuticals.
Note: Some duplication is unavoidable in the above scheme. For example, a converter featuring a new kind of pouch might choose to have the product show up under “Bagging, Pouching & Wrapping” as well as “Containers, Materials & Transport Packaging.” For this reason, exhibitors can select up to three categories in which to feature their live demo listings and products.